Bishop Paul S. Morton, founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship (FGBCF) – the church that ordained Eddie Long as a bishop – has openly rebuked him for remaining completely mum after settling a sexual coercion scandal involving four young men from his church, New Birth Cathedral (New Birth) in Georgia.
To date Long, who is under a gag order, has not so much as offered parishioners, the community or the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship an acknowledgement, apology or admission of innocence or guilt about the allegedly licentious relationships.
An audio recording of Morton addressing the matter in a Father’s Day message appears on YouTube. (Scroll down to listen)
Indicating Long stopped returning his phone calls, Morton said in the recording:
“Tell me something … those that have stood with you. Tell us something. Tell your church something. We all make mistakes and come short of the glory of God, but tell us something … I know there’s a gag order, but you can apologize.”
Morton rebuked Long and said the embattled pastor must repent if he wants forgiveness, based on the authority of scripture (Luke 17: 3-4).
“I can’t forgive somebody that does not repent,” said Morton, pastor of Greater St. Stephens FGBCF in New Orleans.
Members are reportedly leaving New Birth in droves. Bishop Morton understandably wants the pastor he promoted to Bishop to take responsibility for the fall out.