What Attracts Hypocrites to Religious Leadership and What The Eddie Long Case Reveals About Homosexuality in The Church

- By Bossip Staff

 

The jury is still out on Bishop Eddie Long, who is facing charges of sexual coercion from four men. And as time passes for the religious leader, accusations continue to mount. Besides the sensational value of the scandal, the Eddie Long issue has put some of the most serious questions about organized religion on the table. If Long is proven guilty, he will represent the latest religious leader to symbolize hypocrisy in the church; while he vehemently condemned homosexuality as a leader for the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, he was involving himself in sexual wrongdoing with young men. To better make sense of this relationship between the Church, homosexuality and hypocrisy, we turned to Dr. Richard N. Pitt, associate professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University and an expert on the sociology of religion.

 

Read what the Professor has to say on this fascinating subject at The Atlanta Post

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  • daisy jay

    hypocrites to religious leadership? OHHHHHKAY.
    what do i say to this…sigh.
    there are people in the world who do stupid things. religion isn’t what makes people this way. people who are jewish, muslim, catholic, or even athiest do bad things too. eddie is so..so wrong for the sh!t he has done, but don’t spew venom at all christians. yes, some are really corrupt, but not all of them at all. the truth is out about this man and justice will prevail.
    people do stupid things no matter what religion, color, or race they are. no matter which walks of life they’re from.

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  • moonbeam

    read the bible where it says put not your trust in men,for many will come in my name, and yet i will not know them. i say think for your self,have a personal relationship with the most high.as for tithing, save your tithes and give them to a charitable organization. the most high will bless you for this. when u see in this day and age where churches r installing ATMs, time to look elsewhere.

    • Drea

      Amen!

    • UMJUSSAYIN

      Preach! I needed to see that in print. That’s how I roll. Peace and Blessings be unto you.

  • MissPerfect

    People need to leave theres a difference in believing God and believing in Pastor. hes human he can sleep with boys girls or monkeys if he wanted to do so .. forget all that His HAIR is just a SIN and plain rude ..lol

  • Blacqberry

    It says that their are many people who have sin in their life regardless of what religion or anti-religion they prescribe too. Everyone has their own vice. Sexual sin is one that runs deep and is hard to break away from.

    The people who looked up to Eddie Long misplaced their faith. People will always make mistakes and fall into sin.

    • MsRachael

      So true! This mans issue doesn’t shake my faith in God at all. I feel bad for everyone involved but this changes nothing for me.

      People need to stop putting these people up on pedestals. You will continue to be disappointed if your looking at a man for the answers to your problems and not God.

  • Amazin Atheist

    These people got what they asked for! You have “faith” in this nonsense, stuff like this is bound to happen! Faith is blind! These people who claim they know the word can make people believe anything they want them to believe! It’s not just the fault of the preacher, it’s also the fault of the congregation! They are they ones that give this man what he wants! That is power and control of their minds! Once he got control over their minds, he controls their pockets also! Keep believing this nonsense if you want to! I say take the tax exempt status away from churches! They are useless anyway! That money could go to something more useful like better education, fighting poverty, health care, etc!

  • NOT_iMPRESSED

    If You lOOK Closely, You’ll See That His Lacefront Is Also Shedding a Few Tears for Help as Well.

    • Ashia

      hhahahaha that is frickin hilarious, but you right tho!

  • understandingoverignorance

    Human beings in general needs to stop giving ignorant men a leg to stand upon. If that means pastors or so called bishops with f*cked up patches on there head do so and then:Psalms Chp:49

  • I_saw_this_one_coming

    NIGGUS ARE shallow, greedy, materialistc MUH FUGGUHS, and these phonies just have the gift for taking advantage of these shAllow muh fugguhs.

    If nigguhs were as “spiritual” as their shallow a$$es pretend to be, they wouldn’t fall for the
    rope-a-dope.

    How many times have you heard from one of those bible thumpinng muh fugguhs how “SPIRITUAL” they are; then 10 minutes later, that
    a-hole says or does something that is so damn WORDLY AND MATERIALISTIC —- without enough self awareness to see how IRONIC it is.

    F!uck a religious muh FUGGING FRAUD.

    • J

      Most “spiritual” people don’t follow a church or pastor. Most “religious” people do. That’s why spiritual people usually say follow no beast, or they follow no man or religion. They’re spiritual.

      Most Bible thumpers aren’t spiritual, they’re religious.

      There is a difference between being SPIRITUAL and being RELIGIOUS, but most people don’t know the difference. They often interconnect the two.

      Most Bible thumpers are RELIGIOUS because they follow A RELIGION.

      Being spiritual means to place your faith and beliefs in God. Being religious means you worship God in the context of the teaching and preaching of the church or that religion.

      Being spiritual is internal (self awareness of your life, who you are, and your purpose of living). To be spiritual, you don’t have to attach yourself to any religion. It’s more so like metaphysics.

      Religion is external. It offers structured systems and specific beliefs in divine power or supernatural power that people should live by.

      Most spiritual people see the truth in all religions, that’s why they follow no religion.

      If a “spiritual” person did something worldly or materialistic, I don’t think it would matter. They don’t practice the beliefs of religions, or live by the teachings of pastors.

      There is a difference in being spiritual and being religious. The people you are talking about are “religious,” not “spiritual.”

    • Truth Seeker

      @OOPS

      What was the purpose of your post? All you said was basically there are spiritual people who think they are better than religious folk, spiritual people do everything religious people do, spiritual people give lame excuses not to commit to anything, blah blah blah.

      You still did not prove he or she was wrong about the differences, which are thoroughly documented btw, between studying a religion and claiming to be spiritual because you can’t. Your comment was a waste of time because you didn’t disprove anything J said. J is right.

  • I_saw_this_one_coming

    *** WORLDLY ***

  • Pleeezzz

    Bull!…. Black churches stick to the bible point blank!
    The Bible say’s: Leviticus 18:22 = You shall not lie with a male as with a women. Nor shall you mate with any animals!
    We all know when we sin. We all know we need to deal with our own sins and get right with GOD. The big problem is Homosexuals want us to accept their sin as if it is not, thats the big problem. Its a Sin!
    We welcome you to church, because you need it, but do not expects us to say homosexuality is not a sin when we accept our sins as to what they are…. SINS!
    Why should we baby you to make you feel better…Its a sin. I am not going to tell a thief its OK to steel because he needed a new TV, I am not going to tell a cheating man its OK to cheat because he didn’t get caught. If you’re Gay it is a Sin deal with it like every other sinner and try to get right..
    The Bible is the “Word” and all people go to church to here the “Word” and the “Word” shall not be changed for anyone just because it hurts!
    If being Gay hurts, then STOP being Gay!

  • J

    Most of the people who have studied religions or studied with theologians, know religion, and understand what religion is.

    They can explain the Bible, the Quran, the Torah, the Lotus Sutra, etc. in great detail. Most of these people are not religious, and can explain what different religions entails. They are also usually spiritual, and don’t follow religion.

    Eddie Long and his followers are religious. People who attend churches, and spout their religious affiliations are religious.

    It’s a difference.

    • JD

      J, honestly speaking, being spiritual or religious is irrelevant. Quite frankly, the only way you differentiate the two is by the actions one chooses to take. However, what governs your actions? Who decides whats right or wrong? If the answer is simply YOU. Sadly, you have already lost the battle. Independent thinking is why we are in the predicament. Adam and Eve thought and decided independently from God and thus were punished by his perfect and righteous judgment. No one reasonably believes it was about a piece of fruit. It was about the Creator of man having the legal right to tell His creation what is right and what is wrong. They ultimately challenge His sovereignty. Now since you are obviously intelligent and devote much time to reading answer this. Man has been thinking and acting independently from God and His righteous standards for roughly seven millenniums, through history what has been the outcome?

    • J

      Thanks for the response…I know the only way to differentiate spirituality from a religious person is through actions, which I explained in my very first post.

      While I respect anyone’s right to believe in any religion, I’ve done research and know that Adam and Eve are Sumerian myths of Nephilim and the neothilic age and civilization, which dates back to 10,000 BC. Adam and Eve were created from compilations of Sumerian Gods, so Adam and Eve didn’t decide anything or place mankind in a predicament when they were just myths and fables.

      I think the reason why these young boys are in the predicament with Eddie Long, is because they were under the control of religion and placed all of their faith in man, a false prophet.

      I’m getting ready to log off, but have a good night.

  • mosiane

    Here’s a clue. If you have to pay money in any shape or form, it’s scam, not religious salvation. Last time I checked, religion, relationship with God/Jesus/Buddha/Mohammad/etc., or any KIND of spiritually is FREE. Keep your money and keep your faith.

    I feel like the whole community ideal with religion is dangerous. People lose focus for their reason for believing and get caught up with nonsense.

    • Dtra

      My people perish because they lack knowledge. With all thy getting you should get understanding.The BIBLE says bring all the titles into the store house that there be meet in my house. God says that we should give 10% of all earning. What you are saying will not charge a word that GOD has spoke.Just as you pay bills or shop etc. It cause to keep GODs hospital running as well. It shall be done. Either you are going to bow to him now or maybe , but one sure thing you are going to bow. I stand on GODs word and believe all if it.

  • Kem War

    Titus 1:1-11 KJV explains it all:

    For a BISHOP must be blameless, as the steward of GOD; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy LUCRE (means: money, profit or gain);

    But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
    Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
    For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
    Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, “for filthy LUCRE’s sake”.

    In other words: Church leaders need to be truly holy men in the spirit of Iyyesus Kristos HaMesih; They must live up to the tenants of the one true faith. But there are a lot of deceivers out there saying they are in the spirit of Adoni Yeshuwa HaMeshiyach Ben HaElohiym but are nothing but backsliders, vain talkers, false teachers, out for profit and leading you down the wrong path.

  • I_saw_this_one_coming

    “spiritual” or “religious” — nigguhs don’t (with very RARE exceptions) have the LARGENESS OF HEART, the OPEN-NESS of character, to pull off either one.

    so “nitpick” the terminology all you WISH — nigguhs are just too damn SHALLOW and MATERIALISTIC to be DEEP.

    THAT is why BULL$HIT ARTISTs can THRIVE by playing on that SHALLOWNESS and GREED.

    AND THAT applies to “religous” or “spiritual” a-holes, who ten minutes after declaring their position, say or do the SAME DAMN THINGS that people out in “the world” say and do.

    SHALLOW and HYPE-MATERIALISTIC.

    SYNONYMS for “nigguh”.

    • J

      All I did was give the difference between what is a spiritual person from one who is religious… You seem a little ticked off by that. Sensitive much?

      Your response is funny coming from a person who interconnected the meaning of spirituality and being religious, and obviously didn’t even know or understood the differences. Furthermore I seriously doubt you’ve met many people who profess to being spiritual, so to say they don’t have largeness of heart IS IDIOTIC.

      Go read, learn something new before you talk about something you obviously have no clue about.

      Most spiritual people I know don’t follow any religion, preachers, etc. Some aren’t the best people, and some are. But anyway, they try their best to live right, and do good unto others. Plain and simple, nothing deep to it.

      Are you a “nigguh” yourself? You’re referring to black people like you have low expectations of them…

      Are you a SELF-LOATHING “NIGGUH”

      That wouldn’t be a SYNONYM FOR I saw this one coming, would it?

    • I_saw_this_one_coming

      Yes, this is a BLOG — you have YOUR opinion, and I have MINE.

      I make the distinction that Chris Rock makes (black people v. nigguhs).

      And yes, nigguhs ARE SHALLOW AND MATERIALISTIC.

    • I_saw_this_one_coming

      And furthermore, take your “all knowing” a$$ to Harvard, Yale, or MIT if you’re so damn “intelligent”.

      Why are you wasting all that (alleged) intelligence on an effin’ blog.

      Oh yeah, that’s where you choose to execise your (alleged) “intellectual superiority”. You couldn’t get in those places any more than anybody else on this blog, you pedantic a$$hole.

      Oh f!uck it. Later a-hole.

    • Truth Seeker

      LMAO @ I_Saw_It

      You have got to be one of the worst debaters on this blog. Dude calm down. J wasn’t even disrespectful to you. There is documented proof that there is a difference and different explanations for spirituality and religion, and J shared discussed it on the blog.

      He or she responded to you that way because you calling him a n_ggah, an azzhole, and other names. You keep talking about n_ggahs but you’re acting foolish right now.

      All races have people that are shallow and materialistic, not just black people. You do have issues with black people, you’re just confirming by what you say often.

    • J

      @ I saw this one coming

      My response was warranted because you replied like an azzhole.

      This is a blog where people debate different opinions, so of course people will have different views of the topic at hand. If you can’t handle your views being challenged, you shouldn’t comment.

      I wasn’t disrespectful so I don’t understand your response.

      I’m all knowing because I replied to your post with a brief explanation of two different meanings? My post was merely an explanation of two meanings that are heavily located on any search engine on the net.

      Don’t take what Chris Rock says in a stand up routine and run with it. Just to let you know, Chris Rock and his wife are very active in the community, and A LOT of it PURPOSELY goes unmentioned. The Chris Rock you see in standup is not the same Chris the humanitarian.

      I didn’t say anything about me being intelligent, or attending Harvard, Yale, or M.I.T…I was just posting. Why are you so upset right now? I think Truth Seeker was right about you.

      Newsflash: The ones who try to act hard or similar to some e-thugs behind the computer, are usually soft as Charmin.

      @Truth Seeker

      I see what you mean about I Saw This One Coming’s debating skills. They reek of severe improvement.

  • Truth Seeker

    @J

    Ignore I_Saw_It_Coming’s emotional response. I already read on here that he isn’t a good debater, which I kinda figured. I read from another poster when you challenge his opinions, he can’t handle it, and he always ends up calling names because he can’t think when his opinions or comments are challenged.

    You didn’t really challenge him though. You just gave an explanation on spirituality and religion and he responded calling you names because he couldn’t think of anything else to say. He couldn’t disprove anything you said so he resorted to name calling like he has done before, but then again that’s goes back to him not being able to respond intelligently when anyone responds to him in disagreement.

    He talks about n_ggahs alot like he is a black person who can’t stand black to be around black people. He has the f_ck a n_gga mindset, while many black people want to help our people more, and will never quit doing it.

  • Dp

    I’m just wondering why the catholic church is not included in this research being that they stay in the news for sexual misconduct. And hypocrites are everywhere not just in church. Bishop E.Long could very well be guilty but is the message wrong? Homosexuality goes against nature Life isn’t produced from homosexual unions. God told man in the garden to be fruitful and multiply.

  • Amazin Atheist

    Face it folks there is no god! You can see that with what is going on in the world! Poverty, world hunger, wars, greed, etc! And you can say it’s free will all you want, but that is the biggest contradiction if your god is omnipotent, benevolent, all mighty! From the way things are going on in the world today, if there were a god, it is the biggest underachiever! These pulpit pimps capitalize off of the god idea! Does the so called “creator” of EVERYTHING need these people to speak for it? That makes it not so powerful at all!

    • Dtra

      ONLY A FOOL WOULD SAY THERE IS NO GOD. IF YOU WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO FOR GOD YOU WOULD KNOW THAT THERE A GOD HOW DID YOU GET HERE. IF YOU FIGURE YOU GOT ANOTHER WAY THAT WAS JUST A WASTE OF TIME THEY SLEPT THAT NIGHT. THE SAYS THAT THESE ARE GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE LAST AND EVIL DAYS. YOU WOULD WANT GET BEFORE ITS TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU. GOD I PRAY THAT YOU GET THIS MAN/WOMAN A NEW HEART CAUSE IF NOT IN HELL THEIR EYES THEY WILL LIFT.

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  • quilombo

    unquestioned loyalty by its followers and not having to provide proof of their claims of speaking for “god”…

    dogacuf!

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  • Amazin Atheist

     “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Suffering leads to despair. Despair leads to reckless yearning. And Reckless yearning leads to religion, aka the dark side of the force.”

  • Dtra

    I agree with you totally. You are the first I have seen after reading many comments say something so positive. The BIBLE says those without cast the first stone. How could one unjust judge another unjust when GOD says He is the just judge. For yes we all have sinned and come short of GODs glory.If one is going to church for the right reason you see through the shepard and see Christ not the flesh.

  • Dtra

    Now that’s what I am talking about. I would like to know which one of these corrupt minds have any facts of this. NONE don’t why can’t they just leave the Bishop alone.

  • Amazin Atheist

    Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only things that makes us different from other mammals.  It’s our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me.

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