Bishop Long is immersed in the battle of his life. He stands accused of some pretty heady charges. Do you know if he’s guilty? Innocent? Nope; neither do I. We do know one thing — God has used the man to win souls, make disciples, and expand the Kingdom of God. The fruit of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of Lithonia, GA speaks volumes about the ministry, if not the man.

What I find sad is that no one is speaking up on his behalf. There are many mighty men and women of God who know Bishop Long personally and — having had him speak to their congregations — should be able to vouch for the man’s character at some level. It seems ministers and ministries run cowering when sin — accused or convicted — is uncovered.

For this reason, I will not be silent. It is not for me — or you — to determine Bishop Long’s innocence or guilt and, therefore, I leave that to God, the courts, Bishop Long and his accusers to work out. In the meantime, I am not ashamed speak to the man’s labor and his fruit. And I pray fervently for the accusers as well as the accused that the peace that passes all understanding will rule in this matter.

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