He was invited to President Dwight D. I then asked her if she would be willing to let her teenage son go on a field trip with Long. He was a phenomenally gifted leader: Long denied the allegations and publicly vowed to clear his name. I soon realized he had devised a strategy. Others defended his philosophy of mind over matter, which appealed to middle-class believers who felt their hard work should be rewarded in this life.
Part of that was because of the distinctive message he preached and the way he embodied it.
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The religious landscape in America is filled with megachurches, prosperity theology and pastors who continually remind their cowed congregations to "touch not God's anointed. Most of the pastors I meet are bookish introverts. Bishop Eddie Long's fall from grace Yet they and their churches still find a way to treat with respect those struggling with their sexual orientation. Subscribe Purchase Issues Advertise e-Newsletters.
Ike was aware of Norman Vincent Peale. I think that Rev. I remember talking to a woman at New Birth who claimed there was nothing to the lawsuits by the four young men who claimed Long pressured them into sex. Unquestioning submission to authority became a recurrent theme in his preaching and books. Whenever someone learns that I've written about Long, they ask me about his sexual orientation.