Bishop Eddie Long was accused last year of using his position and power to rape the tender teenage years of many of his male followers. It’s not just that Long was seduced into using his God appointed Call to make manifest these works of the devil, it’s that he won’t repent.
See, I don’t believe there is anyone of us who’s perfect. We were all born in sin. And we all know our particular breed of it very well. Now that we’ve been born again, however; we’ve called to submit to doing the work of working out our salvation. Being born again means we are no longer ‘called’ sinners but righteous. But that name of righteousness having been bestowed upon us is more about God’s Love, His gracious nature, and understanding that man is always in the process of becoming that which he is called more so than it will ever be about our actual righteousness.
Individuals who’ve been purposed to the five fold ministry gift are subject to the word just like we are. In no way are they exempt from the word they preach, teach, and prophesy to the sheepfold. In no way are they exempt from the flesh they live in, the past experiences that shaped them, or the principalities & power of the air.
Every man & woman of God doesn’t molest. Doesn’t take the church’s money to finance their ego of sexual prowess. But every single man & woman of God alive has something they deal with, something God’s enemy is using the excellency he was created in to kill, steal, and destroy their stewardship to God.
We’re living smack dab in the middle of a season where if we continue to keep our personal and familial secrets, they will drive us straight to hell. The untold thing has a power over us because in its unspoken state, it remains the poison inside of us. It’s why repentance and confession are the two main keys of Christianity. We tell God first, only then are we freed for the process of change.
Sin is sin. In God’s sight no one sin is greater than another. This is why judgment is so damning. Judgment elevates. It says, “What you just did is so much worse that what I do.” God says, “Not true”. If it’s not of Him, it’s wrong. Period.
So I see a dire need for a different pulpit in these last days. I see a pulpit of truth where leaders share themselves. Share their struggles, their own molestations and how they were affected by them. Where there’s an ongoing repentance to God and confession to His people about their first hand experiences in this ongoing battle of spiritual warfare.
The Bible teaches that the last days will be worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. Reading its wicked story in Genesis, one might think: how could that be? Because the men of Sodom and Gomorrah were open about their sin. Their choices and behavior wasn’t cloaked in the secrecy we see today. We might compare the Genesis version to the thick green stinky gas we’d see in a Batman movie and today’s with a colorless, odorless, carbon monoxide gas only God and His attuned alarm systems can detect.
Homosexuality is a spirit. The men and women who perform homosexual acts do so because that spirit was transferred to them by another person who had it. Now, having lodged itself in their mind, it has become a stronghold.
But the God I serve has the power to deliver us from all mental strongholds. The only thing He lacks is a confession of repentance, a simple acknowledgment of the wrong, and a request to see His deliverance. When men and women of God begin to collectively humble ourselves, admit the weaknesses of our own humanity, claim the Blood of the Savior, and use the word of our testimonies to the edification of the Body of Christ, then we’ll be the glorious Church Christ is coming back for.
Psalm 91 tells us there’s nothing to be afraid of. But Psalm 91 is for the Christian who dwells in the secret place of the Most High God. Those who choose to make their dwelling place the darkness of their secrets are trading their God granted security for hell.