A Crisis of Materialism in the Church Has Left it Morally Adrift

New Birth Missionary Baptist ChurchAt least some of the faithful within the congregation of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta had to feign a sense of surprise when sexual abuse allegations against the church’s leader Bishop Eddie Long first surfaced in 2011.  But even those parishioners were truly shocked when details of New Births’ and Bishop Longs’ secret settlement with over a dozen young men allegedly victimized by Bishop Long leaked out, resulting in a reported payout of over $25 million dollars.  To add to the tawdry affair, Bishop Long apparently sought damages against several of the broken young victims who, despite the confidentiality terms of the settlement, told their stories publicly.

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