Why is this not a surprise? Atlanta-based, mega-church Pastor Creflo Dollar is defending "his brother in the Lord" Pastor Eddie Long. Dollar criticizes church members who left Long after he recently settled four sexual coercion lawsuits. Dollar compares Long's situation to a car "wreck" and applauds the fact that he had "insurance."
"I can't believe people would believe their preacher because he had a wreck instead of praying for him," said Dollar. "He's loved them and he's taken care of them ... and he had a wreck. Here's the good news: He got insurance! He's still anointed!"
Long is accused of luring at least four young men into sexual relationships and using using church funds to give the four men cash, gifts and cars. The sexual scandals and lawsuits at New Birth have reportedly lead to a "significant drop" in attendance and donations. Read the complaintsHERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Creflo Dollar and Eddie Long have been among the most vocal critics of gay rights in the Black church. Both are known for preaching so-called "prosperity gospel" and their extravagance. Dollar and Long's church finances have been investigated by a Senate committee. Typical that Dollar would co-sign Long's hypocrisy. Shameful that Dollar would say a man who preys on teenage boys is "anointed" and would encourage parents to expose their sons (and wallets) to this "wreck".
Watch Dollar defend Eddie Long to thunderous applause AFTER THE JUMP ...
The sermon was from Dollar's World Changers Church on Sunday Jun 5, 2011. Complete sermon HERE. Excerpt taken from around the 58 min mark.