Once the video of King Eddie Long went viral, others in religious community struck back with a big thumbs down.
The Grio reports:
Reverend Morris Tipton, director of media relations, at the National Baptist Convention, warns that, "God has called us to be serving leaders and not celebrities."The
"Christ Jesus is the model and example in which we are to be humble in everything, from our lifestyle to the execution of our ministry," says Tipton of the Convention, which is the oldest and largest African-American Christian denomination in the United States. "It's not about being flamboyant."
"When pastors are put on a pedestal when they fall it's a mighty fall and impacts a tremendous amount of people in a hurtful and negative way because the congregation has placed so much confidence in this one person," says Tipton, although he is also keen to stress he is not referring to a specific ministry.