The headlines this past week of Bishop Eddie Long's alleged sexual encounters with 4 young men have rocked the church once more.  I've been grieved by this scandal.  It's the church that suffers when it's followers and especially it's leaders violate the morals that they profess.  A few things that I've been chewing on:
1.  Matthew 7:1,2    'Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you."
2.  1 Corinthians 10:12  "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall."
3.  Ephesians 5:1-7  "Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma.  But fornication and all uncleaness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, not foolish talking, nor course jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.  For this you know, that not fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the ingdom of Christ and God.  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.  Therefore do not be partakers with them." 
4.  Galatians 6:1,2  "Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  Bear one another's burdens, an so fulfill the law of Christ."

When I think about this situation with Bishop Long, on one hand it makes me angry knowing that there is damage to the body of Christ but on the other hand I am compelled by Christ to respond with 1.  Personal humilty  2.  Graciousness  3.  Christ likeness
I hope for the Bishop's sake that he comes clean about any inpropriety so that he could be healed.  1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he will forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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    Sean Appleton
    Senior Pastor

    Kay and I came to the Antelope Valley in 1989 after graduating from LIFE Pacific College to become assistants to Dan and Connie Stewart.  In 1997 we assumed the role of Senior Pastors at the church.  We have 2 boys, Aaron (married to Jennae) and Brandon.  My hobbies are gardening with Kay, bike riding with Kay, crosswords with Kay, and playing with old cars (where's Kay?)


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