A good read on Talk To Action about Long’s ties to Dominion Theology, which works to dissolve the separation of church and state, and is becoming the mainstream in charismatic/evangelical movements. Also read this on TTA about Long’s “apostolic” authority over 79 churches around the country and world. From the first link (bold emphasis added):
[snip] Like the apostles and prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and other Dominionist networks, Long does not believe in separation of church and state. And similar to the NAR prophets, Long believes that God gives messages directly to him to pass on to his flock. In his book Taking Authority he states,
God has strongly communicated to me His displeasure with our nation’s growing acceptance of the mythical “separation of church and state” heresy. I am convinced this so-called separation was never the intent of our nation’s founding fathers – it is merely a device fraudulently created by an errant Supreme Court totally apart from historical precedent, tradition, or even the will of the people.
Also, like many other New Apostolics and Dominionists, Eddie Long is known for his extensive charitable work. And also like the New Apostolics, this work is at least partially intended to provide access and gain authority over government as mandated in dominion theology.
First, gOd does not communicate with Eddie Fucking Long or any other religious huckster. This bullshit about the U.S. being a christian nation pisses me off because it shows their total ignorance of, not only U.S. history, but world history. We are a “christian nation” only in the sense that christianity is the majority religion that people follow — not because we were founded on a christian theocracy. This nation was founded by people who fled the tyranny of church rule over state, not to set up their own theocracy.
The article goes on to describe the “shepherding” or “discipling” practiced by churches within the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).
[…] … that individual Christians, in order to grow as ‘disciples of Christ,’ needed to submit themselves to the teaching authority of a ‘shepherd,’ in the form of a man ‘older than them in the Lord.’ They taught that through submission to authority in all areas of one’s life the Christian would develop a personality that would successfully recruit and convert new believers. Barring catastrophe, the exponential growth through `shepherding’ would eventually enable Christians to rule the world.’
Yeah, we see how that works. Turn off you brain and give total obedience to your mentally disturbed cult cell leader, do exactly as he says and never question it, or else face the consequences. The sheeple are required by some cult cell leaders to bring their checkbooks to prove they’ve been tithing 10% of their income.
As described in Part One of this article, the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) has followed Long’s path to fame and fortune. The same AJC article quoted in Part One describes their investigation in 2005 which found that Long had received 3 million dollars in compensation from his charities, “nearly as much as it gave to all other recipients combined during those years, according to tax records.”
Long’s response as reported by the AJC,
“We’re not just a church; we’re an international corporation,” he said. “We’re not just a bumbling bunch of preachers who can’t talk and all we’re doing is baptizing babies. I deal with the White House. I deal with Tony Blair. I deal with presidents around the world. I pastor a multimillion-dollar congregation.”
The cash, baby, it’s all about the cash. How else could this man hook 14 and 15-year olds into being his personal little sex toys?
Wake up, idiot christian fundamentalist extremists! It’s all a scam! Oh, and one more thing, idiot christian fundamentalists: If your preacher wants to rub something on, or stick something into, your child … um, pssst! it ain’t gOd telling him to do that (or the devil).