A quick post before work–
I had BBC on yesterday and heard audio of Bishop Eddie Long’s address to his congregation regarding allegations of sexual abuse of young men he was mentoring. He did not say that the allegations were untrue. Why? What he left unsaid is central to the whole scandal. You can see another report here. It mirrors what was on BBC.
The congregation is standing by him, but they have been ‘primed’. Countless sermons about how Christians stand against ‘the world’ lay the groundwork for denying anything coming from outside. This mechanism is not unique to churches.