What Did Bishop Jakes Say About Eddie Long?

This page was created to document some of the more popular statements that Bishop T.D. Jakes said regarding Eddie Long and his sins.

Although the case was settled and dismissed out of court for a "supposedly" undisclosed amount of money (some estimate $25 million or so) without any admission of guilt, the fact still remains that Jakes did not call bishop Long's actions into account, nor did he specifically say that Long sinned or was wrong. Maybe it was because the case never made it to trial, however, there is a great implication of guilt from over 400 counts and charges and the overt and graphic sexual descriptions found in the suit itself.

Here is the evidence as I see it. I don't know. if you find a definitive statement where Bishop Jakes called the actions of Eddie Long either a sin, wrong or ungodly, please let me know so that I may post it. I certainly DO NOT wish to bear false witness.

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Interview with Lee Hawkins of the WSJ. About 16:20 into this video:


Then Charisma News Bishop spoke regarding the pending divorce and desire for reconciliation between Long and his wife. (No Mention of a condemnation for what Long did)










Then there is Christian Post article which rehashes much of what is already here, in which Jakes says the following among other things:
"...if there was actually misconduct," the young men involved in the case were old enough to make their own decisions. They are not juveniles, he noted..."I think it's a little different from a 10-year-old who can't speak for himself," 
..."When you take these older boys, who can make decisions, old enough to drive a car, old enough to go to war, if there is a deliberate action done here, we can't take a cash settlement if we really want justice done, because it leaves the public wondering what really happened."...The only people who know what really happened between the boys and the bishop are the boys and the bishop, Jakes said. And at this point, the public might never find out the truth. However, the story could be used as a conversation starter for "how we interact with leadership and how we interact with people, and what our expectations are of people."
Then there is the Don Lemon CNN video about 4:00 into the video:


This is what he says notably here:
Pt. 1: "50% of children are molested by people that they know. So I don't want us to demonize these people as the epitome of evil at the expense of overlooking people in our communities and our neighbors and even our relatives who have access to our children. It'' time for our parents to really take a sharp wake up call and build the kind of communication mechanisms with their children so that we can check to make sure that this is not happening, not only at Penn State, where we need to really stamp it out, but also in our neighborhoods and communities."
Pt. 2: "Well, I think if there was misconduct, we have the young men and they were older men, I think it's a little different from a 10 year old who can't speak for himself. When you get these older boys, who can make decisions, old enough to drive a car, old enough to go to war,...if there is a deliberate action done here, we can't take a cash settlement when we really want justice done, because it leaves the public wondering what really happened. Because of the judicial system that we have today, none of us, our curiosities are not resolved because the only people who really know what happened between the boys and bishop, are the boys and bishop and perhaps we will never know at this point, but we can use it as a talking point to begin to talk about how we deal with leadership and how we interract with people and what our expectations are of people..."

As stated, I don't see, hear or read any condemnation of Long's actions. In fact he asks the public NOT to demonize "these people" (Long and I suppose Jerry Sandusky) as the epitome of evil...

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