This is a great example of how NOT to run your church finances, or your personal finances for that matter.
Eddie Long has had a rough couple of years… various sexual allegations with young men that were settled out of court, declining membership at his megachurch, and now a divorce… which is bringing new details into view of how convoluted the finances are between Long’s church and his personal finances.
And the local TV news investigative reporter is all over the story. Lesson: Keep your personal finances personal, and don’t mix it up and blur the lines with the church. I know this is not a problem for most all of us… at least to this degree… but as a pastor, you have opportunities, however small, to game the system from time to time. In the words of Nancy Reagan: “Just say no”, or else you may end up in this type of a situation with the IRS and local media: