I'm not saying that single parent homes don't teach morality...I am however, making light of the fact that one parent playing both roles is incomplete and something, or someone is bound to fall by the wayside.
If (perhaps) Catholics did put the Bible together, they worship Mary. Their belief is that Jesus is A messiah but not THE MESSIAH. I'm saying while it is the same book, the same book that supremecist used to enslave -- anything (in a process) that's left out during instruction, makes the process incomplete. The Bible is being used (taught) in partiality so that it will correspond to whatever the doctrine is so that it SOUNDS believable. That's what deception does...take a lie, add some truth to it, and it sounds believeable.
We can assume that Eddie Long hid himself because of hate/backlash...yet if it was (in his mind) ok with him and His God...*** the people. He should have just stepped up and "did him" instead of taking those guys down HIS ROAD of redemption. I also believe that he was power tripping. CONTROL People like him enjoy having the masses at his feet, believing everything he says. The Bible says TRY THE SPIRIT to see what sort they are. One thing about Black ppl in general, we are SKEPTICS! When we hear something that sounds right, looks right, we aint going for it, BUT if it feels good TOO, we run with that. Satam will not tempt you with something YOU DON'T LIKE. So you're right...there is a control mechanism in place, the ulterior being the almighty dolla.
The only Bible reference that I've read is when PAUL speaks about *** in the book of Romans (ch 1). Yet Paul (before being saved was named Saul) was persecuting (killing) Christians himself. It was on the road to Damascus that Jesus changed his name (to Paul) and gave him his "authority". He then became a crusader for Christ. Other than that, "crucifying" *** isn't written. But it should be duly noted, that Paul repented...
We all have our own stories that can be conformed into the same type reading as the Bible. If we were the characters in the Bible, our struggles (or demons) are no different than the people God used to tell THEIR OWN experience. The question is, do we use the Bible and it's example to do better, or do we use it to justify why we won't do better? (rhetorical)
And I respect (you) the fact that we can have this exchange.