GCM Watch expresses appreciation for Rev. Kenneth Samuels who on Wednesday backed out of the planned Soulforce confrontation of Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta. Samuels had signed onto the June 1 event, but then changed his mind citing a protest of his own church.
According to an interview with the Southern Voice, Samuels who at one time pastored New Birth, said it was a matter of respect of a pastors “sacred space”.
I cannot in good faith do something similar,” Samuel said. “The best way to combat bigotry is from the pulpit, to educate the members themselves. It’s rather intrusive for a pastor to come onto another pastor’s sacred space.” While he supports Soulforce’s mission, Samuel said he believes “intruding” on another’s sacred space can be counter-productive.
We applaud Rev. Samuel’s decision to respect the dignity of God’s house. Soulforce, would do well to follow that decision and find another venue to protest rather than disrupt a church’s right to worship God in peace.