My name is Steven Langella. I am a former member and deacon of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. I would like to share with you the story behind the story of my sister Roberta Langella. For the past 20 years, Roberta’s story has been told by Jim Cymbala, the pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle through his books Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, You Were Made For More, VHS Video He’s Been Faithful, and DVD When God’s People Pray . Roberta also made an appearance on the ABC News Program Person of the Week – Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir on Friday, Apr 14, 1995. It is not an exaggeration to say that Jim Cymbala made hundreds of thousands of dollars on Roberta’s story.
Sadly, Roberta passed away on October 2, 2016, due to an overdose of Percocet combined with alcohol. She was struggling with severe pain due to pancreatitis and was overmedicated. She will be greatly missed. Our family wants to thank all of those who showed up for her Memorial Service on October 2, 2016. Your overflow of love and support for Roberta was overwhelming. Thank you for loving Roberta and us at this very painful time. “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.” Proverbs 17:17.
The story of Roberta Langella that is being told in Jim Cymbala’s books and DVD is simply not true. It is, at best, a half-truth that has been altered to give the appearance of a woman who is a “vibrant Christian”. It is true that Roberta was extremely likable, funny, compassionate and artistic. Roberta could make a rock laugh. But Roberta was struggling spiritually. And this went on year after year. And it is for this reason that I am writing the truth about Roberta Langella. Many of you who thought you knew Roberta might be surprised at what you read. You might even be angry at me for telling the truth. But don’t let anger cloud your vision. Instead, look at the facts stated and then come to your own conclusions. There is a great injustice being done in the name of the Gospel, and for that, I must speak the truth in love.
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