September 21st, 2010
07:46 PM ET

Men allege sexual coercion by prominent Atlanta pastor

Two Georgia men have filed suit claiming that prominent Atlanta pastor Eddie Long coerced them into sex.

The suits, filed Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, allege that Long used his position as a spiritual authority and bishop to coerce young male members and employees of his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church into sex.

"Defendant Long has a pattern and practice of singling out a select group of young male church members and using his authority as Bishop over them to ultimately bring them to a point of engaging in a sexual relationship," the suits allege.

Long is considered one of the nation's top black preachers. Long spokesman Art Franklin said Tuesday that "we categorically deny the allegations."

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  1. Jean

    We dont want jump and say yes or no do some investigation, pray none of are perfect and this is not an excuse for sin but let every man exmaine their own self. It's time to pray people of God, Jesus is our example. We all fall, we all sin but acknowledge when you do, confess, our God resores, He is not a man that He lies. Pray for the our leaders all the time they are a prey to the enemy, we are fighting a spiritual fight here let us not be ignorant of the cunning devices .

    September 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ron

    This why I don't go to church

    September 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • lorraine

      This is no excuse to use, why you don't go to church. God gave us all common sense so use it, even in church.

      October 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ginny

    Woe. It is not a wise or good thing that we should speak evil of the; " LORD's Anointed".

    You are all in my prayers, there is no victory here, for the devil is defeated.
    I say this in JESUS Name, All His Holy Church say Amen....

    September 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ANGELA

      GINNY, JESUS SAID FOR WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER IN MY NAME, THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM. WE JUST NEED TO STAY PRAYED UP ON A DAILY BASIS.BE SOBER, BE VIGILANT; BECAUSE YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL, AS A ROARING LION, WALKETH ABOUT, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR:. GOD BLESS

      September 23, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. ANGELA

    JUDGE NOT, THAT YE BE NOT JUDGED. AT AGES 17,18 AND 23 THESE YOUNG MEN KNEW BETTER. WHY NOW COME FORWARD WITH THESE ALEGATIONS. WE ARE NOT GOD. AS IT IS WRITTEN, THERE IS NONE RIGHTOUS, NO NOT ONE. FOR ALL HAVE SINNED, AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD; LET'S LIFT ALL OF THE FAMILIES INVOLVED IN PRAYER. MAY GOD CHANGE A LOT OF US TO WALK WITH HIM, TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER AND LOVE EACH OTHER. WE NEED TO STOP ALL THIS FOOLISHNESS. DEVIL YOU ARE A LAIR. GOD WE NEED YOU RIGHT NOW. TO BISHOP LONG AND THE THREE YOUNG MEN, MAY GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU. AMEN

    September 23, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. jerry

    having money is not evil THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL people have got this all wrong its how you get the money

    September 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • lorraine

      you are so right, the Bible tells us for the love of money is the root of all evil.

      October 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lorraine

    Rev. Eddie Long, for you we are praying

    October 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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