September 23rd, 2010
07:43 AM ET

Bishop Long: Charges against me are false

In a statement read on a radio show Thursday, Atlanta pastor Eddie Long said he was anxious to respond to allegations contained in lawsuits that he had coerced young church members into sex, but his lawyers would not permit him.

"I have been through storms and my faith has always sustained me," Long said in a statement read by attorney Craig Gillen. "... Let me be clear: the charges against me and New Birth are false. I have devoted my life to helping others, and these false allegations hurt me deeply, but my faith is strong and the truth will emerge."

Long said he denies "each and every one of these ugly charges" and will respond to his congregation on Sunday.

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. joyce p. mc.

    don't play with God, He Said he would bring you to open shame. His word is true. Only God can judge.

    September 26, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. leo

    The bishop should step down for the sake of the church. Swallow the pride and it will cure.

    September 26, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • lia from ohio

      i would love to have a chair in the church today to hear this message!

      September 26, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marshen

    I am sorry to sayI do believe the boys however, I will be praying for every one involed in this matter the DEVIL really know how to Kill Steal and to DISTROY have mercy lord and let your will be done!

    September 26, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. seriouslypeople

    @marshen great comment.....

    October 2, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
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