September 25th, 2010
09:30 PM ET

Georgia pastor to address sexual coercion allegations

Georgia pastor Eddie Long will take to the pulpit Sunday to tell his side of the story five days the first of four lawsuits was filed accusing him of coercing young males into sexual relationships.

Long, who has led the growth of the Atlanta-area New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to 25,000 members, is expected to speak on the matter during the 8 a.m. worship service and again at a 10 a.m. news conference.

Video: Long will not allow cameras at service

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  1. ms brown

    We need to as a people stop always trying to bring each other down. wait until all the facts are in. let him be proven guilty. until then focus on yourself.

    September 26, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. reality check

    U right ms brown. Also a lawyer hired. If u not guilty y u hire a lawyer? Christians. Catholics are a cult. U never hear islam or protestant. Jews or buddhists being accused of screwing men. For money on top of it. Gross. Christians feed priests with money. Look what they do with it.

    September 26, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. d red

    Bishop Long placed himself in a situation that was not becoming of a wise man. Grown men dont hang with kids unless there is a motive, surely not on his level or his status. U shouldnt place your life and familes in the hand of kids or courts. Thats not wise or Good leadership. STEP DOWN

    September 26, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. newllene wright

    Pastor Long needs to take a vacation while this investigation is going on.

    September 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. altina

    All I have to say is This is between him and God!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • abajan

      That's quite true. Only Pastor Long, the young men who have accused him and God know the facts. It is either the pastor who has spoken the truth or the young men. Being Christians, both parties ought to know how serious the consequences of bearing false witness are. Which ever side is lying, I pray they (or he, as the case may be) confess it in this life and not be forced to do so in the life to come.

      October 13, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Altina, God forgives sins if the person repents. Christ died for our sins...not our crimes. You do the crime and you must pay. It's always been that way even since ancient biblical times.

    September 26, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. d red

    Phil. U are so right. And when ppl understand that then people will be more honest about who they are. This situation is not because it was plotted... This is a case that has merit. How do ppl in another state make the same charge. Saints please listen to God...not our emotions

    September 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Basha

    I am saddened when I hear adult people refer "judging" as something that is outside of God's word. If my son received emailed pictures of a grown man wearing spandex,I would be having a one way conversation with him and I would not be merciful. I don't need to wait for the system to tell me that he's guilty. Martin Rolands statement was accurate and powerful! We should really hold all people accountable, especially those who are leading others

    September 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hallelujah!

    my friends, what a friend we have in jesus.

    September 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. crazy4kobe

    disgusting.

    October 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
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