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.

Post by:
Filed under: Church Abuse • Religion
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Teresa

    God will deal with this situation. Those so called "pics" could've been doctured (HELLO!) I find it difficult to believe that he would be that stupid to send pics and texts knowing that they could get out. I don't buy that part of the story for one second.. Let him have his day in court ..none of us are God so we don't know what the truth is!

    September 23, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sheena

    First and foremost, I am a regular member of New Birth and I find it offensive that many would want to charge and convict my pastor without giving him a chance to prove his case. Yes, it is true to the fact that he is innocent until proven guilty; can we atleast give him that time he needs to rebuttle. I have came across many of sites where many of you who write your comments are offensive, mean, cruel and damaging. The only reason this is hitting the fan at this rate is because he's a black pastor with a mega-church. There are plenty of people who prey on the Mega-Church pastors; if it's not Bishop Long, it's either, Dr. Creflo Dollar; Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen and/or TD Jakes.
    We can not jump on the band wagon and condemn a person with out giving him a fair trial to prove his innocence. Just because of who he is and what he does, it leaves him open to face all sorts of slander.
    Please NEW BIRTH family know that all things work together and think it not strange whe we are in diverse situations, because NO absolutly NO weapon formed will be victorious you see we read the end of the BIBLE the enemy is try to recruit and any yeilding will allow anyone to be used so let us PRAY for those that dispitefully use and persecute us the enemy is already defeated.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD

    September 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Your hand must be in the pulpit to. Defending such behavior. Shame!

      September 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      Sheena, please know that those of us in the Body of Christ are praying for Bishop Long, his accusers and the New Birth Church family. These allegations hurt ALL of us and we all need prayer. God is the only judge and until people know all the facts no one should jump to conclusions. You are being lifted up in prayer. God bless.

      September 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • PimpsinthePulpit1

      Hello Sheena, many people feel your pain right now and some have even been down the same road that many members of New Birth are experiencing. Many wished that it could all pass away and disappear and things would go back to the way they were. There were many good times experienced by the 25K parishioners as the spirit moved within & throughout the aisles. However could you imagine how for example the Bernie Maddow victims felt the day they awaken and saw reality unfold? There has many victims of many misfortunes over the years that weren’t prepared to face the obvious but it came anyway. Most people are only prepared to stomach the apparent lie not one of great magnitude. If you feel you need counseling through these times I’m sure that it is available for you. As time moves forward you will be gratified in knowing that all things truly worked out for the good.

      September 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriouslypeople

      they just continue to be roced to sleep and these megapreachers know it, the ones defending cant even talk to they pastor without, an application process, cant even shake his hand, it's not in they interest to be awaken, GOd has poored out a deep sleep on some people and no man will ever wake them up.....you should know, that u aint in nothing if it's not of what GOD called you to be in, he said be holy, he is holy, his people r holy and his word is holy , so how do you justify being baptist, for a holy GOd....shame on some of you people

      October 2, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Khaly

    poor suckers [new birth members] – you can read, can't you? read the bible for yourselves .. church isn't mandatory, the bible says we shouldn't FORSAKE fellowship with fellow believers .. keeps us stronger but why wouldn't the black church be hit .. catholic priests have touched boys for decades and some are just coming out now .. so, i for one, believe 100% that he did it but because these boys stature, he doesn't feel he was coerced [that's what all those teachers who sleep with BIG BUCK FOOTBALL TYPE 14yr olds think] they're still kids and he should have NEVER touched anyone under 21. period. him being GAY is just the icing on the cake.

    FACT: donnie mcklurkin is also full of shyt – he had a young twink HEMMED UP IN A SEEDY LONG ISLAND MOTEL while he was doing that book tour about not being gay anymore

    FACT: tawana brawny was attacked and those of us who know – know why it went down like that but lets just say her story was 100% true then as it is today

    FACT: i'm waiting for someone to say something about t.d. jakes .. he supposedly KISSES the men he counsels – on the lips .. like, in the mouth, like with tongue [he probably blames it on his lisp and his big tongue of getting in the way] but that's another that is known. . but his wife also knows.

    September 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pam Jackson

    THE LAWYERS SHOULD CHECK THE SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS OF THE HOTELS HE STAYED IN WITH THESE TEEN BOYS TO SEE IF THIS IS TRUE–CHECK THE VIDEO CAMERAS!!!

    CHECK THE HOTEL CAMERAS!!
    CHECK THE HOTEL CAMERAS!!
    CHECK THE HOTEL CAMERAS!!

    September 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rumrunner

    if rev. long did any of this, he is garbage, but so are these weak-minded young men. when you are l8 you know better. they were plied with gifts and $$ &now want more. they are not victims, but predators !

    September 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. foosgold

    This scam artist (long) – say's he is under no man's authority, but that of god. I guess his lawyers are above man and God. I bet Jesus would of benefited from a defense lawyer. Hey Long, what does your God say now , this charlatan pretends to talk for God, but when something practical needs to be done...why the halls and courts of man will do just fine. I guess God and eddie want to wait to see what the lawyers will before they come out with a statement .. His crime is really the deception of people, he has been screwing people one way or other from the start – just like the rest of these phony preachers. Maybe if eddie and paul crouch and ted haggard got together, they could of kept the scandal under cover...but i don't think any of them like wrinkled old penis. This kind of comment befits those who scam others.

    September 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Justified

    PASTOR E. LONG NEEDS OUR PRAYERS. LET THE RIGHTEOUS PRAY. TO QUALIFY FOR THE BLESSING, WE MUST PASS THE TEST. AMEN

    September 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tim

    This would have been good reading if everyone was not trying to write sermons and would keep it short.

    September 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Justified

    PASTOR E. LONG, IF GOD BE FOR YOU, WHO CAN BE AGAINST YOU. FATHER, LET YOUR RIGHTOUES JUDGEMENT COME FORTH. AMEN

    September 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Vanessa

    where can I found more info about this case, especially the pics! I havent seen them!!!!

    September 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sad and Distraught

    MY QUESTIONS IS WHAT ABOUT THESE BOYS.......HOW ABOUT WE PRAY FOR THEM TOO????????? EVERYONE IS PROTECTING EDDIE LONG LIKE ITS JUST NOT POSSIBLE AT ALL FOR HIM TO HAVE A FLESHLY DESIRE AS SUCH. LETS PRAY FOR THESE BOYS AND THEIR FAMILIES NAME THAT THEY ARE PUTTING ON THE LINE FOR COMING FORTH WITH SUCH A STORY IF IT IS TRUE. yEA LETS PRAY FOR BISHOP BUT THERE IS MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED THAN EDDIE LONG AND HIS 25,000 MEMBER FLOCK.......PEOPLE LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE.

    September 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. beverly

    Bishop Long knew "it was wrong to travel with one or two young men anyway." In today's society you must be careful in talking with people and being around with people>" Bishop Long knew better and the old saying states" What is done in the dark will come out in the light." Now you should get on your knees and develop some "Macho Brains." It's a dam shame your wife, family and the church has to deal with the "Macho Looks Mentality." Since you are "man of Cloth, you will see who has your back now."

    September 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Justified

    Pastor E. Long, I love you with the love of the Lord. Eph. 6:10-15, Phip.4:13, 2 Sam. 22:33. Amen Justified by faith, we have peace with God. Amen

    September 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • foosgold

      jus are you one of his boy toys too?...Or do you just have the hots for him...yumm that pink muscle shirts makes all the youngin's quiver. I guess a lot of people come to check out how tight his clothes will be from one week to the next....what a man what a man...what a might fine man.

      September 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rdavis

    Please read the Book of Revelation and it will tell you that these ones would be openly exposed for their hypocrisy he is just one of the many, it is just a matter of time before he will be crying like Jim Baker. and all the rest who have been brought down by their hypocrisy False Religion is crumbling day by day.Have a good day folks.

    September 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sad and Distraught

    MY QUESTION IS WHAT ABOUT THESE BOYS.......HOW ABOUT WE PRAY FOR THEM TOO????????? EVERYONE IS PROTECTING EDDIE LONG LIKE ITS JUST NOT POSSIBLE AT ALL FOR HIM TO HAVE A FLESHLY DESIRE AS SUCH. LETS PRAY FOR THESE BOYS AND THEIR FAMILIES NAME THAT THEY ARE PUTTING ON THE LINE FOR COMING FORTH WITH SUCH A STORY IF IT IS TRUE. yEA LETS PRAY FOR BISHOP BUT THERE IS MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED THAN EDDIE LONG AND HIS 25,000 MEMBER FLOCK.......PEOPLE LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE.

    September 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5