September 23rd, 2010
09:57 AM ET

On the Radar: Bishop Long, GOP pledge, U.N. speeches

Atlanta pastor responds to charges - Atlanta pastor Eddie Long, accused of coercing young men to have sexual relationships, won't be interviewed today as planned. Long says his lawyers won't let him talk. But in a statement read on a syndicated radio show Thursday, Long denied he had coerced young church members into sex, as alleged in three lawsuits filed against him.

Long asked for patience "as we continue to categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges" and requested prayers for himself, his family and the church. He said he will respond to his congregation from the pulpit on Sunday.

GOP agenda –House Republican leaders will unveil a 21-page "Pledge to America" on Thursday that presents a "governing agenda" for what Republicans will do if they win control of Congress in November. CNN obtained a copy of the document Wednesday. READ DOCUMENT (PDF)

The plan focuses primarily on jobs and the economy, with a short reference in the "preamble" to the party's position on social issues. According to the document, House Republicans want to permanently extend all the tax cuts due to expire at the end of this year, give small businesses a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income and require Congress to review any new federal regulations that add to the deficit.

Obama, Ahmadinejad to address U.N. - President Barack Obama will urge Israel to accept an "independent Palestine" and call on Palestinians to pursue that goal peacefully in a speech at the U.N. Thursday.

Iran's leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in New York for the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting and also will be addressing the group. A day before the speech Ahmadinejad lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with CNN's Larry King on Wednesday, calling him a "skilled killer" who "should be put on trial for killing women and children."

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  1. Mark Cavinee

    So the Bishop says he is inocent. Well then he should step down as pastor until such a time as he is proven innocent or guilty. He should immediately quench his lavish lifestyle desire.

    September 23, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Think for a minute

    “Trust in God only, not man…” has been echoed across media networks for the past 24 hours. Yes, trust in God is important.

    Still, let’s be careful not to sideline the issue of accountability and responsibility for those ordained by God or chosen by man to lead congregations. The Lord Jesus chose twelve to work alongside him and each where held accountable for their actions.

    Many of use expect certain behaviors for those who lead our congregations, our places of employment, our communities and hopefully our households? In time the truth will be revealed, until then, do not sideline the accountability and responsibility of leaders.
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    September 23, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. somebody

    is this really news worthy?like nothing else going on in the world?

    September 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joseph L Williams

    This is a sad day in the lives of the church, black preachers and all other individuals who are somehow connected to this fiasco. It is sad because at this very moment none of us know fact from fiction; however, the damage has still been done. If Bishop Long is innocent, it means that his years of service to the local community in the form of socio economic development, family advocacy and spiritual guidance will be marred by this embarrassing media blitz. If he is guilty, he will be viewed as one more man who was dieified by men and deconstructed by the same group who placed him there.

    As the church, what should we do? For one, we should pray for the one who is accused and for those who are accusing. None of us are worthy to be moral judges and we should therefore understand that in times like these the true enemy in this matter are those forces who take our attention off of the issue at hand. What is the issue?? At this point all issues are accusatory which means nothing. Here we go again, this pattern fits right into to our fundamental humanistic pattern of responding to things before the reality of what we respond to has been made clear.

    So at this very moment in time let us judge the situation from the vantage point of reality, which is we don't know who or what is right. That being the case, let's take on the stance to embody that posture which will be judging off of the facts. The facts are this man has done great things for greater metropolitan Atlanta, black people and the kingdom of God; those points cannot be contested. The facts are that his ministry has spanned through the entire world leading many to changed lives and spiritual guidance. The facts are that he empowered his people by the construction of a credit union that has rivaled major banking centers throughout the south east. Ladies and gentlemen, those are the facts, just because things scroll across our flat screens in HD or come through our speakers in stereo doesn't make it fact–it is just gossip that has been conveyed in a way that appears relevant. Most people don't exist within a living reality but they exist within a conceptualized one. Let's chill out while we pray and hope for the best! – Joseph L Williams truthknowledgelight@gmail.com

    September 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natalie

      I think you're so right! Thank You

      September 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Part of the body

      Aman! These are praying times, we must remember that our fight is not against flesh and blood.

      September 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      No for once you need to use some common sense and ask what the hell am I donating sick amount of money to a guy that wears two Rolex's and drives a Bentley, and travels the world with young men to far off places. It is one thing for this dimwit followers to part with their money, I don't care about that, but I do care that my tax dollars is supporting these tax free scam artists. And what we need in this world is a whole lot less praying and a whole lot more doing.

      September 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zoe

      Amen brother,

      May the Lord bless you. The autor of this it is the devil. Let's pray for him and the congregation.

      September 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barbara

    Joseph L. Williams – thank you for your comments. People have been so quick to jump to conclusions. You are right – as a church we need to pray for all involved. The Body of Christ has been hurt from all of this – no matter what the outcome. All we can do is pray and wait and let God handle the rest. God bless you.

    September 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Just keep drinking the Kool-aid hon. I am sure his donations will triple in part to people like you. I love how you Christians always want to pray..never take any real action to solve a problem. Since you seem so devout you might want to brush up on the Gospel a bit before you go around supporting his likes.

      "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" -Mathew 19:24

      September 24, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arthur A. Cevallos

      And as usual, Lucifer will take the fall on this one. Many of you have now begun to place the blame on Lucifer,The Devil, Satan. What is weird about this whole thing is that in the lawsuits that were filed, this Lucifer, The Devil or Satan are not named in them. The only people that are involved in this sordid tale are The Pastor and a couple of guys that he Deepthroated.

      Hey Jasmo, you really should take some time off from praying your brains out and go find out what is the definition for the word Lucifer, Satan, Devil, Beelzebub. You are going to be surprised at what the definitions for these words are.

      Keep this in mind people "God does not live in man made houses". Specially ones that were made by man who use the pulpit to fill their pockets with money from idiots like Jasmo, Joseph Eru, Tammy, Barbara...

      Oh yeah, before I forget, Let's pray. Yes praying is the solution. Ha Ha Ha.

      September 24, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Boney

    sounds like lucifer was at work here

    September 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      It's funny how God has tens of thousands on the payroll, and Satan with none, but man he sure seems to work a much better PR engine with a whole lot less.

      September 24, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dennis clark

      Boney this is a terrible time for the church. Lucifer is real BUT he gave bishop long a choice and bishop did not choose Gods way. I read the Bible every morning, and have for 14 years. God will judge bishop not man. Many books in the Bible discuss pride and mans weakness with it. The book of Matthew is real specific about men that proclaim to be a profit or preach Gods word. God gives a stern warning to them about hypocrisy. Greed and selfishness along with pride are a terrible combination. Matthew also describes in great length about false profits and there words,they are not Gods. I will pray for bishop and God will judge

      October 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. writingmomma

    Now, you can see Daniel chapter 8 coming to pass all around us. This is not news, this is revelation being revealed before our eyes. "How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?" And he said to me, "For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed."

    September 23, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tammy

    I would much rather listen to & support the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST that is taught & lived out by Bishop Long than the GOSSIP of THE WORLD that is spoken by Media frenzies. "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers US out from the ALL!" Much love, prayers & support to Bishop Long, his family and New Birth congregation from Greenville!

    September 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      "I support the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST that is taught & lived out by Bishop Long"

      Do you not see the problem in that statement? I am not a religious man, but I don't think you are suppose to be living out any other Gospel than that of the New Testament not the interpretation of that of a man. Funny how God supposedly invented language yet has so much problem explaining what he really means.

      I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. – Susan B. Anthony

      September 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Irene

    I believe Eddie Long my be innocent (I don’t know), I need to see evidence. Although they’re a lot of “SAVED FOLKS” doing a lot of wrong doing “In the name of Jesus.” Anyway, lets pray to keep folks from using Jesus name for there greed. Watch out for "In the name of Jesus" when it's really "In the name of yourself."

    September 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Faithful

    God will deal with the truth. I hope this is not true.

    September 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Eru

      No matter how you look at this issue, I want you to know that Jehova, the almighty God is never happy when any of His generals suffer defeat, shame or gossip like this. It does not glorify his name which is more important to Him than any other thing. So if the Bishop will be truthfully to himself, he will agree with me that God must have been warning him for a very very very long time. He must have sent people, signs, fellow preachers like him to tell him of this impending danger. He ignored them all. I don't believe that this is the work of satan, for in my own opinion, God has just let him see the repercussions of his ignoring His several warning. The devil or satan can't touch any of God's general unless God allows it and this should be a lesson to anyone of us who profess to be a follower of Jesus. Please obey when you are warned by the Lord for He is not glorified when we find ourselves in a mess like this.

      September 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frank

    Drip, drip, drip. THE SKY IS BLACK WITH CHICKENS COMING HOME TO ROOST!

    September 23, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brownstain

    Brother Cornhole proves that it isn't only the Poop and his merry band of child molesters who are having all the fun.
    By the way, isn't it time to pimp the Poopmobile?
    It looks like a 1962 Datsun pickup with an outhouse on the back.

    September 24, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. Spencer J. and Pamela T. Atkinson, PFTLD

    Many are called but few are chosen, 9-23-2010 – Update
    For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:14
    Pastor Eddie Long was called but in the judgment, he won't be chosen. The problem with the Pastor Eddie Long, the Pope or all religious leaders is that they don't have any forensic proof that they are living entirely in God's will. In order for such religious leaders to become so popular and loved by so many without forensic proof of their divinity, they have to be very convincing. With the world being predominately evil, they have to convince the evil that they can control the masses. I simply see such religious leaders as snake charmers. I'm Jesus of Nazareth, incarnate in Spencer J. Atkinson, with proof that shows me to be the epitome of divinity. I'm not a snake charmer, I'm a caterpillar charmer, because there are some caterpillars among the evil snakes in humanity and I'm back for the caterpillars in humanity who will one day soon make the great, butterfly type, metamorphosis in the Kingdom of Heaven; where they will receive their wings. Perhaps one day the world would prefer my proof instead of the charming words of snake charmers. Without a doubt, all religious leaders tend to be good servants for humanity, but their service for God will always be doubtful without forensic proof. I'm not here to serve humanity, I'm here to serve God through Christ and if any of humanity benefits as a by product from my serving God, God Bless Them!

    September 24, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. The Truth

    Eddie Long is a great businessman who created a cash cow called New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. If you have made him rich, I hope you satisfied with the results. I was waiting for his downfall, but I never expected this. Everyone has demons; anyone who has seen Eddie's on television has seen his vainity first hand. After seeing the pictures of him in the skin tight clothes how can anyone defend this man. Guilty or innocent he has a problem. That's why we have not heard or seen him since the lawsuit.

    September 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jasmo

    TO BISHOP LONG AND FAMILY, AND TO NEW BIRTH, GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU TOGETHER DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. KEEP THE FAITH, AND LET GOD ABIDE. JASMO

    September 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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