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. Numbaoneballa

    Dirty disgusting old man who's being crucified because he's mulatto and gay. This us racism.

    September 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. maureen Fisher

    I was astonished at Don Lemon's admission on CNN about being molested. It was an extraordinary and brave thing to admit on national television. I add Don to the people that I really respect and hope he continues to be the wonderful man that he is. Kudo's to him for his honesty.

    September 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kay trail

    if these allegations are true, Christians everywhere will so saddened to hear of Satan's victory.....I will be praying for eddie long and his family and the accusors....that the truth will come to light and healing and restoration for all parties will ensue.

    September 25, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michelle

    Numbaoneballa, this has nothing to do with his skin color or just being gay.You need to work on your reading comprehension – or yous is juzta ignernt dumba$$!

    September 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Numbaoneballa

      Michelle, please don't be scared, it will fit.

      September 26, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      My vote is for juzta ignernt dumba$$!

      September 26, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. chaka frink

    I think what is happening is an very sad and challenging moment for many,and prayer goes out to everyone involved. Eddie Long is a spiritual leader to many and if proven true we can only pray for him, because after all he is only human. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone

    September 25, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      It's one thing to say he that is w/out sin cast the first stone, but it's ANOTHER thing to be in HIS position and to CLAIM to be a called minister of God and to have the So Called "Power" that he has, and be accused of something of this magnitude. Sure, we should not judge, but we sure judge those that steal, cheat and murder. A sin's a sin and if one heed punishment then they ALL should. There HAS to be a reason for them accusing him. There's two sides to every story. A lot of times when someone preaches against something or talks about people doing this or doing that, you'd better watch out. They're trying to throw you off so you won't suspect them doing such acts ! Not saying he's guilty, but just because someone's "Against" something, doesn't mean a hill of beans !

      September 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. C

    Long is not a christian He is a con

    September 26, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michelle

    Very funny. See, there's your reading comprehension again...

    September 26, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tracy Howard

    I am so outdone, extraordinarily amazed at Don Lemon's admission of his own experience with this ordeal. I feel like he was trying to get through to those young people; to get them to think for THEMSELVES! They seem BRAINWASHED!!! I commend Don for his personal integrity and commitment to the truth!

    September 26, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. n williford

    Why would Don Lemon say "when talking about things these young men don't want, ESPECIALLY African American men, don't want to talk about these things." Why on earth would it b harder for black men than any other race of men to admit this?

    September 26, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ann Wideman

    Mr. Roland S. Martin, CNN Contributor, Thank you so very much for having the guts to remind Bishop Long to have the decency to respect his congregation by stepping aside and getting this mess in order. If it can be done. All that you stated regrding his stepping down, I agree with you, whole heartedly.

    September 26, 2010 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Kerri Brown

      I agree with you, Ann. The only thing that he can do is to step down whether it will be proven to be true or not. If he has his congregations best interest at heart and if he wants the work of God to continue with integrity, he should step down and get his personal business in order. Well said, Roland Martin.

      September 26, 2010 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    I agree with both of you, Ann and Kerri. Even the shadow of child molesting, let alone a conviction, is enough reason for a true Christian leader to step down. So what about the Pope. Should he step aside as well?

    September 26, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. realuty check

    Cathics and christuans...waow. Never hear of other religious leaders screwing little boys and men oooops. Hello. Gross. Wake up and thats a reality check. Christians and catholics arw hypocrits and rapists. Greedy and liars.

    September 26, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. reality check

    Yes people only pope followers and catholics. Christians do things like that. Islam. Buddist and all other religions dont do that. Fact....god knows people s heart. Long u guilty. If 4 men come forward u guilty. How many more. And all these priest preachers pastors using followers money. Shame. Christians and catholics are the first to judge quick. The facts are so sad. You are the biggesst sect in the world. Rapin. Lyin. Usin followers cash for your lust...

    September 26, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    Ann and Kerri are right on. Of what use to God is a man suspected of child molestation? Until this preacher is found innocent, he should step down. If guilty of this crime, he should go to jail and while there, repent for his sins.This rule would also apply to those covering for child molestors as well.

    September 26, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    Yes the Pope and his clergy who have this spectre of child molesting hanging over their heads should step down just like this Baptist minister.

    September 26, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
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