Eddie Long announces break from church

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Bishop Eddie Long, false teachers
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Bishop Eddie Long has announced that he is taking a break from the church – just days after his wife filed for divorce.

Bishop Eddie Long

In front of thousands of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church congregants, Long announced on Sunday that he will take time off in order to focus on his family.

“I’m still your pastor. You’ll still receive my direction,” Long said with his wife, Vanessa, and two of their children standing by his side, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “You’ve given me some weeks to take care of some family business.”

The Atlanta megachurch pastor has been embroiled in a sexual misconduct case with four young men in the last year.

The announcement comes amid a whirlwind of confusing and contradictory news reports that Vanessa Long had filed for divorce.

News broke Friday that Vanessa had filed for divorce Thursday, only to be contradicted hours later by the megachurch, which issued a statement saying that its first lady had experienced a change of heart and had withdrawn the suit.

Shortly after the church statement, her attorneys released a separate statement clarifying that their client intends to follow through with the divorce.

“Consistent with her original statement made this morning, Mrs Long continues to hope that this matter may be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously and fairly; however, she has determined that dismissal of her divorce petition is not appropriate at this time,” read the statement by Mrs Long’s attorneys.

It is unclear whether the divorce suit has now been withdrawn or not.

On Friday, Bishop Long issued his own statement amid the divorce news: “Vanessa is, and has always been, a loving, dedicated and committed wife and mother.

“My love for her is deep and unwavering. It remains our sincere desire to continue working together in seeking God’s will in these circumstances.”

Long has made headlines over the past year for a lawsuit filed against him by four young men – all of who used to attend his church – accusing the preacher of abusing his spiritual authority to lure them into a sexual relationship with him.

The case was settled out of court in late May, and the plaintiffs were paid a large sum of settlement money. Long reportedly paid a total of $15 million to the four plaintiffs and a fifth accuser, Maurice Robinson, who was not named in the lawsuit. But in late September, however, Long requested that three of the men – Jamal Parris, Spencer LeGrande and Centino Kemp – repay the settlement money because the men allegedly broke the confidentiality agreement when they spoke publicly about the case.

Eddie and Vanessa Long have been married for 21 years and have three children together.

Source :   http://www.christiantoday.com/article/eddie.long.announces.break.from.church/28994.htm


  1. Latest update: Bishop Eddie Long has apparently returned to New Birth Missionary Baptist Church after a month-long absence. The senior pastor had announced that he was stepping away from the pulpit to spend time with his family – an attempt to save his marriage with Vanessa Long, who has recently filed for divorce.

    Long welcomed the New Year on the eve of 2011 with what appeared to be enthusiasm and vitality – telling his congregation “2012 is here! Shake off the remorse, shake off the depression, shake off the financial burden, start using your hands again and reconstructing!”

    “God is more about your future than he was about your past,” he urged at the “Watch Night Service.

  2. Eddie has had a rough time recently and so this little display is just another way orchestrated to make him look good. To lift him up and crown him is as king IS nothing less than blasphemy. He has taken the place of Christ. PURE DECEPTION!!! May God have mercy on these men.

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