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Bishop Eddie Long’s daughter breaks her silence on his death

Atlanta bishop Eddie Long who was accused of sleeping with five teenage boys dies of cancer aged 63Bishop Eddie Longs daughter breaks her silence on his death news 1x1.trans

Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, died at 63 this weekend, and while many are mourning his passing, his daughter, Taylor, has broken her silence to speak out about her loss as well.

Both Taylor and Long’s church confirmed that Long had passed away due to a fight with cancer, though they noted that Long did not let his illness “kill his faith nor his spirit.”

Taylor posted a picture of herself with her father along with her message of love: “I love you Dad. Thank you for being perfect. I cherish every moment I’ve shared w/ you even up to your last breath. I don’t blame God for wanting you back, I would too,” she wrote.

She then added, “Everything I do is for you, it’s been my honor to be your daughter,” she continues. “Thank you for being the greatest example of a wonderful father & husband. You kicked cancers ass! Job Well Done my angel.”

Long’s wife, First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, also shared her love and loss, saying, “I am confidant through my belief in God that my husband is now resting in a better place. Although, his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace.”


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According to New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Eddie L. Long has died at the age of 63.

The church says that he “is now spiritually healed and home with the Lord.”

The statement went on to say, “Bishop Long, Senior Pastor of New Birth, transitioned from this life early Sunday morning after a gallant private fight with an aggressive form of cancer.”

Those in the know, say that Long had maintained his commitment to God and had said that the cancer would not kill his faith or his spirit.

Many had speculated about his health after a video he published last month showed him looking thin and frail. He had not disclosed his illness previously.

While Long had missed multiple services over the last few months he was at the Church for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve services.

His wife of 27 years, First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, said, “Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace.”


Steve Harvey asks Eddie Long if he had sexual relations with any of his accusers {VIDEO}

(Photo: YouTube)

In a video posted to YouTube on Sunday, Bishop Eddie Long told his congregation at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church that he had been healed by God.
“I’ve been on a journey and just recalibrating myself,” Long can be heard declaring in the video. “And like I said, I had some health issues and God has healed me. The manifestation is coming through and we stand in that.”
Miz Justice, who posted the video to YouTube, said that the video took place on Oct. 9, during Long’s anniversary service.
Recently, Long announced that he was suffering from a health condition but did not disclose specifics. The announcement came after rumors swirled around the bishop, who looked frail in recent videos.
It was not immediately clear in the video whether or not Long was saying that he had been physically healed or if he was referring to a spiritual healing or rebirth.
This month, Long not only celebrated his pastoral anniversary but also held a three-day summit with speakers from around the world, from New Zealand to the Bahamas.


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Steve Harvey asks Eddie Long if he had sexual relations with any of his accusers

This week, Bishop Eddie Long was interviewed on the “Steve Harvey Show,” and while he was open to talking about such deep personal subjects as his struggles with suicidal thoughts, he refused to answer questions about the allegations of sexual abuse that have plagued him and his ministry.

Harvey asked Long about the allegations brought against him in 2010 by Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson. The four men said that he coerced them into sexual relations by leveraging his influence and also showering them with gifts.

But when asked, the senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia said that he could not talk about the allegations because of the terms of the settlement that was reached in 2011.

He described his experience after the allegations as an ongoing chess game. He said that he wanted to tell the members of his congregation what was happening but was prevented because of the terms of the settlement.

At one point, he said, he felt his path was so dark that he considered suicide.

“When you’re going through something, the shouts of your haters seem to be louder and more multiplied than the people who are with you,” Long said.


Bishop Eddie Long, left, embraces a friend at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, yesterday.

Bishop Eddie Long, left, embraces a friend at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta

The pastor of a US megachurch has said that he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships, stressing that he'd be back to lead the church the next week.

Addressing a New Birth Missionary Baptist Church sanctuary packed with thousands, Bishop Eddie Long neither discussed specifics of the lawsuits filed against him nor flatly denied the accusations. But he drew thunderous applause when he addressed his flock publicly for the first time since the first lawsuits were filed several days ago.

"There have been allegations and attacks made on me. I have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. But I am not the man that's being portrayed on the television. That's not me. That is not me," he said as applause interrupted him.

Four young men have filed lawsuits in the past week - three who live in Georgia and one from Charlotte, North Carolina, who attended one of Mr Long's satellite churches there. Two claim they were members of the church's LongFellows Youth Academy, a program that taught teens about sexual and financial discipline, when Mr Long gave them gifts and took them on trips to seduce them.

Mr Long - who has been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and whose church has counseled gay members to become straight - has been named as a defendant in the lawsuits, which claim the pastor abused his "spiritual authority." But federal and state authorities have said they will not investigate the allegations because all four men said they were 17 and 18 years old when the relationships with Long began - older than Georgia's age of consent, which is 16.

Mr Long told the crowd that his lawyers had advised him not to "try this case in the media." He spoke little about the legal case during the service and a news conference afterward, though Long spoke at length about enduring painful situations.

"We are all subject to face distasteful and painful situations. Bishop Long, Eddie Long - you can put your name in that blank - will have some bad situations," he said. "The righteous face painful situations with a determined expectancy. We are not exempt from pain, but He promises to deliver us out of our pain."

Mr Long's final remarks during the service invoked the biblical story of the small David doing battle with the gargantuan Goliath.

"I've been accused; I'm under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, I am not a perfect man," he said, briefly pausing for effect. "But this thing I'm going to fight."

"I want you to know one other thing, I feel like David against Goliath. But I got five rocks, and I haven't thrown one yet."

Church members who heard Mr Long's speech pledged to stand by their pastor. About 100 people waited at the doors of the church more than an hour before the first service at 8am (1200 GMT). Some held signs of support, while others prayed for their embattled leader. A small group sang the hymn "White as Snow" while outside.

Long, a father of four children, came to the stage holding hands with his wife, Vanessa.


As Bishop Eddie Long poked through a salad in his church office one summer day in 1999, he shot a weary look at a person ticking off his ministry's successes.

His Atlanta megachurch had already reached 25,000 members. He had been invited to the White House, built a global television ministry and drove around town in a luxury automobile.

But Long told the visitor who had come to write about him that the pressures of being a high-profile pastor could be brutal.

eddielongmirror2.jpg"You don't want any of this," he said in a raspy baritone as he shook his head. "You don't want any of this ..."

Long didn't get more specific about those pressures.

Today, the 57-year-old minister, known for his public crusades against homosexuality, faces serious allegations.

On Tuesday, two young men who were members of Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church filed lawsuits claiming he used his position as their spiritual counselor to coerce them into sexual relationships.

See PDF of lawsuit filed by Maurice Robinson

The men -- Anthony Flagg, 21, and Maurice Robinson, 20 -- allege Long used a private spiritual ceremony to mark a "covenant" between them, with both becoming his "spiritual son."

See PDF of lawsuit filed by Anthony Flagg

Flagg alleges that Long then used that relationship to take him on overnight trips where they shared a bedroom and engaged in kissing, masturbation and "oral sexual contact."

Robinson, who claimed Long engaged in oral sex with him, said the pastor would cite Scripture to justify their relationship.

"We categorically deny the allegations," Art Franklin, Long's spokesman, said in a written statement. "It is very unfortunate that someone has taken this course of action."

Franklin said "our law firm will be able to respond once attorneys have had an opportunity to review the lawsuit."

The men's lawyer, Brenda Joy (B.J.) Bernstein, would not make them available for comment.

Long's crusades against homosexuality

The allegations against Long run contrary to his public image.

He is a celebrity preacher in the black church world and a star in the evangelical world as well. His church is one of the largest in the country.

In the pulpit, Long seamlessly blends muscle and ministry.

He wears tight shirts that display his weight-lifter arms. He writes books such as "Gladiator, the Strength of a Man," that teach men how to be warriors for God. He says he has a special calling to reach out to men.

He's a married man who preaches about the sanctity of the union between a man and a woman. He denounces homosexuality. In 2004, he led a march in Atlanta against gay marriage. He once declared that his church had created a ministry that "delivered" people from homosexuality.

His public statements about gays and lesbians have helped reinforce homophobia in the black church, says Shayne Lee, a sociologist and author of "Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace."

"The homophobic atmosphere he helped perpetuate," Lee said, could "come back to possibly harm him."

Long's controversial ministry

Long has been the center of public controversy before.

In 2005, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a charity Long created to help the poor and spread the Gospel had made him its biggest beneficiary.

An examination of the nonprofit's tax returns and other documents revealed that the charity provided him with at least a million dollars in salary over four years, and the use of a $1.4 million home and the $350,000 Bentley.

A frequent critic of black preachers (he once said they "major in storefront churches"), Long responded by saying he was a CEO of a global business who deserved his lifestyle.

"You've got to put me on a different scale than the little black preacher sitting over there that's supposed to be just getting by because the people are suffering," Long said, explaining the compensation he received from his charity.

In 2007, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to Long asking detailed questions about his financial operations. Long was one of six televangelists whom Grassley targeted.

After an initial flurry of publicity following Grassley's request, the investigation appeared to peter out.

In recent years, Long seemed to become more humble, says the Rev. Tim McDonald, senior pastor of First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta.

In private talks, McDonald said, Long told him about the pressures of leading a megachurch. He said he no longer had as many close friendships and yearned to return to the more intimate relationships that McDonald seemed to have with his much smaller congregation.

"He said, 'Tim, I may have the numbers, but you have the love,' '' McDonald said.

God's 'scarred leader'

For all his outward confidence, Long also displayed a vulnerable side.

He built an intimate bond with many members of his church by talking about his private failings: his divorce from his first wife; being rejected by his father; and being fired from a job in corporate America.

He called himself God's "scarred leader."

He also became known for his generosity. He would give out cars and money to strangers at church services. He built ministries to help the poor, AIDS patients and young people.

He talked proudly about his ability to reach young men. He called himself a "spiritual daddy" to many of the young men he mentored at New Birth.

He would pay the college tuition for some men, give business suits to others and play basketball and lift weights with his male ministers.

Once, he even boasted to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that some mothers at New Birth trusted him enough to bring their wayward teenage boys to him for paddling.

"When I say bend over, even on Sunday, they bend over," he said, referring to the boys he paddled. "Why? Because they respect me. Because I first died for them ..."

The two men who filed suit against Long, though, said he used their relationships to instruct them, as "spiritual sons," to follow their "master."

They also say Long enticed them "with cars, clothes, jewelry, and electronics." Robinson claims the pastor paid for his college tuition.

In Flagg's suit, he claimed that when some young men found girlfriends, Long would attempt to block those relationships by "increased contact and spiritual talk" about "the covenant between the Spiritual Son and himself."

In addition to Long, the lawsuits name as defendants his church and a youth academy where Long was pastor and mentor. Both suits seek unspecified punitive damages on counts ranging from negligence to breach of fiduciary duty.

Lee, the sociologist who has written about Long, says he expects him to mount a fierce counterattack.

"He'll demonize the accusers," Lee said, "and couch it in terms of how the enemy Satan is trying to hurt the ministry."

Image: Bishop Eddie Long
Bishop Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., is accused of abusing his spiritual authority by seducing two men with cars, money, clothes, jewelry, international trips and access to celebrities.

The prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch near Atlanta denies allegations in lawsuits that he coerced two young men from the congregation into a sexual relationship, his attorney said.

Lawyers for the men, Maurice Robinson, 20, and Anthony Flagg, 21, filed the lawsuits Tuesday in DeKalb County Court against Bishop Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

The suits claim that Long used his "spiritual authority" to coerce church members "into engaging in sexual acts and relationships for his own personal sexual gratification."

“Long shared a bedroom and engaged in intimate sexual contact with plaintiff Flagg including kissing, massaging, masturbating of plaintiff Flagg by defendant Long and oral sexual contact,” the suit says.

The men were 17- and 18-year-old members of the church when they say Long, an outspoken critic of gay rights, abused his spiritual authority to seduce them with cars, money, clothes, jewelry, international trips and access to celebrities.

The pair's attorney, Brenda Joy "B.J." Bernstein, said that the plaintiffs were past the legal age of consent in Georgia, which is 16, when the alleged relationships started.

Craig Gillen, Long's attorney, says the pastor "categorically denies the allegations."

"We find it unfortunate that these two young men would take this course of action," Gillen said late Tuesday after news of the lawsuit broke. He said Long had not yet been served with copies of the lawsuits.

The suits claim many of Long's alleged victims are known in the church as his "Spiritual Sons," though it notes that the congregation is "likely unaware" of what allegedly came with the title.

As teenagers, Robinson and Flagg joined one of the church's ministries, the tuition-based Longfellows Youth Academy. The court documents say the program "purports to train young men to love, live and lead as they proceed on their 'masculine journey,'" and "seeks to create committed men of God."

Allegations of sexual impropriety Through the academy, the two young men formed closer relationships with Long, the documents say, but the nature of those relationships crossed the line into impropriety.

On a 2008 trip to New Zealand for Robinson's 19th birthday, the suit claims Long engaged in oral sex with him, and that after the getaway, Long "regularly engaged in sexual touching and other sexual acts" with him. It also claims Long regularly gave him cash, paid his college tuition and attempted to "engage in sexual relations" with Robinson during a May grief counseling session after the death of Robinson's best friend.

Flagg's lawsuit states that Long arranged for him to move out of his mother's home so he could provide him with further spiritual guidance. The suit says Flagg's mother believed it would provide "stability and more opportunity to learn and grow with such an important spiritual mentor in her son's life."

But the lawsuit alleges that Long started sleeping in the same bed as Flagg, and "engaged in sexual massages" with him. It says Long "then increased the sexual contact" to include oral sex. Flagg also allegedly traveled with Long; the suit claims that Long and Flagg shared a bedroom on overnight trips and "engaged in intimate sexual contact" which included "kissing, massaging, masturbating ... and oral sexual contact."

Bernstein told reporters after the filing that Long "would use biblical stories to talk about how important it was to follow your leader," but that he also claimed "that the acts that he was engaged in were not necessarily meaning that he was a homosexual or that either of them was."

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Comment by John on June 3, 2022 at 9:55pm

Cancer is a spirit. God killed him for he's pervesion

Comment by mr1stroke on January 22, 2017 at 5:20pm

sleeping with another man is gay so he was gay damn it 

Comment by Maria on January 22, 2017 at 5:05pm
This is really not about being gay. It is about a man who stands for the Lord but is acting like a devil. People play too damm much. Eddie Long died suffering in the end. He got what he deserved. He has ruined the lives of young men.
Comment by David on January 22, 2017 at 1:12am
As I always say, "people are stupid." To compare this man to a King David, is a disgrace! The man was not only a pedophile, he was a latent homosexual. Most people don't have the ability to empathize with people, as long as it didn't happen to them, or their family, they are willing to give him a pass, and try to point to some earthly good he has done. Funny, nothing comes to mind! He took poor people's money because they foolishly thought that they can pay their way into this glorious place called Heaven! Well, they are sheep to be shared, and another story altogether. To defend this man just proves to me that most people are spiritually bankrupt, lacking a moral compass, and are of low consciousness! Wait, I forgot another very important reason, they're just stupid! My Dad used to say in his Jamaican accent, "they need to take book!"
Comment by mr1stroke on January 19, 2017 at 11:56am

Jody Mayfield its one thing to be perfect, or another to be a fraud how about people be honest with their selves and stand up to their actions, especially when they feel they can find a safe haven like religion to hide behind, some of us were born man, i tell every one i cannot be committed because life is too easy for me when it comes to women, i cannot be committed so i like to play the field, with that i walk with my head high and let every one know i love women, but i pick and choose which i should lay with no matter how good she looks, because my father is also a reverend and always said the devil will trick you by what you love so same way any one can set you up with a beautiful woman, i have to observe why would certain woman wants to be with me, whats her agenda which help me walk away every time i please, now with that said i couldnt walk with my head if i was gay and could not be proud of if i like to be free and live free i dont want to be in no closet if thats my life therefore i cannot be anything that im not proud of or my family cannot be proud of being gay is a slavery why would they always in some closet and think its a big surprise when they make their big announce like duh we know you are gay, now the worst thing i cannot understand is a a grown ass man walking around calling her self a transgender woman i never saw that sex in the bible and i never heard someone say they are having a transgender baby either a boy or a girl the choice one make does not change their creation, so they cannot be women, to me this is like a beast or creature coming out of hell send by satan they try to look like women, grow two bag of tits walking around with their dicks hanging and thats a woman what will we call women with a vagina, all they need is to grow a tail, this is a big mess, now you have the church covering up they are even a ashamed cant even admit the true cause why he dies, instead sound like a bunch of fools talking about he was heals he is with God how they hell they know that, so its not about perfect its about being a fraud and taking advantage of the innocents like kids why didnt he sleeps with those grown ass horny women in the church

Comment by GospelPan on January 19, 2017 at 10:55am
@jody, you're right none of us are perfect, but if you're going to compare this man to anyone, it should be a pedophile or another molester of young boys. I'm sure no one wants to revere a man who molested young boys, as for the good he did, God won't remember it, he will only see the sin and those victims. It really bothers me when Christians try to defend corrupt pastors.
Comment by Jody Mayfield on January 18, 2017 at 6:46pm

Look at all the perfect people here. Wow!! I don't condone what the man did, but to forget all the good he did is unfair. Remember MLK, wasn't a saint either, but we do revere him. Eddie Long basically was like a King David. A lot of great things mixed on with a few bad. Buy isn't that all of us?

Comment by Al3x on January 17, 2017 at 10:21am

You can't rest in Hell and it wasn't no cancer, you reap what you sow, you cant play with God and not get burn. Praise God Almighty. Have mercy on all of us Lord Jesus. Amen.

Comment by lynz on January 16, 2017 at 10:46pm
Perfect example of why Jesus will judge the church first, upon His return. But I'll let Him do the judging.
Comment by Mitza Davis on January 16, 2017 at 10:31pm
This is what lying to your flock and sleeping with 5 young boys. Eddie Long thought he could fool everybody but GOD. He thought he could keep it away from his flock, but GOD.
GOD knows and sees all.
An aggressive cancer, naw. AIDS from having sexual intercourse with boys. How dare him to preach about homosexuality and he was a homosexual.
All preachers this is a lesson you all should learn. You can hide, lie, and deceive people, but GOD! But GOD

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