Bishop Eddie Long the pastor of mega church New Birth Missionary Baptist, has died from an “aggressive form of cancer” according to the church. He was 63 years old.
The church released statement about the pastor and his passing to the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Sunday, confirming his death.
Long made an appearance a couple of weeks ago causing social media to aray with rumors of what could be wrong… Noticing that he lost a signifigant amount of weight… Long had been fielding concerns about this health for some time, and in September Long released a statement saying in part that he is recovering from an unnamed health issue.
“I am recovering from a health challenge that I trust God to deliver me from. It is unrelated to the eating for life diet consisting of mostly raw vegetables that I am continuing, as part of a holistic approach to good health.
the long-celebrated pastor of the 25,000-member congregation, faced serious controversy throughout his tenure—from financial impropriety to sexual misconduct with young men from his congregation (he was staunchly against homosexuality and advocated and sponsored “Sexual Reorientation” classes to supposedly convert homosexuals to heterosexuals.)
About six years ago, four young men said that he coerced them into sexual relationships. Long categorically denied the allegations in a court filing, saying he was only a mentor to the men who filed civil lawsuits against him.
The men, who were 17 and 18 at the time, say Long abused his spiritual authority to lure them into trysts with cars, jewelry and cash. He often traveled with the young men, sometimes as far as New Zealand, and admitted in four separate documents that he often encouraged his New Birth Missionary Church members to call him “daddy”—as a sign of respect.
There were no criminal charges filed in the cases because Georgia’s age of consent is 16. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on May 27, 2011, that the lawsuits were settled out of court; terms were undisclosed. His second wife, Vanessa Griffin, filed for divorce in December of that year.
Chile… all the skeletons are about to come out. Funerals are messy. I’m perched