Metro church supports pastor in scandal

Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 5:29 AM
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LITHONIA, Ga. -- Despite allegations that he lured four young men into sexual relationships, many of Bishop Eddie Long's followers remain unwavering in their support for him as he pledges to fight the accusations like David fighting Goliath.

Casting himself as the Bible's ultimate underdog, Long went before thousands of faithful supporters at his megachurch Sunday outside Atlanta and promised to battle claims that surfaced in lawsuits last week that he abused his "spiritual authority."

Long's brief addresses to the congregation at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church were met with thunderous applause and an outpouring of support during the services. The sanctuary was nearly filled to its 10,000-seat capacity for both the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

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smbga
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smbga 09/27/10 - 05:07 am
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hmmm....think a payoff could

hmmm....think a payoff could be in the making?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/27/10 - 05:30 am
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For now, these are

For now, these are allegations. If they are proven to be factual, most of the congregation will continue to support the pastor. You see, all of the young men making the public allegations were 16 or older at the time of the alleged seductions. The charges will just be homosexual activity for the pastor and apparently the young men can be charged with prostitution since they allegedly accepted compensation for the acts and we've all been told (ad nauseum) that homo-pedophilia doesn't exist.

disssman
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disssman 09/27/10 - 05:39 am
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I watched his speech and the

I watched his speech and the one thing that was missing was - denial of the charges.

workingirl32
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workingirl32 09/27/10 - 06:35 am
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The end is near, that's what

The end is near, that's what the world look like now.

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55 F-100 09/27/10 - 06:50 am
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The Bishop tried to keep it

The Bishop tried to keep it on the down-low....wonder what happened?

dougk
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dougk 09/27/10 - 06:53 am
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Come on , Cliff...."charged"
Unpublished

Come on , Cliff...."charged" with homosexuality? Exactly what kind of sentences does that carry? Charged with prostitution?
These are civil suits....no crimes have been committed.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/27/10 - 07:15 am
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I agree dougk. What's the

I agree dougk. What's the scandal? There's a lot of media hype here, but the allegations don't seem to be anything.

3g
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3g 09/27/10 - 07:19 am
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The headline says it all "

The headline says it all " Supports Scandal " this is commonplace in churches - members continue to support corruption by their so-called " leaders " .
JC - it's been a while since I have seen you THIS FAR off base .

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Willow Bailey 09/27/10 - 07:57 am
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The allegations should be

The allegations should be taken seriously by law enforcement. As to support of corruption, the churches have no exclusive on taking this type of position; we see our entire country supporting immorality. The question is first, is he guilty? Secondly, should he be found guilty, the church should continue to support Rev. Jones, as they pray for his new prison ministry.

dougk
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dougk 09/27/10 - 08:26 am
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Cliff, if the allegations are
Unpublished

Cliff, if the allegations are true, the scandal is that he used his power/influence as a religious leader to dupe these young men so he could use them sexually. The other scandal is that he preached so vocally againist homosexuality and attempted to convert homosexuals while all the time dabbling in it himself.

Willow, "law enforcement" is not involed.....no "crimes" have be identified.

ohreally
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ohreally 09/27/10 - 09:38 am
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I think that "something"

I think that "something" happened. Why were these young men so fortunate to receive such elaborate gifts from the pastor- a car, trips out of the country, jewelry. Are there other youth in the church who received such gifts? How can he justify doing these things for a select few and not other youth in the church. Its really sad. These megachurch ministers are becoming millionaires selling the Bible. They have multimillion dollar homes, helicopters, jets, etc. Why aren't they using the church's money to help the community instead of themselves? What's the yearly salary for ministers like Pastor Long and Jakes. This is getting out of hand. I don't want to be a part of any church that has an ATM inside it or requests my W-2 forms.

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countyman 09/27/10 - 10:54 am
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Ohreally... Eddie Long has

Ohreally... Eddie Long has given alot of money to charities and poor/working class people in the Atlanta area...

That's why this is going to be a tough case. The man has a lot of support in the community.

The church recently started a New Birth chapter in Augusta.

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InChristLove 09/27/10 - 11:27 am
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" I don't want to be a part

" I don't want to be a part of any church that has an ATM inside it or requests my W-2 forms." ohreally, I totally agree with you, you shouldn't be a part of any church that is more interested in your pay check than your soul.

3g, I believe you misquoted the headline. It says "Supports Pastor" in scandel...not supports scandel.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/27/10 - 11:39 am
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"Let me be clear. The charges

"Let me be clear. The charges against me and New Birth are false," Long's statement said.

disssman, is this not a denial?

Rainbow Johnson
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Rainbow Johnson 09/27/10 - 11:49 am
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Some people like their

Some people like their preachers a "little on the criminal side"

ruudvonbaron
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ruudvonbaron 09/27/10 - 11:53 am
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Move along. Nothing new to

Move along. Nothing new to see here. It is just another episode in the long line of hypocrisy from organized religion.

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follower 09/27/10 - 11:54 am
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I don't know whether this

I don't know whether this pastor is guilty or not. If he is, it's another arrow in the quiver for those that disparage religion of any sort. Their claims of "hypocrisy" are justified. I understand completely.

One can only pray that folks can see the difference of those who "profess with the mouth" and "those that live the life".

"Go into the world preaching the gospel, and when necessary, use words." Advice that's too often not practiced.

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chello36 09/27/10 - 12:09 pm
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All things happen for a

All things happen for a reason, I believe this is happening for a reason....
The facts will emerge in time & we will see who is guilty, the young men or the pastor. However, if the pastor is guilty, God rest his soul. Yes
his church should continue to love him as Christ would but no longer should he be behind the altar. Alot of peoples faith have been destroyed
by dishonest pastors, who do not practice what they preach. And some of the megachurch pastors on TV, I do like & I do admire but I also wonder sometimes why they do not do more with all the money they have. They all have a never ending cash flow.....................................
If this is true about this pastor God has his way of bringing the truth to light~

chello36
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chello36 09/27/10 - 12:17 pm
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"For where God built a

"For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel"~Martin Luther~

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/27/10 - 12:22 pm
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chello36, your comment is

chello36, your comment is correct. The sad part of all of this is if this minister is guilty he not only hurts his reputation, his family and the members of the church, but he also damages the name of Christ and you are right folower, the claim of hypocrisy is justified.

chello36, the reason these ministers do not do more with their money for the cause of Christ is a human defect called greed and pride. I have no issue with a minister being financially comfortable but when the minister is placed in higher authority than Christ, maybe God allows a lesson in humility to reminds us all.....God is God and we are not.

mybaskett
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mybaskett 09/27/10 - 12:24 pm
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Please note that several of

Please note that several of these young men were at the longfellow academy, which is a school owned by the church for young men. The school has also been named in the lawsuit. The school had a responsibility to protect these young men from whatever was going on. Regardless of the age.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/27/10 - 12:28 pm
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Does anyone remember when

Does anyone remember when this was alleged to have occurred. One article stated the boys were 17 and 18 but does not say how old they are now or was this last year, this year, two years ago, etc.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 09/27/10 - 12:53 pm
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Sounds like the "Mega

Sounds like the "Mega preacher" was empire building like Jim and Tammy Faye Baker. Wonder when he will establish a theme park?

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