Metro church supports pastor in scandal

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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