Bishop Eddie Long's wife stands by her man today

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Vanessa Long has not left her husband after he paid-off his accusers and the church calls her a "dedicated wife" who is standing by her husband as he gets through this scandal without consequences.

Bishop Eddie Long’s wife was rumored to have moved out of their family home after Long settled his sexual abuse cases out of court. While no one would blame this woman for leaving Long after his recent sexual abuse case settlement, which many take as a sign of guilt, this is not the case. The New Birth Missionary Church released a statement saying that this is not true and Long and his wife are very much together under the same roof, according to the website EurWeb.

As Long recently settled his four sexual abuse cases for a reported 25 Million, he was able to avoid what would have amounted to a very public trial, according to Eurweb.com. A trial were details of his actions would have been all over the media. This bishop of one of the largest Mega Churches in this country has gotten through this basically unscathed. Where this money is coming from to pay off his accusers is also a question being asked today. Was it money from the church? If so, than it was the church followers who paid-off his scandal. Where does a self professed man of God get 25 million dollars?

The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is a very powerful entity, and as seen in this Bishop Long sex scandal, it is like a municipal all of its own. It appears to consist of people who govern and bi-laws that apparently were molded to fit this incident. Long wasn't removed from his duties at all, even while an investigation into these allegations was under way.

Even the statement that this church released denying that Vanessa Long has moved out of the family home refers to her a “New Birth First Lady Elder Vanessa Long.” This is a title of prestige, as if Long and his wife are the President and the First Lady of some type of individual government.

The statement released by the church addressing the rumors that Long's wife has left him read: “Recently, some blog entries have surfaced claiming to have anonymous sources stating that New Birth First Lady Elder Vanessa Long has moved out of the house. That claim is completely and absolutely false. Mrs. Long is very much a loving, dedicated and committed wife and mother.”

This mega church recently saw Reverend Bernice King, Martian Luther King's daughter, resign from her post. She did this shortly after Long's settlement to his accusers was announced. The church insists the timing was coincidental and Long released a statement through the church addressing this.

“For some time now, Reverend King and I have been in discussion and prayer about the call of God on her life to continue the legacy of her father and mother. … This is a compelling mandate that places Reverend King squarely in the center of God’s Will of her life and I am in full support of her decision to leave New Birth in pursuit of this worthy endeavor,” was what Long had to say about Kind's departure.

When Long decided to pay-off his accusers, many felt this was because he was guilty. If he was innocent of such horrendous accusations, he would have fought to save his good name. The Endtime Observer website is just one of many saying this about Long's case.

Long still has his position in the church, his million dollar mansion and two Bentley cars provided through the church and now it sounds as if his wife and family are still intact. This man has suffered no consequences from this incident. Other than a media frenzy, which is already winding down, nothing has changed for him. This is in great contrast to the Anthony Weiner scandal occurring in Washington today. Weiner had an online scandal with grown women via the Internet. His inappropriate pictures and texts have ruined his political life. He never touched these women, it was a sexual relationship of words that he is guilty of and the consequences for this has been life changing and humiliation. Not so for Long.

The Bishop on the other hand, is accused of grooming young boys for sex and then engaging in sexual relations with the boys when they turn 16, which is the legal age of consent in Georgia. This appears very calculating on his part, but none of this matters anymore. The scandal is over for Long and will soon fade into history as he emerges untouched. Long will continue on as if nothing happened. The inner workings of this Mega Church appears to be more powerful than what we see in politics.

Comments

Submitted by Rob (not verified) on
The writer's comments about Eddie Long seem just a little too presumptions and written today Sunday June 19th. While I know its not impossible, I'd be real curious as how this white female mental health counselor who does not reside in the state of Georgia and I dont believe she was in attendance today at New Birth can make a statement about the stronghold of the Long's. My past experience about "special interest writers" such as this one is "don't believe everything they write especially when they are NOT in the immediate presence of the story". I believe this is just another "calculated" story written to help diffuse the real thruth WHICH WILL BE REVEALED IN TIME.

Submitted by jizzle (not verified) on
..are ya'll that stupid//? the man likes boys....get a lifr...help those young men and pray...or u wish u were the one getting the million dollar suit

Submitted by Ms Teacher (not verified) on
"Pull Pit" pimps protect each other and some of these folks have no concern at all for the four young men and would probably drink the kool-aid like the folks did in the Jim Jones case.Yes,I have sinned and been forgiven.I have not sexually abused four young men and not repented to at least my congregation.This is a man who has taught and based his ministry on accountability yet feels he is accountable to no one and members of New Birth continue to sit under this kind of leadership.If I am a stumbling block to my congregation,I need to willingly resign and be healed.Black people wake up.................PLEASE this affects the entire Body of Christ not just the members of New Birth!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Rob, Why should we believe you. Your statements make you appear as an apologist for Eddie Long. The bible is clear about what the qualification, and expectations of a bishop are. And the world knows... These events are the very reason the world does not respect the church and its ministers today. When you have someone who is sopposed to be a leader of tens of thousands of men, and is publicly accused of some of the most morally bankrupt behavior, ( even behavior that he has spoken out strongly against) He then vows before his congregation (and the world) to fight, then we hear of closed door settlements for many millions of $$$. What is the world to think. For me Rev 3: 17, 18,19 comes to mind. Also 1 Tim: 3: 1-7 especially 7. and titus 1:7.... For a bishop must be blameless...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The writer presumes to have us think that the Bishop's wife was as much surprised as the rest of us.

Submitted by Benoug (not verified) on
He will never be the mega-pastor that he was. People accept you after apologies. The members have paid all of your bills, for your extravagant lifestyle, the lifestyle you provided to underage teenagers and now he wants it to continue. Don't think for a second his wife his lovely dovey in that house, unless she is crazy. Remember her lifestyle is also paid for through that church and she knowns that if she leaves "its over". Get ready for the storefront church. You will never have the respect of the people. You are a child molester who squandered the church money for "sex". You like little boys for sexual pleasure and probably cringed at the thought of sleeping with your wife. Leave our babies alone.

Submitted by lilward2006 (not verified) on
It is very odvious your not a Christian. Because to say what you said does not dispaly the attitude of a Saint. First of all I have to ask the question, have you never sinned??? And if you didn't know sin is sin. This is the time that the Body of Christ needs to be lifting the man of God up in prayer. You didn't anoint nor call him to the ministry so you have no right to validate this man. Jesus never condemned the sinner he lifted him/her and restored them after repentence. And I want you to know that when you speak out against the man/woman of God you write up your own death sentence. Be blessed and I pray that you will repent and ensure that you are living your life like Christ demands. God bless!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
THANK YOU BENOUG YOU SAID IT BEST "LEAVE OUR BABIES ALONE" WHEN THE NEWS BROKE ABOUT EDDIE LONG MY HEART WENT OUT TO HIS WIFE BUT NOW THAT SHE HAS DECIDED TO STAY WITH THIS THING OF A PERSON I HAVE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR HER AS WELL...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
THANK YOU BENOUG YOU SAID IT BEST "LEAVE OUR BABIES ALONE" WHEN THE NEWS BROKE ABOUT EDDIE LONG MY HEART WENT OUT TO HIS WIFE BUT NOW THAT SHE HAS DECIDED TO STAY WITH THIS THING OF A PERSON I HAVE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR HER AS WELL...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
THANK YOU BENOUG YOU SAID IT BEST "LEAVE OUR BABIES ALONE" WHEN THE NEWS BROKE ABOUT EDDIE LONG MY HEART WENT OUT TO HIS WIFE BUT NOW THAT SHE HAS DECIDED TO STAY WITH THIS THING OF A PERSON I HAVE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR HER AS WELL...

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