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 Benoug (not verified) on
Who lets four young men or anyone for that matter accuse them of sexually abusing them and not speak out about it. Long has not addressed the situation like an innocent individual. The allegations are too strong to just let it pass like nothing has happen. You can't just rape boys and expect to continue operating a mega church for the sake of having a high profile lifestyle. You just don't lay back and let people call you a "child molester" quietly. Who does that? I'm not judging him, I am simple saying all people are not stupid, only the ones who continue to fight for a person who isn't even fighting for himself.

Submitted by Ms Teacher (not verified) on
A person who "knows" the Word of God knows it would have been wise for Eddie to step down immediately after the story was made public whether he was guilty or not!Someone needs to care about the flock.....this affects us all whether we are members or not.We are ALL the body,not fragmented pieces. What many do not know is that one month before this story was made public,Eddie asked the congregation to fast the media for one month.....why?Is it because he knew it was coming? As for the young men waiting to come forward:they tried telling leaders of the church,who did nothing,then they went to the gentleman who wrote a book called "Pimps in the Pulpit".Most in the "church world" dismissed it. Further,there are statistics that show an alarming 30-40 percent of people being sexually molested in EVERY church across America.......from children to adults by someone in the church. Eddie,please step down before God forces you too!!

Submitted by Ms Teacher (not verified) on
A person who "knows" the Word of God knows it would have been wise for Eddie to step down immediately after the story was made public whether he was guilty or not!Someone needs to care about the flock.....this affects us all whether we are members or not.We are ALL the body,not fragmented pieces. What many do not know is that one month before this story was made public,Eddie asked the congregation to fast the media for one month.....why?Is it because he knew it was coming? As for the young men waiting to come forward:they tried telling leaders of the church,who did nothing,then they went to the gentleman who wrote a book called "Pimps in the Pulpit".Most in the "church world" dismissed it. Further,there are statistics that show an alarming 30-40 percent of people being sexually molested in EVERY church across America.......from children to adults by someone in the church. Eddie,please step down before God forces you too!!

Submitted by Ms Teacher (not verified) on
Since Eddie has not repented,how do we know that he usn't sexually abusing a childRIGHT now!! The longer you wait to repent Eddie,the worse things will get.God could give you a second chance if you step down and get some help!!!! Please stop being so selfish and think of the young men.........think of your own children and think of your congregation!!

Submitted by Benoug (not verified) on
When Michael Jackson was accused he sat and faced the camera and said he did not do that. He was very upset about those allegations and even though he paid them off he was "loud" about it., and most of us believed him because we were able to here his side of it. Long just quietly accepted it. People don't you see a problem with that? One time I was over my friends house and her ignorant drunk husband dropped his wallet next to the bed but because I was over he called me and told me to bring his wallet back. I was so offended and shocked by the accusation that I told him how I felt "loudly", and I didn't visit that house for a year. I was pissed because he never apologized for accusing me and never admitted to finding it the next morning after sobering up. Wake up people maybe GOD forgave him (if he asked )but decided not to allow him to continue leading the people astray. Goodbye Long. Hope to see a for sale sign up soon. Get out of here and go hide somewhere. Believe me his wife is not hugging and sleeping with that trick. She ain't happy either. It's her meal ticket if she stays. I bet it's cold in that house. His children have got to be embarrassed by his behavior. Shame on him.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I saw a commercial where Dr. Phil is dealing with secrets in the ministry.The minister on the show said he told his congegation..."If you really knew me you wouldn't like me!"Those were the EXACT words that came from Eddie Long's mouth!! Maybe he was actually crying out for help then.I think someone sexually abused him and he stuffed it deep within.I don't know of anyone who grows up and says he/she wants to be a pedophile.There is way too much going on from the pulpits in America and way too many people justyfying these sins,by saying nothing for whatever reason.............money,fear etc.....and because so many pastors,preachers,teachers etc are abusing congregations,now more than ever we need to study the word of God and allow His message to keep us from deception! If Vanessa has decided to stay married to Eddie,then shame on her!! Do not be surprised if their children start acting out!! This is so sad and I will not be quiet about this issue.Too many lives have already been destroyed!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I saw a commercial where Dr. Phil is dealing with secrets in the ministry.The minister on the show said he told his congegation..."If you really knew me you wouldn't like me!"Those were the EXACT words that came from Eddie Long's mouth!! Maybe he was actually crying out for help then.I think someone sexually abused him and he stuffed it deep within.I don't know of anyone who grows up and says he/she wants to be a pedophile.There is way too much going on from the pulpits in America and way too many people justyfying these sins,by saying nothing for whatever reason.............money,fear etc.....and because so many pastors,preachers,teachers etc are abusing congregations,now more than ever we need to study the word of God and allow His message to keep us from deception! If Vanessa has decided to stay married to Eddie,then shame on her!! Do not be surprised if their children start acting out!! This is so sad and I will not be quiet about this issue.Too many lives have already been destroyed!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Let's say for the record he did do what he was accused of doing. WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO JUDGE HIM? God's Word states CLEARLY: "Judge NOT lest YOU be judged, for with the same severity YOU have judged, God will judge YOU." Does anyone here know Eddie Long's heart? Do any of you know the deep passions of his heart, the way God speaks to Eddie Long, the obedience to God Eddie Long has demonstrated over the years, the amount of time Eddie Long has dedicated to not just God, but to his marriage? If not, then SHUT UP. NO ONE knows who the man really is, but God and his wife. You don't live with him every single day, do you? You don't know his struggles, you don't know his pain, you don't know his past. GROW UP and realize you're not judge, jury and executioner. How would ANYONE here enjoy YOUR dirty laundry aired all over the internet? Would it please you to know that everyone who has access to the internet would be able to chime in on your dirty laundry, not knowing ANYTHING about who you really are as a person, or the fact that you may not have even done what you were accused of doing? How does anyone here really know that this wasn't just an attempt to extort money from Eddie Long? Oh yeah, and how does anyone here know whether or not Eddie Long is arrogant just because he drives an expensive car, lives in a huge house and so on? SERIOUSLY, what does ANY of that have to do with the level of humility in Eddie Long's heart? All you're doing is judging him based on OUTWARD things, but you don't know his heart. ONLY God knows that, and I'm pretty sure God's not going to tell ANYONE what's really going on in Eddie Long's heart. This has been reality check, and I AM THROUGH!!!!

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