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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 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.


Submitted by Ms Teacher (not verified) on
The ministry of New Birth and Eddie Long may be a power,but it's defending of a child predator will not escape God's judgement no matter what anyone says!!This is not just about New Birth and Eddie Long as T.D. Jakes has spoken........this is about the body of Christ-period!!Jesus is not returning for BRIDES,He will return for a bride.We are ONE body governed by ONE LORD.New Birth may have by-laws,but it is not THE law and it is not omnipotent.Eddie may have escaped man's discipline................but never God's.WAKE UP PEOPLE and study the word for yourselves!!

Submitted by Don in Kenya (not verified) on
Christians w a high profile are always in a catch 22. While those who are antagonistic against the church are always excited about how to bring shame through guilt-by- association, they would be horrified if someone presumed them guilty until proven innocent. Yet in their own hypocrisy, they are willing to overlook that fine point in their effort at jumping on others. Our Bible tells us that we should by any means settle our issues in house on the way to public trial, for otherwise disaste3r may come upon us. And yet if we do settle , then we make it easy for others to say "Ah ha!. I agree that where there is smoke there is usually fire. Sin is sin, and leaders should lead by example, step down for a time and show clear repentance and remorse-IF they are guilty.. But this article is full of sarcasm, innuendo and assumption- it is a "rag column" approach to smearing . So, the crisis has passed, and yet the Bishop does have much to work through with his people. Pray for God's forgiveness, His Godly and loving discipline, and for a proper and Biblical outcome for all concerned.

Submitted by Ms Teacher (not verified) on
Don: I do appreciate your comments!!When you read I Corinthians 5,please get back to me.Where is the concern for the four young men?Where is the concern for Eddie Long's own children?I will stress again that we are THE BODY OF CHRIST not fragmented pieces thereof............the influence of this man is global and cannot be dealt with "in house" as you say.This affects the body of Christ.........period.Will you get back to me with Scripture than confims what you have stated...that we are to deal with this "in house?"Yes,we all sin and fall short.I am no exception!This is a man who has based his ministry by in large on accountablity.Where is his accountability Don?He has not even so much as apologized to his congregation and with all due respect,unless you are a member or close friend of his with first hand knowledge,you sir may be the one who is assuming!!

Submitted by Ms Teacher (not verified) on
It is only God's decision as to whether or not I am a Christian precious one,but what IS clear to me is your lack of understanding of the word of God.Did you do as I asked and read I Corinthains 5?Do so,then get back to me. I pray your eyes will be open!! I am blessed!!

Submitted by lilward2006 (not verified) on
Ms Teacher what I said wasn't referring to your statment I may have just clicked on the wrong link, I apologize for the misunderstanding. However I read 1 Cor. 5 and verse 11 said, "But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler--not even to eat with such a one." And what struck with me is the "IF" in what Apostle said, He gives a condition and personally I don't know if Bishop is guilty. I realized he settled, but does that really say he's guilty, I think not. I feel for both parties, because they both are going through. That is why we have to pray for them all instead of throwing salt on an open would as the comment that I meant to respond to, that's all I was saying. And I am well educated in the Word and again I apologize for the misunderstanding

Submitted by Ms Teacher (not verified) on
I know it is difficult for some believers to accept that it is totally Scripture to remove someone,especially a pastor from a church.If you have children you know that part of loving them is disciplining them No they don't like it at first,but YOU know it is for their good and God's glory.If New Birth does not require Eddie to resign,how then do you keep this from happening again and how do you know this is not still happening?Has he sought biblical counseling?Just because one stops a certain behavior does not mean they are delivered.Forgiveness is not the issus here people........accountability is!!So to the person who wrote that I must not be a christian,do you feel the same way about Bishop Paul Morton who publicly asked Eddie to repent?' I don't know Eddie's heart anymore than you know mine,but I do know there are things about him you do NOT know about.It really sounds to me lilward2006 that you are just parroting what you have heard others say.We must all study the word of God and not the word of man!!

Submitted by pray for him (not verified) on
Guys, let's just pray for this entire situation, that God will give the church members strength to continue to worship God in the Mega Church built by the leadership of Mr. Long. I feel saddenned by the entire ordeal and wish all persons involved a speedy recovery.

Submitted by Sharon C (not verified) on
Ipray that the people would pray for Bishop Eddie Long family. God is still in control and we all are as filthy rags, none of us are without sin in our lives and God is the one who raises up KINGS and brings down Kings according to his word. it could have been any of us! It truly is between God Bishop and his accusers. God will reign on the just as well as the unjust and i plead the Blood over the entire ordeal and standing in the Gap praying for all.

Submitted by Mel (not verified) on
Body of CHRIST we are in trouble, if we don't pray. WOW do you realize the lives of these 4 young men has changed for ever, not to mention the lives of all the people associated with this ministry. My heart and prayers goes out to all hurt by this awful sin. If these allocations are true, Pastor step down, let GOD do a work in you.

Submitted by CJ (not verified) on
I understand the writer's premise that Long remains untouched and Weiner's political career is over. I can see why some would feel that way. What the writer and others fail to realize that Long APPEARS to have gotten away with seducing 4 boys -that we know of (there were more). It appears that he's gotten away with lying in the pulpit, twisting the Word of God and refusing to repent/apologize. What the writer, Long and everyone needs to realize that it's just an appearance. The word of God in Proverbs says "pride goeth before destruction..a haughty spirit before a fall". That's a PROMISE from God. Long's arrogance will be his downfall. God has the final say, weither Long and his sheeple realize it or not.


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