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Bishop Long talks sex from the pulpit
October 29th, 2010
05:06 PM ET

Bishop Long talks sex from the pulpit

Editor's Note: CNN's John Blake brings us this story from Atlanta, Georgia.

Bishop Eddie Long, his face glistening with sweat, paces onstage before his cheering congregation.

He's preaching about the Bible, the role of a preacher, and "fresh sperm."

"The word of God is potent. The word of God is His sperm," Long thunders. "The job of the preacher is to bring fresh sperm and when he speaks it, the womb - the church - is to take it in and say, 'Sho' you're right.' "

The video of that sermon, delivered during the early days of Long's ministry in the 1990s, has gone viral. And now it is being discussed in the context of four lawsuits that claim the 57-year-old Long used his spiritual authority to coerce four young men into sexual relationships with him.

Long has denied the allegations, characterizing them as assaults against him and New Birth Missionary Church, his 25,000 member megachurch in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Culture wars • Georgia • Homosexuality • Pastors • United States

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. GodivaTruffles

    This man is an tyrannical idiot. It is beyond comprehension to me how he has amassed such a following. I can tell you for sure that the only thing he would be seeing of *me* was the backside of my rump exiting his church door. The only way to handle people like this is for society to make a loud and long protest – starting at the level of the individual. People need to educate themselves and have faith in their own judgments.

    October 30, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  2. Andrew VA

    This piece of filth is not worthy of anything but violent condemnation.

    October 30, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  3. Paul56

    He's a very sick and twisted criminal who thinks he is God's anointed.
    He's totally shameless. Mr. Long is a con-artist, like so many other religious leaders.
    And he says some pretty weird stuff about men and women. This "sperm" thing is just the tip of the iceberg.

    October 30, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  4. SpongeBub

    all this talk of sperm shows what's on his mind!

    October 30, 2010 at 7:40 am |
    • Bill N

      Gotta keep that hair glistening somehow.

      October 30, 2010 at 7:55 am |
    • blin

      he gets behind them and finds his true calling

      November 2, 2010 at 5:52 am |
  5. LovedbyGod

    A lot of people want to rush to judgement about allegations that have not been proven in a court of law. Even if the allegations are true, is a man or a woman judged by the wrong he has done or the good he has done, or in God's eyes, is that man, judged at all? If so, those who are rushing to judgement, had better reconcile their sins with God quickly for you who have not sinned, please, please, write the first negative comment about Bishop Eddie Long.

    October 30, 2010 at 7:31 am |
    • First!

      I think Bishop Eddie Long is a disgusting greed-head more interested in his own scrotum than in being a good leader.
      howzdat?

      October 30, 2010 at 7:38 am |
    • Bill N

      Second!
      He's on his way down to that fiery place where the wicked burn without any water. Maybe he thinks there'll be sperm on tap.

      October 30, 2010 at 7:54 am |
    • GodivaTruffles

      Unlike you, I reserve a right to make critical judgments about church leaders. The fact that I am not perfect is irrelevant. God gave me a brain and I intend to use it.

      Bishop Long is a man who has shamelessly profited off his congregation. Ask yourself if his lifestyle is approximately lower, the same, or much more lavish than that of his average church member. Also, look inside the four walls of his church and ask yourself if the focus is on him or his congregation? How many pictures of himself are up for view? How many pictures of members or even OTHER religious figures?

      I remind you that Christ Himself made "judgmental" comments about the the leading religious leaders of the day. So did Martin Luther. What would have happened if Martin Luther had not condemned the corruption that was then rampant in the Catholic Church? Did Martin Luther let his own imperfections keep him from calling out abuses in the Church? No!

      I pity you if you can't see this man for what he is.

      October 30, 2010 at 11:30 am |
    • JT

      You sound like one of the Kool-aid drinkers in his congregation.

      October 31, 2010 at 11:41 am |
    • Enlightened

      There is no god. It's a ridiculous delusion created by man to cope with fear and his innate need for comfort.

      November 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  6. Darryl

    Please stop saying he denied the allegations.

    He has not!

    October 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Why do you say he has not denied allegations against him?

      It is trivial to find numerous quotes such as this:

      "The charges against me and New Birth are false," said Long, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., in a Thursday (Sept. 23) statement." That one came from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/26/bishop-eddie-long-denies-_n_738820.html, but there are many, many more available.

      October 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  7. Peace2All

    Bishop Eddie Long Said---

    "He's preaching about the Bible, the role of a preacher, and "fresh sperm."

    "The word of God is potent. The word of God is His sperm," Long thunders. "The job of the preacher is to bring fresh sperm and when he speaks it, the womb – the church – is to take it in and say, 'Sho' you're right.' "

    Uh.... interesting analogy... ? Yikes..!!!

    October 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
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