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September 26th, 2010
05:52 PM ET

Televangelist Eddie Long: 'I'm going to fight' sex allegations

Lithonia, Georgia (CNN) - Baptist televangelist Eddie Long said Sunday he will fight allegations that he coerced young male church members into having sex with him.

"I am not the man that has been portrayed on television," he told his congregation.

Speaking publicly about the accusations for the first time, Long did not address the specific allegations contained in four lawsuits filed against him earlier this week.

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Filed under: Christianity • Church • Courts • Pastors • Sex abuse

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  1. deejay

    I find myself judging eddie long, and i can't help it. i think he's guilty. if he's so innocent of the allegations why didn't he make a statement the very 1st day. i don't care if his lawyer told him to lay low. for all of ya'll mega church lovers you need to watch two dvd's in particular. the truth about hip hop(rev. g. craig lewis) and the truth(on youtube.com). they out all the false mega church prophets, and the so called hip hoppers. eddie lng had no business letting rapper t.i come to new birth and preach to the youth group. now where is t.i sitting? in JAIL AGAIN. people beware!!!!

    September 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  2. LulaMaeTestament

    David Johnson

    "I am not the man that has been portrayed on television," he told his congregation.

    I am just a poor fundie who lost his way. I have helped those young men. Two of them are now massage therapists. I gave them their start. I just wanted us all to have a happy ending.

    LulaMae Says: (Singin in Da Tune Of Roy Rogers and Dale evans)
    Happy Tails to you, until we meat again! 🙂

    September 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  3. pamela

    My heart-felt sympathy & prayers go out 2my brothers & sisters of the New Birth family.I can only imagine the impact these aligations are havin on each of u spiritually. This is a wake-up call from GOD. Put ur trust in HIM bcause man are human & they often let u down. It is vital that we develop & establish a persnal relationship with God as we would our biological father. 4 GOD is faithful always even when we fail HIM. What really saddens me is the fact that so many are already strugglin to hold to faith. As many have stated if there were no truth 2these aligations what took the Bishop so long 2get his perishners 2gether & adamently deny them. Instead of bein angry at his accusers we need 2 rally around them 4havin d guts 2 finally bring this indiscretion 2light. I hav no doubt that GOD gave Mr Long ample time to put an end 2these indescretions but because they have gone on so long without being addressed he became even more comfortable in this disgrace.But he should have known by his years of pastoring that what's done in the dark will come to light should he choose 2continue on in this markery against GOD. Apparently somewhere down the line MrLong lost his fear of GOD & the wrath that GoD delivers when we willfully turn against his WORD. I pray that MrLong will humble himself & tell the truth & resubmit his life 2Christ after he begs GOD for mercy & 4giveness 4his soul's salvation. Only da truth & repentence can set him free.

    September 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  4. rafael

    With these cults of personality it's no surprise to see a flock of brainwashed sheep cheering a pedophile, liar, and hypocrite.

    September 27, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  5. Mark from Middle River

    "Black community: It's time we stood up for women and children victims."

    Ohh..... right. I vote for standing up for the kids but, black women are more often a big part of what is holding back the black community.

    September 27, 2010 at 3:05 am |
    • JohnQuest

      Mark from Middle River, what exactly do you mean?

      September 27, 2010 at 7:49 am |
    • Selfish Gene

      JohnQuest, I'll say it.
      Black women have lots of illegitimate children. It's a sad fact. The children are poorly educated, and repeat the cycle. It's not a racist thing to say, but I am certain someone will disagree. It takes two people to make a baby. I know a black woman, 4 kids, 3 daddys. between those 3 daddys, they have 25 (known) children. In many states. This is a common occurance.
      don't act like you've never heard of a baby momma on Maury.

      September 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
    • ICEMAN

      @Mark from middle river, you know what WE need? If so i would love to know what you have to say. She is right but it's not just women and children it's all of us. As Black people we don't know our own history. It's like two kids one's father was a great nba star and the other's was a bum who will hold his head up and be proud of where he comes from? Us as blacks think we started being sold into slavery, But we once had the most powerful emipres on earth and vast knowledge superiour to any. We taught many, and as the bible states Egypt and Ethiopia had a power greater than any. Man so much wonderful stuff about our own history we don't know about. WE NEED EDUCATION, or at least let me know what you think.

      September 29, 2010 at 6:13 am |
    • ICEMAN

      Same goes with white people also with making babies, even more because there are more whites than blacks in america, but pur % may be higher. @Self Gene we are because they are not teaching us our true history. Some White Men tryied to cover up alot of things blacks have done even changing the skin color of black men, to make one think they were white or a different color, " couldn't have any important black men in the world" when we were slaves.

      September 29, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  6. JohnQuest

    When are people going to wake up and stop sacrificing their children to a God that never was?

    September 26, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      It is going to be a long time before they are relieved of the burden of faith.

      September 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  7. Michael

    I went to the 8:00 am service. Although not a member of his church I am a born again Christian who continues to struggle with the thought of these mega ministers, there life styles and the pressure they are putting on there peolple. The NEW Birth crowd should be careful because many of them are cool aid drinkers. The praise leaders final words were we stand behind our Bishop, period.. So you are saying guilty or not? He plans to out spend, out last and drag reputations through the mud. Brother Bishop, you are not the person that is being portrayed by the media!! Huh. Brother pastor confess, repent lay your burden on the altar like you pastors ask everyone else to do. Please help the body of Christ. This is a crucial time and many others are doing damage.

    September 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Why does a "humble" servant of dog need a Bentley and a $3000 suit?

      September 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  8. alaskan1st

    Stats show he's probably guilty. Not many get accused by four different people and are not. In that case he should be castrated and then thrown to the masses. If he is innocent of all charges, then why did he mention not being perfect. It will certainly be hard to look up to him now.

    September 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
  9. Name*blackginger

    He should get his retirement o
    Package and leave!

    September 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  10. Name*blackginger

    king, demi god, eddie long is guilty as hell. note the statement he made about not being perfect. This man is scary and has too much power. he should step down. But no, he is going to fight. When the church ends up paying millions then the light will come on. Jesus is really sad.
    r

    September 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  11. convo_girl

    If he's found guilty, he shouldn't be able to just apologize and everything be alright. Black community: It's time we stood up for women and children victims.

    September 26, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Yeah, that'll happen.

      September 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
    • ICEMAN

      Not just stand up for that, stand up for what is right. These people of his church don't think he would do such a thing saying HE IS A GREAT MAN OF GOD, but little do they know or forgotten Peter walked with Yeshua, seen him do mircles, heal, and predict Peter denying him three times. AND GUESS WHAT PETER DID, JUDAS SOLD JESUS OUT. and these men walked with Yeshua but a MAN can't have happy time with some teens whom he groomed from younger till they got up ot the right age...... WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS it's sad for them cause it's hard to come out with something like that " if they are telling the truth" i bet you have alot of those members wanting to hurt them for this, not kill hurt, but some might have that idea.

      September 29, 2010 at 5:54 am |
  12. Leah

    one cannot turn their service to God into an insincere practice. Mr. Bishop must repent and face the truth . It will come forth and he will go on. Hopefully to seve God the way God wants him to. Mr. Bishop stop serving yourself and serve the true and living God!

    September 26, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Cut him some slack! He might not even be guilty. Or he might be guilty of a lesser charge...

      September 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
    • Frogist

      @David Johnson: I don't know if he's guilty or not either. But I'm fairly sure if he can avoid a trial, he will. Then this is going to go one of two ways. He will return triumphant to his church blaming the media for dragging his name thru the mud, or that he cared so much for these men that he wanted to protect them from the spotlight etc etc... but not admit to anything. Or he will admit guilt and blame it on ye olde satan. Either way he will ask for forgiveness and all will be forgotten. After seeing the interviews with the young people from his church, it seems obvious that they will take him back anyway. I guess I am cynical about these guys who parade around in their expensive suits and praise poor people for having so much faith while asking for contributions from them. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but it's just really hard to.

      September 27, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  13. David Johnson

    "I am not the man that has been portrayed on television," he told his congregation.

    I am just a poor fundie who lost his way. I have helped those young men. Two of them are now massage therapists. I gave them their start. I just wanted us all to have a happy ending.

    September 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
    • Frogist

      @David Johnson: LOL! You never disappoint!

      September 27, 2010 at 9:24 am |
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