December 4th, 2011
01:45 PM ET

Eddie Long to take time off after divorce filing

By the CNN Wire Staff

Atlanta (CNN) - Bishop Eddie Long, head of one of the nation's largest mega churches, announced Sunday he will take "time off" from the pulpit to work on his family.

The announcement came three days after his wife Vanessa filed for divorce.

Although her husband's church issued a statement Friday, attributed to Vanessa Long, saying she was withdrawing the divorce petition, her attorney said she was proceeding with it.

Read the full post about Eddie Long's announcement
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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Thedeacon48

    If I could do a" Cyber Slap" I'll slap hell out of all yall...lol

    December 8, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  2. WOT

    He without sin cast the first stone! To,too many hypo's!

    December 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      Well, none of us are w/o sin, including old Jesus, as he himself implicitly admitted by not casting the first stone himself. But how about a compromise: Those who have never se-xually abused underaged kids can start casting stones? Sound reasonable?

      December 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Little Timmy

      WOT. Thats what all you dumb Nig Gers say but dont understand the meaning.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  3. Green Furhammer

    where did he get all the money for those nifty tailored suits?

    December 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  4. Thedeacon48

    You've got to be ONE Dumb a_ _ and a stupid fool if you believe that precentage is correct!.... Did you get those stats out of the " Kellogg's Fruit Loop Cereal"...lollollol... you Looney Toon!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  5. heloise8

    Reblogged this on The Trough.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  6. Snow

    Did his god approve of divorce as well? along with all the stupid things he did?

    December 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  7. Tim

    II hope his soul rots in Hades...

    December 5, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • well...

      His dick is probably rotting off right now...

      December 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  8. abinadi

    The only motivation Mormon missionaries can have is love. Why else would they get up at 6:00 in the morning to talk to people who are unkind and insensitive? They receive no compensation and I am sure you can appreciate the difference here between them and paid ministers like Eddie Long. In fact, many of them sell their cars or use their college funds to go on a mission. They give up girl friends, family, promising sports and entertainment careers, all to preach the gospel of love to people they don't even know. In fact, there are no paid clergy at all in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Full time general authorities can receive a small stipend if they have no other means of support, but most are self-made and don't need it. Bishops do not even charge to do weddings or anything. Christ's teachings and priesthood service was never intended by the Savior to be sold for money. Our motivation should be to save souls and nothing more. These are the hall marks of the true church. "By their fruits, ye shall know them."

    December 5, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • rick

      "Why else would they get up at 6:00 in the morning to talk to people who are unkind and insensitive?"

      Perhaps to curry favor with what they perceive to be god

      December 5, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • rick

      Isn't the whole basis behind evangelism that the evangelist knows about god better than the person to whom they are preaching? If that is not the height of arrogance, it has to be close

      December 5, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • abinadi

      Right again, Rick, and how very perceptive. I know there is a God because I took James' challenge, "5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

      6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."

      If you do not know there is a God, you are either too lazy to find out, or you love your sins more than you do God – one of the two.

      December 5, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • abinadi

      Who knows the master better than the servant who serves him?

      December 5, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Vickers

      What master? I don't see anyone. When's the last time you actually had a conversation with your "god"? NEVER!
      You lie like a Muslim.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • abinadi

      I had a conversation with him this morning. It is called prayer. You should try it.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Abinadi

      Yeah, yeah, Avd. You have a nice day too.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      I love it when two believers start fighting over whose fairy tale is correct. Not quite Snow White vs Cinderella in a jello wrestling match, but close!

      December 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
    • rick

      "If you do not know there is a God, you are either too lazy to find out, or you love your sins more than you do God – one of the two."

      You seem to have an issue of confusing faith and knowledge. Perhaps you are too lazy to investigate.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • rick

      if you want to be a servant, knock yourself out. free people do not need shackles

      December 6, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • rick

      "If you do not know there is a God, you are either too lazy to find out, or you love your sins more than you do God – one of the two."

      Or....we don't deify bronze age comic books

      December 6, 2011 at 8:08 am |
    • ,,,,,,

      CULT ALERT – don't bother going to AvdBerg's site they are part of a CULT and they are full of LIES. Click the report abuse link instead to get rid of this TROLL.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  9. Melba Toast

    Its funny watching all the dumb crows try to defend one of their own.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  10. Creflo Dollar

    I b wont brutha eddie to plow my ass until the brown gravy spews forth like an eruption from "old faithful."

    December 5, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  11. Penis Buffet

    Eddie Long gave me a buttReaming in the backseat of his caddy.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  12. Emilia

    Does his wife get the Bentley? Who gets the mansion?

    December 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  13. Abinadi

    If any one would like to see and hear a real prophet speak, he can go to LDS.ORG and click on the Christmas Devotional. It begins at 8:00 P.M. Mountain Standard Time which is in 40 minutes from now.

    December 4, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      We had Mormons in the other night. What a nice couple of young men...very open minded. If that is the way most of the members of your organization are, kudos. They admitted that they were not going to change my mind in my disbelief but they were still willing to take time and be rational...setting aside the differences.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:55 am |
    • Mirosal

      @ Truth ... I'm glad you had a rational talk with them. When they came to MY door, I told them I was an Atheist. They then proceeded the practically throw a Book of Mormon at me, along with Pearl of Great Price, told me I HAD TO visit their website to see the errors of my ways. I was all but condemned in their eyes, as they really did tell me that 'god' was going to punish me for not believing. I'm glad you had a couple of rational polite young men at your door.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:18 am |
    • Abinadi

      Sorry you had a bad experience, Mirosol, but IF we really do have the truth and IF your soul really is in danger, I am sure you can appreciate the urgency of the situation. If we reject the truth here, our spirit will still be the same in the next world. Yes, there will still be Baptists, and Catholics, etc there and we will believe the same and we will keep on rejecting the truth. People who reject the truth have a blindness and even though the truth is in front of them, they will reject it out of pride – they refuse to admit they are wrong, and this will go on for all eternity. The time to repent is now. No unclean thing can enter the kingdom of God, because everything is spotless and beautiful and perfect there. But, God will force no person to heaven. We have our free agency. We urge you to use it wisely.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • rick

      seems like some pretty critical "if"s Abinadi

      December 5, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • abinadi

      Yes, Rick. I am glad you appreciate the gravity of it. This is the most important question you will ever consider. This life is about making choices and this choice will bring you everlasting happiness or sadness.

      December 5, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • rick

      "This life is about making choices and this choice will bring you everlasting happiness or sadness."

      And that is a statement that cannot be proven or disproven

      December 5, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • fred

      The book of moron contradicts the Bible.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      The Babble contradicts The Babble!

      December 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  14. Thedeacon48

    My God, my God, "what if it's all a lie?' LET US NOT JUDGE THE BISHOP, WE ARE LIVING IN THE LAST AND EVIL DAYS.

    December 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • The sky is falling, the sky is falling

      Do you know how long they have been saying that ? What makes you any different than the ones who said that 2000 + years ago ?

      December 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Mirosal

      Harold Camping retired. Are you trying to fill his shoes? lol ok then, the new date of the rapture or the apocalypse or "the end" is ...... (you tell us)?

      December 5, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • Yo!


      No we are not, 2010 was one of the safest years! Plus maybe 15% of people can be classified as being bad that leaves 85% that are decent hard working people. You are watching too much negative news, get off your lazy ass a nd get out in your community to find out the truth. Wow what a moron.

      December 5, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  15. Illese fry

    I'm not judging this preacher, but how much can a wife take, no man is perfect but he is suppose to be setting an example to the highest degree, I pray for his poor wife that's had to endure all the ugliness, I feel her pain, been there before! Well I just hope that he realizes he has damaged his family and his congregation is looking at him and wondering, Who are you? Sometimes we don't know what we have until it's gone. Pray for them, this will not be easy to go through.

    December 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  16. Mildred the Mouth

    Face it, they fired his a$$. He's never coming back.

    December 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  17. hippypoet

    for the best i'm sure. 🙂

    December 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  18. *frank*

    He really should look into seppuku.

    December 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • http://bestlawaz.com/arizona-family-law/divorce-process/


      December 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Doesn't have the guts for it, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

      December 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • fred

      Neither do you, Tom. And that's a shame. We all wish you did.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  19. George

    This guy needs to take time off – about 5-10 in the state pen.

    December 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      Good one!

      December 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Scottsdale Divorce Lawyer

      Sounds like its a little to late to start focusing time on family...

      December 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
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