Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial Senior Pastor of The New Birth Church, passed away at the age of 63. Followers woke up Sunday morning to the news that the pastor has succumbed to his battle with an aggressive cancer. Long was most noted for his infamous march against homosexuality, despite settling a lawsuit by four young men who accused the bishop of forcing them into sexual relationships.
He was a person who gave away cars and paid college tuitions of those in need. He was a person who appeared to exude self confidence, but would still vomit before sermons from being so nervous. He was a persn who loved charity, but he was also a person who was investigated by Congress after purchasing a million dollar home and a Bentley from a charity he created.
Bishop Long had a powerful national reach. When he preached, Black people listened. But Long's rise to fame was shot down after the accusations of three young men claiming that Long had forced them into sexual relationships. How can a pastor that preaches against homosexuality engage in the very thing he's against? There wasn't just a question of "homosexuality", but pedophilia as well according to the ages of the young men at the time.
Despite the controversy, Long maintained a faithful following until the end, a lthough the church was split and many member left. Long's wife Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011 which prompted Long to announce "time off" to work on his marriage. Vanessa stuck by Long's side until the end.
In recent months, Long's health declined and rumors started to circulate about the cause after photos were posted showing him looking less than "stealth." After Long's death, rumors were started on Twitter saying Long had died of Aids due to his "homosexual promiscuity."
Not everyone was shedding tears over Long's death. Comedian Lil Duval posted on Instagram, his confusion on how people could forgive a man who "f*cks little boys." Many people on my personal social media accounts shared the same sentiment. For me personally, as a sexual abuse survivor, I refuse to drag the man in his death. But I totally understand everyone's feelings.
The fact remains that while Long denied all these allegations against him, there was enough evidence to say that "something" inappropriate took place between Long and these four young men. Even if Long asked for God's forgiveness,, he never reconciled with the young men nor even admitted to any wrongdoing. So, can he honestly be forgiven? Either way, Long has family and faithful followers who loved him in spite of. My thoughts are with all those who mourn his passing.
All 9th District ACA Alec Baldwin Allegiant Airlines Alternative Right Alt-Right Azealia Banks Barack Obama Bigotry Black Lives Matter Black Youth Bob Ruscoe Border Wall Chicago Beating Christianity Church News Courts Criminal Justice Denied Donald Trump Eddie Long Electoral College Fired First Lady Obama Flights Fontana FOX News Good Samaritan GOP Hate Crime Health Insurance Hip Hop House Inauguration James Hall Judges KAY Jewelers Law Marcellus Bennett Mental Ilness Mexico Michele Obama Missed Goodbyes Missouri Music Muslim Ban New Birth New England Patriots News Obamacare Paul Rand Planned Parenthood PP President President Obama Protests Putin Racism Regret Robbery Rolling Oaks Mall Russia San Antonio Sexual Abuse Shooting SNL Social Justice Stacey Dash The First Family Trump Trumpgrets White House White Nationalists Whoopi Goldberg Women's Rights Yes We Can