New Birth Bishop Eddie Long Declared “King” by Jewish Rabbi

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Lithonia (WAOK)- In a ceremony Sunday, January 29, 2012, at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Eddie Long was elevated to the level of “King” by Rabbi Ralph Messer. Long recently returned to the pulpit after taking a brief leave following the announcement from his wife Vanessa that she would be filing for divorce.  The announcement in December 2011 capped a tumultuous year for Long that included a financial settlement said to be worth as much as $25 million with five young men who accused him of sexual coercion, a marked decrease in membership at one of the largest churches in the Atlanta area and financial difficulties that some say forced the temporary closure of the New Birth Christian Academy.

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