ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)-Bishop Eddie Long is taking a brief leave from New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to concentrate on his family. Long made the announcement this morning before the congregation, many of whom have followed him from the time the church only had 300 members to see it transformed into one of the largest church congregations in Atlanta.

Church leadership is being very careful to use words that do not point to a resignation by Long. This statement was released by a church spokesman:

 Rumors that Bishop Eddie L. Long has stepped down as senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church are completely false. As Bishop Long stated in his earlier comments,   “Vanessa and I are working together in seeking God’s will in our current circumstances.”  As any loving and committed husband would do, Bishop Long will take some time to focus on his family but he will continue to be the senior pastor of New Birth.  Bishop Long and Vanessa Long are asking for privacy and sensitivity to their family, without the need for any further public comments at this time.

Bishop Long told the congregation he is still thier spiritual leader. “I’m still your pastor. You’ll still receive my direction,” Long said Sunday. “You’ve given me some weeks to take care of some family business.”

Long’s wife, Vanessa, filed for divorce late Thursday afternoon. Friday morning, via a statement sent by the church’s spokesman,  she had apparently changed her mind but by the end of the day on Friday announced the divorce was on.

Long told the congregation several times during his Sunday sermon that he loved his wife and she loves him.

Long, with two of his two children standing by his side, reaffirmed he had no plans to resign, adding he had not “stepped down” but instead “stepped up.”

Membership at New Birth has declined since September 2010 when allegations surfaced from four former young male church members that Bishop Long used his role as spiritual advisor and “father figure” to lure them into sexual relationships through trips, cars and expensive gifts.

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Comments (7)
  1. Ken says:

    Two losers in one weekend……….Eddie Long and Herman Cain. See-ya!….wouldn’t wanna be ya!

  2. Karen M says:

    Oh well – i use to feel sorry for wives, until i realized many – marriages are no different then corporate mergers. Hope his wife takes 99.9% leave him with the bible KJV and one pew. Most wives of a certain income bracket are trained or learn to look the other way as long as the are Mrs…… and can cha ching and their children are rightful heir’s with out competition from Daddies adventures.

    1. Marlon McNeill Sr says:

      Very interesting perspective…

  3. sirwinston1941 says:

    Deceit and the old saying that “I can’t be touched” is what it is..purely deceit. Mrs. Vanessa Long is making the right decision and she do needs her private. However, eddie long has had his private with his actions and he wonder why members of his congregation is asking him to step down and leave; well, he should know the answers. 1. Lied about what he did, failing to be truthful to hs wife, family and congregation, fail to fight for the truth, and yes, he was the man being portraited in the news. Then he lead his congregation on by standing before them saying nothing but granding standing, but final thing was there was a fifth person and he never open his mouth about that either. It all caught up with him and the cards came down…merely fail down. Bad business ventures; involving his congregation and got them to invest, and what else, to much to write; but don’t tell me his wife should not move forward! If you are a member of the NB Church, you need to know that V103 and others have move away from Long because they would have to make media comments and if they are trying to protect him, it is to late, I will not called him a Bishop because he is just a man with a title and that is merely what it is a title that is in front of his name but he fail to live up to it. Have you as a member every wonder about where your money is going…look at your life and then at Long’s lifestyle, Frank Ski said some time ago that Long needs to be rewarded, for what, he should not be viewed as so far up there that he look’s down on others and I think with all of this and that Mrs. Long knew it is not right; plus, he told her the truth and while hed did not openly tell anyone els, the facts are there…that is why he tryed to pay the men out. He fail to realize tthat ipaying out this money put a nail in is coffine. All that is now left is…Long has to leave and not shame the members of NB any longer. Those who are protesting him o leave as well as those that are not; that is how you fail to get the truth verse the lies. He has never came out and said he was sory or repented. Did he?

    1. Ken says:

      Even with all those typos, you hit the nail on the head. Damn skippy.

    2. Marlon McNeill Sr says:

      I am appreciative of your views… unfortunately, not everyone get to see the light!

  4. sirwinston1941 says:

    Thanks, Ken, can’t text that fast like some do!

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