ATLANTA: Controversial pastor dies at 63

Bishop Eddie Long, the controversial Georgia-based head of one of America’s largest megachurches, has died, according to the church he presided over. He was 63.

Long died after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

“Bishop Long was known as one of the most influential faith leaders in the world,” the church said in the statement. “He stood strong as a Kingdom Builder, pioneering leader, and revolutionary mind changer.”

“Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace,” his wife Vanessa Long said in the statement.

At its peak New Birth Missionary Baptist Church had about 25,000 members.

But Long had a controversial past. In 2010, he and his church settled a lawsuit filed by four young men who accused him of pressuring them into sexual relationships while they were teenagers and members of his congregation.

Long, who preached passionately against homosexuality for years, denied the allegations.

In 2011, Vanessa Long filed for divorce. Shortly afterward, Long told his followers he was taking some time off to work on his marriage.

The couple later reconciled.

36 Responses to ATLANTA: Controversial pastor dies at 63

  1. Rhonda M Lorde
    Rhonda M Lorde January 15, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    My sympathy too the Eddie long family may he rest in peace

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  2. jrsmith January 15, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    They were reconcile because of the bank accounts he took time off to count his millions …
    Is he going to heaven, the bible said its easier for a camel to crawl through the eye of a needle , than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven….
    All these bible whackers is the same ,love interfering with the followers young children and the said people seems not to condemn these people behavior…..

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  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    R.I.P.

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    • Lennox Hewitt
      Lennox Hewitt January 16, 2017 at 1:24 am

      He not resting n piece he resting n Hell pastor n just pay 4 fellas 25 million plus he gay that y he pay 25 mil to 4 boys .

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva January 16, 2017 at 1:57 am

      Rest in pieces, you are joking right? He should of been burned alive for what he did.

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva January 16, 2017 at 2:03 am

      Lennox Hewitt he was not gay, he was a child molester which has nothing to do with being gay. He enjoyed raping teenage boys, that’s not being gay. He was a scumbag, a perverted piece of crap. Do not mistake a rapists, child molester as homosexual, please learn the difference.

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  4. Michel Smith January 15, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Martin Luther, started the Protestant Reformation and changed the way we worship. We can pray directly to God and sing his prays without going into a church. The Catholic Church excommunicated Luther and then sentenced him to death but he was able to survive and lead a long productive life. One of his chief criticisms of the Catholic Church was the sale of Indulgencies–the poor rarely could afford to purchase them to get into heaven. Mega Churches are Mega Businesses.

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  5. Lennox hewitt January 15, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Listen i just did watching video’s with him if what i see is correct he n had no cancer he had the other thing but not cancer he died from it check youtude and wunna be the judge and he get real small check wunna self .

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    • Michael Goodman January 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Huh????

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    • Donild Trimp January 15, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Lennox, aids is a form of cancer.

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      • Richard Johnston January 16, 2017 at 10:23 am

        Absolutely not. AIDS is an immune deficiency. Cancer is uncontrolled cell growth.

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  6. Lennox hewitt January 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Not children young boys 4 boys now suing him he decide to pay them 25 million us so each get 6.5 million each .

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  7. Ego January 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Even if you are suggesting that he died of AIDs,it is a cancer,

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  8. Demetrius Garrett
    Demetrius Garrett January 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Have no sympathy for this child molester and hypocrite. Good riddance!

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  9. Jennifer January 15, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Giving all praises to the most high for his wondrous works. This man has sent many souls to the gates of hell with his false doctrines. ALL of these 501C3 churches are in bed with the bank. Cashing in on black people ignorance in their churches. They have sworn never to tell black people who they truly are according to the scriptures. While they stoke the money pump from our people. They have pushed a white god and white cesar borgia (Jesus), when the scriptures clearly STATES GOD AND CHRIST ARE BLACK WITH WOOLLY HAIR. God said I create evil, good, sorrow and love. While our people stay within the DUNNING-KRUGER EFFECT and love for their captors. Good Riddance

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  10. lswiltshire January 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    AIDS is not cancer
    IT NEVER WAS AND NEVER WILL BE
    TWO DIFFERENT CAUSATIONS
    TWO DIFFERENT COURSES
    TWO DIFFERENT TREATMENTS
    TWO DIFFERENT SETS OF SYMPTOMS

    PLEASE CITE THE SCRIPTURE THAT TEACHES THAT clearly STATES GOD AND CHRIST ARE BLACK WITH WOOLLY HAIR

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  11. Jennifer January 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    REVELATION 1: 13 -15 (CHRIST)
    DANIEL 7: 9 – ANCIENT OF DAYS (GOD)
    Then you put in wholly hair in the computer and see who has wholly hair.
    Also bear furnace in mind too

    Now you cite me the scripture which say they were white (red). While you are at it look up ESAU and Jacob. Genesis 25:25. This is the age of awakening. The garbage brainwashing is over.

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  12. lswiltshire January 15, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    AGAIN
    PLEASE CITE THE SCRIPTURE THAT TEACHES THAT clearly STATES GOD AND CHRIST ARE BLACK WITH WOOLLY HAIR

    I have never read a Scripture that said that God was either BLACK or WHITE
    I have never read a Scripture that said that JESUS was either BLACK or WHITE

    It seems that the garbage brainwashing is starting

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  13. John January 15, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Careful with those conclusions, Jennifer!
    “Like” implies a simile – a comparison, not a status or condition. His hair was like pure wool, does not mean that his hair was wool at all or that the texture was that of wool. It could simply mean that it was the colour of pure wool. Something being white as snow does not mean that it is snow or that it even looks like show. It simply means that it is white as snow is. Similarly, his eyes described as flaming fire, does not mean that his eyes were hot and were consuming his face as fire would. That would be crazy, wouldn’t it?
    Maybe we shouldn’t be trying to reduce God to our limited imaginations.

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  14. Michelle Greenidge January 15, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Aids is NOT cancer ! It a IMMUNE DEFICIENCY disease !

    This means almost any germ that gets into your body can kill you
    You have no PROTECTION against it !,,

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  15. Betty Proverbs
    Betty Proverbs January 16, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Church – the chicken coop of wrongs !!

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  16. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes January 16, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Oh how we love to rejoice in other people’s misery, what ever wrong Eddie Long has done God knows what it is. How can some one who does not even know the man and is not his Dr know what he died of, we are all going to die at some time, so your time would be better spent preparing for when that time comes. Some people spend their time minding what others do when they themselves have they own skeletons that no body has dug up yet. Old people used to say “today for me and tomorrow for you”.We never know what is going to come our way so it makes no sense being glad when bad things happen to others. My sympathy goes to his family , he is gone but they are still going to have to live with it because people are not going to let them forget.

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    • Lennox Hewitt
      Lennox Hewitt January 16, 2017 at 1:29 am

      Yes u right so live rightfull way then ok what he pay 25 million for to 4 boys .

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    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva January 16, 2017 at 1:54 am

      He sexually molested four teenage boys which is not something to be hidden nor is it to be swept under the rug. It is good the media makes sure it is known what this man has done right up to his burial, the only recognition he deserves is for all to know what a nasty, low life, scumbag

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    • Bonita Weekes
      Bonita Weekes January 16, 2017 at 7:03 am

      I am not God, go ask him.

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    • Lennox Hewitt
      Lennox Hewitt January 16, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Old people use to say that ? Dum all so say u can hide and buy land but u cannot hide and work it .

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  17. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt January 16, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Thing is he did against homosexuals well he were not .

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  18. MIIB January 16, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Disgusting nasty pervert

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  19. Whitehill January 16, 2017 at 6:15 am

    this is so sad yet amazing, on several occasions there were pieces written here that I thought would’ve gotten the attention of all bajans readers. Two that readily come to mind, one was that Attorney Andrew Pilgrim railing against the legal system and a leading jurist doing the same; even hinted that people of means are able to have their cases expedited sooner than the average black bajans.
    These were great opportunities for people to make some “noise”,
    not a word from you lot.
    Now look, every bajan on here prattling on about some wretched dead bulla that ain’t jack to do with us…
    Blasted Schmucks!

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  20. Marva E Mascoll
    Marva E Mascoll January 16, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Rest in peace

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  21. Michael A Clarke
    Michael A Clarke January 16, 2017 at 9:19 am

    God does not work that way.We are all sinners

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  22. Maria January 16, 2017 at 11:23 am

    What do we care about a fallen pastor? Let this be a lesson to all of you to do right in the eyes of God and man. He thst is guiltless throw the first stone. God is in control and every man will be judged accordingly.

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  23. Alex Alleyne January 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    From dusk till dawn/between 6pm to 6am some men become “beast”.

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  24. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams January 16, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    My thoughts exactly Gloria

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  25. North Point January 16, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    He mislead his flock and he has paid dearly, God is not mock. There is no rest for the wicked, end of story.

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  26. Alex Alleyne January 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    25 thousand members, paying out 25 million US dollars.
    All because when you stand in the pulpit you have “total control” over your flock…….WOW.

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