Bishop Eddie Longs Calls It Quits, Says He Needs Some Time To Work Out “Family Business”


This morning Bishop Eddie Long delivered some shocking news to his congregation at New Birth Missionary Church in Lithonia, Ga — which to many was almost inevitable since learning about his ongoing molestation charges.

According to the Bishop, his personal matters needeed attending as he’s decided to step away from the church so that he can use the time to heal his family:

“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.”

As reported by MSDTV, Long’s wife, Vanessa, filed for divorce late Thursday afternoon. She said Friday morning she had changed her mind but by day’s end announced the divorce was on.

Long, his two children, and his wife Vanessa standing by his side, said Sunday he’s “still here,” adding he’s “stepped up and hasn’t stepped down.”

It has been an ongoing saga for the pastor as he was sued in a September 2010 lawsuit by former New Birth members Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson, who alleged the bishop used his influence, trips, gifts and jobs to coerce them into sexual relationships.

The suit was settled in May after months of mediation, but with new evidence and accusers seemingly coming out of the woodwork, this case may never truly be resolved for the Bishop.

Of course, MSDTV will keep you posted. Stay tuned.