During a surprise announcement from the pulpit on Sunday, troubled prosperity preacher Bishop Eddie Long announced he was taking time off as pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

"I'm going to take a little time off to work with my family," Long said Sunday. "I'm still your pastor. You'll still receive my direction," he said, choosing his words carefully. "You've given me some weeks to take care of some family business."

The "family business" that Long seemed to be referring to were conflicting reports that his wife of 21 years, Vanessa G. Long, had sought to terminate their marriage.

On Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Long filed for divorce, saying her decision had been reached "after a great deal of deliberation and prayer." The divorce was announced in a press release early Friday morning. But by Friday afternoon, Eddie Long's own publicist released a statement attributed to Mrs. Long stating she was calling off the divorce.

A few hours after that statement was released, the media received word that the divorce was back on again.

"Mrs. Long continues to hope that this matter may be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously and fairly; however, she has determined that dismissal of her divorce petition is not appropriate at this time," Kilpatrick Townsend partner Michael W. Tyler said in a prepared statement. "To avoid any undue confusion, Mrs. Long's future statements, if any, will be issued through her attorneys," he said. Source

Speculation ran wild after Sunday's service that Long had stepped down as pastor, but New Birth's publicist denied rumors that Long had resigned due to the scandals and declining church attendance.

"Rumors that Bishop Eddie L. Long has stepped down as senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church are completely false," read a statement from the church. "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."

Long's publicist also said Mrs. Long's divorce action was not related in any way with the sexual misconduct lawsuit filed by four men who were former members of the church. Long settled that lawsuit earlier this year.

  • TPtotalpackage

    Lawwwwwwwdddddd I love this picture!!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    @TP ikr my absolute FAV headie longskroke pic EVER!

    i want him to disappear like herman shame's campaign

    gm SR & fam :waves:

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1335451522 therapist1911

    I can't seem to find the strength to care about this situation

  • Mamacita

    "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"

    :blink: committed? They must not know the def of that word...

    Anyway, she needs to divorce him and move on. I wouldn't even know how to salvage a situation like this. It's just too much for someone to handle. I hope she has peace and moves on.

  • Smonae80

    Good Morning all
    I wish he sit his azz down, tired of seeing this bad hair piece

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwik0Lon-g&ob=av2e FeFe

    Long’s publicist also said Mrs. Long’s divorce action was not related in any way with the sexual misconduct lawsuit filed by four men who were former members of the church.
    _________

    Yeah...mmmmmkay... :coffee:

  • dlynn87

    What is all of this confusion? God is not in that. The divorce is on & then off now on again? I don't like to get in folks business but this is a hot mess. Really sad.

  • candibfly

    morning and whatnot :coffee:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    those aint tears coming down his face, that's soul glo toupee juice :coffee:

  • iheart405

    Now Sandra Mae, You know good and durn well you coulda picked a pic of this man where he didnt look like he been playing in crisco :rofl:

  • pointhimout

    (deep sigh) no one cares Eddie. He'll be downsizing that mega-church to just a church real soon.

  • Mamacita

    Good morning Fayla, Therapist, TP :waves:

  • iheart405

    On second thought.... He prob was playing in crisco or LUBE for the lil boys booties he was gonna get after the Sunday sermon :nono:

  • iheart405

    Morning SR peoples :waves:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGMGSmzCgrI LaTechGrad02

    :coffee: Welp, now that Eddie Long has taken a break, ol' Kearney Thomas can get his shine on.

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    :yawn: Morning SR!!!

  • NaijaGal

    Morning Folks
    Fayla, FeFe, Therapist, Point, iheart, Candi, Mamacita, TP :waves:

    So what happened to Eddie and his 5 rocks...and in more important news the McDonald's guy has been released and will not be charged

  • NaijaGal

    Chiby wake up, you know this news gives you life :waves:

  • Mamacita

    @FeFe They must think that people are really dumb. So the fact that he was accused of sexual misconduct with SEVERAL young MEN had nothing to do with her decision? Really? Oh...

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    That look like a pair of lil boy's drawls in his hand that he's sniffing..
    :coffee: He just converted it into a prayer cloth...

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    Mama!!! :yahoo:
    candi :waves: longskroke's 13 1/2 piece

  • iheart405

    Heeeyyy @ Naija :hi: I was so happy when I heard the McDonalds guy would not be charged :applause: I hope he gets a nice chunk of change from McDonald's for his pain and suffering :yes:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    Chiby wake up, you know this news gives you life :waves:
    _____________________________________________________________
    Not really, I'm be more happy if he announced that he was shutting the entire church down...

  • TPtotalpackage

    Good Morning All!

  • iheart405

    chibytex aka the people's champ says:

    That look like a pair of lil boy’s drawls in his hand that he’s sniffing..
    He just converted it into a prayer cloth…

    ___________________
    :dead: I shole do :rofl:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    Naija :2dance: hola mami!
    :waves: @Chi & Fe & iheart

  • Mamacita

    @Naija Hola! Yeah I heard about the McDonald's guy being released. I'm glad he was. Those girls got what they deserved.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    :dead: @chi! it's 2 early ma'am :lol:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    :hi: Fayla

  • The Makeup Maven

    Good morning EVERYONE.... FayFay (my REAL bay bay); Chiby (how did the wknd go?); FeFe; iheart; Mamacita; LaTech; Point; Therapist, Candi; Smonae; TP........ :hug: DID I MISS ANYONE???

    Now, is it just ME, or is anyone else REALLY DISTURBED by 'ol dude's hair?? And that is the prollem w/having YES MEN...when some chit is fugged up, they'll NEVER let you know, because someone just have definitely told him long time ago that is hair is NOT THE BIZNIZ!
    :coffee:

  • Creamychic

    Eddie, you know yall geting on my nerves, and this newbirth stuff, i am sick of all this darn traffic coming from your walmart( I mean church) every wednesday and sunday, will you leave already please so all these stupid folks can go sit in creflo $oll$r church, and become even dumber, thank you, and yall have a nice day, now that I got that out the Way

    :Waves: morning family, Fayla , chilby, Marmacita, naiji, heart FeFE :yahoo: thearpist, Latech, etc and all that i missed again :waves:

  • The Makeup Maven

    @ Naija

    :whistle:
    Baby you don't have to try and read my mind
    'cuz you know I wanna get it in
    Tell me why don't we just think about it
    We can be body to body, body to body

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGMGSmzCgrI LaTechGrad02

    Morning Creamy! Morning Maven! Morning Everyone!!

  • Creamychic

    Tatted :kiss: morning kisses :hug:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    :2dance: M&M

    Everything went turned out excellent!!! The food was great, decor was lovely and the in-laws were very surprised!!

  • The Makeup Maven

    :dead: @ Chibs

    Good morning, Creaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamy :hug:

  • iheart405

    Hey Fay,Creamy,Tatted,Chiby,TP and anybody I missed :waves:

    @Chiby, What's that in your gravi ma'am :thinking:

  • The Makeup Maven

    @ Chibs - I'm so glad it turned out right and they were surprised and enjoyed themselves. I know you were really wanting this to be a hit.....and it was. :yes:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    @Iheart
    That's Tisha and Spike from School Daze....that's the scene were Half Pint was convincing Jane that she'd didnt have to let him :hump: But Jane felt obligated cause Julian "Big Brother Almighty" told her to break Half Pint in....One of my favorite scenes from the movie!

  • Mamacita

    Maven and Creamy :waves:

  • The Makeup Maven

    @ Chibs - that's one of my fav scenes too. Julina straight played Jane!
    :rofl:

  • musicluvher

    chibytex aka the people's champ says:

    That look like a pair of lil boy’s drawls in his hand that he’s sniffing..
    :coffee: He just converted it into a prayer cloth…
    ___________________________________________________________________

    Aw Hell Naw!!! Slayed :casket:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:)

    TaBew :kiss: gm beautiful yew!!!

    Creamy :hug:

    LA :waves:

    Chi that menu sure did sound delish, glad it all worked out

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    @M&M
    I was dog tired though girl. I started at 7am that morning and didnt get finished until 7pm that night with cooking and decorating...but it was well worth it...

    I realize if I make this a business I'm gonna have to get some interns or extra hands...cause doing it by myself is lot of work....

  • Anna

    therapist1911 says:

    I can’t seem to find the strength to care about this situation

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Me either. Let his long suffering wife remain stupid. :lol:

  • Anna

    Look at the sweat on his forehead, it looks like he has horns.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGMGSmzCgrI LaTechGrad02

    Morning Fayla!!

  • The Makeup Maven

    @ Chibs - I'm sure it was beautiful and girrrrrl, i'm sure you an make it work w/it as a business. With ppl out of work, they'll be plenty on board to be your intern :yes:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    :offtopic:
    Did anybody notice that Sandra has absolutely NOTHING to post or tweet about Beyonce's 20/20 interview on Friday...I was sure she be bashing or having something to say...but it was like crickets coming from her Twitter page... :coffee:

  • NaijaGal

    @Tatted :kiss:
    :whistle:
    easy like sunday morning, like an angel callin she's taking me all in,
    I'm embracing her with my skin, like a pillar of light, a vision
    of light and she's so perfect that I couldnt picture her if i tried,
    see some may come some may go but I'll but I'll follow you
    where ever you go, you're the perfect mate for my soul and
    I know why I lose control, I lose control whenever I'm around you

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    Anna says:

    Look at the sweat on his forehead, it looks like he has horns.
    __________________________________________________________________
    :blink: I can see that!!

  • candibfly

    naija, fayla, tatted :2twin: <--- electric slide

    i'm still so confused on what 27 pieces and 9 pieces are :rofl: sound like chicken nuggets to me

  • candibfly

    i meant :2dance:

  • The Makeup Maven

    Anna says:

    Look at the sweat on his forehead, it looks like he has horns.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Good morning, Anna. You know you make me :sick: RIGHT?!?! :rofl:

  • ohpretty1

    I can't wait for all of this to be over so producers can start on the Lifetime movie. :coffee:

    Good morning wonderful people!

  • iheart405

    @ Chiby,Gotcha. I haven't watched that movie in forever! Glad your dinner went well for the in-laws

  • The Makeup Maven

    OhPretty :hug:

  • ohpretty1

    @ Chi - Is that "Jane" in your gravi? :thumbsup:

  • Anna

    GM Makeup Maven. :waves:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    :think: Wonders if Eddie Thong served the boys Jesus Juice before he seduced them?

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    @Oh pretty
    That would be Jane...the leader of "The Wannabes" :lol:

  • I Go There

    All I wanna know is who the hell is letting this dude go out in public with that damn swiffer duster on his head... smh

  • iheart405

    @Chiby, I see you are on a role today ma'am :rofl: Jesus juice! :hahaha!

  • The Makeup Maven

    Is Change lurking??? :thinking:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    @Iheart
    Supposedly MJ served it to his victims...I just KNOW Eddie Thong had a magic portion for his "boys".... :lol:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    The Makeup Maven says:

    Is Change lurking??? :thinking:
    _____________________________________________________
    I hope so... :rofl:

  • Anna

    chibytex aka the people's champ says:

    Wonders if Eddie Thong served the boys Jesus Juice before he seduced them?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    He gave them some weed brownies, and propofol.

  • Genia

    Dear FB Family,
    As a member of the community in which this church dwells, as a close friend of many many NB members...I want to ask that you guys pray for the members. By mindful of the members. I know some of you are going to feel strongly about Eddie Long, as do I. At the end of the day, his actios has caused a windfall of unfortunante circumstances for many people. Jobs will be lost, spiritual relationships will be affected. Community programs will no longer run. And Minds are altered. I ask that you try and remember his wife and children, who are more effected by these events than anyone. Understand this is not a plea to say don't have any opinion. This not even a plea saying: don't post what ever you want.... I am just asking that in your prayers, thoughts, conversation that you do "REMEMBER" the innocent people affected by this horrible event.

  • BigCityGirl

    Good Morning Everyone..

    I see this is another WAIT AND SEE situation!I don't see haow anyone could lead a church with all this DRAMA going on...smh

  • khandi25

    First off.. He shouldn't even have a church to "take a leave from". Where is the Deacon Board? Back in the day, the Deacon Board would shut the pastor down if he was living any kind of way. Eddie Long, should have been "sat' down when this scandal began. Later he should have been replaced, so he could go back to basics of getting his life right w/God and getting things right w/his family, without having to run a church. This is crazy.

  • BigCityGirl

    "how"

  • The Makeup Maven

    chibytex aka the people's champ says:

    The Makeup Maven says:

    Is Change lurking???
    _____________________________________________________
    I hope so… :rofl:
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    :rofl: :rofl:

  • The Makeup Maven

    @ Chibs - "Change" give me my life! :yes:

  • The Makeup Maven

    khandi25 says:

    First off.. He shouldn’t even have a church to “take a leave from”. Where is the Deacon Board? Back in the day, the Deacon Board would shut the pastor down if he was living any kind of way. Eddie Long, should have been “sat’ down when this scandal began. Later he should have been replaced, so he could go back to basics of getting his life right w/God and getting things right w/his family, without having to run a church. This is crazy.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Girrrrrl, you betta know it! :yes:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    @Genia
    Dont take this the wrong way...but I dont feel sorry for anybody STILL attending his church!! IMO I feel like if you are STILL attending the church you are defending and upholding what he did to those lil boys...and they are the only people (besides Eddie Thong's kids) that I feel sorry for...Grown ass people know right from wrong whether you are a janitor of the church or on the Minister board sitting besides him in the pulpit....

    Not judging anybody, but just stating how Ifeel!

  • EssenceofU

    Some say Bishop Long can't bounce back from this disgrace. I beg to differ. If he repents of his sins and comes forth and admits his guilt to his congregation and the public, he may actually be forgiven. After all, isn't his church called "New Birth"? What better way than to be reborn and start anew. And the moral of this story is: it's not good to play with God, 'cause he can and will show you up! Just my 2 cents.

  • iheart405

    chibytex aka the people's champ says:

    @Iheart
    Supposedly MJ served it to his victims…I just KNOW Eddie Thong had a magic portion for his “boys”….

    __________

    I memba that and that's exactly why im so :dead:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    The Makeup Maven says:

    @ Chibs – “Change” give me my life! :yes:
    ________________________________________________
    Change is in the Kerri post!

  • khandi25

    @Genia Horrible event?? Are you serious? A horrible event is a hurricane or a tornado killing people. A horrible event earthquake leaving thousands of people homeless. Those are horrible events. If Eddie Long cared about the people you speak of, he would have left the church when the scandal began. This would have given the church a chance to find a new pastor and maintain their reputation in the community. Instead, he stayed, because he is selfish. As for the members, that's on them to stay. There are plenty of churches out there, they could have left. As for their spiritual relationship. I don't get that. My reltionship is w/God. My pastor is a man, therefore, my faith is in God and not him, therefore my spiritual relationship would not be directly impacted by my pastor's choices. IJS

  • LuvMySailor

    Genia says:

    Dear FB Family,
    As a member of the community in which this church dwells, as a close friend of many many NB members…I want to ask that you guys pray for the members. By mindful of the members. I know some of you are going to feel strongly about Eddie Long, as do I. At the end of the day, his actios has caused a windfall of unfortunante circumstances for many people. Jobs will be lost, spiritual relationships will be affected. Community programs will no longer run. And Minds are altered. I ask that you try and remember his wife and children, who are more effected by these events than anyone. Understand this is not a plea to say don’t have any opinion. This not even a plea saying: don’t post what ever you want…. I am just asking that in your prayers, thoughts, conversation that you do “REMEMBER” the innocent people affected by this horrible event.
    -----------------------------------------

    I remember when the story broke I was upse4t with Long but more upset for the Christian church in general. It makes us as a whole look bad. I pray that his memebers still remember JESUS in all this, and know that Long is only human. What he did was wrong.

    But now I'm confused, but Yahoo sure did say yesterday that the divorce was back on. That was from her lawyers

  • The Makeup Maven

    Uh-oh :coffee:

  • Creamychic

    Genia says:

    Dear FB Family,
    As a member of the community in which this church dwells, as a close friend of many many NB members…I want to ask that you guys pray for the members. By mindful of the members. I know some of you are going to feel strongly about Eddie Long, as do I. At the end of the day, his actios has caused a windfall of unfortunante circumstances for many people. Jobs will be lost, spiritual relationships will be affected. Community programs will no longer run. And Minds are altered. I ask that you try and remember his wife and children, who are more effected by these events than anyone. Understand this is not a plea to say don’t have any opinion. This not even a plea saying: don’t post what ever you want…. I am just asking that in your prayers, thoughts, conversation that you do “REMEMBER” the innocent people affected by this horrible event.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    this is true but i must say these members are to blame as well they sat in this chruch going against what GOD actually taught, they know things was so out of order, but yet they stayed because of the title, and riches of the world, I know a hole heap of folks over there, and my child is actually friends with the kids, Vanessa knew stuff was out of order as well and have for sometime now,the only ones need help are the kids, it's sad when folks make excuses for these so called bishops, it's a shame and disgraceful, the people that will be affected are the the ones that actually wanted to be saved, newbirth was a big mess, from day one, everything dont go on in GOD's house but newbirth made an exception, that is why it had to fall, GOD aint pleased with this fooliness, and he aint in this church nor the so called followers of Eddie long, it just a shame, he has mad a mockery of GOD and now him and the fake members will suffer, but it aint gone stop there, there are many more to fall.

  • iheart405

    khandi25 says:

    First off.. He shouldn’t even have a church to “take a leave from”. Where is the Deacon Board? Back in the day, the Deacon Board would shut the pastor down if he was living any kind of way. Eddie Long, should have been “sat’ down when this scandal began. Later he should have been replaced, so he could go back to basics of getting his life right w/God and getting things right w/his family, without having to run a church. This is crazy.

    ________

    :preach:

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    Those are horrible events. If Eddie Long cared about the people you speak of, he would have left the church when the scandal began. This would have given the church a chance to find a new pastor and maintain their reputation in the community. Instead, he stayed, because he is selfish. As for the members, that’s on them to stay. There are plenty of churches out there, they could have left. As for their spiritual relationship. I don’t get that. My reltionship is w/God. My pastor is a man, therefore, my faith is in God and not him, therefore my spiritual relationship would not be directly impacted by my pastor’s choices. IJS
    ________________________________________________________________________
    :cosign:

  • lady_cn

    I honestly could not care less for this man, or his sham of a marriage. I just can't bring myself to give a chit anymore. As long as he's done messing with little boys booty holes *in my Katt Williams voice*, I have nothing else to say about this 'man'. :coffee:

    :waves: Mornin' all!

  • Creamychic

    @lady Cn :rofl: i read that in katt williams voice :rofl:

  • ohpretty1

    @kandi - His church doesn't have a deacon board, a reason why he was able to do as much as he did without consequence.

  • Selle

    So did he do something to little boys or did he engage in adulterous homosexual affairs? I hate when stuff like this happens b/c it just feeds into the stereotype about black men in the church---smdh. I know about that divorce thing, divorce is hard for some people and you do go back and forth on it, she's just being a person whose life is crashing down and unfortunately it is happening for the world to see.

  • khandi25

    @Ohpretty Wow.. Well that's just another reason why people should have been left the church.. No checks and balances.. SMH !!

  • Genia

    khandi25 says:
    @Genia Horrible event?? Are you serious? A horrible event is a hurricane or a tornado killing people. A horrible event earthquake leaving thousands of people homeless. Those are horrible events. If Eddie Long cared about the people you speak of, he would have left the church when the scandal began. This would have given the church a chance to find a new pastor and maintain their reputation in the community. Instead, he stayed, because he is selfish. As for the members, that’s on them to stay. There are plenty of churches out there, they could have left. As for their spiritual relationship. I don’t get that. My reltionship is w/God. My pastor is a man, therefore, my faith is in God and not him, therefore my spiritual relationship would not be directly impacted by my pastor’s choices. IJS
    __________________________________________________________________
    Don't get stuck on symantics. Don't read the words pray for the church and automatically think a comment is going to be in defense of eddie Long. It is a horrible event, in the lives of the victims, their families, the members who were apart of the growth of Eddies Long as a paster, to the growth from a small church on Young street to the mega church it became, JUST LIKE VICTIMS of a hurrican and/or tornado a horrible event in the lives of ANYONE who wasn't given a choice. ANYONE who didn't have options. Like a storm, Eddie Long's choices, left a wake of tragedgy in it's path.

    A sheppred has a responsiblity to lead it's flock. and though you know he is BUT A MAN, I am sure you have expectations of your paster to hold himself above reproach. I am sure you don't want to walk into the parking lot of your church...witness your paster doing something "UNGODLY" and then plan to sit comfortably and content in the pew. So it's easy to see..well I am there for God. We all are...BUT this man, that is put in place to teach and lead...has a responsiblity to be more than a MAN. OTherwise..why go to church...we can all hold church in our inperfect human homes on our inperfect human couches...hold a bible..church building be damed

    The church has lost a great deal of it's members. Those who have decided to stay...have their own reasons for staying...I do not judge them. The church is a business and a Mon-Fri 9 to 5pm, employment for a few hundred people.

  • LuvMySailor

    iheart405 says:

    khandi25 says:

    First off.. He shouldn’t even have a church to “take a leave from”. Where is the Deacon Board? Back in the day, the Deacon Board would shut the pastor down if he was living any kind of way. Eddie Long, should have been “sat’ down when this scandal began. Later he should have been replaced, so he could go back to basics of getting his life right w/God and getting things right w/his family, without having to run a church. This is crazy.
    ----------------------
    His church does not have a Deacon's Board. I remember an article on Yahoo stating that he disbanded the board.

    In Baptist churches, YES, the Deacon Board is supposed to be the checks and balance for the Pastor. But a lot of these snakes in the grass have got "yes men" elected on the baord, sometiems wihtout the congregation voting, and thereis no one to check him. It's sad actually

  • LuvMySailor

    Don’t get stuck on symantics. Don’t read the words pray for the church and automatically think a comment is going to be in defense of eddie Long. It is a horrible event, in the lives of the victims, their families, the members who were apart of the growth of Eddies Long as a paster, to the growth from a small church on Young street to the mega church it became, JUST LIKE VICTIMS of a hurrican and/or tornado a horrible event in the lives of ANYONE who wasn’t given a choice. ANYONE who didn’t have options. Like a storm, Eddie Long’s choices, left a wake of tragedgy in it’s path.

    A sheppred has a responsiblity to lead it’s flock. and though you know he is BUT A MAN, I am sure you have expectations of your paster to hold himself above reproach. I am sure you don’t want to walk into the parking lot of your church…witness your paster doing something “UNGODLY” and then plan to sit comfortably and content in the pew. So it’s easy to see..well I am there for God. We all are…BUT this man, that is put in place to teach and lead…has a responsiblity to be more than a MAN. OTherwise..why go to church…we can all hold church in our inperfect human homes on our inperfect human couches…hold a bible..church building be damed

    The church has lost a great deal of it’s members. Those who have decided to stay…have their own reasons for staying…I do not judge them. The church is a business and a Mon-Fri 9 to 5pm, employment for a few hundred people.
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    Yeppers. There are church folk NEVER touch their Bible and yet live off every word from the Pastor. So, when the pastor does something wrong either they blame the victim or loose their own faith, which was faith in man from the start and never in Jesus the Christ.

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    JUST LIKE VICTIMS of a hurrican and/or tornado a horrible event in the lives of ANYONE who wasn’t given a choice. ANYONE who didn’t have options. Like a storm, Eddie Long’s choices, left a wake of tragedgy in it’s path.
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    So you mean to tell me that you are comparing this to VICTIMS of Hurricane Katrina and other NATURAL DISASTERS!! :wtf: Those people have family members that have died and have been displaced to different cities. People lost their homes and personal items that they cant get back. Some of these people are have been ran outta their communities because they cant afford to move back...YOU WILL COMPARE WHAT THESE CHILD MOLESTER DID TO THESE REAL TRUE LIFE VICTIMS...

    I will say this again...anybody who is still attending New Birth and paying tithes to that church is a damn fool and is condoning what Eddie Long did...its not hard to walk away from the church...and as far as the people that are employed by the church, why would you wanna CONTINUE to work for a man that has done something so horrific to young children. How in the hell does the public suppose to feel sorry for any member of that church... I dont understand...

  • caligirl

    Good Morning my Errbody!

    @Iheart - :kona: please - I dind't realize he was so cock/crossed eyed. Just glad the kids didn't have his eyes....

  • The Makeup Maven

    Good morning caligirl :hug:

  • LuvMySailor

    Selle says:

    So did he do something to little boys or did he engage in adulterous homosexual affairs? I hate when stuff like this happens b/c it just feeds into the stereotype about black men in the church—smdh. I know about that divorce thing, divorce is hard for some people and you do go back and forth on it, she’s just being a person whose life is crashing down and unfortunately it is happening for the world to see.

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    He had relations with young men who were still "young" but in the state of Georgia too old for him to be prosecuted for is actions. He was slick. He choose thsoe who were too weak to fight him off and he knew that sheep in his congregation would never think he would do something like that.

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    And you are never suppose to be all your faith in MAN...there lies the problem right there...they worshipped Eddie Long and not Jesus and that why Jesus has brought that church to its knees....

  • khandi25

    @ Genia, your right. The young men were victims. They were taking advantage of by a MAN in a postion of power, so I agree with that statement. Your right again, the church is a business,but like any business, if the CEO, CFO, VP, EVP, SRVP, etc.. Is not doing their job or abusing their power, ummm, they are replaced. That didn't happen here. Eddie Long tried to pay for the problem to go away and it didn't. Now, like I said in another post, he should have left for the betterment of the church.

    I agree, a sheppred is supposed to lead his flock. He is also supposed to be "above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable" 1 Timothy 3:2. He is not. Therefore, he should step aside and let the church recover w/a new Pastor so they can get back to the business of God. Now I don't agree w/your statement that has a responsiblity to be more then a MAN? That's the problem!!! That mindset right there is why these so called pastors are getting caught out there doing things they shouldn't be doing, becasue they forget that they are only a man. They take on a GOD complex and start beliving the hype that they are the second coming of Jesus... Stop it !!!! Also, everyone including pastors are imperfect.. So, when you walk into a church, it's imperfect... When people start to forget about their imprefections and become holier then thou, God will show up and shut them down, just like Eddie Long..

  • caligirl

    What Eddie Long did to those boys was and will never be considered a natural disaster -I will once again compare this to the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. God has given all that attended a chance to leave when they first heard of this man making a mockery out of the church. Much applause should be given to those that ran and didn't look back; those that choose to stay will have to pay the consequences.

  • Ty

    chibytex aka the people’s champ says:

    That look like a pair of lil boy’s drawls in his hand that he’s sniffing..
    He just converted it into a prayer cloth…
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    :crying: @ the baby gap briefs . U know its too early :rofl

  • caligirl

    Hey M&M I still luv me some Tatted :waves:

  • khandi25

    @LuvMySailor The Deacon Board should not be limited to just Baptist Churches. The role of the Deacon is outlined in 1 Timothy and it has nothing to do with the denomination of the church. If more churches would stick to the Word of God and not their own rules, there wouldn't be as many issues within the church to begin with.

  • Ms. Everything

    I can't stand this man and I personally feel his wife should've left him a long time ago but I also understand sticking around a hopeless situation just to see if it does get better so I won't judge her... him and the board of New Birth which allows him to still serve are a disgrace though

  • Genia

    chibytex aka the people's champ
    No..I am not comparing members of the church affected by this to anyone who has lost their life in a natural disaster. I spoke of it in terms of people, whose lives are affected...that didn't have a choice in the matter. I likened it to a storm.

    You said: "YOU WILL COMPARE WHAT THESE CHILD MOLESTER DID TO THESE REAL TRUE LIFE VICTIMS"

    Again, no, it is not a comparisson. IT is for the metorphic sake of no control over the events...... (I am not really sure what you're saying though as I read and re-read yoru post) IJS

  • caligirl

    Ty says:

    chibytex aka the people’s champ says:

    That look like a pair of lil boy’s drawls in his hand that he’s sniffing..
    He just converted it into a prayer cloth…
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    You are wrong for that.... :rofl: :dead:

  • Ty

    Fayla aka IWhipIt..WhipItRealGood:) says:

    those aint tears coming down his face, that’s soul glo toupee juice
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    :dead: Ebony from The Ricky Smiley Show said that he would be calling Bronner Brothers for a hair endorsement while he is off :rofl:

  • caligirl

    :waves: at Genia Hey Girl!

  • khandi25

    @LuvMySailor Said : Yeppers. There are church folk NEVER touch their Bible and yet live off every word from the Pastor. So, when the pastor does something wrong either they blame the victim or loose their own faith, which was faith in man from the start and never in Jesus the Christ.

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    Exactly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SMH !!!!!!!!!!

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    Much applause should be given to those that ran and didn’t look back; those that choose to stay will have to pay the consequences.
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    :yes:

  • LuvMySailor

    khandi25 says:

    The role of the Deacon varies by denomination. In the Baptist church, they are voted on by the pastor and elected by the congreation. In Baptist polity (polity means church goverment). the pastor and deacon are the only 'offices" of the church. The help run the church. There is supposed to be checks and balances between the two. However, in many Baptist churches, and sadly in a lot I've seen, the deacon board is a bunch of yes men who may or may not be related to the pastor and who allow him to do whatever he wants.

  • caligirl

    How many members are left at the Sodom and Gomorrah?

  • http://youtu.be/wHTo_QgKM5g chibytex aka the people’s champ

    @Genia
    I feel like the only true "victims" are the boys that were molested and Eddie's kids....IMO your comments sound like you are saying that the public should feel sorry for his members and I refuse. Anytime you put a MAN higher than Jesus Christ...then you should be able to face the consequences behind that!!

  • LuvMySailor

    And yes Khandi25 if we got back to the basics, faith is Jesus alone AND living by the Word of God alone, the church and the world would not be in the condition it is in.

    Holiness is still right!

  • khandi25

    @LuvMySailor Your right about the Deacon Board.. Sad, but true..

  • khandi25

    @LuvMySailor "if we got back to the basics, faith is Jesus alone AND living by the Word of God alone, the church and the world would not be in the condition it is in.

    Holiness is still right!"

    :applause::applause::applause:

  • caligirl

    chibytex aka the people's champ says: -

    @Genia
    I feel like the only true “victims” are the boys that were molested and Eddie’s kids….IMO your comments sound like you are saying that the public should feel sorry for his members and I refuse. Anytime you put a MAN higher than Jesus Christ…then you should be able to face the consequences behind that!!
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    The molested boys are the victims, but those that sat in the pew listening to his shpeal at the least felt betryaed. (Yes, folks need to know the word for themselves)

  • Genia

    khandi25 says:
    ...Khandi, I am prob a lot older than you. I just celebrated my birthday this past friday. I come from a generation where, pastors were held in reverence. You would never call a pastor, by their first name...because you had rverence. You would never swear (onpurpose) in front of your paster because you had reverence. You didn't come into church any kind of way because you had REVERENCE.

    Reverence, is not to misinturpreted, as worship of this man, nor idiolization of this man. In return for that reverence...that paster owes it to you to be above REPROACH of the common man. There is an expecations that he can fight hearetily in his spiritual warfare...because...after all he is teaching you to fight your spiritual warfare. After all, he is responsible for your salvation

    I don't support pastors living an opulent life style at the cost of the church and it's members...BUT that could be...because I am from a small and simple 50 member church, and our pastor had a day job.

    What Eddie Long did was wrong as a husband, and a father. When he failed to confess it to his members with his toungue...he was wrong as a leader, when he tried to buy it into hiding. So please no one misunderstand my comments are not in support of the wrong.

    I am jus asking...that we say a little pray for those people affected by his actions....that didn't have a choice. This request comes from a personal place, because I live in the community. I have friends that are/were members. My nephew played for their sports program. My request is for even his family...because we have so many things destroying the black family...tearing us up. and this is just another example of that.

  • Genia

    caligirl says:

    chibytex aka the people’s champ says: –

    @Genia
    I feel like the only true “victims” are the boys that were molested and Eddie’s kids….IMO your comments sound like you are saying that the public should feel sorry for his members and I refuse. Anytime you put a MAN higher than Jesus Christ…then you should be able to face the consequences behind that!!
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    You don't have to feel sorry for them. THat is your choice. I do. I feel sorry for everyone who has the weight of this on their shoulders. Do I feel less sorry for the victims...no. I don't feel less sorry for them. It's in addition to them. So many youth were raised in this church. I have a very good friend whose children (2) were baptized in this church....I have a friend, who was married by Eddie Long. This church represented roots for a lot of people. DEEP ROOTS, that were not as easy to pull up as some of us would expect or want

  • Genia

    caligirl says:

    at Genia Hey Girl
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    Hey beautiful... are you repping PCH in your gravi? the water looks hella blue...so I wasnt certain

  • http://televisionland.aimoo.com CaliGirlinGA

    Coming out of lurkdom to add - The statement that was issued late Friday to say that Vanessa Long had withdrawn her petition was issued on New Birth letterhead...I think it was not her or her attorney's doing. I think it was an attempt by the Church to make it appear as though she had changed her mind, when in fact she had not; which is why the last press statement issued, by her attorney, stated, "To avoid any undue confusion, Mrs. Long’s future statements, if any, will be issued through her attorneys."

    Clearly the church was trying to manipulate the situation.

    As a former New Birth member, I ran as fast and as far as I could get away from this church. Still looking for a church home...but I haven't lost my faith.

  • khandi25

    @ Genia Happy Birthday ! :) Now, I don't think age has anything to do with it.... The things you outlined about what you would not do to a pastor, calling him by his first name,not swearing in front of the pastor, & not coming into the church any kind of way. Those things are just common things, we were brought up on when dealing w/an adult in general. It was called respecting your elders, by having respect for yourself. Let's just say, I was raised by older parents, my dad faught in WWII, so even if I may be younger, I was raised in a older family way. Anyway, your wrong. Your pastor is not responsible for your salvation. The Bible clearly says, salvation is a gift from God. I guess, growing up in a Baptist church, leaving the Baptist church, building my relationship w/God thru reading the Word for myself, has me looking at pastors, in a different light. I look at them as humans. Nothing more nothing less. So, when they fall short, I am awlays reminded that the only blameless man to walk this earth was Jesus. I pray that the members and ex-members of the church, seek God, but I do not feel sorry for them. So we can just agree to disagree..

  • Genia

    @ khandi25... Thank you!!!! I hear where you are coming from. I wish I could look at it that way Khandi..to be really honest...I wish I could say...in regards to a man that is put in place to lead a church....that at the end of the day they are just man. Perhaps if I did...I would attend more church. I respect and admire you, if you can separate the pastor from the man.

    All the love Khandi...thank you for the healthy debate.

  • Selle

    GENIA:

    Exactly my point! I grew up in the church--my parents are pastors and I just know that if people had to experience this they could lose faith in the church---now I know that they are supposed to know God for themselves and what not but this is an awful situation.

  • Selle

    GENIA:

    Exactly my point! I grew up in the church--my parents are pastors and I just know that if people had to experience this they could lose faith in the church---now I know that they are supposed to know God for themselves and what not but this is an awful situation.

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    Surprise. Surprise... #byebyeeddielong