Atlanta Pastor Says Eddie Long's “Got Problems,” Invites New Birth Members To His Church
A $24.8 million settlement may have put an end to the sexual misconduct case against Bishop Eddie Long, but the aftermath from the scandal is still present.
While Atlanta Pastor Creflo Dollar recently came in defense of Bishop Long, another pastor, Donald Battle of Atlanta's Divine Faith Ministries, is speaking out against the embattled Long.
In a sermon on Sunday, Pastor Battle said Eddie Long has “problems” and needs to “sit down."
“We're gonna pray for that church,” Pastor Battle said of New Birth, before encouraging former members to come to his own church.
Though, Pastor Battle's words are probably the least of Eddie Long's troubles.
Rumors claim that Long's wife Vanessa Long left the pastor following his the settlement with his four accusers.
Long and New Birth has since denied those claims.
A statement from New Birth church read:
"Despite a very public attack against New Birth Church and its leadership, New Birth has chosen not to respond to rumors but remain focused on fulfilling the mission that God has for the ministry.
However, in this new digital world, along with a steep decline in quality reporting, many people can't discern the difference between legitimate journalists and irresponsible bloggers.
Recently, some blog entries have surfaced claiming to have anonymous sources stating that New Birth First Lady Elder Vanessa Long has left her husband. That claim is completely and absolutely false.
Mrs. Long is very much a loving, dedicated and committed wife and mother.
It is unfortunate that anyone would make such hateful and damaging false claims of this nature.
These cruel and insensitive rumors have the potential to cause immeasurable pain and suffering. Those involved should feel obligated to retract their earlier statements."
A picture of Eddie Long and his wife Vanessa is below.
Pastor Donald Battle's sermon speaking against Eddie Long is posted below.
Pastors beefing and dissing each other on Youtube? What is the world coming to?