Video-Bishop Eddie Long steps aside

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LITHONIA, Ga-The senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Eddie Long, announced to his congregation Sunday morning that he is taking time off to be with his family. "You go out there and the news says I stepped down. You were here, I didn’t step down and I want you to know I haven’t stepped down, I actually stepped up,"Long said from the pulpit. Rumors of his resignation began circulating early Sunday following news of an impending divorce, but those rumors were quickly put to rest when church spokesman, Art Franklin, released a statement to the media. It read, "Rumors that Bishop Eddie L. Long has stepped down as senior pastor of New Missionary Baptist Church are completely false. As Bishop Long stated in 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". Outside the church few had anything to say except a protestor across the street who is waiting for a confession not a break from the pulpit. "We would get upset if a quarterback misses a throw but we don’t get upset when we see men, professing the teachers of Christ abuse the followers," said Helen Anderson-Long (not a relative). She and her group plan to be at the church every 1st Sunday until Long "confesses" she said. No one at the Long family home would comment nor did we get comment from Bishop Long at New Birth or the nearby mansion. On Thursday, Vanessa Long filed for divorce from her husband of 21 years. On Friday, a statement from Bishop Long’s church indicated Mrs. Long would not go through with the divorce. However, Friday evening, attorneys for Mrs. Long stated that was incorrect and said she would move forward with the divorce proceeding. Source- http://www.11alive.com/news/article/216001/3/Eddie-Long

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