Disgraced anti-gay mega-church "Bishop" Eddie Long asked for "larger" donations last week to launch ministries in Birmingham, Alabama and Denver. The announcement was made only ten days after settling the four sexual misconduct lawsuits filed by young men against him and his church.
The 2,300-member Refiner's House in Huffman announced that it will change its name and be affiliated with the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. .... Rev. Stephen A. Davis, founding pastor, started The Refiner's House in a former auto parts store in Center Point in 2001. Davis said that he had been mentored since 2006 by Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth in Lithonia.
Long, the controversial TV evangelist, recently settled lawsuits against him by several young men in the church who accused him of sexual improprieties.Long's legal problems didn't affect the association between the two churches, Dailey said. "That's our bishop and we love him," Dailey said. "We thank God what transpired is over. We're moving ahead."
Long sure has been doing a lot of "mentoring" ....
The four young men—Maurice Robinson, Jamal Parris, Anthony Flagg and Spencer LeGrande—filed sexual coercion lawsuits against Long and New Birth last fall. Long is accused of using church funds to give the four men cash, gifts and cars.The sexual relationships reportedly began when each of the plaintiffs were around 16 years old.
What's "over", pastor? The litigation and sexual coercion lawsuits that your "bishop" was forced to settle? Or the "bishop's" predatory habits around teenage boys?