Ten days ago, the disgraced, anti-gay mega-church pastor Eddie Long settled the four sexual coercion lawsuits filed against him and his church. Long is accused of luring at least four young men into sexual relationships
The church is called New Birth Birmingham. New Birth also plans to launch New Birth Denver, another satellite church. Long also said the Lithonia megachurch recently received its certified audit back from 2010 and 2009. "All your money's being done right and being calcuated right," he said. Parishioners who were financially able were also asked to make larger donations ($500 to $1,000) as a seed for the ministry.
Today makes the second Sunday after the settlement was announced. Long has yet to make any church announcement. Long also did not explain why the "audit" was conducted.
Long is accused of using church funds to give the four men cash, gifts and cars. The four young men—Maurice Robinson, Jamal Parris, Anthony Flagg and Spencer LeGrande—filed sexual coercion lawsuits against Long and New Birth last fall. The sexual relationships reportedly began when each of the plaintiffs were around 16 years old. Read the complaints HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
The sexual scandals and lawsuits at New Birth have reportedly lead to a "significant drop" in attendance and donations. And for the third consecutive year, New Birth did not have its once-popular Easter service at the Georgia Dome. Rev. Bernice King also announced her resignation as an elder last week.
The height of arrogance that a pastor would ask for more and "larger" donations after settling multiple lawsuits alleging pastoral misconduct? Nope. Just another day in the hypocritical Black mega-churches, where pastors are worshipped as messianic figures and the congregation prefers a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" attitude around sexuality.
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