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Bishop Eddie Long's first public statements on allegations (Transcript)

In metro Atlanta, GA this morning, Bishop Eddie Long addressed his church family of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church regarding his recent allegations of sexual misconduct and coercion. This is the first time he had publicly said anything from his own mouth regarding the now four young men who say that Bishop Long used his position of authority to coerce them into having sexual acts including sexual sodomy.

To read the official court documents, head to AJC and make sure to click on the PDF files for each plaintiff.

The first statement is made my Bishop Eddie Long after a praise and worship that started at 8:00 am ET. Bishop Long first was seen at 8:59 am ET. He came out to the support of all New Birth church family members who gave him a rousing applause.

CNN had a television broadcast box near the right hand side of the screen but cutaway before Bishop Long came out to address the crowd. The web broadcasts stayed through the entire service. Both Bishop Eddie Long's address to his New Birth family and his direct response to the allegations are below. It is transcribed from what was heard and seen this morning, Sunday September 26, 2010 at 9:00 am ET.

Bishop Long's address to his New Birth Family:

"My first responsibility was to my family... and uh...then my next responsibility is not to address the world. Therefore I address my family New Birth. I want to talk to you a moment. This is an extremely difficult time for me and it is a extremely diffult time for my family. It is a extremely difficult time for you. Many who have called you and asked you questions - you ain't never got this many calls in your life [applause]. It's a time when you actually see the veil drop and see who is with you and who is not with you. So as a pastor to make this statement I want to help everybody. First thing I, I want to say thank you to all pastors who left their churches - all my sons and daughters [sic] Pastors here: Bishop Murphy, Pastor Landers, Pastor William Murphy..I can go on and on..Pastor Davis and all. I want to help all of us this morning then we can move. Most difficult time in my entire life. First thing I can say to everybody is to say how to handle painful and difficult situations. Psalms 34:19 - I want to take a few moments [with the biblical teachings] then I will say what the rest of you came to hear but I got to talk to my family. Psalms 34:19 - Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers out of all of them. Our purpose today is twofold: minister to those who are present and strengthen New Birth family. I want you to focus on what the spirit of God has to speak to us and not focus on Eddie Long. Simple emphasis at this time- the reality of painful situations. You have to understand the response to painful situations then we have to know the remedy for painful situations. Isaiah 43:2 is the remedy. Unfortunately my brothers' and sisters' life is filled with painful situations that make the time for joy and happiness not as magnificent as we like. As long as man has to deal with life you will find it [life] unfair. We are subject to face painful and distasteful situations. Bishop Long , Eddie Long and you can insert your name here, will have some bad painful situations. We are not exempt from pain but HE promises to deliver us out of our pain. Solutions, situations of destructions: Tsunamis, Katrina, disease, disappointment, hopelessness, death, deception, betrayal, divorce, some [bad situations] are inescapable. Protection from painful situations are impossible. Preparation is most important. Response [found in] Matthew 6:33. We cannot always control painful situations but we can control response. Must maintain righteous focus. You can curse it [response to situations] and allow it to make you bitter; nurse and allow to make you a blamer; you can rehearse it and allow you to relive the pain and you become worse; or you can reverse it and allow the situation response to cause you to be better. We will not allow the current pain to cause us to abandon our righteous commitment. Some way and some how we will become better and walk through a painful situation. Best way to explain it: Yea thou I walk through the valleys and shadows of death, I will fear no evil. David the writer gives us insight how to make it through a painful time. He [David] is focused on something that is a higher pain. We can make [it] through with the power of focus. I took the letters of POWER: P=Prayer -committed to prayer not just for me and my family but for all concerned in allegations. Be a prayerful nation and [pray for] president. It is election time in Georgia and don't be distracted and vote. Got to love our enemies. O=Outreach - Seek and save the lost souls. Some of you who came out here who thinks {sic} I am lost and need to seek God, there will be an opportunity for you to come down and come to the altar; W=Worship - Powerful worship here. Healing and deliverance. Focus yourself and look back at the wonderful dimensions. E=Encouragement - Must be there to encourage one another. Bible says David had to encourage himself because he was alone. We are not alone..whole lot of folk up in here. R=Resolve - Our strength is not in man but in the Lord. We come this far to rely on Holy spirit. He that waited on the lord will renew their strength..."

Bishop Long went on to address the allegations directly with this next statement (he takes his glasses off):

"There have been allegations and attacks made on me. I have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. But I am not the man that is being portrayed on the television. That's not me. That is not me. By the counsel of my lawyers they have advised me not to try this case in the media. It still has to be tried in the court of justice and dealt with in the court of justice. And to be honest, I think that's the only place I'll get justice. In the hands of God. Please hear this! I've been accused, I'm under attack. I want you to know, I am not a perfect man but this thing I'm gonna fight. And I want you to know one other thing. I feel like David against Goliath but I have five rocks and I haven't thrown one yet."

Bishop Long then tosses his microphone to the podium, grabs his IPad (yes he read his speech from his IPad), grabs his wife's hand and exits through the side area on the altar.

If you are thinking the end was a dramatic ending, you would be right. Is this a statement you would have wanted to hear if you were a church member of New Birth? What if you are just Christian? What if you are a parent of teenage boys / soon to be men? Was his usage of his IPad a good PR move in this instance or should an old-fashioned bible and pad and paper been a better choice against any distraction?

Important to note that the write is not a stenographer and captured as many words and emphasis points as possible. The true essence is indeed in this article. New Birth New Birth Live Web Broadcasts

Comments

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Long is engaged in a public relations ploy as a Key Officer of New Birth Baptist Church. The Board is probably going to come up with a transition plan, since this story is going to get worse once the press starts digging into the substance of the allegations against him.

    Mind you, the allegations against him have to be fought in a "worldly" court.

    There are aa lot of moving pieces to this story. And a lot o money involved. For example, who connected these boys/young men o the attorney who filed the lawsuit? Is there any evidence linking Long to any of these young men in Africa or New Zealand? Did the parents of these young men ask where the infusion of cash and other gifts were coming from? Did anyone on the staff or board of New Birth see or know anything about these allegations?

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Hard copies of the complaints are available online and contain those details you mention....

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    sounds like MLK helped him write his speech

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    sounds like MLK helped him write his speech

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    sounds like MLK helped him write his speech

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    In the American judicial system, we are all considered to be innocent until proven guilty. I, like most of the people who are commenting in various blogs, have no idea if the allegations are true or false. However, until proven true, they are simply allegations. It is completely unfair to judge someone based on the word of another. The truth is, people are using these allegations to put Christianity on trial. Whether these allegations are founded or unfounded, Christianity is not the problem. It is still, after more than 2000 years, the answer to the problems of our society.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    what the heck does the ipad got to do with anything, my pastor preachers from it

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Unforturnately for him and his congregation he did not come out and say definitively I DID NOT DO IT!! IT'S A LIE I NEVER TOUCHED OR DID ANYTHING INAPPROPRIATE WITH THOSE YOUNG BOYS!! When someone tells a lie of this magnitude the first thing a person will do is say specifically I didn't do it. We never heard him say that. He framed his public relations play by blaming the media. A man who owns a private jet and black diamonds and house worth 1.4 million is NOT by any means David! If anything the young men that came forward that don't have the financial clout nor the following of over 25000 would be taking on Goliath. Let's get real people.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    This is crazy........Either he did it or he didn't do it..........Please tell us Bishop Long. Are you innocent or guilty. This is not Rocket Science. You either did what they say you did, or you did not do what they say you did..........Only you can tell us that and you failed to do so !!!

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