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                                                                        First Timothy 4:16 says, "Take heed to yourself and to the
                                                                        doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both
                                                                        yourself and those who hear you."  
                                                                        Although the Word of God says we should take heed to our lives
                                                                        and doctrines, Eddie Long has been deceiving thousands of gullible
                                                                        and biblically illiterate professing Christians. It is appalling that
                                                                        Long has used his position to not only promote unbiblical
                                                                        doctrines, but also sexually target five teenage boys --- Anthony
                                                                        Flagg, Spencer Legrande, Jamal Parris, Maurice Robinson, and
                                                                        Centino Kemp. However, such ungodly and perverse behavior is
                                                                        nothing new. While many believe the church is a safe haven for
                                                                        Christians and non-Christians alike, unfortunately it has been
                                                                        infiltrated by false teachers, false brothers, and sexual perverts for
                                                                        numerous years.
In any event, three of the accusers charged that Eddie Long showered them with expensive gifts, took them on expensive trips in a private jet, sent them evocative photos of himself, and ultimately forced them to engage in sexual acts. Mr. Long, however, is attempting to portray himself as the true victim. His attorney claims that the accusers' allegations are a baseless scheme aimed at bringing down Eddie Long with concurrent financial benefits. 
However, B.J. Bernstein, the attorney for Maurice Robinson and Anthony Flagg, stated that she has texts, photos, and emails that prove a sexual relationship connected with her clients and Mr. Long. This clear evidence speaks volumes about the depths of depravity of Long's character. I am completely unaware of any stable man who would send a photo of himself posing in a skin-tight spandex muscle suit. How does this type of behavior justify or relate to serving as a "father figure" --- a defensive claim previously stated by Mr. Long?
Eddie Long's attorney, Craig Gillen defended Long's photos during an interview on radio station V-103. He stated: "The photos don't corroborate these charges. Bishop Long is a health advocate, he's a weight lifter. He's a fella, who's gonna go to work and he's gonna have on a muscle shirt. And you know he may show up in church in a muscle shirt. There's nothing really in those photographs that seems to me corroborative of these allegations."
Eddie Long has been reluctant to honor God in truth, personal conduct, and manner of dress. Mr. Gillen attempts to explain away Long's crude and egocentric photos, but his defensive argument is very weak. Does being a health advocate and weight lifter justify sending these kind of photos to teenage boys? Does wearing muscle shirts to work and to church justify sending these kind of photos to teenage boys? Any fair-minded and reasonable person would say "No". 
Mr. Long dresses immodestly in pimping and sexually suggestive attire in any social environment on account that he wants to draw attention to himself and send a redolent message to potential prey. True men of God with a pure heart are inclined toward God and not people. Such godly men will make every effort to dress modestly, decently, and appropriately.
In any case, Eddie Long has declined to answer whether the accusations against him are true. Television talk show host, Steve Harvey questioned Mr. Long about the allegations. Long's response was, "I'm bound by court. I can't make any statement about that."
No court has the legal right to silence an innocent person. Mr. Long, with the assistance of his attorney, crafted a legal and binding out-of-court settlement agreement that placed a gag order on the accusers as well as himself. As a result, he can now conveniently shroud behind and evade direct questions while concurrently silencing the five accusers. If a person were innocent, why would he create and agree to a court settlement that shackled him from saying so? No doubt, if I were falsely accused of such an abominable and heinous offense, I would go to great lengths to proclaim and defend my innocence.
Although succumbing to being "bought out", Jamal Parris, Spencer Legrande, and Centino Kemp violated the terms of the settlement agreement. Legrande stated: "I'm going to tell the world --- money does not buy happiness. When you sleep at night, the problems are still there. The money stuff, who cares about the number."
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "The letter, sent this week by the Atlanta law firm Drew Eckl & Farnham, alleges that Jamal Parris, Spencer LeGrande and Centino Kemp violated terms of a confidentiality agreement outlined in the settlement with Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The firm is seeking at least $900,000 already paid the three accusers, according to people involved in the settlement but not authorized to speak publicly. That figure is a portion of the total settlement with the three men. Financial terms of that settlement have not been disclosed but, based on the letter and the fact each of the young men were paid equitably, the total comes to at least $1.5 million. The letter outlines the plaintiffs' "demand for arbitration" though no legal documents have yet been filed." 
It is not surprising that Eddie Long presents a different perspective regarding the reasons why he settled: His deflective argumentation is: "Am I going to win the battle or do I need to win the war? I had to make the decision to save me, save my family and save the church." (Source: Interview with Steve Harvey)
Art Franklin, a spokesman for Eddie Long, said that Long settled on account that it "is the most reasonable road for everyone to travel. This decision was made to bring closure to this matter and to allow us to move forward with the plans God has for this ministry." (Source: John Blake, CNN)
Likened to most people, Long's spokesman as well as the media, are void of biblical knowledge and discernment skills. It may be true that Eddie Long wants to save his family; but he is also desperately attempting to save his worldly  reputation so that he can resume with his plans of working for Satan while raping his followers of their financial resources. Judging by the evidence, Long knew the imputations against him are true; and thus, would suffer a loss in a court confrontation with his accusers. Moreover, Long was fully aware that he could not withstand a public trial nor risk the probability that additional evidence would be disclosed. Therefore, Eddie Long sort damage control via a monetary out-of-court settlement rather than risk a complete "crash and burn" in-court battle.
Reports of the settlement have resulted in a flight of the majority of membership away from New Birth. Unfortunately, some elected to retreat to another high profile heretic --- Creflo Dollar, who is a friend and supporter of Eddie Long. During a sermon, Mr. Dollar stated:
"I can't believe that people would leave their preacher just because he had a wreck instead of praying for him. I mean ... that pastor has loved them, has taken care of them, has given to them, he's done for them ... so he had a wreck! You had some wrecks! I mean .. the mercy God showed you, but you can't show none to the preacher? And then the gossip that's in the body of Christ over the preacher that had a wreck? He had a wreck .... Here's the good news: he had insurance! The preacher in the city here, he's still going to go to heaven. He's cleansed. He's alright!"
Ironically, Creflo Dollar is insinuating that he believes Eddie Long is indeed guilty of sexual molestation. However, Dollar attempts to twist and minimize this abomination by terming it "a wreck". An inadvertent wreck is one matter; but people with a sound mind and moral character do not deliberately wreck their lives and the lives of others.
Mr. Dollar's notion that Eddie Long is going to heaven is based more on wishful thinking than on biblical facts. Unless they repent, neither Eddie Long nor Creflo Dollar will inherit the Kingdom of God. We should bear in mind that unrepentant false teachers and homosexuals are unsaved.
"But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (Rev. 21:8)
The memberships of New Birth and World Changers Church International should seek God first rather than man, study His Word, and promptly exit these false ministries. If they don't divorce these pimping heretics, hellfire will consume them along with their professing "men of God".

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"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders." (1 Cor. 6:9-10)
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I-Team Investigates Eddie Long: The Untold Story
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