Bishop Eddie Long conducted Good Friday services at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church amid reports that mediation sessions could be close to an agreement in his sexual misconduct cases. Long spoke on the importance of prayer and emphasized that the Christian message is aimed at sinners. There’s always somebody going to be yakking at you … you don’t have to answer to anybody but God,” Long said. The resurrection “was not for perfect folk … but for the least, those who thought they failed,” Long said. Concluding, Long said, “This ain’t going to be no bad Friday for me, it’s going to be a Good Friday.”
Channel 2 Action News reported Thursday that mediation efforts to reach an agreement may be in the final stages.Four young men have sued Long, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and the LongFellows Youth Academy, alleging Long coerced them into having sexual relations. Last year all parties agreed to mediation. An agreement would avoid a lengthy and costly trial. If an agreement isn’t reached, the case could go to trial this summer.Channel 2 also reported there was apparently one major obstacle preventing a resolution, but that appears to have been settled and the two sides are working on resolving the remaining issues.