Now that Bishop Eddie Long has stepped down from his position as Senior Pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and his wife Vanessa is moving forward with divorcing him, it’s easy to see how he was living a lie. Eddie Long’s personal and professional life have come crumbling down, and it’s too bad that he was able to deceive so many for so long.
Here are some of the signs that Bishop Eddie Long has been living a lie.
Stay Away From The Gay
Like Pastor Ted Haggard, Bishop Eddie Long was a church leader who was extremely vocal against homosexuality. In December of 2004, Bishop Long marched in an anti-gay marriage protest that was coordinated by him and New Birth. How can a man who engages in sexual activities with males, be so opposed to gays getting married?
Ted Haggard was eventually disgraced and forced to step down when it was revealed that he had engaged in homosexual activity with a male prostitute on several occasions. He now claims to be a “complete heterosexual” after receiving restoration training. Since New Birth offers that same type of service to its members, it will be interesting to see if Bishop Long does the same as Haggard.
On September 26th, 2010, Bishop Eddie Long addressed his New Birth congregation for the first time after he was accused of having sexual with relations with several young men. But he was never called to task for never denying the allegations against him.
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’s being portrayed on the television. That’s not me. That is not me.
Bishop Long never sued his accusers for defamation, and he eventually settled out of court. If he had nothing to hide and there was no truth to what they said, why didn’t he defend himself in a court of law? Here’s what else Bishop Long said that day at New Birth, that diminished his credibility after he settled with his accusers:
As I said earlier, I am not a perfect man. But this thing, I’m gon’ fight. And I want you to know one other thing, I feel like David against Goliath. But I got five rocks, and I haven’t thrown one yet.
In this day and age where many men (even those who aren’t losing their hair) rock bald heads, Bishop Eddie Long showed his dishonesty by sporting a toupee. It’s a double standard: women can wear weaves, wigs and extensions without being looked at with skepticism. But men, especially Black men who opt to wear hairpieces, are very discreet about wearing them. By wearing a toupee, was Bishop Long showing his dishonest nature?