After a battle with cancer , the controversial megachurch pastor, Bishop Eddie Long ,dies at 63 | Post Land
  • After a battle with cancer , the controversial megachurch pastor, Bishop Eddie Long ,dies at 63

    Reporter: Kateb
    Published: Sunday, January 15, 2017
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     The pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church ,Bishop Eddie Long, , has died Sunday morning, according to the suburban Atlanta church he presided over. He was 63.

    He died after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. 

    Long was the controversial leader of one of the nation's largest megachurches, and he was a national figure and one of the most innovative and polarizing pastors in the contemporary church. 

    He had been reportedly battling health issues for the past few months and In September 2016, Long released a statement that said he was recovering from a “health challenge” in response to reports that he had been recently hospitalized.


    In a statement, the church confirmed Long's death from cancer-related causes at the age of 63.
    “I am confidant through my belief in God that my husband is now resting in a better place," said Long's wife, Vanessa. "Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace.”

    Long's congregation was informed of his death during Sunday morning services, and the news sent shock waves throughout the church. Several members collapsed and broke into tears.
    Long "was the greatest person to walk the face of the earth since Jesus," one of the church's pastors said. "Don't let anyone try to destroy his legacy. Stay united, because he is with the Lord."


    Long has been senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist since 1987. The church said it grew from 300 members to more than 25,000 under Long’s leadership and became one of the nation’s largest congregations.

    He was a preacher who led an infamous march against same-sex marriage and denounced homosexuality, but he also settled a lawsuit by four young men filed lawsuits in 2010 accusing him of sexual misconduct, bringing notoriety to his church that reached far beyond its home base in Lithonia, Georgia. The lawsuits were resolved the following year.

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