Bishop Eddie Long Returned to The Pulpit For New Year’s Eve
Originally posted on Jan. 1, 2012
On the evening of New Years Eve, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church welcomed back their senior pastor Bishop Eddie Long. One of our journalists came across his service streaming online Saturday night and let us know he has returned after nearly 3 weeks away from the pulpit.
Long was preaching with a renewed sense of energy and vigor as he addressed leaving the things of last year behind and moving forward in 2012. Though we never heard him state anything about his marriage with Vanessa Long, we appeared choked up from time to time has he preached.
On the morn of New Years Day, he preached again to a pretty full house of church members. After speaking a bit and people coming up and slapping money on the altar, one woman puts a one dollar bill down, says Bishop Long. He speaks with her and finds out she’s unemployed. He publicly summons someone with the authority to hire people at that moment to offer this women a job. After a few minutes of seeking out someone to help, a woman walks up and hugs the other in need as to say she will help.
Then Bishop Long asks the church’s permission to give all of the money on the altar to the woman for a down payment on her home. More and more members walk up and pile the altar with cash.
He had just finished declaring that his church members will be homeowners this year and no longer rent payers.
Later on, after getting back into the groove behind the pulpit, he looks into the camera and tells those church members who have left to ‘bring their tails’ back to church and get connected again with their family (New Birth).
It looks like business as usual at the New Birth Church. We shall see in the coming months what Bishop Long’s New Year Resolutions will be. We are praying that all the games and deceit that have plagued this church and its pastor get into the real business of the church: saving souls!!
Now that’s a New Year Resolution!!