Eddie Long at first church appearance post the $15 million pay out.
In his first Sunday service since the settlement was reached in the sexual coercion case filed against Bishop Eddie Long, the church leader received claps and cheers from hundreds of parishioners as he took to the stage at 8 a.m. on Sunday to deliver his sermon at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, according to the Christian Post.
The Christian publication also stated that Long did not address the allegations or the settlement during his address Sunday but his congregation did sing a praise song on “moving forward.” Here’s a segment of his sermon:
Many Christians have already accepted the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins but have yet to allow the water that flows through him to also flow in their lives, said Long.
Without water, however, there is no life, the pastor stated.
“There are so many of us that understand the sacrifice of Jesus …You are saved but yet you are thirsty. You are trying to quench your thirst by stuff other than him,” said Long.
“Most of us are saved but ain’t living,” he continued. “Now we have to accept the life that God has that flows from his belly like rivers of living water.”
Whatever that means.
Former New Birth members Spencer LeGrande, Anthony Flagg, Maurice Robinson and Jamal Parris filed civil lawsuits against Long last September.
The young men had been demanding $20 million dollars from Long and the church, according to Black Media Scope. Long’s accusers reportedly settled for $15 million…that’s $3.6 million each. Depending on the fee arrangements with the lawyers – the boys lawyers could get up to 50% of the settlement. The young men will likely take home $1.3 million dollars each. Sources say the insurance company likely paid up to $13 million dollars. So the church is likely out of $2 million dollars.
Here’s the statement released by the church last week on the matter.
“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,” the statement read.
“After a series of discussions, all parties involved have decided to resolve the civil cases out of court. 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.”
“As is usually the case when civil lawsuits resolve out of court, we cannot discuss any details regarding the resolution or the resolution process, as they are confidential.”
“The resolution is the most reasonable road for everyone to travel.”
The statement was released Thursday.
Our thoughts: Black people are the most “forgiving” people on the planet. And when you add a minister in there, well “the flock” is hard to sway so the warm reception is not surprising. While some may feel the young men “got paid” we can only hope they’re able to move on with their lives – and manage their new monies (see MC Hammer, Toni Braxton et al who have blown far more than this). New Birth Missionary Church and Bishop Eddie Long will be fine — until the next scandal. That is all.
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