Just day’s after prominent Bishop Eddie Long announced to the world he had settled his “sex accusations” lawsuit, the backlash has begun. According to sources in Atlanta, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr daughter Elder Bernice King has decided to resign from her pulpit post at New Birth Missionary and leave the church indefinitely.
Sources told Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News that King’s last day as an elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church was Sunday. King gave the alter call during Sunday’s 11 a.m. service.
Sources told Channel 2 that they did not know if King’s departure had anything to do with the settlement and dismissal of the sexual misconduct lawsuits against Long. Long returned to the pulpit Sunday for the first time since settling four sexual misconduct lawsuits.
Church officials emailed Channel 2 a statement saying the decision to settle was made to allow New Birth to move forward.
As a member of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship myself, this is troublesome news. Quite frankly I’m embarrassed that Bishop Eddie Long is still allowed to get on the pulpit and preach the word of God to other’s when we all know something in his life just isn’t right.
I’m not one to judge anyone’s sexual preference however, when you are in the position that Bishop Eddie Long is in, the least he can do is be truthful to all those who have followed & supported him over the years. It’s make no sense for a man to settle a lawsuit if he’s innocent, obviously he’s hiding something.
I’m not saying Bernice King left New Birth because of the scandal but I what I do know about her is that she’s no fool. Whether other church members decide to stay or go, I can only hope & pray they understand the type of man who’s leading their flock. Obvious, the Eddie Long who started New Birth year’s ago is not the same Eddie Long today. No one is perfect (including myself) however, God doesn’t want anyone to be a fool.
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