Pastors Meet to Pray for Bishop Long

My Fox Atlanta
September 24, 2010

[with video]

ATLANTA - Pastors from across Metro Atlanta are gathering to pray for Bishop Eddie Long.

The pastors are meeting at Paschal's restaurant in southwest Atlanta.

Reverend Jasper Williams of Salem Baptist Church organized the meeting and says the meeting is not about hearing the legal issues that Bishop Eddie Long is facing.

Williams says he hopes the participating pastors will rally around Bishop Long in prayer.

In lawsuits filed this week, three men who were members of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church claim Bishop Eddie Long coerced them into sexual relations with gifts including cars, cash and travel when they were 17 or 18 years old.

Long canceled a planned interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Thursday. Instead, Long's lawyer, Craig Gillen, went on the nationally syndicated radio show.

Through his lawyer, Long has denied the accusations.

Bishop Long is expected to address his congregation Sunday on the allegations.


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