Report That Atlanta Mega Church Minister under Fire in Sex Scandal Case Was Mentored by Another Preacher with Sordid Past

Sky Valley Chronicle
September 26, 2010

(NATIONAL) -- A new report out of Atlanta says megachurch pastor Eddie Long, now under fire in a sex scandal, was mentored as a young preacher by another Atlanta minister with a sordid past.

WSB radio in Atlanta reports that the Trinity Foundation, a watchdog organization which monitors clergymen like Long, says the late "Bishop" Earl Paulk mentored Long as a young pastor.

When WSB Radio asked Ole Anthony of the foundation about Eddie Long and the three lawsuits filed by three former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Anthony said he was shocked but added, "But his mentor was Earl Paulk."

Paulk, who died last year, was an evangelical mega church leader accused of having sex with many women in his congregation including his brother's wife and his own granddaughter.

Anthony compared Long's "Spiritual Sons" program - in which his three young accusers were members - with Paulk's "Kingdom Relationships," saying both were really designed to sexually gratify the clergymen.

Long vehemently denies the allegations he coerced young men into homosexual sex acts.

Long is scheduled to address his church members about the scandal today from the pulpit of his Lithonia church on the outskirts of Atlanta.

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