Boy, That Was a Short Vacay: Eddie Long Back at New Birth, and a New Video Shows Vanessa in the Audience with Their Children
I was checking earlier this week about anything on Eddie Long, but it didn’t come until Thursday—-when I wasn’t checking. Can you believe this video commercial above that is running in the Atlanta area? Apparently he showed for the New Year‘s services and proclaimed that he was back.
Reports from the Service say:
-An unemployed woman placed a single dollar on the altar, as people were presenting their offering. After finding out that she was jobless, Long reportedly asked the congregation if anyone could provide her with employment.
-The bishop also reportedly asked the church’s permission to offer all of the money on the altar to the same woman for a down payment on a house.
What stagecraft. If Long could do that for her, then why not for all those parishioners who got gypped from that investment scheme touted by Ephren Taylor? I mean, seriously, let’s get real. Let’s get really for real.
His appearance at the Watch Night Service at the Lithonia, Ga., seems to mark his formal return. Although church officials could not immediately be reached for comment, Long preached at the Empowerment Service on Wednesday night on kingdom alignment.
After a month-long absence, Long first appeared on New Year’s Eve preaching from his pulpit with his usual fiery style, saying:
2012 is here! Shake off the remorse, shake off the depression, shake off the financial burden, start using your hands again and reconstructing! God is more about your future than he was about your past. I’m still your pastor. You’ll still receive my direction. You’ve given me some weeks to take care of some family business.
I think that it’s way too soon for Eddie Long to return to New Birth, if at all. Plus, trying to show off Vanessa’s presence in the church audience to the world, despite the fact that everyone knows that they’re divorcing—sheesh! This profoundly stinks to me. Is her appearance going to improve the haul in the collection plates that will pay for the divorce? Is that why the school that New Birth recently closed kept the money and didn’t warn the parents what was coming? Like Valentine Michael Smith in Heinlein’s sci-fi masterpiece, to me, it all smells of wrongness.
Did Vanessa really want to be there, and for him? Far more skeptical folks would say flat out that she was paid, but it may be a bit more complicated than that. This is weirdness to which people going through a divorce could relate.
I only know for sure that I wouldn’t. I would not. Hell, no. Better pray for this woman to recover completely from the vampire’s kiss. All the camera shots couldn’t mask the fact that hundreds are missing from the seats that once were filled up and down with parishioners.
Come to think of it, some of that footage looked rather questionable. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of it came from previous celebrations before things got bad for Long and New Birth, as well as new video from this new year, and it was spliced together. Full parking lots seen from the air in the face of declining membership? There is something wrong with this picture.
News One has some priceless commentary below their story. Frankly, though, this ain’t ovah, despite Bishop Long claiming that 2011 had ended and that everything was in the past. He doesn’t get it. He just doesn’t get it.
The long death of the ministry of Eddie Long continues.