The passing of Bishop Eddie Long
I was out of town this weekend so I am just now getting a chance to post the information concerning the passing of Bishop Eddie Long. I have heard about some of the conversations in circulation on social media and I'm saddened. I'm sad because although I recognize this man of God was flawed as we all are, his family won't have the opportunity to mourn their loss without dealing with all of the talk. Talk from people who could care less about the great things he did, the lives he brought to Jesus, about his family and church family who loved him in spite of his failings. Now this point of view is not condoning behavior at all, but is this the time to rehash or say what God did or didn't do in regards to this, ie judgement or what illness he had or didn't have...who's business is that anyway? Not mine, probably not yours either.
I feel we should treat others as we would want to be treated as the scripture says, and I choose to do just that and remember him for his excitement for the Word of God as he shared it across the TV and used his famous phrase, "Watch this...". I only got a chance to see him minister in person one time in Nashville, TN at a convocation. During one trip to Atlanta, I was able to ride past the church. This was years ago as they were building the current location across the street from the older building.
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church announced the information stating Long had transitioned from this life early Sunday morning after a gallant private fight with an aggressive form of cancer.
Bishop Long disclosed last year that he was recovering from an undisclosed health challenge. He said he was eating a raw vegan diet and giving up on a “slave menu,’ trusting “God to deliver me from” from the challenge.
A statement from the church reads:
Bishop Eddie L. Long is known worldwide as a pioneering leader, revolutionary mind changer, a family man, and a caring and loving pastor. As a pioneering leader, Bishop Long is highly regarded for his vision, boldness, and unapologetic courage to walk in the supernatural. As a pastor, he is well respected and loved for his passion to bring souls into the body of Christ and join them to a local church body, and for preaching and teaching messages that change mindsets and encourage hearts. At home, he is a doting husband to his beautiful wife, First Lady Vanessa Long and loving father to his 4 children and 3 grandchildren. At New Birth, Bishop Long is most loved for being the ‘father of many’ – a pastor who loves God, God’s people, and who speaks life and declares, You shall NOT die but live to proclaim the goodness of the Lord!
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church celebrates the life and legacy of Bishop Eddie L. Long who is now spiritually healed and home with the Lord. Bishop Long, Senior Pastor of New Birth, transitioned from this life early Sunday morning after a gallant private fight with an aggressive form of cancer. As a man of God with unyielding faith, Bishop Long maintained his commitment to our Heavenly Father as he proclaimed that cancer would not kill his faith nor his spirit. First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, Bishop Long’s wife of 27 years offered the following. “I am confident through my belief in God that my husband is now resting in a better place. Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace.”
Deeply committed to his church, even in his last days, Bishop Long delivered his final message to New Birth as we ushered in 2017. He told the church that God was already working in our favor and what we have been praying for was already manifested. In his departure, we receive that and as faithful members of New Birth, we praise God for the life of Bishop Long. Bishop Long was known as one of the most influential faith leaders in the world. He stood strong as a Kingdom Builder, pioneering leader, and revolutionary mind changer. Long was a family man and spiritual leader who was well respected and loved for his passion to unapologetically and courageously preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Long inspired thousands of believers around the world through his global ministry that literally changed lives. Through his earthly battle, Bishop Long believed that God was once again using him to help others see the power of the Holy Spirit through the love New Birth displayed to him and the countless prayers sent up by others from every corner of the earth.Bishop Eddie L. Long was 63 years old. He is survived by his beautiful wife, First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, 4 children Eric, Edward, Jared and Taylor and 3 grandchildren. The Long family thanks you for your prayers, condolences and messages of love. The family appreciates your support and respect of their privacy, as they prepare along with New Birth, for the homegoing service to honor Bishop Long. The date and other details will be announced in the near future.
FUNERAL SERVICE SET FOR BISHOP EDDIE LONG JAN 25TH
New Birth has set a date for a service for Bishop Eddie L. Long, who died Sunday at age 63. Elder Craig Heath said during an early morning international prayer call that homegoing services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 25.
The church had said on Sunday that an email would be sent to members with further details.
Heath read from the New Birth in a statement yesterday that Long ” is now spiritually healed and home with the Lord.”
“Bishop Long, Senior Pastor of New Birth, transitioned from this life early Sunday morning after a gallant private fight with an aggressive form of cancer,” the statement said.
Leaders on the prayer call, which opened and closed with music, at times seemed emotional as they talked about how Long had always “sowed seeds” in them and in others. Heath said the service would celebrate his life, sacrifice and service.
He acknowledged that members were still is the midst of working their thoughts and feelings considering the life and legacy of Long.
Bishop Long was absent at several services during recent months but was present during Christmas and New Year’s Eve services.His last sermon was during Watch Night Services to usher in the new year .
New Birth members were told of Long’s death on Sunday. Some sobbed and cried. Others prayed and leaned on those near them in support.