The man who was once hoisted high, wrapped in a Jewish scroll and anointed with the title and crown of “King” has died. Eddie long was 63.
As part of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Long was given apostolic/leadership authority over nearly 300 churches, over which congregations were to submit to the almost absolute authority of his anointed leadership, rather than submitting to one another and to elders an deacons of the local church.
Here are some fast facts with links about Eddie Long:
- Long was spiritual authority his New Birth mega-church in Lithonia, Georgia, growing the church from 300 members to 25,000.
- Married briefly in 1981 to Dabara S. Houston, who said she was the victim of “cruel treatment” and was afraid of Long’s “violent and vicious temper,” according to Fulton County Superior Court records.
- In 2006, Long was chosen by the family of Martin Luther King, Jr. to host and officiate the funeral for Mrs. Coretta Scott King, wife of the late civil rights pioneer.
- In 2012, video of a ceremony at his church went viral, showing Jewish Rabbi Messer declaring Long a “King.” The Rabbi wrapped Long in a Torah scroll recovered during the Holocaust. Messner said it was a “priceless” 312-year-old scroll that had been recovered from the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Four leaders of the church then lifted long in a chair and parade him around the cheering congregation. “He is a king. God’s blessed him. He’s a humble man, but in him is kingship, royalty,” Messer can be heard shouting in the shocking video:
- Long was subject of a Senate investigation, concerning whether he personally profited from his church’s tax-exempt status, which eventually ended without a finding of wrongdoing.
- Several civil lawsuits were filed against him alleging sexual abuse of multiple underage teen boys of his parish. Long had denied wrongdoing through his attorneys and privately settled the lawsuits out of court for undisclosed amounts.
- His apostolic authority covered churches in The Father’s House network, including 79 churches in Georgia alone and a total of approximately 275 in 38 states. Long once told the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
We’re not just a church; we’re an international corporation,” he said. “We’re not just a bumbling bunch of preachers who can’t talk and all we’re doing is baptizing babies. I deal with the White House. I deal with Tony Blair. I deal with presidents around the world. I pastor a multimillion-dollar congregation.”
- Late last year, pictures of Long looking emaciated caused many to speculate that he had serious health issues. After attributing his drastic weight loss to a vegan diet, Long finally admitted late last year that he had a “health challenge,” but didn’t name the apparent illness.
Long died of “aggressive cancer” on January 15. He leaves behind a wife, Vanessa, four children (Edward, Jared, Taylor, and Eric), and three grandchildren.
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