SEC says ‘Social Capitalist’ ran Ponzi scheme targeting church members

Ephren Taylor Former businessman Ephren Taylor, who describes himself as a ‘Social Capitalist,’ has been charged with fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an alleged $11 million Ponzi scheme that targeted socially conscious churchgoers.

Among the victims are members of Atlanta’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. They are suing their pastor, Eddie Long, for promoting Taylor’s scheme.

Eddie Long’s wife calls off divorce

The divorce petition filed by Vanessa Long against Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, has been dismissed.

It is the second time in three months that Vanessa Long has called off plans to divorce the controversial preacher.

Eddie Long apologizes for Torah ceremony in which he was crowned ‘King’

Eddie Long Megachurch pastor Eddie Long has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League over an incident in which he was wrapped in a Torah scroll and crowned “king.”

The stunt was the idea of visiting speaker ‘Rabbi’ Ralph Messer.

‘Rabbi’ declares Eddie Long ‘King’

Eddie Long The story of embattled megachurch pastor Eddie Long is growing ever stranger.

In a service last Sunday at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, in Atlanta, Georgia, a visiting ‘rabbi’ declared Long ‘king.’

Eddie Long returns to the pulpit

Embattled megachurch pastor Eddie Long has returned to the pulpit.

He had taking a few weeks off from preaching after his wife of 21 years filed for divorce last December.

Eddie Long, Dogged by Scandal, to Stop Preaching for Now

Eddie Long Eddie Long, head of one of America’s largest mega churches, announced Sunday he will take “time off” from the pulpit to work on his family.

The announcement came three days after his wife Vanessa filed for divorce.

Wife of televangelist Bishop Eddie Long files for divorce

Vanesssa and Eddie Long Vanessa Long, the wife of megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long, announced Friday she has filed for divorce.

Last fall, four young men accused Eddie Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, of coercing them into having sex.

Investors sue Eddie Long after losing $1 Million in ‘Safe’ Investments

Eddie Long Eddie Long, the leader of one of the nation’s best-known megachurches, was accused in a civil lawsuit in Georgia of encouraging church members to invest in a scheme that promised 20% annual returns on safe investments but diverted their money to a failing company.

Controversial pastor Eddie Long vows to move past allegations

Eddie Long Controverisal megachurch pastor Eddie Long says he’s moving ahead with his ministry at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and won’t discuss allegations of sexual misconduct made by four young men who were members of his congregation.

But two of the men now say they are writing a tell-all book about what they claim happened between them and the powerful pastor.

Megachurch pastor Eddie Long settles sex-misconduct lawsuits

Eddie Long Sexual-misconduct lawsuits filed by four men against Georgia megachurch pastor Eddie Long have been settled, according to attorneys.

The lawsuits are expected to “be dismissed, with prejudice, by close of business tomorrow.”

Bishop Eddie Long makes YouTube appeal to help members

Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, has made an unusual appeal on YouTube to an investment company on behalf of  several members who are facing financial hardships because of  investments  that went “sour.”

Tax-Exempt Ministries Avoid New Regulation

Prosperity Gospel A three-year investigation into financial improprieties at six Christian ministries whose television preaching bankrolled leaders’ lavish lifestyles has concluded with the formation of an independent commission to look into the lack of accountability by tax-exempt religious groups.

The investigation report issued this week details the ministries’ luxury homes and cars, trips on private jets and expensive gifts, including two Rolls Royces that a third party reported was given to the Dollars as a gift from the church.

Eddie Long Seeks Settlement in Sex Case

Bishop Eddie Long, who is accused in civil lawsuits of inappropriate sexual relations with several young men in his mega-church said he has done nothing wrong. He even referred to himself as David and stated that he had five stones and had not used any of them.

Well I guess one of those stones meant seeking a settlement out of court with his accusers – which Long is trying to do right now, writes James Causey.

Megachurch Pastor Eddie Long Denies Abuse Allegations

Eddie Long Eddie Long, the megachurch pastor accused of luring four young men into sexual relationships categorically denied the allegations for the first time in a court filing Monday, saying he was only a mentor to the men who filed civil lawsuits against him.
A South Carolina pastor said he is getting death threats because he’s called for another church leader’s resignation.

Prophet H. Walker of True Light Pentecost has asked Bishop Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta to step down amid a sex scandal.

Bishop Eddie Long vows gay sex claims haven’t damaged his ‘faith’

An anti-gay pastor fending off claims he had homosexual relationships vows he “ain’t going to stop living.” Bishop Eddie Long, head of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, told his flock during services on Sunday his “faith” has made him stronger. “In times of challenge, there are several things that come out,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “Your faith will be strengthened or weakened. My faith is being strengthened.” Four men have accused Long of engaging them in homosexual relationships. They claim he used trips, cash and cars to lure them in, while one of the men alleges Long slipped him sleeping pills in order to sexually abuse him.

Eddie Long: the wider context

Some articles that provide a wider context to the Eddie Long case:

• It is, parishioners and observers say, a moment of undeniable crisis in the black church.

“The only person in the pantheon of black churches who is bigger than this is T.D. Jakes,” said Anthea Butler, a religion professor at the University of Pennsylvania who was among those flying down to Georgia. “And Atlanta is the epicenter of black church life. . . . It’s going to rock everything at the church, and people will really start to question these ministers.” – Sex allegations roil black church community, Washington Post

Bishop Eddie Long case: Will it alter black church’s view of gays? (Christian Science Monitor)

Why black church culture rejects homosexuality (CNN)

The Black Church, Homophobia, and Pastor Eddie Long (Newsweek)

• “Long is one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement.” (Southern Poverty Law Center)

Televangelist Eddie Long: ‘I’m going to fight’ sex allegations

Eddie Long Baptist televangelist Eddie Long said Sunday he will fight allegations that he coerced young male church members into having sex with him.

Speaking publicly about the accusations for the first time, Long did not address the specific allegations contained in four lawsuits filed against him earlier this week.

Fourth lawsuit filed against Georgia pastor Eddie Long

Eddie Long A fourth lawsuit has been filed against Atlanta-area pastor Eddie Long, alleging he coerced a 17-year-old into a sexual relationship during a 2005 trip the two took to Africa.

Friday’s action, which does not ask for a specific amount of damages, claims Long manipulated, coerced and deceived LeGrande by convincing him that a sexual relationship was “a healthy component of his spiritual life.” It says Long uses church money and other accounts to entice young men with cars, clothing, jewelry and electronics.
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