Friday, October 31, 2014

Bishop Eddie Long’s church is now in foreclosure

Bishop Eddie Long
 




New Birth Charlotte, one of Bishop Eddie Long’s churches, is entering foreclosure.
The Huntersville, North Carolina chapter of New Birth ministries failed to make payments toward a $10 million loan borrowed from Evangelical Christian Credit Union, according to The Herald Weekly.  The church, founded in 2003, has been in the process of foreclosure since November of 2013, but there have been seven Postponements of Sale, and the most recent was postponed from October 9th through December 9th.
The church’s number of attendees had been shrinking ever since the location’s original pastor resigned.  Bishop Terrell Murphy left New Birth Charlotte in June of 2013 to start his own ministry, Life Center International.  A couple months afterward, the church reduced their two services to one, and in August 2013, Bishop Eddie Long visited and preached to the remaining congregation of just 150 people.
Beginning November 2nd, members of the church will attend ‘New Facility Celebration’ services at Therapeutic Services Group, according to The Herald Weekly.
This is not the first series of financial issues that Bishop Long has had.  Last year, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia announced that its Christian Academy would be closing.   The Christian school had been open since 1993 and had even been closed and reopened in the past, but this time, due to the poor economy and low enrollment, it could not be saved.  In the same year, 12 church members filed suit against Long for holding financial classes in which Ephren W. Taylor defrauded churchgoers out of millions of dollars.  Taylor was eventually arrested on a federal indictment.
Long was sued for two unrelated reasons in 2010.  He was involved in an infamous scandal in which four young men accused Long of sexual m*lestation and filed four separate lawsuits against him.  He was also sued for failing to pay back a $2 million property loan.  Long settled all cases out of court.
 
Micah 3:
11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
 
Ezekiel 34:
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.