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Many who follow Bishop Eddie Long are anxious to see how the spiritual leader will address the allegations brought against him. Reports, from, as late as Friday evening indicated that the Bishop Long is expected to step down temporarily after over thirty men contacted the accusers’ attorney BJ Bernstein.

Below is a statement released by Bishop Eddie Long via the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church‘s website:

“I have been through storms and my faith has always sustained me. I am anxious to respond directly to these false allegations and I will do so. However, my lawyers have counseled patience at this time. But let me be clear; the charges against me and New Birth are false. I have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply. But my faith is strong and the truth will emerge. All I ask is for your patience as we continue to categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges. Finally, as I have done for thousands of others over my decades of preaching, I ask for your prayers for me, my family and our church. On Sunday, at New Birth, I will respond to my congregation.” – Bishop Eddie Long 9/23/2010

The LIVE feed was cut when Bishop Long addressed the congregation specifically about the allegations brought against him. Luckily we were able to obtain that clip that was not meant for the nation to see. Check it out here.

After the church service, Bishop Long held a brief press conference simply to address the nation but refused to answer any questions from the media. Take a look at his brief address here.

To see the entire service, view the video here.