Bishop Eddie Long tells church that God healed him

  • Shelia M. Poole
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
3:50 p.m Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 AJC Homepage
Bishop Eddie Long, with his wife, Elder Vanessa Long, said God healed him. Long, of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has said he was recovering from an undisclosed health challenge. YOUTUBE

Lithonia megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie L. Long told his congregation during a service earlier this month that God had healed him.

“I’ve been on a journey and just recalibrating myself,” Long said in the video, which was posted on YouTube on Oct. 16 by Miz Justice. “And like I said, I had some health issues and God has healed me. The manifestation is coming through and we stand in that.”

Long, the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, recently disclosed that he was recovering from an undisclosed health challenge. Many had speculated he was ill after he posted a video in August that showed him looking very gaunt.

It’s unclear from the YouTube video whether Long is saying he is healed physically or it’s a spiritual or emotional healing. In the comment section, Miz Justice said the video was taken on Oct. 9 during his anniversary service.

The Christian Post reported Long had been on a monthlong sabbatical.

A New Birth spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.

Long celebrated his pastoral anniversary this month and also led a three-day summit with speakers from around the world, including New Zealand and the Bahamas.

In the service, Long told members that God woke him up that morning and expressed to him that some in the congregation suffered from chronic pain. “You have to be controlled by painkillers,” he said. He asked those who were to move into the aisle. “There’s a healing balm in here.”

He then asked them to come up to the altar and asked for his oil and began a healing service.

In the August video, a much slimmer Long is shown working out.

“People are asking, ‘Bishop, what happened to all of you?’” he says in the video, posted to his public Facebook page. “Well, all of me has meelllllted away.”

In the video, he told members that eating a mostly raw diet has given him more energy and lowered his blood pressure. He has lost weight and no longer has to take blood pressure medication.

“I’m on the medicine that God gave you to feed your immune system to build you up,” he says in the clip. “You know what, if you really want to move through this world and have influence, you gotta be spiritual and you have to walk by his commandments and you have to be healthy.”

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