By Victor Ochieng
Several weeks after news came out that Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church was on his deathbed, the bishop came back and made it clear that he’d received God’s healing.
It all began when the bishop started looking sick. Many congregants were really worried and began asking what was happening to their spiritual leader. However, Long did a video in August, explaining that there was nothing wrong with his health, only that he’d changed his diet to a raw one. He mentioned that it was a detour from his “slave diet” that comprised of “Popeye’s chicken and biscuits.”
“But you know what. I wasn’t going to get there by stopping by Popeyes. That was my weakness. The biscuits with honey and chicken wangs, spicy, and all of that. Many of us are still eating from a slave menu; you need to check that out.”
On the contrary, news later came out that Long was actually sick, although there was nothing solid about what he was suffering from.
Rumors started doing rounds that the “man of God” was suffering from cancer and that he was in a bad state. It’s also the same time speculations went out that he could’ve been suffering from HIV/AIDS, with such reports linking his condition to previous reports in which some men had accused him of engaging in illicit s*xual acts with them.
Long, however, expressed confidence that God was going to heal him.
Days after it was first reported, many of his congregants were really worried about his health, but he mentioned somewhere along the way that he was confident God was going to heal him.
Come October 9, Long made a comeback, declaring that his faith has worked; he’d been healed, or so he said. The bishop made the big announcement on a day that also happened to be his pastoral anniversary. Speaking with his congregation, Long said, “I’ve been on a journey and just re-calibrating myself.”
The New Birth bishop acknowledged that he did have some health issues, but was happy he had been healed, although he didn’t say what the illness was.
“And like I said, I had some health issues and God has healed me. The manifestation is coming through and we stand in that, he said.”