The future of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, one of the nation's largest black churches, hangs in the balance as Bishop Eddie Long and four young men joust in the media and courts over gay sex allegations.
Bishop Eddie Long says he will fight gay sex accusations. But black theologians say the bigger issue for black churches is whether they can have a frank discussion about sexuality at all.
Addressing the congregation at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Sunday, Bishop Eddie Long said he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships.
Bishop Eddie Long, one of the most powerful men in the black megachurch movement, faces allegations of taking sexual advantage of two teenage boys. In 2004, Long created a ministry to 'deliver' men from homosexuality.