*Folks are wondering if everyone is really happy for Bishop Eddie Long after one of the stand out members and servants decided to “turn her keys in.”
Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has left her position as an elder of Bishop Eddie Long’s church just days after a settlement had been reached in the sexual misconduct case against the pastor according to The Christian Post.com.
The news was first reported by WSB TV’s Action 2 News, on Monday.
King served her last day as an elder of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., Sunday, the station reported, citing unnamed sources. She was seen giving the altar call during the church’s 11 a.m. service Sunday.
Sources told the Atlanta-based TV station that they did not know if King’s resignation was related to the settlement and dismissal of the sexual misconduct lawsuits against Long.
On the other hand, it’s being reported by AJC.com that King is leaving with the blessing of Long, and had been planning this move for a couple of years, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.
Four young men, Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson, had accused Long of using his position and lavish gifts to lure them into sexual relationships.
Their lawsuits were officially dismissed “with prejudice” Friday, a day after lawyers for both sides confirmed a settlement was reached in the case.
In Long’s first sermon since the settlement, congregants at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church welcomed the bishop with applause and cheers when he took the stage at the 8 a.m. service Sunday.
King intends to disclose her plans to radio host Rhodell Lewis on Praise 102.5, and on mypraiseatl.com between 4 and 5:30 pm., according to an Effective Media Group news release.
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