Ms. Eddie is taking a break from the pulpit in the wake of his wife Vanessa filing for divorce (then withdrawing it) to focus on his family. I guess it's been tough year for the old gal--you know, facing charges of tricking on young boys for sex in the name of Jesus then coming out largely unscathed while having fellow pimps of the cloth defend him and scold his flock for using common sense and logic--it's enough to blow the glue off any queen's lace front.
According to CNN:
"I'm going to take a little time off to work with my family," Long said Sunday to a packed house at the televised service.
"I do want you to know that this is, for me and my family, especially with me, one of the most difficult times and things I've had to face, and only because my strength, other than God, is in Miss Vanessa," he said to huge applause.
"And I want you to rest assured that I love her and she loves me. ... In all the things that I've ever had to deal with and being pastor, my rock has been to be able to come home to a virtuous woman who always had peace in my house," he said.
"We're going (to) work it out," he said.
He insisted that the two of them are not fighting, and that they are not mad at each other.
Long said the situation is "not because of allegations" of sexual relationships last year and instead blamed the pressures of being a pastor's wife.
"It's been very difficult to her, some of the things that she's had to endure," he said.
The church issued a statement emphasizing that Long is not stepping down, and "will continue to be the senior pastor of New Birth."
Read the rest HERE, or watch the report (note how he instructs the sheep to "give more") below.