Bishop Eddie Long's school forced to shut down

I am not surprised by these events. I wonder now, how long before the church is disbanded. I think people sometimes get it confused about not judging someone and using common sense. If the Pastor of my church settles a lawsuit out of court that implicates him in something illegal and/or immoral, my decision to leave that church is not about me judging him, it is about me using common sense. It is about me being concerned about my soul and salvation. The man that stands in the position of Pastor, Bishop, Shepherd of the Flock, must be above reproach. It does not mean he is without fault or sin, but he must be an upstanding, law abiding citizen.

A school affiliated with Bishop Eddie Long's Georgia megachurch is shutting down. Parents received letters, just two days before Christmas, telling them the school would close on January 4th.

New Birth Christian Academy, which enrolls students in kindergarten through the 12th grade, has been struggling financially for years, officials said. A financial deficit and declining enrollment left its board of directors with no other option but to temporarily close the school, said a church statement.

Art Franklin, a spokesman for New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, is keen to stress the school's closure is not linked to the sexual allegations against Bishop Eddie Long, which culminated in the pastor taking a sabbatical to "tend to family business" after his wife filed for divorce.

Though, a parent, speaking to Channel 2 WSB-TV, begs to differ. "I don't believe that," she said in the interview, which did not disclose her identity. "I believe that this last straw with the divorce, the sealed settlement, it just does not look good. I really believe that people continued to take their children out as each allegation unfolded month after month."

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