The once portly megachurch preacher who was accused by multiple young men of coercing them into sexual relations, says he has been getting a lot of reactions from the public about his trimmed down physique and took the opportunity to respond in a video posted to YouTube Friday.
“This is Bishop Long, you say ‘Bishop! What happened to all of you?’ Well all of me is melting away,” Long began in the video.
“I’ve been getting a lot of calls, people saying ‘Bishop, what’s going on?’ Well, I said to my congregation, I’m gonna live to be 100-years-old, maybe have a few more years. But you know what? I wasn’t gonna get there stopping by Popeye’s you know. That was my weakness, the biscuits with the honey and chicken wings, spicy and all of that,” he continued.
He then explains how he was able to improve his health with his new “somewhat vegan” diet.
“You know, basically, many of us are still eating from a slave menu and need to check that. I have gone total raw vegetable, that’s right, total raw vegetable and so I’m somewhat of a vegan. And for all you vegans out there I never thought I’d do this, never thought it but I am and it’s really, really given me a lot of energy. Yes, I’ve lost weight, I don’t have the arms like I used to but they coming back but I don’t want all that weight. I want health, and I want you to know that I’m on zero medications. My blood pressure is 120/80. I used to take blood pressure pills, medication for years and all of that,” he confessed in the video below.
Earlier this year, Long revealed that he wanted to take his life at one point. He didn’t explain why in a sermon posted to YouTube, but it appears his dark hour may have stemmed from allegations in 2010 that he coerced several young men into sexual relations. Four lawsuits resulted from the allegations according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but they were all subsequently dismissed “with prejudice” in 2011.
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