*When folks saw that pic of an emaciated looking Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia (Georgia), naturally they had some questions as to what was going on. His response was that his shocking weight loss was due to a new vegan diet he was on.

That may or may not be the case, but William McCray’s Obnoxioustv blog is reporting that he was told by a close friend Long’s (who he also alleges is a verified member of Long’s church), that the megachurch pastor is suffering from an unspecified gastro-intestinal cancer that has already progressed to stage 4.

“Recently, while out to dinner with some prominent minister friends a person approached our table and specifically want to speak to Sir William, (sic) in a very humble and politely asked if they could have seat. We said sure and the source went on to share they were a member of New Birth and choose to stay through the scandal. The source shared their name and shared they were very close to Bishop Long and asked if Obnoxious Media would take it easy on bishop due to his having cancer,” McCray reported.

“After a couple of phone calls and text messages it was confirmed this was a very reliable source. They explained that Bishop Long has cancer in his digestive system and it was discovered in the 4th stage and he literally has months to live,” the Obnoxioustv report added.

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The Christian Post, which is also reporting the story, contacted New Birth Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for comment, but a phone message said the church was not open on Mondays. A message left for the minister on call for urgent matters was not returned.

Meanwhile, McCray’s source, says despite the alleged diagnosis, Bishop Long is banking on his faith for deliverance.

“Bishop Long has been admitted to an Atlanta hospital this week where he has been since Monday and not yet discharged,” McCray noted on Friday. “The Reliable Source (sic) went on to say the doctors have given Bishop Long up and their (sic) is nothing they can do, but try to make him comfortable. Although, Bishop Long is not willing to accept that he is ill and quoting the scripture that life and death lies in the power of the tongue.”

According to Oasis of Hope Hospital a cancer is said to be in stage 4 when it has spread far away from the origin into other organs of the body.

You can get MORE of this story at ChristianPost and/or the Obnoxiostv blog.

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