A propped up and apparently frailer version of controversial megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long was paraded before his congregation Sunday as they defiantly sang “I Got the Victory” days after his church denied last Thursday that he was in a hospice. The appearance comes after rumors surfaced last week that Long, who leads New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, was getting care at a hospice.

Long’s assistant, Elder April McLaughlin, told The Christian Post last Thursday that her boss was simply resting and refused to say whether his rest was associated with the undisclosed “health challenge” he admitted he was facing in September. “No, not ever in hospice! Currently, not accepting calls but thanks for verifying the rumor,” McLaughlin told CP, reiterating that Long was “doing well.” READ MORE