Bishop Eddie Long feeds his congregants to a con man.

So…this happened.

Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long is facing a suit from former parishioners who say he encouraged them to invest in a company that was operating an alleged Ponzi scheme.

A dozen former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., filed suit in DeKalb County court in late January. The suit says that Long’s assistant had been warned that businessman Ephren W. Taylor was running a $3 million capital deficit, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

After Long introduced the businessman as his “friend,” the former New Birth members lost more than $1 million investing with the self-described “social capitalist.”

One con man abetting another.  What better marks for a con man than a group of people who believe that putting their hard-earned money into a collection plate will actually make them richer?  The prosperity gospel is the ultimate scam.

Ephren W. Taylor is just playing the church’s game on a smaller level.  In church, nobody seems to care if they never see the dividends they were promised.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    You get your dividends from Church, but only after you are dead.

    • Artor

      A burial plot is not nearly worth a lifetime of subjugation & groveling.

      • Stogoe

        Plus, don’t you have to pay for the burial plot separately? They don’t just give out free corpse space for being baptized in the Catholic Church, do they?

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Poor parishioners, suckered in by that conman and fleeced of all that money.

    And then to be taken in by a Ponzi scheme! Their bad luck never ends, does it?

  • Andrew Kohler

    This contains one of my favorite Hitchensisms (and that is from a VERY strong field):

    ” I have a rule of thumb for such clerics and have never known it to fail: Set your watch and sit back, and pretty soon they will be found sprawling lustily on the floor of the men’s room.”

  • eric

    Reminds me of this.