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.