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Bishop Eddie L. Long maintained a consistent presence on Twitter and Facebook before sexual coercion charges were brought up against him on Tuesday, September 21st. But he’s been understandably absent from the social networks since then.

On Thursday (September 24th), Bishop Long sent a message to his Facebook friends and Twitter followers that simply reads: “Thanks for all your prayers and support! Love you all.” In less than 12 hours, he received feedback from over 600 people on Facebook (almost 400 likes and over 200 comments).

Bishop Long sent the same message to his Twitter followers:

After canceling his interview on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” set to air on September 23rd, Bishop Eddie L. Long released this formal statement that was read on the syndicated program by his lawyer Craig Gillen:

“I have been through storms and my faith has always sustained me. I am anxious to respond directly to these false allegations and I will do so. However, my lawyers have counseled patience at this time. But let me be clear; the charges against me and New Birth are false. I have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply. But my faith is strong and the truth will emerge. All I ask is for your patience as we continue to categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges. Finally, as I have done for thousands of others over my decades of preaching, I ask for your prayers for me, my family and our church. On Sunday, at New Birth, I will respond to my congregation.”

Take a look at a few members of Bishop Long’s 25,000+ member congregation of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church congregation in Atlanta who are standing by their spiritual leader in the video below.