After admitting this week that he is facing a “health challenge” shrouded in conjecture, controversial megachurch pastor, Bishop Eddie Long, 63, is now on a mysterious “sabbatical,” his church said.

Elder April McLaughlin, one of Bishop Long’s assistants at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia insisted Thursday that “all is well” with Long even though the preacher admitted on Tuesday that he is facing the unspecified “health challenge” he is believing God to deliver him from.

“I am recovering from a health challenge that I trust God to deliver me from. It is unrelated to the eating for life diet consisting of mostly raw vegetables that I am continuing, as part of a holistic approach to good health,” Long said in a statement.

“At this time my family and I are requesting that you respect our privacy. I truly appreciate your prayers and support for me, my loved ones and my beloved New Birth Church Family,” he added.

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