Bishop Eddie Long Reveals He Has Lost More Weight, Assures Congregation He Will Be Back in Pulpit

( Despite being on what he calls a “sabbatical” recovering from an unspecified “health challenge,” controversial megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long joined his followers on a prayer call this week in which he revealed he has lost more weight and assured them he will be back in the pulpit next month.

“My wife was telling me that I need to rest and I said I can’t till I do this, I know my folk need to hear me. I want them to hear me and I have things in my spirit…I’ve been away too long,” said the 63-year-old Long who leads New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia in explaining why he decided to join the prayer call. The controversial televangelist turned heads in August when he revealed an emaciated figure he claimed was the result of a new vegan diet.

After reports surfaced two weeks ago that he was hospitalized with a grave illness some speculated was cancer, Long admitted in a statement to The Christian Post that he was sidelined from his church by the unspecified “health challenge” from which he is trusting God to deliver him from.