A sermon that was supposed to have reassured the congregation of an Atlanta megachurch pastor accused of sex abuse has left some wondering if he said enough to defend himself.

“This is probably the most difficult time in my entire life,” Bishop Eddie Long said during the service.

Long, the powerhouse leader of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has been accused of sex abuse by four men, who claim in separate lawsuits that he lavished them with expensive gifts and trips and then forced them when they were teenagers into sexual relationships.

He had promised to answer the accusations on Sunday and it was one of his most well-attended services in years with some 8,000 parishioners coming to hear him speak, some of whom waited in traffic for hours.

Reverend Timothy McDonald III, the senior pastor of the First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, has known Long for more than 20 years. He called reaction to his sermon “mixed.”

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