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The faith-based publication Gospel Today is getting some negative feedback from its readers for the controversial cover subject for its Nov./Dec. edition.

Atlanta’s embattled Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the 25,000-member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, graces the magazine’s glossy front cover with the accompanying headline, “Bishop Eddie Long at the Center of the Scandal that Rocked the Church World.”

The publication’s editors are being accused of downplaying the allegations against the pastor, who was accused in lawsuits filed in September by four former “spiritual sons” of coercing them and using his influence to get them to perform oral sex and other sex acts, according to Black Voices’ Jawn Murray.

One subscriber note read:

“I got my latest issue of Gospel Today; with [Bishop] Eddie Long on the cover. I read the article and said to myself, ‘Hmmmm, seems like there’s some sugar coating going on.’ Turned back to the first page and saw where the Bishop of his church in N.C. is on your Board of Directors; I looked down and also saw that Eddie Long is on your Board of Advisors. I said all of that to say this. The best thing your magazine should have did was to not comment, but I do understand why you did. God is not pleased with all of the hypocrisy going on with these leaders and the things people will say and print just for MONEY!!!!”

Gospel Today’s publisher, Teresa Hairston, posted a response to the letter on the magazine’s website.

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