LITHONIA, GA -- Megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long, of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, sent a release Tuesday afternoon which said he is recovering from a "health challenge," apparently in response reports that he had been recently hospitalized.

The church released a statement that said Long was not in the hospital, and quoted a statement from Long:

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"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.

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."

The church additionally said there would be no other comments at this point.