"What pastor in his right mind sends a picture from himself, posing in his bathroom in a muscle shirt?" Bernstein said. "None that I know of -- especially one who is a committed homophobe."
Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is the same church that hosted Coretta Scott King's funeral in 2006, a ceremony that some civil rights leaders refused to attend because Long is so anti-gay.
According to the separate lawsuits filed in DeKalb County, Ga., by Robinson, Flagg, Parris and LaGrande, Long conducted what they called private spiritual ceremonies in which he "coerced certain young male members and employees" into sexual acts and relationships.
Long's attorney, Craig Gillen, countered the men's claims, writing in a statement, "Bishop Eddie Long adamantly denies the allegations.
"It's unfortunate the two young men have chosen to take this course of action," the statement said, adding that Long's legal team is reviewing the charges and plans to respond.
The accusations, according to court documents, also claim that Long would try to block sexual relationships the young men had with women.
The allegations have especially surprised the community that knows Long best.
Church members coming out of Bible study said they simply didn't believe the allegations, speaking of Long's love and passion for his wife.
Atlanta-area radio host Frank Ski, a 12-year-member of Long's church, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he had "extreme support" for the man he's known for more than a decade.
"It's difficult for me because Bishop Long and I are very close," he told the paper. "I'm one of these people who's really old school. When you're a friend and I support you, I support you. Right now, it's allegations."