I have never seen anything quite like this before as self-proclaimed Messianic Rabbi Ralph Messer proclaims Bishop Eddie Long to be a king during a Sunday service on January 29 2012.
After picking myself up from the floor when he declares he is pulling the foreskin off the Torah scroll, I didn’t laugh again, I was just horrified as he wrapped Long in a Torah scroll and had him hoisted up in the chair and carried around declaring him to have the chromosome of a king!
Messer claims the Torah scroll was a priceless 312 years old scroll saved from Auschwitz after World War II. For Messer it seems like no ordinary Torah scroll would do the job of purging Long from the accusations of financial wrongdoing and sexual misconduct leading to his wife filing for divorce. Long stepped down from the pulpit and had only just returned for his crazy coronation.
Ralph Messer, a visiting speaker at Long’s mega-church, used his visit to Long’s church to defend him in the most extravagant, peculiar and obscene ways.
We at RPP call on the leaders of the Messianic Movement to condemn Messer’s disgraceful display as Messer misused a sacred Torah scroll in such a dishonourable way to seek to rehabilitate a man still clouded in financial and sexual controversy. This was not a Messianic Jewish ceremony and certainly not an Orthodox Jewish ceremony.
The Messianic Jewish movement will be treated with disdain if it does not act quickly to condemn this charade and distance itself from false teachers such as Messer.
We can only speculate at what incentives Messer had to contrive such a side-show which left many in Long’s own church bemused.
UPDATE: Long apologises, Messer does not – see here