Messer Crowns Eddie Long as King

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.

Long has been accused by four men from his church of sexual misconduct, Long settled out of court with the terms mysteriously being undisclosed.

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 

66 thoughts on “Messer Crowns Eddie Long as King”

  1. Who does this Messer guy think he is?! He doesn’t know a “talmid” from a Ner Tamid and he’s made Long a king, kohain, and prophet “on behalf of the Jewish People and the G-d of Israel”?!

    “May the L-RD lift you up and give you a special anointing”? I never heard that in the Aaronic Benediction! And where is this “Birken-doll” place?

    This is, easily, one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen! What an absolute disgrace!!

    1. No one in Israel seems to know who he is, his claim to have an Israeli passport is made in the footage as part of his attempt to give himself to right to speak for all the Jewish people!

  2. “So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; it taketh away the life of the owners thereof.” Mishle 1:19 JPS

  3. This is SICK SICK SICK. Does this guy think by doing this he will gain the effection of the Yehudim! me think not. The guy’s a meshuganah and I think that he needs to turn to the Torah to see what happens to those who abuse it and proclaim words from it that are not of HaShem or Yeshua.

  4. Look at this lost congregation being lead by a false profit, Bishop Eddie Long. What a sad side show this is, and what can the people in this church be thinking!

    1. I used to be apart of this congregation and I know they are all blind. They hang onto Bishop’s every word, empty their pockets for him, and won’t dare speak against him. It’s sad. I’m glad i got out before this madness. They must be in awe.

  5. Eddie Long is a word-of-faith prosperity preacher who ever right-minded person would regard as corrupt. As for Ralph Messer, I thought he was into the “two-house” teaching (which is heresy) but I can’t find it mentioned on his website. But he’s outside of the mainstream messianic movement and doesn’t appear to be associated with the MJAA, UMJC, IFMJ, or any other congregational grouping. I wouldn’t take him too seriously. But this sort of thing does huge damage to the messianic movement, which sadly seems to attract more than its fair share of meshugganehs…

    1. You’re right, Zachor. Messer is “Two House”. It’s briefly mentioned on their “About STBM” tab under Vision & Mission (point 2 under “Our Mission”) and is eluded to in many of their product descriptions, such as the “Sonz of Sinai” cd.

      This farce is all about hitching their prosperity cart to the rising star of true Messianic Judaism. It’s a terrible shame that folks like this are seen around the world through the TBN circus, etc.

      1. Luke it seem you and zachor are right, just heard from a leading Messianic Jewish figure in the States who identified Messer as an Ephraimite and not affiliation to any Messianic mainstream organisation or grouping. In that case is he Jewish at all?

      2. I’m going to have to go with the ‘House of Shammai’ on this one!! And forget about a measuring stick, where are the stones at?

        “Stone them” “Stone them”!!! lollol😉

  6. Hi Gev,

    When I saw this video clip, my jaw dropped, because I knew the things Messer was saying was false.

    I can’t believe how low a person would stoop to re-gain popularity. Eddie Long is a disgrace and I don’t see how anyone can continue to support him. What they have done is wrong. I hope the Jewish people speak out about this ridiculous act.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. G-d will deal with these demons.

    I grew up in the non-denominational Church of G-d and through the Father’s guidance via my kindergarten teacher who became best friends with my mother, committed myself to Messianic Judaism because I feel it is the whole of what the faith should be about.

    It breaks my heart to see so many ignorant people in that congregation who do not understand what they’ve just seen, blindly follow along. I am by no means the most learned scholar of the Jewish, Christian, or Messianic faith, but after 27 years in church/temple I know what is wrong. And that was wrong.

  8. I am amazed and sadden by the buffoonery that continues to surround Eddie Long’s ministry. It is very hard to see these kinds of things going on in the name of God. How can any woman or man who represents God want this kind of false praise (“He’s no longer a commoner?).

  9. I Corinthians 5:11-13
    But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
    What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”

    Deuteronomy 17:7 JPS
    “…So thou shalt put away the evil from the midst of thee.”

  10. Isn’t this what happens when everyone in a religion thinks he or she has the spirit of G-d in them? They hear a voice or have some feeling they think is G-d. One person’s holy spirit is another person’s evil spirit I guess. How would you convince these people that they have an evil spirit and you have the good one?

  11. This is soooooo sad and disappointing. I don’t know who these guys are, but just the same, I can’t believe this farce they have concocted.

    At the end of a My FOX Atlanta new clip about the video (, the reporter quotes that Messer responded on the New Birth website that he is misunderstood and his message was “about restoring a man and encouraging his (Long’s) walk in the Lord.”

    I tried checking the website, but can’t find the response.

    I don’t know what Messer’s theology is, or the words he has spoken, but he does promotes a ‘prophecy’ of Kenneth Copeland, proclaiming his (Messer’s) role in the “office of prophet” at 3:30 to 3:50 in this video:

    So, ya just gotta believe a guy like dat ! (shudder)

    What an embarrasment.

  12. I just got done literally vomiting. What can someone who is not in leadership (like me) do to help Messianic Judaism get rid of this problem?

  13. Very welcome responses from Derek Lehman and Joshua Brumbach.

    Here is a press release from the local Messianic group in the area that this happened.

    Congregation Beth Hallel Decries Presentation At New Birth

    ROSWELL, GA – Congregation Beth Hallel today decried the inappropriate
    presentation this past weekend conducted by Ralph Messer. Rabbi David Shiff of
    Congregation Beth Hallel said, “Ralph Messer in no way represents Messianic
    Judaism. He is not affiliated with any legitimate branch of Messianic Judaism. His
    actions in no way reflect the position of Messianic Judaism. I found the
    presentation to be repulsive and inappropriate.”

    Furthermore, Joel Chernoff, the General Secretary of the Messianic Jewish
    Alliance of America said, “This is extremely disrespectful and in no way reflects the
    tenets or community of Messianic Judaism. To understate it, Mr. Messer is not in
    any way in the mainstream of the Messianic Jewish community worldwide.” The
    Messianic Jewish Alliance of America is the largest organization of Messianic
    Congregation Beth Hallel (< in Roswell, is the largest and oldest
    Messianic Jewish Synagogue in Georgia. Founded in 1977, it serves the North
    Georgia's growing Messianic Jewish community. It is one of the largest Messianic
    Jewish Synagogues in the world and is one of the largest synagogues in Metro

    Founded in 1915, Messianic Jewish Alliance of America ( is the
    largest association of Messianic Jewish believers in Jesus in the world. They
    promote a clear and visible testimony to the fact there is a large and growing
    movement of Jewish people who have come to believe that Jesus is the Jewish

  14. “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity and purity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus [Yeshua] whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 NKJV

  15. God will hold each of you accountable for the things you have said concerning this event. Only God can judge, the church should be praying and not judging. People of God be careful of how you put your mouth on God’s Chosen. “To God be the glory for the things He has done and the things to come.”

    1. I am God’s chosen too ACOTK4life be careful how you put your mouth on me!
      Defending the indefensible corruption of God’s name by fake teachers, crooks and sexual predators is a terrible sin. Matthew 7:15

    2. At any rate, Messer besmirched the Messianic Jews. The opponents and critics would have their day on this. The witness and integrity were compromised. What a misery! Focus on Yeshua everyone!

    3. “A Crook Of The Kingdom 4 Life”,
      G-d will hold all of us accountable for every word we’ve ever said – not just concerning this event – and that includes you, as well, if you haven’t yet been told. You show me where I put my mouth on “G-d’s Chosen” and I’ll show you someone who needs rescue from a prosperity cult.

    4. no one that I know accept Messer as Jew or a Rabbi, He is trying to be famous in a very wrong way, shame on you Messer. may Elohim of Israel will deal with you.
      Rebuke you brethen in brotherly love, we can not be silent

    5. Man O Man…’d change your mind if someone offended one of your little children. You’ve got things twisted! To put your mouth on someone when they are in the RIGHT is one thing! But it’s an INJUSTICE to see wrong and say nothing when it IS in your power! Blacks would not be where they are now if Dr. MLK just prayed, not marched, not spoke out against injustice and let God…Judggggeeeee! I pray God will enlighten your narrow thinking! Wake up!

    1. Dr Schiffman clarifies the fact that Messer is not Jewish:
      “First of all, this man, Ralph Messer, is no Messianic Jew, and no rabbi. No Messianic Jewish organization endorses or accepts this man. Second, he isn’t even a Jew. He was raised as a Catholic and a former altar boy. He is part of a group called “Ephraimites,” made up of non-Jews who take on a Jewish affectation, and claim to be the Lost Tribes of Israel”

  16. I’ve seen many crazy things on YouTube, but this tops it as the worst most upsetting piece of crap I’ve had the misfortune of having to watch.

    I want to dig a hole 6ft deep, stop breathing and hope some one covers me up. To think this is done in the name of Messianic Judaism.

  17. I’ve spent most of today, shabbat, which is meant to be a joyful foretaste of the world to come, feeling extremely distressed about Messer’s actions and the harm they have done. I could ask if he even thought that every non-Messianic Jew on this planet will be far less likely to consider Yeshua’s claims because of him. But the truth is that there’s little difference between Messer and Long – both are focussed on self-promotion and self-enrichment, and everything else, including God, takes a back seat.

      1. Thanks Gev, the UMJC and MJAA have collaborated a couple of times in recent years. Last year during the month of Elul we co-sponsored a prayer campaign in support of Israel, particularly with the concerns about the Palestinian move for UN recognition that month. But I agree that it was a good outcome of this fiasco for us to join forces again.

  18. Oh, good grief, this guy is US? I assumed he was UK. Now I’m all embarrassed again. We have to have TWO Benny Hinns?
    Would you like one?

  19. I’m am not defending Messer or Long, but I think the Messianic Movement needs to look at itself in the mirror. I do feel that Messer could have conducted his ceremony in a more orthordox fashion, what ever that is, but to question his so called rabbinate staus is hypocritical of the UMJC or any other messianic organization. These organizations ordain so called rabbis then have these men called rabbi in direct contradiction to Yeshuas instruction! Not to mention that the Orthordox Jewish communities that these organizations seek to imitate do not recognize these ordained rabbis as such. In their view messianic rabbis are self proclaimed also. Aside from that, how can we as believers continue to propagate the accusations against Eddie Long. That is the medias job or hasatans, I forget which one. If he is going through the process of restoration, why doesn’t the Christian/Messianic community support and encourage him instead of engaging in Loshon Hora, that is if they are familiar with all the details regarding its laws. After all, they are schooled in Jewish law, right? G-D help us

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