Friday, February 03, 2012

Even Though Many People Do Not Take the Eddie Long Being Crowned 'King' Thing Seriously, Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D., Professor of Biblical Hebrew and Jewish Scholar says the Ceremony Was Wrong On 27 Counts - BCNN1

A number of religious figures have stepped up criticizing the 14-minute long YouTube clip of Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church being proclaimed a "king" by a Messianic rabbi. Rabbi Ralph Messer, during a Jan. 29 service at the Baptist church in Lithonia, Ga., directed assistants to wrap Long in a purportedly 312-year-old priceless Hebrew scroll from World War II, and proclaimed that Long was now "hidden in the word of God." After inviting Long to sit down on a chair and handing him the Torah scroll, four helpers lifted the chair on which Long was sitting and paraded the minister across the podium, while Messer proclaimed him a "king." The rabbi went on to say that Long sits between two courts, the court of justice and the court of blessings. Worshipers in attendance applauded as the minister was ushered about in the air on the chair as the ceremony continued. Messer, who leads Simchat Torah Beit Midrash (STBM) - a congregation promoting interfaith discussions - teaches principles of the Torah that he claims "produce life" or prosperity. Read entire article...


Bishop Eddie Long Crowned King in Ritualistic Jewish Ceremony



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