Jewish Leaders Upset Over Eddie Long “Elevation Ceremony”

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Jewish leaders are criticizing a ceremony that involved Bishop Eddie Long being wrapped in a religious scroll and exalted as a “king” to the applause of his congregation.

The video from a service last Sunday at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church shows Rabbi Ralph Messer, a Messianic preacher, instructing two men to slowly wrap Bishop Long in a large scroll that’s purported to be the Torah.

Messer proclaims, “It doesn’t matter where you go, how you try to attack him. He’s sealed.” Then the scroll is opened to reveal a teary-eyed Long. Moments later, Long was seated in a plush chair, covered in a prayer shawl while holding the sacred scroll and lifted by four men.

Messer than proclaims, “He now is raised up from a commoner to a kingship.” Messianic Jews believe that Jesus Christ, or Yeshua, is the Messiah, putting them at odds with traditional Jewish theology.

Most Jews consider the faith to be a form of evangelical Christianity. The Torah is one of Judaism’s most sacred objects and Jewish groups say the notion that it was used in a ceremony at the church was offensive.

Long’s church,  issued a statement from Messer saying that the ceremony was based on a passage from the Old Testament on restoring the Kingdom of David.

 Bill Nigut, the Southeast Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League said the ceremony bears no resemblance to any Jewish ritual he is aware of.

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  • Jim Thompson

    I am a Christian, I have only ONE King, and His name is Jesus Christ, not Eddie Long. I watched the video and was sickened by it. It never ceases to amaze me how gullible some people are. If this happened to be the time of the Anti Christ, this should go to show how easily some people would fall into his trap. People of God, GET INTO THE WORD, so you’ll KNOW that theatrics is much different than the true annointing.
    Eddie Long should be ashamed, and the so called Rabbi should lose both his credentials, AND his dual citizenship with Israel

  • Elizabeth Darby Bass

    as a messianic – I am repulsed and saddened and angered at the disrespect with which this so called messianic rabbi treated the Torah. Messer is NOT recognized as a Rabbi by any of the main messianic organizations and does NOT represent us. He is a self-proclaimed man who makes up his one interpretations and applications. unfortunately people who do not diligently search things out may believe him.

  • Rolling eyes

    At 2:13 in the video, you’ll see where Messer has wrapped a Torah scroll around Paula White before as well.

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  • Timothy Unrine

    Eddie Long apologized to the Jewish people for getting caught, just like Mitt Romney’s Mormon Cult was caught baptizing the Jewish victim’s of the Holocaust, the Mormon Cult was caught, apologized, promised to not do it again, but had it’s fingers crossed.

    Is Eddie Long to be trusted? Or just embarrassed that this should have been a no-camera moment?

    Will a Mormon Cultist as President further disrespect the Jewish faith? As a Stake President, he was a person in authority, that if he wasn’t a parrot for his Mormon Prophet, he could have spoke up against many problem issues in the Mormon Cult – lack of diversity in top leadership, never apologizing for discriminating against blacks – it was God’s fault, he didn’t reveal that black could run the Mormon Cult, the Prophet talks, Mormon Cultist obey – in 1939 with was Heil Hitler!

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