Here’s one for the books..
A 14-minute video clip showing Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church being crowned by Rabbi Ralph Messer during one of the church’s televised services has gone viral, with members of the Christian community expressing complete confusion over the video.
The episode took place during the Sunday, Jan. 29 service, as announced on New Birth’s Facebook page as well as Messer’s, and was watched by thousands. The YouTube clip, making the rounds on the Internet, was uploaded to the video network Jan. 31.
Messer, who leads Simchat Torah Beit Midrash (STBM)– a “congregation and school facilitating inter-faith discussions between various groups, cultures, and denominations worldwide” – was the guest speaker during the Sunday service. Messer is also one of the speakers in this year’s Economic Empowerment Summit hosted by Long.
Messer teaches principles of the Torah that he claims “produce life.”
“If you have been undecided, unfocused, and unexcited, then start learning about Principles of God. You can Succeed! You have been Redeemed! Yeshua (Jesus) has a plan for your life! It is called the Torah. … Remember, a Torah Principle applied accurately will cause you to prosper Financially, Emotionally, Physically and Spiritually.”
The rabbi conducted something of a ritual during Sunday’s service at New Birth that raised eyebrows across the Internet.
Messer offered Long on air what he claimed was a 312-year-old priceless Hebrew scroll saved from the Auschwitz death camp after World War II. He then wrapped the New Birth minister in it as mood-enhancing music played in the background, and called for Long to be lifted up on a chair, similar to a throne. While Long was being carried across the podium, Messer spoke of biblical kingship, which Long was supposed to represent.
The rabbi went on to say that Long sits now between two courts, the court of justice and the court of blessings. Worshipers in attendance applauded as Long was ushered about in the air on the chair.