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Messer's traveling coronation show, with Long, White, and a host of other troubled or disgraced leaders is a novel way to put compromised pastors back in good graces with their dwindling flocks. I must admit, it is a good grift if these so called "preachers" are trying to get back control over their congregations. For Long and White, who both have lost considerable followers through their personal issues (sex, divorce, and financial problems), the desire to get their place of authority and power back made them throw caution to the wind. Chaining their lust for power to another huckster Messer, though, may bring more ruin. The outcry within the community of Christians and Jews has been fierce, and it will likely wound their crippled ministries even more.
Meanwhile, Messer has been trying to salvage his traveling Torah and coronation show by videotaping an hour-long attempt at a rebuttal to Dr. Wil Gafney's take on The Huffington Post, refuting the ritual from the perspective of a Hebrew Bible scholar. In his response, Messer referred to Dr. Gafney as a "unnamed male Rabbi" who perhaps had a racial axe to grind against Long.
You can't make this stuff up, people. If "Rabbi" Messer had consulted Google, it would not have been difficult to figure out that not only is Gafney a woman, but she is an African-American woman.
The remainder of Messer's hour-long video apologia was not an admission of being wrong, but consisted of a rambling explanation of why it was appropriate to do what he did: the scroll wasn't kosher, it was a Christian context, the audience didn't know anything about Judaism or Yiddish, and the video clip was taken out of context. Messer is not even Jewish, a fact he acknowledges at one point of the video, only to say later that he is.
The clip shows a ceremony at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia on Sunday, when Rabbi Ralph Messer of Colorado visited the church. Messer is known for working to incorporate Christian and Jewish traditions, also known as Messianic Judaism.
"It's a Holocaust scroll," Messer told the congregation, about the handwritten copy of Judaism's holiest book. He explained that it had been saved from Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp.
Messer instructed two men to wrap Long in the scroll.
"He's wrapped in the word of God," he said. Moments later he hands the scroll and other items to a seated Long, and tells the men to lift him up.
"He now is raised up from a commoner, to a kingship," Messer proclaimed.
The ceremony is being called inappropriate by some in the Jewish community.
"I was puzzled and distressed," said Rabbi Josua Heller of Congregation B'nai Torah in Sandy Springs.
Heller said wrapping the Torah scrolls around someone is not a Jewish tradition. The delicate pages are not to be touched by hand and there are specific rituals for those who are allowed to handle them, he said.
"The Jews who perished in the Holocaust, if that is indeed where that Torah scroll comes from, would have been horrified to see that scroll used in that way," Heller told Channel 2 Action News Reporter Manuel Bojorquez.
and it wouldn't surprise me if Christian Zionists already vastly outnumber any Jewish support for the ideology.
Originally posted by halfoldman
Pastor Paula gets wrapped and rolled.
I mean watching this she could just be an idiot who gets very emotional.
But the fact that she lied and thought nobody would notice is just somewhat mischievous.