Bishop Eddie Long Apologizes for Coronation Ceremony

The Story: After several Jewish organizations condemned the event as a “fake ritual”, Georgia megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long apologized for the incident in which he was wrapped in a “Holocaust Torah” scroll and crowned a “king.”

Rabbi Ralph Messer, a Messianic Jew who conducted the coronation ceremony, has also issued a statement saying that the presentation was “simply a way of bringing honor to a man who had given his life to the Lord and had given so much to his church, the Atlanta metro area and throughout the world. It was not to make Bishop Eddie L. Long a king.”

The Background: As we noted on Friday, a video was released of Long being crowned a “king” by guest speaker Messer.

“He is a king, God’s blessed him. He is a humble man. But in him is kingship. In him is royalty,” said Messer during a Sunday morning church service.

What It Means: While Long deserves credit for apologizing, the event should have never been allowed to occur in his church. But when churches become venues for entertainment and pastors become more concerned about their own celebrity than they do about Jesus, we shouldn’t be surprised to find such perversions occurring.

As the Apostle Paul said, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

(Thanks to Jonathan Kitt for sending both the links and the Scripture verse.)

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  • Rae Whitlock

    Someone tell Bishop Long that “it’s too late to apologize. It’s too laaaaaaaaate…”

    • Gordon Hazell

      @Rae Whitlock…LOLOLOLOL! That is funny! But on a serious note. This does not surprise me about Long. His ministry practices and his terrible theology is foundational for these kind of theatrics.

  • Christopher Heward

    In a way he is right if he is saying we share in the inheritance of Jesus as God’s children, his Royal Priesthood – 1 Pet. 2:9. Whether or not he meant this I do not know!

    It might be an example of where a piece of theology that is truthful but ignored by much of the evangelical part of the church is then misused and misrepresented by other parts, meaning that they can never be refuted because others have overlooked this aspect of theology. Certainly a thought-provoking episode!

    It’s a great shame that the links between local congregations are so week that an individual can only be held to account if his actions are posted on YouTube. If pastors/elders, etc. looked past their theological differences and built relationship with each other then when someone held some dodgy doctrine they could be held to account and encouraged to reconsider whether their view is Biblical or Godly.

  • Jack Brooks

    I see this as a perfect illustration of what might have been going on in the Corinthian church, when Paul chastised them for calling themselves kings (1st Cor. 4:8).

  • Ray Van Neste

    Calvin’s warning from his sermon on 1 Tim 3 & the qualifications for pastors are fitting here:
    “let us mark this, that a man shall never be fit to have any public charge whatsoever, nor to govern, unless he has learned to walk in all modesty, and not to be puffed up with pride; for as soon as a man is set up aloft, he becomes as an image, he worships himself, and cannot tell whether he is a man or not. … For what else do we preach, but that all glory of man must be beaten down, and God only be exalted among us?”

  • sjk

    Is this the same Bishop Long who was accused of using his power to molest teen boys?? If this is so, it makes my blood boil that he continues to be in ministry and that anyone would think he should be coroneted for anything except as king of hypocrites, vipers and criminals!!

  • Mike Corley

    Long’s”apology” is too little, too late. It’s hard for me to believe he went into that service and wasnt aware that the phony “rabbi” Ralph Messer wasnt about to pull his blasphemous Torah ceremony, since it is part of Messer’s repertoire. Eddie Long’s heretical teaching and lifestyle, Ralph Messer’s hideous sham portrayal as Jewish and a Rabbi, and the revolting displays of cheering acceptance by the crowds at Long’s church, is sick-making and has to be a stench in the nostrils of G-d. Repent, repent, repent.

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