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A Facebook Friend shared this video of Eddie Long being crowned a “king” on 01/29/12.

Summary: In a recent service on January 29th, 2012 Eddie Long, who is Bishop at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, invited Ralph Messer who claims to be a rabbi bringing Torah truth to Christians. This rabbi then proceeds to pronounce Eddie Long as [a] King in “God’s government”, lifting him up in his chair/throne and carrying him around the stage.

Click here for a newspaper blog about Long’s “crowning.” This blogger seems to view the incident as Jewish oriented. But what was Eddie Long’s “crowning” really all about? Was it a “Messianic Jewish” ceremony, or something else?

This article describes Eddie Long’s apology to the Jewish community after this incident.  Here are some excerpts:

Bishop Eddie Long has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League over an incident in which he was wrapped in a Torah scroll and crowned “king”…

“The ceremony was not my suggestion, nor was it my intent, to participate in any ritual that is offensive in any manner to the Jewish community, or any group. Furthermore, I sincerely denounce any action that depicts me as a King, for I am merely just a servant of the Lord,” Long wrote in a letter… [emphasis mine; I am trying to locate the entire letter]

Interesting. Long says, “I sincerely denounce any action that depicts me as a King.” Yet in the video above I don’t see any sign of him trying to stop the “crowning” ceremony at any point. This, in spite of the fact that he is the pastor of the church, and a rather authoritative pastor at that. The fact remains – Long does teach a “king” heresy. Long is being two-faced in my opinion. He says in his apology that “I am merely just a servant of the Lord,” yet in reality he follows the Word of Faith teaching that he and all “Apostolic” Christians are “little gods” meant to “rule and reign” as kings.

Check out the following reader comment, from this forum:

When a king gives an order, he knows that it will be carried out. He doesn’t have to repeat himself over and over again. I just read that in [Kenneth] Hagin’s book The Believer’s Authority. This is totally shaking up my way of thinking about stuff. I have to remind myself that it is my privilege and duty as a member of the Body of Christ to RULE and REIGN as a priest-king, as Jesus did, in the order of Melchizedek. [emphasis mine]

The way I see it, the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church did not crown Long as THE king exalting himself as God, but as one of many Word of Faith “little gods”, one of many Apostolic “kings” who will rule and reign in the coming “reign of God” taught by the Kingdom Now movement.

Here’s a 2011 expose by LetUsReason.org of Eddie Long and the “king” heresy.  The expose explains Long’s ties with the Pentecostal “Word of Faith” (WOF) movement.

And this article explains many of the heresies in the the WOF movement, including the “little gods” teaching. The article provides “little god” quotes from Copeland, Hagin, Hinn, etc. under the section dealing with WOF teachings on “Man.”  The expose lists Eddie Long as well as many other WOF heretics.

It seems this all ties in with the dominionist Emergent/New Apostolic Reformation “Kingdom Now” heresy – that we are soon entering a Utopian millenial period (1,000 years?) under the “reign of God” before Christ physically returns. According to WOF teachings all Christians can view themselves as “little gods.” But Eddie Long and other “Apostolic” leaders seem to fancy themselves as the “little gods” who will “rule and reign” during the Millenium. This expose mentions Eddie Long, C. Peter Wagner, dominionism, the NAR, etc.

I was under the impression the merger of the WOF movement and Kingdom Now theology was brought about by C. Peter Wagner. I learned that Earl Paulk was the first major player in this merger – not Wagner.  Following is an excerpt from David Cloud’s memo about the WOF/Kingdom Now merger (scroll about half way down the page for Bro. Cloud’s entire memo.). I have emphasized certain points by bolding, and inserted comments in [brackets]:

“The Cathedral at Chapel Hill near Atlanta, Georgia, founded by EARL PAULK, has been plagued with moral scandals and radical false teaching… Paulk amalgamated the Word-Faith doctrine with Reconstructionist or Dominion theology and promoted it widely among Pentecostals. As for the Word-Faith doctrine, Paulk echoes Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland and others when he wrote: “Just as dogs have puppies and cats have kittens, God has little gods. Until we comprehend that we are gods, and begin to act like little gods, we can’t manifest the Kingdom of God” (Paulk, Satan Unmasked, pp. 96, 97). Paulk merges this Kingdom Now Word-Faith theology (that Christians are little gods with the authority of Christ on earth) with the dominion doctrine [that] the churches are to unify and then retake the world from Satan and rule over it before Christ returns. He gives this teaching in books such as Satan Unmasked (1984), Held in the Heavens Until (1985), and Ultimate Kingdom (1986). Paulk wrote in his book The Wounded Body of Christ [1983], “We need not wonder whether He [Jesus] will come back; HE CANNOT. Christ can only return when the people of God have reached that place of unity in which the Spirit and the Bride can say, ‘Come’” (p. 73)…

FOR FURTHER READING

Ralph Messer

Ralph Messer, the “Rabbi” Who Crowned Eddie Long, Isn’t Jewish

Paula White Wrapped in a Torah Scroll?

Rabbi Ralph Messer joins us at Pentecost

Earl Paulk

Amazon listing of Earl Paulk’s books

An article about Donnie Earl Paulk, Earl Paulk’s nephew. Note the interfaith symbol which is said to appear on Dennie’s blogsite.

Dominion Theology

Dominion Theology – describes two “wings” of Dominionism: Christian Reconstructionism and Kingdom Now

Is Reconstructionism Merging with “Kingdom Now?” – elsewhere on my blogsite, I have discussed the merging between Emergents and Dominionism; this article discusses the merging of the two wings of Dominionism

Kingdom Now/Dominion/Restoration theology (12/19/2005)

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(revised 04/12/14)

Although I prefer the Post-Trib Premillenial view, I greatly enjoyed the following article by Don Koenig, in which he defended Premillenialism (including the Pre-Trib view) against Postmillenialists and Preterists. I am especially disturbed by the Emergent/New Apostolic Reformation move towards Postmillenialism (aka “Dominion Theology”, “Kingdom Now Theology.”)

(As an aside, I am leaning towards the Post-Trib view, which like the Pre-Trib view falls under Premillenialism.)

I have emphasized certain points by bolding, and inserted comments in [brackets].

Christians will be caught unaware because they gave up premillennialism

Don Koenig
On February 10, 2011 · 33 Comments

One of the chief signs of the end times that premillennial futurists fluffed over in their eagerness to see the return of the Lord for His Church is the passages that make it clear that the Lord is coming at time when we think not (Luke 12:40).

We also know that in the last days there would be Christians mocking other Christians about their belief in the soon return of the Lord [I believe anyone mocking a premillenial return of Christ is mocking Bible prophecy].

2 Peter 3, Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

In hindsight, one of the reasons why the hope of a Rapture in the 20th century was premature was because during that period a great percentage of Evangelical Christians believed in premillennialism. They believed in a literal and future fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Therefore, the coming of Jesus really did not fit what Jesus said it would be like in the Church just before His return. Let me explain.

The doctrine of the Rapture and the Lord’s Second coming was one of the major focuses of the Bible believing Church in the last third of the 20th century. Yet, scripture implies that many Christians would not be expecting Jesus when He comes. So one of the signs that premillennial 20th century believers were presumptuous, and that Jesus would not return on our time-lines, was the general expectations that prevailed during that period among Christians. This irrational exuberance led to date setters and the fallout of that led to a general discrediting of all teaching dispensational Premillennial Theology.

Futurist Premillennial Theology probably reached its peak from 1970 to around the year 2000. In those days it was hard to find a Evangelical Bible believing church that did not believe in the soon coming of Jesus with the Rapture of the Church. [I have seen this change for myself in the Evangelical Friends, aka the EFCI, whose top administrative leaders preached about the imminent return of Christ. But no longer – they are becoming increasingly Emergent]. They also taught that the Rapture would be followed by judgment of evil on earth, followed by the establishment of the millennial kingdom where Jesus would rule and reign on earth with His Church for a thousand years, and then Satan once again would be loosed to deceive mankind into a final rebellion.

Because of the Lord’s delay and the presumptuous false hopes presented by some, there since has been a  falling away from premillennial theology. Many pastors now have post-millennial beliefs where the Church will have to Christianize the world before the Lord will actually physically return. Preterism is also gaining ground.   They teach that prophecy about Israel was all fulfilled in 70 AD and the prophetic promises to Israel are either annulled or are now only promises to the spiritual Church. With preterists, the Church is the kingdom promised on earth and the Church allegorically fulfills Bible prophecy. When all the saved come in, God will then judge all and eternity will began. There is no literal thousand year reign on earth in Preterism.

Today premillenial futurist Dispensational Theology is losing ground every day in Evangelical Christianity and you will seldom hear it taught from the pulpits anymore. It also will not be found in your Sunday school material. I think this falling away from premillennialim and the teaching of the imminent coming of Jesus is prophetic in itself. It had to be fulfilled, if we are indeed in the last days.

Jesus said He would come at a time when most think not. That would not have been true when people were still claiming His soon coming and also followed the date setters.  Few premillenial believers in the 1980′s thought that we would still be here in 2011. There are still some premillennial Christians that are hanging on to the hope of the Lord’s soon coming, but they are becoming a smaller and smaller minority within Christianity.

I suppose that those following the 2012 end of the world presumptions and heretics like Harold Camping will just make premillennial believers even more rare in the future. This will set the conditions in Christianity for what Peter said would happen in the last days.

Peter said Christians will be mocking other Christians saying, “where is the promise of His coming”, they will obviously insinuate that your belief of a soon coming Rapture and the return of Jesus is a false hope that is even harmful to the Church. Pastors will teach that we must put away all such foolishness and work to Christianize the world through social justice programs. All that are teaching Premillennial Theology with the physical return of Jesus will be marginalized and perhaps not even welcomed in their fellowships.

The trend in Christianity is already this way in the churches that have become unequally yoked with unbelievers that intend to set up an interfaith world of social justice. This trend away from premillennialism will only increase because of more failed date setting. Soon premillennial evangelicals will become open game for soft and hard dominionist media Evangelicals, and their mocking will spread into the general church populations.

That is when this “where is the promise of His coming” rant will be literally fulfilled. Some have claimed fulfillment in the past, but they were really grasping at straws. I do not believe it will be some subtitle innuendo. It will be a direct mocking confrontation against those that hold fast to Premillennial Theology and the soon return of the Lord. This is what I believe Peter is saying in his passage. We have not seen that fulfilled yet, but we see that things are rapidly trending in that direction. We now see the Seeker, Purpose Driven, Emergent and New Apostolic Reformation churches are becoming increasingly hostile toward Premillennial Theology. Get ready for more flame throwing against anyone that takes Bible prophecy literally.

But, blessed is the the person that holds fast to the promise of the Lord’s coming. That promise of His patience was held by only one of the seven church types that identify Christianity, and they are the only Church type that was promised to be kept out of the great trial that will come upon all those that dwell on the earth.

Rev 3:10  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Jesus said, “will there be faith on the earth when I come” (Lk 18:18), Jesus probably was not talking about faith to believe that salvation came through Him. The Church has to have salvation faith, or it is not the Church. Jesus was referring to faith that He would soon return and judge the earth. The answer to His question is that other than a small minority that kept the promise of His coming and His patience, there will not be that kind of faith on the earth when Jesus comes.

We need to keep the faith, the Lord is not slow in coming. He just is not willing that any should perish. Nevertheless, the signs of the times are evident, the Lord will not delay His coming much longer. We are not in darkness, that this day should overtake us as a thief (1 Th 5:4).

Lk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Finally, one reason not usually talked about why Jesus must return very soon is The Singularity. We are only a few decades from when man will be able to extend his lifespan indefinitely. The doubling of knowledge every 18 months means that artificial intelligence will soon make it possible for collective man to solve any technical problem, but he still will not deal with the problem of his own sin. [This entire paragraph sounds a bit far fetched to me, other than the last phrase:  “he still will not deal with the problem of his own sin.”]

Unforeseen technology will get into the hands of evil people and they would destroy the world if it went on past the middle of this century. So Jesus must return and deal with evil before that happens. The mark of the Beast probably somehow ties in. Man will attempt to undo the confusion given to him at Babel. That is not acceptable while mankind is still in rebellion against God. So the end is soon for sure, but first the scoffers must come from even those that call themselves Christians.


 Don Koenig founded http://www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named “The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages”. This World and Church and Bible Prophecy Blog was started in 2007. This Blog now has over 1000 articles written by Don and contains almost 10,000 comments mostly related to the post topic.

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