Making a Real Messer Things

If you’re a megachurch pastor accused of molesting teenage boys, one would think that you’d stay out of the spotlight for a while after you settle with the accusers. If you’re Bishop Eddie Long, though, you decide instead to let Ralph Messer, a self-proclaimed Messianic “rabbi,” wrap you in something that he claims is a Holocaust Torah. And then you let the God-awful ceremony be filmed so that you horrify everyone, Jew and non-Jew alike.

As you can imagine, other so-called “Messianic Jews” have scrambled to distance themselves from Messer—and, in doing so, prove that the No True Scotsman fallacy is alive and well. From an Associated Press article about the scandal:

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.

Rabbi David Shiff of Congregation Beth Hallel, a Messianic Jewish synagogue in Roswell, condemned the actions in the video.

“Ralph Messer in no way represents Messianic Judaism,” Shiff said. “He is not affiliated with any legitimate branch of Messianic Judaism. His actions in no way reflect the position of Messianic Judaism. I found the presentation to be repulsive and inappropriate.”

The good news from this event, if any, is that more people will understand what makes the Messianic movement so offensive to Jews.


6 thoughts on “Making a Real Messer Things

  1. Hey,
    I am Messianic Jewish, I’ve grown up that way my whole life. To me, as Messianic this is absolutely disgusting and is not anything I would ever see at a Messianic congregation. He is not Messianic and certainly doesn’t represent my lifestyle or many other Messianics I know.

    1. I’m glad that you condemn his actions.

      At the same time, however, I noticed you used an e-mail address when you left your comment. It appears that Boaz Michael (Christopher Detwiler), the director of FFOZ, and Ralph Messer have a connection through Nathan Lerer:

      I received an email that Michael Detwiler, James’ Av and vice-president of SANJ, was also not Jewish but had bought a false conversion from a rabbi named Lerer, in Denver. I called several of the synagogues in Denver to try and locate the rabbi. It turned out that Rabbi Nathan Lerer was not even a legitimate rabbi. I spoke with Nathan Lerer. Yes he did the conversions of Michael Detwiler, his family, including Christopher Detwiler, who also goes by the name of Boaz Detwiler and Boaz Michael, of FFOZ, and of Ralph Messer.


  2. There are many more “affiliates” of self proclaimed “Rabbi” Messer. He lied to his congregation of buying a bigger church and used the money to buy his kids new homes. He belongs in prison.

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