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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Joe Carter is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the co-author of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator. You can follow him on Twitter.

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