Last week an Anglican vicar was convicted of conspiracy in Britain’s biggest church sham-weddings scam.
Brown was once ordered to stop conducting services between visa-less Africans and East Europeans at St Peter and St Paul’s in St Leonard’s-on-Sea, East Sussex.
But he carried on with the suspicious ceremonies – even marrying one man twice in the same day – enabling the bogus brides and grooms to milk Britain’s benefits system to the full after they immediately went their separate ways.
Only a dozen of the 360 have been traced, said police, who believe Brown was “feathering his retirement nest” after finding £5,000 in cash at his rectory home.
Archdeacon of Lewes and Hastings, the Venerable Philip Jones, was “shocked at such a betrayal of the church” by Brown, who was released on bail with Adelasoye, 51, after being found guilty of breaching immigration laws at Lewes crown court.
Buchak, 34, was remanded in custody until September 6, when Judge Richard Hayward said he may jail all three.
Weddings at Brown’s church went from 13 from 2001 to 2005 to 383 in the four years after – 168 of them in the final six months in 2009.
Source: The Mirror, UK.
That priests can be taken in fraud is nothing new. But the problem with both the Roman Catholic priesthood and the Anglican priesthood, goes much deeper.
There is no Biblical authority behind their priesthood.
They are priest in the old testament priesthood of Aaron. This is a temple priesthood of Jewish sons of Aaron. When Jesus died on the cross and resurrected, the King of the Jews established a new priesthood in the order of Melchizedek. The New Testament explains the nature of this priesthood.
For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Lets take a look at some carefully selected pictures, supported by Bible verses. Please excuse me for using irony.
my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
The New Testament priesthood is no longer an exclusive priesthood of Jews, nor a Papal structure. The new priesthood is formed of all believers in Jesus the Messiah. There is only one High Priest, and that is Jesus the rock, the King of Kings.
“From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.
The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?
The more the priests increased, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their Glory for something disgraceful
1 Timothy 4:3
They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.
No priest is to drink wine when he enters the inner court
And priest’s can no longer elevate them selves. Because we are all priest in the Royal Priesthood of Jesus the Messiah.
“Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness,” declares the LORD.
The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.
So what is the correct understanding of the Priesthoods?
The Jewish people hold on to an Old Testament priesthood, simply because the large majority of Jews do not accept Jesus as Messiah. That is biblical. Because the Jewish Priesthood of Aaron is an eternal priesthood. But the priesthood of Aaron without the Temple in Jerusalem, becomes ineffective. There is no Temple sacrifice of blood available to make atonement for sins.
When mainline Churches ordain their priest in the Jewish priesthood of Aaron, they equally makes a grave mistake. They teach Replacement Theology, the idea that Torah observant Jews are no longer the true Jewish people, the chosen people of God of the Bible. Such priest do by their very existence mock God of the Bible. Their theology is based on a doctrine that the Messiah has ended his covenant with the Jewish people, and do only work through the Church.
The circus pictures are not fakes. Priest Lloyd (43) is a missionary priest from the National Catholic Apostolic Church. He carried out the stunt wearing his traditional soutane and saturno.
The Bible says that people who claims to be Jews, but are not, have formed synagogues of Satan. This scripture has to be studied and understood.
An ineffective Jewish priesthood of gentile priests will commit grave mistakes. Their wickedness will manifest it self in many ways. This photo feature might look funny. But the issue is serious. You have to take a look at your own priest or pastor. Some of them still tries to do their best.