Skip to comments.Tamarac, Florida, Vice Mayor and Evangelical Pastor Announces He’s Converting to Judaism at Public Meeting
Posted on 06/23/2020 1:16:29 AM PDT by Cronos
Tamaracs vice mayor, who leads an evangelical North Lauderdale church as Pastor Fire when hes off the dais, announced publicly he plans to add a yarmulke to his wardrobe in a manner of speaking.
Just after decrying Mayor Michelle Gomezs use of identity politics to win an election, the pastor announced at the June 10 meeting that hes undergoing a conversion to Judaism.
I am a Christian, he said, during a fiery, freewheeling exchange between him and the mayor. I am going through a conversion to join the Jewish community as we speak. And I am learning Hebrew.
The announcement raised some eyebrows.
I was confused, said Commissioner Julie Fishman, who is Jewish.
Contacted later, Bolton, who is facing a challenger to keep his seat in November, declined to elaborate further, or discuss whether the conversion means he would be no longer leading the Praise Experience World Outreach Church, which is identified as an evangelical church.
On the churchs Facebook page, discussion of Jesus, as the savior of humanity, figures in prominently in many videos.
But there is no indication that Bolton intends to leave his position as pastor at the church.
Rabbi Michael Gold, leader of Temple Beth Torah Shaaray Tzedek in Tamarac, said believing in Jesus, as the son of God, the Messiah, does not jibe with mainstream Judaism.
Believing that Jesus is anything more than a man who happened to be a Jew is not in keeping with Judaism, he said. If a person converting to Judaism regarded Jesus as more than that, I would not convert them, and I dont know any rabbi who would.
Converting would also likely require that Bolton, a native of Jamaica, undergo circumcision, local rabbis agree. For adults, the procedure involves more tissue trauma than what is endured by infants, which is when circumcision typically takes place.
Unlike many other religions, the Jewish faith does not seek converts. But for those who feel strongly about converting, circumcision, and immersion in a mikvah (ritual bath) are only a part of joining the Jewish faith.
The potential convert would need to do extensive studying to understand the many laws and rituals of living a Jewish lifestyle as taught in the Torah, said Rabbi Yankie Denburg, who leads the Chabad Jewish Center in Coral Springs.
A conversion process is not about quantity: I went to X number of classes, studied for X number of hours, Denburg said. Its a conversion to a lifestyle, a mindset. Its a very individualized process.
Much of Boltons speech that included the announcement he was converting to Judaism was centered on complaints that the mayor claims to be Hispanic. She flatly denied the charge.
Gomez, who is Jewish, declined to comment further on Boltons charges that she is exploiting identity politics in the city.
What the heck is pastor firs????
Next he will say he is self identifying as a lesbian woman to get the gay/trans vote. Lets see thats covers the black, jewish, gay, transexual, and lesbian votes. I guess he should get some pointers from Elisabeth Warren on how to claim to be a native American tribal chief as well. If he could remember to squint his eyes when in public he/she/it might even pick up a few Asian votes. Yep, that is what it has come to in politics in this country. A historically corrupt profession taken to even new heights by an increasingly deviate culture brought to you by socialist democrats,
Now I wish Seinfeld was still on, can you imagine the jokes... Plus it’s in FLORIDA!
If you don’t believe in something then you will fall for anything. Bolton appears to be neither Christian nor Jew but a mere politician.
Missile tow, or whatever they say.
Oh... this Bolton.
Insert old joke about giving something back and telling them to go to Hell.
Stranger things have happened. Black Jasidic Jewish rapper Nissim Black:
Now, is/was he a REAL Christian?
I guess NOT! Only Jesus KNOWS who his sheep are. He won’t lose ONE of them! So, I guess this guy wasn’t one. (Although he has until his last breath on earth to repent (and MEAN IT!)
SO many FAKE Christians.
Matthew 7:13-14 NIV (the words of Jesus, red letters)
Only a “FEW” find the road to life.
He ain’t doing it for the jokes, he’s doing it for the votes.
Fieldmarshaldj is right that the pastor likely announced his so-called "Jewish conversion" for the sole purpose of expanding his voter base, though ironically its probably more likely to tick off faithful Jews who realize this guys "conversion" is phony.
I doubt he will be getting the adult circumcision required of ALL adult males who actually DO convert to Judaism (even if they were ALREADY circumcised as a baby in a non-Jewish circumcision!)
To be fair, if you look at it from a historical standpoint, Christianity DID start off as a new sect of Judaism. That being said, they became separate, incompatible religions fairly early on, the split becoming apparent after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D., when Nero blamed the burning of Rome exclusively on Christians (Jews were left alone), and "followers of the Nazarene" were kicked out of Jewish synagogues and told they were no longer Jewish if they promoted the idea that Jesus was the messiah.
There HAS been a modern-day attempt to revive the 1st century concept of "Jewish Christians", basically in the form of "Messianic Judaism", whose followers go around saying they believe Jesus in the messiah and God incarnate, etc., etc. (basically all the basic tenants of Christianity) while ALSO claiming to be good faithful Torah observant Jews who still practice all the old testament laws and celebrate Jewish holidays like Yom Kippor and Purim, etc., etc.
I believe the Supreme Court of Israel actually had to rule on that one ("mainstream" Jews got upset that "Messianic Jews" went to their events and started proselytizing about Jesus), and declared that "Messianic Judaism" is a form of Christianity and not a legitimate Jewish denomination. It also works the same way in the United States, if a "Messianic Jew" applies to be a chaplain in the U.S. military, for example, he is given a Christian cross badge to wear that signifies he is a Christian chaplain and should minister to other Christians, rather than a Jewish star-of-David badge that would identify him as as a Jewish chaplain who works with Jewish members of the armed services.
Also, "Messianic Judaism" is a small, fringe movement with a few thousand followers, sort of like the "Nation of Islam" promoting itself as "Islam" but going around preaching black supremacy.
And speaking of Islam, the Episcopalian Church had a similar scandal about a decade ago, when some screwy black woman who claimed to be a faithful Christian minister announced she was "converting to Islam" and now believed Muhammad was God's greatest prophet, but wanted to REMAIN a Christian pastor. Even the Episcopalians wouldn't put up that nonsense, and promptly defrocked her:
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[snip] Marlon Bolton, a pastor who’s also the vice mayor of Tamarac... also known as “Prophet Fire,” reprimanding the women of his congregation for not being satisfied with six-inch penises but we’ll come back to that. (Sun Sentinel reporter Brittany Wallman tweeted about the videos earlier today.) [/snip]
They probably defrocked the lady not because of her being a Mohammadan, per se, but because the Quran isn’t supportive of sodomy.
This world just hasn’t been the same since we lost Sammy.
Greatest moment in TV History, Sammy and Archie Bunker.
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