“I need you to get back in position when them three men came in here with them guns out. I gotta get back into position,” flamboyant Bishop Lamor Miller-Whitehead said, addressing his congregation, including those watching him on Zoom, as he made a “voosh” sound and stepped behind his podium.
“As I began to preach, I saw the door open,” Miller-Whitehead, 44, recalled of last week’s million-dollar-plus jewelry heist. “And I looked, and I said, ‘OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK.”
The bishop — who denied Friday that the sensational crime was part of any purported insurance scam — added, “As I got down on the floor, I told my church, ‘Y’all get out.’ “
That’s when he splayed his body out on the floor for dramatic effect, according to video captured by The Post.
Miller-Whitehead, who has an alleged history of grifting and served time in prison for identity theft and grand larceny, lost more than an estimated $ 1 million in jewelry in the incident.
The bishop told his congregants Sunday that God would bring him back “double” what he lost, likening himself to the Bible’s King David when David faced off the Amalekites and saw his wives captured.
“Don’t think that God allows somebody to come here and steal something for him not to give us double. This is what the Bible says,” Miller-Whitehead said. “David recovered all.”
The gold-and-gem-dripping clergyman — who tools around in luxury vehicles such as a Rolls Royce — has battled back against critics who claim his high-flying lifestyle made him a ripe target for crooks.
The bishop has blamed the caught-on-video robbery in part on media coverage of his cozy relationship with Mayor Eric Adams.
The robbers’ massive haul last week included a $ 75,000 Rolex watch, $ 75,000 Cavalier watch and several crosses worth tens of thousands of dollars each.
“Fendi, Louis, and Gucci, why can’t we wear that in church? What’s wrong with that?” the pastor said at a press conference last week.
It also surfaced last week that Miller-Whitehead is the target of a lawsuit accusing him of bilking a parishioner out of her $ 90,000 life savings in 2020.
Mayor Adams has defended his relationship with the clergyman, with Hizzoner saying he has an “obligation to mentor other black men that had negative encounters in their lives and other people in general.”