Friday, September 29, 2006

Forget About Yisrayl Hawkins - Jesus Has Returned!!!

And lives in Houston, Texas. From KHOU in Houston:

...He makes a remarkable claim: that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ.

...Perhaps equally remarkable, the number of people who believe him. Now this man could be your neighbor and who says he’s Christ, has moved to Houston. When members of Creciendo en Gracia had a worldwide meeting in Miami this weekend it had a Latin beat. And when Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda entered the room with a security detail clearing his way, it could have been a rock star or a politician. His style is a bit of both. “I am the second coming of Christ, that messiah that they’ve been waiting for,” said Dr. Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda.

...He is Puerto Rican but has followers throughout Latin America and increasingly in the U.S. where he has learning centers in New York and now, alongside other non-denominational churches, he has one in Houston.

“He is God,” said one follower.

Followers hear there is no devil, no sin, that Jesus took it away.

...Most of all he seems to tell them they are worthy of being cared about.
“Some people tell me, you know, that it looks like the devil. If that is true I want to be with the devil because he make me so happy,” said Claudia Salazar, Creciendio en Gracia follower. One person termed Dr. Miranda’s message “seductive.

You’re getting something that you get similar to what you get over at Joel Osteen’s place except Joel would not claim to be Jesus Christ,” said theology expert Lynn Mitchell.

After watching the video, Mitchell made the interesting observation that it was joyous and the growth of Creciendo en Gracia is due at least in part to conventional Christian churches.

“I think it represents a very heavy failure of Christian churches because Christian churches have not really conveyed their message for decades now. So people think of the Christian church as being a downer as always talking about people being sinners and so forth,” said Mitchell, U of H Resident Scholar Religious studies.

Joel, when someone says your style and message imitates a known cult-leader, maybe someone's trying to tell you something.


At September 29, 2006 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a scary scary crackpot. Literally. False prophet indeed. Yikes.

At November 18, 2007 2:37 AM, Blogger Devon said...

All I can say is that, from my studies, this man (and anyone else who claims to be Christ) is doing the work of Satan. He's on Satan's playground, pulling in others under Satan's influence. SATAN TARGETS THE UNKNOWING AND UNEDUCATED! READ THE BIBLE AND EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE SATAN TRIES TO TAKE YOU TOO! - P.S. This capital text is not meant to be rude, it's just a warning that I God has given to all who follow Him.

At November 18, 2007 2:39 AM, Blogger Devon said...

OOOPS! In my last comment I said "I God". It is a typo. Pleae disregard the "I".


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