A few weeks ago, in a tattoo parlor in the hip art deco district of Miami Beach, people were lining up to get “666” tattooed on their bodies, and then smiling through their pain. But these are not devil worshipers. They see themselves as devout followers of Jesus Christ. But the major difference that separates them from other Christians around the world is that the Jesus Christ they worship is alive and well — and living in the suburbs of Houston.
This is truly disturbing.
These people belong to a new movement devoted to a man who calls himself the Second Coming of Jesus, and also claims the title of Antichrist, which to him is the next incarnation of Jesus on earth, not an evil being. To show their devotion, some followers ink themselves with “666.” One follower said, “I just want to make sure it’s visible, that everyone knows my life belongs to the man.” Another said, “I want everyone to know I’m one of the antichrists.”
It seems quite obvious to me those who are falling for this fool’s blather are totally clueless and need to do a little reading. A good place to start would be the Bible, I’m thinking The Book of Revelation?
Like many, de Jesus says he was born again in prison. From there he moved to the United States, where he became involved in church youth groups, and eventually a minister in Boston. But it was a vision, de Jesus says, that turned him from man of God to being God.
“The same spirit that was in Jesus of Nazareth, and the same spirit is in me. He came to me. He [integrated] with my person in 1973.” de Jesus says this happened when two angels came to him in a vision, and while he admits there’s no real way for him to prove that he’s Christ, he says his followers aren’t asking for proof.
Oh, I’m sure something “entered” him, but it wasn’t Jesus.
De Jesus says things like murder and theft are crimes, but not sins, and that people are punished for these crimes on earth. “Heaven doesn’t have anything to do with your behavior,” he says.
I must have missed that lesson in church and in my reading of the Bible. Have you ever seen anywhere it says that Jesus no longer considered murder and stealing as sins?
There are no rules in de Jesus’ church. Anything goes when you follow “Jesus of Suburbia.” But he is serious about being the Second Coming of Christ. And along with his followers, he also has many detractors. Some who think he’s the devil incarnate and others who think he’s just a charlatan and a con man. One of the things that makes him so hated, so controversial, is that he preaches the Catholic Church is evil, and his followers burn pictures of the pope and hold protests outside churches.
I’m not Catholic, but I don’t think the Catholic Church is evil. I have a problem with that statue thing, but other than that…. (the priest abuse is another matter all together, but that wasn’t the church’s doing, although the cover up wasn’t too bright)
The de Jesus ministry is growing, with big followings in Venezuela, Columbia, even Cuba, and the man who believes he is the Second Coming of Christ is now turning his attention to America.
Sadly, such ignorance is growing in many nations. Even ours.
“Miami is the bridge for all nations,” he said. “That’s where Hispanics are, and then eventually I’m going to find a lot of beautiful English-speaking people who will want to believe in me and I’m going to have millions of them.”