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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Do it to your Parishioners, but not to your Wife!

I ran across a guy from Miami today that has me in my usual state of "Saturday Morning Confusion."

Theologically, "Creciendo en Gracia," founded by Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda, is a "Cult of Christianity" based in Miami, Florida. (This term is used by a group or organization whose central teachings and/or practices are claimed to be biblical, but which are in fact un-biblical.)

Sociologically, "Creciendo en Gracia" has other cult-like elements as well, and that put a whole new light on what they are up to.

The once-inconspicuous sect called "Growing in Grace," which De Jesus founded 20 years ago, proclaims sin doesn't exist.

(Yea, O.K. I can see people buying into that!)

Church leaders say it’s gaining followers, and that 2007 donations have already exceeded the $2 million raised in 2006.

But, here is where I always get my head turned around by what people are willing to believe in!

(Remember my quote from the book "The plain truth about God-101." Tell people enough times, with enough conviction, and they will believe just about anything!)

"Growing in Grace" vaulted into the international media spotlight during the past two years after De Jesus declared himself the second coming of Jesus.

This guy wasn't content to lead everyone down the garden path about following Jesus, his ego and ambition got so big that he decided to become God himself.

Later, he added the title Anti-Christ to his portfolio because De Jesus has said his teachings supersede the teachings of the historical Jesus.

(Several countries have banned De Jesus, but his followers, like all religious blind sheep, stay with him.)

These guys who aspire to God-hood always succumb to earthly temptations and are eventually brought down by their own greed.

This preacher has used charitable donations to his ministry for personal expenses, paying $144,000 a year in alimony to his first wife and buying property in his and his relatives’ names. (Tsk, Tsk.)

Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda disclosed details of the previously secret financial workings of his church through sworn testimony last month in an increasingly nasty divorce from his second wife.

The revelations from the witness stand, which experts say suggest violations of federal law, prompted a Miami-Dade Circuit judge to send a transcript to federal prosecutors this month with a letter saying he was “ethically compelled” to bring it to their attention.

The U.S. attorney in Miami has confirmed opening an investigation.

Your "tell it like it is" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Tune in tomorrow, I have a feeling this guy is pretty high on the list for our regular feature, "Asshole of the Week!"

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) at www.God-101.com

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