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What’s in a Name?

Members of the Growing in Grace ministry in Doral, Fla., are convinced that their 60-year-old leader is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda doesn’t have any formal religious training; rather, he is a former heroin addict and prison inmate from Puerto Rico who has convinced followers that he represents the second coming — and has recently dubbed himself the Antichrist. Members, who tithe up to 40 percent of their incomes, buy into the Antichrist title so much that they show their devotion by getting “666” tattoos. De Jesus previously proclaimed he was the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul, then “the Other”, before proclaiming himself both Christ and Antichrist. On a trip to Canada to get more converts there, De Jesus canceled an interview with the Winnipeg Sun when their reporter started asking about children getting “666” tattoos. A spokeswoman offered to find someone else to do the interview, but the reporter asked why, since De Jesus claims only he can speak for his ministry. “We don’t function with common sense,” she replied. (RC/Miami Herald, Winnipeg Sun) ...You don’t say.
Publication Date: 18 March 2007
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 13.

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