Who Claims to be Jesus
And then if any man shall say to you, Lo,
here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false
prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were
possible, even the elect. (Mar 13:21-22)
Man Who Claims To Be Jesus
Followers Claim Doral Man is God On Earth
Jose Luis deJesus Claims There Is No Heaven, No Hell
Followers Believe All Other Religions Must Be Destroyed including Seventh Day
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(CBS4 News) DORAL His name is Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda; his followers call
him everything from apostle to Dad, or simply Jesus Christ Man. De Jesus
Miranda himself believes he’s the living incarnation of “Jesus Christ Man,”
“the second coming of Christ.”
A follower of his believes “he is God, he is God.” She also lavishes him with
money and gifts.
"I don’t have one Rolex,” de Jesus Miranda said, “I have 3 because they
want to give it to me. It's like that woman that came to Jesus with the
expensive perfume and put it on his feet. He didn’t reject it, so when
someone gives me a watch or a gift, I receive it. I like them too, they're
This self-proclaimed Son of God is a 60 year old former heroin addict and
convict. The divorced father of 4 was born in Puerto Rico and now lives in
South Florida with his second wife.
From a warehouse in Doral, near Miami, he presides over the
"Creciendo en Gracia" or Growing in Grace
Ministry which he also calls “God's Government On Earth.
As any other head of state, he is protected by a security detail that mimics
the U.S. Secret Service.
In an interview with the self-proclaimed Messiah, CBS4’s Ileana Varela asked
de Jesus if he was able to do some of the things Jesus Christ did like
performing miracles, healing the sick and walking on water.
De Jesus said not necessarily. “My life is my church and what I’m doing
worldwide,” he said.
What De Jesus is doing at more than 300 centers in Central and South America,
Cuba and the U.S. is preaching a message of "freedom to indulge"
because according to this modern messiah, there is no sin, no devil and no
hell to pay.
De Jesus says, “It doesn’t exist. The devil was destroyed two thousand years
It is music to the ears of his followers, mostly Hispanic men and women who
believe they are God's chosen people, predestined for salvation no matter
what they do on earth. They also believe all other faiths are false and must
be destroyed, from Catholics to Baptists and Jehovah’s
His followers have organized marches at which they destroy religious books
and symbols. They also have a campaign aimed at disrupting other religious
gatherings, sometimes with violent consequences.
“What disturbs me is that he fits into the typical mold of a cult leader,
total complete submission to his authority," FIU Religion professor,
Daniel Alvarez said.
Alvarez has a Masters Degree in Theology from Harvard Divinity School, and is
among those who fear "Creciendo en Gracia" has the makings of a
“He destroyed my family,” said former member Regina Albarracin, who left the
church about 5 years ago. Her husband soon followed but their son Alvaro
remained to become one of the ministry's biggest financial backers, donating
more than $1 million to the church.
Alvaro is not alone; many others have set up businesses in de Jesus' name
that pour cash into the ministry.
"I know were going to be running the whole world,” de Jesus said.
A web entrepreneur and self made
millionaire, Alvaro Albarracin left his wife and children for the man he calls
Jesus. He has since remarried to another church member and rarely speaks to
his parents who insist he's been brainwashed by the man "they"
certainly don't call Jesus.
His mother, Regina Albarracin said, "You think he's Jesus Christ? No
he’s the devil. You think he's the devil? Yes that's him."
Regina Albarracin is afraid for her son's soul, and Professor Alvarez says
she should be. Most of these movements, he says, self destruct sooner or
"Lots of broken lives, lot of spiritual and emotional and psychological
debris that will be strewn on the path of the gentleman,” Alvarez said, “and
the fallout will be inestimable for the lives of these people who get caught
up in this kind of movement.”
Unfazed by the criticism, de Jesus continues to plan for the role he believes
he is destined to play on the world's stage. “I will be president of the
biggest government that this earth has experienced," promised de Jesus.