Self-proclaimed prophet Joshua Holmes has garnered a large following of fans, some of whom consider him to be Jesus in the flesh. Through his Texas-based Joshua Holmes Ministries, the young minister claims to heal people and perform financial miracles “while leading a flock of God’s sheep to everlasting life through the power of the Gospel and in the name of Jesus, the Son of God!”
Yet some of Holmes’ devotees, many of them female, believe the prophet himself is Jesus. In a YouTube video, one fan addresses critics of Holmes by saying, “For all you haters, if you don’t know prophet Joshua Holmes, you don’t have the Holy Spirit. He is changing lives every day. He is Jesus in the flesh. He is very tangible. He’s got the power of God on him.”
On Facebook, some female followers who post mostly about the preacher list their profile name as Holmes. “The king is a visible God,” posts a woman who goes by Michelle Holmes. “The king is a visible Jesus. The king is a portal to heaven. As you serve the king, you are serving God.”
Joshua Holmes “making a mockery” of Christianity
Critics of the false prophet say he needs to publicly correct the people who call him Jesus. “You see it going viral and you don’t address it,” says Internet preacher Marcus Rogers. “You are not Jesus in the flesh. As a matter of fact, you are not even a good reflection of Jesus.”
Rogers accuses Holmes of “making a mockery” of Christianity, letting people worship him and throw money at him. He urges Holmes to end the “nonsense” and repent because he’s “turning people away from the church.”
As for Holmes’ followers, Rogers says many women who embrace the prophet have “father wounds” or “are struggling with some kind of lust.”
Little is known about Holmes or his background. His ministry’s website calls him “a vessel of The Lord Jesus, who is anointed with power from the Holy Ghost.” It claims he was “called at the age of 5” and had “visitations from the Lord Jesus at the age of 6 and 14.” Holmes’ book Prophetic Mysteries Uncovered Completely sells for $106 on Amazon.
Holmes preaches a ministry of wealth
During a September appearance on Greg Davis Live, Holmes said many people “are ignorant of the wealth-anointing in Deuteronomy chapter 8 verse 18.” He claims he moved into a mansion 48 hours after donating a “whole lot of thousands” of dollars to televangelist Mike Murdock.
“The floodgates of heaven opened over my life financially,” Holmes says. “I think a lot of people in the body of Christ, they get money miracles and then they don’t be faithful with it, so then they lose the anointing even for wealth.”
Davis, pastor of Celebration Church in Detroit, admits that Holmes “does things differently” but “had no problems” with his appearance on the show. Holmes “works in faith and ministry,” says Davis, who adds that Holmes knows he isn’t Jesus. Holmes reportedly told Davis he has some fans who “are on the deep end.”