Concerns are being raised after a number of female followers of the Texas-based Joshua Holmes, who identifies as a prophet, are calling Holmes “Jesus in the flesh,” a “divine king,” and “a true king that Jesus has set on this earth.” Some of these women have changed their Facebook profiles to include Holmes’ name, posting about him defensively and obsessively.
“For all you haters, if you don’t know prophet Joshua Holmes, you don’t have the Holy Spirit,” one commenter remarked, as featured in a video of concern created by YouTube user E.J. Love. “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.”
“My prophet is prophet Joshua Holmes,” another woman stated. “He is my father. You will also see me call him my lord, my divine king Jesus, because he is just that. He is my lord, just as Sarah’s lord was Abraham. She knew who her lord was.”
The website of Joshua Holmes Ministries states that Holmes had “visitations” from Christ at the ages of 6 and 14, and as a result, he “received the assignment in the prophetic, walking in the office of a prophet.”
“Prophet Joshua has been traveling around the world every since, winning numerous souls to the Lord,” it reads. “Many have been healed from their sickness, diseases, freed from various strongholds, cancelled debts and receiving unexplainable financial miracles.”
Similar to popular televangelist Benny Hinn, during conferences, Holmes’ swings his arms or jacket at attendees, who then fall backward, as they would say, under the power of God. Holmes also teaches followers to “sow a seed” and to name their financial seed in regard to their need. One video clip shows Holmes dancing in money donated by his supporters.
A post on his blog reads, “When Jesus makes you rich off your #SOWING don’t give money away to fools. Stay consistent with the Holy Spirit. And keep sowing into your man of God. #PROPHET.”
During a recent interview on The Word Network, Holmes said that he believes that many Christians are “ignorant of the wealth anointing in Deuteronomy 8:18.”
“Earlier this year, I was challenged by God to sow a major seed. I had a place where I was living inside of; I now live in a mansion off of this major seed that I sowed,” he stated.
Holmes also outlined during the broadcast, “I heard Jesus begin to tell me, ‘Son, your angels are waiting for you for an assignment.’ And at the time, I was sowing, I was fasting, I was praying, and I began to speak to my angel concerning the petition that I was giving to God, and miracles started happening.”
He then said that while Christians sow financial seeds, they rarely “decree to the angel about that harvest.”
“You have to start speaking to the angel about the harvest that you are asking God for,” Holmes claimed.
Holmes’ book, “Prophetic Mysteries Uncovered Completely,” is listed on Amazon for $106.43.
Despite what some see as red flags, a number of Holmes’ followers are ardent in their defense and dedication, and some have gone so far as to call him “Jesus” or a king.
“He is not a fake. He is a true man of God. He is a true king that Jesus has set on this earth,” one woman said in a video uploaded to social media. “And for all the haters out there, you all know it’s true. You just don’t want to admit it.”
“I know that prophet Joshua Holmes is a godsend to me. There’s a supernatural feeling that I feel toward him that I don’t feel with anyone else,” she said.
“I grab his picture and I just look at it, and immediate peace just comes to me,” another woman stated. “My man of God is my baby. Honey, that is my everything. He’s my strength, he’s my joy, he’s my inspiration, he’s the reason that I live.”
She then began to sing from Chris Tomlin’s “Good, Good Father,” applying it to Holmes, that he is “perfect in all of his ways.”
In the two-part video series released by E.J. Love (see part one here and part two here), and as confirmed by Christian News Network, a number of Holmes’ followers’—mainly women—have changed their Facebook profile so that their last name is “Holmes.” Their posts are almost exclusively about Holmes and make statements that refer to him as a king.
“The king is a visible God. The king is a visible Jesus. The king is a portal to Heaven. As you serve the king, you are serving God,” one woman, who goes by the name “Michelle Holmes,” posted.
“When you love the king assigned to you, you are loving Jesus,” wrote another woman, whose goes by “Dana Elizabeth Holmes.”
“Your divine king on earth gives you a reality of your divine king in Heaven,” wrote a third who goes by the name “Keia Holmes.” She also posted in a separate status, “You’re out of this world perfect, my beautiful Lord. My giggles are uncontrollable when meditating on you. Joshua Holmes, my gorgeous angel. So handsome. Just wanna make u smile tonight.”
The obsession with Holmes, as well as the concerns about his unbiblical teachings, have caused some to speak out and raise the alarm. Marcus Rogers, an active Christian in Illinois and aspiring pastor, recorded a video urging Holmes to put an end to the “nonsense.”
“You don’t say, ‘Hey, stop calling me Jesus in the flesh.’ Yes, we are supposed to be a reflection of Jesus Christ on this earth … but you are not Jesus in the flesh,” he declared.
“Nowhere would you see Jesus dancing in the synagogue like this while people threw money at him. That’s ridiculous,” Rogers continued. “Nowhere would you see Jesus blowing his breath on people and doing Michael Jackson moves. That’s all flesh.”
He opined that such displays are harmful to the Church of God and make a mockery of true Christianity.
“You have men of God who have served. You have people who have died for the faith, and then you have people over here making a mockery of Christianity,” Rogers lamented. “In the times that we are living in with all of the chaos going on in this world, we don’t need people making a mockery of the Church. You’re turning people away from the Church. … [W]e don’t need this kind of mess.”
He exhorted those who follow Holmes to use discernment.
“You better be careful what you follow,” he said. “We live in a modern Christianity where everybody … wants to get encouraging messages, they want to hear they’re going to be blessed financially, and all this nonsense, but we don’t want to address the stuff that’s hidden in their closet.”
“[They] don’t want to go to a church where they’re going to open up this [door] and see how dirty it is, [and] see the mess, see the lust,” Rogers continued. “[They] want to go to churches where they’ve made God the clay and you’re the potter, and you’re making Christianity fit around your lust, you’re making Christianity fit around whatever you feel, whatever your emotions, your culture…”
He said that he finds it sad that professing Christians are so blind that they can’t see clearly to know that something is not of God.
2 Timothy 4:2-4 reads, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
1 Timothy 6:3-5 also exhorts, “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”