February 23, 2017
“I think Joshua is a spiritual viper trying to suck my spirit out – and he’s not Jesus,” says Joshua’s father, Willie. He claims Joshua is delusional. Willie says Joshua went from being an “A student” to a National Guardsman serving in Iraq, to living life as a “wizard” – to believing he’s the second coming of Jesus Christ.
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“Josh stated to me that he has ‘laid down the iron gates to Heaven,’ and the way through them is through him.” He claims Joshua – who is homeless – “is completely lost in a fantasy world,” and it’s tearing his family apart.
“I feel like when I told my family that I was Jesus, that they were not ready for that message,” says Joshua. He says his father doesn’t understand that it’s “God’s Will” for him to live on the streets as a “homeless Apostle.”
“Joshua told me that he doesn’t see me as his father anymore – he only sees God as his true father,” says Willie. “Joshua loves to push my buttons. He loves nothing better than to see dad angry, or upset – or even crying.”
When Willie tells Joshua he’s been hurting the family for three years, Joshua responds, “This family has been broken since I was 12.” He continues, ‘This is what I’m dealing with. I’m dealing with the brokenness of my family and I’m coming to God.”