A young man tweets inspiring religious messages daily and solicit his followers for cold hard cash almost daily. Are his followers helping a man in need or supporting pure greed?
He tweets about the goodness of God.
His tweets inspire, encourage, and gives people hope.
He has over 30 thousand followers.
I was one of his Twitter followers. His tweets are retweeted sometimes by the hundreds. His message about serving God after overcoming adversity is incredibly inspiring.
Then I started seeing the daily requests for money to live in a hotel.
He claims to be homeless and asks his followers for $65 every day to help pay for a hotel room to house him and his daughter.
After months of seeing the requests for donations to help house him and his daughter, I became leery. I did some history searches and found that he has been asking for money for more than a year. He eased up on using his daughter when one of his followers revealed that she did not live with him. He has requested money to purchase work clothes, groceries, and even to buy clothes to attend a funeral.
He openly shares his Paypal and Cash App accounts to encourage his followers to give whatever God puts on their hearts to give.
Occasionally, a follower will question his honesty and he will immediately block them. I have been blocked by him for questioning the validity of his situation.
Initially, I wanted to expose him as a fraud. There are individuals that claim to know him personally and tweeted that he used Twitter donations to purchase video games.
Tweets from some of his critics:
“Bro u on playstation with every new game… stop using your followers to make money… u a whole scam out here… how bout you get a real job and man df up … using God and your daughter… u ain’t straight”
“aye what about a man that abuses everybodies kindness for hotel rooms on gods name cause he too f — lazy to go out and get a job a temp place, collecting f — -cans man, something shit what about that bro? that’s a f — up lie too.”
When he is accused of being a fraud, his followers quickly tweet their support. One of his supportive followers tweeted the following, dripping with sarcasm to those of us that questioned him:
“Your mercy and grace are just “shining” thru. I’m going to block you because the mercy and grace you have shown this young man is just shining too bright 🌞 for me to bear. 😎😎”
She continued to say that we were judging this young man without knowing his story. She was right. Who am I to judge this young man? At least he has the courage to ask for what he needs. He is not letting pride prevent him from having a safe place to stay.
Besides, Peter Popoff is still on television selling ‘Miracle Water’. Is that any different than this young man using tweets to inspire and collect donations?
“Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.”- James 5:9
Is he an honest man of God or a complete fraud? I do not know but it’s not my place to judge.