Peoples Temple Collection; Box 28, Virtual Item 12, Q1056 - Part 1, Portions of two sermons (undated, likely 1975)
- Digitized: 1975
- Jones, Jim (Jones, James Warren) (Person)
This tape consists of segments of two different sermons. The first, and probably latter of the two, is much more overtly religious, even as he makes a claim for his own divinity. It begins – as do many of these tapes – in mid-sentence, with no indication of how long the address has lasted to this point. He speaks with some apparent pride about the ministers in the community who do not know how to deal with Jim Jones. Their churches are losing members to Peoples Temple because of its message and mission, but what really bothers the clergy is that they aren’t like him, a man with no car or adornments, a man who wears used clothing and shoes, a man who does not put himself above his people. It’s a familiar theme in Jones’ addresses, appearing also – for example – on the second sermon on this tape. One difference between the two, though, is that the first segment includes Jones’ use of scripture to show who is in his church. This church is where God is, Jones says, and because of that, he can do things for his people that other ministers can only envy. “You’ve never met a man like this man before. A man who doth not have any future. A man who doth not have any past. A man who has nothing but the actual presence, the ever present, the actual personal present tense of God in a body.” Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape website, along with the tape transcript.
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Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
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