I have come across Poonen in many occasions. I have attended his services before. In simple words I can say Poonen is a highly egomaniac person who needs help. He was a member of the Indian Brethren Assembly. He split from them years ago to promote his own theology on Jesus. The Brethren Assembly still talks about Poonen’s connection to Mormon (the religion founded by Joseph Smith, headquarter in Salt Lake City) religion. The IBA accuse Poonen of receiving benefits from Mormons to promote some of the idiotic theology on Jesus in their churches before he was asked to go.
He cheats both people and God with his heretic teachings. He is a hypocrite, his cronies too. His sons are married to girls from America. This is contrary to what he teaches his congregation in India. In India, there is a lot of pressure from Poonen to marry members from his own network only.
I personally know people who were earning $100,000 in the United States left their job, went back to India for the sake of Poonen. This is contrary to Poonen’s children earning more than $100,000 an year in the United States, and not willing to risk their status, life and comfort to go back to India to serve the people.
Some six years ago, many closest members of Poonen’s assembly in India left Poonen. They disagreed to Poonen’s teachings and his influence on their lives. I’m talking about members who were faithful to Poonen for tens of years, promoted Poonen like no one else, hosted yearly meetings, translated Poonen’s books to other languages.
Some years ago I have heard him talking on promoting a person above Jesus. After some investigation I’ve found there are numerous promotional or advertisement materials on his website promoting Poonen. I have found many of those promotional materials were false. I quested Poonen’s integrity. Within few days they removed all those materials without an apology to me. The response I got from the webmaster of their website (may be his own sons) was I worship a different Jesus, and there is no responsibility Poonen has to satisfy me with his teachings. You can’t question him about his teachings. His world is protected by his cronies. Your life and your family will be manipulated by his false teachings.
To the people who promote Ponnen, please don’t become prey to Poonen’s teachings. Do a reality check. He is a cult leader who leads members to his cult his negative energy. Don’t be attracted to it. That energy is not holy spirit, but it is unclean.
Read the Bible and build relation with Jesus. You don’t need a cult leader like Poonen to influence your life.
I pray some day the Indian Government investigates Poonen’s source of income and his wealth.