Homeless Pastor Camps Out in Front of Church to See What People Would Do

Homeless Pastor Camps Out in Front of Church to See What People Would Do

You may remember this short story that went viral a few years ago about a homeless pastor -- a pastor who posed as a homeless man outside of his church. This, is NOT that story. This is a real video about a real pastor. This is not a work of fiction--it really happened and you can watch the video and see the story unfold for yourself!


In the original story, all the churchgoers walked right by the ‘homeless man’ and nobody offered him money, food or even spoke to the man. Then their new pastor walked up to the pulpit and recited Matthew 25:34 to them.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

In the original short story, their new pastor then revealed himself to the congregation, and they wept at their terrible, unChristian behavior!

In this new video that Pastor James MacDonald uploaded to GodTube, we can see first-hand how his story plays out in real-life. Possibly inspired by that original story and curious to see how his own congregation would react, Pastor James dressed up as a homeless person and camped outside of his church’s campuses for several days.

Then he shared the video of his church congregation’s reactions and explained why they had him crying under his fake beard.

Did his congregation do the same thing as the people in the original story? Did they turn their back on a man in need, even as they walked through the doors of their own church?

This video may remind some of the popular TV News segment ‘What Would You Do?’ Watch and see for yourself how people responded to this ‘homeless pastor!’