The famed Joe the Preacher Root contains the living, breathing spirit of a mysterious hobo preacher…
Joe was an itinerant preacher. He had no theological training. He never went to Bible school. But he was a holy and compassionate man. The people loved him. But the established churches, and the pastors who made money from the collection plate, hated him.
West Virginia, at that time, was under siege from demonic forces and wayward spirits. Some say a hell-mouth had temporarily opened, spewing forth infernal spirits.
When the people began to be possessed and tormented by those terrible hell-spawn, the orthodox ministers failed to help. They just turned away. They neither had the stomach nor the faith.
They failed the people.
It was only Joe who would ride, even walk, for days to visit some poor wretch in their remote cabin and fight the Devil there.
However, he was only one man, and Satan is legion.
There was no way he could help everybody, such was the hellish epidemic. So Joe spoke to the angels. And the angels spoke to God. It was agreed that Joe could put a piece of his vast storehouse of spiritual power into a special root and give it to the people to help them.
That way, Joe could distribute his ministry far and wide and kick out the Devil without being there.
Nobody knows what became of Joe. That battle took a mighty toll on him, and he retired to his cabin and his Bible.
What is known is the promise about the root remains good. Joe always used to send a piece to anybody who needed help. When Joe died, the promise didn’t, and his spiritual power remains in that special root – the Joe the Preacher Root.
Joe may not have been an angel. But he was on their side.