That seems to be the question about James Bowman, who calls himself "The Walking Preacher". Bowman, who turned 52 on Monday, has been walking through the area trying to give his testimony to area churches.
A newspaper article published by the Kennett, Mo. Daily Dunklin Democrat last week pointed out that after speaking at an area church, some people were not convinced of Bowman's sincerity.
Bowman arrived in Dyersburg on Thursday. Assisted by the Union Mission, he was given a room at the Comfort Inn.
During an interview with the Caruthersville, Mo. Democrat Argus on Wednesday, Bowman spoke from a Hayti motel.
"I have places to see today," he said, as an impending ice storm was due, "Normally God tells me in a dream what to do, today he has not told me yet. If someone comes forward with $35 I will spend another night here."
Bowman said he is originally from Las Vegas. He presented his credentials on Thursday at the Dyer County Sheriff's Department, consisting of a Nevada driver's license and a large camouflage-pattern bag. He said he had been on "Oprah" three times and had appeared on "Larry King Live."
It was in Nevada, Bowman told the reporter, where his father killed his mother when he was 17 and died in prison two years later.
Bowman said he has no living relatives or family.
He admits to the life that included times as a heroin addict, hustler, thief and petty criminal.
"One night I was sleeping in the desert when I decided to do 10 times the regular amount of heroin," said Bowman. "I injected it and lay down to die. I was hit in the head by something, something I thought was a burr, and it was a business card of a preacher. That very preacher came and took me in that night. The heroin did not kill me; I survived it and turned my life over to God."
Pastors where Bowman has preached admit he has a strong testimony.
But there are parts of his story during the two-hour interview, and during some of his appearances, that tend to unravel.
Pastor Tom Smith of the First Baptist Church in Coushatta, La. was one of the first church leaders to voice concerns.
"He told a story about God sending a moose in Maine to protect him," Smith said.
The pastor said he began to have doubts about Bowman's stories and after Bowman spoke at his church he gave him a ride to Alexandria, La.
"He told me he gave away all of his money, and then I found out that just a few minutes before one of our church members had given him a $100 bill," Smith said.
Smith was contacted by a church in Natchez, Miss. that questioned him about Bowman after Bowman appeared there three weeks ago.
The Natchez Democrat reported that church's pastor took Bowman aside and asked if he knew of Smith. Bowman asked where the bathroom was and left.
During his interview with the Democrat Argus, Bowman was nervous and smoked one cigarette after another. He paced.
Bowman said he had attempted to speak at a local Baptist church and was not allowed to the night before.
At the end of the service, he said, two Pemiscot County deputies approached him.
He told the Democrat Argus that after talking to the deputies they "verified who he was and that he was the 'real deal'." Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department Lt. Ryan Holder confirmed he spoke to Bowman, but there was no discussion of verifying the validity of Bowman's statements.
Holder also warned area churches to be careful not to get caught in a scam.
Bowman repeatedly clarified that he does not "ask anyone for money." He said he tells people to only do "what God puts on their hearts."
Smith readily agrees Bowman could have a powerful testimony if what he says is true, but that by falsifying statements it hurts people who give him money and believe in him.
"I told him that by taking money this way, he may stop people from helping others in genuine need," Smith said. "We pray for him to find his way."
Smith said some of his last words after confronting Bowman with some discrepancies were that "God has a long arm."
Smith may not have known how true those words could be as newspaper articles and Internet blogs are reaching out to churches cautioning them about Bowman.
For example, Bowman said he has preached at more than 80 correctional facilities across the country.
He does not have current photo identification; he produced a long-expired one.
Among the statements that Bowman made to the Democrat Argus that were unable to be verified are the following:
He was given a $270,000 house in Nevada that he gave to the homeless.
He was given a Ford Taurus that he gave to the homeless.
He sleeps within three to four feet of the white line of the highway when he is on the road with nowhere to sleep.
He has saved 12-15 people's lives because God has told him to go to a specific house. One life was a child who he said was underwater for 26 hours, another he was able to walk into a burning house unprotected. He came across a man who had a wreck missing a deer, hit a tree and got his arm cut off. The man almost bled to death but Bowman saved him, said Bowman.
He said he is friends with federal judges, FBI field supervisors, congressmen and other high-ranking officials.
He has a book of 30 to 40 names that he could call for immediate delivery of sums from $10,000 to $100,000, but refuses to do so unless instructed to by God.
A man has informed him that he has $1 million waiting on him when he settles down, again according to Bowman.
Has he walked over 25,000 miles in all 48 states.
Man of God or con artist? It will probably be up to the people in Tennessee to decide.
A check of his room after the 11 a.m. checkout time revealed that he was given a ride to Tennessee.
No one came forward to pay for another night in Missouri.