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Deep Study: William Branham's Battle Against Civil Rights

Though he was not consistent in the recorded sermons from 1947 to 1965 that we now have available, William Branham was against the Civil Rights movement as its heroes fought for the freedom that African Americans enjoy today. After the heated battles between races subsided in major cities, William Branham would hold "revivals" nearby and declare his position against those who stood for freedom. The best example of this is in Little Rock, Arkansas, a city that Wiliam Branham frequently visited, and one that lifted his mentor, Roy E. Davis into power as Imperial Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.

In 1957, nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School, causing a disruption that would eventually explode into a crisis requiring militarized intervention. The Little Rock school system was segregated, and was making national news as it refused to recognize the unanimous decision in the Brown v. Board of Education case. Since 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States maintained that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. Many white supremacy groups objected to this, claiming that the desegregation of schools would eventually lead to interracial marriage -- which white supremacy groups (and William Branham) fought against to stop.

It was during this crisis that Roy E. Davis started gaining recognition. Federal Bureau of Investigation documents describe Davis as one of the most active leaders of the white supremacy groups in Little Rock. Declassified documents describe F.B.I. informants from Little Rock who were in Davis' secret meetings leading up to the Little Rock Crisis. Apparently, Davis held meetings under the names of several different white supremacy organizations, but inductees were introduced into the Ku Klux Klan. In fact, Davis was so successful in his recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan that a large population in Little Rock and the surrounding area became active in the battle against Civil Rights. Largely because of Davis, the President of the United States was forced to intervene. On September 4, 1957, 289 soldiers in the National Guard was ordered to restore law and order.

After the crisis situation had subsided, but still while the battle for Civil Rights raged, William Branham admitted to the people in nearby Hot Springs, Arkansas that he was present during the Little Rock Crisis. While Roy E. Davis was recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan, William Branham was on the scene. According to his testimony, Branham sided with the white supremacists -- not the African Americans seeking to gain their freedom.

So they're not slaves. They have as much freedom as anybody else. They, if they were slaves, I would be on that side. But they're not slaves. It's just because they want to go to school. They got schools. Let them go to school. That's right. Was there, remember that old colored brother standing up, that morning, in that riot.
- Branham, 63-0628M - O Lord, Just Once More

Branham continued his speech in Hot Springs, declaring his own stance against Civil Rights. As his sermon unfolded, he appealed to the white supremacists by claiming that he personally witnessed African Americans who were "satisfied in the state [they] were in," and also claimed that the school systems segregated for African Americans were far better than those segregated for white Americans.

"The white woman," raised up and said, "I don't want my children schooled by a white woman," said, "because they... she won't pay the—the interest, take interest in my children like a colored woman was in my own race." Said, "There, look at our schools. They got swimming pools. They got better schools and everything. Why do we want to go to their schools?" That's right. 22 I believe God is a God of—of, well, I'd say He is a God of variety. He makes big mountains and little mountains. He makes deserts. He makes forests. He makes white man, black man, red man. We should never cross that up. It becomes a hybrid. And anything hybrid cannot re-breed itself. You are ruining the race of people. There is some things about a colored man that a white man don't even possess them traits. A white man is always stewing and worrying; a colored man is satisfied in the state he is in, so they don't need those things
- Branham, 63-0628M - O Lord, Just Once More

Though "ministers" in the "Message" cult following of William Branham today are claiming that they were unaware of William Branham's position against Civil Rights and his secret activity with Roy E. Davis during milestones in the Civil Rights movement, many of these same ministers were present when William Branham declared his siding with the white supremacists against Integration. Cult pastors Willard Collins and "Junior" Jackson were present at the same Hot Springs meeting where Branham admitted to being present during the Little Rock Crisis:

Sitting over here to my left, Brother Junior Jackson. I seen him shaking his hands like that, kind of reminded me of Brother Ryan. How many thinks that the Methodists can't receive the Holy Ghost? You're mistaken. Stand up, Brother Junior Jackson, him and his lovely wife there. They're from down in Indiana there, a Methodist minister. 7 Where is Willard Collins? Is he in the building this morning? Where you at, Brother Willard? I thought he was around here. Another Methodist minister standing over here, if you don't think Methodists can receive the Holy Ghost and be rebaptized. Stand up, Brother Collins. There is another one.
- Branham, 63-0628M - O Lord, Just Once More

After the nearly successful prevention of Integration in Little Rock, Roy E. Davis was asked by Eldon L. Edwards, Imperial Grand Wizard of the Atlanta Ku Klux Klan, to lead the 40,000 to 50,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan in Dallas County, Texas. On March 28, 1958, Davis came out of the shadows and unmasked himself as a strong leader against the Civil Rights Movement. The Associated Press covered the story, and newspaper subscribers from coast to coast suddenly became aware that William Branham's mentor had been actively recruiting white supremacists for his army of militants against Integration. According to the A.P., underground meetings were held in 8-10 places almost every night in the city. Davis also mentioned that he sought after a higher post in the governing body of the Ku Klux Klan.

As the A.P. published article after article describing the Rev. Roy E. Davis and his organized fight against African Americans, William Branham continued to promote the Klan leader. Though many of his listeners would have been aware of Davis' political agenda, Branham praised Davis from coast to coast. We can not be certain how many of Davis' recruitment rallies Branham attended, but we can confirm his location during major events such as the Little Rock Crisis and the highly publicized membership drive in Shreveport, Louisiana. From 1957 to 1958 alone, Branham praised the Imperial Grand Dragon almost 20 different times from coast to coast.

  • 57-0115 - Sturgis, MI
  • 57-1020E - Jeffersonville, IN
  • 57-0125 - Lima, OH
  • 57-0126B - Lima, OH
  • 57-0226 - Phoenix, AZ
  • 57-0306 - Phoenix, AZ
  • 57-0310A - Phoenix, AZ
  • 57-0407M - Jeffersonville, IN
  • 57-0407E - Jeffersonville, IN
  • 57-0516 - Saskatoon, SK
  • 57-0727 - Tacoma, WA
  • 57-0908E - Jeffersonville, IN
  • 57-1229 - Jeffersonville, IN
  • 58-0214 - Terra Haute, IN
  • 58-0316E - Harrisonburg, VA
  • 59-0325 - Middletown, OH
  • 58-0521 - Bangor, ME
  • 58-0611 - Dallas, TX
  • 58-0928E - Jeffersonville, IN

Of these, Branham's mention of Roy E. Davis in Dallas, Texas on June 11, 1958 is most interesting. After national attention drifted away from the Little Rock Crisis, it shifted towards Dallas, Texas. Dallas was making national news in its refusal to integrate the school system, and Davis was at the heart of the battle. Davis was president of the Oak Cliff White Citizens Council, and had been actively recruiting high-ranking officials into his white supremacy groups. Newspapers across the nation described the situation: Civil Rights leaders protesting for freedom while government officials and local police officers sided with (and even joined) the white supremacy groups. Davis began publicly denouncing those who supported the integration of schools, and claimed that he "would rather die or be put into prison than allow Negro children to be integrated with white children in the Dallas white schools."

In early months of 1958, Davis and the white supremacy groups gained ground by helping to postpone the decision by the Dallas Board of Education. From February to June, Davis held events gathering support against Integration, speaking at conventions and rallies. His position was to be presented before the Board of Education in June of 1958, and many white supremacists gathered in Dallas to show their support. It was during this time that William Branham held a week-long campaign in the city of Dallas. During the campaign, Branham referred to the Klan leader by name, expecting his presence in the meeting.

Dr. Davis may be right here tonight; he lives here in Fort Wayne or Fort Worth—who baptized me into the Baptist church.
- Branham, 58-0611 - Thirsting For Life

Interestinly, the first portion of the sermon is missing from the transcripts and recordings. After William Branham takes the podium and thanks his hosts, the recording has been removed and transcripts replaced with "[]." After the "blank spot," his hosts are never mentioned, and he enters prayer for the service -- which is not typical of Branham's style. In most of Branham's sermons out-of-state, his hosts are thanked by name. Often, personal stories or testimonies are given to support the hosts. In this Dallas sermon, however, the hosts of Branham's meeting are omitted:

Thank you...?... Thank you friends. [—Ed.] It's a privilege to be back again tonight at the tent to—to speak in the Name of our Lord again tonight. And now, before we open His Word, let's have just a word to Him first, as we bow our head.
- Branham, 58-0611 - Thirsting For Life

Ultimately, William Branham and Roy E. Davis where not succesful in the battle against Civil Rights. The Dallas school system was eventually integrated, and African Americans enjoyed freedom of the same education available to white Americans. But the damage caused by their campaigning against Civil Rights was extensive. Eventually, in that same city, groups led by Roy E. Davis would organize protests that would gain national attention. So much attention, in fact, that they would contribute to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On November 22, 1963, as the President was traveling through Dallas to speak, local police were occupied with multiple distractions by the white supremacy groups. The President, well known for his strong support of Integration and Civil Rights, would be executed in the city that Branham and Davis influenced.

Sadly, the influence of Roy E. Davis upon William Branham's ministry would be both far-reaching and everlasting. Scattered throughout William Branham's sermons are several statements in strong support of white supremacy organizations, including but not limited to anti-Catholicism, anti-Semitism, against Integration, against interracial marriage, and against the most influencial Civil Rights leaders. Their strategy of recording and distributing the hate speech in the form of religious propaganda was powerful in its own time, but continues still today through the outreach of Voice of God Recordings ( Still today, and through the disguise of a Southern Indiana cult, Davis' Ku Klux Klan propaganda is distributed around the world and across the nation. Children are indoctrinated with this propaganda from an early age through clever marketing (, later to be fully exposed to the Klan's agendas in indoctrination camps. (

During the indoctrination process, cult victims are told that William Branham supported all races, and was not a white supremacist. Unaware that many of his "bible teaching" is aligned with the Ku Klux Klan's battle against Civil Rights, the cult continues to influence the masses with the propaganda created by Imperial Grand Dragon Roy E. Davis through Rev. William M. Branham.


Newspaper Articles And Other Research

William Branham's statements:
So they're not slaves. They have as much freedom as anybody else. They, if they were slaves, I would be on that side. But they're not slaves. 19 It's just because they want to go to school. They got schools. Let them go to school. That's right. 20 Was there, remember that old colored brother standing up, that morning, in that riot. He asked the militia if he could speak. He said, "I never was ashamed of being a black man. My Maker made me a black man. But this morning, I'm ashamed the way my race is acting. What's them people doing to us? Only been good to us." 21 "The white woman," raised up and said, "I don't want my children schooled by a white woman," said, "because they... she won't pay the—the interest, take interest in my children like a colored woman was in my own race." Said, "There, look at our schools. They got swimming pools. They got better schools and everything. Why do we want to go to their schools?" That's right. 22 I believe God is a God of—of, well, I'd say He is a God of variety. He makes big mountains and little mountains. He makes deserts. He makes forests. He makes white man, black man, red man. We should never cross that up. It becomes a hybrid. And anything hybrid cannot re-breed itself. You are ruining the race of people. There is some things about a colored man that a white man don't even possess them traits. A white man is always stewing and worrying; a colored man is satisfied in the state he is in, so they don't need those things.
Branham, 63-0628M - O Lord, Just Once More

I was just looking around over the audience to see if I could see one of the people, and that's some of our colored friends, the Negro. You know, a long time ago, down here in the South, they used to make slaves out of them. Now, I'm a Southerner. And there is one thing I'd like to say about them, I wish I could talk to Martin Luther King. That man, being a Christian, don't know he is leading his people right into a death trap, where there is going to be millions of them killed. See? He is wrong. 18 I love my brethren, my colored brethren. I wouldn't be in Africa and around, preaching to them, if I didn't love them. They're God's people, the same as we are. But I don't believe that... That man, under this, is only going to cause many, many, many more of them to be killed. Then it'll start a revolutionary again, that'll never wade out of the people down here. So they're not slaves. They have as much freedom as anybody else. They, if they were slaves, I would be on that side. But they're not slaves.
Branham, 63-0628M - O Lord, Just Once More

I wish I could talk to that minister, that Martin Luther King. How can the man be a leader, and leading his people into a death trap? If those people were slaves, I'd be down there, my coat off, beating away for them people. They're not slaves. They're citizens. They're citizens of the nation. The question of "going to school." 123 Them people, if they got a hard heart and don't know those things. You can't drive into a people, spiritual things, what is beat in there with political powers. They've got to accept it, be born again, then they'll see these things.
Braham, 63-0630M - The Third Exodus

One thing, I pray that Brother Martin Luther King will certainly soon wake up. He loves his people; there's no doubt. But if he just only see where his inspiration. What good would it do if you went to school, a million of you laying yonder, dead? Wouldn't just be, go to school, just the same? Now, for—for hunger, if it was for something another, slaves, the man would be a martyr to give his life for such a cause, a worthy cause, and that would be a worthy cause. But just to go to school, I—I don't see it. See? I don't think the Holy Spirit is agreeing with him, at all, on that. It's got the people all worked up, in a bunch of ballyhoo, you see. 143 Just—just like Hitler did, over in Germany, led them right into a death trap, them precious Germans. And they laid by the billions, or millions, piled up there on top one another.
Branham, 63-0630M - The Third Exodus

As I said about that minister last Sunday, was Martin Luther King down there with them precious people, leading them right into a death trap. Oh, if somebody could only talk to that man! Wish I could. Just for a little uprising of the school proposition, see, or some... What difference? My, goodness! If the people ain't got heart enough to associate with a man because of his color, they're condemned and dead, anyhow. The nation gives them right. Don't fight against it. Don't. What if somebody said all the Irish or somebody, all the German, or somebody else, had to disassociate? That would never bother Christians. They would move right on. And that man's a Christian. As—as a minister, he shouldn't lead them people into a revolt against that. They're going to cause millions to die. It'll start another revolutionary. And it's a shame to do that.
Branham, 63-0707M - The Indictment

No, I just was talking about Martin Luther King, on this great disaster that they're having in the South, with the—the colored people. I said, "If those people were slaves, I'd take my church and go south to help them people out of slavery." I sure would, because man makes slaves, not God. We're all of one blood. We all come from one tree, and that was from Adam. God, by one blood, has made all nations. And whether we, our colors are brown, or black, or yellow, or red, or whatever it might be, we are all creatures of the Almighty, see, and there shouldn't be any differences in us.
Branham, 63-0721 - He Cares Do You Care?

And I think that Martin Luther King is Communistic inspired, which is going to lead about a million people to a absolutely a death trap.
Branham, 63-0721 - He Cares Do You Care?

I'm speaking now. But when He speaks, I say "It's not me, it's THUS SAITH THE LORD." And I can't say it until He tells me. I could be altogether wrong in my thought about Martin Luther King. I don't know, I can't say. That's just my opinion. Anything that rises up trouble, that's what's supposed to be in the last days. And it's all inspired of Satan, to break up our commonwealth and whatever we have, anything that rises up like that. So I'm for those people down there, don't you never think that I'm not. I—I'm for freedom and for everything, but the people doesn't have that situation under now. But what it will do, I believe it'll start another revolution if somebody doesn't stop it. See, it's the Communists working among those people.
Branham, 63-0721 - He Cares Do You Care?

Like I said, this Martin Luther King is leading his people to a crucifixion. It's communistic. Sure, it is. If them people were slaves, then I'd be down here fighting for them. Right. But they're not slaves. It's an argument, where they go to school or not. Won't go to talking about that. I just thought I'd express it. See? All right. Notice. It's just the devil. Certainly.
Branham, 64-0418B - A Paradox

I've told you here in this pulpit, Martin Luther King is the greatest indebtment the colored people's ever had. Right. That man's going to lead a—thousands of them to a slaughter (That's right.), inspired by communism.
Branham, 64-0830E - Questions And Answers #4

Look at, in California. Look at the riots. Look at nineteen people being killed, racial. Didn't I tell you, here not long ago, that that Martin Luther King would lead his people to a massacre? How many remembers that? [Congregation says, "Amen."—Ed.] It isn't them colored people; it's them leaders stirring them up. It isn't integration, segregations, and whatever they want to call it; it's the devil. That's right. Not only to the white, colored; this is all of them. It's the devil.
Branham, 65-0815 - And Knoweth It Not

We didn't even have food to eat, in the house, so how could we pay a hospital bill, hundreds of dollars? But she, through her church society and the Ku Klux Klan, paid the hospital bill for me, Mason's. I can never forget them. See? No matter what they do
- 63-1110M - Souls That Are In Prison Now
- Branham, 57-0306 - God Keeps His Word #1

When I was first converted and was ordained in the Baptist church, I had a good old teacher by the name of Dr. Roy Davis. He was a lawyer before his conversion, and he took everything from a legal standpoint in the Bible.
- Branham, 57-0306 - God Keeps His Word #1

And I remember when Brother Roy Davis, down there, and his church burnt down. That bunch of people was just like scattered sheep without a shepherd, had no place to go.
- Branham, 62-0601 - Taking Sides With Jesus

One of the greatest mistakes that the colored race ever made was down in Louisiana and over in there when they voted for Kennedy the other night, and put him in. They actually spit on that dress of Abraham Lincoln where the blood of the Republican Party that freed them; and voted a Catholic—which Booth shot Lincoln and he died for the race of people to free them and make them not slaves, and then turn around and vote for a Democrat and a Catholic besides. They brought one of the greatest disgraces they ever brought them. Because why? The white man with his scholarship has give them a lot of ballyhoo. That's exactly right.
- Branham, 60-1113 - Condemnation By Representation

I hope my old teacher is sitting here today. Doctor Roy E. Davis, many of you knows him, right here at Fort Worth, he is perhaps sitting in here. I remember we discussed these things, many, many years ago. He baptized me in the faith, a Missionary Baptist church.
- Branham, 64-0308 - The Token

Well, I remember Dr. Roy Davis, a—a—a personal friend of mine, who baptized me the only time I've ever been baptized. And he said that John was meaning, I remember this in their school, he said, "John knowed that he had never been baptized, himself, so he... Jesus. John suffered Jesus to baptize him." Well, that, I—I different with the—the great doctor there.
- Branham, 63-0721 - He Cares Do You Care?

Any of you masons here now could get this pretty good.
- Branham, 53-0326 - Israel And The Church #2

You masons here and so forth and ones of you that know the order, how they cut out the stones and hauled them to Joppa and so forth.
- Branham, 53-1212 - The Inside Man

I'm the only one of my family, in my father's, or my mother's people, or also my wife's people have...?... into the Masons, Shriners, or...?... in their organizations. And may God bless them, is my prayer, that they will, every one... Every one...
- Branham, 55-0220A - The Second Coming

The Masonic—Masonic lodge, they have things to talk about, brothers of the Masons' lodge; brothers of the Odd Fellows lodge. Germans has things to talk about to Germans, about the home place, when Germans meet each other over here, one just come from the home place. Italians have things to talk about.
- Branham, 59-1227M - A Super Sign

'Cause I—I believe that the Masons are all right, but the Mason Lodge will never take the place of the Church, or the Blood of Jesus Christ. All my people are Masons, and they're all right as a lodge.
- Branham, 61-0414 - Be Not Afraid, It Is I

162. Brother Branham, is there anything wrong with belonging to a lodge after we have become a Christian, such as the Masons? No, sir. You be a Christian wherever you are. I don't care where you are, you can still be a Christian.
- Branham, 61-1015M - Questions And Answers

You Masons, I'll call your attention. You remember the sign of the cross? Now, you—you know what I'm talking about.
- Branham, 63-0322 - The Fifth Seal

And Doctor Roy Davis was, Missionary Baptist Church that ordained me into the Missionary Baptist Church, was the one who sent him to me—the one who first told me I had a nightmare, when the Angel of the Lord came to me. Now he's preaching Divine healing himself. See? So he said in his letter, many of you read in the "Voice of Healing," where he said, "If I hadn't been backslid in my own heart, I would've believed the boy in the beginning." See? And so now he sent him over there.
- Branham, 53-0604 - The Angel Of The Lord

And did you notice in the "Voice of Healing," Brother Gordon's little paper that he puts out. In there, that same man come back, Doctor Roy Davis, and testified that he was ashamed of himself for the things that he had said, and he himself prays for the sick now. Oh, my.
- Branham, 51-0413 - The Works That I Do Bear Witness Of Me

And Dr. Davis standing there, an old Methodist bishop was setting there with this young preacher. A young, Roy Davis he was setting there with this bishop. That infidel said, "Any of you guys," and some of them, the ministers was saying, 'Mark 16 from the 9th verse on is not inspired. It isn't inspired, so you can't depend on it.'"
- Branham, 53-0907A - Lord, Show Us The Father And It Sufficeth Us

"And he said, "I was a president (I believe it was) of the Southern Baptist Convention." Said, "Dr. Roy E. Davis that ordained you in the Baptist church said to me," said, "I have been prayed for hundreds of times, but he was the one that advised me to come over here to have you to intercede to God for me."
- Branham, 53-1130 - Has The Lord Spoken Only To Moses?

I'm a Baptist preacher, out of a Missionary Baptist church, ordained by Dr. Roy E. Davis out of Dallas, Texas, and was made a local elder for the church at Jeffersonville. My first revival, five hundred came to Jesus Christ out of a three thousand congregation when I was twenty—about twenty-two years old.
- Branham, 55-0227E - The Healing Of Jairus' Daughter

Said, "The same man that ordained you in the Baptist church, Doctor Roy Davis. And he said come over here." And he just got off, and they pushed him in on the grounds. I said, "Sir, I can only say what I see; I don't know."
- Branham, 56-1215 - Hear Ye Him

"It's got a rattle, but it hasn't got a ring." Like the sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal, it doesn't sound right. "Like pouring peas on a dry cowhide," as Roy Davis used to say. It doesn't sound just right.
- Branham, 57-0120E - God Keeps His Word

And the minister from the Baptist church, Dr. Roy Davis, who ordained me, told me I eat something and I'd had a nightmare. And he kinda made light of it. But he's preaching Divine healing today. But however, he said, "Billy, you've nervous." Said, "Go over home. I think you need a rest." I said, "Dr. Davis, I don't appreciate that. If that's the way it is, then you can just wipe my name off, 'cause I'm going to listen to God."
- Branham, 57-0125 - Hear Ye Him

One night yonder, before tens of thousands of people, when Roy Davis sent him out there... And he moved him in in a wheelchair after Roy prayed for him and hundreds of others.
- Branham, 57-0407E - Then Jesus Came

This Christian Businessman's Fellowship has been lots to me. I was ordained in the Missionary Baptist Church by Dr. Roy E. Davis from Big Springs, Texas.
- Branham, 57-0727 - He Was To Pass That Way

So, one day, I was out here praying, long ago. I'll tell you why, who I was praying for, was Roy Davis. And I was out here praying, because he had called me "a puppet," and I was praying for God to forgive him for it.
- Branham, 57-0908E - Hebrews, Chapter Six #2

And when I read that, Something just shook me. And I thought, "Lord, that don't pertain to Roy Davis. Why would You do that?"
- Branham, 57-0908E - Hebrews, Chapter Six #2

And when the—Brother Davis, Doctor Roy Davis, many of you know him, who ordained me into the church, into the Baptist Church, when he said I had a nightmare, how would I, with a seventh grade education go and preach to kings and potentates and monarchs around the world. I can't tell you. But God said so, and I believed it. And He's let me live to see it, that it's been done. And a great revival now, of revival fires are burning on every hill around the world, waiting for the coming of the blessed Lord.
- Branham, 57-1229 - Faith

When Dr. Roy Davis, that ordained me in the Missionary Baptist Church. And when the Angel of the Lord come to me and told me I was to take this message around the world, he said, "Billy, you need some rest. You better go home." I said, "Dr. Davis, that Angel stood there and told me that."
- Branham, 58-0325 - Faith By Experience

He said, "If that man could tell me..." Said, "Dr. Roy Davis ordained you in the Baptist church, didn't he?" I said, "Yes."
- Branham, 58-0521 - Behold, I Stand At The Door And Knock

But when I walked to the platform, and it happened to be that he knew the old Baptist preacher that ordained me in the Baptist church, Doctor Roy E. Davis. Doctor Davis told him to come, see me when I come to the coast, to have me to pray for him. And he moved in and was setting in his wheelchair. All of a sudden I saw an old hay frame and a little boy fall, hurt his back, begin to relate just what I was seeing. Someone said, "That's the old congressman setting there, William Upshaw."
- Branham, 59-0409 - Mary's Belief

And so they was... a minister, the one that ordained me in the Missionary Baptist church, Doctor Roy Davis. Sister Upshaw, the very one that sent Brother Upshaw over to me, or talked to him about me, Doctor Roy Davis. And so he was preaching, and had the First Baptist church, or the—the... I don't believe it was the First Baptist church, either, it was the Mission-... called the Missionary Baptist church at Jeffersonville. And he was preaching at the place at that time, and we would go to church at night, so... and we'd come back. And I never did join church, but I just liked to go with her. Because the main thought was "going with her," I just might as well be honest.
- Branham, 59-0419A - My Life Story

And during this time... I'm leaving out my conversion. I was converted. And was ordained by Doctor Roy Davis, in the Missionary Baptist church, and had become a minister and have the tabernacle that I now preach in in Jeffersonville. And I was pastoring the little church. And I...
- Branham, 59-0419A - My Life Story

Ministry of healing is to pray for the sick. All churches pray for the sick. I have never drawed a denominational line, any barrier. I was ordained in the Missionary Baptist church by Dr. Roy E. Davis. But I do not hold any denominational barriers. I believe that Christ died for all His children, and I pray for all His children everywhere. God is never questioned to me by, "If this person's a Baptist, he may be healed." If you've got faith, you may be healed.
- Branham, 59-0707 - Balm In Gilead

Well, I remember after I was ordained in the church, the Baptist church, by Dr. Roy Davis, here at Watts Street in Jeffersonville, where the church was at the time, I remember one outstanding vision, not over a few weeks after my—about a—I'd say a few days after my ordination. I was—saw a vision of an old man that was laying in the hospital that was mashed. He was a colored man. And he was instantly healed, insomuch that it caused a lot of confusion. And he got up out of the bed and walked away.
- Branham, 60-0930 - Visions Of William Branham

I said, "I want to be baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ." Dr. Roy E. Davis baptized me in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ when I was just a boy. See? That's right. So I—I believed it, I've stayed with it, and I know it's the Truth. It's God's Eternal Word. That's right. That's right.
- Branham, 60-1211E - The Laodicean Church Age

So good to be alone with Him! You know, we used to sing a song, "There are times I like to be all alone with Christ my Lord, I can tell Him all my troubles all alone." See, that's the way to get. They used to sing, Roy Davis, used to sing a little song, Steal Away and Pray with Jesus. Everything just points... everything you can look at always falls right back in the line of Jesus Christ, doesn't it?
- Branham, 61-0101 - Revelation, Chapter Four #2

And Doctor Roy E. Davis of the Missionary Baptist Church that baptized me into the Baptist faith, was a... or, Baptist fellowship we call it. We believe that, in the Baptist church, that the Spirit baptizes you into the body, but we are baptized... If you've been a Campbellite, been immersed any way you want to, and you come in to the Baptist church, got to be baptized over into that fellowship. So we call it baptized into the fellowship of the Baptist church.
- Branham, 61-0413 - Why?

When I left the Baptist church to come over into Pentecost, then Dr. Roy E. Davis, who had ordained me into the Missionary Baptist church, told me that I had a nightmare, when the vision of the Lord came and—and spoke to me. And—and you know what healing was then; it was at the low ebb. And—and I knowed nothing about Pentecostals. I'd heard it was a bunch of holy-rollers that laid on the floor and slobbered like mad dogs, and they had to fan them and get them back to life, and all like that. That was all I knowed about the—the Pentecostal people.
- Branham, 61-0425B - The Godhead Explained

Now to the subject, now, I have been through these years, and this tabernacle has stood. Though, I was ordained in a Missionary Baptist church, by Doctor Roy E. Davis, about thirty-three years ago, here in Jeffersonville. Now I, since then, I was in the organization just a short time, a few months, until something come up that was unscriptural by the church, and I told him I could not go that. And so I was, course, asked to "do it or else," and I elsed. So that was one thing that I believe, that this is God's Word. And I said to the man which was a—a master teacher, "If you will show me that in God's Word!"
- Branham, 62-1111E - Why I'm Against Organized Religion

Now, an old Baptist brother of mine, that Doctor Roy Davis, used to tell me. He laid his hands on me when he ordained me in the Missionary Baptist church. He said, "Billy, what happened..." I asked him about that. He said, "Here is what happened. You see, John had never been baptized, hisself, so Jesus baptized John. And then John turned around and returns, baptized Jesus, because Jesus couldn't baptize John before He was baptized." Well, I thought that sounded alright.
- Branham, 63-0803E - Influence

I remember Doctor Roy Davis, that ordained me in the Missionary Baptist church, he said, "You know, what happened there, Billy," said, "what happened..." 160 When John said, "I have need to be baptized of Thee, and why comest Thou unto me?" Watch the humility of John. He said, "I—I have need to be baptized of Thee, why comest Thou unto me?" There was the Messiah and His prophet, the keynotes of the day, the keynotes of the Bible, standing there, One looking at the other. John in humility, said, "I have need to be baptized of Thee, why comest Thou unto me?" 161 Jesus said, "Suffer that to be so, for thus it is becoming to us to fulfill all righteousness." And, said, John suffered Him. 162 I remember Doctor Davis. He might be sitting present. Doctor Davis, not throwing this at you, but I—I—I... He said, "John, first Jesus baptized John, because John hadn't been baptized." And then said, "Then John baptized Jesus." That never did just come right to me.
- Branham, 63-1114 - Influence

He was the senator, I believe, or something, for many years, and congressman from Georgia. And he was a representative of the Baptist church of the Southern Baptist Council. And then—and then he went and was run for President, on the dry ticket, and was defeated because of his position. And that night... never even hearing of the man, never. Doctor Roy Davis, the one that laid hands upon me for ordination for the Missionary Baptist church, he sent him to me. And when he come in to the meeting, the Holy Spirit there, with thousands of people sitting, called him by name, and told him what he was and told him that the Lord had healed him. And he come to the platform, without crutches, without braces, without anything. Reached down, at the age of about seventy-something years old, and touched his toes, back and forth, completely delivered. And an orator he was, and a great man he was. What did he...
- Branham, 63-1130B - Influence

Now, when I was first ordained, it was in the Missionary Baptist Church by Dr. Roy E. Davis. And then I wasn't throwed out, I just come out, because I could walk between the churches, and, what ministry He's give me, not put it upon any certain denominations, but put our arms around each other, and say, "We're brethren. Let's walk on." So, I'm thankful for your invitation.
- Branham, 64-0209 - Countdown

I was a Missionary Baptist, ordained a Missionary Baptist, by Doctor Roy E. Davis, from Fort Worth, Texas. And I was... stayed in the church. Fine—fine bunch of brothers; and I'll still say, "There's some of the finest men in the world, in the Missionary Baptist Church."
- Branham, 64-0412 - A Court Trial

And so they wheeled him up, his wife did. He said, "Young man, how'd you ever know me?" Said, "Doctor Roy E. Davis, the one that ordained you in the Missionary Baptist church, and—and he was the—the head speaker for the Southern Baptist Convention," he said, "he was the one sent me here for you to pray." Said, "I've been prayed for, since I was a little boy, but I always believed that God would heal me 'cause I took the right stand in the time of prohibition. I, when liquor was going to be brought in, I was called one of the dry bones." He said, "I lost the president of the United States because of my stand."
- Branham, 64-0412 - A Court Trial

Then, about seventeen years after that, I was, had become a minister, a Baptist preacher, of the Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Roy E. Davis ordained me as one of the local pastors, give me rights then, by the state, to marry, bury, baptize, so forth. And the Missionary Baptist Church burned down, which I was assistant pastor, at the time. And Mr. Davis come back to Texas, which he was of Davis mountains, and—and down near Van Horn, Texas. That's where they come from. And so, while he was gone, I started to take over the congregation. Got a tent, and I begin to preach in the city, and just a boy preacher.
- Branham, 64-0427 - A Trial

Brother Fleeman, you're close to there, aren't you? I was just thinking; I knew you when we went to Brother Roy's. You remember the Adcocks? I got Kenneth. What was his sister's name? [Brother Fleeman speaks to Brother Branham—Ed.] I got their picture; we was all standing out there with our arms around each other, around front of the place, Dr. Roy E. Davis, pastor. I looking at them awhile ago. Doc brought the old pictures over. Kinda of made me feel real funny down here. Now that—many of them's gone on (See?)—gone on. Won't be long till it'll be us gone on.
- Branham, 64-0830E - Questions And Answers #4

And I never knowed to this day what that meant. But here I am tonight, after thirty years, standing in an auditorium that's dedicated now to the service of Almighty God. And me, just a—a lay member, really, just a—a local elder in the—in the Baptist church here, which Roy Davis was pastor at the time. And I am now standing here with the place crowded, right on the same grounds, with the... to what I think, is the purchase of the Blood of Jesus Christ Himself, in my hands, to bring this four-days Message of the Lord.
- Branham, 65-0218 - The Seed Is Not Heir With The Shuck

That's exactly how I broke away from the Missionary Baptists. Doctor Roy E. Davis, how many ever heard him? Sure, you did, see. He wanted to ordain some women preachers, and I said, "No, sir. As an elder," I said, "I cannot do that, consciously. It's against the Word of God."
- Branham, 65-0418E - Does God Ever Change His Mind About His Word?

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