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Twisted Scripture

 

Some might argue that regardless of his failed prophecy and fictional life stories, William Branham's objective was to bring the hearts and minds of the people back to the original faith of the fathers. He would often make statements describing "No creed but Christ; no law but love; no Book but the Bible," however when you examine his teaching of scripture we find subtle differences in context.

 

Rather than examining the entire chapter or book to read the scripture in context, Branham would often read one or two verses and claim to "build his context" upon those few words. Often, when you examine the subject matter of the sermon as compared to the subject matter in the chapter, the two seem to be in direct conflict. This can especially be found in the final sermons of his ministry, in sermons that seem to be promoting himself as our new "high priest."

 

Branham would often describe the punishment by God for adding to or taking away from scripture. The end of Revelation 22 is quoted often in the following of William Branham, describing ministers who twist the scriptures to fit their own agendas:

 

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Revelation 22:18-19

 

 

But when we examine scriptures that are most often quoted by William Branham, we find words added or removed. Entire verses are combined with scriptures from other books in the Bible to invent new bible verses that are repeated and memorized in the following of William Branham.

 

The three most obvious:

 

I will be with you even in you until the end of the world.

 

As it was in the days of Noah wherein eight souls were saved, so shall it be at the coming of the son of man

 

This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased to dwell in.

 

These three scriptures were the foundation for three fundamental teachings of William Branham, and while only a few words were added, removed, or changed, the entire meaning of scripture was changed by only minor alteration.