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I recently had a very long conversation with a man trapped in the cult of William Branham. He had left his family behind, refused to speak with them anymore, and his only reasoning was that they did not believe the same “message” that he did.

 

The cult had taught him to stay away from those who did not believe because they were “diseased,” and taught him to fear that if he went near them, he might catch that same disease. I tried to explain to him that Jesus did not come to save the saved, but spent His time fellowshipping with the prostitutes, thieving tax collectors, and other people who were considered to be the lowest of sinners.

 

But the headquarters of the cult, Jeffersonville, Indiana, had already programmed his mind with a cult response to every question, and had already trained him to believe the words of the cult leader, William Branham over the Bible. In fact, when direct conflicts were described between the words of Branham and the words of Christ, the programmed response was to believe Branham over what his Bible said. It is very easy to identify some religious cults. Especially the cult of William Branham, because of the doctrines about the fallen angel Wormwood, the Zodiac being the Bible, the separation doctrines, and other false teachings that Branham copied from other cult leaders. But not all religious cults are so easily identified.

 

Especially in today’s world, when cults are so tightly integrated into Christianity. On the surface, these religious cults seem righteous, but underneath the plastered smiles behind devious pastors is pure flowing evil that comes from doctrines of demons.

 

In 1990, a man named Steven Hassan published a book, “Combatting Cult Mind Control.” Hassan, who was once a cult member, is now a counselor helping those affected by destructive cults. In this book, Hassan exposes the sobering facts about cults' recruitment, their use of psychological manipulation, and their often-­subtle influence on government, the legal system, and society as a whole.

 

Hassan has ten main points that are strikingly common between all religious cults, and help you to easily identify if the church you attend has roots of evil. It is good to review these, and make sure you have not mistakenly joined a religious cult.

 

I have studied several religious cults, from Jim Jones, the pastor Branham started who killed every member of his following through cyanide poisoning, to the Zionists led by John Alexander Dowie, to the Mormons and Jehovah’s witnesses -­-­ false prophets studied and promoted by William Branham through his teaching.

 

But not having been under the other religious cults, I find it easier to compare these ten signs of a religious cult to the one I escaped: the “Message of the Hour,” or “Branhamites,” or “The Message”. The followers of the false prophet, William Marrion Branham.

 

Autonomy and individuality are discouraged. Dependence, conformity and obedience are encouraged and sometimes required.

 

The cult I escaped fit this mold. Many extra-­biblical “laws” were added to make the people -­-­ especially the women -­-­ look the same. The individuality was discouraged

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