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When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-­tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.


Deuteronomy 18:9-­14


These practices are an abomination before the Lord, and are forbidden under the Mosaic Law. These practices are forbidden in both the Old Testament and the New Testament:


Divination: The practice of attempting to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.


Necromancy: The supposed practice of communicating with the dead, esp. in order to predict the future.


Charmer: to endow with or protect by supernatural powers.


One who inquires of the dead: Communicating with spirits of the dead


Medium: One who communicates with spirits


William Branham and his followers often tell of an event where a certain person had died, and a lady asked Branham to raise the dead. Branham claims to have searched for his soul “on the other side,” and found that he was happier in the land of the dead. Though this story is not recorded, it is often told from behind the pulpit of churches that follow William Marrion Branham. Other similar stories are recorded, and it is very evident that William Branham was in contact with spirits – which is an abomination.


The most obvious necromancy in the sermons revolve around his dead wife Hope.

She would speak to him from the dead:


Sister, dear, not knowing what the future holds, but believing... Here it comes to me. Here it is. It was to be something... Right here's where my wife's casket laid, Hope. And it was this morning. And it was-­-­it was Hope that raised and said she would not die. And the thing, I believe, was meaning to this baby now. She's laying exactly at the same place. And I can almost positive say it's THUS SAITH THE LORD.




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