WMB gives the story about the 'Pardon is not a pardon unless it is received':
Mr. Lincoln. There was a man that... young fellow, he--he was in the war, and--and he was--he was coward, to begin with. And in the time of duty, he--he--he withdrew from his post; and they found something against him, that he was going to have to be shot. And, oh, he... it was terrible. And one young fellow loved him so well, went to Mr. Lincoln, to get a pardon. He was President at the time, in the United States here, and so he went to him for a pardon.
Went the messenger back as hard as he could. And he run to the cell, he said, "You're free! You're free! Here is Mr. Lincoln's, Mr. Lincoln's signature. You are free!"
He said, "Why would you come to mock me, knowing that I die tomorrow?" He said, "Take that away from here, you're only mocking me." And he would not receive it. He said, "No, I--I don't want it." Said, "You're only making..." Said, "If that was the--the President," said, "it would have the--the coat of arms, and it would have his right paper."
He said, "But it's his signature!"
He said, "How will I know his signature?" He said, "You're just mocking me, you're trying to make me feel good." And he just started screaming, turned his back. The boy was shot the next morning.
Those of you familiar with the story could easily sympathize with this poor man for leaving his post in one of the most emotionally challenging wars to date -- brother against brother.
The truth is that this was not a story during the Civil war -- it was the story about a couple of thieves who robbed the US mail during Andrew Jackson's term. And it had nothing to do with the quality of the paper containing the pardon -- it was a pardon written on an official letter with an official presidential seal.
You can read about it here: http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/32/150/case.html and get a short summary of it here: http://members.core.com/~lpm8998/man_who_refused.htm
WMB gives a heart touching story about when King George came through Canada, and how he
Thinking about how little and insignificant, seeing that many of my Canadian friends sitting here. I remember I was in Canada when the King George... The one I had the privilege of going praying for, when he was healed, with that multiple sclerosis; he was suffering that day, from the sclerosis, and also he had a stomach trouble, an ulcer; as many of you Canadians know, and Americans, also. But seeing him pass down through there, sitting in that carriage, he--he was a king. He conducted himself as a king. His beautiful queen sitting by him, in her blue dress, and as he come down the streets.
107 And a friend of mine, and I, were standing together. And when that carriage passed by, he just turned his head and started crying. I put my hand upon his shoulder, and I said, "What's the matter?"
108 He said, "Brother Branham, there goes my king and his queen." Well, I--I could appreciate that.
109 So I thought, "If a Canadian, under the government head, not government head, but still also a government head, of England, and passing the king by, it could make a Canadian cry, and turn his head and weep, what will it be when we see our King?" And to think of it, our part will be the Queen.
Not many know this, but WMB went to London to seek out King George.
WMB spent time in and around London until flying to Paris for a couple of days of seeing the sights there.64 No word of seeing King George VI. These sights included a visit to Place Pigalle, the Paris Red Light District. It was called Pig Alley by US soldiers visiting this prostitution district during WW II. WMB said he had heard about its immorality and just had to go there and see it for himself. His verdict, "It's true!"
WMB claimed that he had prayed for the King and he was healed during other sermons, but this was not true:
WMB claimed he prayed for King George VI, upon the king's personal request and he claimed that God healed him of multiple sclerosis. However, King George never had Multiple-sclerosis. Rather he had Arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, due to heavy smoking. He received surgery for it on Mar. 12, 1949. WMB claimed the King also had stomach ulcers, which was common knowledge. It was the cause of George's discharge out of the Navy. WMB, contrary to his claims, never went to see King George to personally pray for him. Buckingham Palace has no record of his name.78 In 1950, when in London for a sight-seeing tour, WMB said he was going to see if King George VI was in. To think one could just drop by and say, "Hey, George, remember me, I'm here to pray for you!" Doctors removed King George VI's left lung on Feb. 23, 1951. He continued to deteriorate and died in his sleep on Feb.06, 1952. He was buried on Feb. 15, 1952. Five months after the King's demise, or on Jul. 13, 1952. WMB continued to talk as if George VI was still alive, declaring him healed long after he had already died.
A little over midway through the sermon, WMB starts ranting on wearing cosmetics:
But that little pride. "Oh, you mean, for us women, we're going to have to let our hair grow?" Well, that's what He said. "We're going to have to quit wearing manicure, or make-up stuff?" That's what He said. "Well, what do you think my sewing circle would? They'll call me old-fashion." Well, just keep your pride. Go ahead. He'll stand at the door, that's all the farther He can get.
170 But when you're ready to open that door, let Him come in, He'll clean it out for you. Shorts will go out here in the garbage can, and make-up will go back to the garbage can, and the barber will starve to death if he just cut women's hair, to a real believer.
171 Now say, "That don't!" Oh, yes, it does, too. That's what the Bible said. That's right. See, there is a little word there, that you don't want Him meddling.
"Well, my pastor!"
172 I don't care what pastor said. That's what the Bible said, "It's a shame for a woman to do so."
The truth of the matter is, the Bible speaks NOTHING against makeup except mentioning that Jezebel was painted. WMB Evidently forgot about Esther in the Bible, who prepared herself with cosmetics for the king.
The word used along with spices in Esther 2:12 is "bosem," which translates to "balsam" -- the base for many cosmetics today.
Regardless of the type of makeup Esther used, the purpose was to make herself more attractive--not more 'modest.'
Beauty Secrets from Ages Past: A Brief History of Makeup
Women's makeup has actually progressed from the Ancient era Christians down through the ages:
Throughout the ages, women have experimented with beauty treatments to enhance natural features, slow the aging process, and care for the outer body. Beginning in the Ancient era, the Biblical account of Queen Esther's life mentions the elaborate spa-type treatments that young women underwent for an entire 12-month period to prepare themselves for a reception with the King. The first six months involved treatments with oil and myrrh, and the second with perfumes and cosmetics! In Ancient Egypt, aristocrats applied minerals to their faces to provide color and definition of features. Ancient Egyptian women wore foundation to lighten their skin, and used kohl eyeliner to widen the appearances of their eyes. Men in Egypt also applied a powdered pigment made from mixing fat and oil and other substances, to protect their eyes from the sun. Pigments were often made out of malachite, copper ore, or lead ore, with the favorite colors being green powdered malachite and black crushed lead ore or kohl. Meanwhile, Persians believed that henna dyes, used to stain their hair and faces, enabled them to summon the majesty of the earth. The Greeks were also known to paint their faces with white lead and chalk, while the Romans used oil-based perfumes in their baths. The Roman Lucian is noted to have talked about women and cosmetics in his time, referring to their polishing their teeth and eyebrows. The Roman philosopher, Plautus, also wrote, "A woman without paint is like food without salt."
The European Middle Ages followed the Greco-Roman trend of pale faces. Those who were wealthy enough not to have to labor outdoors wanted to show off their affluence by being pale. Fashionable sixth-century women would achieve the look by bleeding themselves. During the Medieval ages, one popular beauty treatment of the day was the taking of long, hot baths. By the mid-1200s, many European towns had public bathhouses. But as forests were depleted, firewood became expensive and the rising costs of heating the water forced most of the bathhouses to close. Some families tried burning coal to heat water, but the fumes proved to be unhealthy. By the mid-1300s, only the wealthiest ladies could afford firewood for hot water in the winter. For those who could not afford to take hot baths, perfume became an easy, quick fix. Perfumes made from the oils of flowers combined with spices were very popular during the Middle Ages as trade between countries improved. In particular, alcohol-based perfumes developed in the Middle East were brought to Europe by the Crusaders in the thirteenth century. During this era, cosmetics also became a popular commodity. Every part of a woman's face would be painted with some type of cosmetic, and many women also sun-bleached their hair. Medieval fashion also prompted young women to pluck their hairline, giving them a higher forehead. Spanish prostitutes wore pink makeup to contrast with high-class women's pale faces, while regal 13th-century Italian women wore pink lipstick to show they could afford synthetic makeup.
Eras of Elegance
He then goes into the usual rant against women that don't agree with his opinion of holiness.
Look at these women out on the street, and it's a disgrace! Maybe innocent little women with these little bitty clothes on, see, well, it's a disgrace, the way they look. Well, you say, "Why, woman, you are committing adultery."
They say, "Wait a minute here, young man! I'm just as virtuous as I..." That might be so, in your own thoughts. And it might be so, proving even by a medical examination, that you might be. But, remember, at the Day of the Judgment, you're going to answer for committing adultery. Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart," and you presented yourself to him. See how the Devil has got them blinded? It's a disgrace. It's a shame. You see, they--they got a spirit. It's a spirit that does that. It's an unholy spirit.
The blame here does not fall upon the women. Matthew 5:28 is towards the men, not the women. Jesus tells the men they should pluck out their eyes if they offend, not throw blankets over the sexy women.
WMB then makes a statement every MSG pastor will deny: segregation.
Sometime ago, in the South, a little story. There was a king... or, a buyer. They sold slaves. That was in time of--of segregation, and they had slaves in the South. They was a... They'd go by and buy them, just like you would a used car, off of a lot.
Now, I am an integrationist, absolutely... I mean a segregationalist. I am a segregationalist. Because, I don't care how much they argue, you cannot be a Christian and be an integrationist. That's exactly right. God even separates His nations. He separates His people. "Come out from among them!" He's a... He is a segregationalist. "Don't even... Touch not their unclean things!" He pulled Israel, that Jewish race, out of every, all the races in the world. He is a segregationalist.
This statement above makes one's jaw drop when you combine it with this one:
I remember Mrs. Roeder stood by me, out there in the hospital. I'll never forget that woman. No matter whatever happens, I could never forget her. She was just a young woman then. Her husband was the superintendent down here at the car works. And I--I remember she standing by me, her and Mrs. Stewart. And they was the one actually that paid my hospital bill. I... 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, or what, I still... there is something, and that stays with me, see, what they did for me. And they paid the bill to Doctor Reeder. He is still living, lives here in Port Fulton, could tell you the story.
Now, the Lord cannot sit down a Book of rules and say a Word, and then come around and deny It. And if you say you got the Holy Ghost, and the Bible says a certain thing to do, and you say, "Oh, I don't believe That." You just remember, that spirit in you is not the Holy Spirit, 'cause He can't deny Himself. That's right. He can't deny Himself. He wrote the Word, and He watches over It, to perform It. See? So it's not the Holy...[
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This doctrine is not biblical. Jesus came to fulfill the law, and we are no longer bound by this law.
Any man or woman who disagrees with this can comment on how often they stone their children for disobeying. Any pastor who disagrees can comment how often they wash their hands in a brass basin before entering the church. Any girl who disagrees can comment how they have never braided their hair, and any boy who's been kicked in the private parts can comment how they stopped attending church.
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Evidently he forgot David dancing in the Old Testament.
He then starts to speak about his great 'revival' in Bombay, but notice how he changes to South Africa since Bombay was a failed vision (see a thread in this forum about it.)
I suppose, the greatest meeting the Lord ever let me hold for Him was in Bombay, where I had around five hundred thousand, but, and two hundred and some thousand in--in Africa, Durban, at the race track.
He knew this vision was critical, because it had a "Thus Saith The Lord" on it:
Mark my word; write it in the pages of your Bible, for it's THUS SAITH THE LORD, "Remember, when we land in India, you're going to hear of tens of thousands times thousands being saved." The Holy Spirit has said it; I've wrote it here in my Bible; it's wrote in tens of thousands of Bibles right here, like the resurrection of the little boy. By a vision that He said, "There's three hundred thousand of them in there." And you see if that isn't right. There's how the Gospel's going to be preached just overnight. She'll just sweep like that from place to place.
Questions and Answers, May 15, 1954 (tape #54-0515)
The prophecy failed, however. From his own words:
And when... I had been very much constrained to go to--to India. And yet, as many of you might know, the Indian trip wasn't the success that it should've been, because I failed to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, and never recognized it after He give me a vision to go to Africa first and then to India.
India Trip Report
He then goes into the "sin is unbelief" doctrine, which is not Biblical:
Sin! Sin, there is only one sin, that's unbelief. A man that drinks isn't a sinner. See, that--that--that, see, isn't sin. It isn't a--it isn't a sin to drink. It isn't a sin to commit adultery. To lie, to steal, that isn't sin. That's the attributes of unbelief. If you was a believer, you wouldn't do that, see. There is only two, you're an unbeliever or a believer, see, one or the other. You don't do all these things and religious orders like that, just because you're an unbeliever; if you're a believer, it's the Word you believe in, 'cause Christ is the Word. See? And so you're just an unbeliever because that you believe some tradition, or some dogmas that's been added to the Bible, or something, and denominations do. But a real believer stays right with that Word. And God works right through that Word, right through to make It come to pass, in this generation that we live in.
This is the exact OPPOSITE. Sin is not unbelief ... unbelief is sin.
The most basic understanding of sin comes from John: "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law". (John 3:4)
Every man sins daily, which was the reason for the sacrifice. Jesus came for the atonement, giving us freedom from our sins. We are all sinners, and we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ.
He then confuses the last age again (after saying in the previous sermon that we were in the 'Ephesian' age:
Remember, this is Pentecostal it's speaking to, 'cause the Pentecostal age is the last age. See, all this revival we've had, there is no other organization starting up. There won't be. This is the end. The wheat's matured now. It's come up through the leaves, and stalk, and husk, and it's out to the wheat now. See, won't be no more. They started a little Latter Rain, but it just fell right in; anything else will. They'll. This is the wheat is coming forth. Notice.
WMB starts talking about his mother applying eye salve on himself and 'Humpy' who WMB referred to as Edward. It is interesting to note that:
He mentioned another brother, Edward, nicknamed "Humpy" who was eleven months younger than he. However, USA Census records list this boy as Winferd Branhan, or Winford Branham.
One of the most interesting statements in this sermon, which WMB does not go into great detail:
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As the little brother had the vision here, and said he had the vision. And said, "This same Light that you receive, cause your death, too.
As I read this, I have to ask myself: since WMB died not long after, was this a prophecy of WMB's death?
"And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light." (2 Cor 11:14)