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Buddhism: Making Satan Equal To God

John Collins10/7/2012 2:19:00 PMBuddhism

For a period of time (definitely not from start to finish), WMB preached sermons that seemed to have the aspects of Buddhism more than the aspects of Christianity.

Let's review some fundamental Buddhist beliefs:
  • Worship of nature and/or ancestry
  • Increased respect for elders
  • Events (good or bad) are a direct result of the decisions you make
  • Priests, monks, mediums, and diviners are equipped to handle the spirits, not the simple followers
  • The evil force is equal (or very close to equal) to the good force
  • Good spirits have the power of healing, bad spirits do not

The first two points are very simple, and most Christians who study their Bibles in the slightest will understand these things to be false.

Regardless of what WMB taught, there is no scriptural support for "nature being anyone's first bible." Buddhism is not the only religion that teaches this, and it definitely coincides with the American Indian teachings.

Scriptures support respect for elders, but not elevation in "rank" or stature. Paul was given a "thorn in the flesh" to keep him humble before men, and taught the same.

The focus of this article are the rest of the points, which are much more deceptive and much more ... Buddhist.


Events (good or bad) are a direct result of the decisions you make
God does not send floods to take the life of your wife and children when you decide to follow a different path in Christianity.

The result of this teaching very problematic, because followers of the Message of William Branham believe this to apply to not only the major events in their lives, but the minor ones as well. The casual message follower will see a tragic car wreck that has halted traffic, and "prophecy" that had they not been slowed down in their travels, something awful may have happened to them! Though God has the power to do this, the minor events in our lives have no comparison to others losing their lives in the cause of the traffic jam.

Priests, monks, mediums, and diviners are equipped to handle the spirits, not the simple followers
On the surface, this looks correct. When compared to the Old Testament, the great men of old were typically the ones who withstood the spirits. Further examination, however, finds that this also is not scriptural.

When Christ came, he gave power to the church --- you and me. Any message follower would shake in their boots to face an evil spirit, and quickly speed-dial the VOGR headquarters for one of the sons to come and perform exorcism or spiritual shield. In doing so, they are denying the power of Christ in their lives.

Christ sent His Spirit to the church, and we claim that power by faith. Pastors, true pastors of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, equip their congregations with that same power, and do not elevate themselves as the all-powerful wizard who has a "spirit guide" on the platform with them.

The evil force is equal (or very close to equal) to the good force
For a period of time, WMB taught that Jesus and Satan were one day equal. The only difference between the two, according to WMB, was that Satan could not create --- but then he gave Satan the power of creation with the Serpent's Seed doctrine.

Satan is not only an angel, but a fallen angel. Though Satan had some limited power before Christ conquered death, hell, and the grave, the fallen angel had nothing in comparison to the Son of God who created the heavens and the earth. Otherwise, Satan would have simply created his own planet and let the demons dwell!

Good spirits have the power of healing, bad spirits do not
Though WMB taught this from day one of his ministry to the day of his death, this is not scriptural. The funny part is that he also contradicted himself on this several times -- saying that the evil spirit in the Beatles music was also healing because "for everything God has, Satan has a substitute."

This teaching would not be so damaging, but the book of Revelation and the book of Matthew both describe the false prophet that will one day come with signs and wonders, deceiving the very elect if it were possible. To claim that only the Holy Spirit had the power to heal would be to deny the healing in each and every one of the false religions -- from the American Indians to the Buddhist, to even the Wiccans.

Not only do these false religions offer healing, they offer healing placing the weight of the cure upon the faith of the individual rather than the God who created them. Of this, we should beware.

One of the best online resources to study Buddhism is "Know Buddhism" (http://www.knowbuddhism.info/).

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