Impersonating God the FatherJohn Collins11/3/2012 3:22:00 PMAt the end of the sermon "Looking At The Unseen" in April of 1959, William Branham starts telling the congregation to feel the Spirit "pulsating" through them. Then, Branham begins to speak with authority, as though God Himself were speaking through him.
I'm the Lord that raised up Christ from the grave.
I'm the One that sent the Holy Ghost.
I'm the One that give the promise.
Brother Branham has nothing to do in this.
I have--He's surrendered his life to Me.
I'm using his Spirit;
I'm talking through his lips.
That's Me; I'm the Lord.
Looking At the Unseen, April 10, 1959 (tape #59-0410).
There's just one problem: Did God stutter? Was the Heavenly Father speaking through William Branham and then suddenly made a mistake, or was William Branham impersonating the Holy Spirit?
There are only two possibilities. Either God made a mistake or William Branham decided to assume the qualities of God by speaking in His authority. This should not be taken lightly.
The definition of blasphemy is:
1. Impious (lacking reverence) in utterance or action concerning God or sacred things.
2. In Judaism.
a. An act of cursing or reviling God.
b. Pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) in the original, now forbidden manner instead of using a substitute pronunciation such as Adonai.
3. In Theology - The crime of assuming to oneself the rights or qualities of God.
4. Irreverent behavior toward anything held sacred, priceless, etc.: He uttered blasphemies against life itself.
Christ tells us the severity of blasphemy:
"Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven." (Matthew 12:31).
This was a sin that left the offender guilty for all eternity.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" Mark 3:29 ESV