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Back When I Was A Child, I Spoke Like That

John Collins11/15/2012Having been born and raised in the Message of William Branham, I found it very difficult to adjust to the love of God's Word after leaving the love of the recording.  It was no fault but my own; I enjoyed every minute of listening, and truly thought there were words of Truth found in each minute of the recording.

Today's world is different, however, and much more difficult for the children to grow in God's Word.  We find message pastors strongly opposed to studying the Word of Truth, and if a conflict arises between God's Word and "the prophet's," you'd better stick with what "the prophet" said.  While the minds and ears of the adults glaze over at nonsensical rants, the ears of children are picking up each and every word.

To make things worse, we find that the headquarters of the Branham Demonination of faith promoting a lack of wisdom in their "Did You Know" blog.  Children are feasting their ears upon the isolated mistakes of William Branham as though his lack of knowledge and understanding should be considered divine revelation.

We find in the Bible that God does not work like this.  God gave the Hebrew boys learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, so that Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.  (Daniel 1:17)

It is surprising that those in charge continue the folly of their father, because they have a great deal of the knowledge that their father pretended not to have.  Once receiving truthful information, and having became an adult, scriptures tell us to put away our foolish ways.  "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways."  (Corinthians 13:11)

King Solomon was a good, Biblical example of the power of wisdom.  God gave Solomon more wisdom than the world has ever known.  And Solomon did not curse his wisdom or refuse to learn.  Instead, he gave us this advice:  "Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. (Proverbs 3:13-18)

While they are teaching children their father's folly around the world, many of those children do not even know the words of Christ.  Several can tell you that Mars is a billion light years from Earth, but cannot tell you any portion of the Sermon on the Mount.  While many children know of Branham's prophecies of egg-shaped cars, few can tell you the miracles of Jesus Christ.  

The Apostle Paul points us to Christ.  Were Paul ever drunken enough to claim prophecy about an egg-shaped chariot, he would have sent out letters of apology to the Church and pointed the people back to Christ.  Paul tells us, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God."  (Colossians 3:16)

As Christians, we should take the words of Paul as a warning:

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  (Colossians 2:8)

It will be very easy for us to know if we have been held captive by folly.  Solomon, in all his wisdom, knew that lovers of folly love isolation.  We should heed the words of Solomon and avoid being isolated from the rest of our Christian brothers and sisters, learning more about God's Word.

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.  (Proverbs 18:1)

Once we realize that the denomination has tried to keep us bound by lack of understanding, we should rejoice in the words of John:

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.  (John 8:32)

After being set free, Solomon tells us to focus on learning:

Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.  (Proverbs 23:12)

When the Children of Israel crossed over Jordan, they were instructed to set up a monument, a reminder forever of where they had came from.  If anyone should ask what the monument was for, they would be reminded that they had crossed over.  

We, too, should be reminded that we no longer live in folly.  Our monument is not of stone, because our battle is not with earthly struggles.  Our monument is in the form of information, and should be preserved forever.  Let information fight false information.

For those whose children were trained in folly, let them ever remember the nonsensical "Did You Know" with our monument:  Did You Know - Pinterest

For the adults, who were trapped into the folly of unscriptural teachings, let them ever remember the contradictions and unscriptural teachings of "the prophet" with our monument:  William Marrion Branham vs. The Bible - Pinterest

For those who believed the many fictional stories, prophecies invented without full information of the past event, visions that failed, and twisted scriptures, let them ever remember that God's Word is the only Truth with our monument: Seek The Truth - Scribd

Let the Word of God stand and every man be found a liar.