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Power Without Foundation

john Collins01/27/2013Pastors in the Branham cult who have now seen the Truth and refuse to accept it do so for one simple reason: power.

The cult pastor has a very easy life as compared to real shepherds in other churches.  In a Branham cult, the tithes of ten people make the salary of one pastor, and the ten are easily devoted to the man behind the pulpit.  When multiplied, the power of ten quickly becomes the ultimate power.

Though some pastors have chosen to accept the Truth in the scriptures over the false teachings of Branham, others refuse to forfeit their power to be humbled before their fellow man.  They have set themselves up into positions of authority on a foundation of sinking sand.

Job 29 tells us how to set ourselves up with power on a foundation that is not crumbling.  Though Job lost it all because of God's permitting Satan to test Job, we find that the days leading up to Job's terrible fate were very good.

Job longed for the days before his trials.  He knew that God was watching over him, and described his days as the time when God's "lamp shone upon my head and by his light walked through the darkness."

When Job was under God's favor, Job was well respected.  He describes the pleasant time as "days when his steps were washed with butter," meaning that it was a very easy walk.  

When Job went into the city square to be seated, the young men saw Job and quickly withdrew to offer Job a seat.  As he was being seated, the old men rose and stood to their feet at attention to Job out of respect.  

Even the princes fell silent as Job entered the room, the voices of all the nobility hushed.  The great man Job had entered, and Job was blessed with power -- but a different kind of power.

Job describes how he came into this power that made the princes stare in silence.  It was not because of having secret knowledge of a prophet, or because Job had been blessed by knowing one.  It was not because Job had one day touched one of a prophets possessions or because Job came from the descendants of a man who walked with one.  Job earned his power.

Job says that he delivered the poor who cried for help.  In the city, when others were struggling financially, Job gave freely to those who were in need.  Those who were fatherless and had no inheritance were blessed to have known Job, because he gave to them just as freely as though they were his own children.

Job describes the blessing he enjoyed as the dying were comforted.  He describes how the widow's heart sang for Joy because of Job's cheerful giving.  Job treated everyone in the city as though they were his own flesh and blood, his family that were in need.  Job's power came from his blessing of others.

Job uses one word to describe his cheerful giving:  righteousness.  He says that he put on this righteousness, and it clothed him.  The justification of Job's deeds was like a robe and a turban, covering him wherever he went.  He was the eyes to the blind and the feet to the lame, he was a father to the needy, and a help to those that he did not even know.  

Job continued his good deeds in the city to break the vicious fangs of the unrighteous, and the roots of Job's foundation spread out to the many waters, and the branches of Job's good deeds were blessed by the dew of the night.  The glory of God was fresh with Job, and Job's cheerful giving gave him power that the world could not take away.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves: where do our priorities lie?  Do we see shepherds denying the poor in their cities so that they can spend very little in helping the small flock that darkens the doors of their small churches, all the while gaining possessions like a madman?  How many have we watched that have been turned away from their door, simply because they do not dress like a cult follower or because they do not believe in a false prophet?  When we see Job in the Bible getting his power by helping everyone, how does it compare to a cult pastor who tries not to help anyone at all besides their own small following?  Having now seen all of the failed prophecies, all of the lies William Branham told about even his own life, all of the conflicts between the false prophet and the scriptures, what foundation have these shepherds built their power upon?