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Women Were Made To Deceive?

John Collins2/6/2013 9:35:00 AMIn a highly controversial 1965 sermon by William Branham entitled "Marriage And Divorce," Branham lays down a doctrine that would ruin the lives of thousands. Satan, Branham said, designed the female. Worse, he said that Satan continues to use his creative power to change women, making them more beautiful.

"She is the only specie, specie of female, that is made prettier than the male. There is not another specie among anything. All other creatures of God is beautiful males, such as in animals, birds, and so forth, always the male is pretty. Look at the big buck deer, big fine horns, great specie; and the little, humble doe. Look at the big rooster with all of his pretty feathers; and the little, brown hen. Look at the birds, the cock and the hen. Why, why was it such, of all the creatures of God? Every creature, in the male is the prettiest. Between the sheep, between the--the hogs, between the horses, between anything else, it's always the big male that's pretty, and in the birds. But in the human race, it's the woman that's pretty, not the man; if he is, there is something wrong, there is crossed-up seed somewhere. Originally it's that way. Why, why was it done? To deceive by. Her designer, Satan, is still working on her, too, in these last days." -Branham, 65-0221M

At the surface, one might think that Branham was speaking only of the "modern women" that he preached so harshly against. But let's examine the points raised in this single paragraph:

1. Satan designed women, from the Garden of Eden. (Not just 'modern women', Branham compared the entire race of females)
2. Woman was made by Satan to deceive
3. Satan continually changes women, making them more deceptive
4. Male humans are not "beautiful"
5. If a man is good looking, he is "crossed-up seed," freaks of nature.

Though this doctrine does not align with the Bible, this sermon by Branham is taught to over two million followers as scriptural truth. Not knowing that Branham was a false prophet with many failed visions, followers place Branham's recorded sermons equal to or greater than the Bible.

Let's compare these four main points to the scriptures:

1. Satan designed women, from the Garden of Eden.

To any elementary-level Bible student, the first point is invalidated simply by reading the scripture. In fact, had Branham not turned the sanctuary into an atmosphere of "the king and his servants," Branham might have had an onslaught of school children telling their parents that Branham was lying.

Branham was writing a new Bible, a new creation story to replace the one that God protected throughout the ages. Branham's argument was a direct argument against Genesis 2:

"So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man." -Genesis 2

It is very evident from scripture that God created the female that became the mother of the entire human race. Branham deceived, not woman.

2. Woman was made by Satan to deceive

This second point is very similar to the first, but is separated in this study for one reason: Branham was not arguing against the scripture, Branham argued against God himself.

Those same school children in the first point would have included this in their argument, because it is in the same paragraph of Genesis 2:

"Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.' Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him."

The female portion of our race was created so that man would not be alone. God Himself said that He would make a helper for the man. He designed her, gave her to the man as a helper, and blessed the human race with a wonderful gift.

3. Satan continually changes women, making them more deceptive

Branham claimed that the growing usage of cosmetics in America was by Satan's design. Though he travelled the world, Branham would never tell his followers that women in other cultures have used cosmetics for centuries and longer. Oddly, he never mentioned the cosmetics used by Esther in the Bible as she prepared for her king.

Though this point is also related to the two above, we have separated it for its irony. While Branham claimed that he taught the same "message" that Paul preached, this point is a direct argument against Paul himself.

Paul was at a level of Bible study far above the school children in examples 1 and 2 that knew their Bibles more than Branham. Paul had read Genesis for himself and knew that the scriptures taught that the serpent was the deceiver, not the woman. Paul knew that Eve was deceived, while Branham taught that Adam was deceived.

"But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ." -2 Corinthians 11:3

The other ironic part of this point is that Paul's statement is warning others of a false teacher that would lead Christians astray. Just as the followers of Branham have done today, they have added an additional element to their worship instead of a pure devotion to Christ. Branham followers teach that you must believe in Branham along with Christ in order to be saved, while Paul taught Christ only.

4. Male humans are not 'beautiful.'

While Branham argues against God in the second point, he insults God in the fourth. In this claim, Branham was preaching against equality, and calling God's creation imperfect. In fact, Branham is insulting God's own appearance, because man was created in the image of God.

"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'" - Genesis 1

God created man in His own image. He did not create an ugly man, and he did not create a deceiving rib. The only thing deceiving about point number four is Branham.

5. If a man is good looking, he is "crossed-up seed," freaks of nature.

At the surface, Branham is speaking of genetics, but under the hood, Branham is introducing the "Serpent's Seed" doctrine from Kaballah. The two bloodlines described in elitist cults can be mixed by sexual intercourse. The offspring of the two 'seeds' will be 'crossed-up seed'.

Again, this is a direct conflict with Paul's doctrine, but this point is much, much worse. Branham has already argued against God, called God 'ugly,' and turned God's perfect creation into an absolute mess. Now, Branham is attacking the power of the Cross.

The Blood of Jesus Christ is sufficient for all. There is absolutely nothing we can do of ourselves to be saved, except for believing in Jesus Christ. Not believing in a 'messenger' and Christ as the cult is taught, but in Christ alone.

Let's compare Branham's 'message' with Pauls:

Branham: you must know the hidden mystery, you must not be serpent's seed, you must live a holy life, you must abstain from the entertainment of this world.

Paul: For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)

As Christians, we should ask ourselves: If Branham twisted the first two chapters of the Bible, isn't it likely that he twisted the rest of the book? Since Genesis is the foundation, wouldn't this false teaching create a tangled mess of the rest of the scriptures? Why do we listen to a false prophet with less knowledge of his own bible than a schoolchild? Are we ourselves so disconnected from the Word of God that we should replace our pastors with school children from other denominations that teach Bible instead of doctrine?

Have we replaced the Word of God with a deceptive false prophet?