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Faith In Faith, Not In Christ

John Collins02/19/2013

Video available here: http://youtu.be/3D8q6OGFX9k

William Branham used the word “psychology” over four hundred times during his recorded sermons.  Typically, his statements about psychology were his declarations that his “healings” were not psychology.  This is a correct statement.  Many examples, such as Donnie Morton, show that there was no healing in the first place, nothing to even call “psychology.” 

I believe that what Branham did was incredibly smart.  While the listeners focused on the word ‘psychology’ as it pertains to healing, Branham was influencing the masses with a different form of psychology.  One that he called “faith,” but don’t be captured by the word itself. 

Scriptural faith is faith in God, faith in Jesus Christ.  Anything else is sorcery.  If our faith is in Christ, then we are following the scripture.  If we have faith in ANYTHING else, then we are falling into error.

To show you how much we falsely associate Christ with the word ‘faith’, we are going to change this word from ‘faith’ to ‘voodoo’.

In April 1947, Branham gave a sermon called “Faith Is The Substance.”

Now, look, there was an Angel came down into the room and told me that way back, back 'fore I was born, was foreordained to have a gift of Divine healing. And He came and told me in the room one night that God had sent the gift, and it was a gift of Divine healing for the people. And if I could get the people to believe me (believe me), and would be sincere when I prayed, that nothing would stand before the prayer.

Notice who the faith must be placed in.  He even repeated it, and the editors placed parentheses around it:  Me.  William Branham.

I said, "Therefore, speaking face to face with this supernatural Being, I believe it with all my heart.  And if I can get you to believe me [William Branham] with all your heart, that's what moves God, and then you're healed. Your [VOODOO –replaced the word ‘faith’] has saved you." You see what I mean? Your [VOODOO –replaced the word ‘faith’] to believe has saved you. Not what you worked up and thought in your mind, but what you really know, the very evidence of things not seen. You see what I mean?

Then the girl said, "Brother Branham, I truly know that there's something above where I have ever reached." She said, "I'll try with all my heart, and God have mercy on me." She said, "Let me believe."

And I took a hold of her hand then. There was a vibration pouring from that ruptured appendix, had prayer for her and it stopped immediately. I said, "God bless you, sister. Your [VOODOO –replaced the word ‘faith’] now has saved you."

This may seem sac-religious, but think about what he just said.  Let’s take two sentences, one that a Christian should say, and one like William Branham said, and see if we end up with the same result.  This time, let’s replace ‘faith’ with ‘voodoo’, and ‘me’ [William Branham] with ‘the sorcerer.’

Example 1 (Christian):

God bless you, sister, the prayer you prayed with me, along with your faith in Jesus Christ has saved you.

Example 2 (Branham):

God bless you, sister, your since you believed in me, your faith has saved you.

Now, let’s replace with the same word, and see if the sentence makes any sense to us as Christians:

Result 1 (Christian):

God bless you, sister, the prayer you prayed with the sorcerer, along with your voodoo in Jesus Christ has saved you.

See, this sentence does not make sense!  Not just structurally, Jesus Christ is still ultimately the one that did the healing!  Why mention the sorcerer?

Result 2 (Branham):

God bless you, sister, your since you believed in the sorcerer, your voodoo has saved you.

This one, on the other hand, seems to make sense – it leaves out Christ!  They are placing their faith in ‘voodoo’ instead of Christ! 

You may argue that this is different, but think about the original example.  They placed their faith in ‘faith,’ and not in Christ!

James 1 tells us the TRUE meaning of faith.  He tells us that faith is placed in God, not in ‘voodoo’ or ‘faith in faith.’

James says that our trials help us grow our faith:

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

While William Branham tried to tell us that wisdom was of the world, James tells us that we should ask God for wisdom!

He says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

James teaches faith in balance, not faith in faith.  Our faith is steadfast in Christ – James did not teach others to have faith in ‘James’, and Paul did not teach others to have faith in ‘Paul.’  Every disciple and every apostle made the focal point of their faith to be Jesus Christ, not themselves. 

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.  For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes.  So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.  Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.   But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.   Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

But most of all, James warns us not to be deceived by these ‘sorcerers’ and their ‘voodoo.’  James tells us where to focus:

Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Notice that James uses the phrase ‘Father of lights’.  This is not some spiritual thing, these ‘lights.’  James says that there is no shadow.  There is nothing in the shadows that will change with God. 

James did not have a ministry with a boasting tongue.  He told others to be the same.

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.  Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

He also said for us to practice what we preach.  Not condemn others for dressing like Marilyn Monroe and watching movies while you are sitting there watching some of the worst – as William Branham did – James says to practice what we preach!  Be doers of the Word!

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

This last sentence pretty much sums it up for me.  How about you:

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.  Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Have we been following a ‘worthless religion’ from a false prophet with an ‘unbridled tongue?’  Were we deceived by a sorcerer to believe in voodoo?  Ironically, voodoo and Branham’s “gift” have a lot of similarities!  Why did all of those people in prayer lines place their faith in William Branham instead of Jesus Christ, and why did William Branham tell them to do so?  Was it because we were taught not to ask God for wisdom?


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