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Ephesians 5 is an instruction to the church to never forget the reason for the Law and the prophets: Love.
When the Pharisees tested Jesus, asking what the “greatest commandment” was, Jesus replied: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Sometimes we get caught up in legalistic doctrines, forgetting the reason for the Mosaic Law that the works-righteous churches try to reestablish: Love!
When small children are playing at a playground, everyone is equal. When one child stumbles, getting dirt on his pants, the other children do not stand around and point fingers at him to tell him that his mother or father will be displeased. Girls don’t separate themselves from one girl because her mother cuts her hair a little differently or because some article of clothing is “ungodly.” They’re children! They love playing with each other!
Paul says that we should be exactly like that:
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
There is no more need for sacrifice or burnt offering. Paul says that our Love for one another IS the sacrifice and burnt offering.
Next is a very sobering thought – from mainstream and cult churches alike:
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Some have condemned our stand for the Truth. Each time we talk about Divine Love, some in the cult will ‘blast’ us because of the many lies and deception that we expose. But this is exactly what Paul tells us to do!
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
The pastors in the cult preach sermons against wisdom. “Knowledge is of the devil,” they say, not knowing that there is a Spiritual Knowledge that comes directly from the Holy Spirit.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Paul tells us not to entertain drunkenness, but instead to rejoice in the spirit. We are to give thanks to God the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ:
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Paul’s message to the marriage union is much different than Branham’s – though William Branham claimed to preach the same ‘message’ that Paul preached. Paul’s message is one of Love, while Branham’s was one of authority, obedience and dictatorship.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
The Husband IS supposed to be the leader – just as Branham taught. The wives are supposed to submit to the husband, representing the Church and Christ. But it doesn’t stop there!
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
How does THIS align with Branham’s false doctrine … that he claimed came directly from God … saying that women who cut their hair should be divorced? Is this the way of Divine Love?
In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Let’s compare this to Branham’s version of “divine love”:
But let me tell you something. A lot of you women tonight would have an awful time doing that; you'd have to stand on your head to do it. Shame on you. The Bible said, "The hair is given to a woman for her glory." And the Bible rights gives any man a right to leave and divorce and leave his wife, that'll cut her hair. That's the Bible. That's THUS SAITH THE LORD. – Branham, 56-0218E
Does this sound like the same ‘message’ that Paul preached? If the man and woman are one flesh according to Paul, why does Branham say that they should be cut in half?
How about this one? Is this ‘divine love?’
This was my remark then, "They're not worth a good clean bullet to kill them with it." That's right. And I hated women. That's right. And I just have to watch every move now, to keep from still thinking the same thing. – Branham, 59-0419A
In 1960, Branham claimed to have a ‘vision’ about seeing the bride before the judgment. In that vision, he claimed to preach the exact message – not even a single word off – from what Paul preached:
And that Voice speaking to me said it. And I said, "Well, will Saint Paul be questioned too?" Said, "Certainly, with his congregation." I said, "Then if Saint Paul passes it, I will too." I said, "I've preached it just exactly the way he did, not moved one word.” And then those millions screamed out, "We know that, and are resting assured." – Branham, 60-0716 FROM.THAT.TIME
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Is this yet another false vision? If Branham strayed –not just a word – but almost COMPLETELY from the message that Paul preached, did he lie about this vision? Did he have a vision at all?