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Branham: The Get-Rich-Quick-Scheme

John Collins03/07/2013

Video available here: http://youtu.be/829SeiA3cqk

Every parent wants the best for their children.  To see their child grow and mature into adulthood is a blessing that God gave us.

For the hunter, there is nothing that makes a man happier than to watch his child tagging his first deer.  They’d love to give their boy the best rifle, pickup truck, or other equipment to help them be an even better hunter than themselves. 

Yet, when their children are small, they’d never let them touch a rifle.  Their toddler would never be given keys to the vehicle, and knives would be kept up on shelves. 

As the toddler grows into adolescence, the hunter starts to introduce the boy or girl to these things, but they are still not fully entrusted with the dangers of the hunting equipment.  Why?

Why?  Because the parent knows that the child must learn and grow.  The child must mature into an adult on his or her own, learning through experience.

The same can apply to other types of parents.  Artists would never give toddlers expensive paints.  Musicians would not give a $5000 Martin guitar to let their toddler stand on the neck.  Carpenters would not give a power saw to the child, Mechanics would never give air tools.  In human life, we realize that there is a process for growth and rite of passage.

In the spiritual world, it is much the same.  God did not give Moses a message of grace; He wanted to show mankind how sinful they were through the Mosaic Law.  God did not entrust Adam with the Mosaic Law – Adam was not yet ready.  God wanted all of these things for His children, but God knew that we would experience a much greater blessing if the entire human race experienced these things and grew to maturity.

When Jesus sent the first converts out to start spreading the Good News, He did not give them everything that would be coming.  He told them that there would come a time when they would do much greater than they were experiencing – Jesus was going to the Father, and the Holy Spirit would soon be coming.

Even now, we are experiencing growth.  As Christians, we are looking forward to the Day of the Lord that is coming.  We know that one day, we will see Christ face to face.

Reading the Bible, I for one can say that there is not a better way.  God has a perfect plan for the Church, and all of these things work together for our good.  We would not want to skip the Mosaic Law.  How would we know how sinful we were?  How would we truly appreciate what Christ did for us on the cross?

Yet, we find that William Branham did not think God’s perfect plan was adequate.  On multiple occasions, Branham – under his own authority – offered salvation to certain individuals.  Branham allowed them to “bypass” the cross, he himself “bypassed” Jesus Christ, telling others that their children would be saved for one reason or another!

My family is an example of this.  All of my grandfathers children, according to William Branham, would be saved.  Simply because my grandfather knew a “man”, my aunts and uncles are granted salvation.

One of the family is hidden from the people.  NOBODY must know that one of his children – granted ‘salvation’ from William Branham – knows that the message was wrong.  I have personally witnessed my aunt being hidden from the local church during a wedding anniversary, my grandfather not wanting his congregation to see that Branham was “wrong” about one of his children.

The strange part is that in her case, I’m not so sure Branham was wrong!  She has more grace and compassion than the other siblings.  She has more Christ in her life than most of the congregation!  Yet she does not believe the message.  It’s a PARADOX!

The same thing happened in the commune that Gene and Leo – the homosexual tape boys – setup in Prescott Arizona.  A family there was granted the same thing for their children, and then these two perverted pastors committed horrendous atrocities to almost ALL the children in the commune.  One of the children, a victim of this message, was sentenced to death row for crimes that make the entire group of escapees keep silent. 

The problem with this is the silence.  Not from the victims and their families, but from the pastors who know about it.  From the organization headquarters that keep it silenced.  These things are repeated in other message communes, and on a much smaller scale are repeated by members of the cult churches.  I personally have received letters and messages from victims from pastors, song leaders, deacons, and more.  Abuse runs rampant in the cult, and the elders hide it from the people.

Why do we see this?  In my opinion, it is because the Message of William Branham is an attempt to bypass the salvation of Jesus Christ.  There is a much easier way that growing to spiritual maturity – all you have to do is believe that William Branham is a prophet!   There’s no need to study your Bible – he’s already done it for you!  You don’t need to fellowship with “wordly churches,” they’ll all be here when we have that ‘tent meeting’ when that rusty bucket of bolts airplane and that pilot who died carries this prophet who died around the world. 

This is like a very poorly designed get-rich-quick-scheme!

Also, this is in direct conflict with John 6.

So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.  When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”  Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.  Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”  Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”  Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

I’ll pause here, because I can already hear that message ‘programming’ kicking in.  Jesus said, “you believe in him whom he has sent.” – remember, this is Jesus Christ, not William Branham!

So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?  Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”  Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

Jesus was teaching them a lesson.  They wanted Him to make more bread, but Jesus wanted them to grow spiritually.  There was a better Bread they should be seeking:

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.  For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Did you notice Who Jesus said that we should believe in to gain eternal life?  It WASN’T a prophet!  Jesus said that everyone that believed on the Son of God will receive eternal life!  EVERYONE!

So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”  They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”  Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.  No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.  It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’

Notice what Jesus just told them.  “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”. 

Tell me:  Did Jesus tell them “no one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him … uh … oh, and also if a prophet tells them they will be saved for being kind to the prophet?”   NO!!!

Branham tells a story about the sons of Hattie Wright.  She complimented ‘the prophet,’ and he told her that like a genie in a bottle, he would grant her a wish.  Any wish.  Just rub the prophet’s belly!

In 1960, he says this:

About that time, the power of God struck that place; I never felt such anointing. When it did, I said, "Hattie, THUS SAITH THE LORD; ask what you will. I don't care what it is; God has give me the authority to give you your heart's desire right now. If you ask for a million dollars, you can have it. Ask for that little crippled girl to get up and walk, she can have it. Ask for anything

Branham, “Go Tell”, April 1960

God does not offer salvation from genie prophets telling you to avoid the bottle.  NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME!

Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.  This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.  I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  When we were programmed by this false teaching called the ‘Message’, were we trying to bypass scriptural salvation?  Did we really think that there is a better plan of salvation?  Do we really think that knowing or believing a ‘prophet’ is better than the Son of God dying on a cross for our salvation?

How much of this message is a get-rich-quick-scheme?  Does it stop with the founding fathers, or are the congregations looking to get rich quick by bypassing spiritual salvation and getting a faster way to the riches in Glory?