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In a sermon entitled "Without Understanding," preached March 6, 2013, cult pastor Donnie Reagan preached an entire half of a sermon on "confusion."
I say confusion, not that this is the title of the section, but because that is exactly what he tried to do to his congregation. I could have used the phrase "grasping at straws," because he seems to be trying to confuse the people to keep them in the sinking ship just a few hours longer.
While one pastor in Ohio contacted us with the grace and love that Christ displayed, Reagan is an example of a cult pastor now hiding in shadows. While one asked us by name to hear their testimony of why they still follow Branham, Reagan referred to those who are now standing for the Bible with sounds of "crying sissy children" while he screamed at his spellbound congregation like a rabid dog. Not even aware that many in his own congregation are now seeing through this confusion for what it really is: deception.
Because most of his congregation are now aware that William Branham copied "divine revelations" from the works of other men and said that "angels met him in the room" to deliver these "revelations," Reagan would rather try to prove a negative, which he knows is more difficult than focusing on the real issue.
The problem? To keep people bound in a cult, he is willing to forfeit his soul by preaching on fault with the Word of God. And this is the same congregation that he preached sermons about the "Rhema" to - how only the "prophet" was able to interpret the Word of God! "Let's confuse them on scripture, because I've already taught them not to open it!"
I have three children, very good boys who love Jesus with all their heart. One of them has just learned the "invention of lying," and we have to correct him now and again. It is a stage of growing, one that some men never get out of. Thankfully, my children have their hearts focused on Jesus Christ.
If one of them were to throw a baseball through a window, and tell me that he watched as a neighbor kid threw it, I'd probably know it was a little fib before going any further. But if another one of my boys were to look at me and to tell me: "Daddy, he lied to you, but that's ok because the Bible has conflict," I would end up spanking both of them!
Magnify that. If the son protecting the one who told the fib were getting paid several thousand dollars every Sunday to keep telling the fib over and over, I'd probably blow my stack! Both boys need a good, old-fashioned woodshed experience!
Reagan went through the scriptures, nit-picking the Word of God like it was some two-bit National Enquirer magazine. Because the Word says in some places that the Voice Paul heard said, "I am Jesus," and in another place the writer wrote, "I am Jesus of Nazareth," Reagan cries foul.
He goes through the Bible, mentioning what he considers "conflicts," but leaves the congregation with no answers! But then for the false prophet, he gives every answer! Is the false prophet more valuable to Reagan than the Word of God?
These cult ministers, like Donnie Reagan, are aware that the paint has started flaking off the ship, and underneath are boards made of straw. They are starting to let the water in, and the ship will inevitably go down - and they are determined to go down with it to get every last penny they can. It is reported that some Branham supporters now have offshore accounts, and some of the "charitable organizations" are now either closing down or changing their status to "profitable." Oddly enough, the William Branham Evangelistic Association created in Arizona no longer shows up as "charitable," even though it was active until recently.
Like the Pharisees of old, these men are focused on one thing: money. While they claim to be following a man who 'preached the same message as Paul,' they are serving the god of mammon, while Paul served Christ.
Paul says this in 2 Corinthians 2:
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
These men are nothing more than "peddlers of god's word" - and not even the god of the Bible. They are peddlers of William Branham's word, which they call the "Voice of God."
They seem to have sold their souls for mammon.
The Word of God, while having very explainable translation issues, should be their Absolute - not the word of man. One book, from one writer, centuries apart may have minor conflicts with another writer, but the underlying principles remain exactly the same. This is not the case with William Branham.
In 1960, Branham said that "Many INFIDELS say, 'Jesus never did claim to be the Son of God.' He did there! He said, 'I am He that speaks to you!"
Later, he also said, "I've heard INFIDELS one time told me that Jesus never did say that He was the Son of God. He sure did! He CERTAINLY did! You JUST DON'T KNOW YOUR BIBLE!"
But while one writer may have remembered the story in the Bible slightly different, That same writer does not contradict himself. He does not vary even the slightest with fundamental doctrines of other writers, the Book flows in continuity!
And they do not call themselves "infidels,"
Branham, only a few years later, called himself an infidel:
"Jesus never referred to Himself as the Son of God, He always referred to Himself as the Son of Man - 64-0614.
He said the very same sentence the next month. What was Branham doing? He was trying to deny the supreme deity of Christ.
Reagan said that Branham's plagiarism of other men was because that they had just a "little truth," and that even though Branham claimed that "angels from God" gave him these stolen statements as "divine revelation," he was picking and choosing truth from the works of men before him. But this time, denying the supreme deity of Christ, Branham was copying the theology of George Lamsa, writer of the Lamsa Bible - a heretic who also denied the supreme deity of Christ. Lamsa, twisting the words of the true text, and choosing Gnostic scrolls, tried to prove that Jesus was "just a prophet," like Mohammed of the Islam faith. Branham believed him.
Lamsa, in the bible that William Branham promoted as "accurate," took the dying words of Jesus Christ on the cross, "My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me," and changed them to "My God, My God, For this I was spared?"
Did Branham really believe that Jesus Christ did not give the atonement?
The Word of God should never be thrown into the mud like Reagan did to keep his congregation confused into listening to his false teaching. The Word of God is a living, breathing, flowing Book. Every word of that Book is the inspired Word of God, and is the Absolute Word of Truth.
Since Reagan has thrown his Bible in the mud, it is evident that he has stopped reading it in favor of plagiarized words that William Branham stole from the likes of Charles Taze Russell, cult leader of the Jehovah's witnesses. Or Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church. Or John Alexander Dowie, who Branham lied about his own birthdate to become the "Elisha" to Dowie's Elijah!"
Reagan claimed that Branham took the words of Clarence Larkin, because he was taking the "truths" and preaching it - but he never told you that Branham claimed that "angels met him" to give him this truth. And when Branham "added" the "messengers" to Larkin's dates for the church ages, Branham chose one man who was dead before his "church age" ever began! Another died before his "age" ended!
So I'd like to read from the Book that Reagan just threw in the mud:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Notice the writer here. He doesn't say, "In days gone by, there are many discrepancies in the Word and I'm going to correct it through Gnostic texts!" He says the Word was EVERYTHING!
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
Speaking of John the Baptist, he does not say, "A prophet of God came to the people! Oh, he was such a blessed soul, prophesying about many antlers and egg-shaped chariots!" The writer says that John was just a man - does not even expand on the great things that John the Baptist likely did through the power of God! John was no the focus as William Branham is, the focus is coming next:
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
Let me pause here: I hear your "message programming" kicking in. "He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him." That's exactly what they did with William Branham. Oh hallelujah, the almighty prophet. NO!
This is speaking of Jesus Christ! This is not referring to John the Baptist! John was not the focal point as these cult pastors would have you believe! There is only one focal point: JESUS!
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
The writer does not say, "All who received John the Baptist, the "Elijah" of Malachi 3 and 4. The writer is speaking to those who receive Jesus. John did not save them, Jesus did! No doubt there were many who did not even believe John the Baptist that were saved by believing Jesus Christ!
But here's the Good part:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'") For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Who are we going to listen to? A man making money off of people by pointing to a false prophet that calls himself an infidel? A false teacher who is willing to sell his soul to the devil by throwing the Bible in the mud to lift up a false prophet? Or the Word of God that is the Absolute word of Truth?