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Let’s pretend that the Branham cult churches were to allow me back inside to fellowship with them, worship with them on Sunday morning, and the pastor were to ask me to pray for the congregation before they left to face the week. I know it would never happen – many have let me know how unwelcome I am in their homes and their churches. But let’s say that they did.
Let’s say that the pastor asked me to come to the platform and to pray a prayer from behind the pulpit, showing the same open arms that Christ displayed to even the sinners and the publicans. If I were to bow my head and pray to Christ before the people, and end the prayer with these words: “And may the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, come in now, the Promise, the Comforter, that You said You would send,” I would be escorted from the platform before the prayer ended! I’d be publicly reprimanded, given scornful looks by the congregation, and asked to never return … pretending, of course, that I had not ALREADY been shunned from the cult.
What the cult followers would not realize is that the sentence I just made in the prayer came directly from their cult leader, William Branham. Those are Branham’s exact words in “The Resurrection of Lazarus,” preached in Erie, Pennsylvania, in July of 1951. Paragraph 28.
You see, there were times that Branham’s “theology” matched the scriptures. But Branham really had no “theology,” he preached practically every truth and every heresy since the formation of the Christian church. He taught Oneness, Dualism, Trinitarian, and more. To this group in Pennsylvania, Branham was pretending to believe in the Trinitarian Godhead.
To others, and especially in his hometown of Jeffersonville, Branham told the people that the Lord had spoken through him to tell them that the Trinitarian doctrine was “of the devil.”
In 1961, Jeffersonville, Branham says this:
Now, my precious brother, I know this is a tape also. Now, don't get excited. Let me say this with godly love, the hour has approached where I can't hold still on these things no more, too close to the Coming. See? "Trinitarianism is of the devil!" I say that THUS SAITH THE LORD!
Now, if we combine these two sermons, he had essentially just told the people in Jeffersonville that he was praying the devil’s doctrine to the people in Pennsylvania! Praying to the devil!
Again to the people in Los Angeles:
See, Jesus could do nothing except the people believed Him. Is that right? You ha... You ha... See, you believe in God; you believe in the Son, believe in the Holy Ghost; that's the Trinity. We believe in that. See? But then, in order for this to operate, you must believe me, not as Them, but They sent me here for this. You understand? Yes, sir. You understand.
But back in Jeffersonville:
Now listen closely. We see plainly, after the Seven Seals has been opened, that's to reveal that mystery. What is that trinity? See? Where was it ever called trinity? See? Where in the Bible did It even speak the word trinity? Where could there be three Gods, that we worship three Gods and not be heathens?
The problem is that Branham himself knew exactly what Trinitarians believed, and told those in other churches that he believed the same exact thing. But to the local cult church, he not only told them that he did NOT believe in the Trinitarian doctrine – but he also lied to them about what other Trinitarians believe!
In even the most simplistic forms of the Trinitarian statement of faith, ONE God is always stressed with great importance. Here is an example:
1) within the one Being or essence of God, there eternally exists three distinct yet equal Persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
2) in the full Deity and full humanity of Jesus Christ. These two distinct natures, perfect deity and perfect humanity, are inseparably united in the one Person.
3) in the full Deity and full personality of the Holy Spirit and in His work in regeneration and sanctification.
When I came out of the cult, the shocking part for me is that I personally agreed with these statements (in general), but disagreed simply with the word: Trinity! My problem, however, was that I also tried to make sense of Branham’s Oneness, Dualism, and Modalistic teachings. All of Branham’s doctrines can never be integrated into one single theology – because they all contradict each other!
On the surface, I have no problem with this. Branham could have simply been confused himself, thinking that every single heresy was inspired truth – but there are two major problems with it. He fancied himself as a teacher, and he later condemned any Christians who did not aspire to his teachings – even though they contradicted themselves so badly that they were not teachings at all.
Towards the end, there was a bitter hatred for the systems that taught according to the Bible. While those poor cult followers were sitting there listening to the screaming teacher yelling, “COME OUT OF HER,” they had no clue that he had been teaching the very thing he condemned. …but to other churches.
The Bible says that this hatred for Truth will come. And it says that those who stand for the truth will be hated – exactly the system that Branham established with his contradictory teachings.
John 15 says this:
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’
It is very interesting that the next portion of the scripture deals directly with the Trinity. The first half of John 15 warns that many will be hated for following Christ, but the second describes the Trinity exactly as the Trinitarians teach it!
“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
I think many times, Oneness people get “hung up” on the word “person,” assuming that it means the same thing as another “being.” But in the elementary teaching of the Godhead, there is only ONE God. There are three ‘persons’ described, because the Bible describes all three as being One.
This one sentence in John describes the Helper that Christ will send, the Holy Spirit. Using the word ‘person’ in this example as a ‘being,’ a person cannot “send” ‘himself.’ But God, the One True God, describes Jesus sending the Helper.
And the Helper is sent “from” the Father! The Spirit of Truth, that Jesus Sends from the Father! And that Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, will bear witness of Jesus!
Let’s take that same sentence, replacing each part of the Trinity with the name “Joe” as an example to show how little sense this makes with Branham’s (sometimes) Oneness theology:
But when Joe comes, whom Joe will send to you from Joe, Joe, who proceeds from Joe, Joe will bear witness of Joe. See? This makes absolutely NO sense!
And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.
That is a very sobering thought. Jesus just described the Trinity, and told the people that He said it to keep them from falling away! And yet, we have a movement of between 2 and 4 million people worldwide who have fallen away from this teaching of Jesus Christ! They have left the Bible for another man’s word – simply because he told them that it was “Thus Saith The Lord!” … and all the while, he was teaching against himself and his heretical doctrines in outside churches!
Worse, the Branham cult has created fanatics. Not fanatics for Christ, but fanatics for Branham. Everyone knows about them – they are in many churches around the world. So enthused for Branham, that some would even be willing to kill for him! I heard one recently say, “If William Branham is wrong and is going to hell, I’m going to hell with him!”
They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Have we known the Father? Do we teach against the teachings of Jesus Christ, following a man who did not even believe his own doctrines? Did the false prophet even HAVE a doctrine?
What Jesus said is correct, and you should search your hearts. The hour will come when you will remember these things, and you will remember that they are written down in scripture. The few of you remaining in the cult who still read your bibles know these scriptures, and have had that nagging question in the back of your minds as to why the false prophet taught against Jesus Christ. Let’s just hope that when that hour comes, there is time to repent.