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I have spoken to many people inside and outside of the cult following of William Branham regarding "salvation." Many inside of the cult, whose walls are quickly crumbling, are asking us, "can we find salvation outside of the cult? Will our children be saved if we leave? Will we remain Christian after we make our exodus?
This week, I received multiple questions from posters on our websites and Facebook pages, and realize that this is something that definitely should be addressed.
Everyone I have spoken with about it, even from cult followers within the same churchs, have their own "mythical brother branham" that they believe. No, they do not bow down to him to worship, and they do not (for the most part) pray to his name. But believe it or not, they still worship him. Each one describes a different brother branham, and each one complete fiction -- most of the stories that he told were fictional, even about himself.
Anything that you put before Christ is an idol, and serving an idol is "idolatry", which breaks the commandment, "Thou shalt put no other gods before Me."
If I were to tell any of them that they serve an idol, they would stop listening to me. but ...
Jesus Christ said that "No man cometh to the Father but by Me."
He did not say, "No man cometh to the Father but by Me, and in the last days but by William Branham."
The very question that started this response, "Can we be Christians outside the message," means that there is fear still ingrained that without William Branham, you cannot make it to the Father. Therefore, the obvious conclusion is that the same programming for the fear has programmed the people with a different intermediator between man and God!
Also, just as people follow a mythical brother branham, they also follow a "mythical christ."
William Branham did teach the correct Christ and the correct Gospel. Some believe the real One, and those people are saved.
But Branham also taught multiple other "christs," all heresy. The very man who claimed Irenaeus was a "church age messenger" taught a doctrine that Irenaeus devoted his life towards stopping: a different Jesus.
Branham taught all of the heretical views of christ (and more):
Oneness - The Azusa streetPentecostalviewpoint that denied the fullness of the Godhead. The Father was not sending the Helper as Jesus claimed, Jesus was asking Jesus to send Jesus.
Man-god -the Jehovah's Witness view that Jehovah of the Old Testament is Jesus of the New, and that Jesus was a man until His baptism, Man-god until he was crucified, but died as a man.
Dualism - Jesus could not be His own Father, so the Godhead contained these two -- but the Holy Spirit was still Jesus.
Modalism - Jesus is Yahweh, there are not three "persons" in the Godhead.
Islamic Great Prophet - Jesus was a prophet, like himself, and God empowered him.
Tao Buddhism - Jesus and Satan were equal.
Gnosticism - Jesus is Michael the Archangel.
But he also taught the Bible's explanation of the Godhead, at times, which is correct:
There is One God that existed before the beginning of the earth, and there are three "persons" that we see in the scriptures -- these Three are One. There is Jesus Christ, theinterceder between man and the Father. There is the Holy Spirit that Jesus Asked the Father to Send to the people, the Helper. There is the Father, sitting on the throne, where Jesus sits at the right-hand. These three are One.
To confuse the people, Branham lied about what other "Trinitarians" believe. Except for a few cults, most Christian Churches believe in One God. There are not three gods -- that is heresy.
To give an answer is complicated is because I do not know which "Mythcal William Branham" that the seeker of Truth believes in -- most of the Mythical Branhams are complete fiction. I also do not know which Jesus that the seeker believes in -- it could be the Scriptural one, but it could also be one of the heretical "different Jesuses."
If your church teaches that you cannot make "the rapture" without believing in William Branham, then your church has fallen into idolatry -- putting another god before Yahweh. If they teach that you CAN make the "rapture" and still deny William Branham, then you are not being taught idolatry, you are being taught the "mythical brother branham" that could draw a "bigger circle" around those who "drawed him out." (which he said on tape).
If my church taught that you can only be saved if you believe in Santa Claus, that would be idolatry. If they believed in Santa Claus, but taught that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven -- whether you believed in Santa -- then it is not idolatry, just simply false teaching.
William Branham is Santa Claus. There is not a single prophecy that can be proven to have came to pass as he claimed, so he changed his stories of the original prophecy. There is not a single event in his life that he tells completely truthfully, there is always more fiction than truth. The "mythical" ones are nothing more than a fictional character that spread good tidings!
1 Timothy 4 tells us that these "myths" will cause many to depart from the Faith of Jesus Christ - the REAL Jesus Christ, not the mythical one. Paul says that these "myths" are the "teaching of demons!"
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared
What do we see in Branham's ministry? Even his own followers know that his many stories are myths! The stories themselves conflict with one another! Branham was insincere, and told fiction. Anything that is not truthful is a lie, and any person telling constant lies is a liar. Branham lied so often that his own conscience was seared by not telling the truth!
who forbid marriage
This man, whose conscience was seared, decided to preach a sermon entitled "marriage and divorce." The single reason behind this sermon was that his own son had broken the rule that many Penticostals believed: it is scripturally against the Bible teachings to marry another person after divorce.
So, we can't have an entire following watching his own son getting remarried when this was "the great and mythical prophet!" What to do?
Let's preach a sermon, and pretend that we do not know what the Bible says about this! Let's pretend that we are all so unintelligent that we can't read the scriptures for ourselves, and pretend that we did not know what the BIBLE said about it! Let's pretend that now that we know, there is a "line in the sand!"
Any person remarried before that line in the sand had not "broken the rules" â€¦ meaning his own son. Anyone who does it after that "mythical line," is condemned to hell and ex-communicated from the cult!
â€¦and who knows what else is on that tape, Branham had a button behind the pulpit that paused recording.
and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
Why did William Branham preach against wine? It was the most common drink in the entire Bible - from Genesis to Revelation. Even the Last Supper, the most famous meal in the history of mankind, drank what: Kool-aid?
No, WINE! They celebrate what Christ and the disciples were drinking at the last supper, drinking wine for themselves, but then condemn others for drinking that same drink that they just poured into their mouths! It is a double-standard, and against the Bible teaching to condemn it!
If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.
There we have it. Have NOTHING to do with myths! Irreverent, silly myths! Paul just told us not to have ANYTHING to do with those recorded tapes! Eighty percent of them (pulling that magical 80% number Branham used for almost every statistic), eight percent of the content on the tapes is mythical! Fiction! Did not happen! Conflicts with his accounts on other tapes!
What should we do?
Rather train yourself for godliness; or while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
If you are still held captive by this cult, do you follow Paul's instruction? Do you command and teach against Branham's mythical stories, or are you too afraid to speak against "the prophet?"