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The Severed Hand

John Collins04/28/2013Video available here:

One of the most difficult topics to discuss with a person who has been enslaved by the clutches of a religious cult is “separation.” 

To the programmed cult mind, separation is a GOOD thing, not bad.  If you try to show them the harm in separation, they will puff their chests out and proudly display their “cult pride” in knowing that they are a separate people. 

Since Seek Ye The first began in February, 2012, we have came in contact with several ministers who are opening their eyes and walking away from the cult of William Branham.  The very strange part about their exodus is the similarities between their stories.

As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the very first thing that God plants in your heart is … well … the Gospel!  You want to spread it as far and as wide as you possibly can!  You want to show others how the scriptures are being opened to you, how that you are able to see how all roads in the Bible point to Jesus Christ. 

The problem is that in the cult, some roads were supposed to point to William Branham.  The Lamb did not open the Seven Seals – William Branham was supposed to have done that.  Malachi was not describing a pathway that led to Christ – that was supposed to be for William Branham.  That whole “Son of Man” thing in Luke 17:30?  Yeah, that is supposed to be William Branham also!

Ministers who poured out their hearts unto God for knowledge in the scriptures were often frowned upon, because the conclusions that God led them to did not match the conclusions Branham implied in his sermons.  Therefore, if you were a minister of the Gospel, to the cult, you were a minister of the devil.

Spiritual experiences were blessed in public, and condemned in private.  If that pastor had a spiritual experience from the scriptures and not the words of the false prophet, watch out!  One minster told me his conversion to Christ that was nothing less than astounding!  …yet the elders in the church did not want to receive the blessing that God had given him to give for testimony to the church!

And that is just within the cult!

Take that to a much broader scale.  Compare the wonderful things that Christ is doing to His children around the world!  Take the many people that God led through a hardship or a sickness, and watch them give the glory to God!  But let them try to witness to a Branham cult slave, and you’d hear things like, “did you see her hair?”  “Professing to be a Christian, and wearing those blue jeans!”  “Don’t they know my bible says not to wear a garment that pertains to a man!” 

…It’s funny when your eyes are opened and you find out that “breaches” were originally a woman’s garment!  I think that God has a GREAT sense of humor, and when people place themselves under bondage and oppression, He must be sitting up there in heaven getting a few chuckles over their silliness!  “Why look at little Billy down there, calling other men sissies for wearing shorts!”  “I’ll bet they get a GREAT laugh when they all find out that he’s wearing them too!”

The Bible does teach separation.  But it teaches separation from IDOLATRY!  Not from other Christians!  That is the very thing that Paul condemned!  The Children of Israel were called to be a separate Holy people, not like the people practicing human sacrifice, homosexual temple prostitution and more!

Cult pastors enslave you to the law, and they don’t even realize it!  As they pick and chose which of the Old Covenant laws they want to impose on their churches, they have chosen Law over Grace!  Paul teaches freedom from sin and slavery, unmerited favor in Christ Jesus!

While William Branham preached MANY times that “Christians must forfeit their rights,” Paul preached FREEDOM!

Take Galatians 5 as an example:

Paul says, “Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.  I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law.

Think of this!  Circumcision was just one little portion of the law that these cult pastors try to enforce.  And just by accepting that one little portion, then that means that you are OBLIGATED to keep the WHOLE Law! 

Guess what happens when you accept the Law over Grace:

You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.  For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

Paul hits the very heart of the matter.  Faith, working through Love.  Not Law, not rules, not forfeiting your freedom as William Branham tried to shove down our throats.  Branham’s ministry had fallen from Grace. 

To the Galatians, Paul was shocked!  Why would they want to impose these laws upon themselves?  He asks them:

You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?  This persuasion is not from him who calls you.  A little leaven leavens the whole lump.  I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is.  

Listen to the difference between Paul’s message of freedom, and Branham’s message of bondage.  In 1956, Branham says this:

A lamb is the kind of an animal that won't get back. I just wonder. A lamb is not fussy. A lamb is a forfeited animal. A--you take a lamb, he has wool on him. And that's his God-given rights. God give him the wool. That's his. But he's willing to lay upon a shearing block and have every bit of it sheared off of him. And he won't kick and fuss about it. Just lay him up there, and put the loops around his legs, and he just lays there, and you take from him everything that he has, that he forfeits it without murmuring about it.  And I wonder today, we who are supposed to be the lambs of God. You just try cross you up one time and watch how much lamb you are. Oh, my, you talk about kicking up a fuss. Why, I'll tell you, let something go wrong in the church. "Well, I'll just quit right now, go over and join the Methodists. Yes, sir. I don't have to put up with that." That shows what you're made out of.


This is SICKENING!  We are sons and daughters of the KING!  That makes us princes and princesses, heirs to the Heavenly Throne!  And he wants us to be bound like slaves in the stables!  God did not call a bunch of slaves!   God called us OUT of slavery!

Those of you with those programmed responses going through your minds – just like I have right now – stop for just a minute.  Take out those “Christian forfeits their rights” scriptures that have been twisted out of context for a moment.  Listen to what Paul says later in Galatians 5:

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Branham not only bit, but he cut off!  In his “bondage bride” example we just gave, Branham used the Methodists – other Christians – as an example.  In one single paragraph, he severed the Body of Christ, insulted the Methodists, and called everyone who did not follow his lies and deceit cowards.  YET HE WAS TRYING TO ENSLAVE YOU INTO COWARDS!

Many say that we need to simply spit the cherry seed out.  Eat the rest of Branham’s cherry pie, it taste great!  …but what if that seed is raw, slimy sewage!  Not only does it make you sick, it makes you die – spiritually!

If you throw out the garbage on those tapes and start reading the REAL Voice of God, the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God, you will quickly find that Branham was just one of many in a lineup of wolves, having a spirit that had one sole purpose:  To sever the Body of Christ. 

One of my favorite scriptures after escaping the cult of William Branham is Colossians 2.  The words seem to be SCREAMING out FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES!  WILLIAM BRANHAM IS COMING!

Having studied all of the men Branham studied, like Joseph Smith and Charles Taze Russell, I realize that this is not a man cutting off the hand of the Body of Christ.  It is a demon.  Probably the one Branham described as looking like “Alley Oop!”

In Colossians 2, Paul says this:

Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.

IGNORE that false prophet telling you not to drink wine!  Jesus did it!  The apostles drank it!  It was the #1 drink of choice throughout the entire Bible! 

Forget about that nonsense teaching that the “Zodiac” was the first Bible!  That has NOTHING to do with Christ!

These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

And here we go.  I call this my William Branham verse.  I look at the scriptures and see this graffiti saying, “Branham wuz here!”

Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

The guy prayed to his “angel!”  He insisted that we live ascetic lives, forfeiting our rights, bound to the Law.  He insisted that we forfeit Grace to follow the PORTIONS of the Law that he tried to enforce – then didn’t enforce the rest of them!  Condemn the people to HELL for denying Grace and not keeping the entire LAW!

If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”

Every single law Branham pushed were superficial things.  Nothing to do with change of the heart, mostly with change of the wardrobe.  It’s easier to be separate when you LOOK separated.  But all of these things in our wardrobes will decay!  Our souls will not!

(referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?  These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

We were all called into One Body, the Body of Christ.  There will be people from every nation, every race, every religion that has produced a soul that has surrendered their heart and soul and mind to Jesus Christ.

The things of this world do not matter.  Paul says that we have died, and our lives are hidden with God.  When Christ returns, because we are hidden in Him, we will return with Him!

Why do we listen to some guy who is lying about most of his own life – hiding from his past – just because he said that we should “forfeit our rights!”  And especially when Paul said that we are called to FREEDOM!

You hold the key, not the jailer.  The warden died in a nasty car wreck in 1965, and the jailers can only say that the dead guy is saying on recorded tape. 

That means that you control your own handcuffs!  You have the ability to accept the Grace through Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for yourselves.  You also have the ability to deny Grace to accept Law – but remember, Paul says that you must then keep the WHOLE law!  Even the parts about stoning your children when they disobey!

Take those keys to the handcuffs in your hands, and make your decision!