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Misogyny

John Collins05/31/2013

Video available here: http://youtu.be/YSrcHaEbO7w 


Misogyny is the hatred or dislike of women (or girls.)  It has many categories, including sexual discrimination to violence against women to sexual objectification of women. 


While to most Christians, this sounds evil and horrific, and even to the cult follower the descriptions of misogyny sounds terrible, we find threads of misogyny prevalent in the cult today.  And the reason that this evil is found in the cult is because this evil was threaded throughout William Branham’s teachings, and done so in the name of Christianity.


Misogyny IS found to be based on religion, but not Christianity.  Paul said that there is neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female in the Body of Christ -- Paul taught equality.  Misogyny cannot be found in either the Old Testament Jewish Custom or in the New Testament of Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ.  In fact, women who worshipped Yahweh had it much better than that of pagan religion and worship of Baal.


All around the globe, we find ancient pagan religion practicing misogyny.  The Incan empire held a beauty contest in worship of their sun god worship to choose “virgins of the suns.”  If a young girl was beautiful and chosen, they were chosen to marry.  If they were not so pretty and unchosen, they remained single for the rest of their lives.  When their husband died, they took vows to commit suicide to die with him.


In ancient Greece, worship of the moon goddess Artemis was very much the same.  While not much is known about the temple worship in the Incan civilizations, we do know that women in worship of the Greek goddesses held the same “wife choosing rituals,” and also had female temple prostitutes.  Their bodies were objectified in the temples during pagan worship.  Religious ceremonies were often blatantly obscene--including such things as erotic fertility rites, drunken temple orgies, perverted homosexual practices, and in the very worst cases, even human sacrifices.


Artemis had a Roman counterpart, the goddess Diana.  Worship of Diana was prevalent in Ephesus, where Paul spoke these words in his letters to the Ephesians:


So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.  For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”  - Ephesians 5


The trail of oppressed women in religious cults is woven through time, through pagan religion, all the way back to The Fall.  Greek mythology was spread to Rome through the port city of Tyre, but descended from pagan worship in the cities that rose against the Children of Israel.  The goddess worship typically had a male counterpart who was worshiped as a greater power.  


In Egyptian mythology, the Sun God Ra had a female counterpart, the “Eye of Ra.”  This “eye” was the capstone of the pyramids, the object of pagan worship that William Branham said was Jesus Christ.  


Before that, there was Asherah, the “breasted god.”  While Branham called El Shaddai “the breasted god,” the phrase “El Shaddai” was simply stated to be the “God of Abraham.”  The word “El” meant “God,” and the Hebrew word for Shaddai was both translated to mean “supplier” and “destroyer.”  (Branham told a portion of truth when he said that it meant “I am the God who supplies all your needs,” but then he incorporated Jewish mysticism from Kaballah into his teaching -- which descended from the false goddess Asherah.)


There is worship of “the breasted god” in Jewish history, but remember -- there were also great men who rose and tore down the pillars of the Asherah.  These pillars, later to become the “Pillars of Melquart” in pagan worship during the power of the city of Tyre, and later still the “Pillars of Hercules” in Greek worship.  These were the bad guys, not the good guys!


Throughout time, religious cults have a strong similarity that binds them all together:  Turning hearts from worship of the One True God, and oppressing women.  The cult of William Branham is no different.


Many followers in the cult of William Branham will laugh off his statement about telling others that a “woman was not worth a good, clean bullet to shoot her with.”  Or how he used to run from women and hate women.  Or how many called him a woman hater.


These are all red flags that would raise an eyebrow if he were laying on a leather couch in front of a psychiatrist.  His descriptions of his hatred of women in his early life seem to be better prophecy than any of the failed visions he had later in life.  They predicted the hatred of women in his teaching that would influence millions.


While all of Branham’s life stories have been proven to be completely fabricated, there is always one small thread of truth in each fictional story.  He even told us that, “The biggest lie in the world has got a lot of truth in it.”  (52-0725).


The story Branham gives of his childhood days, watching the wild women gathered around his father’s moonshine stills seems to be the root of the problem.  He always points to this one event as the beginning of his hatred of women.  While we can’t go back in time to see the event unfold, it is highly likely that there is more to this story than Branham tells, and it was very damaging to his young and innocent mind. It is likely that he remembered hating those women for it until the day of his death, and had day-visions of their painted faces and dress attire that haunted him.  


Whatever the case, this event would influence him into a sadistic hatred for women.


Some examples of this are the view of women in the churches.  The Branham cult hierarchy includes an all-men force of power, which is unscriptural.  While many churches of today still believe it is wrong for women to be pastors, they see the many women of the Bible that were deacons (the Greek word for servant), evangelists, and more.  


Branham took the words of Paul, “Let the women keep silent in the churches,” and refused to look at the pagan culture Paul was speaking to.  The women of Corinth were deeply integrated into religious rituals that included a state of ecstasy that would invoke breaking out into shrill screaming while ripping the flesh off of animals.


The second chapter of Luke breaks this theology at the seams.  The PROPHETESS Anna almost NEVER left the temple, praying and prophesying in devotion to God.  


Luke 2 says this:


Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.


Branham’s hatred of women is most obvious in the sermon “Marriage and Divorce.”  And even that has been tamed down quite a bit -- the sermon that you purchase is not the entire sermon.  Not only has many noticed that portions of the tape was “paused” by William Branham, even more was snipped out by the two homosexual “tape boys.”  There is an open letter available online that condemns Voice of God Recordings of “snipping out” polygamy from the sermon.  If that is correct, it is even still worse!


In that sermon, Branham says this:


“There is nothing designed to be so deceitful, as a woman that's deceitful. There cannot be nothing else; there is nothing made to be that way.  Also, there is nothing that can be so easily deceived as a woman. Now, the fall proves this statement to be true, the fall in the beginning.  She was not in the original beginning creation.” 


In other words, LISTEN TO WHAT I’M SAYING -- DON’T GO READ THE BIBLE where it says “male and female created He them.”


“She was in Adam, but not in a female sex, herself, at the beginning. She was the by-product made.”  


In other words ... she is a lesser being.


“Now, there is nothing designed that can deceive, and be deceived, as easy as a woman. There is nothing designed or can stoop as low as a woman can. Think now. There is nothing designed, in all creation, that can stoop as low as a woman can.”


I’m wondering if he’s picturing that orgy around his father’s still while he says this!


“She can tear a man's heart to pieces easier than anything else there is in the world, is his wife. Let that nice little wife get to running around with some other man; look at that fellow sitting there with his children, the tears dropping out of his eyes. She is designed that way. She is designed to do this.” 


Tell me if that SOUNDS like the words that would come from Christ?  Or Paul, or Peter, or any of the apostles?  Does that sound like a CHRISTIAN man?


“There is no hog, no dog, or no other animal, designed like her or can stoop as low as she can stoop.” 


In other words, you woman in the cult are lower than a hog wallowing in the mud.  Lower than a dog eating his own vomit.  Lower than any animal!  That’s what he’s saying here!


“Now, that is true. With regards to my sisters, I just want you to watch.”  


Listen to those words!  Those of you who argue that he is only speaking to the evil in the world -- or at least what he perceived to be evil, those who do not ascribe to his beliefs -- HE IS SPEAKING DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH!  NOW THAT IS TRUE WITH REGARDS TO MY SISTERS, I WANT YOU TO WATCH!


“No animal can be immoral. You call the dog a "slut," the female dog, you call the male... hog a "sow," but her morals is a million miles beyond many Hollywood star. That's how low she is designed to stoop.”


In other words, you sisters are designed to stoop!  That’s what he said!


“She can't... Just think of this now. There is nothing in the world, made in God's creation, that can be immoral, stoop that low.”


Not only are you lower than the animals if you are a woman in this cult, you are lower than everything on the entire earth!


“You say, ‘Wait a minute, 'man'!’ We're going to get to that. The woman has to say "yes."  


Think of what he just said there.  In other words, if you ask a woman to do something, she has to do it!  She has to be your servant!


Notice, there is nothing designed to stoop so low, or be filthy, but a woman. A dog can't do it, a hog can't do it, a bird can't do it. No animal is immoral, nor it can be, for it is not designed so it can be. A female hog can't be immoral, a female dog can't be immoral, a female bird can't be immoral. A woman is the only thing can do it.” -- Branham, 65-0221m


And yet, IT’S A DIRECT CONFLICT, because we have TWO HOMOSEXUAL guys snipping this out of this particular sermon!  It’s a paradox!


This sadistic attitude is NOT the attitude of a Christian.  It is the attitude of one who is worshipping a false god.  This is the same attitude of the worshippers of Dagon, who treated their women lower than male slaves.  It is no different than the temple prostitutes, who forced women into sexual immorality because they were “designed for this.”  This is the doctrine of demons.


Jesus Christ’s attitude toward women was radically different from what was customary at the time for the Jewish people who had strayed so far from the Mosaic Law. Women normally stayed home and attended to domestic duties, just as William Branham claimed they should STILL do. But Jesus allowed women to travel with Him and His twelve disciples.  

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When Jesus sent out the seventy two as his disciples (or apostles), those women who followed were not excluded.  And why not?  He trained Mary and Martha for the ministry almost immediately afterwards!


In Jewish custom, women were not learned and did not participate in any kind of teaching.  Jesus breaks the rules, practicing gender equality in every way.  And Martha was hesitant -- she was already busy being a disciple (servant):


Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching.  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” -- Luke 10


As we’ve pointed out before, great portions of the book of Luke are avoided by cult leaders.  Luke was well studied, and is the Gospel that is laid out perfectly in chronological order for you to easily read and understand.  And Luke did not withhold anything against Jewish custom, especially for the role of women.  If Jesus practiced gender equality in any of the events listed in the Gospel, Luke wrote it down.

Paul followed that teaching, though it was very difficult to allow in the pagan world of Gentiles.  The Gentile custom was even more oppressive to the women than the Jewish custom, because they were predominately religious cults with false doctrines.


To spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul could not present radical ideas on the rights of women that would create scandals.  They were already in a hotbed of opposition for simply spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Persecution would have been stronger if Christians were also trying to change the world view of women.


There was also large areas of slavery, and there were many women who were bought, sold, and traded as slaves.  We find many passages in the letters of Paul and the book of Peter that tell us not to “buck the system,” and try to break the position of slavery that the early Christians were faced with when they converted to Christ.


While most Christians would now agree that slavery is against the teachings of Christ, we find Paul saying things like this:


Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

Ephesians 6


Ephesus, remember, was a hotbed of the worship of the goddess Diana.  Paul was speaking to early Christians that were spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ancient cult.


In the Garden and before the fall, the male and the female were equal.  While the woman was created to be a helper to the man, there was no sexual discrimination, no objectifying of the woman, and no oppression.  Even after the fall, other than the woman being punished to suffer pain during childbirth and serving her husband, there is very little change.


It was the cults devoted to false gods that brought oppression to the women.  Those same cults that brought human slavery in general pushed slavery on even the free women.  Sadly, it seems that pagan theology is spread through the ministry of cult leaders like William Branham, those pagan forms of worship that raise the status of the man to a much, much higher status than that of a woman.


I’m thankful that so many by the day are escaping the cult of William Branham and are finding peace by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. I’m thankful that after watching my own female family members become servants to the male members without even realizing it, that I can watch others now be set free to love their husbands because their husbands love them as partners and not as property.


I’m thankful that we serve a God in Heaven that does not promote the oppression that we find in these ancient religious cults that served demons.  

I ask that you pray for the women in this religious cult.  Like Paul as the Gospel is spreading, we should not ask that they release their chains of bondage, but that God will give them strength to endure the trials.


And may God have mercy on the pastors that have twisted their Bibles in the way that these cult leaders have done to treat their women like that of ancient evil.