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When William Branham preached “Africa Trip Report” in 1953, he describes bunking with a man by the name of “Brother Schoeman.” In his description, he almost slips up on recorded tape and almost exposes a secret that has been kept hidden from the cult followers to this date.
And so the--the next day, Brother Schoeman going up, which he was--he belonged to the--the Apostolic Faith Missions of Africa. And he was the President of the--of my--of my group. And he was a National Committee. --53-1114 AFRICA.TRIP.REPORT
Notice the slip up. He starts to say, “He was the president of the _________”, but then changed it to “of my group.”
The Apostolic Faith Missions (or AFM) was a world-wide mission to spread the teaching that came out of the Azusa Street Revival. By 1950, the power of this international force had grown so strong in South Africa that they had a political stronghold powerful enough to change society.
Before 1950, the AFM had what seemed to be simple motives. The AFM started establishing churches and support groups to spread the Pentecostal faith, which included the “spiritual gifts” that came out of Asuza Street.
But almost immediately after the war, the AFM made several drastic changes. Two of the largest and most important changes was its attitude towards war and politics. The changes were spearheaded by an unofficial group of young pastors. Though this name was not known in America, and William Branham was careful not to let it slip, the name of this group was commonly known in South Africa as “The New Order.”
The New Order wanted to improve the image of the AFM in society. This group was made up of names the cult of William Branham are familiar with, like David DuPlessiss, as well as the “Brother Schoeman” that Branham was referring to.
Until the New Order was established, the AFM were pacifists -- trying to spread the “spiritual gifts,” without interfering with South African culture and society. The early AFM movement was a “people’s movement.” The early Pentecostals fresh from Asuza street were spreading ideas that knew no racial barriers.
But the New Order had an agenda of power, and to gain that power they must align with the South African government. The relationship that was created between the AFM and the South African government would mark the end of pacifism, and would begin spreading racial discrimination.
It was so strong a change that the New Order even distanced themselves from the others spreading their Asuza Revival teachings in South Africa. Those already established who refused to conform started being commonly known as the “Old Order,” and the separation between the “Old Order and the New Order” grew blatantly obvious over time.
This change would be a setback to human rights movements for years to come.
Political power also meant political unity. As the AFM entered the mission of swaying the South African government, they began to align their teachings to match the agendas of the current government.
At that time, and because of the war, the South African government was strongly opposed communism. Not just what we consider and know to be communism, but this included any political agenda against changes to the society and culture of South Africa.
One of these political changes battled by the South African government and the AFM was “apartheid,” what the South Africans called racial segregation. The AFM and the South African government did not want to integrate the white and black races.
In a personal letter to a reformed theological student not long before Branham’s South Africa trip, David’s brother J. T. Duplessis condemned the earlier apolitical stance of the AFM.
The Asuza Street revival that spawned the AFM brought some very bad fruit. Almost every single branch that came from that root resulted in either a religious cult, sexual deviants, or worse.
The Apostolic Faith Movement was started by Charles Fox Parham. Parham quickly spread the AFM through Missouri, Texas, and Kansas. Like his predecessor John Alexander Dowie, Parham promoted himself as “Elijah the Prophet.”
During a media frenzy and criminal charges of sodomy (a felony), Parham reported to Zion, Illinois. After his meeting in Zion, Parham resigned from the AFM and passed the torch to William Seymour.
Even under Seymour, the men and women involved with the Azusa Street Revival were divided. Four separate Pentecostal organizations were formed over these divisions. (The Church of God, the Church of Christ, the Assemblies of God, and the United Pentecostal Church.) Unscriptural movements, such as the “Holy Laughter” and the “Slain in the Spirit” movement came from Asuza.
There are many heresies churned up by this movement, and many were swayed from their Christian faith into something else by the “signs and wonders” that came from the root of the branches.
When those involved in Asuza Street started speaking in tongues, others started claiming that the evidence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian was “speaking in tongues.” Even Seymour was questioned until he had the “gift.”
But Christians were more thrilled with the “evidence” than of the scriptures describing the gift. Many were speaking in unknown languages with no interpreter -- which is against the teachings of the Apostle Paul.
Out of this root that produced branches of cults came many doctrinal beliefs that cult followers of William Branham will quickly recognize. Many of these heretical beliefs from Asuza are falsely taught as “Divine Inspiration” in the cult leaders that came from the branches of this root.
In fact, if you ask any cult member in the “Message of the Hour,” the cult of William Marrion Branham, they will tell you that Branham himself brought these teachings to “restore the hearts of the children to the fathers.”
They do not realize that these are heretical beliefs that are based on twisted scriptures, and deny the Christ they claim to worship. Each false doctrine is a distractor, either denying the Supreme Deity of Christ, or turning the focus from Christ to the cult leader.
Listen to these heresies that came out of Asuza Street, and see if you recognize any of them when you were in the cult of William Branham, and count the number of those that you were told came directly from the “angel,” William Branham claimed to serve:
- The doctrine of the “Trinity” is demonic
- Christ did not exist before Mary, there can be no eternal Sonship
- Jesus Himself was the father (contradicts with the above)
- Jesus is the ONLY person of the trinity, but appears in three modes at different times
- Baptism MUST be in “Jesus Name”
- Faith healing is part of God’s plan FOR REDEMPTION.
- Pre-tribulation rapture
The Bible tells us not to be held captive by sensations or what these cults call “signs and wonders.” Instead, the Bible tells us to “test the spirits,” to see if they are from God.
One tool given to us to test the spirits is to examine the branches to see if the root is from God. The cult following of William Branham is just one of many branches that has produced bitter-tasting fruit that is NOT from God. And oddly, the core of the root is woven into a trail throughout history that does not stop with Asuza Street. Before Asuza, there was Dowie and the Zionist movement. Before Dowie was John Nelson Darby and the “Brethren cult.” The list goes on and on and on, back through time, all the way to the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
The problem with these cult movements is that the cult leaders themselves are enticed with other spirits, and after seeing the “signs and wonders” in their lives, they claim to be teachers. William Branham was no different -- in the beginning he did not claim to be a teacher OR a prophet, he just “prayed for the sick.” Later in life, he started re-teaching the doctrines of Dowie.
James chapter three puts this into very good perspective:
My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
Think of that. If someone had simply put a bit into Branham’s mouth, and he simply went around helping others instead of teaching the doctrine of Dowie, this world would be a much different place.
Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Those that came from the Asuza Street Revival were tossed about by every wind. Once the gifts started disappearing, they went seeking out after more gifts. That search brought them into NEW false doctrines. The same has happened within each cult church. The followers of William Branham do not see massive campaigns with faith healing any longer, so they turn to other false teaching. The doctrines spread about the cult churches of today are not even close to the doctrines in 1965 when William Branham died.
James continues, speaking about our speech:
With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
Those are words of wisdom, words that every cult follower should pay very close attention to. “No spring yields both salt water and fresh.” When you see the bitter fruits that come from the roots of the Asuza Street revival, and you think that your particular branch is “sweet,” you must ask yourselves: Is it REALLY sweet to God? How can a branch produce sweet fruit when it stems from the likes of a false prophet, John Alexander Dowie?
While cult pastors will tell you that searching out the false teachings and failed prophecies of William Branham is “worldly wisdom” and that you must accept his failures “by faith alone,” we find that James gives a very different instruction:
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
James has just openly condemned William Branham. Cult pastors cannot barricade the massive force of evidence surrounding William Branham’s many lies about his past, his boasting of non-existent supernatural events, and complete fabrications of stories to gain sympathy. These things, uttered from the mouth of William Branham that are on recorded tape for all to listen to are boastful. They are lies, which is against the truth.
James has just stated that the words that came from William Branham’s mouth was demonic and worldly.
You may ask yourselves: Why would William Branham do this? Let’s let James answer this question:
For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
The question I will leave you with today is this: Have you examined the other branches that came from your root? Have you examined the false teachings of John Alexander Dowie, who also promoted himself as a “Malachi 4” prophet? Or Charles Fox Parham, another “Malachi 4” prophet? Or any of the other cult prophets claiming to have the gift of the “return of Elijah?”
The fruit from a bad tree is only sweet if you have never tasted fruit from a good tree. Once you taste the good fruit that comes only from those who do not stray from the Word of God, you can never go back to eating bitter, nasty fruit!
Which fruit are you eating today?