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Jesus vs. Jesus

John Collins06/13/2013

Video available here: http://youtu.be/OV1WvR8P8D0

As William Branham copied the theology of the many false teachers that came before him, a strange and unusual problem was created.  One that has confused followers in the cult of William Branham for years, and has made many afraid to study their Bibles for fear of contradicting their prophet.

The men that Branham copied ALSO had opposing doctrines.  Charles Taze Russell did not fully agree with John Alexander Dowie.  Joseph Smith did not fully agree with William Seymour.  Charles Fox Parham did not fully agree with John Darby.

The problem is that these men, though slightly off in their doctrines, did have belief in their doctrines.  The doctrines they brought became their life.  While they may have some minor discrepancies with their teachings, the fundamental platforms they raised were their focus.  They never raised additional platforms that conflicted with their main focus.

Some of these platforms can be combined to create new religions, and they are still not in conflict.  You can falsely teach “speaking in tongues is the evidence of the Holy Spirit while you are promoting reverence to Joseph Smith’s angel.  Maybe his angel causes you to speak in unknown tongues!

But these men and their false teaching claimed to be focusing on Jesus Christ.  Each one has established a following in “Christian” faith that is dedicated to their religious platforms.  And in doing so, they have viewpoints of Christ that are heresy – heretical viewpoints that oppose each other.

If the Bible was their focus – instead of their platforms – it would have resulted in absolute Truth about Jesus Christ rather than viewpoints that could have resulted in conflict.

But the cult of William Branham is the oddity.  It is a result of all of these opposing viewpoints, a “hodge-podge of heresy.”

If you are an outsider and ask any Branham cult follower to describe Jesus Christ, they would be very careful and calculated in their answer.  They know that since you are an outsider, you will have studied your scripture and not Branham’s false teaching. 

They will try to give you a description of Christ that fits the Bible – but only enough that it does not conflict with the many heresies that Branham copied from the platforms of other false teachers.  They will dance around the full description of Christ like they are walking on eggshells, yet all the while proclaiming to be Christian. 

And it’s not their fault.  They themselves have been programmed to believe that each of these conflicting viewpoints on Jesus Christ are SOMEHOW not conflicting.  Their cult pastors tell them that it is “not for them to understand.  Just accept it by faith, my brothers and sisters!  Only the “prophet” can rightly interpret scripture.”

…the scripture is of NO PRIVATE interpretation.

  Ask any follower whether Christ was God, and they will tell you “absolutely.”  Most ascribe to the Oneness teaching Branham copied from Charles Fox Parham, and will tell you that Jesus Christ was and is God, but he is “one like your finger.”  Many of those same people will also tell you the doctrine that Branham copied from the Jehovah’s Witnesses – “Jesus Christ of the New Testament was Jehovah of the Old Testament.”

Those two platforms do not conflict.  They are almost in agreement with each other.

The problem comes in when the programmed cult followers try to explain EVERYTHING that William Branham copied from these opposing viewpoints on Christ.

Imagine this scenario:  A Branham missionary is talking to a potential new programmed mind, and they start describing the Oneness teaching we just described, combined with the teaching from Charles Taze Russell of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

But imagine that this cult missionary holds nothing back.  He fully unloads on the potential new convert.  Everything Branham said about Jesus Christ is pounded into the ears of this poor fellow, like a sledgehammer striking an iron bar.

Imagine the missionary saying what Branham did in the 1950’s.  Let’s take the quote from the sermon “Expectation.”

There's no man can heal, not even Jesus. Jesus didn't claim to be a Divine Healer
-Branham, 50-0405

Wait a minute!  If Jesus Christ was God, why could he not heal?  If Christ was “one like your finger,” and could NOT heal, then WHO did the healing? 

When Branham copied Russell, he copied the heresy that Jesus was Michael the archangel.  He could not heal, he was nothing more than a prophet with an angel – which fit very well in Branham’s agenda to lift himself up in power over the cult.

Branham took Russell’s platform and raised it even further by adding to the Word of God.  Was that blasphemy to promote heresy?

In 1955, he says this:

God spoke from the heavens. John saw Him coming in the form a dove, and said, "This is My beloved Son in Whom I'm pleased to dwell." The right translation there is, "In whom I am pleased to dwell in." Jesus immediately anointed with God, He was just a man till that time, but now He becomes the God-man.
55-0806 JESUS.CHRIST.THE.SAME.YESTERDAY.TODAY.AND.FOREVER

The Bible says, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”  There is no additional word to translate.  There is no word that can be translated “to dwell in. 

But when you raise this platform, that Jesus was God-man like the Greek demigods or the Egyptian pharaohs, your other platforms fall to the ground.  The Bible does not teach Christ as a demigod – Christ was the creator of the heavens and the earth.

When this platform was raised, Branham denied the platform raised by the homosexual Charles Fox Parham.  Imagine that same missionary to the new convert, holding nothing back, and he says this:

In the day that the Pentecostal come out, they got the Jesus Only group. Now, that's wrong again. How can Jesus be His own Father? See? So it knocks that out.
63-0324M QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.ON.THE.SEALS

If the new convert had studied the Azusa street revival, he would have asked, “why did you agree with Parham and then disagree? 

If not, he may have simply been confused.  If Jesus Christ is “one like your finger,” how can He be different from the Father?  Who IS this Father guy anyway?  Are there TWO Gods?

Maybe the cult missionary starts quoting the Freemason platform Branham tried to lift – which again conflicts with all of this.  Maybe the missionary quotes what Branham says in 1951:

God is from above. He's writing the zodiac in the sky. Zodiac starts with the Virgin, the first coming of Christ, ends up with the Leo, the Lion, the second coming. And He's writing His first Bible. There's three of them. One of them was written in the skies, one in the pyramids, one on this. Everything in God is in a trinity, like a man's in a trinity.
51-0729A THE.RESSURRECTION.OF.LAZARUS

I can just hear the new convert again.  “Now I’m REALLY confused!  Is there ONE God?  Or TWO Gods?  Now you’ve said THREE Gods!  God is in a Trinity? 

And what’s this nonsense about the Zodiac and the pyramids?  Aren’t those idols that people sacrificed their children to?

The new convert is confused because he is basing his questions on what he has read in the scriptures.  But the missionary is un-phased, because he has been programmed that ALL of these conflicting platforms are true! 

Maybe the missionary plasters one of those fake smiles on his face and says, “no, you aren’t getting what I’m saying.  You aren’t picking up what I’m laying down.”

And next, he proceeds to describe the platform that Branham lifted up for an “Islamic Jesus” that Branham raised in honor of the heretic George Lamsa and the false Lamsa Bible he studied.

He says, “No!  You’ve got it all wrong!  Jesus Christ was nothing more than a prophet!”

And then he quotes from 1964:

Jesus never performed one miracle until first God showed Him by a vision; not told Him in His ear, but showed Him. "What I see," not hear, "see the Father doing." That's what made Him a Prophet like unto Moses, as Moses said. 
64-0207 THE.PATRIARCH.ABRAHAM

At this point, the new convert is starting to raise an eyebrow at this missionary who seems like he has split-personality disorder. 

I can hear him asking, “You mean that Jesus could not see anything unless He had a vision?  I thought he was God!  I thought he was “one like your finger!  You told me he wasn’t the Father – is the Father the God with the power?  Or does the ‘demigod Jesus’ simply not have any superpowers?”

Again with that plastered fake smile, the missionary gives the programmed response:  “This was ‘progressive revelation.’  Branham was ‘just a man, and he made mistakes.’  God was leading him to all truth so that we would know that the Father so loved the world that he sent his only beloved super-prophet to save us from the atomic bomb that Russia will one day drop on our evil nation.”

WHAT?  

That new convert is starting to edge his way AWAY from the crazy guy with the conspiracy theories.  “Progressive revelation?” he asks.  “I believe you are correct!  That last bit was 1964 – he progressed alright.  But NOT in the right direction!”

The Bible says that we are all on a journey, helping lead others to Christ.  Our mission is to spread Christ, not Branham.  And to spread the REAL Christ – the one that the Bible describes – not the opposing views of the false teachers that Branham copied.

What if this man was on a journey himself, trying to decide if Christ is real and the Bible is true?  What if the reason he’s listening to this crazy missionary is to make his final decision whether to serve Christ or turn away from Christ?

Is this conglomeration of conflicting platforms going to win him over to the Lord’s side?  Or is this what pushes him over the edge into atheism?

Since I have started Seek Ye The Truth, I have came across many people who learned all of the many lies William Branham told about himself, his past, the bible, the visions, and his ‘angel.’  Some of those were turned to atheism.  Others agnostic. 

I have a special place in my heart for them.  I don’t turn them away to the dogs like most in the message cult would do.  I do not treat them as if they have some disease that my God does not have the power to protect me from. 

I was taught under that same false teaching.  I was given the same lot in life: to sit in a hard, uncomfortable pew for unreasonable hours listening to recorded sermons from a man who had no platform of his own.  One who copied the platforms of other men so that he could stack them into a pyramid that was higher than any of them.

I understand why they left Christianity.  And I pray that they will one day come back. 

This false prophet turned souls away from Christianity.  If it were not for the Grace of Jesus Christ, I might be right there with them.  If God had not knocked me down flat on my face, humiliated me, broke me into submission to Him, and then reached down His hand to pick me back up, I would be running from His presence.

We do need missionaries.  On a world-wide scale, Christianity is losing ground quickly to Islam and other false religions.  Not to mention the many cults like William Branham that have strongholds in third-world countries.  Imagine the numbers if all in those cults suddenly realize they have been lied to and turn to another religion! 

Christianity is already becoming a minority.  If we allow these cults teaching a different Jesus to continue, we will become THE minority.

We need missionaries spreading Jesus Christ of the Bible.  We need missionaries that are aware of the heresies brought by the rising platforms of false spiritual leaders like William Branham and those before him.

If Christ were their foundation, these cult missionaries would first spread Christ and then spread Branham.  Compare it to any other cult.  The Mormons spread Joseph Smith and then Christ.  “Hey, did you know that God sent a prophet, Joseph Smith?”

When I think about all of these conflicting platforms against the deity of Christ, I think about Peter and his stand for Jesus until his death.  He was willing to DIE so that we would know the Truth about Christ, and so that these false teachers would not be successful.  His mission of faith set the foundation on a rock instead of the sinking sand of conflicting doctrines.  Interesting when you consider that his name, translated, means “rock.”

If you have been confused by Branham’s teaching and are wondering whether or not Christ was God, just listen to his opening line to this book:

Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

Christ was not a demigod.  He was not the “god-man.”  He was GOD.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

Notice those words “divine power.”  Don’t try to tell me that Jesus could not heal the sick.  Don’t tell me that He had to see a vision before any one of them was healed.  He had divine power, because He was GOD!

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice his emphasis.  Peter does not come proclaiming himself as the “great and power apostle,” he pointed to Christ.  And he said that we need to have KNOWLEDGE of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This knowledge is something that William Branham never had – otherwise he would have not given so many conflicting versions of Christ.

Want to know what St. Peter says about William Branham?  Keep reading:

For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 

Without knowledge of Christ, these conflicting platforms Branham made are constructed with only two legs.  He can make them stand by leaning them up against each other, but after he gets enough of them, they all start to fall down.

Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.  For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.  I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.  And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

Peter did not feel it necessary to continually remind the early church that God send John the Baptist – the Elijah of Malachi 4 – to prepare the way.  He did not continually bring new and exciting doctrines.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ was enough!  He did not need Zodiacs and pyramids, clouds and halos, blasts and prayer cards to hold the crowd.  He continually reminded them the very same thing: Christ crucified for the sins of the world.  Faith in Jesus Christ, knowledge that He was God, is all we need!

Notice his condemnation of that strategy:

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,”

Again, Peter confirms it.  “In whom I am well pleased.”  Not “In whom I am well pleased TWO DWELL IN.”

Peter knew that Jesus Christ was GOD.  He knew that the Father sent Jesus Christ to deliver the New Covenant of Grace.  And he knew that Christ sent the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us WITHOUT the need for these heretical leaders and their platforms.  Peter had the KNOWLEDGE of the fullness of God, and would have stood firmly against William Branham proclaiming to the world that Christ was a demigod that had to see a vision before he could do anything.

Why?  Peter tells us why:

we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.

Peter was there.  Peter heard it.  Peter knew that it did not say “TO DWELL IN.” 

I like the last part of this chapter.  This is a revelation that has started coming through reading of God’s Word and untangling of Branham’s confusion.  All of the prophets of the Old Testament pointed to Jesus Christ.  He was the coming Messiah.  It was not them speaking, no power of their own.  God was speaking through their mouths, and He was telling us that He would send His Son to deliver the world from sin. 

Those prophets do not point to some little Kentucky bumpkin that would one day come and have a picture of a florescent light bulb that looks like a halo.  They pointed to Jesus Christ. 

Peter sums this up into one simple paragraph:

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

If you are trapped in the cult of William Branham, do you know Jesus Christ?  Do you know the Jesus Christ of the Bible?

When you hear these conflicting descriptions of Jesus, have you chosen one and strayed from the Bible’s description of Jesus?  Have you stepped onto a platform that is barely standing, and only by leaning on another? 

Ask yourselves:  Do you believe that Jesus Christ was God, as Peter proclaimed?  Or do you believe he was a prophet who had to see a vision like Branham proclaimed?

The two platforms cannot stand together.  There one (Peter’s) and the other (Branham’s).  Which one did you choose?