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Discernment

John Collins06/20/2013

Video available here: http://youtu.be/VD_GV60wL-M

When people who were programmed with the cult teaching from William Marrion Branham speak of “discernment” with other Christians, there is a great deal of confusion. 

While other Christians, versed in the scriptural teaching of “discernment,” hear this word, they are associating it with one of the spiritual gifts: the ability to discern right from wrong.  To discern good from evil, to discern the right pathway versus the wrong pathway.

But those who were programmed with false teaching from the “Message of the Hour” are not typically speaking of spiritual discernment as described by the Apostle Paul.  Instead, they are speaking of a “mystical discernment” as described by William Branham.  They two are not the same, and in fact, are completely different.

The definition of the word “discernment” is:

1. The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.

2. Keenness of insight and judgment.

Both definitions are based on judgment, the ability to determine which is right and which is wrong.  There is no mysticism or “signs and wonders” to be shown with discernment – it as an inward decision that produces an action.  And if you have good “discernment,” the actions are good.  If you do not have discernment, your actions might lead you into a ditch.

The book of Judges in the Bible is a good example of discernment – both good and bad.  When the children of Israel turned their hearts and minds away from Yahweh, God’s anger was against them.

Up until that point, God had been their decision maker, and they really had no need for discernment.  Yahweh had spoken directly to the people, and gave them the decision.  They did not even need to think about the choices.

But when the children of Israel turned to idolatry, God basically said, “OK, if they want to leave me, then I’ll let them make their own decisions!”

So in the second chapter of Judges, God raised up men to be their judge and to lead them in the pathways God wished them to follow.

Still yet, Israel did not want to listen to these men used for discernment.  Though God appointed men among them to make the decisions, Israel as a whole decided to abandon those judges –the ones who could discern for them – and turned back to false gods.

Judges 2 says this:

Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them.  Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they whored after other gods and bowed down to them. They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the Lord, and they did not do so.  Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. For the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them.  But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways.

It is interesting how this strategy, though rejected, must have worked.  I don’t believe that the men themselves had the “gift of discernment,” though that is entirely my opinion.  In the Old Testament days, before God sent the Holy Spirit to lead us and to guide us, God spoke directly to the people using other men as a mouthpiece.  I believe that the judges that God raised were guided directly by God, just as the mouthpieces –or prophets – spoke to the people directly by God. 

It was all part of God’s master plan that would one day produce the Savior.

But while there were judges in the land, men that God raised up to discern right from wrong, there were also sorcerers.  These men were the polar opposite of the judges.

Sorcerers were the men who predicted the future without God speaking.  They communicated with elemental spirits instead of the One True God, and were able to see beyond what the human eye was able to see.  Some were necromancers, communicating with the dead, while others were able to tell of upcoming events – what the Bible calls “fortune telling.”

And there was a clear distinction between fortune telling and the Word from the Lord.  Yahweh IS the beginning AND the end, and knows the outcome already before any event happens.  He is the Eternal God, not limited to our time and space, and spoke through the prophets for what we could consider “foretelling the future.” 

What is interesting is that while the programmed cult follower thinks of a “prophet” as a “foreteller of the future,” this was only one small portion of what came from his mouth from the Lord.  God did not continually speak of upcoming events through his prophets so that he could attract crowds.  Most of the prophecy given in scripture was God’s voice speaking of the present.  And in most cases, the Voice said: “you have turned to idolatry.  If you do not repent and turn back to Me, the One True God, then you will perish.” 

Because of this, most of the future “predictions” spoken by the prophets were describing exactly how this “perish” would take place.

And I use the word “predictions” very loosely here.  This was not “predictions” in the true sense of the word.  A prediction would imply that there is a percentage of chance that the event might happen. 

When William Branham said that “I predict the world will end in 1977,” he did not false prophesy.  But when he added the words “by Divine inspiration” to that statement, then his “prediction” turned into sorcery, and sorcery into false prophecy.  …because the world did NOT end in 1977.

This was no prediction when God spoke.  God already knew the outcome.  It was not fortune telling, because the One who planned out the entire timeline of the world was simply telling us what He had planned.

When Jesus Christ came to earth, he was God’s Own Son.  In fact, in the Triune nature of the Godhead, He WAS God.  He said, “I and the Father are One”, and “I will send you the Helper.”

Jesus Christ, as God, also knew the plan of salvation along with all of the events along the way. 

In John 5:19, Jesus spoke the words “the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.”

This verse was twisted out of context by William Branham in order to program the followers that Jesus Christ was just a prophet.  Branham claimed that this particular scripture meant that Jesus could not heal anybody until he first saw a vision.  Or that Christ had to see a vision before he could know any of the future events.

In 1964, Branham says this:

Now watch, He said, in Saint John 5, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son," that was Him, body, "can do nothing within Myself," only as He seen the Father do. "What the Fatherdoeth, He showeth the Son. See, I can do nothing within Myself, but as I see the Father do it." Then, 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

Do you see why we keep pressing forward?  So many thousands of people that are programmed to believe in a different Jesus?

I have had many people ask me why we continue.  Many people are now seeing that William Branham was a serial liar and a false prophet, but it doesn’t matter to them!  They continue following his teaching because they see no problem with what he said from behind the pulpit.  They just choose to ignore the many visions that did not come to pass as he said, the many stories he gave about himself that are now proven fictional, and the many Bible verses he either combined or invented to re-write scripture.

But the programmed people do not realize that Branham has programmed a different Jesus into their minds!

Like Yahweh laying out His plan for the children of Israel to produce the Messiah, William Branham laid out his plan for raising himself into a position of authority that was equal to Jesus Christ.

Letters have surfaced now between William Branham and Lee Vayle, telling Vayle how to change his writings in this master scheme.  Branham had to lesson Christ to a prophet likened to what he promoted himself to be.  Branham had to convince the people that HE was the reincarnation of Elijah the prophet.

Then, every single thing that William Branham said about Elijah – every single praise to the man of the Old Testament, every single similarity between his ministry and the fictional Elijah that Branham described of the Old Testament, every attribute given to the Elijah in scripture became a description of HIMSELF!

If I convinced you that I was the reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln, and then proceeded to tell you how great a man Lincoln was, I would be causing you to praise myself!  If I told you how Lincoln never told a lie, and how Lincoln loved to play guitars, you’d notice that I also played guitars and therefore I must not lie either! 

Branham claimed that Elijah of the Old Testament hated women – a complete fabrication and addition to the Word of God – and that pointed directly back to himself, because Branham admittedly hated women!  He claimed that Jezebel was slain for her makeup – because Branham condemned makeup – yet the Bible says that she was slain for her idolatry.  Her makeup was like a tiny speck of sand compared to an entire universe when you consider a little point on her eyes compared to bringing the worship of Baal into the children of Israel’s hearts.  They had temple prostitution – even homosexual – and human sacrifice.  Do you REALLY think that a little paint on your eyes (as was custom back then) is worse than sacrificing another human being to a false god?

Once establishing himself as a prophet equal to Elijah, and then establishing that Elijah was equal to Moses, and then convincing his followers that Jesus was LESSONED to be equal with Moses, the master plan was in place.

At that point in time, Branham could take the scriptures, how the Pharisees accused Jesus – the Son of God who knew EVERYTHING – of being a “fortune teller.”

This way, it completely covered up Branham’s twisting of the word “discernment” (the ability to discern right from wrong) into what the cult followers are programmed to believe:  guessing names and addresses that were written on the backs of prayer cards, handed into the Branham campaign members for review, and submitted to William Branham “for prayer. 

The Bible says to test all things.  That is true discernment.

1 John 4:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Hebrews 5:

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Colossians 2:

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:

But test everything; hold fast what is good.

When you read these things, and you notice how William Branham raised the importance of prophets in the Bible far beyond what the Bible teaches – and then lessons Jesus Christ to the point of blasphemy – it is very easy to see WHY he gave the fictional stories like the “Man from Windsor,” and the “Travelling hypnotist.”

Branham did NOT want the people to test.  He knew what they would have found!

Let the prayer cards get out of order, and see what happens.  We’ve already shown you some of the instances in the recorded sermons where the great and mighty Oz mixed up the names and their afflictions.  He mistakenly put the affliction of the next person in line with the name of the person standing before him.

Why?  Because God was not speaking to him as they stood before him.

He had to take a spiritual gift, confuse the people as to its meaning, and turn this guessing game into that spiritual gift.  He could never confuse prophecy – the gift of prophecy is pretty well established.  He could not confuse spiritual dreams or the gift of speaking in tongues.  Everybody knew that the unknown languages coming from the mouth from people they absolutely KNEW did not speak those languages was directly from God Himself.

So what to do?

Confuse the people as to what the “gift of discernment” really was.  Take one of the gifts that the people FALSELY CONSIDERED to be a lessor gift, and turn it into something entirely different.

William Branham programmed thousands to believe that the “gift of discernment” was the very same thing as “fortune telling.” 

Then, he would often quote that scripture describing how they people accused Jesus of “fortune telling.”  At that point, HE WAS LIFTING HIMSELF TO THE SAME LEVEL AS JESUS CHRIST!

Regardless of the different Jesus that Branham programmed the people to believe, Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, the One who sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, the One that sent His Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us and help us to discern right from wrong.

And that discernment gift is raising red flags in people all across the world now that they see just how many lies that this man who claimed to be a Christian told from behind the platform on recorded tape.  For many, all it takes is to see that one single vision failed, and their gift of discernment reminds them that the Bible does not allow for a single failed prophecy – or that prophet is a false prophet and we should not listen to him. 

For others, watching William Branham add words to the Bible like “EVEN IN YOU” causes their discernment to sound the alarms. 

But none of these with the gift of discernment see these things and then go around guessing names and addresses written on prayer cards!  Because that is NOT the gift of discernment!

The question for you today is this:  Do you have the gift of discernment?  And have you been programmed to believe that the voice speaking to you is not a gift at all?  Have you been programmed to believe that the voice telling you this guy is a liar is some evil spirit summoning you to leave the cult that you have became enslaved to?

Search the scriptures, and read about what God says through His Word about discernment.

You’ll quickly find that it has nothing to do with guessing names and addresses. 

Who knows?  You may already have a spiritual gift?  You may already have a gift given by the Holy Spirit – and didn’t even know it!  That soul-searching you are doing to see if you have been given the Holy Spirit may be over! 

Spiritual discernment is a blessing from God, and I pray that each one of you receives it!