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We are receiving phone calls, emails, contact submission
from the website, and private messages daily from those that are fleeing the
cult of William Branham. It is a brave
new step, one deserving of the thoughts and prayers of all who have been set
And new apologetics sites are launching. Just last night, we received notification
that a new Branham cult apologetics site was launching in Romania (http://www.mesajul.blogspot.com). Many are starting to realize that not only
were they following a false prophet, they were tricked into false teaching.
One statement found on the site made a very strong
point. As one person realized they were
deceived, it sent them into a state of shock with physical effects. Difficulty eating, head aching, and extreme
stress because of the sudden realization that the man they once thought to be a
humble, gentle servant was a wolf in sheep's clothing.
The astounding point was that they realized that they had
received Branham into their hearts INSTEAD of the Lord Jesus Christ. If they had received Christ into their
hearts, this would have not bothered them so badly — their focus was in the
With each new person that makes an exit from this cult of
bondage, the same question is asked:
"Where do we go from here?"
This reminds me of the words spoken by Simon Peter in the
answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life"
-- John 6:68
You see, we were taught that something ELSE was the "Voice
of God," and that the Bible now had an additional "Spoken Word." And it was not the Voice of God from the
Bible, it was the voice of a man who SOUNDED like a soothing, gentle peacemaker
in the beginning, but showed his true colors towards the end of his life.
Having been taught that this set of sermons filled with a
man giving fictional stories about himself, false prophecy, and false teaching
are the "New Voice of God," it makes the question more difficult. To whom SHALL we go?
To make matters worse, many of the angry cult members who
sit watching each forum post and social thread confuse the matter. Their argument is that "if William Branham
was not the 'Elijah' for this day, then WHO is?" â€¦and then they continue to fill the thread
with the mistakes of fallen soldiers in who once spread the Gospel.
In fact, we had one gentleman on our forum (assuming it was
a man), who started filling the forum with post after post after post of men
and women of the new "Health and Wealth Gospel" variety who were still
preaching while filled with sin. They
didn't even realize that Branham himself was a founding father to this
Others, who are unwilling to study the scriptures or the
many in the line of "Malachi 4 Prophets," use the argument that they are
expecting a new "Elijah." And William
Branham is the only man they can find still alive who claimed to be this new
It doesn't take much to see that William Branham was just
one of the branches that bore this "Elijah fruit." The man Branham, F. F. Bosworth, and many of
Branham's associates respected was also believed to be a "Malachi 4 Prophet,"
John Alexander Dowie. William Sowders,
who Branham seemed to have copied his "Baptismal Commission Story" from, was
another Malachi 4 prophet.
One man took a single verse from Matthew 17 — the cult's
programmed response — where Jesus said, "Elijah DOES
come, and he will restore all things."
But they didn't even read the rest of the paragraph!
But I tell you
that Elijah has already come,
and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also
the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands." Then
the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
The Bible foretold the coming of Christ — all down through
the prophets. This was a BIG event, one
that was announced. John the Baptist WAS
the last announcer for the first coming of Christ.
But you must add to the scriptures if you try to teach that
there is an announcer for the second coming!
Even Jesus Himself says that it will be a sudden coming that will catch
many unaware. If it is going to be a
surprise, there cannot be an 'announcer!'
But the question, "To Whom Shall We Go," is a difficult
one. The answer is different for every
single family, in every single city, in every single country around the
world. And it is not a decision that any
of the apologetics websites can make for you, this is something that must be
received through prayer and guidance by the Holy Spirit.
Some have felt led by the Spirit to STAY in the Branham cult
— knowing that it is a cult of false teaching.
Their decision, though prayer, was based on a strong feeling of pain for
the people trapped into the cult. They
want to help them to be set free, and want to work directly WITH the people
they are trying to help.
And this is dangerous grounds. It reminds me of Sean Connery riding with
Indiana Jones into the "lion's den" of Nazi Germany, when he said, "We're
pilgrims in an unholy land, Indy!"
I have heard other apologetics against this, because they
are eating tainted spiritual food — but I can't disagree with their leading by
the Spirit. God will never fail us,
never let us fall beyond reach.
In the cult, we were afraid of outside spirits. The "spirit of question" was the greatest
fear — that spirit might just drag you down to HELL!"
The Bible is very clear that when Christ sent His Spirit to
all flesh, we were given power over the spirits, and there is no spirit that
Christ has not been given authority over.
The same thing was argued when Paul was preaching to the men
and women in cities filled with pagan temple worship, and they were even afraid
to eat the meat used in the pagan sacrifice — unclean meat according to the
Mosaic Law under the Old Covenant.
Paul makes it very easy for us in Colossians 2:
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. These are a
shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 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
Just because the cult is under guidance by a sensuous mind,
a man who without reason elevated himself into authority under worship of "his
angel," there is no need to fear. And we
cannot judge those who feel led to 'brave the elements' to help extend a
helping hand for these people.
But there are many who are made sick to their stomachs when
hearing sermon after sermon after sermon by cult pastors now trying to defend
fabricated stories that have no defense.
Those are the ones who are asking, "To whom shall we go?"
Especially the families with children still of an age to be
molded into the men and women that they are to become. The anger and hatred of outsiders is very
damaging to a personality, and the programming that is being applied to their
minds is actually quite dangerous long term.
Those families, for protection of their children, are fleeing — once
they become brave enough to flee.
But before becoming brave, and before moving on, they have
to know WHERE they are going.
For my family, it was very easy. We knew that the Branham cult was wrong, and
that our children were at stake. But we
also had the same question: "To whom shall we go?"
Our family was deeply involved with the home school program
put together by members of the cult.
When it started, we could feel the love and respect that you would
expect from any Christian. But when
elders of the church — high ranking elders — got involved, ONLY those in the
cult were welcomed. Some were asked to
leave, because they did not believe in William Branham — even though they were
CHRISTIANS! Christians with enough
respect that they even dressed like the cult so as not to offend!
We left seeds of hatred, but found an alternative. A local church had put together an outreach
program for children of the city. They
freely allowed any child to participate in a basketball program, offered them a
gymnasium with seating and accommodation for families who were able to let
their children play with the children of the church.
And though it was basketball — a sport instead of preaching
— they were showing the Love that Christ displayed to other people. Some of which had never known the Love of
New faces started filling the church, eager to hear more
about this Jesus that died for the sins of the world. Through the program intended for children,
new souls were led to Christ!
For our family, this was amazing! We had never even SEEN an outreach program
while in the cult. In fact, it was quite
the opposite — "Don't go around those outsiders, you'll 'yoke yourself' with
If the early Christians had done the same, there wouldn't be
a single Christian church remaining.
The question, "To Whom Shall We Go," is easily
answered. Go to Christ. Let Christ be your Prophet, your Counselor,
your Pastor, and your Savior. Let Christ
be your everything.
The Holy Spirit will guide you, and protect you in your
decision. And you can't make a bad
decision — those are called "learning experiences." If the Spirit is offended, He will tell you
My advice would be to find a healthy church.
A healthy church is essential, especially having been
programmed with teaching that is not found in scripture. You need people willing to show you what the
Bible says, and help you to deprogram — which is a very lengthy process.
To this day, I still find bible stories and scriptures that
are not found in the Bible, and others in my church are confused when I make
statements that I later find are extra-biblical. To counter this, I find myself reading my
bible over and over and over, trying to cleanse out the fiction.
You will find many articles and books on what makes a
"healthy church," but you will also find that these are for new converts to
Christ — not people who have been programmed to follow a leader.
Religious cults have one powerful hand of control: closely
knit groups of people. Normally this is
a good thing, but in most cults, the bonds are so close that they become
unhealthy. Minds start to think alike,
thoughts seem to become unified. The
"One mind, one Spirit" that is referring to Christ is changed to apply to the
individuality of personalities. Even
personalities start to match over time, and the people do not even realize it
until they make their exit.
First and foremost, a healthy church glorifies God. You won't find a pastor in a healthy church
going on and on about stories in his past life, stories that lifts himself in
respect for the people. A healthy church
pastor lifts Christ. God is magnified
above all others.
A healthy church pastor admits faults and shortcomings. All men sin, and for this reason, Christ was
slain on the cross. Christ came to save
the sinners, not the saved! If you have
a pastor who tries to convince you that he is close to perfect, then you have a
pastor who is filled with the sin of pride.
A healthy church pastor will ask himself before each
statement: "Will this glorify God, or
will this magnify myself?"
A healthy sermon is one that is based solely upon the Bible
— in context, actual chapters of text.
The new term for this is "expositional preaching."
Expositional preaching adds nothing to the scriptures, and
takes nothing away. "This is what the
Bible says, this is how we live it, these are some examples in life where this
applies, and this is what we need to look for in our daily lives."
You won't find any new or extra-biblical doctrines in
expositional preaching. If it is not in
the Bible, don't touch it!
A healthy church promotes fellowship. You will find many churches now that split
into small groups of people, and meet in each other's houses like the early
church did in the days of the book of Acts.
Each person helping one another grow in faith, learn more about Christ,
and bearing each other's burdens.
These groups promote confession of sin, because prayer
requests are no longer like you find in the cults: "how many have an unspoken
Each person discusses their needs, big or small, and all
pray for God to intervene in the lives of each other. Each person has compassion for one another,
and offers a helping hand wherever possible.
A healthy church reaches out to others. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a secret
that we can put into a bottle and hide in the cupboard. It is a Gospel that makes us YEARN to tell
others about. It is the Good News that
God sent His Only Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that we do not have
to. It is the most wonderful story since
the beginning of time!
If a church does not reach out to others, it stands a chance
of becoming a commune. Churches that do
not grow must be filled from the inside.
To survive, it must place barriers against anyone who attempts to leave.
Look at the cult churches today, now that word is spreading
that Branham is a false prophet. They
are in big trouble, because they have no outreach programs! As families are leaving, one-by-one, this is
one more empty seat that is not likely to be filled. And the more empty seats found in the
congregation, the more those remaining become unsettled.
Most of all, a healthy church is contagious. Its members are not embarrassed to invite
others, and when they do, others are curious to see what makes these people in
healthy churches SO happy!
Instead of outside members saying, "well, I'm not sure —
that's not in MY Bible," they are eager to go hear some good old-fashioned
preaching of the Gospel!"
And the Gospel is the fundamental element. In my thirty-seven years of sitting on seats
in those hard pews, I can't honestly say that I had ever heard WHAT the Gospel
of Jesus Christ actually was! I knew all
of the elements, but I didn't realize that the GOSPEL was the doctrine we
should be spreading — not some 'mystery' that was hidden from the world!
Acts 2:42-47 describe the characteristics of a healthy
devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking
of bread and the prayers. And awe came
upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the
apostles. And all who believed were
together and had all things in common. And
they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the
proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together
and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and
generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the
Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
If your church is not like this, and God is not adding to
your number day by day, then you might just have a problem.
We will continue to pray for everyone who is now leaving and
searching for a church that preaches the Gospel instead of the continual
memorial service of a man.
May the Holy Spirit guide you into your decision, whatever