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John Collins07/26/2013

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There is a new website that just launched (thebitterbelly.com), an out-of-the-cult experience that is based on the perspective of a woman's point of view.  In the teachings of William Branham, there is a vast difference between the life of a woman and the life of a man.  Women are not the same creatures of God, equal to man, that was described by the Apostle Paul. 

I love the title of the new site.  "The Bitter Belly."  It is referring to the "little scroll" that John the Revelator ingested, the one that tasted good but made his stomach very bitter. 

The blog post today, describing the creation of the female reminded me of the Samaritan woman in the Bible.  Too many times, people in the cult trample over the emotions of others without regard for their spirit. 

If they would only ask themselves: What Would Christ Do?

When people today hear the word "Samaritan," they typically associate it with a good deed or a good work.  The story of the "Good Samaritan" given as an example in the Bible reminds them that our love towards others is the way Christ leads our hearts and minds.

In this day and age, with the blended mix of race, nationality and religion, we find extended helping hands from all sorts of people, and our understanding of what it meant for a "Good Samaritan" is very limited.  The Samaritans were a despised people.

In the ancient world, the people of Samaria were vastly different than the Jews, yet still closely related.  Samaritans followed the teachings of Abraham, and considered their religion to be the "one true religion" that was established before the exile of the Children of Israel into Babylon.  Those that remained in the Land of Israel remained in the ancient city of Samaria, which was located in Northern Israel, and was once the capitol of the Kingdom of Israel.

But Samaria was far from perfect.  The king of Assyria had brought people from several nations to repopulate the cities of Samaria after Jewish excile.  The Second Book of Kings tells of the slaughter of people for their mixing with nations practicing idolatry.  Worship of Yahweh was mixed with strange gods.  And even after God sent lions to kill the idolaters, the people did not fully cleanse their land from pagan worship.  2 Kings 17 says, "So they feared the Lord but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away"

With this mixture came political division.  When Cyrus finally allowed the Jews to return to their homeland, and the Samaritans were ready to welcome them back, the Jews considered them to be renegades for having fallen to idolatry.  When the Samaritans offered to assist in building the Temple, their offer was rejected by the Jews.  Ezra 4 describes how this greatly offended the Samaritans, and how they made the Jews fear the rebuilding of the Temple through political influence.

This division among the people of Abraham did not cease, even until the time of Jesus Christ.  The people of Samaria were so mixed with Gentile blood that they were considered to be "Gentiles" by the Jews — but the worst kind of Gentiles.  They were Gentiles that were "impure Jews."

So when the example is given of the Jews who would not stop to help the man along the side of the road, and how the Samaritan stopped to offer assistance, it is a stunning display of God's Grace.  The Samaritan would have been the one that the people would not have even considered to have stopped.  And the man on the side of the road would have not likely WANTED the man to have stopped — unless he was fully desperate beyond all political concern.

But the story that seems long forgotten in the church is the one of the Samaritan woman at the well that is told in the Gospel of John Chapter 4. 

You will hear this story often in the cult of William Branham.  Branham told this story with great passion, showing how Jesus knew everything about this woman before she even walked up to the well — and He did.

But like all other stories in the Bible about Jesus Christ, Branham tried to show a loose connection between this story and his own ministry.  It was the perfect way to promote yourself as a god before the people: let them convince themselves that you do the same things that Jesus Christ did.  Let them think that you have the same authority of the Father.  Let them think that you know the thoughts and intents of the heart, and take their minds off of the fact that you have already written those "thoughts" on the back of prayer cards and told them to the ushers.

But the focal point of the Samaritan Woman in the Bible is not the secrets of the heart.  The focus of the story of the Woman at the Well was the sin in her life, and God's perfect love and forgiveness of sin.

Since Seek The Truth started, several women have told their "out of the cult" stories, and many of them include a very similar story.  Some of them divorced and remarried, many of which backed by scriptural application. 

Branham preached an entire sermon on Marriage and Divorce immediately after his son, Billy Paul, divorced and remarried.  But to support his own son, Branham took the opposite standpoint of the scriptures in order to tie his prior teaching on Marriage and Divorce to the "failure" of his son. 

Prior to "the fall" of his son, Branham took a stand (behind the pulpit) that one could never be remarried — under any circumstances.  But after this turn of events, the doctrine was changed to allow MEN to do this — not women:

See that original back there, "from the beginning," now? Remarrying, now notice, he can, but she can't.

65-0221M  MARRIAGE.AND.DIVORCE

But while pretending to preach the "Same Message as Paul," Branham took the opposite standpoint for the sake of his son.  Paul is very clear on the subject:

And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such [cases]: but God hath called us to peace.  What knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save [thy] husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save [thy] wife?

1 Corinthians 7

You see, in the cult, we were not only trained to believe that this was the "unpardonable sin," we were trained to despise women.  Women were treated lowly, considered to be "just a byproduct."  Yet another major difference between the cult teaching and "Paul's Message."

Cult pastors teach that remarrying is some strange sort of "perpetual adultery."  Many of them that taught this have now fallen to their own types of adultery — everything from pornography to extra-marital relations.  One pastor up north was caught producing his own videos of those relations. 

But when a woman comes to their pastor with this question, desperate for guidance, they are despised.

More than one woman has given their testimony, and described how these vicious cult pastors had instructed them to DIVORCE their new husbands!  One here in Jeffersonville said that the pastor humiliated her — telling her that "even then, she would only be a servant to the Bride."

The Gospel of John, Chapter 4, should be a wake-up call.  Pastors need to examine their own lives, asking themselves, "What Would Christ Do?"

Too many times, these pastors ignore that question, and they ask themselves, "What would William Branham do?"  And then they go look for some example in the history of the man's life and try to model their own after it.

And they really don't look too hard, because if you only examine William Branham's own siblings, you will find that William Branham married them, they divorced, he married them to others, they divorced, and they traded women around like cattle!  A different set of rules apply to the Branham clan — and some of the pastors know it.  You'll find references to these multiple marriages at www.searchingforvindication.com

They don't care, because they have based their example on Branham, and not Christ.

If we were to ask ourselves, "What Would Christ Do," I think many things would be different in our lives.  These women that went to their pastor for spiritual guidance would have been given the story of the Woman at the Well, not the mocking, belittling, conceited sermon "Marriage and Divorce." 

The would have been given Scriptural examples, not unscriptural recordings.  Those women that have been excommunicated from the cult — even one pastor's own daughter — would have been shown love and not hate. 

Jesus stood before a Samaritan woman, a woman that simply because of her race was strongly despised by the Jews.  And this was a woman who had married, divorced, and remarried several times.

Branham called this woman "a prostitute."  Many cult pastors teach this.  But try to find a SINGLE scripture in the Bible describing her as a prostitute!

That simple derogatory term given by these cult pastors, following the steps of their fearless leader, is offensive.  This was a woman, riddled with the guilt of sin.  She needed a Savior in her life.  She had not found love on earth, several failed marriages! 

You cult pastors, picture this situation.  Some poor sister comes to you, a person who knows and believes God.  She is desperately seeking spiritual guidance.  She needs the Love of Christ in her life, and wants to learn more about the Gospel.  She wants to APPLY the Gospel to her life.

Ask yourself:  What would Christ do? 

Would Christ stand before the woman like some dictator with a tiny moustache, telling her to leave that new husband so that she "might make a servant to the bride?"  Would Christ turn her away, saying "GET AWAY FROM ME YOU FILTHY PROSTITUTE!"

Would Christ go behind the people's backs, marrying her to other men without his disciples knowing it — preaching one life and living another?

If you want to know what Christ would do, it's not that hard, really.  You have to get your head out of those tapes that have very little to do with your Bibles.  You have to take off those earphones with those MP3s of a man screaming like a Nazi.  You have to throw out those books filled with twisted scriptures, failed prophecies, and fictional life stories. 

You have to get BACK to the Word of God!  The Bible will show you EXACTLY what Christ would do!

Since so many cult pastors are unfamiliar with this Book, let's read and find out WHAT Christ would do.  And let's see the results of the actions that Christ took as our example:

John Chapter 4:

"Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples)," 

Notice the example.  Christ did not baptize.  He taught others to become leaders — not just followers.

"he left Judea and departed again for Galilee.  And he had to pass through Samaria.  So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."  (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)  The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)"

Think of the cult.  What if this were a Catholic woman?  What if this were a Baptist woman?  What would YOU, a BRANHAMITE, want with ME?

"Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water."  The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock."   Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."  The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water."

She didn't realize it yet, but Christ has just offered her eternal life.  And Christ knew EVERYTHING about her life.  He knew who she was, what she had done, and knew of the sin that had burdened her life.

"Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."  The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband';  for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true."  The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.  Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship."

This part is more accurate than people in the cult might realize.  The Jews were taught to worship at Mount Zion.  She was taught to worship in Samaria.  Both groups were taught that their little place on earth was the "holy place," and if they did not worship in that location, their worship was in vain.

Think of the cult.  "They worship in a Methodist church!  We worship with THE LITTLE BRIDE!" 

Friends, if you are worshipping Christ, you can worship Christ in a Buddhist temple if you want to.  Think of it!  What if you started going around the world to temples of Pagan worship, showing others the power of God in your life, and converting masses into Christianity! 

Paul wasn't afraid to go into the Pagan world, leading souls to Christ!  But this "message", the "Message of William Branham," is MUCH different than the message of Paul!

What would Christ do?

"Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.  You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.  But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am he."

This is HE!  This is the One who is worthy of all praise! 

Notice HOW he said that he would worship.  In spirit and in TRUTH!  He wouldn't send disciples into the land to tell fictional stories of squirrels, bears, cabins in Kentucky, and the length of antlers!  Who CARES about these things!

What if that woman looked up at Christ and said, "Sir I believe you are a prophet, but our prophet has seen as squirrel!"

Even the disciples were amazed at this display of the Love of God.  Listen to this next part:

"Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, "What do you seek?" or, "Why are you talking with her?"  So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people,  "Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?"  They went out of the town and were coming to him.

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." So the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought him something to eat?" 34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.  Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.  For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.'  I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."

Many times, we like to sow the seed and stand there hovering over it so that we can see the immediate fruit of our labor.  But what we do not realize is that by standing there hovering over it, we are no longer scattering seed.  And worse, we are blocking the SONlight.

I've asked you, "What Would Christ Do."  I've showed you by example what Christ did — it's written in the Word of God. 

Christ did not turn the woman away.  He did not call her a "prostitute."  Christ did not discriminate against women like these abusive cult leaders and pastors. 

Because Christ showed the woman perfect love, listen to what happened in that city:

"Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me all that I ever did."  So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days.  And many more believed because of his word.  They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world."

Notice.  Some believed because Jesus was all-knowing.  That, again, is the focal point of the story in the cult.  But listen to what came immediately after this statement:

And many more believed because of his word.


There were people that were converted into Christians when William Branham used his parlor tricks with those prayer cards, people who never knew Christ at all in their lives.  Many of them continued on to their Bibles, to learn the REAL Christ of the Bible, not the one that Branham taught who "had to see a vision from the Father before He could heal one person."

But think of the massive impact on the world if Branham instead had brought the people together over the Word of God!  Look around right now, the entire cult is falling apart after learning just how many times that he lied on those sermons.

Their foundation was not the Bible!  If the foundation of the cult was the Bible, it wouldn't matter at all if Branham lied — they would have just considered him a sinner and continued on in the cult.  (And it would not have been considered a cult.)

But the foundation of this cult is the words of a man, words that have now been proven false.  Stories that have been proven fiction.  Prophecies that have been proven to have failed. 

Things would have been much, much different if Branham had just asked himself this ONE question:  What Would Christ Do?