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When my family and I first started taking our stand for the Bible, we noticed a very strange question coming forth in the discussion groups: “Do you still believe in Serpent’s Seed?”
My wife and I made a conscious decision that we would serve God in Spirit and in Truth – not just in Spirit. When we found that we were standing for a message proven to be filled with fictional stories, we gradually came to the understanding that we were standing on unstable ground. Our choice ultimately came down to “which God will we serve,” not which man’s doctrine will we be under.
But there were many that somehow believed that faith in this doctrine was a choice between life and death. Our faith in Jesus Christ was not relevant in our conversation – these people truly believed that if we’d lost faith in man’s doctrine based on man’s understanding of scripture, we had lost our place in the Body of Christ.
But the work that Christ did on the cross was once-for-all. The scriptures do not tell us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you until you no longer believe that Eve had mad, passionate sex with a snake.” Paul did not say, “It is by grace you are saved through faith in Serpent’s Seed.”
The Gospel of Jesus Christ gives only one requirement for our salvation: Faith in Jesus Christ. We must have faith and understanding that there was nothing we could do to save ourselves. We were born into a dying world of sin and needed a savior. He chose us; we did not choose him for our salvation. God loved us so much that he sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins.
One of my associates in the Branham apologetic movement made a statement yesterday that took me by shock: “I don’t want to be part of a ‘little bride’ that is proud to leave everyone else behind.”
This idea was foreign to me.
There are very few themes in the ministry of William Branham that remain the same from start to finish. While condemning Trinitarians for believing in the Triune God in the latter part of his ministry, Branham prayed that the “Third Person in the Trinity” would bless the meeting. He preached that Christ was the Eternal God in the beginning, and later chose the Jehovah’s Witness “different jesus,” one that was born and died as just a man.
But the one theme that we find present from start to finish is pride. We were trained to be proud that we were part of a small group. We were proud to be identified with a little body of people – and were proud NOT to be identified with the entire Body of other Christians.
None stepped up to the altar with prayers of intercession for other Christians. None entered church crying for the people in the church down the street that they felt were condemned to hell. None fell to their knees to pray for God’s forgiveness and mercy for the other Christians in the world.
Instead, we sat while ministers calling themselves “ministers of the Gospel” preached harsh judgment on all other Christians. The very Gospel they proclaimed was abandoned by their “little bride” theology. We served a god of wrath and hatred, not the God of the Bible. We uplifted a different god that was limited in power – he could not save the Christians in the other churches; the cross was not powerful enough to save the poor soul who rejected this little man from Jeffersonville, Indiana, who promoted himself through fictional stories.
There was an underlying reason why it was this way. There was a reason why this little body of people would rejoice at the deaths of millions should California suddenly fall into the ocean. We were more loving towards this man we believed to be a prophet than towards little children playing in the streets of Los Angeles.
I am abhorred by our selfishness. I watch small children behind our house, many of them in loving, Christian homes, who never knew that William Branham even existed. Sometime long before they were born, family may have came in contact with Branham or his following, and they may have searched his teachings to see if they lined up with the Word of God. They may have came across this different jesus, or examined some failed prophecy or fictional story. Yet we would willingly watch these small children suffer and die just because of our pride in this small, little body of people that called ourselves Christian. It is a disgrace.
My associate said that their life had changed after learning the real Gospel of Jesus Christ. They said that if they could give up their place in God’s bride and offer it to another person for their salvation, it would be done without hesitation.
That one sentence halted me in conversation. To give up our place in our prideful position while in the message would have been considered blasphemy. “We don’t want somebody else coming with us – they might not believe in our ‘prophet.’”
But I had to ask myself: “Was this scriptural?”
My programming started kicking in, and I felt like this was an awful thing to say. It sounded as if this person did not value their place in the Body! How can somebody give up their seat?
But sometimes when the Holy Spirit is speaking to you, you don’t fully understand what He is saying until you read His Word.
It wasn’t until this morning, when I was reading my daily scripture that God started speaking to my heart: “This is the love that I showed for you. Are you unwilling to show it to others?”
Romans chapter nine was the first scripture that I opened. These are the very first words that I read as I started my day today:
“I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”
How different this was from the pride I once had in my life! Paul was willing to cut himself off from Christ for the sake of his brothers!
Paul was not preaching “little bride pride,” he was writing of inward pain for others who did not know the love of Christ. Not even other Christians, this was written towards Jews that had denied the work that Christ did on the cross for them:
“They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.”
Paul was speaking about the prideful, not the humble. The Jews had the long history of prophets, the Levitical Priesthood, and were the descendants of Abraham. Their seed was royal seed, and they had earthly glory in knowing that they were the children of the Promise.
But Paul did not preach “Serpent’s Seed.” What Paul said next really struck me this morning. It exposed just how prideful this doctrine of man teaches us to be:
But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.
The Royal Seed of Abraham are not numbered by the blood of a man, as we were taught. It is not children of the flesh that inherit the promise – our Father is in Heaven!
William Branham was the assistant pastor to Roy E. Davis in the Pentecostal Tabernacle until 1931. Davis was the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, and is recorded giving testimony describing his establishment of the White Knights to the United States Government.
The Klan teaches us that there IS an earthly bloodline, and that all part of the tainted bloodline are lesser human beings. They are taught pride for their race, and believe that other races of people that do not share their same history are not worthy.
This doctrine led to race riots and lynching, a blemish in our history of America. Men filled with pride stood and watched as angry mobs took the lives of innocent victims. Men were beaten, hung, shot, and even burned on fiery crosses signifying the pure evil that were in the hearts of this movement. Through teaching of Serpent’s Seed, mothers were taken from their children, fathers slaughtered, and families destroyed.
But the Apostle Paul said that it was not by human blood that we were chosen. God chooses whom He pleases. Paul reminds us of Jacob and Esau – both born of the same blood. One was chosen, the other denied:
“For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of Him who calls— she was told, ‘The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.’”
Notice Paul’s words, “Not because of works, but because of Him who calls.
I look back at the false religion I left. If only we knew these words of scripture! Think of the hundreds of people daily condemned in the workplace because they wear makeup for confidence or present themselves a little better looking. Even if words of condemnation are not spoken, think of the thousands of people around this world that condemn others within their hearts – all for the teaching of man! All for a teaching that is not even found in scripture!
Yet Paul said that it was NOT because of works. God chose us – we did not choose Him. Paul said that both children were not yet even born when God chose them, and neither had done good or bad!
So you read this and you are thinking, “That’s not fair!”
I thought it. That was my programming kicking in. Selfishness. We were taught to be selfish for the kingdom of God – not to be thankful. We were taught to get in there, kicking and screaming!
What if the king of a foreign nation came to America, choosing to marry the beautiful bride of his choice? And he decided to throw the biggest party for this celebration, one like this nation has never seen before.
What if he sent out invitations to people that did not yet know him, just like the unborn Jacob and Esau. And you received an invitation in the mail to go to the celebration – simply because this king from a foreign land chose you.
Would you laugh and mock your neighbor because they did not receive an invitation? Would you point fingers of scorn or accusation against another Christian for not being chosen? Would you stand on the inside of the party, throwing insults to those on the outside?
Or would you realize that this king might kick you out of the ceremony for being a fool!
There is no injustice when God chooses one and denies another. God is a Sovereign God. He chooses whom He pleases – and we are to be in full support of His choice! If he chooses the lowest sinner of the city, the man that the entire town frowns upon, we should lift up the sinner and help clean him up!
Paul answers this question if we continue reading:
“What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.”
If you have been set free from this cult, and are still struggling with that “little bride” programming, don’t give it a second thought. Read the New Testament. Read the writings of Peter and Paul. You’ll find a direct conflict between your programmed teaching of this “Serpent’s Seed” that is so weak that it can only produce a “little bride.” The power of God is far greater.
The Bible does teach that the seed of Abraham will be as the sands of the seas, and that not all of them will be saved. Abraham’s bloodline is not just from Isaac, remember? Hagar also bore Ishmael, and the children of Abraham are literally without number.
The number of Christians worldwide is dwindling. Many are changing to foreign religion, or have been driven into atheism through deceptive teaching. There is only around thirty percent of the population worldwide that even claim to be Christian – and that number includes several born of religious movement that proclaim a different jesus.
But remember, God chooses whom he will. God can reach His Hand into the life of a Muslim, a Buddhist, or even an atheist. God can take the broken vessel that man has cast aside, fix the pieces, and use that vessel to mend others.
And believe it or not, the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is offensive. It makes you humble your pride. It makes you realize that you, too, are a broken vessel. It is a stumbling block before men, exposing their shame. But faith in Jesus Christ – and Christ alone – has the power to save.
Paul ends the chapter with these words:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”