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The God of Wrath

John Collins10/22/2013

Video available here: http://youtu.be/BKLzUrLB9lk

By preaching from the books in the Bible that described God’s wrath against Israel for abandoning the Old Covenant, and never preaching from the books of the prophets that spoke restoration, only one aspect of God was portrayed:  the God of justice.  This God was a God that rightfully brought justice upon the nation of Israel, who constantly fell into idolatry – sacrificing to the idols of other gods with animal and even human sacrifice.  God wants us to serve Him and Him alone. 

But by only displaying one aspect of God and removing the true nature of God, a different god emerges.  By portraying the justice of the loving God, the God that cared enough for us to have sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, this God becomes nothing more than a god of wrath.

And this god of wrath played well into Branham’s fictional stories regarding his journey into Pentecostalism.  According to William Branham, his mother-in-law forbade his leading her daughter into Pentecostalism, and because he listened to a woman instead of the god of wrath, Branham claimed that his wife and daughter were smote with vengeance.  Caring nothing for the salvation and grace in the relationship between Hope and the Living God, this god of wrath ignored the cross to rip her life from her body in vengeance against this poor mother.  And this new god overlooked the grace of the loving mother and the fragile life of a child.  For the god of wrath, Calvary meant nothing, and Christ died in vain.

This same new god, the god of wrath, was displayed and uplifted when Branham started rewriting the story of Elijah.  While the loving God mourned for the lives of the Children of Israel being sacrificed to idols at the hand of the wicked Jezebel, the god of wrath brought vengeance against cosmetics, hairstyles, and other superficial things that could easily be applied to our day and time.  That same god of wrath was being lifted into power, so that it could condemn this world for cosmetics and “bobbed hair,” once again ignoring the saving grace that was given as a Gift to all who believe in Jesus Christ. 

But there is a difference between the god that William Branham lifted into worship and the One True God.  The god that Branham promoted looked on the outward appearance, from the long hair and long dresses of women, to the covering of leg skin of the men – but this god of wrath also peered into the heart.  Not in the way that the Loving God peers into the heart, but instead looking for ways to condemn.  The god of wrath exposes sin, brings retaliation, and causes its worshippers to live in self-condemnation for the sins that plague their lives. 

But the One True God looks at our hearts through Calvary.  Christ is our Mediator, and when God looks at us, He sees the cross.  The One True God also hates sin, but molds us and shapes us as he lifts us up in Grace.  Each time we fall, He picks us back up to stand even more firmly resolved.  All of us are nothing more than sinners, saved by the Grace of the risen Savior. 

The One True God has a foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News that while we are sinners that cannot save ourselves by works, we are saved through the Gift that God gave us.  He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for sin.  Christ came, lived the perfect life that we could not live, suffered and died upon the cross, conquered death, hell, and the grave, and rose again so that we can rise with him.  And this was given to us as a Gift, not by the merits of anything we did attempting to deserve this – it was a Gift of the loving God to His children.  Now, simply by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ, each one of us is a new creature.  The sinful flesh that plagues us is of no consequence – these earthly bodies will fade away.  We are now part of the Body of Christ, one with the Living God!

The god of wrath has several requirements.  Each new “law” rose into requirement was nailed onto the cross of Jesus Christ as a new distractor.  As more and more laws became tacked onto the cross, our view of Christ was slowly replaced with the laws of the god of wrath.  Over time these laws completely covered what was underneath, and it became necessary to look through these laws to see the cross.  To become closer to Christ, we must look through these laws.

And while the One True God is lifted into power by our worship of Christ, the god of wrath is lifted into power by bringing more vengeance.  As these new laws were nailed to the cross at Calvary, they resurrected many laws from the Old Covenant that Paul called “obsolete.”  But while nailing Old Covenant law to the cross, many laws were overlooked – causing followers of the cult to obey part of the law but not all.  By attempting to keep part of the Law, and while breaking other parts of the Law, we were breaking the whole Law, bringing sin upon us.  By Law, none of us can ever be justified:

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.  Romans 3:20

But while the god of wrath looks to the law, the One True God looks at the requirement that was the foundation of the Law.  As Gentiles, we were not born under Law, but according to Paul, we also fulfill this requirement:

For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

Romans 2:14-16

But the root of the problem is in the very first chapter of the book of Romans.  The god of wrath that William Branham promoted is nothing new; there is nothing new under the sun.  The same god of wrath that Branham claimed to have smote Hope and Sharon Rose is the same god of wrath being lifted into power by the Romans.  It is the same god of wrath that ignored the truth of the Gospel and turned hearts away from the power of the cross.

This god of wrath has one requirement: man to enforce.  To lift the god of wrath into power, there must be a man to enforce the laws that are nailed to the cross.  In doing so, man begins to worship the creation, the man, rather than the Creator:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.   For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.   For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

 

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

Romans 1:18-25

Those last words are amazing truth.  Hope was involved in the youth ministry of the Pentecostal Tabernacle under Pentecostal Pastor Roy E. Davis when Branham himself was the assistant pastor.  Hope’s mother did not invoke the vengeance of a god of wrath, and the god of wrath could never bypass the cross at Calvary to smite one of His own.  The Covenant of Grace was established and could not be denied by God. 

Men, exchanging the truth about the One True God for this fictional story have lifted William Branham into worship.  Branham himself is nailed to the cross, and for a follower to see Christ, they must first look through William Branham.  Through Branham’s filter, they then must look through the laws nailed to the body of Christ.  Only looking through the body of the dead “prophet” and the laws that he nailed to the cross can they see Jesus Christ.

All because they exchanged the truth about God for the lies of a man.  The created man, and his laws, are now served by the followers rather than the Creator who died for their sin and abolished the Law.

When followers read the Old Testament, it is read through the filter of this man who lifted a god of wrath into power.  They fail to see the other aspects of God.  They do not see His loving Grace and Mercy, because Branham avoided the scriptures that explained the correction that God was giving to the children of Israel for serving other gods – like this god of wrath.  They see the children of Israel groaning in agony under the punishment of God, but do not see God Himself groaning because He was having to do so.  They see a taskmaster beating a slave rather than a loving Father correcting His Children.

The Loving God, the One True God, the God of both justice and righteousness, has one requirement – and that requirement is not law.  That requirement is love.  As God was punishing His children for their idolatry, there is one passage that you will never hear from within the four walls of a cult church:  God speaking through Micah, crying out in love for His children.

“O my people, what have I done to you?  How have I wearied you? Answer me!  For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.  O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”

 

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?

Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?

Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”  He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:3-8

People ask why I continue.  Seek The Truth and sites like this have exposed prophecies that have failed, some of which Branham himself admitted to have failed.  His life story has been proven more fiction than fact, and many of the “spiritual events” that he proclaimed have absolutely nothing to do with God, most of them to support hunting trips.  But all of these things are nothing compared to lifting another god into worship.  Good, Bible-believing Christian brothers and sisters are tricked into following a different god, and over time are convinced that this new god of wrath is the same god of the Bible.

And there are many people trapped on the inside that do not know they are serving a different God.  They place their focus on the Bible above any man, and ignore the differences between Branham’s god of wrath and the Jesus that they know and love.  They see God as the same loving God that sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for their sins.  They believe that Christ ascended to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit to lead them and guide them, and believe that the Holy Spirit will lead them into all Truth.

It is these people that my heart bleeds for.  Many have rejected the truth, exchanging the true knowledge of God for the fictional stories of a man.  Once enlightened, their hearts have been hardened to the Truth in God’s Word.  Now, serving the god of wrath, they have denied the love and grace that God requires.  There is nothing that we can say or do to help those people, and only the Hand of God can save them from the fire that they have started to bring down upon themselves.

But those that do know God, those that do not serve a god of wrath, those are the ones that need the most love and support.  They do not need a Christian beating them over the head with their Bibles – they already know their Bibles.  But they are blinded by the spell that this god of wrath has placed on them.  Elect members of the Body, deception in the church has led them into serving a different “jesus.”  But remember, Matthew 24:24 said that the false prophets would deceive the very elect – if it were possible.  It is possible to deceive, but God’s children can never be led willfully deceived.  Once they realize the deception, and as God’s elect, they will flee from the god of wrath and into the loving arms of Jesus Christ.

Remember, immediately after Jesus gave this warning of the false prophet that would rise to deceive, he gave the parable of the ten virgins.  All invited, but some had no oil.  When the Bridegroom came to meet them, the virgins trimmed their lamps, but those without oil went to another source.  They did not have the oil to begin with, but even more interesting is that not all of these virgins that had the oil were the bride – under Jewish custom, this was the bridal party, which included the bride but also included others.

Those that had the oil went into the marriage feast.  Those that went away from the body of the others in the bridal party had severed themselves, and the door was shut. 

This parable is the best description of a cult that has risen under the name of Christianity.  They have severed themselves from other Christians, exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and have began to serve another god.

This god, usually, is the god of wrath.


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