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Impure Sacrifice

John Collins01/03/2014
Seek The Truth Blog
 

This post went out yesterday, but the emphasis on the impure sacrifice was missed by some.  To further the point,we decided to add more of William Branham's words and another quote with his different viewpoint on Jesus Christ -- there are many that do not realize that Branham did not believe Christ was fully man and fully God. 

Video available here: http://youtu.be/VHAP5qi_Ucw 

The day after Jesus was baptized by John, two of John's disciples recognized Jesus.  They cried, "Behold!  The Lamb of God!"  Then they started following Jesus.

When Jesus asked the disciples what they were seeking, they gave Him the title of "Rabbi," which means "Teacher."  Not long after, one of the two had listened to the testimony of John, and called Jesus the Messiah, which means "Christ" or "Anointed One. 

If we examine the ministry of William Branham, are these the same titles that we would use for God's Only Son?

Throughout his sermons, William Branham associated his own ministry to the "ministry of Christ," teaching his followers that the first part of Jesus' life was the "bait on the hook," for the "message" that was to follow.  By comparison, Branham would often describe the percentage of time Jesus spent on "divine healing," comparing it to how own ministry.

"Eighty percent of His ministry was Divine healing. Eighty percent of His ministry was on the miraculous side, showing the people that the supernatural God was working in human flesh." - Branham, 50-0822

According to Branham, the "first pull ministry" of Christ started when He became a "god-man," which is very similar to the description of a "demigod" in classic mythology.  Branham taught that a mortal human being had taken on the form of a deity, only the day before these two disciples followed Jesus.

"God spoke from the heavens. John saw Him coming in the form a dove, and said, "This is My beloved Son in Whom I'm pleased to dwell." The right translation there is, "In whom I am pleased to dwell in." Jesus immediately anointed with God, He was just a man till that time, but now He becomes the God-man."  - Branham, 55-0806

But remember the titles used by these disciples, neither of which are "divine healer."  The first title used was "teacher."

The Gospel according to John introduces Jesus as the "Word," saying, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word WAS God."  He was the Word, and even as a child, Christ was overflowing with the Word of God.  Luke 2:41-52 describes the three days Jesus taught in the temples, only a boy around age twelve.  Verse 47 says, "And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers," and Christ told his parents that the temple at Jerusalem was his "Father's House."  Christ was born the Son of God.

The second title used was "Messiah."  Jesus was the Kinsman Redeemer that was promised to restore the fallen condition of Israel.  Israel had abandoned the Old Covenant and had fallen under the Curse of the Law.  The final penalty death, only a Kinsman Redeemer could pay the penalty on their behalf.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good News that God has sent his only Son as this Kinsman Redeemer.  Mankind did not suffer the penalty of death, Jesus paid their price.  And through Christ we are now under the Eternal Covenant of Grace, both Jews and Gentiles.  The Gospels describe Christ coming to earth, living the perfect life that fulfilled the Mosaic Law, dying as a pure Sacrifice for atonement of sin, and rising again so that we can rise with Him.

But this "demigod" version of Jesus, taught by William Branham, includes the sinful nature of the human flesh.  While the Bible's Jesus that was fully God and fully man can resist even the temptation of Satan, Branham's version of Christ was a sinner that did not fulfill the Old Covenant.  

The Spirit left Him, in the garden of Gethsemane. He had to die, a man. Remember, friends, He didn't have to do that. That was God. God anointed that flesh, which was human flesh. And He didn't... If He'd have went up there, as God, He'd have never died that kind of death; can't kill God. But He didn't have to do it. - Branham, 65-0418

And Christ was... He never... God wouldn't have sent Him to--to hell pure. He had to send Him to hell condemned (See?), because He took our sins. And Christ died, not righteous, Christ died a sinner.  Christ never sinned Himself, but He took our sins on Him  Branham, 55-0227

If you examine the ministry of William Branham, you will find many titles given to Jesus during the stages of His life.  Chronologically, those would be "mortal Jesus," "god-man," "divine healer," "prophet Jesus," "second mortal Jesus," and "sinner."  And you'll find many of the titles used for Christ applied to Branham's ministry, such as Luke 17:30, "Son of Man."  

The question is, does this "gospel" Branham describes match the true Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Let's see what the Apostle Paul has to say:

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more PERFECT tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself WITHOUT BLEMISH to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. – Hebrews 9:11-14

Peter says it best in I PETER 2:22:  "Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth"

Read more about the titles Branham applied to his ministry