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Worshipping What?

John Collins01/08/2014
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John chapter three tells us that no matter what miracles are performed before our eyes, and no matter how much we put their faith in those miracles, they will have no effect on our eternal destination unless we have been born again.  The story of Nicodemus is one that William Branham told from town to town, giving the same instructions to his congregations as he spread the "gospel of divine healing."  But does Branham's "gospel" match his confession?

When William Branham began his ministry, it was with the premise of "signs and wonders," which he claimed to be given to him from an angel sent by God.  Though his descriptions of this angel and his surroundings vary from sermon to sermon, there is one consistent element to the story that his followers are taught to believe: that he was given two "signs," and that the angel said, "If you can get the people to believe you, not even cancer will stand before your prayer."  The intentions of the signs, according to Branham, were to elevate the faith of the people in the minister behind the platform.

"Now, my mind is going back to around two years ago, when in the room that night, that Angel of God came walking in there and said, "You are--been borned in this world to take a gift of Divine healing to the people. Many will not believe you; yet many will. If you'll be sincere and will get the people to believe you, not even cancer shall stand before your prayer."  [Praying to an angel:]  Angel of God, I do not see You. But I know that You are standing near. Please, Thou knowest my heart, and know how I love these people. Stand by me tonight. And may not one go through without faith. And I know that Your Words have been true. I've took You at Your Word, for You said You were sent from God. I believed You. And You've stuck by me. You have confirmed the Word with signs following. Now, again tonight, in this March the fifth, this Memorial night, may You stand now and heal every one. Grant it."  Branham, 48-0305

When Nicodemus recognized Jesus, his faith in Christ was already established by the signs.  He said, "Rabbi (which means teacher), we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him."  

Though both stories are similar in nature, there is one key difference between Branham's "angelic commission" and Nicodemus' encounter with Jesus Christ.  The signs of Christ pointed to the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.  Branham's "signs" pointed to the man on the platform.

You will notice that immediately after describing his commission to gather faith in himself, William Branham began praying to an angel.  And that angel was not God -- Branham said that he believed it was sent from God.

The question you must ask yourself is, why was William Branham praying to an elemental spirit instead of God?  If this elemental spirit was from God, would it not have told Branham not to worship it? 

The Apostle Paul says it best:  

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, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.  If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations - Colossians 2:18-20