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Cafeteria-Style Religion

John Collins01/23/2014
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When it came time for the feast of booths, the brothers of Jesus asked Him to come to the feast and prove Himself to the people  Though they were His brothers, they did not believe that Christ was the Messiah.  But Jesus responded that His time had not come.

Making his journey after their departure, Christ came to the feast privately.  Mingling among the people, he was not recognized -- though he stood before them teaching in the temple.  The Jews were amazed at His knowledge of scripture, though he had never studied among them.

John chapter seven describes a very powerful statement by Jesus Christ, one that must be considered when you compare the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the gospel of William Branham:

"The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.  Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?" - John 7:18-19

To the cult following of William Branham, this man claiming to be from the hills of Kentucky is believed to be the "messenger for our day," as Jesus Christ was the "messenger" to the Jews.  Branham promoted himself to be the "seventh age messenger," adding the word "age" to the Seven Churches of Asia Minor that are described in the book of Revelation.

Claiming to be like Moses through a story of an angel visitation, Branham is believed to be the "law" for the end time.  On our website, we have a list of "laws" that his followers must follow: http://www.seekyethetruth.com/Pages/57/resources-basics-rules.html, as well as a list of statements that simply are not true.

But this teaching of Christ is absolute truth:  If the messenger is seeking the Glory from the Father, then his words will also be absolute truth.  If he is seeking his own glory, there will be falsehood.  

I find it ironic that so many in our discussion groups battle truth with insult.  When faced with instances of this messenger displaying falsehood, rather than offer apologies or explanations, the poster is usually belittled with words of condemnation.  Comments about appearance, hobbies, and even past sins long covered by the Blood of Christ are resurrected in an attempt halt exposure of the truth.

The Jews sought to kill Christ for the very same reason.  Christ was explaining to them how the works of the Law could never save them -- mankind needed a savior.  Christ came to fulfill the part of the Old Covenant that they had failed to keep, by abiding by the Law that was constantly broken.  God humbled Himself to take the form of a man to live the life that we never could.

And yet, the Jews tried to kill him.  They could not keep their own rules, but sought to kill the One who exposed those rules and their weakness!

Branham came with rules, many of which were not in the Old Covenant.  He broke many rules that were in the Old Covenant, and his followers who model their lives after their 'prophet' do the same.

But like the Jews, most people have abandoned the rules laid out by Branham's new gospel.  Most have televisions, listen to radios, tell jokes, and more.  Everything from hair styles that Branham condemned to sports that were "of the devil."  Most cult churches pick and choose which rules they want to impose on their followers as though it is some sort of cafeteria-style religion!

Paul said in Galatians 3:

For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.  Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.  But the law is not of faith, rather The one who does them shall live by them.   Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. - Gal 3:10-14

Those that have been set free from cults based on works all have the same resounding message:  "It felt like we were under a curse."  When you consider Branham's gospel, the resurrection of law, it is very easy to understand the curse that is placed upon the followers.  Listen to the words of James in chapter 2:

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. - James 2:10


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