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Casting The First Stone

John Collins01/30/2014
Seek The Truth Blog
 

Video available here: http://youtu.be/wjfvzufAWy4

John chapter eight tells a story many are familiar with, but one that you won't find mentioned much in the "message" of William Branham.  It paints a perfect picture of the forgiveness and mercy in the Blood of Jesus Christ.  Many of us who have left Branham's following to follow Christ were a little shocked when we realized how little this story was mentioned, but less shocked when we examined the doctrine.

Jesus had been teaching in the temple during the time of the Feast of Booths.  And immediately the day after, he rose and went early into the temple.  Though he faced many accusations during the Feast, the scripture records "All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them."  Those who had journeyed far were eager to hear one more sermon from the Messiah.

But the Scribes and Pharisees came tempting Christ.  They threw a woman before him, caught in the act of adultery.  The Bible says, "This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him"

Under Mosaic Law, those caught in adultery were to be executed.  If they were espoused, unmarried, or a priest's daughter, they were to be stoned.  But the Scribes and Pharisees watched as Jesus befriended tax collectors, prostitutes, and sinners of all kinds.  If he were to deny the penalty of the Law, Jesus would have been calling himself a hypocrite.  They were looking to place Christ under guilt.

But Jesus casually began writing on the ground.  He didn't show emotion.  He didn't join in either condemnation or defense. 

The Scribes and Pharisees were persistent, and Christ arose to make the statement we are all familiar with:  "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

In the private support groups we've been involved with dedicated to helping those who have escaped the bondage of the Message of the Hour, this is one of the first Bible discussions that those fleeing begin to bring up in conversation.  Was this Bible story avoided purposefully since it did not match Branham's "gospel?"

In today's world, and under today's laws, we cannot stone a woman for adultery.  Most Christians today realize that we are no longer living under Old Covenant Law, and that we are under the New Covenant of Grace.  The blood of Jesus Christ covers all sin.  

But while the severity of the penalty is lessoned, the law is still intact for the churches following William Branham.

Place yourself into the shoes of the woman.  Not just an adulteress, this woman was caught in the very act.  She could offer no defense on her behalf -- they caught her in the crime.  In her shoes, you stand accused.  Your penalty is awaiting, and you're standing in the middle of two parties: William Branham and Jesus Christ.  

The message of William Branham will tell you that you are "dog meat."  You are "not worth a good clean bullet to shoot you with."  You were a "prostitute" before you even committed the crime, because you wore clothing that matched the custom of the nation you call home.  You were a harlot because you liked to make yourself pretty.  You stand before God, condemned.

 But Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  He is our new High Priest, and is our only pathway to salvation.  He is ever interceding, having lifted Himself up as the sacrifice for the atonement for sin.  Standing on Branham's side, you stand condemned.  Standing with Christ, you stand redeemed.

Which side will you stand for?