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During the time William Branham's "divine healing gospel" was in full swing, and Gordon Lindsay was Branham's campaign manager, the meetings had booths that sold various pamphlets, pictures of Houston lighting, and more. One of the items sold was a pamphlet entitled "Divine Healing in the Branham Campaigns," which told readers what was necessary to "keep one's healing." (read online: http://bit.ly/1ouixRi)
Though Branham promoted the idea that "eighty percent of Jesus' ministry was 'divine healing,' the version of "christ" Branham pointed to was one that was powerless to heal or maintain healing without the patient's power to have faith to heal themselves or faith in the person or "god" performing the healing ritual. According to William Branham, Christ could never heal a person without this "perfect faith":
"Now, this is during the time of the early ministry of the Master. He had been healing the people everywhere, and His fame had went out. Now, if the people would've doubted Him, that He was the Son of God, that He was the Healer Divine, they could've not been healed. Even His prayer for them would've not have healed them. His hands would've not have--laying upon them would've not have healed them. Jesus never took credit for healing anyone. He said, 'Thy faith has made the whole.' Is that right? 'Thy faith has saved thee'" - Branham, 48-0304
Healing of the body is a natural process that is a gift from God. Isaiah says that "by His stripes we are healed," and the New Testament includes several scriptures describing a loving God that offers healing to His children. The Gospels give many examples of this, including examples where Jesus healed unbelieving sinners through Grace and mercy.
But Branham's 'gospel' seemed quite different. In this pamphlet sold at the Branham campaigns, there was a section entitled "The Important Matter Of Keeping One's Healing." This section placed the healing on the shoulders of the sick and afflicted, rather than the God of mercy who loved them, and specifically away from the man on the platform that the people had placed their faith upon:
"There are, however, numbers of good Christians, conscientious people who evidently receive a gracious touch from the Lord, but for some reason or other do not seem to get a complete healing. To those who have had certain types of disease, special instructions need to be given. In the case of a cancer patient, the cancer is usually killed after prayer. Nevertheless, in some cases the cancer has yet to be eliminated from the body. Sometimes severe pain attends this elimination. If the person fails to understand this, he may fail to recognize his healing altogether. However, the person who stands firm in faith may expect complete deliverance." - Divine Healing in the Branham Campaigns
As a Christian earnestly seeking God, comparing Branham's "gospel" to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is essential to read the book of John. With regards to this weight being added to the shoulders of the sick and afflicted, one really needs to read John chapter nine.
Chapter nine of the Gospel according to John describes the man blind from birth. The disciples thought this man was being punished from his sins or the sins of the fathers, but Christ told them his life and his affliction had purpose: to glorify the Son of God.
The pharisees rebuked the man, telling him to give praise and worship to God for his healing -- not Christ. They told the man that Jesus was a sinner, undeserving of the glory. The man did not know Jesus, was not aware that Christ was the Son of God, and quite frankly was only aware of one thing:
"He answered, 'Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." - John 9:25
Again, Jesus asked the man if he believed -- not to help the man "keep his healing," but so that the man would know and understand Him to be the Son of God:
"Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him, He said, 'Do you believe in the Son of Man?' He answered, 'And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?'" - John 9:35
Reading this passage of scripture, and having been influenced by the teaching of William Branham, you are faced with this question: Would this man have been healed under Branham's "gospel?" Is Christ the Son of God, the exact imprint of the nature of God, or was he powerless to heal this man who did not yet believe in Him? Was Branham correct, that even the prayers of Christ would have been left unanswered?
I was faced with this question. Having found the answer in the Bible, I can easily sympathize with this man's plea to those who did not believe in Christ: One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.