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Recently, the issue of Racism in the religious following of William Branham has created a stir. A statement made by a pastor in Tennessee has went viral, exposing one of the prideful teachings that have influenced the minds of many. The pastor has since taken every single one of his videos down from his website, indicating that this "message" he claims to have been sent by God was a "message" to be kept private. In a sense, this pastor is denying that God sent Branham as an "End Time Messenger," trying to keep the "message" secret.
There are levels of racism, and many times we do not see the sin of pride that has been grafted into our hearts through the minds of evil men. The pastor used his donation of a bicycle as "proof" that he is not racist, much like the slave owners before the Civil war. "We gave them a roof over their heads!" or the common one used today, "We have friends that are [any specific race]."
It should be enough for any Christian man or woman to flee when they discover the fact that the Pentecostal movement's founder was an active member of the Klan, that many leaders involved in this movement were Klansmen, and that William Branham himself was the assistant to the Grand Dragon of the Klan (Roy E. Davis). The Bible says when the branches start to produce rotten fruit, you must examine the trunk.
The issue of human beings marrying other human beings with skin of a different color (what Branham called "mixed marriage"), is one that is interesting. To any who reads and studies their Bibles, they can easily see that the human race started with Adam and Eve. It grew, filled the earth, and started over with the family of Noah. During both time periods, the sons and daughters of the first generation were marrying without an issue of race. Even if you use the "Serpent's Seed" doctrine that was part of the Klan agenda, it cannot be denied that the world was indeed repopulated by the same handful of people.
Nor is Branham’s argument that “God made big mountains and little mountains” applicable to color of skin. The color of skin for the wives of Noah’s sons were blended throughout time, enhanced by the climate of the nations, and ended with what we see today: men and women, just like us, with a different level of pigmentation.
Paul says in Galatians, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28). We are to view other Christians as one of us, not "us versus them." This is not limited to what we consider to be prejudice -- this saying applies to every single aspect of life. If we feel that another human being is any different than us, for any reason, then we are filled with the sin of pride.
Most pastors who promote racism use the Old Testament Law to push their agendas. Since many in the congregations do not take time to study and learn the Law, and the need for a Kinsman Redeemer, they are easily fooled. Snipped out of context, the Old Testament seems to be a book filled with racism.
But it was more about nationality than it was race, color of skin, or even heritage. God was creating a nationality, using them as an example for all mankind. The Apostle Paul called the Jews and the Mosaic Law "A Tutor," showing us that mankind can never save themselves by themselves, and needed a Savior. God was preparing a people to bring His Son into the world.
And the world was much different than it is now. Filled with idolatry, temple prostitution, human sacrifice and more, God gave clear instruction to keep His people separated from the evil world and its evil ways. Deuteronomy 7 tells us the reason God was preparing a nation, and it was not because of color of skin:
"You shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God brought you out. So will the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. Moreover, the Lord your God will send hornets among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed. You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God. The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little. You may not make an end of them at once, lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you. But the Lord your God will give them over to you and throw them into great confusion, until they are destroyed. And he will give their kings into your hand, and you shall make their name perish from under heaven. No one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them. The carved images of their gods you shall burn with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction."
But remember, God also does not want His children to fall to the sin of pride. While telling Israel that they would be more than conquerers in the Name of the One True God, that their enemies would fall at their feet, God wanted them to know that it had nothing to do with themselves. It wasn't about them -- it was about God:
“Do not say in your heart, after the Lord your God has thrust them out before you, ‘It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land,’ whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you. Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the Lord your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm the word that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."
Pastors who try to enforce their racist agenda through twisted scripture will give you portions of scripture that seem to support false teaching, but to teach anything contrary to the Divine Will of God, you must omit huge portions of scripture. As Israel plundered the nations, absolutely everything that they pillaged in the cities of Baal were theirs for the taking -- including the women of the city:
"But the women and the little ones, the livestock, and everything else in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as plunder for yourselves. And you shall enjoy the spoil of your enemies, which the Lord your God has given you."
"When you go out to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God gives them into your hand and you take them captive, and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire to take her to be your wife, and you bring her home to your house, she shall shave her head and pare her nails. And she shall take off the clothes in which she was captured and shall remain in your house and lament her father and her mother a full month. After that you may go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife. But if you no longer delight in her, you shall let her go where she wants. But you shall not sell her for money, nor shall you treat her as a slave, since you have humiliated her."
Why would God do this? Is God evil? Did God want the Jews to become filled with the sin of pride, while God's Word tells us that pride is sinful? Absolutely not. Deuteronomy 20 tells us exactly why God permitted this, immediately after telling them that the women of other races were theirs for the taking:
"That they may not teach you to do according to all their abominable practices that they have done for their gods, and so you sin against the Lord your God."
These women, taken into the nation of Israel, produced mixed race, but not mixed nationality. Israel was STILL the nation to bring forth the Christ child -- though the people of Israel were made up of what these racist pastors would call "hybrid people."
There was one part of the law that did discriminate, but if you study it, you'll find that it was more for their protection. God does not discriminate, and the blood of the world came through the blood of one man according to scripture.
God did not want the enemy nations to plant evil men or women into the nation with the purpose of overthrowing the Jews. Balaam (who Branham claimed to have "the same anointing as Moses) was a sorcerer whose power was used against the Jewish nation. God protected his children through the Mosaic Law:
“No Ammonite or Moabite may enter the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of them may enter the assembly of the Lord forever, because they did not meet you with bread and with water on the way, when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you."
“To the tenth generation.”
When confronted with the observation that Moses, Solomon, and others had black wives, these racist pastors start quoting Old Covenant Law in rebuttal. They try to enforce portions of the Law, while omitting other portions of Law. They do not uphold Laws concerning stoning those that disobey, women on their periods, huge portions of the tithing system, celebrations of the sabbath, and more. Yet they try to base their entire racist agenda on Law, instead of the New Covenant of Grace that is Christianity.
There is another passage of scripture that you will not find preached from behind the pulpits of churches whose pastors push racist agenda. It is found in the book of James, and it is concerning these men who try to enforce part of the Law while disobeying other parts of the Law:
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.