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Gene & Leo

John Collins04/28/2014
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We have received multiple instant messages, emails, contact submissions through the website, and even phone calls concerning the two men largely responsible for the handling of the "message" of William Branham on recorded tape: Gene Goad and Leo Mercier.

While most of this information is in written form on our website,, it seems as though some of the videos about "The Park" have gone viral inside the religious following of William Branham. Until this point, the references were not available in video form, and many of those trapped in fear are being instructed by pastors and elders of the church to avoid the William Branham apologetic websites. "That 'spirit might get on you,' and once the devil gets a-hold of you, he won't let go."

That spirit they reference is not so much a spirit, but a vast pool of information that has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that this 'message' was not so much the hand of Almighty God, but rather a 'message' of fiction given for a purpose. The websites give you enough information to decide for yourself just what that 'purpose' was and is.

But concerning the two men that have been labeled as 'homosexual,' we want to make a distinction between fact, fiction, rumor, and assumption. And we want to present the sources to you in video form. Since people from "The Park" are starting to open up, we want to direct the "blame" to the source of the information rather than those needing counseling and both emotional and spiritual help.

The first time we came in contact with this information was through the book "Legend of the Fall," written by Peter Duyzer, which is now available in paperback through the amazon bookstore. In this book, "Doctor" Lee Vayle was referenced as stating that these two men, Gene Goad and Leo Mercier" were homosexual.

This information interested me personally, because local Jeffersonville rumor and family discussions led you to the same conclusion. Since the two men are dead and gone on, any information we find will be second-hand, even victims that have came forth to present their life stories of horror. But witness testimony; even from those outside "The Park" lead you to the same conclusion presented as fact by Lee Vayle. Those who experienced conversations with the men, especially those who were not programmed with the 'message,' described these two men as either closet or practicing homosexuals. Those outside could not have known, of course, the abuse, both physical and sexual, that went on behind the scenes.

The first instance we found describing the two "tape boys" in the sermons of Lee Vayle was in a 2000 sermon entitled "The Godhead."

"I believe it was about 1956 and no later, that Leo and Gene, Leo Mercier and Gene Goad, God told Bro. Branham to hire them; two homosexuals. So I want you to get the drift of what I'm saying. This, what I'm talking about here, where God made Himself known, and through a prophet, is where men turned back and the homosexuals were standing right there to take over. And you're going to see more and more of it, and you're going to see more and more corruption, and you're going to see more and more people dying from AIDS. Bro. Branham said there'd come a time when people standing on this ground here-and I said it even, I think even before he did-because when I saw that the Scriptures said that God repented He made man, I looked very closely in the Hebrew to find out what that word 'repent' means 'to be sorrowful'. And God was very sorrowful concerning the state of man which man had found himself, and so, therefore, God did not let the last man suddenly gasp and fall into the ooze and scum of the universe and gag and die with his last breath. He cut them off.
Lee Vayle, Godhead P19, July 1, 2000"

At the time this information was presented to me, I personally had a limited understanding of scripture. Having been programmed by pastors without love for the truth, many scriptures were tangled and cut out of context in my mind. To my understanding at the time the videos were made, homosexuality was a sin that was more powerful than the blood of Jesus Christ. A thief or a murderer could be forgiven, but a homosexual had no place in the kingdom of heaven.

My mind always went back to what we were taught by cult pastors: "Sodom and Gomorrah were burned with fire to wipe out homosexuality!" Sadly, this false teaching is not limited to the cult following of William Branham, and exists in even mainstream churches.

After studying the Bible without man's interpretation, we found that Ezekiel 16 describes the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. And that destruction was not for homosexuality. It was for the same exact thing that we find today in the sermons of cult pastors – pastors condemning not just their fellow man, but even their own flesh and blood. Because some of their flock has chosen to follow Jesus Christ and has denied a human being (William Branham), they are treated as filthy rags.

After describing Jerusalem as the "greatest of all harlots," the prophecy to Ezekiel describes the reason that Sodom was destroyed:

"As I live, declares the Lord God, your sister Sodom and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it."
Ezekiel 16:48-50

I highly recommend that you read the entire prophecy, in context, from the Bible.

There are plenty of scriptures describing the sin of homosexuality, and I'm sure that there is no need to reference them. Should any be unaware, there is a website entitled "OpenBible" that allows you to search on any topic to find a compiled list of scriptures:

After learning that homosexuality was not the reason for Sodom's destruction, and after learning that the blood of Jesus Christ covers all sin, the question quickly became: Were Gene and Leo practicing homosexuals?

There were testimonies given by those suffering unmentionable horrors in "The Park." But those testimonies were given by people who were promised confidentiality and as much security as possible. While their testimony would be enough to bring a government investigation of this religious cult, none of the private testimony has been presented in public at this time. Our information concerning whether or not Gene and Leo continued to practice homosexuality is based upon the statements made by the same respected "Doctor" Lee Vayle. Since WIliam Branham respected Vayle enough to give him a seemingly fictional title of "Doctor," we felt that his witness testimony was powerful enough:

"Now, where did Leo and Gene and all those guys get that? Now they were a couple of perverts, so if you're miserably perverted physically, I've got an idea your spirit ain't too hot either, because the Bible said, "Such were some of you, but now you're clean." They were around Bro. Branham and never got rid of their homosexual spirit. They're both dead now, and I can say what I want of course and not be liable, but the point is, I'm not liable in telling anybody dirty stories. I'm telling you the truth."
Lee Vayle, Stewardship P40, Oct 4, 1997

Notice, this is "Doctor" Lee Vayle, respected by William Branham, confirming to us that he is telling us the truth. He confirms as truth that not only were Gene and Leo homosexual, they continued to be homosexual throughout their lives.

Cult pastors deny this has any impact on the message, claiming that William Branham simply did not know. This was some strange 'mystery,' a spiritual discernment they claim to be more powerful than Branham's abilities to peer into the hearts of mankind.

"Doctor" Lee Vayle disagrees. According to Vayle, these two men responsible for the handling of "the message" were actively homosexual throughout Branham's ministry, and Branham himself knew that they were homosexuals. The very next statement in Vayle's sermon is this:

When Bro. Branham told me what they were, I thought he was just, you know, being as rotten as I am, using a bad name about people. Positive truth. An absolute mess. If you don't believe that, you talk to Leo's wife, who's still living. Now those guys were an absolute mess, and the people around them. But there was no eighth vision. And this is what came out of the vision book."
Lee Vayle, Stewardship P40, Oct 4, 1997

Because this might be the only post some in the cult following may encounter, it is necessary that we describe how this information applies to William Branham. Could Branham be responsible for what happened behind closed doors by two men Lee Vayle called "perverted?"

That depends upon whether or not you believe or believed "the message."

William Branham presented himself as a man who could peer into the very soul of man, "discerning" the secrets of their hearts. He presented himself as a mortal human being with the same power of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. According to William Branham, when he took a person by his left hand, he received "vibrations" like a Wiccan Priest, and could see the demons inside. So the question quickly became: was the "demon" of homosexuality able to hide itself from William Branham?

Those that have studied the hundreds of photographs taken of men in Branham's wilderness retreats notice a strange level of contact with each other – from pictures of William Branham holding hands to pictures of Branham resting his head on what appears to be another man's crotch. Those around William Branham describe him as a man who could "walk down the street holding your hand and giving you such 'peace' that you would not explain other than supernaturally." These bits of information lead you to ask many questions about William Branham himself, but are not as problematic as what was being constructed. And as you can see in the photograhs, there was plenty of "hand contact."

The "Park" at Prescott is not the only commune that was established. Other trailer park communes were described, as well as other local community communes similar to what was recently exposed by cult leader Warren Jeffs. They all have similar horror stories, with the exception of the final fruit produced by Gene and Leo's community.

William Branham said, "There will rise somebody after me, that'll take the Message on. He'll be an odd person, but he'll rise after this and take the Message on. And you listen to it. As long as it's Scripture, stay with it". (January 18, 1963)

Later, in May of 1964, Branham presented his "oddball." A sermon with that title was preached in Prescott, Arizona, in the dedication of Gene and Leo's commune. Rather than a sermon describing how unhealthy and extremely dangerous it was to sever yourselves from the outside world of other Christians, Branham started the sermon by describing the "wonderful Christian atmosphere" that he saw in the place.

This "wonderful Christian atmosphere" started invading the private lives of its prisoners. Not just spiritually, but Gene and Leo's "Park" started invading the sexual intimacy of the flock.

The People versus Loker, a trial held in the California Supreme Court describes a man who was the product of a sexual union that seems to have been forced by the leaders of the commune. Reading through the witness testimony, you will quickly find abuse in every possible form, from physical to emotional and even sexual. The result was a man who was a victim of their crime who went on a killing spree. The focus of the trial was to explain how this "odd person" that Branham praised was the cause of the man's actions. And the result of the trial was that while responsibility could be directed to the leaders of the commune, the man was still accountable for his actions and dangerous to society.

For years, we were told the "glorious" power of William Branham to know the secrets of our hearts. We were told that there was no error in his sermons, that every word on recorded tape was divinely inspired by God. We were told that it was "more accurate than today's newspapers."

Now that almost every single aspect of his life stories and most of his extremist teachings have been proven false, pastors are focusing their sermons on the Branham who was "just a man." His lies are justified by the "sinner" in the man, while his twisted and false teachings on the Bible are justified by "lack of understanding" or "progressive revelation." One elder of the religious cult even describes one lie as "actually true," claiming that William Branham had the ability to "time travel" to the mystery cloud created by a T.H.O.R. missile detonation.

This does not work both ways. We cannot have a sermon that is divinely inspired by God that is full of error. We cannot have twisted scriptures and false teaching that are "more accurate than today's newspaper." We cannot have a habitual liar described as a man of God. We cannot have a man who severs his following from all other Christian brothers and sisters being described as a man following God's perfect plan.

"There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers."
Proverbs 6:16-19