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Logically Flawed Arguments on themessage.com

04/21/2015
Seek The Truth Blog

Logically Flawed Arguments on themessage.com:

"I did some research and found a few websites that are dedicated to refuting things that Reverend Branham said. How do you answer them?

You will find websites dedicated to refuting anything and everything, including the Bible. We simply ask that you judge the Message we have presented to you by the Word of God, and not by rhetoric that is so easy to find on the internet. Remember, there is no one more slandered than the Lord Jesus. If you are doing something right, then you can expect criticism."

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Here are some definitions so that we may properly examine this explanation:

refuting: PROVING a statement of theory to be WRONG or FALSE; to DISPROVE something.

rhetoric: The art of effective or PERSUASIVE SPEAKING or WRITING, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.

slander: the action or crime of MAKING A FALSE STATEMENT and DAMAGING someone's REPUTATION.

criticism: EXPRESSION OF DISAPPROVAL

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Just for the fun of it, let's substitute the primary definitions of these words and see if we can gain any clarity as to what Voice of God's answer to this question:

"I did some research and found a few websites that are dedicated to PROVING TO BE WRONG OR FALSE things that Reverend Branham said. How do you answer them?

You will find websites dedicated to DISPROVING anything and everything, including the Bible. We simply ask that you judge the Message we have presented to you by the Word of God, and not by PERSUASIVE SPEECH OR WRITING that is so easy to find on the internet. Remember, there is no one about whom more FALSE STATEMENTS and REPUTATION DAMAGE has been attempted than the Lord Jesus. Is you are doing something right, then you can expect EXPRESSIONS OF DISAPPROVAL.

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To summarize:

1) Websites that disprove William Branham should not be considered since it is also possible to disprove the Bible. (Logically invalid. If something is 'disproved' that means that it is false. If the Bible is disproved, that means it is false. If William Branham is disproved that means he is false. These two things are independent and linking them in this way is confusing and dishonest)

2) Listen to what we have to say and compare that to the "Word of God", and don't listen to any persuasive speech or writings on the internet. (Bare in mind, though that William Branham's sermons are the "Spoken Word"--therefore, he cannot possibly contradict the "Word of God".)

3) Keep in mind that Jesus was falsely accused and people tried to damage his reputation. (Therefore, William Branham is likewise being falsely accused just like Jesus. Again, a logical fallacy. William Branham is not Jesus and the two must be independently examined. It is unfair to judge them together as a cohesive unit since they are two separate entities).

4) Any time someone does something right, you can expect people to express disapproval. So you can judge something is right IF it is being disproved of. (A logical fallacy for sure. If this were the case, every criminal ever accused of a crime would be innocent.)