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William Branham Misinterpreting Nazarite Vows

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William Branham Misinterpreting Nazarite Vows:

Numbers 6:2-21 describe the vows of consecration that the Children of Israel could voluntarily impose upon themselves as an offering to God. This vow included three basic requirements:

1) Abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins, intoxicating liquors, vinegar distilled from such substances, and eating or drinking any substance that contains any trace of grapes.
2) Refrain from cutting the hair on one's head; but to allow the locks of the head's hair to grow.
3) Not to become ritually impure by contact with corpses or graves, even those of family members.

Keep in mind that the Children of Israel did not adhere to these vows as a whole -- only those that voluntarily accepted to consecrate themselves. Those that did not enjoyed wine, intoxicating liquors, vinegar, haircuts, and were able to mourn with the dead.

William Branham did not fully understand this custom. In his twisting of scripture, Branham claimed that we were all under a "Nazarite Vow" -- even though none of us volunteered -- and that he himself was "born under" one.

Then, without studying the custom, he imposed portions of each of the vows, ignoring parts of the vow. It was very evident that he, himself, had never read and/or studied the book of Numbers. For instance, his followers could use vinegar but not wine. They could eat grapes, but not drink intoxicating liquors. They must let their hair grow uncut -- but only the women. And all were permitted to attend funerals and even touch the dead.

To a normal (not programmed) Christian who has studied these verses, Branham's false teaching can be found somewhat comical. It could be compared to an angry school teacher who forces their entire class to take a "vow of silence" without their consent. Each student -- whether they deserved it or not -- suddenly lost their privileges to speak.

Had Branham actually studied the book of Numbers, his cult would look much different. Women would not be cooking with vinegar, children would not be drinking grape juice, and men's hair would be just as long as women's.

I thank God that we were set free from this unscriptural cult, free to read the Scriptures for what they say rather than what one man pretended to study and then teach with undeserved authority.