Satan Casting Out Satan:
Times have significantly changed. As a child growing up in the "Message," the religious following of William Branham, the focus of each sermon was prophecy and doctrine. We listened earnestly as cult pastors told us how each doctrine Branham taught was a "revealed mystery," and these revelations were required to develop rapturing faith.
Though all pastors often mentioned William Branham's claim to the prophetic gift, they seldom described his "prophecies" in great detail. Instead, they used them as examples of his "vindication." We were told that his prophecies never failed -- not one single time. Therefore, he was a "vindicated prophet of God."
Now that multiple prophecies have proven to have failed, and some of them appear to have developed from reading newspapers and watching television, these prophecies can no longer be used as "vindication." Therefore, Voice of God Recordings decided to initiate a campaign of "Because He Said So," and published a newsletter with this title.
In this newsletter, cult followers were asked to transition from the doctrines we all grew up with. No longer was this "prophet" vindicated by his prophecy -- we are asked to believe that his "healing ministry" was vindication that he was a messenger from God.
This is an ever-so-subtle deception. A prophet is vindicated by his prophecy -- if the prophecy fails, then the prediction did not come from divine inspiration. And multiple verses from the Bible describe how we are to treat prophet whose prophecies fail. Therefore, VOGR would have you ignore vindication of prophecy, as we were taught, and instead focus on vindication of ministry. How? To focus on the healing.
After this campaign was initiated, cult pastors all changed their tune. No longer were these prophecies used as a foundation to the ministry, and instead were to be considered inconsequential. Now, the focus must be on the healing. And they began to ask, "Can Satan cast out Satan?"
This question, coming from Matthew 12:26, is also an ever-so-subtle deception. It requires the followers to believe that every sickness and ailment comes from a "demon." By using this strategy, and only then, try to compare William Branham claiming for a person to accept their healing by faith to Jesus Christ defending why he was not the prince of demons. Essentially, cult pastors ask you to compare William Branham to Jesus Christ, which is idolatry.
Not only does this strategy display an unexperienced study of Scriptures, it is a denial of William Branham himself. Revelation describes the coming onslaught of miracles designed to deceive:
"And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast;" - Revelation 13
But as some of you are aware, showing scripture to a cult pastor is like showing a t-bone steak to a vegetarian. If William Branham did not quote the scripture on tape, and describe his view of that scripture, they will not eat it. So instead, let's focus on what William Branham DID say: That the Beatles had impersonated a gift of divine healing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3vBKNYuJe8