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The Strategies Of A Cult Pastor

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When Seek The Truth first began as a simple webpage with a few questions to ask a cult pastor, it quickly spread in private. Mostly to cult pastors across the United States, the handful of notes in unorganized thought were not much of a concern to the freight train called "the Message." And rightfully so -- their initial conclusion was that a single man from Jeffersonville was trying to start a movement.

Over time, the handful of notes began to increase. And cult pastors began to notice that no attempt was made to gain a following -- but the list of fundamental issues with the cult doctrine was filling quickly. Within only a few months time, pastors themselves were forced to question subjects they had drilled into their congregations' heads each and every Sunday for decades.

During this time, ministers were not concerned with the man asking questions or his eternal salvation. Not a single cult pastor tried to plead with him towards a change of heart. Not a single elder reached out to offer answers. Not a single cult follower reached out in concern. It became clear that the primary concern was containment, not salvation.

It was not until others took notice of the questions that cult pastors began to address the issue. Whether it was seen as a direct threat to the amount of incoming tithes or they were afraid to answer, no response was given until the questions became public knowledge. It was only then that they realized an uncomfortable truth:

People leaving the message were not following after a man. They were leaving because they had discovered hidden secrets -- secrets these same ministers had withheld for decades.

Still, many cult pastors attempted to claim that they were following a new leader, and named specific men from cities in the United States and Canada. Sermons addressing those who had "crossed the line between life and death" by questioning, they began to mention ex-cult members by name from behind pulpits.

But they quickly realized that in doing so, many who had never heard these names became curious. They wondered why the crowd was thinning, but the programmed cult mindset is to ignore those that leave, not to try and lead them back to salvation. Many of these members now cut off from fellowship were close friends and family, and curiosity is a powerful force. They went to look, and they also realized that there were huge issues with cult doctrine.

It was about this time that a new strategy was employed: "What does it matter?"

Though this strategy was not successful and did not last very long, cult pastors began to ask the question, "What does it matter if William Branham was not truthful in his life stories, doctrine, and even prophecy? Referring to Abraham's calling Sarah his "sister, they began claiming that "Abraham lied also." (Not telling their congregation that Sarah was Abraham's half-sister). And then, they began asking the question, "Branham pointed others to Christ, and many were now followers of Christ. What does it matter?"

This strategy was not successful, largely due to the fact that questions were raised as to which "Christ" Branham pointed to. As cult followers began to search through the transcripts of his sermons to identify Branham's overall description of Jesus, they quickly found that Branham's version did not fulfill all scripture. Branham taught a version of Christ that was strangely twisted to sound very similar to himself.

It was not until it became public knowledge that Branham was recorded praying to an angelic being that the new strategy quickly fizzled out. Even though most were programmed to believe "every word that the tapes say," prayer to an angel was uncomfortable. Some of them were familiar with the letter of Hebrews (Heb 1), which clearly describes Christ as "So much better than the angels," and draws clear separation between the Son of God and the angelic beings that worship Him.

This presented a problem for cult pastors. Branham taught the theology of Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Jehovah's Witness movement, that Jesus Christ was the angel Michael. And Branham cult pastors had no problem ignoring Hebrews to further that theology. But they reconciled their difference in opinion with the book of Hebrews by claiming that "now, Christ is above the angels; he is now God's Son." Russell taught similar. But in this instance, William Branham is praying to an angel. This could only be reconciled by placing other additions to scripture, additions that Branham had not yet made. Was Christ again lowered to one of the angels? The new strategy fizzled out.

What they do not realize is that before he died, William Branham was headed down a pathway to reconcile this using that same exact pattern of thought. Christ again lowered to one of the angels, but that is not where it ends. Only weeks before his death, Branham started programming his following to believe that Christ was lowered beyond heavenly angel -- Christ would be lowered once again to human.

"Now, we've had Elijahs, and Elijahs' coats, and Elijahs' mantles, and Elijahs' everything. But the Elijah of this day is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is to come according to Matthew the seventeen-... Luke 17:30, says the Son of man is to reveal Himself among His people. Not a man, God! But it'll come through a prophet."
Branham, 65-1127B - Trying To Do God A Service

Branham's days on this earth did not allow programming his following with this new doctrine that was beyond that of Russell. But what if God had not removed Branham from the cult? What if cult followers were programmed to believe that Jesus Christ was returning as "Elijah," whom the following were already programmed to believe was William Branham himself? How much different would the cult be today?

Those of us that have left the cult have pondered these questions, but not many have followed them to their conclusion. Already, the cult following of William Branham can be easily compared to Islam, where the denomination of faith follows a dead prophet. Like Islam, the following will tell you that the dead prophet is not God, but pointed others to God. And like Islam, they will tell you that though they do not believe the human was God, his words were from God.

How much different would it look if Branham succeeded? Would cult followers pray three times a day facing Jeffersonville, Indiana? Is that why Voice of God Recordings sells "prayer mats" similar to Islamic prayer mats? Would the cult followers pray in the "name of Branham?" Is that why some in Jeffersonville already pray in Branham's name?

Cult pastors have changed their doctrines several times since Seek The Truth began, reversing hardcore teaching they stood by for decades. In the end, unless they teach that Jesus Christ came to earth in the form of William Branham whom they claim is the "Elijah of this day," they are deviating from Branham's teaching. Until they realign, they will never reconcile the error they brought for so many years. So the question quickly becomes:

Will they finally reconcile their ministries with William Branham's sermons? Will they all join together proclaiming that William Branham was both Elijah and the Lord Jesus Christ, while praying to another angel that was also Jesus Christ, and that God's Son was cast out of heaven to support William Branham's ministry?

Or will they proceed with countless other strategies, all failing, in an attempt to never apologize for false teaching?