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The Post World War II Healing Revival brought an onslaught of ministers all gathering together around this new gospel Branham called the "Gospel of Divine Healing," all believing this new gospel would attract people to the faith through healing of their bodies. Branham's publication, "Voice of Healing," describes many of the young men and women introduced into this new gospel and their world-wide campaigns reaching from the United States to the farthest reaches of the globe. Big names such as Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, A. A. Allen, Aimee Simple McPhereson and others attracted hundreds of little-known ministers intent on joining this movement to heal the sick.

Through the healing campaigns of these men and women, thousands claimed healing of their bodies from all sorts of illness from the common cold to the virtually unknown deadly diseases such as cancer. Men, women, and children made their way from long distances to find their cure having heard the tales of success from friends and family and having witnessed others claiming their healing.

But not all were healed. As the Healing Revival began to diminish, the numbers healed diminished with it. The people were becoming more informed to the success ratio of the revivals, and realized that the numbers could possibly be compared to the success ratio of the body's natural process of healing. The crowds began to thin, and Christians began to notice the results of this new gospel that was being spread around the world.

Ministers began to abandon the movement. Seen as a "sinking ship," several evangelists chose to make their exit from the divine healing gospel as the people as a whole were further informed. Men like Gordon Lindsay began publishing books and pamphlets such as "Divine Healing In the Branham Campaigns," offering them for sale at the product booths at the entrances and exits of the meetings. In these publications, the divine healers would offload the power of healing from the man on the platform and the Jesus he was promoting to place healing squarely upon the shoulders of the sick and afflicted. If their disease went uncured, how could the evangelist be blamed? The sick must have not had enough faith to heal themselves!

It is quite possible that this decision that alienated these healers from other Christian ministers and their congregations. Not only was this idea of a powerless god unscriptural, it bordered unethical. The publications were very similar to the "fine print" on medications today, those having adverse side effects and limited success in test groups. Men like Alfred Pohl admitted that their exodus from the Divine Healing movement was mostly from the deceptive practices employed by the healers and their campaign management staff.

William Branham was no exception to this rule, being part of the problem rather than part of the solution. When Ern Baxter decided to abandon Branham's campaigns, Branham was left with very little choice other than to ride the divine healing movement to its end and create a new movement similar to the "Word Faith" or "Prosperity Gospel." Some believe that Branham's ministry spawned off the health and wealth gospels, using the "Word Faith" doctrine in sermons like the 1960's "Speak To This Rock." Ultimately it can truly be said that he chose to go in his own direction.

Ministers in the cult of William Branham have very little knowledge of this history, claiming that Branham's Gospel of Divine Healing and its results are "vindication" of prophecy. Following Branham's example, they place the healing of the sick onto the shoulders of the sick. If they are not healed, it is no fault of the minister -- the sick were not faithful.

But what about the infants? Who heals them? Whose responsibility is the faith of an infant who cannot understand either their disease or this "fine print" on how they accept it. Is not their healing a responsibility of the cult minister? Should their disease be fatal, is the cult pastor responsible for their death? Did the cult pastor not have enough faith?

Those fleeing the cult of William Branham realize that not only is this a different "gospel," this is a different "god." It is a god that is powerless to heal an infant, much like the gods of Greece and Rome. The minister becomes nothing more than an idol made of stone, powerless to heal anyone. When a person makes their journey out of the Branham cult, they flee to a God who is not powerless. The leave for a Gospel that is real. Not one that centers around the worldly thoughts of this mortal body, but one that focuses on the fruits of the Spirit that lead us into the life to come.