Do Message Followers Believe William Branham Was God?:
Throughout the many posts on this site, we are consistently pointing out that Message believers, the followers of William Branham, are serving a different "god." This statement confuses the programmed cult mind, because their god has the same name as my God. Their god's name is "Jesus," while my God's name is Jesus.
According to Scripture, and regardless of whether or not one believes the fundamental elements of the Trinitarian doctrine, it is very evident that Jesus Christ of the Bible taught us that the Father would be sending the Holy Spirit. This spirit would be the Helper who would teach us:
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you."
- John 14:26
The Apostle Paul referred to this Holy Spirit as "Lord" when describing the spiritual gifts distributed and the different types of service one could offer unto God. He said that it was the same "God at work."
"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
- 1 Corinthians 12:4â€“6
All throughout the Bible, the Holy Spirit is mentioned in conjunction with the Father and the Son, as equal to and One with God. The Apostle Peter mentions all three in one single breath:
"who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance"
- 1 Peter 1:2
Often in the discussion forums and even in person, those who have left the Branham cult find them in awkward situations when discussing the failed prophecies, twisted or invented scriptures, and fictional life stories. The programmed cult mind cannot discuss these things without fear of eternal damnation, and this fear was indoctrinated into their minds through the ministry of William Branham. To the programmed cult mind, speaking negatively against William Branham is to "Blaspheme the Holy Spirit."
This is an interesting proposition. While in one breath the cult follower will firmly deny that they believe William Branham to be "God," the other breath will tell you that William Branham and/or his "Message" was the Holy Spirit. Referencing Luke 17:30 which describes the return of the Son of Man, programmed cult followers will refer to his ministry or his person as the Son of Man, while referring to his voice as the Holy Spirit. And to speak a word against the Holy Spirit, according to Matthew 12:32, is to commit the unpardonable sin:
"Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come."
- Matthew 12:32
Interestingly for those who reject the Trinitarian doctrine, this verse from Matthew presents a strange problem. One can speak a word against Jesus (The Son of Man), but not the Holy Spirit. Does Matthew consider them to be two separate beings with two separate levels of forgiveness while being One God?
But this presents a much larger problem for the followers of William Branham. To believe that William Branham and/or his ministry was both the Son of Man and the Holy Spirit, one must make a modalistic deity of this evangelist from Jeffersonville, Indiana -- all while creating a dualist deity of the god they serve. If William Branham was both the Son of Man and the Holy Spirit while absolutely not the Father God, then message cult followers have split God into two separate beings. And instead of a Trinity, two parts of that formula make a "Duality."
Cult pastors are aware of this problem. Many cult pastors now retreat from their doctrine of perfection that they have preached for the last several decades. Taking a complete reversal on their teaching, they now claim that William Branham was just a man who made mistakes. They now rebuke those who claim that William Branham was "god among us," as was taught using Branham's "Luke 17:30 doctrine" which referred to the return of the Son of Man. Any familiar with the Book of Luke are also familiar with Luke's usage of this title, and recognize that the Son of Man is no other than Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God:
"â€œIf you are the Christ, tell us.â€ But he said to them, â€œIf I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.â€ So they all said, â€œAre you the Son of God, then?â€ And he said to them, â€œYou say that I am.â€
- Luke 22:67-70
But in rebuking these cult followers who do nothing more than follow their own decades-old teaching, they do not realize that they are rebuking William Branham himself. Any rebuke of a follower using the words, "Say what the tapes say," are filled with internal contradictions between their denial of past teaching and what the tapes actually say. William Branham often referred to himself and/or his ministry as both the Son of Man and the Holy Spirit.
"Now listen, to you that would resent it. Maybe your teaching could've been a little bit off. Remember, the Pharisees in them days thought they were just exactly right. They were holy, renowned, fundamental, religious men. And they rejected the Jesus. They thought they knowed just how He must be. But God always confounds the wise and prudent. And Iâ€¦ Remember, if this would happen to be right and you would be wrong, you'd be blaspheming the Holy Spirit. You'd be doomed forever without mercy in this world or the world to come."
Branham, 53-0606 - An Ensign
"But the Elijah of this day is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is to come according to Matthew the seventeen-â€¦ 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
To follow William Branham's "Message" is to believe that William Branham and/or his "Message" was foretold by Jesus Christ himself. One must replace the words of Scripture, making it sound more like this:
"But [William Branham], the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you."
- John 14:26 [William Branham's Message Version]
Can Branhamism truly be called "Christianity" when the Bible must be re-written to support a mortal Holy Spirit? http://youtu.be/2b3YQ3QopZg