The Secret Marriage And Divorce Lifestyle Of The Branham Family:
The cult followers of William Branham are trained to believe that William Branham came to restore "original truths" to the church, mysteries that were made known to a lost and dying world. One of these "mysteries" was the "truth" about divorce and remarriage.
In the cult churches that follow Branham's ministry, remarriage after divorce is not only strictly forbidden, it is an unpardonable sin. To remarry after having been wed -- for any reason outside of death -- is to become an outcast, often ex-communicated or forever seen as "damaged goods." (Except for his son, Billy Paul Branham, of course, who Branham claimed to have had the power to "forgive")
During his sermons, Branham would often refer to those who divorced and remarried as "reprobates," sinners who were breaking the laws of both God and man. In public, Branham taught that there was no grounds to remarry, except death:
But now just to say, "Iâ€¦ Brother Branham, I got married and my wife's an unbeliever, and here's a sister over here I can marry. I'm going to leave this one and marry that one." Oh, no. No, indeedy. Your vow is until death you separate, and there's nothing else in the world will permit you to marry in the Bible until your companion is dead. That's right. The only groundsâ€¦ There's no remarrying nowhere at all, except a dead companion. That's all. See? You can't make It contradict Itself.
Branham, 62-0527 - Questions And Answers
In Branham's public statements, this was an immoral act. "Ungodly" people divorced their spouses and remarried, not the righteous according to Branham's view. According to Branham's public statements, "God says that's wrong."
Men, the Bible said would be marrying giving in marriage, eating, drinking, the morals and so forth that they'd have, how that they, marrying and giving in marriage, the Reno, Nevadas. Men go out and live with her, marry a girl, and take her for his wife, live with her for a few days. He don't like her; he kicks her off without the courts. Ungodly people give him a divorce and a license to marrying another. but God says that's wrong. That's right. But theâ€”they do it.
Branham, 56-0122 - The Junction Time
But instead of claiming that this doctrine was black-and-white in the Bible, Branham claimed that this was a great "mystery," one that was revealed in the last days. A "hidden mystery" that was sealed by the book of Revelation until Branham "opened the seals."
Now on the Marriage And Divorce, see, it has to be revealed. Until it's revealed, you don't know it. But He promised in this last days, in this age, that every hidden mystery in the Bible would be revealed. How many knows that? Revelation, the 10th chapter! Jesus promised it, that all of these hidden mysteries onâ€”on Marriage And Divorce, all these other hidden mysteries that's been, would be revealed in the end time.
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But the cult is not aware that this was Branham's stage persona speaking, not the real man William Branham who performed the wedding ceremonies of his brothers multiple times as they married, divorced, and remarried to their heart's content. In the local courthouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana, one can easily obtain both marriage certificates and divorce records. It takes about ten minutes to open the book, photo-copy the record, and expose the real William Branham who was vastly different than the stage persona.
William Branham performed the wedding ceremonies of Jesse Branham, who married several times, and appears to fill out the marriage certificates incorrectly to decrease the number of wives taken. Melvin Branham, who married Charlotte Brumbach (William Branham's first wife's sister), divorces and remarries multiple times through the help of William Branham. Henry marries after divorce at least once, officiated by William Branham. Without spending a great deal of time in the courthouse, we may never know exactly how many remarriages after divorce that William Branham performed during his ministry -- though he claimed to have brought us this "great mystery" of ex-communicating those who were this "ungodly."
When one examines these records, one must quickly ask themselves: is not the minister performing the remarriages after divorce ALSO ungodly? Can a man condemn a sinful act in public, perform it countless times in private, and still be called a righteous man? How can we trust a single "hidden mystery" this man reveals through his stage persona if we cannot trust him with the "mystery" of divorce and remarriage?
Examples of these divorce records and marriage certificates are now available on our "government documents" page. http://seekyethetruth.com/records.aspx