William Branham and Children's Television Programming:
As a child, there is no question that my favorite pastime was sitting around the "monitor" and watching children's animated television programming. And I say "monitor" with a bit of a grin, because most people in the cult following of William Branham refer to their televisions as "monitors," thinking that they can enjoy forbidden fruit due to a technicality in outdated law. Some of the old-timers in the cult remind the younger crowd that William Branham forbade any moving pictures - from television to movies to the short "serials" prior to the show.
I recently had a conversation with a minister who is leading his congregation out of the cult and back into the Bible, and this topic came up. We both quickly agreed that it is not the television itself that is problematic, nor the act of watching the content. Like the NRA arguments against gun control, it is not the weapon that is evil, it is the choices made by corrupt minds. There are many things to see on the television that are not healthy to feed upon, but there are also many good things to see.
But as a child of the 80's, I grew up at a time when Saturday Morning Cartoons were at a climax. And for the most part, they were strategically designed to teach morals to children through examples in fictional stories. Often, they would have a summary of the plot at the end, teaching children real-world lessons that were given in fable during the course of the program.
As an adult out of the cult, taking a step backwards to see the bigger picture, I am amazed at what was actually taking place through Hollywood in this nation. During the course of a single season in some of these cartoons, a child could learn all of the Ten Commandments. They did not learn them by name or exact wording, but even better: they learned them by example. Like the Parables of Christ, these stories taught children to avoid anger and hatred. How to cope with racism and expose the evil within. The consequences of theft was often a theme. One-by-one, children learned important lessons in life -- and learned them by the nature of good works, not by the letter.
Probably the most recurring theme throughout these children's animated programs was the consequences of a lie. Though very simple and insignificant, a single word of untruth can grow into a massive ball of trouble. The cartoons would often show by fictional example how one lie leads to another, and by the climax of the story, the main character had found themselves in so much trouble that there seemed to be no way out. And then, teaching a valuable moral lesson, the best way out was always to start telling the truth.
How much different this set of morals is to the ministry of William Branham! When you compare the mass amount of fiction that we were trained to believe to these very simple cartoons, it makes one actually wonder if there are those in Hollywood that have better morals than the cult of William Branham. The authors of these stories had been versed in solid moral values. Quite frankly, given a summary on William Branham's statements and the mounting evidence exposing the false testimony, many of these authors would refuse the script!
Watching re-runs of one of my favorite all-time cartoons this morning, the thought suddenly struck me: there is more truth in some of the fictional animated cartoons produced by Hollywood than is found in the fictional life stories recorded by William Branham. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CJaedfeTdA