William Branham The Omnipotent God:
In the religious cult following of William Branham, the word "omnipotent" is used loosely to decrease its value and ultimately lessen the deity of Almighty God. Sadly, for those in the cult who are reading, we must take the time to define this word correctly to understand the full error of the Message taught by Branham.
Omnipotent is a word that refers to a deity, or rather, a god. In polytheistic religions, there are several deities, often opposing forces such as Thor and Loki. But in Christianity, a monotheistic religion, there is only One God, the creator of the heavens and the earth. When referring to this Deity in Christianity, one is referring to the unlimited power of God. Deity is a word that describes an all-knowing, all-powerful, all life-giving God.
But like the gods and demigods of Greece and Rome, Branham taught that man could achieve omnipotence.
I was going to choke it, but I'm going to say it. Man is omnipotent. You don't believe that, but he is. A man fully surrendered to God is omnipotent.
Branham, 60-1204E - The Patmos Vision
Similar to the serpent in the Garden of Eden who said to Eve, "You shall be like God," Branham convinced his followers that they, too, would be all-powerful, all-supreme deities. All they must do, according to William Branham, is surrender themselves fully to God. After doing so, they would become unlike other mortal human beings.
And many men and women who are really from the core of their heart, really fully surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ, they're not crazy; they're misunderstood.
Branham, 54-0320 - Faith Cometh By Hearing
He himself often referred to using this strategy in his sermons. Once achieving omnipotence, Branham claimed that the voice the people heard was no longer the voice of William Branham. Branham claimed that after "fully surrendering," His voice was the Voice of God.
Now, that wasn't me that said that. That was just fully surrendered to Jesus Christ. And His Presence is here.
Branham, 54-0404E - God Has A Provided Way
If I offended you by saying that, forgive me. But I felt that might been resented. But I am God's Voice to you. See? I say that again. That time was under inspiration. See? And Iâ€”I felt bad about it the first time, but It repeated it.
Branham, 51-0505 - My Commission
But like the mythologies of the battle between Thor and Loki, Branham taught his followers that fully surrendering to either deity, Christ or the "evil one," they would be endued with power beyond that of a mortal human.
And did you ever see a man that had been stricken by an evil spirit like that? He is several times his strength. How I have noticed them in the meetings, when groups of police couldn't even hold them. They would tear them police to pieces, and throw them aside, andâ€”and get out in theâ€¦ and carry on. He's wayâ€¦ Because he is so fully surrendered to the evil one, it took possession of him, and he had not his own understanding. He only did what the evil spirit put in him to do.
Branham, 63-1103 - Go, Wake Jesus
I've seen men so filled with the devil, until it would take several men to hold them. And then if Satan can put that kind of a power on a man fully surrendered to Him, how much more power can the Holy Spirit put on a man that's surrendered to Him, to make a person in a wheelchair rise and walk, to make the shadow of a man dying with cancer on a cot to jump to his feet, screaming under the power of God?
Branham, 59-0405E - The Queen Of Sheba
Those in the religious cult of William Branham are programmed to believe that they are responsible for the success of their healing, as Branham just mentioned. As omnipotent beings after using his formula to achieve deity, fully surrendered to God, their healing cannot be prevented. And omnipotent being cannot be "sick."
But there is grave harm in this teaching. To the sick or afflicted whom God has healed, their recovery is thought to be just as William Branham described: ultimate power. Pridefully boasting of their healing, they begin to feel as though they have a special "gift" that other (non-programmed) Christians do not have. To be in Branham's "Message," is to have access to temporary omnipotence.
In contrast, the person suffering from a disease in Branham's following who is never healed begins to feel inferior. Programmed to believe they, too, can achieve this omnipotence, they try to "believe harder" to be endued with divine power. Those with deadly diseases or long-term illnesses often feel as though they are lesser Christians, simply because they cannot heal themselves. They begin to question their own salvation because they feel they must not have "fully surrendered to God"
They are also faced with complex questions that attack their version of Christianity, which appears to be much different than that of normal (not programmed) Christians who don't believe in polytheism. Who heals the infants? What of the atheist who is healed from cancer, or the Hindu who recovers from a deadly disease? To which deity did they "fully surrender?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o54fVutTGuA