William Branham's Vehicle Demon:
As people make their exit out of the cult following of William Branham, the often find themselves pouring through the hours and hours of sermon transcripts, shocked to learn that the "Message" they once held so dear to their hearts was filled with so much error. Some have started their journey through our "Five Step Crash Course" on seekyethetruth.com, amazed that so many fundamental doctrines taught by cult pastors for decades had such weak foundations. After reading through the many issues, several of those making their exodus send us questions such as, "Was everything William Branham said a lie? Did he speak anything that was truth?"
But as people are digging through the many failed prophecies, additions to and twisting of scripture, and fictional life stories, there is a huge section of Branham's ministry that is overlooked: The prayer lines. To any who grew up in a "tape church," the mental programming of the "meat" of the sermon is ingrained into their minds like a seared brand from a hot iron -- over, and over we listened to these tapes to literally brainwash the world out of our minds. But when it came to the prayer lines, it was obvious that very few -- especially the children -- payed attention. Long patterns of slow pulsating organ music to the drone of a soft-spoken voice from William Branham as names and numbers were called out from the audience. Researchers seeking truth behind the grave error they once called "The Message" practically stop searching the prayer lines when they come to the first photograph of a hand-written "prayer card." The magician's trick becomes too obvious.
But there are many things that one can find in the prayer lines if they will simply take the time to look. To the person making their exodus out of the cult, it is vitally important not to skip over this search, because these lengthy sections of tape present huge questions. And many we have spoken with, people who had left "the message" years ago who had never been brave enough to enter church, tell us that the prayer lines still held them captive by fear. Why? Because there were a number of people who accepted their healing by God during those prayer lines. What if the man on the platform was the cause of their healing?
When one studies the other religious cults of the era, it is obvious that this was just one in a long line of many who used the same strategy. Even the infamous Jim Jones of the Jonestown Massacre (Who Branham started into fame at the Cadle Tabernacle in Indianapolis, Indiana) used prayer lines to attract wandering souls. Many, to this day, claim that they were healed in Jim Jones' healing campaigns. People are programmed by a religious cult to believe that the cult leader has the ultimate power to heal -- taking that power out of the hands of God. We remind them that God does the healing -- all man can do is ask.
There were people healed in prayer lines of the cult leaders. But as Alfred Pohl points out with regards to Branham's meetings during the Healing Revival, there were also a great number of people who were not.
When [a pastor in Branham's prayer line] had returned from the healing meetings in Saskatoon, he announced over his radio broadcast that his wife had been wonderfully healed. However, just a short while after that he had to inform his radio audience that his wife had died. I was told that it dealt a severe blow to his radio ministry. My friends, what kind of a testimony is this to the world? To them it "does not add up." And there is something wrong! Did this pastor's faith fail? http://www.bereanresearchinstitute.com/03_Doctrines/D.0030_14_Why_I_Left_the_Tongues_Movement_-_Alfred_H._Pohl.html
There are many quick observations one can make when studying the prayer lines. The most obvious is the convenient use of the [Blank.spot.on.tape -Ed] stamp, which eliminates all possibility of failure. Many people were shocked when we pointed out a spot they missed, where a woman calls William Branham out on a mistaken "discernment." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3kX6YFgkVs
Others notice Branham's usage of colors in his statements during the early sermons before transistor radios. How that Branham claimed that he could only see a handful of people before "virtue" made him too weak to perform his clairvoyance, and often associating common memorization techniques.
But as time progresses, and our understanding of medical science increases, the prayer lines become more and more worthy of examination. No longer do we believe a cancer to be a "parasite" or "caused by a bruse," even non-medical-professionals understand that cancer is a cellular growth of the patient's own body. Nervous conditions aren't caused by the prostate, and it sounds silly to think that an appendix might "burst" after it has "ruptured."
People leaving the Branham cult need not be afraid to examine the prayer lines. Though Branham would often make statements to sound like an all-powerful wizard, such as "I take every spirit tonight in my control," these statements are heretical. A man intent on creating a cult makes statements like this, while true Christian ministers instead say, "God, I praise you for protecting us from every evil spirit." We are protected by the Holy Spirit, and need not fear any spirit -- much less need any man to take them under his control.
Nor are we to fear false prophets. Take any particular "demon" Branham claims to control, and compare it to what we now know to be true. Line them up chronologically and try to imagine yourself in a crowd of Christian people making the same statement. Would you feel like an all-powerful wizard? Or would you just feel plain silly?
Let's examine the "deaf spirit," whom Branham claimed was intent on killing his victims with vehicles. And let's take a few examples, lined up without the eerie organ music, dim lighting, and pulsating voice. Picture yourself saying these things, and ask yourself if this is the sort of thing that a normal (not programmed and not insane) Christian would say to other Christians:
QUICKLY! Everyone bow your head! Here is a deaf spirit somewhere in the audience!
"Thou spirit of infirmity, deafness that's going to try to cause this boy to be deaf and walk before a vehicle and be killed."
- Branham, 48-0000
I now ask this spirit, who has come on this man, to cause him to be killed by a vehicle
- Branham, 54-0813
Now, Satan has bound this man, and trying to get him to walk before a moving vehicle somewhere and be killed
- Branham, 50-0813E
A deaf spirit come upon him to cause him to walk before a vehicle somewhere and be killed
- Branham, 50-0818
Satan has put a deaf spirit on her, maybe to cause her to be deaf, walk out before a moving vehicle somewhere and be killed.
- Branham, 50-0823
Satan, you've done this evil thing to cause her to walk before a vehicle somewhere, and go to a premature grave.
- Branham, 52-0717
You've done this so you could cause him to walk before a vehicle and be killed
- Branham, 53-0500
Satan tried to get him to be killed or something by a vehicle
- Branham, 53-0614e
And this demon has come upon the man to cause him to walk before a vehicle and be killed
- Branham, 53-1104
May this deaf spirit, who's trying to take his life come out of him to cause him to walk before a moving vehicle and be killed
- Branham, 53-1107
O thou deaf spirit, you've desired to do this so you could send her before a moving vehicle and kill her
- Branham, 53-1129e
Satan has did this evil so that he could run him before a vehicle somewhere and kill him
- Branham, 54-0301
This evil spirit deafened the ears of this woman to cause her to walk before a vehicle to be killed
- Branham, 54-0306
Feeling the vibrations of that evil one, that would cause her to be hit by a vehicle somewhere and killed
- Branham, 55-1119
And Satan has did this, that the man could walk before a vehicle somewhere and be killed
- Branham, 56-0427
After you've said them aloud, you'll less concerned with the question: "Could William Branham really peer into the 'spirit world' during 'prayer lines?'" Instead, you'll be asking yourself: "Was he really preying upon the greatest fear of the deaf? What kind of person does this?" https://youtu.be/A3pGNUoZobE