William Branham and the Transvestite Elijah:
Recently, we published information concerning William Branham's involvement with a transvestite and a prostitute during a trip to Houston, Texas. The cult following of William Branham was shocked to suddenly learn that the "boy and girl" on death row in Houston, Texas that were "being accused" of murder were actually a homosexual transvestite and prostitute accomplice who sodomized and murdered a real estate agent.
Through cognitive dissonance, trying to reconcile the huge discrepancies that this information brings to the questionable ministry of William Branham, some in the cult are claiming that this transvestite was saved through the ministry of William Branham. Ignoring the huge problem of Branham's being in Houston with this transvestite during a time he claimed to be in Arizona under a "mystery cloud," these cult members (likely through instructions from their pastors) are claiming that the visit to the transvestite was also "supernatural."
This was a good question, and one well worth examining. Was it "supernatural?" Was the young transvestite saved after his three-party sex orgy? Did William Branham influence him when he was in Houston, Texas?
Well, it turns out that William Branham did influence the man (or woman, depending how he/she was dressed when Branham met with him/her.
In an United Press article describing the aftermath of Branham's "intervention," the press released the reason that Ashley was not executed. According to the papers, "Ashley told the sanity hearing that he was Elijah, a Biblical prophet."
Did William Branham suggest that he use this plea to escape death? Or was Branham being untruthful when he claimed to have saved the transvestite from the electric chair? Did Ashley realize that only crazy people claim to be the return of Elijah?
Apparently, Ashley and Ayers thought the claim to be valid. In 1964, they created the non-profit private foundation "Ashley-Ayers Evangelistic Association, as we pointed out yesterday. One has to wonder if Ayers, who took the infamous Houston photograph of William Branham planned to take a similar photograph of the transvestite under similar lighting.
In any case, Ashley was not executed, deemed insane, and sent to a less secure facility. In 1965, he/she escaped to make the FBI's top ten wanted list. But the question still remains: Did Ashley find salvation through William Branham?
According to witness testimony, Ashley later became an atheist. One witness claims in a book review, "I first heard about Leslie Perez when she was interviewed in the gay magazine, The Advocate. I was not around when the crime had actually happened (I would be very curious if she is still alive). Reading about the court room trials was at times so boring I could barely get through it. I did put the book down several times, then go back to it later on: days or months later. Also, and to be blunt, Leslie was not a very likeable person. At times she was so annoying if I had been in the same room with her I think I would have walked out. I did like her no guff attitude, though, and her willingness to make enemies for something she believed in, especially for her atheism."
But shocking as atheism may seem, this pales in comparison to the article mentioned in the book review. In an 1994 issue of "The Advocate," a gay and lesbian magazine, Ashley makes the feature story. But not as his/her male self, this magazine article comes after a sex change to a female. The article is entitled, "The three faces of Leslie Perez."
The article describes Ashley/Perez's struggle with being a man, the gory details of the sex change operation, and how strongly Ashley/Perez pushed for gay and lesbian rights. The details are too mature for most audiences, and will not be mentioned in this blog post. For any wishing to examine this life that William Branham "saved," and answer the question as to his/her eternal salvation according to the Christian Bible, this magazine article should sufficiently answer your question.
We have put the highlights of that examination into this video. But we will give you fair warning, it may not be safe for work, and please do not watch in front of your children. The fruits of William Branham's ministry are not always pleasant, and this certainly falls under the category of "unpleasant."
But for those of you who are asking, after having been influenced by a cult pastor, whether or not Ashley found Branham's version of "salvation" after his meeting in Houston, well, see for yourself. https://youtu.be/WYO60akrdaQ