Absolute Authority - Acceptance Speech By The Pastor of the Branham Tabernacle, Samuel Barber:
In 2015, Samuel Barber accepted authority of the Branham Tabernacle. Will he place his absolute in the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Or will he choose some other absolute?
All are reminded of Joseph Branham's statements, declaring his father's words to be the absolute authority. In fact, during the many years I visited the tabernacle, there was a large split between the members of the church. Those who followed Joseph Branham believed that his father WAS the absolute, just as Joseph Claimed -- with the exception of those who now believe Branham's son to be the absolute authority. Others, siding with the former pastor, believed this group to be heretics, hell bent on raising a mortal human being into deity.
Yet in the pastor's farewell speech, he himself claimed that William Branham was "God tabernacled in human flesh." Are the two groups so different? Do they not have the same foundation?
As you listen and examine the acceptance speech, ask yourself this question. Were they really split over doctrinal division, or was money the root of all problems in the church, as the deacons and the pastor claimed?
Here is the transcript of Samuel Barber's acceptance speech:
God bless you this evening. I did not know that this was going to be done tonight. And I did not know that my name was going to be on a letter. I didn't even know the contents of it. I love this church. I want to thank Brother [pastor] for his years of putting and presenting before the people the "Message of the Hour." I want to thank Brother [deacon] for his service to the Branham Tabernacle as a deacon.
Brother [deacon] for his service to the Tabernacle. Brother [deacon], and brother [deacon]. And also for Brother [song leader] and his service as a song leader. And sister Betty [Phillips], god bless you. Sister [pastor's wife]. But I don't feel to close the doors. The message will continue to go forth in this place as long as I have anything to do with it. Brother Branham said, (correct me if I'm wrong)
But Brother Branham said that in the absence of the pastor, that the assistant pastor assumes full authority of the church. I'm overwhelmed tonight, because I did not know that this was going to happen. I'm praying. I don't know what I'm going to do. But I know one thing. As long as I'm here in the Branham Tabernacle, and I hold a position, I will place the Message before the people, because it is the ABSOLUTE AND IT IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY!
So I just wanted you to know that, that I'm praying, and I'll see what God directs me to do. But I don't - I'm not going to move until I believe it's Him moving me. We don't make decisions, because someone else makes the decision. We do what God speaks us as individuals. But ACCORDING TO THE MESSAGE OF THE HOUR! God bless each and every one of you. If I've said this in any way out of line, Brother [pastor], anybody, I stand corrected any time.
I love every single one of you, and I appreciate every one of you. Please pray for this church. Let's do what Brother Branham said. You know what he said? He said, "Stick together." He said, "Cling that much closer together." It's on the "Word" of the church back there. It's not about clinging to Samuel Barber or some other person, but to the Message! I don't know how to tell you how I feel tonight, but I - but God bless you.
I believe we're going to hear the Message of the Hour. And let's let "THAT WORD" create an atmosphere in this building to bring about a healing to the body. Amen. And let's invite Him to come in our midst. Let's let Him come and help us, because we need help. And I got my hands up. I need help. Because if Samuel Barber does anything, it's a mess. And that's not being humble, that's just saying it how it is. So God help us. God bless you this evening. Shalom to you.
There are many questions raised by this domineering mentality that cult pastors use to control the people. Does the Bible support a man being in full authority? Can "oversight" be confused with "dictatorship?"
Many cult pastors are very cunning in their strategy to appoint themselves as miniature gods before the people, and do so by heretically claiming that William Branham's "Message" is your absolute authority. Once this is programmed into the minds of the people, they control by claiming their interpretation of the "Message" is more correct than other cult pastors. For this reason, many churches in the cult following of William Branham do not fellowship -- one thinking the other is not following the "Message."
By our assessment, they are following the "Message." They all are. Each and every one of them who disagree use conflicting statements made by the cult leader to prove their opinion, and then claim that those conflicting statements are "absolute and final authority." Not only is this dictatorship above the power given to shepherds in the letters of the Apostle Paul, it is a critical element common among most mind control cults -- especially the Pentecostal-style cults. Joseph Smith is the absolute authority for the Mormons. Charles Taze Russell for the Jehovah's Witnesses. John Alexander Dowie for the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church. William Sowders for the Gospel Assembly. And ironically William Branham promotes the doctrine and even quotes these cult leaders as being fundamental parts of his "Message" -- especially Dowie whom Branham claimed was the "Elijah" to his "Elisha."
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
1 Peter 5:1-14 ESV
The audio of the acceptance speech: https://youtu.be/w8WACM30G4A