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God Tabernacled In The Flesh - Farewell Speech By Former Pastor of the Branham Tabernacle

10/16/2015
Seek The Truth Blog

God Tabernacled In The Flesh - Farewell Speech By Former Pastor of the Branham Tabernacle:

In August 2015, the pastor, song leader, entire staff of deacons, and others resigned from the Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville, IN. According to the deacons, the Branhams were stealing property from the church, and they demanded that it be given back to the rightful owners. In a farewell speech by the former pastor of the Tabernacle, he agreed with the findings of the deacon board. But he felt that the problem was much bigger than simply theft of property. According to the former pastor, he had examined the situation in its entirety, and summed it up with this simple truth:

"If you get to the young people, eventually you get the parents. And if you get the parents, eventually you get their money."

But while the church scandal exposes the issues with money, the root of all evil, there are other evils to be found. All one need do is examine the simple farewell speech but a humble cult pastor to identify all of the signs of a destructive religious cult.

When I attended the Branham Tabernacle, there was a clear separation between the "Branham [Joseph] people" and the former pastor's "people." Those who sided with the former pastor claimed that the Branham sect believed that William Branham was "God in human flesh," and they claimed that this was unscriptural. Those sided with the Branham group believed that any who denied the deity of William Branham [and/or his son] were heretics and unworthy of salvation. Ironically, when we examine this farewell speech, we find that both groups hold the same set of values. And those values are common among all religious cults, especially Pentecostal-style destructive cults:

1. The leader is omnipotent, all-knowing.
2. The leader is God in human flesh.
3. Those who question or leave are "not of us."
4. The leader's "message" is authoritative
5. The cult group is the elite in their faith

Here is the transcript of the farewell speech:

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There's a bunch of them! [new pastor attempts to interrupt]. Just a minute. We know one thing. We've had the greatest bunch of men I've seen together to hold this "Message" as best they knew how. I believe that. And I believe there's some trying times ahead. I believe that it won't be long 'til we'll look back and say, "wasn't those precious times?"

Wasn't that great? We enjoyed the blessings of the Lord coming among us. I don't know what's going to happen. But I can tell you one thing, the Lord knows. And it'd better be kept straight now. We're too close to home to mess it up. We'd better look to Him to help us at this hour. He's our only help. But He is a great help. And I appreciate being able to be with you folks for almost 46 years now as a pastor of the Tabernacle. I worked with Brother Branham, watched him, watched how he maneuvered. How he handled things. I've been with him a lot. And I saw how that he'd meet a stranger. He didn't jump on him with all four feet and tell him he's going to hell if he didn't straighten up -- you know, some people have that idea. I'll tell you what he would do. He'd talk to that fellow about fishing, about hunting.

Aw, just anything the man wanted to talk about. And sometimes he would never mention the church, the Bible, or nothing. Other times, he would. If he found the place where he thought there was hope of reaching the man, he would stay with him. Otherwise, he'd let it drop. Because, after all, there's only so many. And he knew who would and who would not! He had the answer!

He could tell you what you had for breakfast three weeks ago if he wanted to! I'll tell you, he was-he was God tabernacled in the flesh! Nothing short of it! And he had all the answers, just like they should be to help the people! He come to help the people, not to hurt them. He didn't want to hurt nobody. He wanted to help everybody. And I've been so honored to be with him since 1955.

I feel like that it's really strengthened me in the things of the Lord, and I thank him for that. And I thank you for putting up with me all this time. You've been very gallant, and I appreciate it. Some of you stayed away from church. Let me tell you something he told me. I was resigning a long time ago. I was tired and weary, and when I'd get up to speak, people would get up and march out. That makes a preacher feel bad, I don't care who he is.

And then, I'd meet them outside and put down my hand and shake hands with them, and they'd just turn their back and walk away. Then they started leaving the church, one by one. Well, I thought maybe if I'd resign, they'd come back. I wasn't blaming them. And I had my resignation written out. He called me one Saturday from Tucson, Arizona. He said, "Brother Collins, I was up in the mountains praying today, and the angel of the Lord told me to call you. What's the matter?" I said, "I guess everything's alright Brother Branham," and he said, "No, no, that's not it."

He said, "There's a problem, and you tell me what it is."

I said, "Well, I was resigning tomorrow," and I told him why.

He said, "Don't you do that." He said, "I can tell you the reason why they went out from us."

I didn't know what to expect then. I said, "What, Brother Branham?"

He said, "Because they weren't of us!"

Now that shook me. They weren't of us.

And I believe the true believers will hold to nothing but the Word of the Lord that come to this day. This is the greatest day in history. It's a lovely time, and I trust that God blesses every one of you supremely from now on. I don't know what I'm going to do now, but I felt like it was time to do something, because I worked under the Methodist church for a long time and it wasn't easy.

And I went through some things very similar to what I see going on. I'm going to tell you one thing, they promote it. And that was, get the young people, get the young people, get the young people. Whatever you have to do to get them! And I found what their theory was. If you get the young people, eventually you'll get the parents. And if you get the parents, eventually, you'll get their money!

I find nearly everything is based on money value. You can't base this on money value! This is the Word of the Lord that he so generously given to us! And the Lord helping me, I'll stay with it the longest day I live, which won't be too long now. You know, I'll soon be ninety years old. It won't be too long, but I want to give Him every thing I've got, however I have to do it. I love the Lord. And ever since I went to that meeting in Macon, GA,

I've understood more about the Lord than I ever knew was possible to know. And I've watched, and I see what's taken place. If you'll watch your "types," you'll see it too. But God bless you and be with you is our prayer.

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Does your cult church teach that Branham was "God in human flesh?" Or that he was omnipotent, knowing "what you had three weeks ago for breakfast?"

... or are they simply keeping that part secret?

I may disagree with many things this pastor teaches, doctrinally. I no longer decrease the deity of God by deifying a man. I no longer believe the cult strategies of control that are incompatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But there is one thing this pastors says that I will re-emphasize, because I do believe that he hit the nail on the head:

"If you get to the young people, eventually you get the parents. And if you get the parents, eventually you get their money."

Here is the audio of the farewell speech:
https://youtu.be/3MfB71duG5E


 


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