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Joseph Branham and the Dead Fly

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Joseph Branham and the Dead Fly:

Within the "Message" cult, there are many branches. From the two main trunks of the infrastructure to the religion, Tucson, Arizona and Jeffersonville, Indiana, many branches grew. As the cult began to spread its reach into developing nations, and those nations grew confident in their understanding of the tape ministries, they began to splinter. Strangely, many of those splinter groups made their way back into the United States -- bringing much confusion to the "traditional" cult churches.

With each new branch that grew, a new minister would spring forth to carry his interpretation and understanding of the 1400+ sermons of William Branham. And having been programmed to believe that all of the hundreds of sermons were consistent in their doctrinal stance, these ministers filtered their understanding of the ministry by their past understanding of scripture. Pentecostal sects, for instance, are heavily influenced by the pentecostal churches the minister left. Some Methodist, some Baptist, some in non-Christian religion and more.

Each group, believing they have a better understanding of William Branham, mistakenly think that the other groups have lost their way. Those who are programmed to receive Branham's strict views of separation completely cut the others off, or "disfellowship." Many times one particular member of the cult will question specific aspects of the doctrines, and they are "shunned" or "ex-communicated." To maintain the strength of the splinter group, leaders of those groups are forced to cut off the weaker members and project the atmosphere of an elite group. These elite groups are the most dangerous, because their doctrinal stance prevents them from basic human emotions through suppressing the love of their fellow man.

Ironically, when the entire ministry is examined from start-to-finish, one finds a much different atmosphere. Branham, who campaigned at any church or group that would accept him, tailored his sermons to fit the audience. While speaking to a Trinitarian group, he would praise God for those that "accepted" the third Person of the Trinity -- then condemn ministers who do so while speaking at oneness pentecostal groups.

But though these inconsistencies are found throughout "the Message," there is a largely consistent doctrine that can be found throughout the first segment of the recordings. While building a religious cult, Branham often used statements to praise those who welcomed all who believed in Jesus Christ, and strongly objected to those who refused to fellowship. He sometimes referred to a story of ministers who decided to ex-communicate him from their circle of fellowship. According to Branham, a minister told him, "We have drawed a line. We have drawed you out of it, Brother Branham, out of, out of our circle." (61-0205M)

But during the cult-building phase of his ministry, Branham responded that he was a lover of all mankind, and could not disfellowship. He replied, "I'm drawing another one, so big... take you back again. ... I'll draw a line right over the top of yours and take you right back." (61-0205M)

Recently, a very unique thing happened in the cult following of William Branham. One of the more rigid cult sects that promote disfellowship rose into power, overtaking a sect that was much less exclusive. Branham's own son, Joseph Branham, appears to be of the mindset that men who disagreed upon doctrine could absolutely be disfellowshipped. In a recorded series of statements spoken through translators in Russia, Joseph described how any who did not see his father's contradictory statements as "absolute" truth were to be cut off from fellowship.

This, according to his father, is the exact problem within Christianity. According to Branham, it was not the Christian Spirit to disfellowship. According to William Branham, this was acting like "dead flies."

When one examines the recent events, it's very difficult to predict which sect will overtake the cult as a whole. Of the two pillars to the ministry, Jeffersonville Indiana and Tucson Arizona, one is now overturned with a splinter group that promotes separation -- not only from other Christians as the cult by-in-large indoctrinates, but even separation from other cult followers. After examining these different splinter groups and their rise into power, one has to ask themselves: Will the "dead flies" overtake the entire destructive cult?