William Branham's Christmas Tree:
When the first surge of people left the "Message" cult behind and started working with us and others who are researching the many issues with Branham's ministry, we noticed something strange around December. Many former cult members began exclaiming, "OH BOY! WE CAN HAVE A CHRISTMAS TREE FOR OUR CHILDREN!!!"
At first, this was surprising. Having grown up in a family very close to William Branham, and having been part of Branham's home church in Jeffersonville, Indiana, a Christmas tree was no new freedom. Even when William Branham was alive, the Branham family celebrated Christmas like any "normal" (not programmed) Christian family. My family and many others in the cult celebrated Christmas. Though we enjoyed the celebration that has become commercialized far beyond what it should be, we realized that we were celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Shouldn't we be celebrating? And shouldn't we be celebrating when other Christians celebrate? We thought nothing of it since Branham himself celebrated Christmas in December -- and with a Christmas tree.
But this freedom we enjoyed is not a freedom enjoyed by the entire following. William Branham harshly condemned Christmas celebration. He asked those who did celebrate to repent for fear of hell fires. And many of his followers, not fully understanding the concept of double-standards, chose the ascetic lifestyle which condemns anything Branham himself condemned. This is especially bad in foreign lands where only a handful of the hundreds of sermons have been translated. To them, there is no double-standard - there is only the sermon which supports their ideologies.
Unfortunately for children in those camps, these are the quotes that are preached:
And--and took down the sun-god and the moon-god, Ashtoreth, the moon-god, with round kosher on it, and made her being the mother of the sun-god which is Jupiter. And changed the birth day of Jesus from April, where all nature, where He was born under the ram, 'cause He was a ram, and changed that up to the sun-god's birthday in the solar there, where it makes one day... There is just only about a minute difference in the day when it passes on the twenty-fifth day of December, the sun-god's birthday, not the Son of God. And every one of us play Santa Claus, and decorate trees, a heathenism, and things like that, and then call ourselves Christians? What's the matter with the Christian church? Will there ever rise somebody among us, who can preach the Word and tell the Truth, and God vindicate it and prove to the people that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever?
- Branham, 64-1212
Say, "I want to follow, I want to follow the Morning Star, Christ. I want to follow and find my Jesus this day. I want to get away from all this here Christmas tinsel and things, because someday it's going to be burnt with unquenchable fire." And all those who are intolerating with it, will be burned with it. The world, the sinner, will punished be, they will perish with the world. The worldly-loving people will perish with the world
- Branham, 63-1216
But those in Jeffersonville, familiar with the lifestyle of the Branham family -- especially the older crowd who remembers William Branham himself -- are different. They lean more towards the opposite end of the double-standard:
Now, another thing I would like to say. As Brother Neville has so well said, that we wish you the best in the--these yule tidings in this time of--of fellowship around these holy days, and so forth. And then I want to take this time to express to each and every one of you, how grateful I am to you for your Christmas cards and gifts, and things that was received at our house. I certainly thank you with all my heart. It certainly did us good this morning when... I got a little boy, small enough yet to kind of want a Christmas tree, and we had it in the room. And this morning, go under there, I found several gifts from my church here, and my friends from around different places, that had come in, laying under the tree. And I don't have words to express to you what I, how I appreciate every one of them.
- Branham, 60-1225
When you realize that Branham enjoyed that which he condemned, one has to ask the question: Why do Branham's followers condemn Branham's followers for their Christmas trees? Do they not realize that in condemning others for Christmas trees, they are also condemning William Branham?
And on the opposite end of the argument, why do his Jeffersonville followers enjoy Christmas celebration? Do they not know they are in danger of hell fires, along with William Branham who placed this evil curse on his children?
But for those who have now left this cult following of confusion behind, they ask the bigger question. If the trumpet blow an uncertain sound, who can prepare for battle?
So as you are starting your new life, free from the undue influence of Branham's mind control cult, don't give a Christmas tree a second thought. Instead, focus your thoughts of the Reason for the celebration.
The Apostle Paul says it best:
He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings."
- Colossians 2 https://youtu.be/Tp0SUCCh4Ro