William Branham's Christmas Gifts:
Yesterday, we posted our experience in offering support to those newly freed from the "Message" cult following of William Branham. In the post, we described their experience of suddenly learning that they could enjoy a Christmas tree. As you can imagine, we received quite a bit of positive feedback from those who never realized that the Branham family had a Christmas tree.
It seems that some families in the cult group had taken the doctrine even farther than decorated trees. Some cult fathers had actually refused to give their children gifts in celebration of Christ's birth. Some took this even so far as to forbid exchanging gifts. Why? Because William Branham harshly condemned it.
In a few weeks, or even right now, there's reindeers and Santa Clauses and—and jingle bells and all kinds of things hanging up, which is pagan ceremony. It's an article of the Catholic church. People paying great prices and swapping presents and things like that, pagan! Christmas is a day of worship. And by the way, Christ wasn't born on the twenty-fifth day of December either. He couldn't have been. If you'd ever been in Judaea, the hills are full of snow, worse than it is here. Born in April when all nature comes forth. Now, but it's their tradition.
Branham, 60-1204E - The Patmos Vision
Growing up in Jeffersonville, this idea seems so foreign to me. Those who know the Branham family, and especially those who knew William Branham, never take Branham's doctrine seriously. Not only did William Branham give gifts to his children, Branham was overjoyed to receive them.
I received some mighty fine Christmas presents: a movie camera, and many other things, guns and things, that people love me, they give me. How I appreciate that.
- Branham, 59-1227M - A Super Sign
When one takes a step back, and considers this example of Branham's condemnation of Christmas, it is eye-opening. How many other things did William Branham condemn? And how many of those things, over time, became "Message Law?" How many of the new "Message Laws" did William Branham himself break? How many did he let his children break? Why do (some) cult pastors ignore certain things that William Branham condemns, yet strongly reinforce others? Have cult pastors the power to dictate which of Branham's teachings we choose to keep and which to ignore?
The Apostle Paul says it best, just as we said in yesterday's post:
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/A0G-glKCvNs