William Branham And The Christmas Nativity Scorning:
Our focus for the past few days has been directed towards those having recently been set free from the mind control of the "Message" cult following of William Branham as they experience their first Christmas being shunned and ex-communicated by family and friends. It is a very difficult time, one that feels like the end of the world to many. But thankfully there are many ex-members now willing to offer support and encouragement.
But in this holiday season, we should remember that while some are celebrating new freedom with mixed emotions, others are still trapped under the undue influence of cult pastors. And those same cult pastors are trapped under the undue influence of the recordings. Though many of these same pastors have abused their power to enforce Branham's extra-biblical rules, they (some of them) are also placing themselves under the same bondage. And the same internal conflicts with Branham's ministry that led so many to freedom have plagued the minds of many ministers for years. One ex-cult pastor told me that he finally could take it no longer; the book of Hebrews alone was enough to free him from the Bondage. We have a new High Priest, and that High Priest did not come from the hills of Kentucky.
We must remember that these cult pastors have to face themselves in the mirrors each morning. And when preaching sermons that support one side of the argument on doctrinal stance, these pastors are fully aware that Branham also preached the other side. It cannot be easy for them. It would not be easy for me, as a father, if I taught my children to speak nothing but truth while also teaching them that they must believe and teach fiction to their children. For this reason, I chose to lead my family out of Branham's cult following. That mirror I looked at each morning was cold and dark.
This is especially difficult for cult pastors in December. While they want to celebrate Christmas, and use the time to spread the Good News that Christ was born as a man in Bethlehem, they realize that Branham harshly condemned it. William Branham instructed cult pastors to preach Christ's death, and avoid preaching his Birth. According to Branham, the Christmas Story is not in the "entire book of the bibles."
"And they're all dead." He said, "But I'm that Bread of Life that come from God out of Heaven. And it isn't Me that speaks; it's My Father that dwells in Me. He is the Interpreter of that Divine Word. And He proves in here that He is God, because He's doing right with Me what He said He would do." Amen. That's the Scripture. That's the message to get to people, not a cradle, not a manger. Christmas is not mentioned in the entire book of the Bibles. Never one time did Jesus refer them to His birth, but to His death.
- Branham, 61-1224
Interestingly, William Branham chose to preach the Nativity from a very different angle. He often spoke of Balaam very highly, as having the "Same Anointing as Moses" and preaching a behind-the-scenes look at the "Three Wise Men." Rather than preach about the birth of Christ each Christmas, Branham reminded his followers that Balaam was a prophet. And regardless of the fact that Israel stoned Balaam for being a false prophet, Branham uplifted him as an "anointed" prophet gone astray. https://www.scribd.com/doc/101219017
There are some cult pastors who refuse to preach the Christmas story in December. And quite frankly, one could argue that these are the pastors most fully devoted to Branham's doctrine. Others, fond of their childhood memories in churches that celebrated Christ's birth, enjoy preaching the full and complete Gospel which includes the Nativity.
Some cult pastors take the easy way out. Rather than try to decide which side of William Branham's argument they choose, they find it much easier to play one of William Branham's sermons which includes the Nativity. Rather than preach the Nativity (which William Branham was against) and rather than preach against the Nativity (which would be condemning William Branham), they simply press the "play" button on a tape recorder. And the easiest recording for them to play is "Why Little Bethlehem," which is Branham's rendition of the Nativity scene:
And I thought, being that we were facing the Christmas time, that we would... maybe I'd speak on a--a Christmas message. And now if you have your Bibles, and like to read, sometimes people do, behind evangelists or speaker, I want to read from Saint Matthew's Gospel, the 2nd chapter, for a portion of the Word. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that's born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king... heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and the scribes of the people together, he demanded... them where Christ should be born. ... they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophets. And thou Bethlehem, of the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: but out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. May the Lord add His blessings to the reading of His Word. And now with some notes here, and some Scriptures to refer to. I like to have your undivided attention for a little while on the subject of: Why Little Bethlehem.
- Branham, 63-1214
Why should cult pastors condemn other cult pastors for preaching the Nativity? Are not both sides of the argument following William Branham's example? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJmn_AcMErM