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William Branham's Psychoneurotic Confession

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William Branham's Psychoneurotic Confession:

In our posts examining the mind control structure of the "Message" cult, we often ask the question: "Are cult pastors concealing information from the people?"

A fundamental element of mind control is to conceal or withhold information from the people. Given the choice, no mentally stable person given full and complete information would join a mind control cult. And those already trapped inside would never stay, given all of the hidden secrets.

Mind control cults create a cult identity within the people under its undue influence, a forced "personality" that matches the personality of the central figure. As people leave the "Message" cult, they often make an observation that the people in the cult not only match Branham's personality, they seem to be "stuck in the 1950's." This observation is fairly accurate, given that Branham himself was most recognized in the late 1940's and early 1950s.

Mind control cults are only as dangerous as the cult leader. And often, the people within the "Message" cult who agree with many of the comparisons between the "Message" and other mind control cults disagree in the dangers contained within. According to cult followers, William Branham was simply misunderstood humble man who led a Pentecostal movement.

But would they make this statement if cult pastors were not concealing information?

Throughout his ministry, William Branham often made statements concerning his mental condition. According to basic studies of psychology, this can be seen as his "cry for help."

And I believe if that gift hadn't been fore-ordained and put in there, I'd have been gone right there, 'cause I made up my mind I was going to take my life as a suicide case. I'd lost my mind. I'd gone crazy. And I got--went home. I said, "Oh..." I put my tools in the car, I said, "I'm going home, I've gone crazy."
- Branham, 50-0820A MY.LIFE.STORY

Also, through his ministry, we find Branham making statements that are an attempt to lessen his condition by claiming that others have the same condition. This, according to basic studies of psychology, is "denial."

Did you know that most always that people under inspiration are considered neurotics? That is right. Just think of which one of the prophets wasn't considered a neurotic, see. Even Jesus, they said, "You are mad," means crazy, see.
- Branham, 63-1115

"It's just a built-up pressure. It's the age that we're living in: a neurotic age where people don't know what to do, where they're going."
- Branham, 62-0622B

But as time continues, these cries for help get much louder. Even a person who is not trained in psychology can understand that his cry for help is almost screaming.

And then the nervous neurotic age that we're living in! And you know, in all of this, the doctors don't have the answer, 'cause they're plagued with it, too. They don't have the answer. They don't know what to do.
You say, "Oh, doctor, I--I--I'm just about to blow my head. I don't know what to do. I..."
"Well," he'd say, "I am too. Well, there is nothing you can do." He would give you a tranquilizer. When that wears off, you're more nervous than you was in the first place; like a drunk man, taking an extra drink, to get over his drunkenness. You see?
- Branham, 62-0513E

What is interesting is the fact that Branham often compares psychoneurosis with suicidal tendencies. Mentioning several recognized men of days gone by who were suicidal or mentally unstable, Branham compares himself to their greatness. And again towards the "denial" side of the pendulum, he never introduces men without mental health issues in his comparisons to find normalcy.

Cult pastors, those who are paid to study Branham's sermons, never mention these statements. Nor do they mention Branham's suicidal tendencies. Instead, they present the idea that Branham was just an "odd character" who was misunderstood by the world.

"I have found no peace nowhere. One day when I was ready to commit suicide. When I went into the room, I just couldn't stand it any longer."
- Branham, 52-0720A

You might not understand why those things are. You say, "Well, Brother Branham, what would that have an effect?" I can't tell you. I just don't know. The only thing I know, it does. That's all. Just like if we'd say to ask...
Take, for instance, most all men, in the line of spiritual things, like poets, authors, and so forth, they're always considered just a little bit nervous, or psychic-neurotic, or something like that.
- Branham, 54-0404M

And that's the reason sometimes a Divine life that's been called and set aside has become a fanatic, or crazy, or--or a mystic, or something to the eyes of the general public is because you're considered a--a--a--a, I'd say a neurotic, or a insane person
- Branham, 56-0129

But how many sermons are preached with a full and complete view into the mind of the psychoneurotic evangelist?

The fact that those reading would argue strongly against my usage of this word, "psychoneurotic," is the perfect example of cult leaders withholding information. Branham himself, towards the very end of his life, confessed to the public as being psychoneurotic.

I've been a neurotic all my life. As a little boy there was something struck me, that scare me, about every seven years it would happen to me. Brother Jack remembers when I first started, come off the field for a year; something just happened.
- Branham, 65-1128E

Are cult pastors withholding information? Have they told their congregations that they are listening to a psychoneurotic?