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2015 - A Year To Remember

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2015 - A Year To Remember:

It has been a very exciting year for Seek The Truth, and we've had some incredible research articles that our readers have enjoyed. As we enter into the Christmas and New Years holidays, we thought it would be good to reflect on some of the blog posts and research pages that have brought the most feedback from both ex-cult members and those who are preparing to transition their lives out of the "Message" cult.

Without question, our "Government Records page and the blog posts associated with it has received the most attention from around the world. This is a collection of documents available to the public through the Clark County Courthouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and supplemental documents from government websites, newspaper archives, and microfiche in the local public libraries.

A close second most viewed series of blog posts were surrounding the shakeup at the Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville, Indiana, when the pastor, song leader, and entire deacon staff resigned after accusing William Branham's sons of stealing church property. When we began to examine the information, the information found at the local courthouse in Jeffersonville seemed to support the findings by the deacon staff. The research they describe in their resignations was easily available to the public, and the official staff at the courthouse was willing to share with us the same records they gave the deacons. This lead to many other findings in the courthouse, which were very eye-opening to many.

During with this situation, we decided to examine both sides of the argument. While our opinion favored the pastor, be could not fully agree with his entire resignation speech. In his assessment of the government records, the pastor was willing to stand for truth, justice, and instructions given in scripture. But his resignation speech as a whole described a man unwilling to stand for all scriptures in the Bible, specifically those warning against idolatry, "super apostles," worshipping prophets, instructions to examine prophets, and false prophets in general. According to the now former pastor, William Branham was "God tabernacled in human flesh," and this did not set well with many members of the Branham Tabernacle.

The most recent publication to our bookshelf, "I Survived A Cult," has been the most downloaded and most discussed since we began writing books. Though it was published in June of this year, we still receive phone calls discussing the book late into December. Though the details of the journey may differ from person to person, many who have left the mind control cult Branham created find similarities between their own experience leaving as described in the book, and people who are preparing to make their journey out are all interested in how to do so without losing their family and friends. As my grandfather used to say in his Sunday sermons, my advice is usually the same has his: "As peacefully as possible."

Ironically, a significant number of people were not affected by what we posted, but rather what Voice of God Recordings had removed from their website. A large volume of traffic to our website included searches for Voice of God Recording's 2012 newsletter publication entitled "Because He Said So." We also began receiving emails and phone calls asking about this publication. People were asking why the document was removed, and whether or not we had a copy. Many ex-members had mentioned this one publication as the tipping point where they finally decided to take their families out of the cult, and people they spoke with as they left were curious to see what it contained. A recent ex-member had a physical copy, and together we went through the sections of the article to examine which parts pointed towards Christ and which pointed towards a mind-control cult leader and fear to question his ultimate authority.

Of our historical research projects, there is no question that the most views were centered around William Branham's trip to Houston, Texas during the time he was supposed to be in Arizona Hunting for the "Mystery Cloud" event. Research into the event led us towards information that William Branham was gathering people to defend a man who lived a very unsavory life, a life which continued to get worse after Branham's visit. It was the son of the photographer who took the "Message" cult's iconic "halo" photograph, and he had murdered a real estate agent during a three-party sex orgy as a homosexual transvestite.

As a whole, our blog posts that provide research into recognized names associated with William Branham are the ones that give us the most positive feedback. Ex-cult members are eager to hear more about the historical aspects of this cult, and simply cannot get enough of this type of posts. The first time we made the connection between their excitement and the "key figure research" was in a post about Gordon Lindsay. Lindsay was without question one of the most influential men in William Branham's life, and it could be argued that there might not be a cult today had Lindsay not promoted Branham's campaigns through his publication company and managed his campaign affairs. Many were shocked to learn that Lindsay was a UFO fanatic, and that many of his opinions concerning flying saucers made their way into Branham's sermons.

Along with this trail of study, the research material on Dr. James E. McDonald and his UFO fascination brought a great deal of traffic and feedback. McDonald, who William Branham described many times as "the scientist" who examined the cloud for the United States Government was apparently collecting studies on hundreds of strange cloud phenomenon. This research data was used in lectures in Arizona universities and convention centers around the world for UFO fanatics, and eventually was presented to the United States government. His idea that "little green men" were invading America was not well received by the scientific community, and the end of his life was tragic. McDonald ended his life by committing suicide, but is recognized still today by the alien conspiracy theorist community.

Recently, our continuation of the "key figure" research began to focus on Roy E. Davis. There are over a thousand interesting articles we could publish about Roy Davis and his connection to William Branham, but the most interesting to everyone was that of Davis' involvement with the Ku Klux Klan. The quickly growing terrorist organization of the early 1900's through the 1960's had a headquarters in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and the timing of Indiana Klan activity as compared to Davis' arrival is quite interesting. Though it can also be argued that Davis started the church Branham first helped lead while running from the law, there is a substantial amount of information suggesting that Davis was in Jeffersonville for Klan activities. This led to research into other key figures in Branham's ministry who were heavily involved with the Ku Klux Klan such as Howard Cadle and Congressman William D. Upshaw.

Of the more interesting series of blog posts that were directed towards asking a question, there was one question that struck home with many: Did William Branham's healing ministry really begin the "very day Israel became a nation" was he claimed in his sermons. Israel was declared a nation on May 18, 1948, yet the "Table" software includes a 1947 sermon with a story about his "commission" to heal the sick. Current cult members argue that Branham did not intend to say "became" a nation, but instead meant "was on their way towards becoming" a nation. But a single publication copyrighted in 1942 appeared to have taken wind from their sails.

Though it seems like such a "little" post, we did receive a lot of curiosity traffic when we published information on "Little David" Walker. Branham frequently held campaigns with "Little David," and mentions the youngster on sermon. But people today, when hearing David's name on sermon, have no idea that William Branham was sharing the platform with an adolescent preacher.

One could argue that the turning point for all of the ex-cult research sites was when the "Message" was declared a mind control cult by the Freedom of Mind Foundation. William Branham's cult following meets all of the many points required to label the following as a "cult," however this word in itself is not so problematic. There are harmless cult followings, and Christianity itself was described as a cult when it first began. The question one must ask when learning they are in a cult is whether or not the cult is a "destructive" cult. And having examined the structure of the "Message," the Freedom of Mind Foundation agreed that the cult following of William Branham meets all of the criteria of their models for detecting mind control. From control of information to the hierarchy of a central figure to the programmed fear of questioning, there is little doubt that the "Message" is holding members through the undue influence of mind control.

Of the newsworthy events in the worldwide cult following called the "Message," there is no doubt that the story of human trafficking in 2015 was the most discussed. When we learned of the news out of South America, we posted english translations of the news reports from Nicaragua that described the government's investigation into human trafficking. According to newspapers, "Message" followers had killed policemen in a heated gun battle, which sparked the investigation.

Though we focus very little on Willam Branham's sons and their statements, we published an examination of Billy Paul's testimony concerning the "angelic visitation" in Vandalia, IL. Generally, we prefer to focus on William Branham rather than cult pastors or current leaders, but more than one ex-member asked us to review Billy Paul's statements and compare them to William Branham's account. After our comparison, it was evident that the details both men give did not match, and we started asking the question whether or not Billy Paul was telling the truth. Many of you answered the question for us.

But the number one most popular article we've published this year was that of the official death certificate for Hope Branham. Many have informed us that of all of our 2015 posts, this was the most powerful and revealing. Multiple people have decided to leave the message cult after having compared the official document to William Branham's heartbreaking "life story." In fact, this single document has led many people towards examining all of the elements in Branham's life story. This was a turning point, because even current cult members realized that they could no longer say that William Branham's life stories were truthful. Hope Branham died several months after the 1937 flood had receded, and Branham's tragic tales of his battle through flood waters to reach a wife "struck down by God" are now in question.

It has been a good year for Seek The Truth. And we have thoroughly enjoyed speaking with each and every person we have worked with as they struggled to examine the overwhelming number of facts that are stacked against the mind control cult following of William Branham. We look forward to an even more exciting year in 2016, and are excited to have so many more people willing to help with the private support groups. It has truly been a blessing for many, many people, and we feel privileged to be blessed in return.

From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years. May God richly bless each and every one of you, no matter what stage of the journey that you find yourself during the holidays.

John Collins