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Testimony Of Leaving The Message

01/06/2016
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Testimony Of Leaving The Message:

Each time that I read the testimony of another person making their decision to leave the "Message," the mind control cult following of William Marrion Branham, I am reminded of how difficult start of the journey was for myself and my family. Those who choose to ignore the fundamental problems with cult doctrine and remain in the cult following often make light of this, falsely assuming that people leave the religion because they are eager and willing. But the truth of the matter is that most ex-members will tell you that they went kicking and screaming.

A new website just launched describing the beginning of another journey. Entitled "My Testimony of Why I Left the Message- by Jennifer Hamilton," this single-page website tries to sum up the difficult year leading up to the decision by including some of the issues that Jennifer Hamilton and her family felt most important. It also describes what many ex-cult members experience when leaving their group, from dis-fellowship to emotional turmoil.

"It is difficult to describe in words the vast variety of emotions, doubts, and stages of denial that were present during this difficult journey of the past year. To hint that the possibility that everything I believed in all my life might be a distorted version of the truth is scary. To have ministers admit that they cover up discrepancies is hurtful. To admit that I was wrong to so many family and friends for something I defended and stood for is embarrassing. To leave a church system of close friends, not just in 1 city but world-wide, knowing you'll be dis-fellowshipped by most is painful."
- Jennifer Hamilton

Though few elders in the "Message" are willing to admit it, they realize that the people leaving have searched carefully, painfully, and prayerfully. They realize that these are not people who carelessly chose to leave the group on a sudden whim, because the questions being asked have no answers. Like Jennifer, many giving these testimonies of their escape admit that they were fully engrossed in the cult doctrine, never dreaming that they would one day leave the false comfort of a seemingly close "family."

"I never thought in a million years that I would become one of "those" who left The Message. I believed everything I was taught with my whole heart. Until a little over a year ago. I witnessed a huge change in the ministry at the local Message church that I had attended for 8 plus years. Where there used to be encouragement to read the Bible, there was now a new focus on the prophet and pressure to rely on his message. With the turn of www.BelievetheSign.com, sermons began to shift into fear-based preaching against having questions or studying them. Instead of approaching it as an opportunity to prove the "truth", we were warned to avoid any questions at all. The 2 most common quotes stated again and again from across the pulpit to explain the issues in theology and events in Bro Branham's life and ministry that didn't line up:
* Don't question it: Put it on a shelf until God reveals it to you
* God doesn't require us to understand, he just requires us to believe it.
I realized: There is something terribly wrong if ministers are scared of their church members researching questions. And then as I read deeper into my Bible, I realized that neither of the above 2 statements are biblical. In fact, the very opposite."
- Jennifer Hamilton

What I like about this particular testimony is that it really captures the emotions and self-examination immediately prior to making the difficult decision to leave. Time and again I hear it from ex-members, how they suddenly realized that they needed to examine their own hearts after having made the decision. While they thought they knew the Bible and the Message, they realized that they only knew a tiny portion: what William Branham said about the Bible and the Message. The longer they remained, the more they became spiritually starved.


My Testimony of Why I Left the Message- by Jennifer Hamilton
My Testimony of Why I Left the Message



It is difficult to describe in words the vast variety of emotions, doubts, and stages of denial that were present during this difficult journey of the past year. To hint that the possibility that everything I believed in all my life might be a distorted version of the truth is scary. To have ministers admit that they cover up discrepancies is hurtful. To admit that I was wrong to so many family and friends for something I defended and stood for is embarrassing. To leave a church system of close friends, not just in 1 city but world-wide, knowing you'll be dis-fellowshipped by most is painful.

I felt is it important to write out my testimony of why I left something I believed so strongly for and share that with you because of how I viewed those who left while I was still in the Message. I saw them as back-sliders or altogether unsaved. Although each person who has left a Message church leaves for different reasons, and some weren't seeking God when they left, this is a quick overview of my reasons. Never once did I view any who left as possible ‘truth-seekers' or that they were following God's leading for their lives. When I would see past Message believers, I would feel uncomfortable and even pity that they would walk away from it. I judged them. I judged them for not attending a Message church, which I believed was the only place to truly find God. I judged them by the changes in their outward appearance to my own holiness standards. Standards I believed were so clear in scripture. I was also afraid that fellowship with them would hinder my walk with God. But, now being on the other side, I saw my previous attitude was not of God, which is of love, but of religiousness and fear.

My testimony is not against the people of the Message; there are undoubtedly dear and sincere Holy Ghost filled Christians in the Message that I know personally. My testimony is about the journey to free myself from the spirit behind the Message and the doctrines it stands on. While I do struggle with bitterness against some of the attitudes and things I've found to be false, I'm do not resent my years attending Message churches. I had some wonderful, life-changing experiences over the past 20+ years: including meeting my wonderful husband. I had felt spiritually fed for many years.

I never thought in a million years that I would become one of "those" who left The Message. I believed everything I was taught with my whole heart. Until a little over a year ago. I witnessed a huge change in the ministry at the local Message church that I had attended for 8 plus years. Where there used to be encouragement to read the Bible, there was now a new focus on the prophet and pressure to rely on his message. With the turn of www.BelievetheSign.com, sermons began to shift into fear-based preaching against having questions or studying them. Instead of approaching it as an opportunity to prove the "truth", we were warned to avoid any questions at all. The 2 most common quotes stated again and again from across the pulpit to explain the issues in theology and events in Bro Branham's life and ministry that didn't line up:

· Don't question it: Put it on a shelf until God reveals it to you

· God doesn't require us to understand, he just requires us to believe it.

I realized: There is something terribly wrong if ministers are scared of their church members researching questions. And then as I read deeper into my Bible, I realized that neither of the above 2 statements are biblical. In fact, the very opposite.

"I thought I knew my Bible. I thought I knew The Message. I read my Bible almost every day. I listened to all the sermons. But, once I started "studying" the Bible and the Message together, I realized how many things didn't add up. I didn't use any anti-Message websites at first. I simply compared my Bible with the Voice Of God Recordings website by searching hours and hours through sermons myself. My "shelf of questions" became a bookcase; then became a full library. And then I discovered scriptures upon scriptures of how we'll understand the Bible (1 Corin 2:12, 2 Tim 2:7, Col 1:9-29 etc) without needing an interpreter/prophet, that we should ‘examine all things' (Acts 17:11). Never once are we commanded by scripture to believe on man or prophet blindly without understanding. We are commanded, however, to "prove all things" (1 Thes 5:20-21 "Do not despise the gifts of the prophets, but test and prove all things until you can recognize what is good; to that hold fast) and to be watchful of "false prophets with signs and wonders" (Matt 24:24 and Mark 13:22), and to be wary of anyone who preaches "another Jesus". Signs and wonders do NOT vindicate a prophet. 1 John 4, "Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. The last year we attended a Message Church, we were starving for spiritual food. The sermons were all about 'God sent a prophet' and very little about Christ and God in our lives."
- Jennifer Hamilton

Those of you who are just now making your decision to be set free will find encouragement in this testimony. You can read the full article here:

https://sites.google.com/site/mytestimonyjenniferhamilton/home