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Earlier this year, we published articles describing a witness testimony from another Congressman who gave his account concerning the "crippled" Congressman William D. Upshaw. According to the testimony published in the Wilmington Morning News, Saturday July 18, 1936, the "crippled" congressman was caught running lightly up the aisles of the Congressional floor, ignoring the crutches.

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Earlier this week, we posted an article researchers recently discovered describing Congressman Upshaw's own testimony to the Shreveport Times in 1915, during a time when the white supremacists of the South were reviving the terroristic Ku Klux Klan of which Upshaw was found to be a member and strong supporter and personal friend of the group's founder.

These testimonies place the entire "healing event" into question. While newspapers all across the country describe a very mobile and very active WIlliam D. Upshaw leading the temperance movement, speaking before large audiences as an evangelist, and helping Roy E. Davis as Davis organized the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, his alleged "healing" was very immobile. According to William Branham, Upshaw was not healed from his confinement to a wheelchair until he himself "healed" the Congressman in 1951:

That's how our brother Senator here was healed. When I was standing here looking at him out there over the audience, I seen a—a bench come down and right over, kinda this way from that clock, I suppose, be north. Right in here I seen a bench and I seen a man there, and I seen the people applauding him. I seen him with a big kind of a collar on. I seen a young man fall on a hayrack or something there and hurt his back, begin to talk to my… And there It went. And I looked down, and I found the man. He was setting back in the audience there in a wheelchair
Branham, 51-0501 - Exhortation Of Divine Healing

And many others and—and our dear brother, the Congressman, is here with us again tonight who had been a cripple sixty-six years. How many never did see Congressman Upshaw from the Congress? Let's see your hand. How many knowed he'd been a cripple for sixty-six years? Was an invalid, and while he was moved here in the building, and I seen a vision out here. And I never seen or heard of the man in my life. I seen the vision, seen what was going to happen, told him. God healed him right there. Would you stand up? There's Congressman Upshaw. Walk down through the aisle, will you Congressman, walk. Walk down that way just a little bit so the people can see you walking.
Branham, 51-0506E - At Thy Word

There isn't any of you here as bad off as Congressman Upshaw. He was sixty-six years crippled, wheeled in a wheelchair, laid on beds, helped out and went with crutches. I never seen him or heard of him in my life, and God knows that's true. And here the man is tonight, standing before you, perfectly whole.
Branham, 51-0719 - Who Hath Believed Our Report?

As each historical news article is found describing the unethical techniques used by the Branham campaigns to increase the faith of the audience -- their faith in William Branham -- there is a good bit of backlash. "Message" cult members, indoctrinated to believe that William Branham's "gift" had "never failed, not one single time," are now faced with many internal conflicts. If the "healing" was "staged," can we call it "failure?"

One way cult members have reconciled these conflicts are the results of cognitive dissonance. Unable to explain why William Branham would mislead his listeners, cult members have claimed that Congressman Upshaw's "healing" of a "bedridden" and "wheelchair-bound" condition was insignificant in the creation of the central figure of the "Message" cult following of William Branham.

Are cult pastors correct? Was the deception strategy William Branham, Congressman Upshaw, and [allegedly] Roy E. Davis used "insignificant?"

As it turns out, William Branham himself did not agree. After interest in Branham's "faith healing" began to die down from 1948-1950 from testimonies such as Alfred Pohl who witnessed Branham's deception before the large audiences in Canada, Branham needed a boost. Otherwise, he stood a large chance of becoming just another name in a long line of hundreds who rose to limited fame in the Post WWII Healing Revival. And this "boost" came through advertising the William Branham campaigns using Congressman William D. Upshaw.

Researchers have found an example of this, a large advertisement published in the Long Beach Press on June 2, 1951. According to the advertisement, the large event had invited more than 30 cooperating churches, and was to be held every day between 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM in a large tent.

Most "Message" cult followers are not aware that Branham heavily advertised his campaigns, or that he hired campaign managers promote his ministry to any group of people that were unaware of the questionable and even unscriptural statements Branham made during his sermons. Branham often claimed that he did not advertise, and even asked his congregations, "Where is God [in that?]"

Of course, if we'd set it out in great big advertisements for a year ahead of time, and get every church in the country, and, oh, and swear up and down we wouldn't come unless everybody would cooperate, we'd probably start off with eight, ten thousand people or more, fifteen. But I—I can't do mine that way. I just… I have to do just as He tells me. And if He says, "Go down here," there's four or five down here, I just as soon go. I'd rather go to four or five knowing He sent me there, than to go to a hundred thousand knowing that He didn't send me there. See? See? I… My congregations and so forth is not as—as strong or as many as many of the brothers, or who are on the field today. But I don't have—I don't have the advertisements out like the rest of the brothers do. Another thing, I don't have the cooperation as other brothers do, and—because I'm interdenominational; and I have no church to back me up, just the friends of Jesus Christ is all I have. That's all. That's all I want.
- Branham, 54-0306 - The Unconditional Covenant That God Made With His People

Now, oh, sure, we have great get-togethers, "meetings," we call it, worldlied revivals, and so forth, all full of tinsel, sure, great big things, and great advertisement, "The man with the message of the hour, and So-and-so and So-and-so." We have all of that, but where is God?
Branham, 63-1201E - Just Once More, Lord

But this use of former Congressman Upshaw to promote his campaign raises several new questions for the minds of the programmed cult members:

Why does the article describe William D. Upshaw crippled to crutches rather than crippled to a wheelchair? Did Upshaw appear further crippled to deceive the audience?

Why did Upshaw need the wheelchair if he was healing as early as 1915?

Why did Upshaw need the crutches if he was running as early as 1936?

Why did William Branham need deceptive testimony to gather large crowds if his "gift of healing" was "real?" Does this mean that his other "healings" were also staged?

Where did he get the large tent? Why, years later, did he "prophesy" that he'd be given a tent for another healing revival (which he did not have until the day of his death)? Did God not know that Branham had such easy access to tents?

... and why were ministers of recent past collecting donations for a large tent for a minister who had been deceased for nearly fifty years?

Our page on Congressman Upshaw has been updated!

Also, our page on campaign advertisements has been updated!

More information on the connection between William Branham and Roy E. Davis can be found in "Stone Mountain to Dallas - The Untold Story of Roy E. Davis":