William Branham and Medical Science Journals:
Last night, a researcher asked us if we'd ever looked into William Branham's claim that there were only 16 elements in the human body. He often repeated this claim in his sermons:
I said, "Then is it true that there's sixteen elements of the earth in my body?" I'm made up of sixteen elements. That's right. It's, well, it's the calcium, potash, petroleum, cosmic light, and all sixteen different elements goes together, and it makes you.
Branham, 57-0303A - Why Is It That So Many Christians Find It So Hard
This is a question that comes to us from time to time. Though William Branham repeated this claim often from 1956 through 1964, there are at least 60 detectable elements in the human body, 29 of which play an active role in human life.
A full table of elements found in the body: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_of_the_human_body
Though Branham claimed to be illiterate, giving fictional tales of a Huckleberry Finn lifestyle in the hills of Kentucky, he was raised from age three in the booming casino town of Jeffersonville Indiana. And he loved to read medical journals, science journals, and apparently many other studies.
Worse, Branham always spoke very negatively against medical science and those who trusted in the medical advancements of his day. While promoting himself as the "healer," Branham continually reminded his people when medical science failed with those suffering fatal disease.
Watch the resurrection. And weigh all that comes out of the graveyards. You say, "How many of you died trusting God? How many of you died, trusting medical science?" And see how it would out weigh
Branham, 56-0407 - Blind Bartimaeus
But why did his listeners not ask the same of those who died trusting Branham? Why did they not point out Branham's claim to have healed Donnie Morton, and the deadly results of that "healing?" http://www.seekyethetruth.com/resources-easy-morton.aspx
At one point in time, medical journals did publish articles about the "sixteen elements." Attached is an article published in the Los Angeles Times (June 6, 1920). An excerpt from the article:
"The medical profession is always inclined to take up something new, of which little is known, like "vitamines." If physicians had a correct understanding of physiological chemistry, and the relation of the sixteen elements in the human body, they would not do so much hypothetical guessing, like that of Pasteur, Lister, Ehrlich, Koch and Metchnikoff, who could not see the forest on account of the trees."
Why do some cult members claim that Branham's outdated understanding of knowledge is still applicable today? Why did Voice of God Recordings publish countless blog articles entitled "did you know," teaching cult children outdated scientific studies from medical journals in the 1920's?
As Jeff Foxworthy would say (had he been in a cult created by the Ku Klux Klan's Roy E. Davis), "If you claim your fearless leader can speak only absolute truth, y'all might just be in a cult!" https://www.facebook.com/SeekYeTheTruth/photos/a.281312795303458.48697.214739791960759/896383507129714/?type=3