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William Branham and the Oppression of Women

02/11/2017
Seek The Truth Blog

William Branham and the Oppression of Women:

Yesterday, we published information about the homosexual men that were key figures in the ministry of William Branham. Many began asking if William Branham was homosexual, and the online discussion began to focus on Branham's views on women. As many are now aware, the closet homosexuals of the early 50's and 60's were often bitter towards women, forced to hide behind a heterosexual marriage to conceal their sexuality.

Some were shocked to hear Branham's misogynistic statements for the first time. They were unaware that Branham's teaching strayed so far from the text of the Christian Bible. Many of them were in direct conflict with the words of Jesus Christ in the Gospels.

It came to our attention that this subject was not covered on our website. We have many pages examining the failed prophecies and fictional "supernatural" events in William Branham's fictional life story, but did not have a page examining his misogyny.

A new page has been posted. Text and link are below:

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As with many "Message" cult doctrines we have examined, William Branham's doctrine on gender roles strayed far from the Christian religion. Former cult victims often compare the cult leader's statements to that of radical Islam during the deprogramming phase. After realizing that the cult is largely misogynistic in teaching and extra-biblical rules, former female cult victims experience freedom much more than male escapees.

In contrast, evangelists of the Chrisitan faith have a high level of success in gaining new converts simply based on gender equality. Historically speaking, the ancient Jewish faith appears to have given women more rights than the other ancient religions, and Chrisitan apologists often compare the Mosaic Law to Ancient Near East (ANE) law in their defense of the Christian faith. This equality is even more amplified in the New Testament. Women were not only given a status of equality (Galatians 3:28-29), they were often given direct focus in key passages of text. One could even argue that the status of women was strongly elevated when Jesus was born of a virgin.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus spoke to women with clear respect. Though the word "woman" in today's English can be used in a disrespectful way, Jesus used the proper form of the word when addressing women in the Bible. When Jesus called Mary "woman" (John 19:26), the word translates to a higher form of respect. In today's English, Jesus would have been saying, "Madame, behold thy son."

This continued throughout his life, but not simply in speech. Key events gave respect to women. His first miracle (water to wine) was performed in response to a plea from His mother (John 2:1-11), and the ressurrection of Lazarus came at the request of two women (John 11:1-44). He revealed himself as Messiah first to a woman, not a man. (John 4:25- 26), and he was annointed with oil by a woman (John 12:1-8).

Ancient prophecy was fulfilled when the Spirit of God was given equally to men and women at Pentecost, signifying the spiritual equality of men and women (Acts 2:17). As a result, women were among the very first "believers" who made up the early church (Acts 5:14; Acts 8:12; 17:4, 12). In fact, the first church in Europe started with a group of women and actually met in the home of a woman (Acts 16:13-15).

Though many fundamental churches today do not practice equality in spreading the Gospel, Jesus did. Women were included with men in His expanded group of disciples (Mark 15:41). He commissioned women as the very first evangelists (Matthew 28:1- 10; John 20:17). Women were included in the group of disciples who for prayer after the Jesus ascended (Acts 1:14). At least one early church was led (or co-led) by a woman (1 Corinthians 16:19). And the early church was staffed by many women (Romans 16:12, Philippians 4:3).

Even after His death, the focus on women continued. Women stayed with Him throughout His crucifixion, even after the men had left (Matthew 27:55-56). The Gospels specifically describes women observing His burial (Matthew 27:61). After His resurrection, He appeared first to a woman, not a man (John 20:1- 16).

The cult following of William Branham is by no means similar to the Bible's example. William Branham often degraded or even ridiculed women from behind the pulpit, and cult leaders often follow suit. While William Branham expresses very alarming inner thoughts about women, men in the cult often laugh as though they agree. New female converts find themselves horrified to sit and listen to a congregation full of men laughing uproariously as William Branham describes women as "not worth a good clean bullet to shoot her." (51-0419A, My Life Story).

Branham's views on women do not appear to be limited to his stage persona. When describing his personal life, Branham often describes one where his wife is inferior or neglected. He often bragged that he had went twenty years without having spent a wedding anniversary with his wife. Instead, he often spent it hunting with Gene Goad and Leo Mercier who were later found to be homosexual.

Then the Lord Jesus spoke to me a little later on, about my wife down there, as you know, about where I went up there. I've never been home on a anniversary yet, and we've been married twenty-two years. The first anniversary, the first, our wedding, why, I took her on a hunting trip. Cause, I couldn't afford to take the hunting trip, and—and—and go on a honeymoon, too, so I—I kind of put it together. And so, then, and I've been hunting ever since. I felt the way I'd treat her.
- Branham, 63-1229E - Look Away To Jesus

From a doctrinal standpoint, Branham changed many scenes of the Bible from gender equality to inequality. While the Bible describes a Genesis story where God created both male and female as a unified human form, (Gen 5:2), Branham claimed that Satan was the designer of the female. In fact, Branham claimed that women were not even in the original creation, and that because of this, they were lessor creatures than animals (which he also qualified with male and female stature). While the Bible claims that sin came through Adam (Romans 5:12), Branham claimed that sin came through Eve.

"You may question me about Satan being her designer, but that's the Truth."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"Notice, the reason that animals couldn't do it, a female animal, they were in the original creation. But the woman was not in that original creation."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"She is nothing but a human garbage can, a sex exposal. That's all she is, an immoral woman, is a human sexual garbage can, a pollution, where filthy, dirty, ornery, low-down filth is disposed by her. What is she made this way for? For deception. Every sin that ever was on the earth was caused by a woman."
- Branham, 65-0221M

As his cult progressed over time, oppression of women became even more severe. Early photos of the Branham family show females wearing skirts above the knees, sometimes with sleeveless tops. The cult following today condemns this type of female clothing as "scandalous," and cult leaders often refer to women showing the flesh of knees or shoulders as "harlots." Few are aware that their insults are also against Branham's family and/or William Branham himself.

Branham's quotes against women:

"Look, a woman is not even so low… She's not even a creation in God. She's a by-product."
- Branham, 56-0715

"When, in God's sight, the Word, she is the lowest of all animals that God put on the earth."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"You remember what was the first perversion? Was a woman."
- Branham, 62-0706

"She is a perversion of the original creation."
- Branham, 65-0221

"Now notice. She, Eve, is Satan's queen."
- Branham, 65-0829

"You may question me about Satan being her designer, but that's the Truth."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"And we, not knowing it, turns right straight back to heathen worship again, to women, the very lowest creature on the earth..."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"She is nothing but a human garbage can, a sex exposal. That's all she is, an immoral woman, is a human sexual garbage can, a pollution, where filthy, dirty, ornery, low-down filth is disposed by her. What is she made this way for? For deception. Every sin that ever was on the earth was caused by a woman."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"They're not worth a good clean bullet to kill them with it. That's right. And I hated women. That's right."
- Branham, 59-0419

"Notice, there is nothing designed to stoop so low, or be filthy, but a woman. A dog can't do it, a hog can't do it, a bird can't do it. No animal is immoral, nor it can be, for it is not designed so it can be. A female hog can't be immoral, a female dog can't be immoral, a female bird can't be immoral. A woman is the only thing can do it."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"Notice, the reason that animals couldn't do it, a female animal, they were in the original creation. But the woman was not in that original creation."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"He [man] was in the original creation, character; should be, see. But, you're the by-product, to tempt by."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"She is designed, alone, for filth and unclean living." A dog can't, and no other female can. It's just the woman that can. A dog or any other animals, once a year, and that for her babies; not for sexual pleasure, but for her babies. The old sow hog, the old slut dog, once a year, one moment, that's for her babies. But a woman is designed for any time she desires.
- Branham, 65-0221M

"But she is designed to be a sex act, and no other animal is designed like that. No other creature on the earth is designed like that."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"And that's why a woman was given that beauty, for deception, to deceive. A beautiful woman, if she don't use it in the right way, it's a curse to her; that will send her to hell quicker than anything else I know of."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"By her beauty and her sex control, her shape that was given to her by Satan, the by-product that Satan did, she is sent to deceive sons of God. And she can sway more of them to hell than any other instrument Satan has got. That's exactly right."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"It's her chief weapon to throw man to her filth, being a pretty woman, she can sway a man any way she wants to."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"So if you see a woman all painted up. You just say, "Howdy do, Miss Dog meat."
- Branham, 55-0611

"A woman is a by-product of a man. She's not even in the original creation. That's exactly right."
- Branham, 62-0706

"Only a piece, scrap, made of a man, to deceive him by; God made it, right here has proved it. That's what she was made for."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"She don't realize that she is an instrument in the hands of Satan, and that's what she is."
- Branham, 65-0221M

"Every criminal case… We've… I'd X-rayed it down now to: every criminal case was ever done in this United States, a woman was behind it." That's exactly right."
- Branham, 60-1208

"And I said, "It's a woman's country, she has her liberties here. And she'll ruin it, she's the ruination of the world."
- Branham, 60-1208

"But woman's place is at home in the kitchen, and when she leaves that she's out of her place. Exactly right."
- Branham, 57-0727

"When a woman gets out of the kitchen, she's out of her place. That's right. That's where she belongs."
- Branham, 56-0513

"Remember, she's not even in the original creation. She's only a by-product of you, give by God, to you, to take care of you, to keep your clothes clean and fix your meals, and so forth."
- Branham, 63-0630E

The new page:
http://seekyethetruth.com/resources-dig-women.aspx