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Many in the following of William Branham hold all statements spoken by Branham and ending with the words "Thus Saith The Lord" in great esteem. To some, those statements take greater importance than scripture, and if any conflict is found between Branham's words and the words of Jesus Christ, the words of Branham stand.

One such example is that of Branham's claim that God spoke through his mouth to tell his followers to divorce their wives if they cut their hair. According to Branham, the Lord used his voice to tell the world that a husband should put his wife away should scissors touch their long, flowing hair.

I was speaking this morning of this woman — immoral woman, washing Jesus' dirty feet, wiping them with her hair. Some of our pentecostal sisters have to stand on their head to get enough hair to wash the feet. Cut it all off. See? That's right. It used to be wrong for you to do it. It's still wrong for you to do it. The Bible plainly teaches, if a woman cuts her hair, her husband has a right to divorce her, put her away. Said if she cuts her hair, she dishonors her head, her husband. And a dishonorable woman should not be lived with. I better shut up now. I'll get you preachers right here... I'm only telling you the truth. You're going to face me with it at the day of judgment. That's THUS SAITH THE LORD, in His Word. A lady said, "They don't... All they make is these Hollywood, sexy-looking dresses." I said, "They still have sewing machines and goods." Don't — don't try to get around that. No, sir.
61-0520 FROM.THAT.TIME


There is just one problem. This does not match the words of Christ, the Son of the Living God. If Branham were truthful, and God were speaking through his lips, then we would be serving a God that gives conflicting statements.

In Matthew 19, Jesus tells us that there is only one sin worthy of putting away your spouse, and that sin has nothing to do with the hair on their head. Jesus tells us that fornication was the only reason to put away your wife, and should one do so without reasons of fornication, they were commmitting adultery:

And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Matthew 19:9


Some of the followers discredit this statement, though Branham claimed to have been speaking the direct Word from God. Those familiar with the events surrounding the second marriage of Branham's son, Billy Paul Branham, claim that until Branham preached the sermon entitled "Marriage and Divorce" in 1965, neither Branham nor the people had any knowledge of the scriptural teachings involving divorce and remarriage.

Ironically, William Branham's siblings also did not seem to have this knowledge; William Branham performed the wedding ceremonies for the many marriages of his brothers to their many wives.

For more information on the many weddings performed by Branham for his brothers, see the timeline on searchingforvindication.com

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Branham's teaching on Marriage and Divorce:

But let me tell you something. A lot of you women tonight would have an awful time doing that; you'd have to stand on your head to do it. Shame on you. The Bible said, "The hair is given to a woman for her glory." And the Bible rights gives any man a right to leave and divorce and leave his wife, that'll cut her hair. That's the Bible. That's THUS SAITH THE LORD. Too bad you got away from the old fashion trainings, isn't it? Used to sing a song: "We let down the bars, and we compromised with sin. Let down the bars, and the sheep got out, but how did the goats get in?" You just let down the bars; that was all. And here she was with her glory. What did she have? Everything she had was laying at Jesus' feet. And whenever you get to a place that you can lay all you've got at His feet, all your glory... [Blank.spot.on.tape — Ed.] all the money, everything she had, the spikenard and oil was poured out, the whole box full upon Him. She didn't spare nothing. She poured it all on Him. That's the way you got to come to Him. Give Him all the praise; pour out all the glory on Him; lay everything down. Hallelujah. That's why we can't have a revival, is because you're stingy with it. Amen. You want to share some of your glory with something else. Go out... Miss Jones, you know, she wears these kind of clothes; she does this. Oh, you Pharisee. You walking along, you want to pattern after somebody else. No wonder Jesus can't break through this nation on a revival.
56-0218E THE.WORST.SINNER.IN.THE.CITY

I was speaking this morning of this woman — immoral woman, washing Jesus' dirty feet, wiping them with her hair. Some of our pentecostal sisters have to stand on their head to get enough hair to wash the feet. Cut it all off. See? That's right. It used to be wrong for you to do it. It's still wrong for you to do it. The Bible plainly teaches, if a woman cuts her hair, her husband has a right to divorce her, put her away. Said if she cuts her hair, she dishonors her head, her husband. And a dishonorable woman should not be lived with. I better shut up now. I'll get you preachers right here... I'm only telling you the truth. You're going to face me with it at the day of judgment. That's THUS SAITH THE LORD, in His Word. A lady said, "They don't... All they make is these Hollywood, sexy-looking dresses." I said, "They still have sewing machines and goods." Don't — don't try to get around that. No, sir.
61-0520 FROM.THAT.TIME

He didn't throw out any lines either. When Herod come up there with his brother Philip's wife, somebody said, "Don't you preach on marriage and divorce." Walked right up in his face and said, "It's not lawful for you to have her." God, give us men who will stand for the truth (Amen.), regardless of who's setting close or who it is. Let the chips fall where they want to, and lay the Gospel to the hewing line. That's right. Call black black, and white's white. Right's right and wrong's wrong. If you're not right, then get right. It will straighten you up, make you look different, act different, live different, be different. The Holy Ghost is good for you. It will straighten you out.
50-0115 BELIEVEST.THOU.THIS

I can see him. Herod come up, you know, living with his brother Philip's wife. I can hear some of the elders come out, say, "Don't preach on marriage and divorce, today, now. There's Herod setting down there." Old John, full of the Holy Ghost (Could you imagine holding him back?) walked right straight up in his face, and said, "It's not lawful for you to have her." That's right. God, give us some Johns. Why, I say, today, what the Baptist church, they're needing some more Johns like John the Baptist, who will not compromise, but will preach the unrichable — the unsearchable riches of Christ. Brother, he didn't have no education, never knowed he had a day of schooling. He never had no degree of any kind, no Bachelor or Bachelor's degree, or whatever you want to call it. D.D., D.D., or ever-what you want to call it. You know what D.D. stands for? Dead dog. All right. He had nothing of that. But he told them where they lived and what to do. God, give us some more Baptists like that. That's exactly right. Stood and said, "It's not lawful for you to have her." True.
52-0810A I.AM.THE.RESURRECTION.AND.THE.LIFE

I had a hot one on that down the other day in Shreveport. They was talking about the women, and should women wear long hair. And I said, "A woman that bobbed her hair, her husband had a right and a Bible right to divorce her." That's right. That's what the Bible said. That's exactly right. Oh, my. Holy Ghost women setting there, just the way they been taught; that's all... See? Yes, that's... slip, loosely. And if... He said, "Now, if they would cut it, if there's something wrong they had to cut their hair," said, "let her take a razor and shave it all off," and make her hair real slick until it comes out her head. That's right. That's what the Scripture said. It says if she cuts her hair, she dishonors her husband. And a woman that's dishonorable has a legal right to be put away in divorce. But he can't marry again now. But he — but he can put her away in divorcement. That's right. That's Scripture. Oh, brother, what we need is some question nights. That's right. That's First Corinthians the 14th chapter, if you want to read it. All right. Now, that — that... Now, this woman...
53-0729 QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.ON.GENESIS

I can prove by the Bible that any woman that'll bob her hair has a legal right in the sight of God for her husband to divorce her. Hair... That's the Scripture. Now, if you don't believe it, lay the question up here tomorrow night, and I'll show you. That's right. That's right, but what do we do? The Bible says it's a common, sinful thing for a woman pray with her hair cut short. That's right. And yet we... You put all this make-up on, but what does it do, friend? There's only one woman done that, and you know what God did to her? He fed her to the dogs. So if you see a woman wearing that, say, "Howdy do, Miss Dog-meat." That's exactly what she was. God fed her to the dogs: Jezebel. You know you don't want to be of her daughters, but I don't blame it on you. It's because it's tradition. It's handed right down, and it's a disgrace.
53-1130 HAS.THE.LORD.SPOKEN.ONLY.TO.MOSES

When I talked about missionaries to India, they say, "What are you going to teach us? How to divorce our wives and drink whiskey and carry on the way you all do, and call yourself a Christian nation?" They don't do that over there you know. Oh their morals there are so far beyond ours, till ours is not even in the shadow of them. That's right. We have the biggest divorce rooted in the world is in America. Said, "You want to teach us how to divorce our wives and call it Christianity? How to have whiskey stores on every corner, get drunk and carry on? And you call that Christianity? Well, we're better off as Mohammedans." Morally speaking, they are, morally speaking. When Christianity is the most cleanest, holiest thing there is this side of heaven. But its representatives is what's breaking it up. That's true. It's what those who represent it. We call ourself a Christian nation. We're no more Christian nation than any of the rest of them are. Right. We call ourselves that, but a Christian is an individual experience, a man borned again of the Spirit of God makes a Christian, not a cold confession, going to church and living... Your fruits tells what you are. Is that right? It's true.
54-0304 ELIJAH.AND.ELISHA

Looky here. It used to be, a long time ago... And you holiness people, it was wrong for you women to cut your hair. What became right about it, when the Bible said that a, "If any woman cuts her hair off, her husband has a right to give her a divorce." Plain teaching, but that's the Bible. And you women, get out here and cut your yards with overalls on and with man's garments. And the Bible said... Almighty God said, "A woman that'll put on a garment that pertains to a man, it's an abomination and filthy in the sight of God." And you do it. And you smoke cigarettes; you go to dances and shows, and still belong to church. You... Shows you've took some sort of a something; you're not marked in heaven, the Holy Spirit. After while we'll get into that and show you different from that. Now, that's just a little thing.
54-0514 THE.SEAL.OF.GOD

Here not long ago, a man wanted to introduce me to his wife, a great holiness organization. Said, "My wife is going to play the piano tonight, Brother Branham." And I looked at her, and the woman... I ain't making fun of the woman; I don't believe in doing that. I'm only telling what's the truth. And I want you to receive it in the same way of love. I have to be stern once in a while. Yes, sir. And the woman had a dress on, and if I'd see my wife like that, I'd divorce her. And that's exactly the truth. I wouldn't... I'd put her away, out there like that, and paint all over her face, and I said, "Is she a Christian?"
55-0311 THE.SEAL.OF.THE.ANTICHRIST

Look at the world... I was talking to Mrs. Wood and Mr. Wood today while we were eating dinner, upon the divorce cases and things of the United States. We have the highest rate of divorces than all the world put together. We have more divorces. Men, the Bible said would be marrying giving in marriage, eating, drinking, the morals and so forth that they'd have, how that they, marrying and giving in marriage, the Reno, Nevadas. Men go out and live with her, marry a girl, and take her for his wife, live with her for a few days. He don't like her; he kicks her off without the courts. Ungodly people give him a divorce and a license to marrying another. but God says that's wrong. That's right. But the — they do it. Our civilization is crumbling. We see that. It's a sign, a post that we're at the end time.
56-0122 THE.JUNCTION.TIME_

But in the nations where they have polygamy the divorce courts are at ebb, low. But in here where we're trying to make and govern this country as a nation, because being a Christian nation, but the name of Christian nation doesn't make it a Christian nation. And you cannot govern the world by the rules of God. You can't. I have no — nothing against a sinner drinking. I have nothing against a sinner committing adultery, nothing against the sinner doing this. But what I'm talking about is these people who are supposed to be Christians and then doing that. If a pig wants to stick his snout in the manure pile and eat all day, that's his business, 'cause he's a pig to begin with. But the lamb doesn't do that. The sinner, he's a pig to begin with. But then when you try to make a lamb out of a pig, you have to have a conversion and he has to come into a different atmosphere. And when he comes into the atmosphere his desires will change and his nature will change. That's the way it is today.
56-0129 THE.SUPERNATURAL

Notice, I'm a person don't believe in marriage and divorce. You know that, so... Look, my brother. If you went at that more prayerfully, there'd be less of it.
56-0615 AN.EXODUS

Years ago when the trumpet was beginning to sound, you women wore long hair; you dressed like ladies. But you Pentecostal women are getting just as rotten as the rest of them (That's right.), chopping off your hair. And the Bible said, any woman that cuts her hair, her husband has the right to give her divorce and leave her: First Corinthians the 11th chapter. See if that's not right. She even dishonors her husband.
56-0715 THE.MARK.OF.THE.BEAST

Why, you know what the Bible said, that a man has a right to put away his wife and get a divorce from her if she cuts her hair? If she cuts her hair, it shows she's living untrue to him. The Bible said so; First Corinthians 12, find out if it's not right. She that... A woman that cuts her hair dishonors her head, which is her husband. And if she's dishonorable, she should be divorced and got away from. That's right. But, see, the pastor never tells you those things. And that's the reason that you do the way you do. And — and the men, the Bible said...
56-0805 THE.CHURCH.AND.ITS.CONDITION_

And now to you holiness people, Pentecostal, Free Methodist, Nazarenes, Pilgrim Holiness. I remember the time when it was wrong for you women to cut your hair. What happened? Do you know the Bible gives a man a right to get a divorce from his wife when she cuts her hair? The Bible said that a woman that cuts her hair dishonors her husband. That's the truth. And you get out here with these little old, dirty, nasty, filthy clothes on, called shorts, to mow the grass in the back yard, and call yourself a Christian? How must the Holy Spirit feel before the Father when He has to bring that up? Oh, you say, "I don't wear shorts, Brother Branham. I wear slacks." That's worse. You know it's the truth. All right. The Bible said that a woman that'll put-on any garment that pertains to a man, it's an abomination in the sight of Him. That's right. That's the Scripture. That's what God said.
58-0324 HEAR.YE.HIM

It's time the church took its position and come out of the things of the world. You know it. It used to be that it was wrong for Christian women in the holiness groups to wear short hair. What happened? I can remember when you couldn't be taken into the church with short hair. It was wrong in the first place; it's wrong yet. The Bible said that if a woman cuts her hair her husband has a right to divorce her and get away from her. That's exactly right. What do you do it for? To follow fashions. Now, you're not going to like me after this, but at the judgment bar, you're going to find out something. The Bible said if a woman cuts her hair, she dishonors her head, which is her husband. If she's a dishonorable person, she should be put away. It used to be wrong, but something happened.
58-0519 LIFE

he Bible claims that if a woman cuts her hair or a lock, her husband has a right to divorce her and send her away. The Bible said so. She dishonors her husband. And a dishonorable woman shouldn't be lived with. Oh, you say, "I'm just as pure as a lily." That might be true, sister; it's because the preacher never told you about it, or either your stubborn will that won't let God come in. Maybe it didn't come into the preacher's heart. I know that's rough. I don't mean to hurt you, but that... We can't handle the Gospel with white gloves on no more. You've got to pull your gloves off and tell the truth. That's what people like. In all this modern day when you women let your girls, and even you, grandma, get out on the street with them little old ungodly clothes on and call yourselves Christians? Oh, you say, "I don't wear shorts; I wear slacks." That's worse.
58-0529 JESUS.AT.THE.DOOR

I don't want to hurt your feelings. But what happened to the morals of this Pentecostal church? It used to be wrong for you women to cut your hair. I remember that. But... And now you say, "Preacher, there you go. You're... you're hitting that." All right. You see where your private life is? The Bible is against it. If the Bible said in grandmother's days it was wrong, it's the same Bible tonight. The Bible says if a woman cuts her hair her husband can divorce her; she dishonors her head. Now, that's right. That's what the Scripture says. Now, there's something wrong somewhere, either in the pew or the pulpit, one. That's right. Now, that's truth. Now, notice. It used to be wrong for your ladies even to wear their skirts low and through the front and up like that, but now they... the Pentecostal women went shorts. Now, that's right. What do you do it for? Well, you say, "I won't wear them. I wear slacks." That's worse. You know the Bible said that a woman that'll put on a garment that pertains to a man it's an abomination in the sight of God?
58-0609 THE.MESSAGE.TO.THE.LAODICEAN.CHURCH

The Bible said if a woman cuts her hair, her husband has got a right to divorce her. You say, "Where do you find that?" In Corinthians. If she cuts her hair, she dishonors her head; and her husband is her head. That's correct. And a dishonorable woman should not be lived with. That's right.
58-0617 BEHOLD.I.STAND.AT.THE.DOOR.AND.KNOCK

Bobbing off their hair. The Bible said that a woman that cuts her hair, her husband has a right to give her a divorce, because she's untrue. He said that she dishonors her head. Is that right? And the man is the head of the woman. I know that's rough, but we need discernment. We need the discerning by the Word. The Word's right. Take the Word. God's Word's always right.
59-0812 DISCERNING.THE.BODY.OF.THE.LORD

Now, God, as we have taught Him that He is infinite. And Brother Gene, I hope you're getting this tape; it'll be short, but catch it please. That's my — one of my precious brothers, the tape boy. God is infinite. We all believe that. And when God says anything, it must forever be that way. Don't never lose that precious treasure from your heart. That when God says anything He cannot alter it; He cannot improve it; it's perfectly spoke; and it will be forever that way. If God is eternal and infinite, His Word is just like He is. So therefore, Jesus referred back on this subject. As we know they were teaching, giving people, men rights to divorce their wives and so forth. And Jesus said, "From the beginning it wasn't so." They said, "Moses told us that we might have a writing of a divorce if we wish to put our wife away." Jesus said, "Moses did it because of the hardness of your hearts. But it wasn't so from the beginning. Because God said at the beginning, 'For this cause a man shall leave his wi — shall leave his father, his mother, and all, and cleave to his wife.'"
59-1125 FROM.THE.BEGINNING.IT.WASN'T.SO

What we need today is men. We need Gospel preachers. And any preacher that will stand in the pulpit and hold back on those things, I got little respect of him being called of God. Right. A man that's ashamed to stand in the pulpit and tell the God's truth, when he knows it's an immoral thing for a woman to cut her hair... The Bible... A man's got a right to leave his wife and give her a divorce when she cuts her hair. The Bible said so. Who's the head of the woman? Her husband. And the Bible said, "If a woman cuts her hair she dishonors her head." No dishonorable woman should be lived with. Amen. She cuts off her glory. And so does the church. When she does the same thing she cuts her glory stream off. Um. Oh God, why do I say these things? But it's truth. No, we don't — we don't need compromisers. We need men and women who will stand for justice and right and tell the truth, regardless of what it is. Amen. The seal of God... Trim your lamps, my brother. Let the light of the Holy Spirit burn out again, fresh. It's getting dark. Oh, it's such a horrible time. It's getting dark.
61-0216 THE MARK OF THE BEAST AND THE SEAL OF GOD

It used to be that Pentecostal women didn't do that, but I don't know what happened. It used to be wrong for Pentecostal women to bob their hair. That's right. The Bible says any woman that bobs her hair, her husband has a right to put her away, of divorce, because she is a dishonorable woman. The Bible said that. Oh, He sure did, certainly did. Oh, now what? There you are. What we need is Gospel from the pulpit, "straighten up," all the way from the pulpit to the janitor. That's right. We need the old fashion Saint Paul's revival and the Bible Holy Ghost. God doesn't change at all. He's... That was His decision; He wanted men to look different from women, women from men, dress different. And that's the way He made them. When we do anything contrary to that, we're going against God's will, and God's laws, and God things, and there is nothing to do but pay for it. And we're going to do it too.
61-0411 BUT.IT.WASN'T.SO.FROM.THE.BEGINNING_

What we need's the Gospel. God, rise someone on the scene that's right back to the Word. God said it's not even a decent thing for a woman to even come to church and pray with her hair cut. And a woman that cuts her hair has a... Man has a perfect right to get a divorce from her. She's a dishonorable woman. The Bible said so. She's dishonorable to her husband. She maybe not know it. Any woman that'll wear shorts is dishonorable. She might not know it. Lady, I ain't trying to hurt you. I'm trying to save you from a lake of fire, hell. Repent.
61-1112 A.TRUE.SIGN.THAT'S.OVERLOOKED

Brother Branham, is there any Scripture permitting marriage after divorce. This is very important. It says important. Well, that's the reason it wasn't pertaining to this. As far as I can see, my brother or sister, whoever it may be, there isn't unless your companion's dead, because the Bible said we're bound to them as long as they live. See? So as — as far as being any Scripture, that's what was asked here: "Is there Scripture. See? Is there any Scripture?" Not as I can find. See? Not as I can find, 'cause Paul said that the — the married couple, if the companion's dead, then they're free then to marry whomsoever they will in the Lord. But until then... But watch. You take it, "Until death we part..." That's it. You've done took an oath over that (You see?), so I don't think there is. Now, if there's — if you found some, and it's correctly why, all — all right. But as far as myself, I — I don't find any.
63-0324M QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.ON.THE.SEALS

They cut their hair, wear the worldly clothes, walk out on the street like that. And God's Bible warns against it, even forbids a woman to even pray with bobbed hair. And says that a man... And she does that. She claims, herself, to her husband, that she's immoral, herself, and he has a perfect right to give her a divorce and send her away from him. That's exactly right. The Word of God saying that, and a woman hear that, and continue to wear short hair, and call herself a Christian. If that isn't a neurotic, what is a neurotic? I want somebody to tell me what a neurotic is, then. Yes. They're neurotics. Highly educated, degrees, college! We put more time on educating our children, to — to algebra and biology, than we have to the Bible and Jesus Christ. There ain't a kid in this country can't tell you who David Crockett is. There isn't a third of them can tell you Who Jesus Christ is. Then, it's not neurotics? Certainly, it is. How we could go on and on and on, how they do! Just remember. And the churches endorse it, when the Bible condemns it. Is the ministry neurotics? Educated neurotics. That's exactly. Churches endorse it.
63-0630E IS.YOUR.LIFE.WORTHY.OF.THE.GOSPEL

You women that claim you've got the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and not the audacity to let your hair grow out; when the Bible condemns it and said a woman's... a man has got a right to put away his wife in divorce if she bobs her hair. Honored before God, to do so. The Bible said, if she cuts her hair, she dishonors her head. And it's a common; just, you know, what any old common thing is, for a woman to even pray with bobbed hair. See? Wearing shorts, and these slacks, and things! The Bible said, "Any woman that will," (oh, you say...) "that put on a garment that pertains to a man, it's an abomination to God," filthy, dirty, like an old stinking bathroom somewhere. See? Oh, my! The filth in God's nostrils! And then you try to pray or offer up prayers in such a thing as that? God refuses it, turns it away. That's right.
63-0728 CHRIST.IS.THE.MYSTERY.OF.GOD.REVEALED

The Bible said, "A woman that — that cuts her hair, her husband has a right to put her away in divorce." Exactly right. "She dishonors her head." That's what the Bible said. Now I don't know whether you like that or not, but that's what the Bible said, in First Corinthians.
64-0321E THE.VOICE.OF.THE.SIGN

Brother Branham, what is the meaning of a annulment? Are people free to marry or is this just another word for divorce? I would like some information on this. Sure they're married. As long as they take that vow, they're married. Just like a boy, if a boy promises a girl to marry her under good faith, he's obligated to that girl. He's just as good as married her. The only thing the law does, is give you a — a bill of rights to live together to keep from being common-law husband and wife. But when a man tells a woman, "I will marry you, Honey; I will take you for my wife. Will you take..." he's married. Your vow is sacred; that's what marries you anyhow. There's not no preacher can marry you, no magistrate, or nothing else; it's your own vow to God and to this man. When you promise, you are married.
64-0823E QUESTIONS.AND.ANSWERS.2

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