Deep Study: "Hybreeding"
Following Branham's teachings, most churches in the religious following of William Branham
do not permit couples of a different race to enter into marriage. Because the teaching was so strongly against the African-American race specifically and very rarely used in the context of other races, some churches make exceptions to allow marriage between other races. Most agree that William Branham considered this to be "hybreeding," or "mixing seed."
Paul says in Galatians, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28). We are to view other Christians as one of us, not "us versus them." This is not limited to what we consider to be prejudice — this saying applies to every single aspect of life. If we feel that another human being is any different than us, for any reason, then we are filled with the sin of pride.
By example, most pastors who promote racism use the Old Testament Law to push their agendas. Since many in the congregations do not take time to study and learn the Law, and the need for a Kinsman Redeemer, they are easily fooled. Snipped out of context, the Old Testament seems to be a book filled with racism.
But it was more about nationality than it was race, color of skin, or even heritage. God was creating a nationality, using them as an example for all mankind. The Apostle Paul called the Jews and the Mosaic Law "A Tutor," showing us that mankind can never save themselves by themselves, and needed a Savior. God was preparing a people to bring His Son into the world.
And the world was much different than it is now. Filled with idolatry, temple prostitution, human sacrifice and more, God gave clear instruction to keep His people separated from the evil world and its evil ways. Deuteronomy 7 tells us the reason God was preparing a nation, and it was not because of color of skin:
"You shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God brought you out. So will the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. Moreover, the Lord your God will send hornets among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed. You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God. The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little. You may not make an end of them at once, lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you. But the Lord your God will give them over to you and throw them into great confusion, until they are destroyed. And he will give their kings into your hand, and you shall make their name perish from under heaven. No one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them. The carved images of their gods you shall burn with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction."
But remember, God also does not want His children to fall to the sin of pride. While telling Israel that they would be more than conquerers in the Name of the One True God, that their enemies would fall at their feet, God wanted them to know that it had nothing to do with themselves. It wasn't about them — it was about God:
“Do not say in your heart, after the Lord your God has thrust them out before you, ‘It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land,’ whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you. Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the Lord your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm the word that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."
Pastors who try to enforce their racist agenda through twisted scripture will give you portions of scripture that seem to support false teaching, but to teach anything contrary to the Divine Will of God, you must omit huge portions of scripture. As Israel plundered the nations, absolutely everything that they pillaged in the cities of Baal were theirs for the taking — including the women of the city:
"But the women and the little ones, the livestock, and everything else in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as plunder for yourselves. And you shall enjoy the spoil of your enemies, which the Lord your God has given you."
"When you go out to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God gives them into your hand and you take them captive, and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire to take her to be your wife, and you bring her home to your house, she shall shave her head and pare her nails. And she shall take off the clothes in which she was captured and shall remain in your house and lament her father and her mother a full month. After that you may go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife. But if you no longer delight in her, you shall let her go where she wants. But you shall not sell her for money, nor shall you treat her as a slave, since you have humiliated her."
Why would God do this? Is God evil? Did God want the Jews to become filled with the sin of pride, while God's Word tells us that pride is sinful? Absolutely not. Deuteronomy 20 tells us exactly why God permitted this, immediately after telling them that the women of other races were theirs for the taking:
"That they may not teach you to do according to all their abominable practices that they have done for their gods, and so you sin against the Lord your God."
These women, taken into the nation of Israel, produced mixed race, but not mixed nationality. Israel was STILL the nation to bring forth the Christ child — though the people of Israel were made up of what these racist pastors would call "hybrid people."
There was one part of the law that did discriminate, but if you study it, you'll find that it was more for their protection. God does not discriminate, and the blood of the world came through the blood of one man according to scripture.
God did not want the enemy nations to plant evil men or women into the nation with the purpose of overthrowing the Jews. Balaam (who Branham claimed to have "the same anointing as Moses) was a sorcerer whose power was used against the Jewish nation. God protected his children through the Mosaic Law:
“No Ammonite or Moabite may enter the assembly of the Lord. Even to the tenth generation, none of them may enter the assembly of the Lord forever, because they did not meet you with bread and with water on the way, when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you."
“To the tenth generation.”
When confronted with the observation that Moses, Solomon, and others had black wives, these racist pastors start quoting Old Covenant Law in rebuttal. They try to enforce portions of the Law, while omitting other portions of Law. They do not uphold Laws concerning stoning those that disobey, women on their periods, huge portions of the tithing system, celebrations of the sabbath, and more. Yet they try to base their entire racist agenda on Law, instead of the New Covenant of Grace that is Christianity.
There is another passage of scripture that you will not find preached from behind the pulpits of churches whose pastors push racist agenda. It is found in the book of James, and it is concerning these men who try to enforce part of the Law while disobeying other parts of the Law:
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
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Branham's teachings on "Hybred" Marriage:
And now, the Chinese — the Chinese is a — a yellow person, Japanese, and so forth, and a Chinese. The Ethiopian is a — is a colored man, or the Negrothat we have now. And he went down in those dark countries down there. And they — and — and they were... And then the white man was the Anglo-Saxon people which we are. And — or the — or the people here, what we call the whitepeople, they come from England which was formerly called "Angel-land." And because they were white, and blond, and so forth... They scattered up beyond and Norway, and so forth — up in there. And they all come out of the Anglo-Saxon people.
Hybreeding, hybreeding, oh, how terrible, hybreeding. They hybreed the people. New York, the big molding pot. I've got hundreds of precious colored friends that's borned again Christians. But on this line of segregations and things they're talking about, hybreeding the people. What, tell me what fine cultured, fine Christian colored woman would want her baby to be a mulatto by a white man? No, sir. It's not right. What white woman would want her baby to be a mulatto by a colored man? God made us what we are. Let's stay what God made us; I believe it's right.
In the Old Testament a child that was hybrid, borned out of holy wedlock could not even come in the congregation of the Lord for ten generations: took ten generations to breed it out. That's four hundred years to breed out a illegitimate child; could not even come into the congregation of the Lord; hybreeding: a woman vowed to her husband and live with another man and have a baby by him: a horrible thing. Today, we have so much fussing and stewing about this segregation of white and colored and everything. Why don't they leave it alone? Let it the way God made it. Tell me what real good, smart, intelligent, beautiful, colored woman would want to have a baby by a white man to make it a mulatto? Not sense.
What good would a white woman want to have a baby by a colored man making him a mulatto child? It's not sensible. If God wanted a man brown, black, white, whatever color He wanted him, that's God's creation. That's the way he wanted it. He wants white flowers, blue flowers; God's a God of variety. He likes big mountains, little mountains, deserts, plains, white, black, short, fat, and indifferent. God's a God of variety. If I was a colored man, or a brown man, or a yellow man, or a red man, I would be just as happy about it. Yes, sir. I sure would. That's the way that my Maker wanted me and that's the way I am. Right. Why does man want to tamper with anything for? When man gets into it, he ruins it. Let it alone the way God made it. Let a man be what he is; by the grace of God let him be. But he has to cause great fusses now calling our... causing riots, and big fusses, and everything else across the nations, and across the world just because he wanted to stick his head out about something. That's the ignorance of the man. That's right; hybrid again. Instead of leaving it the way God wants it, he wants to make his own way. He has to do something about it, you know. He has to make his own self a name. God be merciful to him. It's a pitiful thing. All right. Now, the Word that God told Eve then Satan come around and admitted that part of that Word was right, but said, "Surely this part's not right."
But I don't believe in marrying, intermarrying like that. I don't believe in a white... What — what business would a beautiful, young, intelligent colored girl want to marry a white man for, and have mulatto children? What would a fine, intelligent colored girl want to do a thing like that for? I can't understand it. And what would a white woman want to marry a colored man, with mulatto children? Why don't you stay the way God made you? "Be content with such as you have." See? Now notice the virgin birth, and the prophets. All right.
Now, I don't believe in mixing marriages. I believe that a white man should not marry a colored girl, or a colored girl marry a white man, or a yellow marry a colored, or a white, or a... I believe the brown, black, white, and races of people are like a flower garden of God, and I do not believe they should be crossed up. I believe that's the way God made them, and I believe that's the way they should remain. What... It fools me that I seen some real pretty colored girl, intelligent, nice-looking kid, just as pretty as any woman you'd want to see... What does she want to marry a white man and have mulatto children? What would an intelligent colored girl want with such a thing as that? Is because that something... that communist... And how would a — a fine a-a-a colored man want to marry a white woman and have mulatto children? I don't believe I... I believe you should stay just what we are. We — we're servants of Christ. And God made me... If He made me, my color black, I'd be happy to be a black man for God. If He made me yellow, I'd be a happy yellow man for Christ. If He made me white, I've a — happy white man for Christ. If He made me brown, or red, an Indian, whatever it is, I'd stay my same color. That would be me. I want to be like my Maker made me.
You take a flower. The original flower, a violet is blue, or white. Leave it alone, it'll go back to white. You have to keep breeding it up all the time. God makes things different. He likes it different. And hybreeding is such a dangerous and damnable thing till it ruins God's plan, it ruins the human race. God even said in Deuteronomy that a bastard child would not even be permitted into the generation, into the congregation of the Lord for ten generations. That's how bad adultery is: ten generations: ten times forty: four hundred years before a hybrid...
Now, on this hybreeding. You know, Eve was the mother of hybreeding. She misbred the human race. You know, after she had did this evil thing and... (I know this is on tape so we'll make it baby form for them, if they want to.) But when she had this affair with the serpent, which was not a serpent, a reptile... The Bible said he was the most subtle of all the beasts of the field. Science trying to find now, the — the bones of some creature between a monkey and a man, and applying it to colored race and so forth like that, they're as ignorant as they can come. The serpent was a man.
Hybreeding, oh it's such a curse. Go back to where God started. Let's go back to the beginning. Go back to where God brought us what we're supposed to be. I say this with respects. I say this with honor. I'm going to Africa. But you know what? To my precious colored brethren and sisters, one of the greatest mistakes this nation made, it made it on November 11, this year. That's was its great fatal mistake. One of the greatest mistakes that the colored race ever made was down in Louisiana and over in there when they voted for Kennedy the other night, and put him in. They actually spit on that dress of Abraham Lincoln where the blood of the Republican Party that freed them; and voted a Catholic — which Booth shot Lincoln and he died for the race of people to free them and make them not slaves, and then turn around and vote for a Democrat and a Catholic besides. They brought one of the greatest disgraces they ever brought them. Because why? The white man with his scholarship has give them a lot of ballyhoo. That's exactly right. I'm so glad there's many of them knows where they — where they stand. Be the same as me spitting on Christ that healed me, and saved me from being a sinner, and turn against Him for something else; turn my back upon Him and walk away. Oh, this interbreeding. Oh, how, how can the world go on much longer? No wonder the vision of the Lord says here that I seen it finally come to a spot where she's just one big smoldering heap. She was blowed up. We're on the road out, friends. There's no way to — no way... There's no way around it. We've got to come to it; face it. Hybreeding...
Now, to all. Let's get away from this interbreeding; let's get back to the real original fruit. Let's go back to the place where God made us as sons and daughters of God to depend on what God said, and don't take the woman's word of hybreeding. See how the natural and the spiritual is typed? You see my vision wrote out here of what it was, how the women would be given a right to vote? What has ruined this nation?
We take corn today. It's hybrid. They say it's more beautiful, bigger ear; but it's no good. You see what "Reader's Digest" just wrote of it? If women continue to eat chicken, and beef, and stuff that's hybrid, in twenty years from now the human race will cease to exist: women can no more have babies. That's right. Hybreeding, it's no good. Take corn, hybreed it, make a great big ear. What does it do? All right if you want to eat it on the big ear. But what happens to it? Plant it back; it can't reproduce itself again. It's no good; it's dead. Therefore, anything that wasn't spoke by God in the beginning is a hybrid.
The earth, itself, is a womb. Where did God place His seeds? Where is seeds put? In a womb. God put seeds. And what does man do? Like devils, in a womb, he'll make a child deformed if he can. That's what devils has done on the earth, hybreeding, making creatures, is not so. I'd better leave off of that; I'll never get to the rest of this here, I got wrote down. You know what I mean. That's the reason there's a deformed creation about to be cast. God is finished with it. The world is all out of order. Everything is wrong. The streams are polluted. The air is polluted. Filth! Stink!
See, God, He's not Sears and Roebucks Harmony House. God has things. He's a God of variety. He likes people red-headed, black-headed. It just looks like that down in the south, they could understand that about segregation. God made men white. He made them black. He made them yellow, made them brown. Let them alone. He made red flowers, white flowers, pink flowers. He made them to... He made big mountains, little mountains, deserts, forests, big trees, little trees. He made things the way He wants it. And that's the way to leave it alone. You go to tampering with nature, you pervert it. Just leave it the way it is. It's always better.
To me, you ought to leave it the way God had it. He made white men, black men, brown men. He's a God of variety. Let them stay the way God made them. That's what I think. If I was a black man, I'd — I'd want — I'd want to stay in my class of people. If I was a Chinese, yellow, I'd want to stay that way. Being that I'm Anglo-Saxon, white, let me marry amongst the white, teach my children the same, and just stay the kind of a flower and the color that God made us at the beginning. After all, He's the One that made it.
What are we doing when nations are breaking, the sea roaring, man's heart failing for fear, perplexed of time, all these things, the handwriting on the wall, racial disintegration, all kinds of evil going on in the world, and fusses and fights and stews, and weapons hanging in hangars, that one little nation by the size of Cuba down here can destroy the world in ten minutes?
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