"I've got to leave here. You've got to leave here. And if I go as a false prophet, I'll lose my own soul and lose yours with me."
--William Branham ("Questions and Answers on the Holy Ghost," tape #59-1219)
Table of Contents First Things First: What is the Gospel? Introduction My Testimony Who Was William Branham? Controversial Prophecies of William Branham Controversial Teachings of William Branham Issues and Events in William Branham's Life Jesus According to William Branham Key Passages of Scripture The Acts of the Prophet, by Pearry Green Basic Christian Doctrine, by CARM Leaving the Message? Now What? Contact
Articles by John Kennah:
- What Was the Attraction on the Mountain?
- Voice of God Recording's FAQs Answered and Re-answered
- William Branham's Golden Calf
More articles by John Kennah as they've appeared in Christian Awareness Fellowship's newsletter, The SERVANT:
- "The Message of William Branham" (1992)
- "The Message of William Branham: Part 2" (1992)
- "The Message of William Branham: Part 3--Factions Within the Message" (1993)
- "What Was the Attraction on the Mountain?" (1996)
Message Related Links:
- Christian Awareness Fellowship
with Jack Gracie
- Centers for Apologetics Research
with Paul Carden
- William Branham: Sanidad y Herejía
by Eric Pement (en Español)
- Searching for Vindication
A Message believing family blogs as their research leads them right out of the Message.
- Let Us Reason Ministries
- Field Guide to the Wild World of Religion
Also, please see 2 fine etracts from my friends at CFAR:
Here are a few excellent videos produced by one of my favorite evangelistic ministries, "Living Waters."
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William Branham was a main figure of the Pentecostal movement's healing revivals of the late 40's and 50's. Many believe that his was the most dramatic healing ministry of the revivals. His followers believe he was a Major, or "Word" prophet (that is, a prophet who receives direct revelation from God to be given to the Church). William Branham's followers believe (based on his teachings, known as The Message) that he is the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5,6. William Branham taught that the seven churches in Asia from the book of Revelation represent the history of the Christian Church in 7 specific segments or ages. William Branham implied that he was the angel (messenger) to the Laodicean Church Age.* As such, his followers believe he was the 7th angel referred to in Revelation 10:7, sounding (i.e., revealing) the mysteries of God (which he believed to be apostolic teaching) that had been lost to the Church over the centuries.
But William Branham could not have been a true prophet of the Lord by biblical standards. In his lifetime he made several prophecies that did not come to pass (see Deuteronomy 18:20-22). Indeed, there is no evidnece he ever prophesied a future event that came to pass as predicted, and the majority of his most well-known prophecies were shared with his followers only after the predictions had already "come to pass." Even if it were possible to prove that he ever made a prophecy that later came to pass as predicted, he would still be shown to be false because he pointed his followers to a different Jesus (see Deuteronomy 13:1-3. See also, Jesus According to William Branham). Much of his theology is based on misinterpretations of Scripture, new extra-biblical "revelations," or those which he borrowed from other false teachers and cults (see Jeremiah 23:30-32). The source of much of his dispensational theology came from the Schofield reference Bible, while specific "revealed" details were actually plagiarized from the writings of Clarence Larkin!
William Branham said that the Lord revealed to him that as John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah to forerun the first coming of Jesus Christ, so he was sent in the spirit of Elijah to forerun His second coming. His Message was to restore the Word of God that had been twisted and manhandled through centuries of denominational Christianity. Emphasis is not placed on evangelizing the lost for Christ but on preparing the Bride (his followers) for the second coming of Christ.
My name is John Kennah. I created this Website as an outreach to people who follow the false teachings of William Branham, for those beginning the process of escaping "the Message," and a as resource for those who want to know more about "Brother Branham" and his Message. May this Website glorify Jesus Christ by proclaiming His Gospel and alerting the world to the false gospel of William Branham.
William Branham's most controversial doctrines are said to be apostolic teaching which lay between the lines of Scripure but whose meaning had been lost during the early years of Church history. He believed that God sent him as a prophet to restore those lost "mysteries" to the Church. Some of his most well known teachings include:
- God is not a Trinity. There is no disctinction of persons within the Godhead. God is one person who has made Himself known to the world in three separate manifestations:
He taught that God was not omnipresent. Since God is a being, He could not be everywhere at once. He also said that the incarnate Jesus was not God until the Holy Spirit indwelt His body at the time of His baptism. When His earthly ministry had come to a close, Jesus was again reduced to a mere mortal man as the Holy Spirit left His body in the Garden of Gethsemane so He could be crucified and die as a man, since God cannot die.
- As Father in the Old Testament;
- As Son (that is, indwelling the body of a man named Jesus) in the New Testament;
- As Holy Spirit in His Church.
- The fall in the Garden of Eden was a result of an adulterous affair between Eve and the Serpent. This doctrine is known as Serpent's Seed. As a result of this affair, Cain was born (i.e., the Serpent--not Adam--was Cain's true father).
- William Branham purported to have received a supernatural revelation of the meanings of the Seven Seals from the book of Revelation which he made known to his followers in a series of sermons in March, 1963.
- The Catholic Church is the fulfillment of Mystery Babylon from the book of Revelation. Mystery Babylon is the mother of harlots. Her children are our present protestant denominational churches. He believed that Revelation 18:4 was a call for Christians to leave their denominational churches and come to his Message, the only true revelation of Jesus Christ.
- Hell is not eternal.
- William Branham taught that his Message represents the required truth necessary for members of the Elect Bride of Jesus Christ to accept in order to make the Rapture.
- Members of the Bride are Eternal, having "theophanies" (their glorified bodies waiting for them in heaven) which had no beginning and will never die.
- Christians who reject the Message are lost. Christians who are ignorant of the importance of the Message may be saved as lower class believers if they treat Message believers kindly. They will not make the Rapture, however, but must endure the Great Tribulation while followers of the Message are Raptured.
* During a prayer line, William Branham once said, "You, setting here in front, you believe me to be God's prophet? A prophet is a messenger to an age. You believe I have God's message?" (Discerning the Body of the Lord, August 12, 1959, tape #59-0812).
A Summary of the Gospel
God has condescended to reveal Himself to us in the Bible. We dare not go beyond what is written in Scripture in defining God's nature (see 1 Corinthians 4:6). Although we cannot know everything about God, we can know some specific things about God and Who He is:
- There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5).
- The Father is God (Philippians 1:2), the Son is God (John 1:1, 14), and the Holy Spirit is God (1 Corinthians 2:10-11).
- The Father, Son and Holy Spirit work with one another and communicate with and about each other as distinct individual Persons (Matthew 3:16-17; John, chapters 14-17).
A basic biblical knowledge of God is foundational to having saving faith in Him. Faith is only as good as the object in which it's placed. If we don't know who God is, then our faith isn't in God, but a false representation of Him. Only when we know the Christian God can we know whom we've sinned against and how to be forgiven.
God sent His Son to earth by the power of the Holy Spirit not simply in a man, but as a man (John 1:14; Luke 1:35; John 3:16). He was born of a human mother of the lineage of David (Romans 1:3). His father was not a man, but God the Father Himself. Jesus Christ was fully man (Luke 2:40), not a created being distinct from the human race. Yet He was fully God (John 8:58; Philippians 2:6). His mission was to redeem those whom the Father had given to Him (John 6:37; Matthew 20:28). After living a sinless life and dying a sacrificial death, Jesus rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit to those who He was sent to save (see John, chapters 14-17).
As a man, Jesus, in perfect obedience to the Father, kept every aspect of the Law of God inviolable (Matthew 5:17; John 8:46). He was therefore the only sinless human being ever to live (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus Christ was not only righteous because He was God, He is the only person ever to have earned righteousness by His own works (Romans 5:19; cf. Romans 2:13). He completed His life of perfect obedience to the Father when He freely gave His life as the only means by which atonement for the sins of man against a perfectly holy God could be made (Hebrews 9:26; 10:4-10).
Most people believe they are pretty good. That's because we compare ourselves to our peers or to those who we see as worse than ourselves. But God said that His standard of goodness is perfection. His standard is Himself (Matthew 5:48)! And the payment required by those who are imperfect (and therefore not good) is death (Romans 6:23). So, how do we meet His standards? Can we become perfect? Just asking the question implies that we have already failed at being perfect. We are by nature imperfect beings. Psalm 51:5 indicates that we are actually born sinners. That is demonstrated in our lives of continual sin (Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:3). If you've ever in your life told a lie, stolen something, committed adultery (either in reality or even in your thought life), or used God's name in vain (blasphemy), you are a breaker of God's Law (see the 10 Commandments, Exodus 20:3-17) and have violated God's standard of perfection. We have not only violated His Law in the past, we willingly continue to violate it on an ongoing basis! And the Bible says we must pay the price, and that price is death—a death achieved by an eternal tormenting in hell (Revelation 21:8)! Why an eternity for such a brief time of sinning on earth? Because of Whom we've sinned against. We've sinned against an infinitely holy God, so the only just penalty for such sin would be an infinite punishment. As people who have spent a lifetime in sin, obtaining perfection is impossible, so the price must be paid!
But God, being holy and just, is also rich in mercy. He actually made a way for sinners like us to be declared righteous and perfect in His sight. Remember how Jesus, the Son of God, lived a perfectly sinless and obedient life? And how His obedience led to His death on the cross that made a sufficient atonement for sins? Well, the Bible says that, just as we all fell into sin and death because of what Adam did, we can all be forgiven of our sins and receive eternal life because of what Jesus did (Romans 5). As a perfect human being, the perfectly holy God in human flesh, offered Himself to suffer the wrath of God on the cross in our place, paying a price which was beyond our ability to pay. God in flesh dying for the sins against God! After His death, He rose to life again, proving that the Father was pleased with His work on our behalf. Now that He has risen from the dead, He forgives those who repent of their sins and place their faith in Him. In the way that He took our sins on Himself in His death, He now places the righteousness He earned by His perfect obedience to our account! We are not only forgiven of our sins, but we stand as if we have always lived an obedient life to God—we are perfect in God's eyes because of what Jesus Christ did!
God is good and just. Because He is good, He cannot allow for sin. Because He is just, He must mete out judgment to fit the sins against His infinite holiness (Romans 3:20-26). But God is also loving and merciful. He can be merciful to sinners without being unjust towards sin because His justice for our sins was poured out on His Son, Jesus Christ. His justice and mercy are both demonstrated by Jesus' death on the cross, and the righteousness He provides to those who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16)! That is good news! That is the Gospel!
From the pen of Jeremiah Burroughs (1600-1646):
The gospel of Christ is the good tidings that God has revealed concerning Christ. As all mankind was lost in Adam and became the children of wrath, put under the sentence of death, God, though He left His fallen angels and has reserved them in the chains of eternal darkness, yet He has thought upon the children of men and has provided a way of atonement to reconcile them to Himself again.
The second Person in the Trinity takes man’s nature upon Himself, and becomes the Head of a second covenant, standing charged with sin. He answers for it by suffering what the law and divine justice required, and by making satisfaction for keeping the law perfectly. This satisfaction and righteousness He tenders up to the Father as a sweet savor of rest for the souls that are given to Him.
And now this mediation of Christ is, by the appointment of the Father, preached to the children of men, of whatever nation or rank, freely offering this atonement unto sinners for atonement, requiring them to believe in Him and, upon believing, promising not only a discharge of all their former sins, but that they shall not enter into condemnation, that none of their sins or unworthiness shall ever hinder the peace of God with them, but that they shall through Him be received into the number of those who shall have the image of God again to be renewed unto them, and that they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
That these souls and bodies shall be raised to that height of glory that such creatures are capable of, that they shall live forever enjoying the presence of God and Christ, in the fullness of all good, is the gospel of Christ. This is the sum of the gospel that is preached unto sinners.
If reading this has led you to repent of your sins and place your faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and the gift of eternal life, or if you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com. I'd love to hear from you!
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