William Branham and the Bible
On September 12, 2020, the first-ever English language debate between a message pastor (Jesse Smith of Akron, OH) and an ex-message Christian (Rod Bergen from the Off The Shelf podcast) took place. The discussion was moderated by Jay Cox and Tim Kraus.
William Branham believed that God wrote "three Bibles": the Zodiac, the Pyramids and the written Bible that we are familiar with. But is this true?
This article is one in a series on "God's Three Bibles" - you are currently in the article that is in bold:
- William Branham and the Pyramids
- William Branham and the Zodiac
- William Branham and the Bible
- The King James Version of the Bible
William Branham stated:
- Somebody told me, said, "Well preacher, you don't know the Greek words." I said… "You don't know the Bible right. If you knowed this word don't mean this, it means that." I said, "Brother, I know the Author better than I know His Book." Amen. I'd rather have the Author anyhow any time. His Book's fine. That's right. But I'd rather know the Author. 
But did his lack of Biblical knowledge cause him to stray into errors?
Consider the following:
- 1 Can you find where the Bible says this??
- 2 Footnotes
- 3 Navigation
Can you find where the Bible says this??
In the examples below, we have been unable to find the scripture that William Branham was referring to. If you are in the message and know the reference, we would appreciate it if you could email it to us.
Russia will destroy the world
Why they're in such a place till the devil's got them so bound and possessed with evil spirits, the whole thing's become a conglomeration of sin. That's the reason we're in the day, and that's the reason Russia is playing exactly in the hands of God to rock this thing out here. The Bible says so. Certainly, God's using Communism. He will use it. And Communism will destroy the entire thing according to the Scripture, and we're in that day.
I can't even find the word "communism" in the Bible.
The church does not go through the tribulation
Now, remember, this here coming, after the tribulation... The church does not go through the tribulation. We know that; the Bible says so. See? All right.
Church systems is the antichrist
You remember, the Bible said that all--the antichrist in the last days, which was the religious organizations... I'm going to get to that this week, the Lord willing, or next time, see (all right), and prove it's the antichrist. The Bible says so. That's right. "And he deceived all that dwelt upon the earth whose names were not written in the Lamb's Book of Life, slain from the foundation of the world." That's when it was. See? Now, them, "All the Father hath (past tense) given Me will come to Me. My sheep know My voice." Not because of a breed or a race, but, "My sheep know My voice." Now, watch. Now, you say that's Calvinistic. I'm not a Calvinistic now. I believe that security goes with the church. Exactly right. But if you're in the church, you're secured with it. But are you in the church, the next thing? Now, that's it. Not because you say you are, that don't put you there.
Moses knew scripture
Now, Moses knowed that voice was God, because it was Scriptural. Now, anybody that passes and sees a voice, and if it is not a Scriptural voice, leave it alone. If the Bible says so, then believe it, because it's a Scriptural voice. People seeing angels and so forth... Joseph Smith seen one. I different with Joseph Smith, because it was not Scriptural, but I don't say the man never saw an angel. I'm not to dispute the man's word. There's been many angels, and so forth, saw. But if any angel... Paul said, in Galatians 1:8 "if an angel from heaven come, preached any other gospel than that which I've already preached to you, let him be accursed." That's right. Stay with the Word. Right with the Word; and what the Word says, stay right with it. Don't move from there.
The evidence of Jesus Christ is the prophetic sign
Now, therefore, I stand here with ministers around me, behind me, and out front, Christian people. And here we stand here. And I claim that the Bible evidence of Jesus Christ is the prophetic sign. The Bible says so. And He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. And promised that, if we'd believe on Him, the works that He did we would do also. Now, is that true? 219 Now, if that is the truth, every sinner ought to find hisself here at the altar, a place here, and ask forgiveness of sin. Every sick person ought to accept your healing right where you're at. 220 Because, there's no virtue in me. I'm a man. Here is your pastor, is just the same as I. We're just servants of Christ. But, we're here. Now, they are--they are preachers. I'm not very much of a preacher. You know that, by now. But I--I... They are ministers, teachers, and so forth. I'm not a minister, or a preacher, rather, because I have no education, or, and no schooling. And I have no degrees of... and what... No B.A.'s or D.D's, or... I--I just don't have it. And I--I--I... But the Lord gave me a--a gift, because I love Him. And He--He lets me work for Him in this way.
You can be filled with the spirit of God every day and go to hell
The choice of your conduct. You could... You can't mix it now. You're either for God or against God, and the outward expressions shows exactly what's on the inside. See? The cocklebur... Many of you think, "I got the baptism of the Holy Ghost, I'm going to Heaven." That don't mean one thing that you're going to Heaven. No, sir. You can have the baptism of the Holy Ghost every hour in your life, and still be lost and go to hell. The Bible says so. Uh-huh, that's exactly right.
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