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The followers of William Branham refer to themselves as being in The Message. However, this is not a homogeneous group. There are many sub-cults within the cult that is the Message. This article is one in a series on the sub-sects that comprise the Message - you are currently on the topic that is in bold:
- Don Parnell and the Third Testament
- Golden Dawn Tabernacle
- Lee Vayle and the Parousia
- Returned Ministry
Lee Vayle (September 28, 1914 - June 23, 2012) was a close personal friend and acolyte of William Branham. He assisted in the editing (what William Branham referred to as "grammarizing") of the Church Age Book. He was a message preacher who developed a relatively small following which is considered a sub-cult or sub-sect within the "message".
Lee Vayle's status among his followers
Lee Vayle told his followers:
- Bro. Branham told me after I wrote the books; he said, “Lee, I believe as God gave Aaron to Moses to explain his ministry, He gave you to me to explain me and my ministry.”
There is no evidence, other than Lee Vayle's words, that William Branham ever said this. Lee Vayle also held himself out as a special authority:
- I have the authority, by his request and by the Word of God, to take this same Word and break it down and show you what he is saying, to a degree that you of yourself could not capture it, because you absolutely were not the one predestinated to it.
Lee Vayle's followers attempt to twist William Branham's words to verify this. These two quotes are often repeated on websites that promote Lee Vayle's teachings:
- "We had a real Moses and a real Aaron." - William Branham
- "Jannes and Jambres rise up in the last days to withstand Moses and Aaron." - William Branham
The first quote is quoted out of context to make it look like William Branham was referring to Lee Vayle. What he did say was:
- But remember, before there can be a bogus dollar, there has to be a real dollar first; first has to be a real dollar, and then they’re made off of that. Just like we had a real Moses and a real Aaron, then we had a Jambres and Jannes after them. You see how it all comes?
This is clearly not referring to Lee Vayle.
And it is a real stretch to make the second quote (in context) refer to Lee Vayle:
- Because I believe that we’re living in a day that when there’s mysterious things going on, and will continue to go on, and get complicated, because we know that there’s to be a Jannes and Jambres rise up in the last days to withstand Moses and Aaron, as the Bible said, and some impersonations to act like it’s something that it is isn’t.
And it begs the question - who are Jannes and Jambres today if Moses and Aaron were William Branham and Lee Vayle. Lee Vayle's followers are clearly being deceptive.
William Branham did refer to Lee Vayle:
- And if there’s anything you lack of understanding, something that you do not understand, my associate Brother Vayle here, is available at all times to explain anything that seems mysterious to you ministering brethren, or wherever you are, or any lay member, anything.
- I’m sorry to have kept you… A little bit, that’s not late though. Now, I want you to be real reverent, just for a few moments. The hour is now at hand, to what all that I’ve have said, and all that Dr. Vayle has said, and all the Scriptures has promised, it’s got to be found truth or false. It’s got to be right or wrong.
- And Doctor Lee Vayle is here somewhere. I guess he got here. He met me in Kentucky, driving thirty miles an hour, breaking in another Ford. And so, coming down, and I met him. And he’s the—the public relation man. He’ll be speaking, I guess, somewhere at the meeting, some every day. So if there is any questions or anything, why, ask Brother Vayle, he’ll be able to help you in these questions.
William Branham did say that people could ask Lee Vayle if they had questions but he clearly did not state, as Lee Vayle's followers would have you believe, that he was William Branham's mouthpiece as Aaron was for Moses.
Should we consider the followers of Lee Vayle to be Christians?
Lee Vayle taught a number of heretical doctrines including:
- the Parousia doctrine,
- the denial of the deity of Jesus Christ and
- a view of the Godhead that is a bizarre hybrid of Nestorianism, Arianism and Adoptionism.
Some of these doctrines are remarkably similar to certain of the foundational beliefs of the Jehovah's Witnesses. They are also heresies that were condemned by the Christian church as heresies from their outset.
As a result, we much conclude that those that follow Lee Vayle can not be considered Christians.
Lee Vayle's Teaching
We have shown clear examples where William Branham plagiarized many of his key doctrines. It shouldn't be surprising therefore that Lee Vayle did the same thing. What is of great interest is that Lee Vayle used a number of pre-existing heresies to build on the teaching of William Branham.
Lee Vayle became widely known in message circles for preaching heretical doctrines and destroying what little unity there was in the message by creating a special group within the message (most of whom already thought they were part of a special group).
Here is a summary of his teaching from a former Vaylite:
- I grew up in a church that followed Lee Vayle in _________ from being a young kid through to adulthood. I remember Godhead being taught as the Father God being very separate and distinct from Jesus the son. We believed that God the Father came to indwell Jesus his son when he was baptized on the river making him the Christ, the anointed one. The Father and the Holy Spirit were seen as being one and the same. The Father was the Holy Spirit.
- William Branham's ministry was seen as being a repeat of Jesus Christ's ministry in that the Holy Spirit (God himself) came down and indwelt William Branham when he was on the platform; making God himself present in the body of the bride. Only William Branham, being the eyes of the body, could reveal the Holy Spirit himself.
- Every member of the bride had a baptism (or small measure) of the Holy Spirit but not the Holy Spirit himself, which was God the Father. The Holy Spirit appearing on the platform through William Branham was the 'parousia' or appearing of God before the physical return of the man Jesus. Anyone not recognizing the presence of God himself on the platform did not have "rapturing faith" and was locked out of the rapture. It was likened to Abraham having to see Melchizedek before Sarah's body was changed. So the bride had to see God himself appearing amongst them to have a body change.
- Ugh. Thinking of all this nonsense has wound me up! What a lot of rubbish. So glad to be free!
Lee Vayle was also known for his extremely vulgarity and misogynism, to the point where he stated that it was better for a man to rape a woman than to seduce her.
Denial of the Deity of Christ
Lee Vayle denied the deity of Jesus Christ and preached what we would view as a mashup of Nestorianism, Arianism and Adoptionism. Lee Vayle's teaching on the Godhead is convoluted and complicated, primarily as he is trying to teach all of what William Branham taught on the subject. Given that William Branham's view of the Godhead was muddy and confused, it is not surprising that any attempt to make sense of all he taught would produce something that is unclear and messy.
Here is a brief description of the primary heresies that make up Lee Vayle's teaching on the Godhead:
- Arianism was a heresy first taught by Arius (ca. AD 250–336) in Alexandria, Egypt. Arius asserted that the Son of God was a subordinate entity to God the Father. Similar doctrine is also taught by Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons.
- Nestorianism is the heretical doctrine that Jesus existed as two persons, the man Jesus and the divine Son of God, rather than as a unified person.
- Adoptionism is a heresy that Jesus Christ, as to his human nature, was the Son of God only by adoption or by name. The doctrine of Adoptionism is closely allied in spirit to the Nestorian heresy; but it concerns not so much the constitution of Christ’s person, as simply the relation of his humanity to the Fatherhood of God.
What we do know is that Lee Vayle and his followers deny the deity of Jesus Christ and believe that Jesus Christ was a man who was simply possessed by God from his baptism until just prior to the crucifixion. As a result, they also deny the incarnation.
Here are a few quotes by Lee Vayle that clearly demonstrate the heretical nature of his teaching:
- Well, let's just talk about this then, and go back two thousand years at the time of the Lord Jesus Christ when He was upon earth here, the Father indwelling the Son. "This is My beloved Son, and I the Father am pleased to dwell in him." Now neither the Father nor the Son were impersonating each other, or someone or something else, as to their individuality and separateness. In other words, the Father was the Father and the Son was the Son. We're talking of individuals.
- ...Now, yet the Father indwelt the Son, and yet they had a separateness, and though the two roles were there simultaneously as were the two persons, they still were not one like my finger's one. There is a oneness that you and I can apprehend by scripture, which simply says, "He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit."
- ...Now, the Son was the physical body and manifested himself, but the Father also manifested Himself through the Son. You say, "Hey just a minute now, we've got this... this is really bad. We've got dual personalities here." Yup. Don't you know the Father actually spoke through the mouth of Jesus? True. "Thy words were altogether in my tongue. You moved my tongue and I heard myself talk." Oh you talk about a dilly! How many heard that tape, where that strange kind of voice speaks through Bro. Branham on the tape, and says, "This is not Bro. Branham speaking, this is the Lord Jesus Christ." How many heard that? Let's get that tape and play it. Find the place and play it. So everybody hears it.
- ...So, again we have a duality. We have a prophet in whom this Spirit is, which is Almighty God. Giving him the works, which everybody knows has to be of God, vindicating the man is of God, pointing to the words, which that people have to have to get them ready!
- ...God, His Own prophet, with the man of His choosing, also called a prophet, and William Branham had his role, and God had His role, and they're absolutely individual and separate, and yet one met within the other.
- ...Now, where is He? On the throne. See, you're looking today at our elder brother, we're looking at Him in every aspect of God in life, that's the family of God, and we're seeing here that He is the author and the finisher. And notice what it says, He sat down at the right hand of God. That's been changed. He's on the throne of God! Waiting for us. That's why Bro. Branham said, "When He died, I was there paying for my sins on Calvary. When He rose, I rose with Him." And the truth is, when He climbed on His Father's throne, then we had to climb on with Him!
- All right, now. He's putting the two together; and remember, Bro. Branham said, "Jesus was a dual personality." And we know that the Father indwelt him.
- ...Now, when we're looking at Jesus, we're looking at duality, and the big thing is this: what if we find that God merely made a body for him, and this Son of God was allowed to inhabit this body and come down here. Could he then do for us what is necessary to be done? No! By no means, no! Because Jesus, the Son, is not Jehovah-Shepherd, although he is the Shepherd, that's conferred upon him. He is not even Jehovah-Savior, although that is also part of it, and conferred upon him. He is not the Supplier; He is not the Healer, though every one of those things are in him on the grounds of him being the Son of God and God Himself operating as all of those nine tremendous characteristics and qualities of grace that God has toward us, were actually poured into Christ, because the fullness of the Godhead was in him bodily.
- ...God indwelling that body, God was amongst us. And yet It says, "Thou shalt call His name, the born one, Jesus, for he shall save us from our sins." And God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto him. It's a duality, the Father and the Son, but the Son is not God! The Son is the Son of God. He had a beginning. Essentially he is like God, but he's not God. God does not have the value and virtue of being able to make a decision.
- ...Now right in there you can see this body born, was born with a personality, the man, we call 'Christ Jesus', and at that time, God came in to his very being, and now, as Bro. Branham said, "You have a duality."
- ...So what we're looking at now is the supreme Deity of Jesus, not as the Trinitarians, not as the Oneness, but we're seeing the supreme Deity of Jesus. God has now invaded him and taken over so that Jesus has now sublet his body to God: God in perfect supremacy, complete Dictator in this body, completely running it, "He that has seen me has seen the Father. You're looking at me, aren't you?" So what is it? he says, "It's not William Branham does these things ever so perfectly, tells these things and they come to pass," nor was it Jesus, the man. It was God. And that was the body of God. Even though it was the body of Jesus, it was the body of God.
- ...There's more than one place where the Father and Son are a complete unit, a duality: two people dwelling in one flesh, that evidently God Himself prepared for Jesus. And then It says, "God was in Christ reconciling the world."
- ...the church has made the great mistake in making Jesus equal to God — which he is in a certain way — but he’s not God. He’s not Deity. I’m sorry, but he’s not, because God is not in him. No way. What God was in him is not Deity, same as what God is in you is not Deity, concerning Deity Himself, which is Sovereign God and Creator and Maintainer.
- Now with the subject of sovereignty, what I wanted to do was to bring to you the understanding that Jesus is not Deity. When Bro. Branham said, “He’s God, but he’s not God,” in our minds we placed that with the incarnation, and that is true. But, when you realize that in the incarnation, which is to come, when that Spirit that’s in our midst, and that’s the Spirit of God, He will become incarnate to us again.
- ...We’re going to talk about, as I said, in the fact of sovereignty, Jesus cannot be Deity. Now Jesus can’t be Deity when we consider true Deity.
- ...Jesus definitely is not God. He is the Son of God. And his form, as I’ve mentioned already, Bro. Branham said, “The only difference between God and His Son is that sons have beginnings.”
- What do you mean, “sons have beginnings?” Well, sons are procreated. The thought of having a son does not give anybody the ability to create one. The substance must be there in order to be passed on to that person, to bring that person in the likeness of the progenitor.
- So, Jesus was the Son of God, which he was. That life had to be already there, and that life simply had to be passed on in a mold, and that mold would have to be what was ever within the intrinsicality and essentiality of Almighty God. That’s why Jesus was the image of God. And that’s why, when God said, “Let us make man in our image,” it was made in the image of Jesus, and it came out a man. That’s why Bro. Branham said, “God was the first man; Jesus, the second; and Adam, the third,” because God comes in threes. What for? Not as persons: one, two, three gods, but in God doing what He did to bring forth Himself through children. As it is said by people, “Men and women achieve a certain immortality by having children.” But, if the line suddenly dies, the immortality is gone.
- So, Jesus can’t be Deity, when we consider true Deity. He is the Son of Deity, Son of God, and since elevated by God, he is worthy of worship, but not as God is worshipped. He can’t be. It is wise to regard Jesus, Son of God, in the light of Hebrews, as written by Paul, and glorifying God for His wisdom and power, for so setting us all in divine order.
- ...And, how was he equal with God? Because he was the First-begotten Son of God. So therefore, positively, he was equal in the inheritance, because it split the kingdom right down the middle. But God didn’t split Himself down the middle. God didn’t split His sovereignty down the middle. He had an equality, the same as Bro. Branham says, “Satan was one time equal with God and led in the worship.”
- Was he equal with God as per Godhead? Oh, don’t be ridiculous. Was he equal, then, in the majesty and the glory and the power? Don’t be ridiculous. He had to be a controller of some description, as the great CEOs are of all the money you’ve got invested in stock, and they act as though it were their own, with their golden parachutes, and their divvying up, and their perks, and God knows what.
- ...Now again, in Jn 14:6 - I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (So, he’s not the Father, and he’s not God. “There’s one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” [1 Tim 2:5])
- And It places it right there that Jesus is not God. See? I’ll tell you: I believe calling Jesus ‘Deity’, which we’ve had people here do that, is an entire misunderstanding or no understanding of Seed: that God is the Father, the Progenitor, the Author, the All in all of a race of His Own children, genetically, legitimately, spiritually, physically, every single way. God is not our Creator; He is our Father; He is our Source; He is our Progenitor. Call it what you want. Out of the Great Fountain, God, came every one of His sons, and nothing else came from that Lifeline, because the Bible says, “In him was life.”
- Jesus is not deity, but He was the fullness of the Godhead as deity, which is godhead was within Him, which is a person, two persons in one body of flesh.
William Branham and Jesus Christ were similar beings
An individual who goes by the cryptic "Bro. Johnson" described Lee Vayle's teaching with respect to Jesus and William Branham as follows:
- ...the kenosis is God pouring HIMSELF into a mask, and Christ was the alpha man in which God by kenosis entered into, but another kenosis was promised in the last day and that would be the super sign, God again in human flesh!,
Nestorianism in Vayle's followers
Brian Kocourek, one of Vayle's acolytes, states the following:
- There are some of you who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. There are some of you who believe that He is the only Saviour who can save any sinner. You believe that, then why not believe all? Why not believe in Him for yourself?
- God’s prophet said Jesus could not be his own Father, can you say it?
- God’s prophet said Jesus and his Father were not one like you finger is one, Can you say it?
- God’s prophet said God indwelt Jesus at the river Jordan, can you say it?
- God’s prophet said God left Jesus in Gethsemane, can you say it?
- God’s prophet said I am not a Oneness, can you say it?
- God’s prophet said Jesus was a dual being, can you say it?
- FACT #1) Branham never claimed to be a Oneness. In fact he outright denies being Oneness.
- FACT #2) Brother Branham said that God is not ONE like your finger is ONE.
- FACT #3) Brother Branham said that Jesus could not be His Own Father.
- FACT #4) Brother Branham tells us the only difference between the Father and the Son is that Sons have beginnings.
- FACT #5) Brother Branham speaks of God not even being in Jesus until He was baptized in the Jordan river. And then God leaves Him in Gethsemane to die as a mortal.
- FACT #6) Brother Branham tells us the Body was not deity but Deity dwelt in the Body.
- FACT #7) Brother Branham tells us that when God birthed forth Jesus, there were two beings involved. One who is God and One who is the Son of God.
- FACT #8) Brother Branham tells us that Jesus was a dual being, because God was living in Him.
- ...John is very specific and tells us that if you do not have the doctrine of Christ you do not have God, and then He tells us what the doctrine of Christ is, He says, you must have BOTH the Father and Son. And the word BOTH means TWO, not three, not four, not one, but TWO. And if you do not have TWO in reference to the doctrine of Christ you have not God. TWO beings, but only One is God and that One Who is God dwelt in the One who was not God, for He was the Son of God, not God the Son.
- ..I do not claim to be an authority. There was only one Vindicated in this hour. I believe that one, and rest my soul on what he said, (I hope that you will do the same.) I will do my best to say only what God has already said either in His Word or through His vindicated Prophet. All I ask you to do is to read it, and pray that God will reveal to you the wisdom and understanding that lays within the Message of William Branham concerning the Godhead.
- Now, Brother Branham is letting us know that God and Jesus were one in that God was indwelling the Body of His Son. But I also want to show you that this Oneness between God and His Son was more than just God indwelling His Son, the fact is that Jesus and God were one because God is the Word and Jesus manifested that Word in the same sense that God was One with His Own Word.
- ...And that is how God and Jesus are one. The Father is the Word, and when he is doing in His Word, He shows the son what he is doing, and the son sees God in vision doing (whatever it may be), and he then steps into the vision so to speak (the hat has to be on the chair for him to do it, if you recall how brother Branham told us that all the pieces have to be set up in order for him to step into the vision. You just can’t go do until all the pieces are ready) then he would step into the scene and act out in this dimension what he had seen in that other dimension.
- ...it really comes right down to not believing in incarnation. And I think it is strange that both the Jew and Moslem can believe that a man can be inhabited by evil spirits, or the devil himself, but they deny that God inhabited a man called Jesus His son. And to me they give more power to the devil than they give to God when they believe like that.
William Branham stated:
- As a minister of the Gospel, I can't see one thing left but the going of the Bride.
- It's at the end time. There is not another thing that I know to happen but the Rapture, the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. It's all ready.
These quotes present a problem for people in the message and it certainly did for Lee Vayle. With William Branham gone, why had the rapture not happened? To explain this, Lee Vayle borrowed a heretical teaching straight from the Watchtower Society, the Jehovah's Witnesses - the parousia doctrine.
One of the more remarkable phenomena of human religious behavior generally is the apparent willingness with which religious movements shake off the disappointment of failed prophecies. Indeed, some of the more vibrant religious movements, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, have their roots in end-time predictions that went unfulfilled.
According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Lord has already returned. A fundamental tenet of Watchtower theology is the claim that Christ returned invisibly around October 4 or 5 in the year 1914. Instead of the early disciples asking Christ “when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming...?” the New World Translation has them asking, “When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence...?” (Matthew 24:3) The Watchtower Society interprets this alternative rendering as meaning an invisible return.
Lee Vayle "borrowed" this false teaching from the JW's and applied it to William Branham. Vayle even quotes the New World Translation, the Jehovah's Witness terribly flawed translation of the Bible. Lee Vayle clearly taught that Jesus Christ returned in 1933.
Here are some excerpts from Lee Vayle's sermons on the subject of the Parousia:
- Now in 2 Thessalonians 1:7, It says, "Those who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels." (That has taken place already in 1963.) 
- Which so many people don't understand where we stand here in this ministry of Bro. Branham's, on the Presence, which is the Appearing. Every single one of those words has started, and is moving, and moving, and moving--as Christ started to appear, and move into His Church, in 1933! But it was in 1963, that we saw Rev 10:1 join with Rev 10:7, you see, bringing forth the Seals and all. And at that time Bro. Branham said he had to decrease, so that Christ would come more and more, and God would take Headship--God in the form of the Holy Spirit in a Pillar of Fire.
- Now this running of the... looking as though the Millennium and the New Jerusalem are run together, so you can't differentiate--you can. This only appears so, because time and eternity have blended. And New Jerusalem is, actually, only a continuation of what we are about to enter into by way of the Resurrection and Rapture, as Christ started coming into the church, through His Appearing in June 11, 1933, and finally took Headship, in about 1963, right when He came down. See? That's the idea. He's got to come down to take Headship in order to raise the dead, finish off that Shout.
- Now God left him. The body was raised up and put behind the throne on the mercy seat. But in March 1963, He left the mercy seat, went to the Father's throne, took the Book of Redemption out of the Father's hand, ripped off the Seals, put the Book back in the Father's hands, the Father vacated the throne, and that one climbed upon the throne. Now that's what the Bible teaches according to Bro. Branham. And that's "THUS SAITH THE LORD", because he is a vindicated prophet. All right. 
- In these places the New World Translation renders Paramia as ‘be present’ or ‘present himself’ from the contrast that is made between the presence and the absence of Paul, both in 2 Cor 10:10, 11 and Phil 2:12.
- The terms Paramia and Parousia are never used for the coming of Christ in the flesh. And Parousia never has the sense of ‘return’. I think it’s the word ‘Parousia.’ Because its put in the Greek there. Let me see if it does? Yeah. I’m not a Greek student. The idea of more than one Parousia is first found only in the latter church not before Justin a basic prerequisite for understanding the world of thought of primitive Christianity is that we should fully free ourselves from the notion of more than one Parousia. I tell you; it’s just one and that’s it.
- Let’s read you some more about this presence here. The Greek parousia, means ‘along side’. The expression being drawn from the preposition power along side and ...?... a being. Cursed twenty four times in the New Testament, rendered presence in the New World translation. The verb paramya (??) literally means being along side, cursed twenty four times. And then it tells you the place that it’s all found. It means presence or Himself present or present Himself.
- It quotes Mt 24:37-39, “As it was in the days of Noah,” see? That word is a literal presence. The word parousia, presence is different from the Greek word, ‘il-li-ci-ous’(??) meaning coming, which occurs in the Greet text, that’s what Rotherham said. The words parousia and illicious are not used interchangeably, they mustn’t be. For the terms ‘paramya’ and parousia are never used for the coming of Christ in the flesh, parousia never has the sense of return, never has the sense of return. So whenever it happens it’s over with. See? That’s according to the Scripture here.
- I found within the Message today there appears to be a split in some of the fundamental teaching, most of you predict the fact that some feel 1963 mark the dispensation of change which precipitated the coming the Parousia of the Lord.
- That's not true. What 1963 was Rev 22:10, and it's not so much a dispensation, it's a winding up of all the mysteries and those things; which started under the Seven Seals, back in the Garden of Eden. Adam could not go to the Tree of Life and live forever.
- So therefore, He's coming quickly at this particular time when the Word divides the people from the non Word. Matthew 24, into those who are now in the Rapture of Luke 17. So therefore this is not of something concerning the Parousia, He's already here. He came in 1933. But he never set Himself the head of the church until the church was set in order by the Word; coming more and more into the church. No problem, just the same as you're going from Israel. If they would of gone on and on, the kingdom... God that was in the holy temple that left the tabernacle, would have been right there to go to the Millennium and right to the New Jerusalem. The coming God, the becoming God, moving on, moving on.
Lee Vayle was often quite vulgar in his sermons and preached some very strange things, including that it would be better for a woman to be raped than seduced:
- Let me tell you something: a woman seduced or raped has been taken regardless of how it was done. And I would sooner know that a woman was raped than seduced, because it shows she didn't put her mind to it. She was forced to it. Yes, let's get that flat, you women sitting here, and young people... And men had better rape than seduce, also. Yeah...
- People come from around the world. They come over here, and they say, "Vayle's got the worst spirit in the world. Terry Sproule's got the worst spirit in the world. Roger Smith's got the worst spirit in the world. Mike Hunt's got the worst spirit." Why? Because our foreheads are strong. We've not got whore foreheads. Whore foreheads; they can have their whore foreheads. I've got as strong a forehead as the whore any day of the week. Yes, sir. The same ones like the whore, they partake of their miserable, rotten intercourse. And It says, "She commits her intercourse; she charges money for it."
- "Join our church. Give so much. We'll pray... We'll pray and get you out of purgatory."
- All that kind of hogwash and nonsense. And that whore's forehead: you can't stop her from her adulteries, because it's a real easy, nice life, and she likes it. She's in a business. She's in a racket. A whore's forehead. And when she goes through the act, it's no more than eating a piece of bread and wiping her mouth.
- There's your rotten prostitutes of Rome and protestantism. I'm going to tell you what: It said, "Your forehead is going to be strong against their foreheads."
- And these guys say, "Oh, no, no, no. You mustn't be that way when they lie about you, and they seduce the Word..." everything else. You're supposed to stand back and say, "Pretty Jesus. Nice Jesus. I'm a nice fellow."
- Bro. Branham categorically said that those who leave the Word: "We don't fellowship with them." Get away. They talk about oneness with God. How do you get one with God, until first you're one with the Word?
- "Oh," they say, "I don't believe that."
- Then you don't believe Logos. Whore's forehead. Jesus set His face like a flint! How did William Branham feel, knowing he's going down that road that day to be killed in that wreck? You say, "It tore his guts up." You bet it tore his guts up.
- "Oh, but Jesus didn't have any guts."
- Didn't he? "Let this cup pass, but nevertheless let it be Thy will." And he sweat, as it were, drops of blood. He didn't have any whore's forehead. Why didn't he say, "Oh, great Caiaphas, I'll acquiesce. I'll accede the Word!"?
- "Oh, as long as we get together, it's all fine."
- "O generation of vipers!" said John, "who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"
- Christ came on with the same story. Let them know they circumnavigated the whole globe with their dirty, rotten, filthy lies and tricks to make them more two-fold child of hell than themselves. Let me tell you: this age goes down with a seven-more-fold child of hell than the first age, because the cup of iniquity is full, you see. I'm not mad. I'm just telling you. I'm no judgment teacher. I'm just preaching the Word of God. You do what you want with it.
- Listen, I'm going to tell you something: It's hard enough to even believe a vindicated prophet without listening to the brains of the scrapings of an ass-head. You're just getting the scrapings of an ass-head today, not even the ass-head. As Bro. Branham said, The theology's so poor it's made out of the soup of the shadow of a chicken that starved to death. If my sarcasm is not biting enough, stick around awhile.
- Ewald Frank said, “I can show you where Bro. Branham made seventeen mistakes.” Did he make a mistake when he declares positively God positively told him he could have a young woman as a virgin for his wife, having divorced his own and slept with a lot of others? Any duddle-headed idiot in this church believe that crap and that nonsense? You men, you women; I’m talking to you this morning. Oh, these voices aren’t just gross; they’ll let you know that you know something. Phttt! 
Followed William Branham's racist teachings
William Branham preached that biracial marriages were wrong even though there is no Biblical support for it:
- Let's see. That's the start of it. Deuteronomy 23:2-I won't get anywhere except on this tonight. We'll go over It tomorrow. By the grace of God, we'll go right to the "Identification," because we're already well into my notes, in order, whatever they are. I've got Bro. Branham's notes in order. All right. Deuteronomy 23:2:
- (2) A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
- Now, of course, we understand illegitimacy in a different way than this here. This is where an Israelite marries a foreign woman, or visa versa-I suppose you could put it that way, too. But illegitimacy is illegitimacy. Anything out of wedlock is not truly illegitimate, (It's only when those couples…) because the woman could be a young virgin, seduced by a married man. The child, then, would not be a bastard child. It would not be truly illegitimate. We have Scripture and things for that. But these are things that Bro. Branham taught, so I know of wherein I speak; and I found the very quote on what Bro. Branham was saying.
- Now, what I want you to notice here, for the tenth generation… It takes ten generations to clear it. Now Bro. Branham brought that out. Now, let's just stop a minute. What if I married a black man to a white woman or visa versa, or a Chinese to an Indian, or visa versa, or a Japanese to somebody else of another race and color-talking about the black and white. Let us say that this black man marries a white woman. The child born, (Let us say is a girl.) is called a 'mulatto', because she's one half.
- Now she's a pretty girl and very desirable, so she marries a white man and they have a child-beautiful little girl, with beautiful color, and she is called a 'quadroon'. She's one quarter.
- Now she has a daughter, even more beautiful still, and beautiful coloring, and she marries a white man. Now they have an octoroon. That's one eighth.
- Now this has a daughter also, and she marries a white man. The child is white. Reverse it and it's black.
- Now that's your first generation mulatto, the second one is quadroon, the third one is an octoroon, and the last one bows out. That's not many generations.
- Then, why would God… And mixed marriages are wrong according to Bro. Branham. And we believe that, because God set the boundaries and all. And what mixed the races but pure lust and what have you. demands ten generations. Here you've got four. So, when you're looking at this, you can't say, "Well, I'll tell you what: we shouldn't have a color mixture."
- But, after the fifth generation, it's all blotted out. It's gone. God says that's all for this. So now, where does your fornication take you, if a mixed marriage, which is legal…? And they are legal, according to the law of the land. There is nobody who fusses about them; just leave them the way they are. Whatever they do is their business.
Did Lee Vayle have a Ph.D?
William Branham gave the impression that Lee Vayle had a doctorate:
- Now, this may go a little deep unless it's some of you theologians, Dr. Vayle, probably Brother here, and some of these ministers here from Arkansas, and the—my good friends around, they'd probably know.
- Dr. Reidhead came in. ...And I think Dr. Vayle here is a... You know Dr. Reidhead, well know him. ...He said then when he had his other degrees give to him, he said, "I thought maybe that in each of these degree I would find Christ."
One of our colleagues wrote to Lee Vayle a number of years ago, and got this reply from his assistant:
- Brother Vayle only attended post high school for about 6 weeks at the age of 18 years old. He attended a Baptist Bible college and proceeded to get kicked out for teaching the young men to speak in tongues. He received his doctor tag from Brother Branham who said Br. Vayle was a profound teacher and began introducing him as Doctor Lee Vayle. Who better to give him the title of Doctor, than the prophet of our day?"
Of course, this makes absolutely no sense and is, at best, deception... making someone appear to be more than they actually are.
Marriage and divorce
Lee Vayle stated that:
- ... I do know that [William Branham] never would marry a person who was married and divorced; no matter what they said or did, he would never do that. Once you're married, divorced, he would not ever marry that person. And I appreciate the fact even after Marriage and Divorce, the sermon, the opening of the Seals, he never deviated from that.
This comment was made notwithstanding the fact that William Branham officiated the marriages of these divorced family members:
- His brother Jesse Branham’s second marriage - to Agnes Gulleth (also divorced) on August 1, 1938.
- His brother Jesse Branham’s third marriage - to Mary Merryman on February 1, 1941.
- His brother Melvin Branham’s second marriage - to Catherine Hendricks on January 27, 1945. Melvin divorced Charlotte Brumbach (the sister of William Branham's first wife, Hope) in June 1944.
Paul was not a Christian?
While his followers state that Lee Vayle was stating that Paul's teachings were lost in the first century, it certainly appears that he is stating that Paul was not a Christian. Even if that is what he meant, the statement that Paul's teachings were lost make no sense since we have his teachings clearly outlined in his epistles. But when you don't agree with Paul, it's easy to say that his teachings were lost as a way to ignore what scripture (and Paul in his epistles) clearly states.
- "Now Bro. Vayle you can't tell a book by its cover." I got news for you; you can if the prophet said so! That's 'THUS SAITH THE LORD'! Not some jackass idiot philosopher that pawns himself as an erudite educationist, thereby thinks he's spiritual... spiritual my foot.
- Bro. Branham distinctly said, "Sometimes Jesus was talking, and sometimes the Father was talking in him!" Huh? Huh? Huh? They're like a stupid seal trying to get the smell of fish and get someone to hand them a fish. What is the greatest revelation under the Seventh Seal? It sounds pretty pitiful doesn't it? Huh? It sounds pretty sick. Surely there should be something greater than that. But there isn't. He said, ‘We are not Trinitarian, we are not Oneness, neither do we believe in two gods.’”
- I know a lot of people claim it, and they haven't got it, because they just don't have it, Lord. They don't have You, they don't have the end time revelation. They talk about Paul and they don't have him. Paul was lost in the first century; they don't even believe it. Another gospel, another Jesus, another spirit, they don't believe it. They can't. They simply believe that they're fine. But Lord we know it isn't true; eight people made the ark.”
God told William Branham to hire homosexuals
Lee Vayle discusses the two "tape boys" in 2000:
- I believe it was about 1956 and no later, that Leo and Gene, Leo Mercier and Gene Goad, God told Bro. Branham to hire them; two homosexuals. So I want you to get the drift of what I'm saying. This, what I'm talking about here, where God made Himself known, and through a prophet, is where men turned back and the homosexuals were standing right there to take over. And you're going to see more and more of it, and you're going to see more and more corruption, and you're going to see more and more people dying from AIDS. Bro. Branham said there'd come a time when people standing on this ground here-and I said it even, I think even before he did-because when I saw that the Scriptures said that God repented He made man, I looked very closely in the Hebrew to find out what that word 'repent' means 'to be sorrowful'. And God was very sorrowful concerning the state of man which man had found himself, and so, therefore, God did not let the last man suddenly gasp and fall into the ooze and scum of the universe and gag and die with his last breath. He cut them off.
Current status of Vaylism
Some churches that initially started off as followers of Lee Vayle have gone off on a separate tangent, such as the followers of Terry Sproule in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
- ↑ Lee Vayle, ‘The Ministry of the Word’, December 27, 1992, para. 33
- ↑ William Branham, 65-1127B - Trying To Do God A Service Without It Being God's Will, para. 96
- ↑ William Branham, 60-0729 - What It Takes To Overcome All Unbelief: Our Faith, para. 11
- ↑ William Branham, 58-0323 - Jesus Christ The Same Yesterday, Today, And Forever
- ↑ William Branham, 58-0510 - Have Faith In God, para. 47
- ↑ William Branham, 64-0409 - The Identification Of Christ In All Ages, para. 38
- ↑ Philip Schaff, “Adoptionists,” ed. William Smith and Henry Wace, A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines (London: John Murray, 1877–1887), 45.
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Leadership #11, Accepting The Person Christ, 21 Aug 1994
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Godhead - #2, 3 Oct 1999
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Godhead Q&A #4: Tangibility of God, 11-05-2000
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Godhead #14: The Man, Jesus Christ, Is Not Deity, August 6, 2000
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Godhead (#12), July 2nd, 2000
- ↑ from the webpage - williambranham.weebly.com/the-authenticated-works-of-john-1412.html
- ↑ Brian Kocourek, The Spoken Word Is The Original Seed, #51 - O Fools And Slow Of Heart To Believe All, October 25th, 2008
- ↑ Brian Kocourek, Doctrinal Studies, Godhood - Preface, July 4th, 1994
- ↑ Brian Kocourek, #4 How Jesus And God Are One, August 7th, 2011
- ↑ William Branham, 64-0726M, Recognizing Your Day And Its Message, para, 66
- ↑ William Branham, 65-0427, Does God Change His Mind?, para, 124
- ↑ David Fergusson and Marcel Sarot, The Future as God’s Gift: Explorations in Christian Eschatology (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2000), 81.
- ↑ David A. Reed, Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses: Subject by Subject, electronic ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1997).
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Rapture, #10 Rapture, November 16th, 1983
- ↑ Future Home, #2 One Plan For All, May 1st, 1988
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Shalom, #10 Peace: Revelation Of God, April 9th, 1989
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Does God Change His Mind, #11 Complete and Perfect Revelation, 5 Jan 1992
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Questions and Answers, #4 Declaration on the Parousia, 17 May 1992
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Questions and Answers, #11 The Seventh Seal and Third Pull, August 1st, 1992
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Rapture, September 25th, 1983
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Future Home, #11 Ritual Of Peace; Constant Manifestation, 1 Jun 1988
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Satans Eden, #3 Ticket for Survival - Study With Eyes of God, 21 Jan 1990
- ↑ What A Man Soweth - Inferring One Flesh 1 Cor 6:9-7:6, May 1st, 1999
- ↑ William Branham, 64-0823E - Questions And Answers #2, para. 105
- ↑ William Branham, 57-0126B - India Trip Report, para. 16
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Questions & Answers # 2, September 29, 1991
- ↑ December 3, 1994, “Watch the Woman”
- ↑ Lee Vayle, Godhead P19, July 1, 2000