Are we wrong to highlight the problems with William Branham and his message?
A few Christians have questioned why we take the time to highlight the problems with William Branham and his message. However, we believe the scripture requires us to highlight any false teachings and to let people know about them.
Here is what the Bible says:
We are required to warn people about false teaching
In Acts chapter 20, Paul told the Ephesian elders that false teachers would arise to draw people after them. He charged them to be on their guard, to warn people, and to keep watch over the church of God:
We are to name names
Paul specifically gave the names of people who were false teachers:
Notice that Paul also names the teaching itself. It is important that we are sure that the teaching is false (which is why we have provided detailed reasons for each issue). It is also important that we do not slander false teachers unfairly.
We are to refute false teaching
Paul instructed Titus:
The Greek word "silence” used here is the same word that refers to muzzling an animal.
==We are not to provide them the opportunity to speak--
John tells us in his second epistle:
The issue here is not about not letting cultists into your house. There were very few public buildings where Christians met, so they met in house churches with itinerant teachers. The important think is to not let such people have teaching authority.
What are some characteristics of false teaching?
How do we discern false teaching or false teachers?
False teaching looks appealing
In 2 Corinthians 11:14, Paul tells us:
Why does Satan disguise himself as an angel of light? To appeal to people. He cloaks falsehood in more beautiful packaging.
We are told to be fruit inspectors
Jesus warns us in Matthew chapter 7 to look at fruit:
‘good fruits’ = ‘good works’ or ‘deeds’. How can we say that?
Jesus told us:
And Paul told us:
But William Branham said you could not rely on looking at a person's fruit. Why did he contradict Jesus and Paul?
Compare teaching to the Bible
Paul warns us:
We know what Paul and Jesus taught from what is clearly written in the Bible. But William Branham clearly taught things that disagreed with the plain reading of scripture.
Paul also warned Timothy:
Watch out for fabricated stories
Peter admonishes us:
Heresy is a teaching that is sufficient to divide one from the true church, or truth from falsehood. William Branham clearly caused division within the church through his teachings.
And William Branham was a master at fabricating stories - see our articles on his credibility.
Quotes of William Branham
What is the fruit of the Spirit? Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness. That right? [Congregation says, “Amen.”—Ed.] Fruit of the Spirit, many people rely upon that. Sometime that’s the devil. He can impersonate that, to the letter; he cer-…he can impersonate speaking in tongues, to the letter; interpretation of it, to the letter. Any of those gifts, he can impersonate it.
You can’t rely upon the fruit of the Spirit, because the first fruit of the Spirit is love. And the Christian Science exercise more love than anybody I know of, and they even deny Jesus Christ being Divine. See? There’s only one evidence of the Holy Spirit that I know of, and that is a genuine faith in the promised Word of the hour! ...So see, those priest were gentle, meek, understanding man. When it come to the fruits of the Spirit, they could show more fruits of the Spirit than Jesus ever could.