Questions and Answers with a Message Minister
We were contacted in late 2018 by a message minister who has agreed to answer our questions with respect to the message. He has asked to remain anonymous which we respect. Below is the terms on which we have agreed to discuss the message of William Branham and the list of questions we have posed to him. Click on the specific link to go to the question we posed to him and his answer to our question.
Questions and Answers
The following are a series of questions and answers with an anonymous message minister. Click on the link to go to the specific question and answer. You are currently on the topic that is in bold:
Our agreement to dialogue
Our agreement to engage in a dialogue
I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ. For some years you, among others, have been publishing many facts concerning William Branham which many people have found disturbing and had led to much consternation in part of the Branham movement. I have over the past few years, carefully read your material, along with the more recent material of John Collins and Peter Duyzer. In my heart I have just observed and only answered questions from the believers as they have arisen.
I am writing to make an offer to you. You have sought someone of high position within the Branham movement to openly discuss in an honest manner the claims you have made against Bro. Branham and the message. I am offering to engage with you if we can come to agreeable terms.
First I wish to remain anonymous. I will say that I live in Jeffersonville, Indiana area and you will find few people living who have more knowledge of Branham, his teachings, and the Branham movement that I. I do not speak on behalf of the Branham movement. You well know that no one can do that. But as a minister, I do believe I speak on behalf of the gospel of Christ. You would know my name if I revealed it to you.
I am taking you at your word that you interested in honest dialogue, and that you are a honest man who will abide by his word. I propose the following terms, which you may suggest to amend:
Outside of these proposed terms, it would be my hope you would focus on issues central to your rejection of Branham and the Message, and not on peripheral things which ultimately have no bearing on the ultimate question. That question being: Was William Branham a true servant of God whose teaching should be accepted, or was he something less which should be rejected?
I look forward to your reply,
A Message Minister
Dear Mr. ABM (I'm not sure what else to call you),
I am very interested in entering a dialogue with you about the message.
Regarding your rules of engagement, I would propose that we agree to the following:
I have no intention of asking foolish questions and expect that you have no desire to provide foolish answers. But misunderstandings do occur, particularly when communication involving significant differences in opinion is not conducted in person but rather through email. As a result, where a question seems to be problematic, asking for clarification is the preferred route, rather than assuming the question is foolish. I will attempt to do the same where an answer seems lacking in logic.
Finally, I try to live as a true follower of Jesus, although I am not always completely successful in this. I will attempt to be open and honest in all our discussions. I assume you will do the same. We should also be free to point out when we think that the other person has breached this basic understanding or any of the terms of our agreement.
Please let me know if my amendments to your proposed “rules of engagement” are acceptable and whether you have any further amendments.
A BTS Editor
I also think we should amend the question which you posed: Was William Branham a true servant of God whose teaching should be accepted or was he something less which should be rejected?
To the extent that William Branham taught was clearly expressed in the Bible, I have no problem with his teachings. The problem is that he held himself out to be more than an evangelist or pastor, he believed and taught (although generally this was done in an indirect fashion) that he was a true prophet of God and the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5, Rev. 10:7 and was the messenger to the Laodicean church age.
As a result, I believe a better question that we should look to ultimately answer the following question: Was William Branham the messenger to the Laodicean church age, a true prophet of God who fulfilled Malachi 4:5, Rev. 10:7, and whose teaching must be accepted, or may his teachings be rejected without significant consequence?
I have reviewed your suggested changes to the terms, and I accept. I look forward to having a constructive dialog with you. You are free to send the first issue you would like to address. The more specific the issue, the quicker I will be able to respond.