Are we wrong to highlight the problems with William Branham and his message?

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2 Cor. 11:14: Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, to appeal to people. He cloaks falsehood in more beautiful packaging. B. Matthew 7:15-23 1. Subject: false prophets (who do not speak for God) 2. They look like the people of God. 3. They produce false disciples as their fruit. 4. There are people who call Him “Lord,” yet He tells them to depart from Him. C. Acts 20:26-31 1. Paul gives key things to pass on. 2. False teachers will arise, to draw away people. 3. We are charged to warn people. D. 2 Cor. 11:3,4 1. A different Jesus, spirit, and gospel were being spread in the first century. Kevin Lewis 2 2. False apostles do this, disguised as servants of light. E. Gal. 1:6-9 1. “Accursed” – damned, anathema 2. Even if Paul preached a different gospel, it was not to be believed. F. 2 Tim. 4:1-8 1. Keep fighting the good fight. 2. Others will distort it. G. 2 Peter 2:1-3 1. Heresy: a teaching that is sufficient to divide one from the true church, or truth from falsehood 2. Historically a. Material: held out of ignorance b. Formal: person willingly holds error and rejects truth

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:

Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, y which he bought with his own blood. a 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.[1]

Name names 1. 2 Tim. 2:16, 17; Paul mentions names. 2. He names the teaching itself. 3. Yet, we need to be sure. Verify that this is being taught, and do not slander. B. Silence them 1. Titus 1:9-11: an elder is to hold fast the faithful word, to refute those who contradict it. 2. “Silence”: Greek— to muzzle an animal 3. How? By not giving them an opportunity to speak 4. 2 John 10, 11 a. The issue here is not about not letting cultists into your house. b. There were very few public buildings where Christians met, so they met in house churches with itinerant teachers. c. Key: do not let such people have teaching authority.


  1. The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ac 20:26–31.