Do message believers place the message above the Bible?
It is clear that some followers of William Branham believe that he was Jesus Christ. But what most in the message do not understand is that they themselves put his sermons above that of the Bible because they believe that he was infallible. These groups would not only include virtually all of the followers of Joseph Branham but the vast majority of those following William Branham's message in all of its various forms.
How the message is exalted
But some message believers say:
While such people may think that they place the Bible above William Branham's teaching, this is in fact not the case. In fact, the opposite is true. William Branham's message ALWAYS trumps the Bible. Why? Because here is what they actually believe:
So the answer is "YES", the followers of William Branham hold his teachings above that of the Bible.
In the Psalms, David says:
Anyone that exalts William Branham or his message above the Bible goes against God himself.
Examples of the Bible taking a back seat to William Branham
In a well known racist diatribe, Donny Reagan, the pastor of Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ, stated publicly in a sermon that if Moses was alive today, he would have to follow William Branham's message. This comment clearly shows that Donny Reagan holds William Branham's message as superseding the Bible. He specifically makes this comment in respect of William Branham's teaching that biracial marriages are contrary to God's plan.
But what does the Bible say about biracial marriages?
A Cushite is from Cush, a region south of Ethiopia, where the people are known for their black skin. We know this because of Jeremiah 13:23: "Can the Ethiopian [the same Hebrew word translated "Cushite" in Numbers 12:1] change his skin or the leopard his spots?""
In response to Miriam’s criticism, God does not get angry at Moses; he gets angry at Miriam. Then God strikes Miriam with leprosy. Why? Consider this possibility. In God’s anger at Miriam, Moses’ sister, God says in effect, "You like being light-skinned Miriam? I’ll make you light-skinned." So we read, "When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow" (Num. 12:10)
God says not a critical word against Moses for marrying a black Cushite woman.
So according to the Bible, there is no proscription on biracial marriages. William Branham preached against them. Donny Reagan's comments thus prove that he holds William Branham's message as a higher authority than the Bible.
The following video is a look at interracial marriages from a Biblical perspective by John Piper:
The message is in addition to the Bible
Conclusion: The message is something in addition to the Bible
Here is proof from William Branham's own lips:
But the proper approach is this:
Are William Branham's teaching in opposition to Biblical Christianity?
We believe that some message believers are Christians. This is because some message churches do believe in and teach the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the only means for the forgiveness of sins. However, that does not mean that the message represents true or restored Christianity.
To the extent that William Branham preached doctrines that agreed with the Bible, his teachings are acceptable. However, he did disagree with true Biblical Christianity in a number of significant areas.
Many of these false doctrines actually were solely designed to point to himself as being God's supreme prophet for the end time:
Other doctrines were simply incorrect if a person reads the Bible in an honest fashion:
Finally, William Branham's teaching on the Godhead were very strange:
Again the answer is "YES", William Branham's teachings contain significant Biblical errors.
As a result of the above, it is clear that "message believers" are members of a cult.
Quotes of William Branham
Based on William Branham's own words, the message as it currently exists is a cult:
William Branham appeared to be afraid that people would think that he was starting a cult: