Is the message a denomination?
What is a denomination?
A denomination is a faction of the church, out of fellowship with other factions, holding to some “distinctives” of doctrine, practice, worship, ethnicity, style, history, social class, etc. Denominationalism is any attempt to justify and maintain the separate existence of a denomination.
On the basis of this definition, it is clear that the message is a denomination.
Is the message also a sect or a cult?
Denominations are movements that differ on doctrinal issues but hold to a common core of beliefs about God, Christ, and the Scriptures. They see God as trinitarian, Christ as unique in His human-divine person, and the Scriptures as the authoritative text passed down from the prophets and apostles.
Sects agree with the historic teachings of the Christian church on these matters, but they often have some characteristic that places them on the fringe of Christianity, such as the radical separatism of the Amish.
Cults are connected to Christianity in that they employ Christian Scripture and appeal to Jesus, but they also differ from the traditional faith in certain core areas. They may deny or reinterpret the Trinity. They may have novel views about Christ. They may reject part of the Christian Scripture, add new texts to it, or claim to have an infallible interpretation that replaces traditional doctrine with a new approach.
On the basis of this definition, the message would be considered a Christian cult because:
Quotes of William Branham
I've always tried to stand between the people, outside of the organizations and their differences, and call to what it seemed like the Spirit of God was saying through the brethren here this morning, that we are not a denomination. We are children of a family. Now, there is not no Branham denomination. There is a Branham family, and we all don't join that family, we're born in that family. And so, I, that's what I'm trying to represent, the—the best that I know how.
Denominations carry a single name
The followers of William Branham refer to themselves as being in the "message", a unifiying single name: