Love in the message
Those that follow the message of William Branham are so fixated on the negative and on themselves, that they have effectively altered Jesus’ message of love into one of hate for those Christians that do not believe the message.
The Bible has a very simple test as to whether a person is a Christian or not - Do they love? But what do we see in the message?
The clear test of the Biblical Christianity
Paul states in 1 Corinthians 13 that
And John tells us:
The Biblical message is clear:
What we see in the message
How is love displayed in message churches? While William Branham was all over the map on this issue, he did from time to time convey the message that Christians must display love but this is generally ignored by those in message churches and is rarely practiced.
Caring for the poor?
Paul told about his meeting with James, Peter and John in Jerusalem and said that:
However, the experience that we and many others have had with most message churches is that they are insular, self-focused and not interested in helping anyone that is not "one of them". In fact, we are aware of situations where members of a church wanted to do something to help the poor of their community and the response from the deacons was that the individual was "being carnal".
When disaster strikes in some part of the world, what we generally hear is - "Thank God no believers were hurt", rather than an outpouring of love for those that were hurt.
Reaction to questions?
When we started asking questions - honest sincere questions - about the message, we were met with shock.
Peter clearly tells us how to behave:
But when questions are asked, there is never any valid response. Instead, the person raising the questions often becomes the target of abuse, even if that person is the pastor, a song leader or a deacon. If you are just a member of the congregation, you can imagine how you will be treated.
Is this the love of God?
How are those that leave treated?
Most individuals that leave William Branham's message are not contacted after they leave by either the church leadership or those in the congregation. If those in the message really think that those who fall away from the message are lost, one has to wonder why there is generally no attempt to go after them. Didn’t Jesus talk about leaving the ninety-nine sheep grazing on the hillside to go and look for the lost sheep? One wonders what kind of Christians those in the message are when they don’t even make a half-hearted attempt to go after those that have left. Is that the mark of real Christianity?
What we and many others have experienced on leaving the message is a complete shunning and a total lack of love coming from those in the message. One is forced to conclude that many in the message are simply not Christians.
Love is corrective
Quotes of William Branham