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There are a few things that William Braham taught that followers of William Branham simply do not believe in any practical sense.
William Branham taught that it is important to draw a bigger circle
On the surface, message believers talk about perfect love, the water rising and the ducks swimming together, draw the circle bigger, put your arms around your brothers, and having the right spirit rather than wrong doctrine.
This is scriptural as Jesus said:
- If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends,* how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.
But when you look at their actions, they don't really believe any of these quotes of William Branham because they don't practice them.
In message pastors preach to their congregations, it's all about Cain versus Abel, The Serpent's Seed, hate the 'foolish virgin', being one-in-a-million, a called-out of the church, yelling that denominations are of the devil, claiming we are the elect, be not unequally yoked, and on it goes.
When you shake hands with most message believers, you KNOW behind the smile, they'd sooner see your church crumble and you fall into the ditch.
So many message pastors talk about "love" in the pulpit, while also preaching that everyone outside their doors are cannon fodder, whores, perverts and fools. Smiles in the grocery store become statements like "nuke 'em 'till they glow! once they are behind the pulpit. They all know the quotes about drawing a bigger circle but they mean nothing beyond lip service.
We understand that some of these specific instances don't apply to everyone. But it does correctly characterize the nature of the message.
When a pastor will not articulate what he really believes to an outsider, that is a sign that something is terribly wrong and deceptive.
Quotes of William Branham
A certain organization the other day, because that I let another minister set on the platform that didn't belong to their organization, he said, "We have drawed a line. We have drawed you out of it, Brother Branham, out of, out of our circle."
I said, "I'm drawing another one, so big... take you back in again." I said, "So you just can't push me out." That's right. "I'll draw a line right over the top of yours and take you right back." See?
That's for... We are brethren. "We are not divided; all one body are we." Right. We're Christians, borned of His Spirit, washed in His blood. We are Christians. We should act like Christians; we should behave ourselves like Christians, men and women. Let me tell you that that's one thing the church is lacking today, is behaving itself like Christians. We go around and act like dead flies. It's terrible. No faith--not enough, if it was ink, to dot an "I." We just strictly have lost something. What we ought to do is have our shoulders back.
This man said, "I'm... We're drawing a little ring, and we're drawing you out of our circle."
I said, "Then I'm going to draw a little ring, and draw you back in again." See? So I... That's it, bring you right back. I... You can't put me out, 'cause God put me in. See? So you can't--can't put me out, so that's the way we're going to do. See? Believe that. You're a wonderful group of brothers. Bless be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love. The fellowship of kindred minds, is that--like to that above.
He said, "You know what we are going to do?" Said, "We're drawing a little ring and drawing you right out of our circle."
Then I said, "I'm going to draw another one and draw you right back in again." So I said, "You can't draw me out, 'cause I love you. See, you just can't do it." I said, "There's too many of your brethren out there that love me and believe in me." I said, "You... I'll--I'll... They'll come anyhow." I said, "They'll come, and you can't draw me out. If you draw me out, I'll draw you back in." I said...?... "When you make one circle, God, by His grace, will let me draw another one and pull you right back in." That's right. Draw them right back again...
“If I belong to the Assemblies of God, I'd be Assemblies of God. If I belong to the Foursquare, I'd be Foursquare. See? But I'd always want to reach my arms out for each one (See?), get them all together. See? That--that's it, fellowship one with another. That way I've been misunderstood.”
Reminds me of a fellow, one time, had some ducks, and he--he cut their wings so they couldn't fly out of a pen. He had some ducks on one side, and ducks on the other. Water begin to come in. The first thing you know, the water got higher and higher, and ducks got together then. See? That's what we need to do. Let the waters go to rising, and then the ducks get together, you see, then. And we're all in the same water. So, denominational barriers can be floated out, if we'll just let the waters get deep enough.
Like a man had a corn field. A fellow kept saying... He had one field, plants off this way; another one this way. And so a fellow flying over, every morning, would look at that cornfield. He said, "Isn't that a fine cornfield here, and one there!" After the corn got a little higher, reached all the way across the fence, it looked like one field. So I hope it gets that way here, that we're one great, big heart-to-heart cornfield for God's Kingdom.
- Tyndale House Publishers, Holy Bible: New Living Translation, 3rd ed. (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2007), Mt 5:46–47.
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