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Views on William Branham's legacy can be grouped into the following main categories:
 
Views on William Branham's legacy can be grouped into the following main categories:
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#Most Christians have never heard of William Branham and have no idea he even has a legacy.
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#The vast majority of both Christians and non-Christians today have never heard of William Branham and have no idea he even has a legacy.
 
#Some older Pentecostals and "charismatic" Christians view him as a great evangelist and gifted healer who strayed from Christian orthodoxy in the latter stages of his ministry.  They believe this is the reason for his obscurity today.
 
#Some older Pentecostals and "charismatic" Christians view him as a great evangelist and gifted healer who strayed from Christian orthodoxy in the latter stages of his ministry.  They believe this is the reason for his obscurity today.
#His followers (estimated at between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people) believe him to be Elijah the Prophet, the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5.  There are [[Message Sects|many different sects within William Branham's followers]], although they all refer to themselves as believers of [[The Message|the Message of the Hour]].  Some of his followers believe that William Branham's every word was infallible, while others will admit that he did make some minor errors but he was infallible with respect to his visions, prophecies and his interpretation of the Bible.  
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#His followers (estimated at between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people worldwide) believe him to be Elijah the Prophet, the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5 and the angel of [[Revelation 10:7]].  There are [[Message Sects|many different sects within William Branham's followers]], although they all refer to themselves as believers of [[The Message|the Message of the Hour]].  Some of his followers believe that William Branham's every word was infallible, while others will admit that he did make some minor errors but he was infallible with respect to his visions, prophecies and interpretation of the Bible.  
#Some, [[Research Sources for William Branham and His Message#Independent research sources|as a result of facts coming out of research by us and other former message followers]], view William Branham as a charlatan who was either willfully deceptive, or had untreated mental health issues.   
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#Some, [[Research Sources for William Branham and His Message#Independent research sources|as a result of facts coming out of research by us and other former message followers]], view William Branham as a false prophet who was either willfully deceptive, or had untreated mental health issues.   
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By his own admission, William Branham was prone to exaggeration and he often embellished his stories.  
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'''By his own admission, William Branham was prone to exaggeration''' and he often embellished his stories.  
    
William Branham's life story account as related on this website is based on both his recorded sermons and as many historical documents as we could find.  Any statements that can be substantiated by written historical documents are referenced.   
 
William Branham's life story account as related on this website is based on both his recorded sermons and as many historical documents as we could find.  Any statements that can be substantiated by written historical documents are referenced.   
      
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