Breaking: William Branham on the news

A friend just sent me a link to WHAS11 News, a Louisville program airing a special about William Branham and the Message of the Hour:

11 News @ 6pm: I-Team Investigates William Branham

A Message-believing sect has also been accused of child abuse and molestation in Germany.

Groups like Seek Ye the Truth are now attempting to defend the Message against the charge of being a “cult” by asserting their Biblical orthodoxy. I’ve already written an assessment of the Message against standards for diagnosing cultlike behavior. “We’re not a cult” is often one of the first things a Message believer says when a potential convert looks at them askance for mentioning a modern prophet.

It’s my opinion now that “cult” is not a particularly useful word for understanding coercive religious groups. I don’t deny that Message believers are Christians when I look at their actions. Their ability to defend Branham using Bible passages means less than nothing to me. What matters is how they treat one another and outsiders. A cult is not a creed, it’s a way of living. In any case, I’ll be watching that news story tonight (provided I can figure out how to get a Louisville station nowhere near Louisville.

[UPDATE: As a reader has pointed out below, Seek Ye the Truth is not a Message organization. It appears to be a conservative Christian group that argues against Branham through Scripture. I drew my former conclusion from its posts on the WHAS11 News facebook page, linked above. A written synopsis with embedded video of the news coverage is now available here.]

  • Paisley Monk

    Just noticed a bit of an error. I am familiar with ‘Seek Ye the Truth’, and it is not defending William Branham in the least. The ebook available on that website is actually an exposé on a number of his failed predictions and strange doctrines, written by a former follower of Mr. Branham.

    Thanks for posting the information about the news story, it will be interesting to watch… hopefully they put a copy of the report online because I am nowhere near Louisville as well.

    • Sierra

      The comments that the “Seek Ye the Truth” facebook administrator is posting on WHAS11 News’s facebook page seemed to indicate that they are trying to defend the Message:

      “Now, I’m just your brother, by the grace of God. But when the Angel of the Lord moves down, it becomes then a Voice of God to you…BUT I AM GODS VOICE TO YOU… Now, see, I can say nothing in myself. But what He shows me” (William Branham, Footprints On The Sands Of Time, p. 214)”


      ‎”But the Elijah of this day is the Lord Jesus Christ. … Luke 17:30 says the Son of man is to reveal Himself among His people. Not a man, God! ” –William Branham
      Seek the Truth! It’s in the Bible! Not in a Man!

      My Message church always insisted that Branham was right and that people who believed in his resurrection or divinity weren’t real Message believers.

      This post does corroborate your comment, though:
      Seek The Truth – William Marrion Branham Community
      Phoenix Preach of trust – Phoenix New Times

      Their argument seems very ambiguous, though. They could just as easily be read as “some believers are polluting the true Message” as “Branham wasn’t who he said he was.”