“Prediction” vs. “Prophecy”: Nitpicking to Salvage a Lie

In the WHAS11 News coverage of William Branham and the Message, they aired a video clip in which Branham is seen vehemently voicing his prediction that the Second Coming of Jesus will happen in 1977. How do Message believers reconcile this claim with the fact that we’re living in 2012? By conveniently latching onto one [Read More...]

The WHAS11 Louisville News story on William Branham and the Message: a review

I am very impressed with Mr. Wasler’s coverage of the Message on WHAS11. It could easily have been a sensationalist piece, focused on the “horrible exploits of the Branhamite cult.” Instead, it was a balanced and accurate portrayal of a large segment of the Message population. Not all Message believers accept the doctrine of Branham’s [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

Christian Zionism and the Holocaust

My church was obsessed with Israel. [Read more...]

Contradictions: Who’s the Visual-est of Them All?

Fundamentalists argue that women should dress conservatively because men are visual. This is supposedly something women can’t possibly understand, because women are emotional, not visual. Women become attracted to men through flirtation and flattery; indeed, male visuality is like a foreign language to them. Men are not obliged to cover up for women for this [Read More...]

The Old-School Logic of Abortion in the Message

I recently had a discussion with Libby Anne at Love, Joy Feminism about the logic of anti-abortion beliefs in evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity. I was struck by the difference in our past experiences. Although the Message has grown to look more and more like mainstream evangelical Christian culture by embracing courtship, the Republican party, Vision forum [Read More...]

DotP: Admissions

There is now a new addition to my story on No Longer Quivering: Daughter of the Patriarchy: Admissions It concerns how I got into college… and what happened when my female friends in the Message tried to go, too. I am nearing the end of my story after nearly three years on No Longer Quivering. [Read More...]

From Holy Days to Happiness

I’ve been having great fun with the holidays this year. I made a Halloween costume. I bought candy and put up a jack o’ lantern. Now I’m getting ready for the winter with snowmen decals on my windows, Christmas lights and ornaments for the tree I’m going to buy in a few weeks. In between, [Read More...]

Throwing out the moral GPS

This is cross-posted at No Longer Quivering. Growing up in fundamentalism was like living with a moral GPS navigator installed in my head. Every decision was mapped out already; all I needed to do was listen to the voice telling me where to go. Sometimes I could stop and look at the map. Most of [Read More...]

A Historical Puzzle: Branham, the Apostles, and Vision Forum

Message of the Hour believers claim that William Branham was the last of seven prophets to “restore” the Bride of Christ to life as it was in the days of the apostles. For most believers, this means restoring miracles and divine healing, so Message believers insist that they have been given power to cast out [Read More...]


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