Mythbusting the Message: Misogyny

William Branham’s attitude toward women has already been the subject of much commentary. The Apologetics Index notes, “In spite of his apparent humility and consecration, Branham had great difficulty controlling a strident, hateful attitude toward women.” Indeed, in telling his life story, Branham admitted to loathing women as a young man: But I can remember [Read More...]

“We’re not a cult.”

Message believers have a lot of answers to the accusation that they are part of a cult. [Read more...]

Love is corrective

The doctrine of “love is corrective” assumes that there is always an error to be corrected. [Read more...]

The myth of the failing world

The end is near, it’s nigh at hand The bride is gathering, the world is failing Israel’s awakening, nations are breaking Our prophet taught us, we believe The end is near This is the refrain of a song frequently crooned after services by the song leader in my church. It is accompanied by a mournful, [Read More...]

The Eagle Scream

William Branham delivered nearly all of his messages in a bellowing, screaming voice. Message believers usually call this the “eagle scream,” or the “voice crying in the wilderness,” a passion inspired by God. It would send chills down your spine. I often felt like a child scolded by a force much greater than myself as [Read More...]

The burden of being a witness

Sharing the Message with someone for the first time is a terrifying process for the believer. You’ll never see Message folks picketing a funeral like the Westboro Baptist Church, or handing out tracts in the mall. The Message is usually transmitted from friend to friend, in a sober, cautious way. “The Message is heavy,” my [Read More...]

The fear of falling apart

During his altar calls, William Branham liked to tell a story about a young deacon’s daughter who rejected the voice of the Lord for the last time. It was a popular story, and unsurprisingly so, for it was based around the chilling words of the girl herself.* It was the perfect example of the sin [Read More...]

The fear of falling away

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify [Read More...]


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