Joseph Branham’s reactionary letter to the WHAS11 news story on William Branham and the Message has been reprinted on the website of Eagle Cry Radio, an all-Message internet-based radio group. Their headline is “Bro. Joseph Branham Responds to Local News Report About the Message Being a Cult.” Funny, because the actual news report never called the Message a cult. Freudian slip?
I checked out their Facebook page (seriously, I need to re-examine the things I do for fun!) and have found that they’re now “warning” Message believers away from the website and facebook group “Seek Ye The Truth,” which was linked on the original news report. Seek Ye the Truth, as far as I can tell, is an evangelical website and forum maintained by an ex-Message believer for other walkaways who remain evangelicals. It appears to be similar to John Kennah’s forum. I’ve reprinted the Eagle Cry Radio warning below:
WARNING: Please watch out for this group called Seek The Truth – William Marrion Branham Community. THIS IS NOT A MESSAGE GROUP. This group directs you to the group moderator’s website which slanders Bro Branham and his ministry. A couple of you have liked this group already therefore adding yourselves in his group.
God forbid anyone in the Message be exposed to other Christians. The horror!
Also, “a couple of you have liked this group already”? Hello, Big Brother. If the Message is true, why are you so afraid believers will read what nonbelievers write? How are they even supposed to defend their faith if they aren’t allowed to know what “the enemy” thinks?
One more thing: It seemed that this story presented the Message more as a curiosity than the danger it really poses. I’m somewhat concerned that stories like this may do more harm than good by creating more positive interest in the Message when there was little or none before.
If it really was slander, shouldn’t Message walkaways be happier about it?
While we’re at it:
Eagle Cry Radio has willfully put its talon in its beak by reprinting this ridiculous article from LifeSite News:
Gay “Non-Discrimination” Bill Could Lead to Persecution of Chilean Christians
From what I can glean from this (SERIOUSLY NOT OBJECTIVE) journalism (that Joseph Branham’s ilk apparently imbibe all the time happily when it isn’t about them) is that conservative Christians are terrified that they’ll have to allow gay parents to adopt kids. Apparently, limiting their ability to impose their beliefs about marriage on others is “persecution.” No wonder the Message blogosphere exploded with foreboding comments about “the squeeze” (the last persecution of true believers) when the Louisville news station dared to call attention to their existence.
I, for one, welcome a world in which “it’s our religion” is not accepted as an excuse for prejudice.
And, finally, there’s this beautifully hypocritical little article that tells Message believers how to hide their Facebook activities so other people don’t think they’re backslidden:
Are Your Facebook Updates Humiliating You as a Believer?
Not featured: don’t actually look at things that would humiliate you as a believer; or, admit you don’t have a problem with the things you’re looking at. I guess either of those would be too honest.