From the Author of Morning Mercy
My name is James Rozak, and I was the Associate Pastor of Edmonton Word Assembly for the past 10 years, serving alongside Brother Eugene Braun. I believed and preached the message as best I knew; it was genuine truth to me.
In February of 2013, the unthinkable happened. I made a decision with my wife to leave the Message of William Branham. Never had I ever dreamed I would reject the message that I had lived and loved.
We were Message Believers for a long time.
We loved the Message, and lived it with a passion. We did not leave because we didn’t want to ‘live the life’. We left because something was clearly very wrong. My early feeling was that the message was being mishandled by men; I felt that I could help be a voice that captured the truth and essence of what the message really was. But when the realization came that the problems were much more foundational, and the teaching itself was questionable – it became too much to ignore.
While many people were expressing their harsh criticisms against any doubters (and their questions) without offering any reasonable response. As a minister, I personally felt a responsibility to try to understand and resolve the questions. The problem was, there were no answers.
The Birth of Morning Mercy
I actually began the Morning Mercy website while I was still in the message. My intention for the website was to use it as a tool that believers (or anyone) could use to help find healing for personal abuses. There is a horrific void of understanding in the message circles for humanity, and it had become my belief that people were being giving message books, spiritual rhetoric and passing prayer as a solution to deep rooted problems. There was little interest in root “heart” issues, preferring to glossing over and hyper-spiritualizing to give reprieve from actual attendance to the need(s). Once my wife and I came free from the illusion of the message teaching, I realized a different purpose could be found in my original intentions for “Morning Mercy”.
And so I began this website, hoping to give a resource that went beyond “Brother Branham was false” arguments.
We have countless friends still in the Message, and we love them – and still consider them wonderful friends who we would trust implicitly. We have family in the Message – and we don’t want awkward family meals. We wish nothing had changed – it was a whole lot easier before. Ease is far from a motivating factor (we would have stayed if that were the case).
One man who left the Mormon church aptly stated that he didn’t expect to ever “replace” the degree of comfort he felt in the community of his former faith. And it’s true – there is a comfort in familiarity that comes with having so much in common with a group of people. We miss it – and perhaps that’s why we wanted to lend our voice. Because we really do believe – the Message is very wrong.
Treading topics like we are doing is obviously delicate – and we want to present an honest but mindful approach to these issues. When someone comes to the website, we want to give the genuine feeling that we care about where people are in their journey; including those who are still in the Message. Our belief is that there are good Christian people who remain in the Message. We expect many will not understand the need to challenge the Message teaching, and we don’t want them to feel completely trampled over. At the same time – we believe they need to be shown there are reasons for the dysfunction and the apparent turmoil. And no – it’s not the ‘squeeze’.
So why do we feel the need to say something? Because we sincerely believe that the Message is unhealthy and in error. And by experience, we’ve talked to many, many, many people along the way who constantly feel battered, weak and unworthy of God’s acceptance. We’d like those people to realize – perhaps the problem isn’t you, but the “goal” has been stretched too far through misrepresentation of the Gospel.
We now have a simple desire.
For ourselves, to get rooted in scripture and to grow in Jesus Christ – and to help others. We hope we can help others who have struggled in the Message to find themselves on a road to healing, understanding and spiritual growth in the Gospel of our Lord.
God Bless you!