Nov 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM
Peace Be to Those Who Do Not AgreeWe receive messages on a regular basis from those who are in the process of leaving the Message; and it is often agonizing for family members and friends to watch the change. It is my opinion, as a Christian man, that the hurt is understandable on both sides. In the battle, there is no pleasure is striking a blow. There is no joy in standing in opposition. If love is the motivating foundation of our hearts, on both sides - even when understanding cannot bridge the gap - then we all sit in a state of raw brokenness to be found walking in different directions from those who we so dearly love. That love is still there; that's where it hurt so badly to witness change, experience disagreement - and to not be able to sit and talk within the love that still remains below the surface the confusion. We remember well that message believers are taught that this is a devastating act against God to reject the "word for the day". William Branham himself said that the message was typed by Noah standing in the ark, pleading for souls to come into the only place of escape for the day. So on one level, the faith in the message causes a sense of intense grief at the thought their loved one - friend or family - is choosing to walk from the representation of grace for their day. How horrible to see a child turn to their parent and say "I choose Sodom" (from their sincere perspective). Oh, for the tears of agony! Genuine tears! Yet still, those feelings often turn to feelings of betrayal, when those who leave say things that wound (though not intended to hurt). To hear that same child use phrases like "false prophet", "I wish I never heard of the message", "the message is evil" - it's devastating to be rejected in such a way. Many parents have poured their hearts and souls into protecting their children from the world and false teachings found in 'denominational' doctrine. They've invested years to pour the reality of the message in them, bringing them to youth camps, taking them to sunday school and church faithfully. And in the end to hear the fruit of their prayers and sincere efforts result in words of accusation? Oh, for those feelings of rejection and betrayal! The mixture of pain, frustration, fear and disappointment can lead one to bitterness and anger towards a pastor who didn't 'do enough' to help protect and guide their children. It can also turn inward, and those parents looks to themselves, lamenting the possible mistakes and errors of their spiritual guidance and parenting. Also, it can turn outward to those who sow seeds of doubt and accusation against their faith; whether through worldly friends, or worse, those who now voice strong opposition to the teaching of the Message. It is of little consolation to hear this sentiment of writing coming from me, as one who left and now quite sincerely wishes to see more people come free of the Message. But as I once stood and preached peace and healing in the Lord to those who were my friends and family of the church, my heart is not dull to the realization that there is pain and wounds opened. I have not lost my sense of compassion and genuine love; I am no less a Christian today. I pray that healing, grace and peace be the root of our hearts - no matter what we believe. May the love of Jesus Christ prevail, and the Lord of all mankind lead us - each of us - to the place where there is understanding. May parents not forsake their children, and their children not forsake their parents. May spouses show love and patience through change, and siblings remember the good and the love between each other. And as impossible as it may now seem, let there be unity and harmony in the body of Christ. That is my prayer. God Bless, James Rozak
Nov 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM
does this sound familiar?Please, do yourself a favor - and listen. God Bless.
Sep 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM
It's Going Well!Firstly, we just want to thank you for the overwhelmingly positive response from our many visitors. In the first couple weeks since going live, we've had hundreds of people pass through our website, receiving messages from dozens of readers. Many of you have chosen to remain anonymous, which we fully understand. We've had numerous messages from people who are silently questioning, too constrained due to pressures and fears to communicate their thoughts with loved ones (including spouses) or church relationships (including pastors). They come from all over the world! It really is confirming and encouraging to know that "you", the unheard, are out there and looking for answers. It is our prayer that you find peace and a path to freedom in Christ in the coming months.
Please, Give Us Some TimeWe will be contacting all those who have requested us to contact them. We're working through the emails, and should be able to reach everyone in our list soon. Our prayers and support are with you, and I assure you - there are people praying for you beyond this website. God Bless you as we continue!
Sep 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM
"The 'Signs' Don't Matter - It was His Teaching"
Perhaps if you've been struggling with all the noise, you've caught wind of this attitude that the 'signs' weren't really the important part of Brother Branham's ministry. We'd like to help shed some light on it from our view.
Now that the validity of all the prophecies and 'signs' are in question and it's causing many people to pause, a response that many are suggesting is that it wasn't the signs and wonders that mattered. We've heard them say that "those things will disappoint" if you were depending on them. And this reasoning continues to emphasize that it was the doctrine and teaching that mattered (which they insist ALWAYS pointed to Jesus Christ).
That raises the question of the reason we bother to acknowledge his teaching in the first place. Why then did we emphasize William Branham so much? Why did his photo hang on our walls? Why did we quote him incessantly, to the exclusion of almost all other sources of 'lesser' teaching? Why did his books and tapes sit on our shelves? Why did we praise and exalt his life story? Why did we construct our church order around his instructions? Why did we model our lives around his often specific teachings? Why did we call him "the prophet"?
In a word: "Vindication".
And by Brother Branham's own words, vindication was the pattern that identified God's specially called men.
And the Word comes only to the prophet. The word prophet means "a revealer of the Divine written Word," the same as it does a forth-teller, see, or seer. Notice. And the seer, how, the one you know is telling forth, he is Divinely vindicated by foreseeing, and it comes to pass. "If there be one who is prophet, will speak to you and tell you certain things are going to happen. And if it don't happen, don't listen to him. But if it does happen, then I'm with him. You better fear him, because I am with him, you see." That's exactly. There is the vindication, there where you know whether it's the Truth or whether it isn't. God is speaking back through His Word, to His people, by people. See, God only speaks through man. - William Branham - 1963 - Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed
Now every time that the church gets mixed up (and God foreknew they would, for He foreknew all things), therefore He has His certain prophet ready for that age, to call His electing by His vindicated Word of signs and wonders, and confirmation of His Word, "confirming the Word with signs following," as He promised. He gives the true interpretation after the prophet himself has been vindicated. - William Branham - 1965 - Events Made Clear By Prophecy
We used the term "vindicated word" constantly in the Message, based on this premise. As Brother Branham taught - God confirms His Word through his "one man" who is a 'revealer of the Divine Word". And we know who that man is through unfailing, irrevocable, perfect vindication. And if what that man says or does fails to be proven true - "don't listen to him".
So, remind us of how the "vindicating" signs are now not important?
Let's Look to the Word Then!
For those who tell you that they aren't looking to 'vindicating signs' as the reason they believe William Branham to be the end-time Elijah prophet, and insist that it is the "word" or teaching that convinces them...well, let's take a look.
We have no problem agreeing, as per our previous blog post (Did William Branham Point to Jesus?), that there are good things and true things that Brother Branham said. Of course - there had to be. He wouldn't have found so many invitations without speaking enough "truth" (as viewed from the common Christian perspectives).
However, for as many quotes that we can produce which demonstrates the Brother Branham spoke truth, or even pointed to Christ - it still behoves us to examine the whole. If truth is the true goal, this is where we would challenge you to actually pursue that goal regardless of bias. If the word that he spoke was true, it should wash evident through simple examination. And if not - then again, it should raise questions.
Even by the words of Brother Branham himself, he made it clear that 'telling some truth' wasn't enough.
You know the biggest story that was ever told, the biggest lie that was ever told is one that's got a whole lot of truth in it. Now, the biggest lie was ever told, was what Satan told Eve. See, it had a whole lot of truth in it. And now, you come around and say something that's just really right straight out a lie, why, you wouldn't believe that; you know better. But when it comes to a place where it's got about ninety-nine percent truth and one percent lie, that's the deceiving type. - William Branham - 1955- The True Vine & A False Vine
If we hold Brother Branham to this 100% standard - does he pass? Does he pass on the previous quotes insisting that he was fully vindicated - and thus, we ought to believe him? And if he doesn't pass - is it a problem?
Sep 2, 2013 at 12:44 AM
1956 TEACHING ON MOSES Now, upon this thought, let's bow our heads, before we open the Bible, and speak to our lovely Saviour. Our kind heavenly Father, we come so humbly this morning in Thy Presence, and thank Thee above everything that ever was on the earth or ever will be, for the Lord Jesus Christ. For He was the One Who brought man and God together, and reconciled us poor unworthy, ungodly aliens. Away from God by--by choice, of ourselves, we took our own choice and walked away from Him. And He was so good to come, and while we were unpleasing to God, while we were sinners, away from God, He reconciled us back to the Father, through the shedding of His Own Blood. How we thank Thee for Him. And today stands as a Mediator, the only One between God and man, Who can make a prayer come in the Presence of God, through the platform of His Own Blood that He shed from earth to glory."
It is often said by Message Believers that Brother Branham always pointed us back to the word, and to Jesus Christ. Reading the beautiful and humble prayer above from Brother Branham, we know we could provide countless quotes which demonstrated how he spoke of a Savior sent as a Lamb slain to atone for our sins. In healing lines, he would remind us that it was Jesus Christ who was the healer. In teaching, he would tell us that it was Jesus Christ who was the revealer.
To this, when it was spoken in such terms - we say HALLELUJAH! and AMEN!
The Love of Truth
To choose to walk away from the Message is not to default to extremism or to refuse to acknowledge truth when it is spoken - by Brother Branham or by any other man of God who labours to brings souls to the gospel message of Christ. I suspect that anyone who has made a decision to question or walk away found this issue of "we have the truth" to be a distasteful concern that contributed to your awakening.
Truth is truth - and it should not be fearful to recognize and discern statements which are of value. For those who are questioning - the goal isn't to wipe away all things. The goal, for us, is to cling to that which is true.
Don't forget that, lest you be uplifted in yourself - and become distasteful to someone else.