(this is a continuation of Part 3: Why Message Ministers Are Poor Counsellors) My Last Months Doing Counseling in the Message In the months following my visit to Caring for the Heart, I spent...Read Article
Moving On from Religion
For the many people who have left the message of William Branham, there might come an inevitable time of questioning the merit and impact of religion itself. This in itself is a compounding trauma to add to the already difficult path away from ‘The Message’.
I myself no longer can call myself a Christian. Although I am not atheist, the tenants that comprise the biblical narrative of Jesus Christ, and the history of mankind, now rings hollow.
These are articles that may help someone, from my personal perspective, as they calibrate the road ahead.
Barriers of Exit: Fundamentalism & Restorationism
Although not unique to the Message, Fundamentalism & Restorationism are part of the fabric of being a believer in William Branham's message. The affect these have on your thinking, and your ability to leave the message, is significant. Let's take...Read Article
Barriers of Exit: Branham’s Ark
The Message is Branham's Ark. He's provided the way of escape by all his claims and promises. And this is the quandary for someone who is concerned about the message, and yet looks outside at the world. Do you get...Read Article
20/20 Perspective: Cults Within Cults
Early in my post-message life, I would have other former members approach me suggesting their experience was significantly different than what I experienced. Likewise, there were times when I would read someone else's testimony and be horrified or amazing at...Read Article
20/20 Perspective: Shunning
Who Shunned Who? Honestly. This is a question I've had to really reflect on. In the immediate aftermath, it could be well documented in my writing on this website how the message folk effectively 'shunned' people who left. I felt...Read Article
Barriers of Exit: The Exodus Story
The following article is part of my “Barriers of Exit” series. These barriers are cognitive hurdles that make it extremely hard to question or leave the Message. For a questioning individual, they may have...Read Article
Disclosure & Vulnerability (2020)
I’ve spent a long time on Morning Mercy through the years. It’s hard to explain how much was invested in this online space. Most the effort will never be visible on the pages or...Read Article
Case Quote: “They’re Asking Questions Because Something is Wrong with their Heart”.
Since leaving the message, one thing I have occasionally done is to listen to archived sermons from various churches and ministries. I don’t do it to load up on criticism or document my greivances....Read Article