If I were asked for one piece of advice to provide people in the early stages of leaving the message and an extreme faith group, I would say this: become endlessly curious, and seek understanding.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.
Giving yourself permission to step forward, breaking the "script" despite the feeling of fear is hard. It’s one of the most difficult things to do when you leave "The Message", or any performance-based religious group.Read Article
People expect that you should have immediate answers for why you are leaving their faith group and, ultimately, where you are going. So is it okay to not have answers? Is it okay to not be able to explain your...Read Article
(this is a continuation of Part 4: Doing the Work) Criticisms of Psychology vs Spirituality For anyone who criticized me about this method of spiritual counselling as undermining the power of preaching-ministry, message tapes,...Read Article
(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
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
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