The False Prophet - William Marion
Branham was a minister I once greatly admired. I have several of his
books, many teaching tapes, and a video of his ministry in action. I would
actually weep when hearing him minister supernaturally and wonder why the
Lord is not manifesting Himself in this way today.
Like most of the "giants" of
Pentecostalism, if one can get past the hype and the emotion and do some
solid logical research one will discover the adage is true that states: "The
best of men are men at best."
I do not doubt Branham's sincerity, nor His love for Jesus but it is
indisputable that his teachings were heretical and many of his prophecies
failed to come to pass. Due to teaching false doctrine and giving out
false prophecies, William Branham must be labeled a
Some may ask "why
Branham on the Rogue of the month, he has been dead for over 20 years."?
The answer is simple - many 1,000's of people, and almost all the leaders
of Pentecostalism and Charismania still revere this man as a true prophet.
The web is filled with sites dedicated to Branham in English, French, and
Spanish. All of his sermons are still sent out world-wide, all of his
teachings now on cassette and video tape are being sold to yet another
generation of "sign-seekers."
So, though he himself is dead, the poison of his false teachings are still
affecting multitudes of people. For this reason William Branham rightly
deserves a place in the Rogues Gallery.
convinced that the same Angel that come down in the form of a
Man and talked to Abraham with His back turned to the tent (yet knowing
the thoughts in Sarah's heart), is the same One here tonight.
He promised it would be. I
believe that that same Angel anoints us, because It was God.
Do you believe it?"
The Pillar of
Fire is seen resting on Brother Branham's 'right' shoulder. When
Brother Branham was shown this picture a few weeks later, he said, "Put
it on the shelf. They didn't believe the others and they won't believe
this one either".
This Pillar of Fire had
been with Brother Branham since the time of his birth. During his ministry
it was photographed several times.
When praying for the sick he would watch the Pillar of fire move around
the building from one person to another, revealing the "thoughts and
intents" of the heart, the past, the present and the future.
On the night of January 24, 1950, one of the most
amazing photographs (pictured below) of all time was taken in the Sam
Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas. As William Branham stood at the podium,
a halo of fire appeared above his head. This picture was the only
one that turned out on the entire film! In
the Message "CONVINCED THAN CONCERNED", preached June 10, 1962:
Angel met me up there and told me what he did. I stood before heathens
by the thousands and tens of thousands.
You say, "Aren't you afraid?" No, sir!
I'm convinced that It come from God! I'm convinced
because it was Scriptural! I'm convinced that It's
the Angel of the Lord. I believe it with all that's in my heart.
I'm convinced if we would ask God for anything, He'd give
it to us. He's just here. Don't be scared. He's here.
convinced that that very Spirit that you feel, the Holy
Spirit that is moving in us, I'm convinced that
that's Christ. Amen! I'm convinced that,
right now, that
This is what I'm looking at, this Circle of Light before me, I'm
convinced that's the Holy Spirit!
I'm convinced that vision is over my eyes! I know
it is. Amen! I challenge every devil in the world, this hour! He's God.
Christ is not just a prophet, He is God, nothing short of it.
What do you
think about it, lady? Are you and I strangers one another? You
believe me to be His prophet? You do? You have a head
trouble. That's right. Your name is Mrs. Moore. If that's right, raise
your hand. Go home and be healed.
it's (Pillar of Fire) circling the building. The
whole building's anointed, the whole place. I'm convinced
that the Presence of Jesus Christ will heal every person here.
Are you convinced the same? You convinced
that I tell you the Truth, God vindicates I'm
telling you the Truth? Then I command that you stand to your feet and
accept your healing in the Name of Jesus Christ. If you are convinced,
raise your hands up to Him and give Him praise.
In the Message "INFLUENCE",
preached March 15, 1964:
Beyond any shadow of
doubt, the claim that was made thirty years ago about a Pillar of Fire
that the cameras caught - Your Texas camera caught it not long ago (Jan.
1950). Scientific research throwed it through all kinds of research that
they could find by the FBI. How did you do it? Took
in Texas for Texans. When you see the sign, it cannot be disproved. It's
But will you
believe the voice that follows the sign? The sign is scientifically
My Critique of William Branham
The above are just a couple of excerpts from
some of Branham's meetings.
One thing which characterized his
meetings was his total dependence upon an angel.
When his angel would show up then supernatural events and manifestations
would begin to occur. Once he was asked if it was the Holy Spirit that
did these things in his meetings. What was Branham's response?
No, my angel does these
When ministering to people
William Branham would always ask
them if they believed he was God's prophet.
When they answered yes then he would begin to tell them what was
wrong with them and lay hands on them and send them on their way. It
seemed as if the people had to buy into his claim to be a prophet before
the angel (spirit) would reveal to Branham what was wrong with them.
Now, unlike many outright frauds, like Peter
Popoff, Branham did reveal things to people and about them that he got
He was not faking these things.
What happened in his meetings were without a doubt supernatural in
nature. The issue is this - there are only 2 possibilities then, (1)
they were from God or (2) they were from the devil.
no Biblical record of Jesus doing His mighty works by the
assistance of any angel(s). He did them by virtue of being God the
Son and by the power of the Holy Spirit. The apostles in the book
of Acts did what they did by the power of the Holy Spirit, again
no angel is mentioned.
With this Biblical record, why then did Branham need an angel
when no other Biblical prophet or apostle needed one? At best his
experience with this angel is
extra-Biblical and thus very suspect. It is now
my opinion that this angel was an angel of light.
2 Cor. 11:13-15
For such men are false
apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of
Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of
light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise
themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to
Because of the signs and
wonders in his meetings Branham demanded that the people accept his
teaching. The "Word" he delivered was "confirmed" by signs following (or
preceding at times). What does the Scripture say regarding this?
"If a prophet
or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and
gives you a sign or a wonder, and
the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you,
saying, 'Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us
serve them,' you
shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams;
for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord
your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
This text has
always proven troublesome to those in the prophetic movement. They
attempt to point out the signs and wonders proving
what they are doing and teaching is approved of God. The problem is what
they are teaching is usually either diametrically opposed to orthodox
Christian doctrine or extra-Biblical in content.
Branham arose, he
did signs and wonders, much of what he revealed about people was true .
. .(but we cannot discount the reality of familiar spirits who also can
reveal exactly the things Branham did with the help of his angel). What
of his doctrine? Did it lead God's people way from the true knowledge of
William Branham's Beliefs
- Branham started off as a Baptist and then changed over to a
Oneness Pentecostal. He vehemently denied the Trinity of God and took a
strong "Jesus Only" stance in
regards to the godhead. This alone places him in the ranks of earlier
heretics. The early church fathers fought long and hard battles against
those who denied the reality of One God in three distinct persons of
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thus, his Jesus was not the true Jesus of
- Branham also believed he was Elijah the prophet, see the
picture above. This picture is available on the William Branham Homepage
and many many other sites on the web. What was more, other people
believed him to be the prophet Elijah who was to come before the return
of Christ Jesus. Branham was not Elijah, thus we can easily see the
depth of the deception working in him and his followers.
- Branham taught a works salvation, not uncommon for most
Pentecostals, although his form was rather extreme in regards to dress,
make-up, etc. Thus, his doctrine of salvation was not sola gratia, sola
fide, sola scriptura as the reformers correctly taught.
- Branham held to the belief in UFO's and somehow they figure
into the end times (which is interesting when one considered the X-Files
and Heavens' Gate).
- He also taught about the great pyramid and its Biblical
meaning and significance to his ministry.
Branham died in 1965 after his car was struck by a drunk
driver. For many days after his death several well known Latter Rain
ministers prayed over his body in an attempt to raise Branham from the
dead. . .obviously they failed.
William Branham's Legacy
Apart from the fact that almost
everything he said or taught publicly is available in one form of another
there is a more lasting and damaging legacy left behind. Branham was
responsible in a great part for the formation of what came to be known as
the New Order of the Latter Rain. Branham believed in the distributing of
spiritual gifts by the laying on of hands, he believed in restored
prophets and apostles. He was the vanguard of many more to come who will
operate in this end-time glory and power. Branham had a great influence
over Hawtin & Hunt who would formalize his concepts into more of a
doctrinal base at the Sharon compound in North Battleford. These errors,
many propagated by Branham are still infecting millions today. This is
unfortunately his legacy, and that being one or heresy, aberrant
teachings, and deceiving signs.
Copyright© Rev. Robert S. Liichow, 1997
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