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The Message (Branhamism)

Those who are transitioning from hyper-fundamentalism to mainstream Christianity often have so many questions—good questions—more than we can answer with our content alone. In an endeavor to help you find quality content to read and consider, we’ve compiled the following directory of resources addressing frequently asked questions.

There is a lot of information here. If you’re still in the process of disentangling faith and hammering out what you believe, this page may quickly become overwhelming. Please don’t feel pressured to find all the answers in a day. God sees where you are, He is pleased that you are seeking His truth, and He cares about you. If you find yourself becoming mentally/emotionally exhausted, it’s okay to take a step back, breathe, relax, and come back at a later time when your mind is refreshed and able to focus. If at any point you need someone to talk to, feel free to reach out! We’re here for you and are happy to listen, as well as connect you with likeminded believers.

Please note, we may not be in complete agreement with all the content, authors, and organizations we recommend. If a resource made our list, then we believe it contains valuable information that is worth taking into consideration. We pray that iron will sharpen iron as you disentangle from harmful teachings.

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The Message (Branhamism)

Exiting from a high-control group can feel incredibly isolating. That is why this directory starts with personal stories of those who have disentangled from The Message. They are able to share their stories of disentangling from the teachings of Branham and what they’ve learned along the way.

While growing in awareness about the truth behind “the message of the hour,” it is important to have background on the history of the movement. This is especially important because of the many plagiarisms and contradictions Branham himself made over time. Branham influenced other movements such as the Latter Rain movement, NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) and Word of Faith/prosperity gospel teachings. Several of his followers and associates formed their own splinter groups, such as Isaac Noriega (Golden Dawn Tabernacle) and Jim Jones (of the infamous Jonestown). 

Branham’s teachings are touched on in the following section. For further cross-examination, check out the comprehensive resources at the bottom of the page.

In correlation with Braham’s teachings about women, there are several cases of abuse within The Message. A few of those stories are touched on in this section.

The page concludes with more comprehensive resources for further study.

What Is The Message (Branhamism)?

Personal Stories

Books

Websites

Podcasts

Videos

 

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

 

— John 14:6 —

“Branham’s teachings on Jesus are confusing and often contradictory. He identified Jesus with the Holy Spirit (who came forth from God as the “Logos”). [He taught that] God created Jesus as a sinless human inside of Mary to provide a physical dwelling for the Holy Spirit, who entered Jesus at his baptism and left him in the Garden of Gethsemane (because “He had to die a man).”

—Paul Carden, World Religions Made Easy”

The Godhead

“Depending upon his audience, Branham preached Modalism, Arianism, and Trinitarianism.” 

—John Collins in “Triumph Through Tribulation: William Branham’s Theology In And Out” pg. 38

 Understanding…

The Bible

The Gospel

Salvation

“Branham changes the Biblical narrative such that it makes the role of Biblical prophets authoritative rather than supportive and creates dependencies on human leadership rather than divine.” 

—John Collins in “Triumph Through Tribulation: William Branham’s Theology In And Out” pg. 37

Branham’s Claims

The Seven Church Ages

The Seven Seals

The Cloud Ring

The Pillar of Fire/Houston Photograph

William Branham’s Angel

Was Branham the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5-6?

Branham’s Plagiarism

Miscellaneous Teachings

Progressive Revelation Doctrine

Serpent Seed Doctrine

Celebrating Holidays

Videos

Articles

Podcasts

William’s Branham View Towards Women Vs. Jesus’

William Branham taught that the woman was designed by Satan for filth, unclean living, and deception,” but Jesus valued women, and how He treated women was revolutionary compared to that of His culture at the time. Hearing stories from former Message women who’ve been moved to discover Jesus’ attitude towards women is reminiscient of how Muslim women are moved to learn that Jesus sees women with dignity and honor.

Articles

Books

Videos

History

Historical Overview

Books

Influence on Other Movements

The Latter Rain Movement

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)

Word of Faith Movement/Prosperity Gospel Preachers

Abuse within The Message

Books

Websites

Podcasts

  • Episodes 84- 88 The Serpent’s Tail (Abuse in “The Park”) see Part 1 on Off The Shelf

Comprehensive Resources

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

 

— Romans 10:9-13 —