The Real William Branham & The Big Connection

William Marrion Branham

William Marrion Branham

William Branham (1907-1965) was a Pentecostal minister from Jeffersonville, Indiana credited by some as initiating the Post WWII Healing Revival. The first of ten children of Charles and Ella Branham, Branham claimed to have been born in Cumberland County, KY and reared in the booming Southern Indiana casino town directly across the river from Louisville, KY. He was also a “doomsday prophet”, predicting several years that he claimed to be the End of Days.

When American Prohibition disrupted the thriving liquor industry of the local area, Branham’s family became poor and destitute. Branham’s father, employed as a driver for Otto Wathen of the R. E. Wathen Distilleries, was arrested for violation of the liquor laws, worsening their hardship. At the time, William was in critical condition in the Clark Memorial hospital after being shot. The Ku Klux Klan came to the rescue, paying his hospital bill and making an impact on his life that he would never forget.

Branham’s Spurious Conversion

Shortly after the Klan was exposed for taking control of the Indiana government, Roy E. Davis came to Jeffersonville claiming to be a Christian evangelist and becoming a choir leader for Ralph Rader. Davis was at one time an official spokesperson for William Joseph Simmons’ 1915 revival of the Klan, as well as a high-ranking member. He was also affiliated with other white supremacy groups Simmons created such as the “Knights of the Flaming Sword.” Shortly after being appointed as an elder of the Rader Gospel Tabernacle, past crimes of swindling, fraud, and multiple violations of underaged sex caught up with him. Davis was terminated from Rader’s church, and started a Pentecostal church taking several members from Rader’s congregation. It was at this Pentecostal church that Davis claims to have converted William Branham into his first Pentecostal Assembly. According to William Branham, Davis was his mentor, the one who baptized him, imparted the “Holy Ghost,” and appointed him as a minister. Shortly after, Davis was extradited by the Governor of the State of Indiana to the casino town of Hot Springs, Arkansas on charges of grand theft and connection to murder. William Branham seized the opportunity, taking control of Davis’ rowdy church and forming the Billie Branham Pentecostal Tabernacle in 1936.

A year later, the 1937 Flood demolished the town of Jeffersonville. The once thriving casino town nicknamed “Little  Vegas” that once attracted the likes of Al Capone and John Dillenger suddenly was leveled to a desolate wasteland. Later that year, Branham’s first wife Hope died from a disease she contracted in January of 1936, and his daughter died shortly after.

In 1944, Roy E. Davis joined forces with former Congressman William D. Upshaw in an operation under the disguise of a children’s orphanage in San Bernardino California. Soon after the orphanage was exposed for swindling thousands of dollars from the Los Angeles area and being the defendant in a highly publicized criminal lawsuit, Davis introduced Upshaw to William Branham. A year later, in 1945, William Branham began his evangelistic “healing” ministry, and Upshaw (who had witnessed been physically running since 1936) entered one of Branham’s meetings as an “invalid” in a wheelchair. When Upshaw was “healed” from his “bedridden” condition, Branham’s fame in the faith healing business quickly spread.

“Life Story” Embellishment

By 1947, William Branham had embellished many events of his “life story,” removing the details that would raise skepticism and adding “supernatural” aspects. He started claiming to have had several conflicting “commissions” by God, and telling a tragic fictional story of his life. Over time, his stage persona began to include stories of being born under a supernatural sign, having a prophetic gift as a toddler, fatherless at an early age, and more. Even the tragic death of his wife was embelished to become part of the story. It was such an interesting tale that he became the side show for Little David Walker, the 12-year-old boy preacher.

His new stage persona, combined with Upshaw’s “healing,” was very powerful in lifting Branham to the top of the revival. He had a very successful series of meetings throughout parts of the United States and Canada, but his success began to fade shortly after when ministers began to notice many people “healed” were dying or worsening in condition.

Roy E. Davis, who had not been (directly) involved with the Branham campaign, wrote a letter to the Voice of Healing publication produced by Branham’s campaign managers to cross-promote Branham’s and his own evangelism. But by this time, William Branham had started distancing himself from many churches, claiming to be the return of “Elijah the prophet.” Telling his listeners that he had buried his prophecies in his Jeffersonville Tabernacle in 1933 (the church he purchased in 1936), Branham used the grip of fear from the Second Red Scare to create a following that would replace his quickly diminishing listeners.

During the birth of the Civil Rights movement, Branham began leaning back towards his Ku Klux Klan roots. He began claiming that Martin Luther King was “communistic inspired,” African Americans should “forfeit their rights” and be “satisfied in the state [they are] in,” and that “hybreeding” (interracial marriage) was an impardonable sin. But he continued the “Elijah” claims as well, eventually convincing his listeners that the “Elijah of this day” [himself] was the return of Jesus Christ. After Branham’s death in 1965, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s query into the Kennedy Assassination exposed the fact that Roy E. Davis was in fact the Imperial Grand Dragon of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as a a strong leader, promoter, and supporter of several white supremacy groups.

Many who were with William Branham during the early years agree that William Branham’s doctrinal teachings were destructive, and for that reason was constrained to “healing” and not “preaching.” Testimonies from Ern Baxter, Alfred Pohl, Gordon Lindsay, and others refer to Branham’s “Message” cult with distaste, and many examinations of the fruits of Branham’s ministry have produced confirmation of its destructive nature.

William Branham & Jim Jones

William Branham was directly responsible for igniting the ministry of Jim Jones in Indianapolis. From 1956 through 1956, Branham and his campaign team held meetings with Jones at Peoples Temple and the Cadle Tabernacle, and Branham held private consultations with members of Peoples Temple. There are deep concerns when you compare Branham’s “Message” to Jim Jones’ “Message.” Branham-focused communes in Prescott, Arizona and Colonia Dignidad have exposed the sexual molestation, abuse and rape that have been hidden behind closed doors. Branham’s “Message” cult has been labeled as a mind control cult by the Freedom of Mind Resource Center’s cult expert Steven Hassan, and meets all of his B.I.T.E model criteria (Behavior control, Information control, Thought control, and Emotional control) to be considered destructive.http://william-branham.org/#/people/william_branham

If My Angel Does Not Give The Sign, I Cannot Heal

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Years ago (William Branham) told his interpreter, Pastor Ruff, “If my angel does not give the sign, I cannot heal.” Ruff noticed several features of spiritism in the work of Branham, and therefore stopped working with him. These “angels” of whom (Harry) Edwards and Branham spoke are evil spirits masquerading as angels of light. As in many areas of the occult, we are here reminded again that the devil appears as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14) Another evidence is the fact that neither Edwards nor Branham were able to perform cures when faced with born-again Christians who had committed themselves to the protection of Christ. In the case of Branham, I have experienced this myself. When he spoke in Karlsruhe and Lausanne, there were several believers among the audience — including myself — who prayed along these lines: “Lord, if this man’s powers are from You, then bless and use him, but if the healing gifts are not from You, then hinder him.” The result? On both occasions Branham said from the platform, “There are disturbing powers here. I can do nothing.”
Kurt Koch, Occult ABC 1978, p. 235
https://www.wayoflife.org/reports/william_branhams_bogus_healings.html

Occultism At An Early Age

It should also be noted that Branham’s parents believed in fortunetelling and he was burdened through occultism at an early age. (Kurt Koch, Between Christ and Satan, p. 150).
From a very early age it was evident that supernatural power accompanied Branham’s life. When he was three years of age [other accounts give the age as two and seven], he first heard “the Voice.” This disembodied Voice told him that he was never to drink, smoke, or defile his body in any way, for he was being groomed for work at a later date (William Branham, My Life Story, Jeffersonville, IN: Spoken Word Publications, undated, p. 24).

The Voice accompanied Branham throughout his lifetime, and eventually made itself known as an angel. This angel directed him in every aspect of his personal life, and it was the angel rather than the Holy Spirit to whom Branham gave credit for his power (Kurt Koch, Occult Bondage and Deliverance, Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1972, p. 50).

Branham knew that if he didn’t do what the Voice told him to do, he would suffer greatly.

BRANHAM’S ‘ANGEL’
Another evidence of the demonic nature of Branham’s visitations is the legalistic bondage that accompanied them. The devil is a slave master. The Lord Jesus Christ sets the captives free. Branham never did experience the liberty of conscience and action that Christ gives. He lived in fear and acted under a compulsive-type behavior associated with demonic oppression.

We have quoted Branham’s own statement about being a prisoner to the visitations. Consider Branham’s painful, servile relationship with the angel:

“One evening, just before a meeting, Branham told his interpreter, ‘Don’t stand to the right of me because my angel stands there.’ Branham described the angel as a well-built man, dark hair with folded arms. The angel supposedly stood next to Branham, and what the angel said, he had to obey.

“Branham said that the angel was with him day and night and without him he had no authority in his preaching. In fact, he could not even decide things in his own private life. In his healing, Branham was always told by the angel who to heal and who not to. Once an interpreter asked Branham, ‘Do you think your power to heal people comes from the Holy Spirit?’ ‘No,’ Branham replied, ‘my angel does it.’ Kurt Koch confirms ‘the fact that Branham’s angel was a spiritistic rather than a divine angel.’ He relates a story about a woman whose brother-in-law, in spite of being a minister, was involved in occultism, spiritistic meetings and magic. When Branham first was introduced to him, Branham spontaneously said, ‘You look exactly like the angel which appears to me every day.’ The weird, spiritistic minister frightened Christians who knew him” (Carl Dyck, William Branham: The Man and His Message, Saskatoon: Western Tract Mission, 1984, p. 16).

The Voices That Tormented Him

We believe Branham was influenced by demonic spirits. The bondage in which he lived was an occultic bondage. His powers were those of a soothsayer.

His healing powers were occultic. The voices that tormented him, the vibrations and swellings in his hand, the lights, the fiery balls that supposedly danced about the room during some of his healing crusades, the complete exhaustion he experienced after his meetings–all of this is evidence of occultic powers. And this is what men of God tried to warn him of. In fact, when Branham met fortunetellers, they even told him that he was influenced by their kind of supernatural powers:

“What made me more scared than ever, every time I met a fortuneteller, they would recognize something had happened. And that would just … it just nearly killed me.

“For instance, one day my cousins and I was going down through a carnival ground, and we was just boys, walking along. So there was a little old fortuneteller sitting out there in one of those tents. … She said, ‘Say, you, come here a minute!’ And the three of us boys turned around. And she said, ‘You with the striped sweater’ (that was me). …

“And I walked up, I said, ‘Yes, ma’am, what could I do for you?’ 

“And she said, ‘Say, did you know there’s a Light that follows you? You were born under a certain sign.’

“I said, ‘What do you mean?’

“She said, ‘Well, you were born under a certain sign. There’s a Light that follows you. You were born for a Divine call’” (William Branham: The Man and His Message, pp. 22-23).

Branham tells of other instances in which soothsayers told him similar things. He said, “And every time I get around one of them, that’s the way it would be.” Then the preachers, saying, “That’s the Devil! That’s the Devil!” (Ibid. p. 25).

This is a sad story. It is too bad that Branham did not listen to the wise voices which were warning him that the visitations were demonic. It is too bad that Branham did not listen to his own fears and his own conscience which caused him to want to escape the visitations. It is too bad that Branham did not listen to the Bible. As it turns out, he did not listen to wisdom. Instead he allowed the demonic powers to control his life, and he, in turn, led multitudes of other people into all sorts of error and confusion.

Healings Pronounced – Yet People Die

Healings Pronounced In Canada – Only To Die Weeks Later –
Then the other party was–I recall so well–was a pastor from Port Arthur, Ontario, which is now called Thunderbay, Ontario. (They combined two cities, Port Arthur and Port William.]

This man was a pentecostal pastor, had a radio broadcast and, I understand, quite a sizable church. He flew his wife in and the nurse to Saskatoon which was quite a trip–quite costly. And again I had the phone call from the airport and placed them in a room there eventually in the dorm. And when the meeting was over, and the prayer line was over in the church, I brought Branham into the dorm and he prayed for this lady as well. He prayed also for the nurse. The nurse was deaf. He prayed for her healing, and claimed that she was healed. He also claimed that the pastor’s wife was healed of cancer.

Well, there was great rejoicing. Let me tell you, we rejoiced together, because I thoroughly believed in Branham all this time, I thought he was just … just it. He was God’s man. We rejoiced together, and then Branham left. And the husband (the pastor) said to me, “Now, Brother Pohl,” he said, “I’ve spent thousands of dollars to try to get help for my wife, on doctors, and this and that and the other, medicines.” He said, “I really can’t afford it, but here”– and he wrote out a sizable check. He said, “I can’t afford it, but Branham is worth it.” He said, “My wife is healed.” 

He took Branham at his word. See, it wasn’t anything else; he just believed Branham. And here was this sizable check. He said, “Give it to Branham.” Which I did, the next day.

Later on, about three, four weeks later, I left for Ontario. I was missionary secretary of our denomination, and I visited some of our churches in Ontario. And in the process of visiting our churches, I came to Port Arthur, Port William. We had a church in Port William, and one of the first things I did when I got to Port William was to ask the pastors, “What about pastor so and so in Port Arthur?” I named him. I said, “How’s his wife doing?” I said, “She was healed in the meetings in Saskatoon.” 

And I saw a strange look that came over their faces as I asked that question. And I thought in my heart, “Oh, no, not another one.” Just like the family I was telling you about in Saskatoon, from Regina. And I said in my heart, “No, not another one.”

And they said, “Haven’t you heard, haven’t you heard? She’s dead. She passed away.”

Well that was another blow to me, because I began to realize that something was wrong with this kind of healing. This was counterfeit; something was drastically wrong. Of all people, here was a pastor who loved the Lord and served the Lord, and, you know, why did this happen? Did his faith fail?

Did his wife’s faith fail? He had a whole church behind him. But no, she passed away.

I was told that the worst thing was that this man (the pastor) had a very good radio broadcast in the area. He went on the air as soon as he got home, and he announced that they had been to Saskatoon to the Branham meetings and had wonderful meetings there, and there were many healings, and amongst them his wife was gloriously healed in those meetings.

I’m sure that many people rejoiced, were happy to hear that. But, it wasn’t very long after that, a few days later, he had to get on the same radio station and mention the fact that his wife had passed away. And I was told that that gave his radio program a severe blow and setback, because the world at large–I mean they think too, they’re not stupid–here one day she was gloriously healed, and a few days later she’s dead. You know, this doesn’t add up.

We had more of those cases–these are just two exceptional ones–but there were others that passed away. I stood beside bed after bed, person after person who was pronounced healed and yet, where were they? They passed away. So there was something very wrong with this type of healing.

O TIMOTHY: In the meetings inside the main auditorium, Branham mentioned his angel different times, you said. Could you tell me about the incident with the spots on the hand, and then the secret words that he mentioned?

POHL: Oh, yes. This happened in the church, in one of the prayer lines, the healing lines. I was standing right beside Branham, beside his left arm, and our moderator was standing on his right hand. And we were helping him with these people coming by, praying with them and so on.

And in one case, Branham took the hand of a man, grabbed his hand and then lifted it up in the air and showed the back of his hand toward the audience. And he said this, “The angel that gave me this gift,”–he talked quite a bit about that angel that gave him the gift–“told me that in (a certain sickness–I forget which it was) spots will appear on the back of my hand.”

And as he held this man’s hand out and showed the back of his hand toward the audience, he said, “Folks, can you see the spots on my hand?” 

Would you believe hands went up all over that auditorium and even in the back of the auditorium (people were standing; the place was jammed). And in the balcony way back there you could hardly see his hand, let alone see spots on his hand. It was way back there, and people had their hands up!

Back there in the gallery, and the balcony, and way at the back at the door. They could see spots! It was just something else, and I said to myself, “How can these people see those spots?”

They could hardly see his hand, you know, it’s too far away. But people were holding up their hands. It was amazing. And I when I think back to this now, it seems to have been a form of mass hypnotism. People see what they want to see; they wanted to see spots, because they believed in Branham, and there they were and they could all see spots.

Excepting two of us. First of all, myself. I was standing right beside him. I was touching him, shoulder to shoulder. And I looked, and for the life of me I couldn’t see any spots. There were no spots.

And you know how I resolved that little problem? I said to myself, “Look, all these people can see spots. And I can’t. There’s something wrong with me. They can’t all be out of tune with God. I’m the one that’s backslidden.” And I said to myself, “I’m going to talk to you later,” and “there’s something wrong with you.”

Really, I was so sincere about this thing. I believed in Branham so much that I felt I was out of step with God. And so I said, “Okay, I’m going to talk to myself later.” 

And then the healing went on, and the prayer line ended finally, and I led Branham into the dorm again, and into the various rooms. When it was all over, I came back into church and here were quite a few people yet, visiting, standing around. It was quite an exciting time. And lo and behold, the moderator, who stood on the other side of Branham that night, said, “Brother Pohl, I want to ask you something.” 

“What is it?”

He said, “You were standing right beside Branham tonight when he held up this man’s hand, and people could see spots.”

And then that thought came back to me, “Oh, yeah, that’s right. I was the one that didn’t see the spots.”

So, I said, “Yes, I was right there. And you were on the other side on the right.”

He said, “Tell me, did you see any spots on the back of his hand?” And I said, “No, I didn’t see any spots.” He said, “I didn’t either. I didn’t either. And we were right there.”

He said, “Tell me something. How is it that you and I who were standing right beside him couldn’t see the spots, and all those people back there, way back there, could see spots?”

Well, how do you answer that? He was our moderator. That made me feel so much better, because I found out that he was backslidden too, and not me only, see what I mean! I had felt I had been backslidden because I couldn’t see those spots. But here’s our moderator.

“We’re in trouble; our moderator’s backslidden, too, huh?” 

That’s how I reasoned. So I felt much better because I knew I wasn’t the only one, that our brother moderator couldn’t see any spots either. And I thought, “Well, there’s something wrong here, there’s something wrong with this whole procedure.”

Hocus Pocus Healings

Alright, that’s the one thing, and then we came to the last meeting. The last meeting was in the Saskatoon arena. We were crowded out in the church, it was just packed. We couldn’t get the people in. So the last Sunday afternoon we had rented the arena downtown. I think there were approximately three thousand people there. And I’m sure there were people from all over and from every part of the spectrum of Saskatoon.

He preached of course, Branham preached, and [there was] a long prayer line, very long. There were scores of people that wanted to be prayed for.

So Branham was getting pretty tired, praying for one after the other. And he was trying to cast a deaf and dumb spirit out of this woman. He prayed and nothing happened. At least to him, nothing happened. And then we just waited a bit, and then he said, “Folks,” he said, “I want every eye closed this time. I’m going to pray again. We want this woman healed.” He said, “I want every eye closed.” And he said, “I can’t do this unless every eye is closed.”

At this time I was standing right in front of Branham with the person he was praying for between us … Branham on the little platform there and the person between us he was praying for. I was, say, six feet from Branham, five or six feet from him.

And while I was waiting for him to finish up praying for this lady, he asked the people, “Please close your eyes.” He was going to pray for her the second time, which he did. And once again he said, “This woman can’t be healed like this. Somebody is still looking.” He said, “I want every eye closed.”

Now I thought the reason was in reverence to God, respect to God, wanting prayer answered, and so on; but here he came out with something else. “The reason that I want every eye closed is that the angel that gave me this gift gave me some words that I must say to cast off this deaf and dumb spirit; and I’m not suppose to reveal those words to any human being.” 

He said, “The reason I ask you to close your eyes is so you will not read my lips when I say those words.”

Well, you know, when he said that–and I’m right in front of him, no mistaking, I heard this; I was so close to him.; I wasn’t way back in the audience, or anything; I’m right there–I said to myself, “Wait a minute.
What is this?”

Publicly he said, “In the name of Jesus Christ, I command thee, thou foul, deaf and dumb spirit, come out of this woman.” You know, he said it really loud, and with authority, but in the name of Jesus Christ. But that didn’t do it. Obviously there was something else that was needed. And under his breath he said–well, you name it, whatever it was, something like “hocus, pocus”, something that was given to him that was superior to the name of Jesus Christ, in his line of thinking.

This is what the angel told him. And this is the only thing that would do the job.

Well, when he said that, that just hit me so hard. I said to myself, “There’s something wrong here. Is there anything greater than the name of Jesus Christ?” What can be greater? To me, the name of Jesus Christ is all powerful, it is the authority, the final authority. There’s nothing greater. And here he had something else that was greater. The name of Jesus Christ didn’t do it; he had to go resort to some other statements, some hocus pocus stuff that did the job.

Well, immediately I said within myself that this is occultism, this is spiritism, this is witchcraft, this is not Christian. It can’t be. If the name of Jesus Christ doesn’t do it, then it’s something else. And that’s what it was. So I became very suspicious.

And when people began to die one after another–people whose beds I had stood beside, and he had pronounced them healed–I said to myself, “Well, that just proves these healings were fake. They’re not genuine. This is not in the name of Christ.”

He was deceiving the people with the name of Jesus Christ, but underneath his breath there was something else. And he didn’t want us to read his lips. Now I never looked. I don’t think I could read his lips anyway, I’m not even used to doing that. He was so careful that nobody would read lips.

We Fell Asleep To Your Voice & Woke Up To A Lie

http://en.believethesign.com/index.php/An_Open_Letter_to_William_Branham


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Last Days Prophet: In light of claims that Branham was God’s end-time prophet, it is significant that he falsely predicted that America would be destroyed in 1977.19 Branham was guilty of false prophecy (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). While he tried to call it a prediction rather than a prophecy (without explaining the difference), he firmly stressed that the 1977 date was based on his thirty year study of the Bible and “Divine inspiration.” Branham’s ministry and claims were supported by alleged supernatural verification. Signs and wonders, however, are not infallible proofs. Many conflicting sects and ideologies boast similar subjective “proofs” (2 Thessalonians 2:9, Matthew 12:39, 24:24, Hebrews 1:1, I John 4:1-3).

The Branham Connection

The Branham Connection – Latter RainThe Latter Rain Revival aka New Order of the Latter Rain (1947–1952), happened during two separate healing ministries of William Branham & Oral Roberts (In November 1947 Oral Roberts claimed God “appeared to him”  and directed him to heal the sick).  Groups of people influenced by their teachings formed what is known the ‘Latter Rain Movement‘. They claimed this was the latter rain referred in Jeremiah 3:3, Joel 2:23, and Hosea 6:3. Leaders of the movement in Canada influenced by Branham were Percy Hunt & George Hawtin(who preached British-Israelism among other errors). William Branham (1) (1909-1965). 

Branham claimed that in May 7th 1946 he had an angel visitation to announce & later direct his  healing ministry. He taught the ‘Serpent Seed‘ heresy (Sermon Sept. 28/58 at Branham Tabernacle, Jeffersonville, Indiana), a doctrine found in Kabbalah, Talmud & Gnostic gospel of Philip. He taught annihilationism (no hell),  predestination, didn’t believe in the Deity of Christ but Kenosis, a Gnostic doctrine that says Jesus was a man not God until baptism at 30 year of age, when God (Father alone, a spirit) indwelled in him, a human body or tabernacle. Jesus was just a vessel carrying the Divinity & performed miracles & die as a man.According to Branham Jesus was not eternal because he had a beginning. Branham didn’t believe in the Trinity. He said: ‘Let me say this with Godly love. The hours approached where I can’t hold still on these things no more… Trinitarianism is of the devil. I tell you that – Thus saith the Lord.” (William Branham, Footprints on the Sands of Time: The autobiography of William Marrion Branham, Part 2 , & Jeffersonville, IN: Spoken Word Publications, 1975, 606-7.)

.In late 1950’s Branham began talking about ‘speaking things into existence’, & said he created 2 squirrels. Branham claimed he was ‘Elijah’ the last messenger of Laodicea & the messenger of the covenant. Also taught that the Word of God was given in three forms, the zodiac, the Egyptian pyramids, and the written scripture. (Al Dager, Vengeance is Ours, Page 59).-The Assemblies of God in 1949 officially rejected the Latter Rain/ Manifest Sons of God doctrine as “heresy”.O. Roberts & W. Branham were not the first  faith healers, but there were others before that influenced them. Branham claimed to be the successor of both Smith Wigglesworth & John Alexander Dowie:

John Alexander Dowie 1847-1907. In June 1888 Dowie comes to the United States and announces his presence as a “healer by faith” and a medium. His statements were recorded by a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. He declared himself to be Elijah, then John the Baptist, then first ‘apostle’ of the Restoration. He purchased land in Illinois and established the city of Zion, that had their own police, print shop, stores, bank, schools, no medicines, strict Mosaic dietary laws, etc. & the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church. The church schools in Zion taught the flat earth doctrine. They were considered a cult.

F. F. Bosworth (1877-1958) held tent revivals during the 1920’s.  He and Branham met and became good friends as both men followed also the teachings of E.W. Kenyon (A Methodist pastor who studied metaphysical & mind science, but mixed it with Christianity). Bosworth lived in Zion & served on John Alexander Dowie’s cultBosworth and Dowie met Kenyon during a trip to Chicago. John G. Lake also lived & worked at Zion City for a time, & Bosworth worked with him in establishing the ‘Divine Healing Mission’ in Portland, Oregon, they would be close friends for several years.   James Gordon Lindsay (Branham’s manager & publisher of magazine Voice of Healing). Was born in Zion, Illinois, his parents were disciples of John Alexander Dowie. He together with Jack Moore were part of Branham’s team. Later Canadian Ern Baxter (Branham’s new campaign manager) &  F. F. Bosworth joined the team.

Fuller Theological Seminary was founded by Charles E. Fuller a radio evangelist, and the preacher Harold Ockenga, in 1947 when ‘Later Rain revival‘ started. They followed Branham & promoted Dominionism.  C. Peter Wagner (1) was a head apostle of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) that named their movement. He was a teacher for 30 years (1971 to 2001) at Fuller Theological Seminary he was professor of Church Growth movement, & taught Dominion Theology. In 1998 he founded Wagner University.

Some famous Fuller alumni : Bill Bright, Rob Bell (Emergent), Rick Warren (Emergent), Richard Foster (Emergent), John Piper (Neo-Calvinist), James White (Hyper Calvinist), etc. Fuller was the first evangelical seminary to accept LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) student groups (USA Today). They teach many doctrinal errors i.e. that hell is not literal.

Branham And The NAR

William Branham is revered by NAR apostles, some of them are/were: C. Peter Wagner, Paul Cain (Kansas City prophet, worked with Branham & claimed worked with Branham’s angel, he laid the foundation for Mike Bickle’s ministries), Mike Bickle (IHOP), John Arnott (Toronto Revival), Randy Clark (Global Awakening, Revival Alliance, Voice of the Apost. -The NAR apostles say he was the spark that started Toronto Revival), Rick Joyner (Morning Start), John Wimber (Vineyard, Wagner called him “Pioneer of the New Apostolic Reformation”), Todd Bentley (who claimed to have received William Branham’s mantle from Emma, William Branham’s angel), Bill Hybels (Willow Creek1), James Gall, Bill Johnson (Bethel, Global Legacy, etc.), Lou Engle (The Call, The Send), Rodney Howard-Browne, Brian Simmons (New Passion Bible), Brian & Bobbie Huston (Hillsong Church), Ted Haggard (World Prayer Center), Steve Shultz (The Elijah List), Heidi Baker, Cindy Jacobs (Generals), Chuck Pierce, Guillermo Maldonado (Rey Jesus), Samuel Rodriguez, etc.

William Branham’s Coveted ‘Mantle’

Bill Johnson – Chris Vollotton – Branham Mantle

After finishing his sermon and following up with some prayer, Johnson relinquishes the podium to Vallotton who goes on to reveal a purported conversation he had with God:

…so, I was in a prayer chapel and laying on the floor and I said, “God would you give me the mantle of William Branham?”  And, He said, “Well, how could I do that? If I did that it would destroy you.”  Then, I was layin’ there and it was like, the Lord asked ‘how could I do that’ so then I said – I waited about a few minutes – I was thinking about and I said, “Well, you could put the same mantle on a whole generation then we wouldn’t stand out from one another.” He said, “Alright, I’ll do that.”

Isn’t that awesome?  That’s what the Lord wants to do.  He wants to put the, He wants – not just the mantle of William Branham, but how about the mantle of Jesus Christ?  That’s even a bigger one there, and, uh, He wants to put it on every single person

So, wasn’t that just a great word that Bill brought us right there…” 3

I agree “that’s even a bigger one there” but not in the same way as Vallotton, I’m sure.  First, note that by the usage of the word “mantle” Vallotton is equating it with Johnson’s “anointing.”  Bill Hamon states these terms are similar in meaning if not synonymous.  He defines “anointing”:

“An in-depth study of the word anoint reveals that it was used to consecrate people to a particular position or ministry…In present-day application, this means the manifest presence of God upon a person to meet specific needs.

“…Mantle has a similar meaning.  If someone has prophesied that you have a prophetic mantle, it implies that you can minister in prophetic ministry…” 4

It follows then that the desire to “put the same mantle on a whole generation” would be the same as what Johnson calls a “corporate anointing.”  Further, this “mantle of Jesus Christ” would be akin to a “corporate Christ anointing.”  This is the heretical manifest sons of God (MSoG) teaching.  [For more on Bill Johnson and MSoG, see Bill Johnson’s ‘Born Again’ Jesus, Part II.]  The most extreme view of MSoG culminates in the “Birth of the Man-Child” teaching in which the “birth” of the corporate Christ is through the corporate Church body. 

Branham’s Doctrine & Practices

Both Johnson and Vallotton promote William Branham.  Who was William Marrion Branham?  There’s already quite a bit of info available regarding Branham, so, briefly: he declared a number of foretelling prophecies which failed to come to pass, he denied the Trinity, and his doctrine included a belief in pyramidology and astrology in conjunction with the Bible.  He also taught the Serpent Seed doctrine in which the claim is that the serpent in the Garden of Eden mated with Eve resulting in a tainted lineage beginning with Cain and continuing to this day.5  Apparently emanating from this perversion of the The Fall is the following from Branham:

“Who does the world belong to?  The Devil.  Who controls it now?  The Devil.  Exactly right. The Devil controls the world…” 6

Yet Psalm 24:1 states, “The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” [NIV 1984]  In the book of Job, Satan must receive God’s permission in order to test Job [Job 1:6-12 and 2:1-6].  And, in Job 38:33 is the following: “Do you know the laws of the heavens?  Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?” [NIV 1984]  God is sovereign over all.

 Branham’s son, Billy Paul Branham, reiterates his dad’s claim that he was the end-time spirit of Elijah:

Branham also taught that all Christian denominations lacked full revelation (Branham’s, that is), that denominations were the mark of the beast [Rev 13:16], and, thus, all those attending denominational churches were not really saved and are, in fact, antichrist.8  All congregants of denominations are actually the pale horse, death, of the fourth seal of Revelation [Rev 6:7-8] and will be killed off by the collective white horses made up of Jesus and the ‘church’ [Rev 19:14].9

In addition, Branham denied everlasting torment claiming the lake of fire was created and hence could not be eternal:

“…Anything that was created is not Eternal…That’s the reason there cannot be an Eternal hell.  If anybody ever tells you that you’re going to burn in an Eternal Hell, I want the Scripture for that…” 10

Well, here’s the Scripture: “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown.  They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” [Rev 20:10, NIV 1984; see also Matthew 25:41-46, etc.]  It should be noted that Branham affirmed eternal life for the believer11even though mankind is, of course, created thereby illustrating one of many contradictions in his teachings.  Some claim that Branham was orthodox in the beginning yet went astray toward the end of his life and ministry.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning.  If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life.  26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. [I John 2:19, 24-26 NKJV]

Clearly, Branham was a false teacher propounding heresy.  Branham claimed – and others claimed as well – that he was a prophet and a healer; but, with such aberrant theology, why would we believe he was truly of God?  Is the sole criterion of a Christian the miraculous [see Matt 7:21-23]?  Aren’t we to worship in both spirit and truth [John 4:23]?  Given this, why would Bill Johnson promote Branham’s “anointing” and why would Kris Vallotton want his “mantle” as a “corporate mantle” / “corporate anointing?”  Would God really want to give anyone, let alone the entire church corporate, the “mantle” of one like William Branham?  Does God really talk to Kris Vallotton in this manner?https://notunlikelee.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/kris-vallotton-and-the-mantle-of-jesus-christ-bill-johnson-on-corporate-anointing/

Doors of Deception – Idols Of The heart

Seeking ‘spiritual pleasure’ while entertaining idols in the heart is spiritual fornication. Pleasing God is where we experience the pleasure of God. Seeking pleasure without seeking to please God is spiritual lust!

I believe this is where a lot of problems have entered in. Seeking an experience with an impure heart and heretical beliefs, is an open door to deception. Even mature believers can have idols in their hearts and be entertaining error. 

Many voices, are beginning to sound the alarm. Large, influential, ministries are not impervious to these dangers, and are being addressed constantly. The time is approaching for the Glory of God to bring to light the hidden things of darkness. I’m concerned that many will reject the Light that begins to expose the darkness. 

Again, and again I say, “all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thess.2:10-12 

Paul said, “because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false.” 

Now is the time to examine our selves, examine our foundations, (ministry foundations, personal foundations, doctrinal foundations.) Now is the time to examine our hearts, asking God to examine our hearts, submitting to others who can address our ‘blind spots.’ Now is the time to cry out to God for truth, to cry out for deliverance from deception. The Lords’ rebuke of Jezebel in Rev. 2:20-21 is applicable, my focus being the rebuke not the Jezebel figure, altho’ it may apply. 

“But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.” Rev.2:20-22 

I do not like talking like this! Yet the truth is becoming evident, something is seriously wrong! The evidence is there for any who would search it out! The Lord is giving opportunity to repent, yet many will hold to their ‘idols,’ so identified with them, that they cannot let go, cannot consciously acknowledge their existence, cannot forsake their experience oriented belief system, so in bondage to their spiritual pornography, spiritual ecstatic addiction, that they have abandoned themselves to a spiritual bondage that has a death grip on their entire being, spirit, soul, and body. 

More than spiritual experience orientation, the ‘prophetic ministry,’ as a whole needs to go thro’ God’s purification, and not only that, but as I’ve blogged about, the encroaching apostasy, coming upon large segments of the universal church, in every ‘tribe’ and family. 

Again I ask, if this resonates with you, if your heart ‘burns’ with this truth, please share, others to spare! If you feel a nagging within, please don’t dismiss it. Pray! Ask God to reveal the truth to you.Look at the evidence. Please don’t go into denial mode. I am constantly posting evidence, facts, realities. I have been ‘detoxing’ for several years now, dying to things I once held dear, crushing idols that I allowed into my heart. 

This has been at times a terrifying journey, yet the more I pursue God and His truth, the more sure I am that He is guiding me.

A Baptism Of Holy love

A ‘baptism of holy love’ is the greatest pleasure one could ever experience. If we love God we will obey Him, obey His Word. The greatest joy we can experience comes thro’ pleasing God. This is where His glory rests upon us. Nothing else can compare, and anything that comes any way other than, seeking to please, and love Him, thro’ our obedience, could be a counterfeit. 
This later scenario is an example of drinking from a polluted stream!

The Body of Christ needs a purity movement=(cry for holiness, transparency, humility),without which is potential for counterfeits

There will be no true revival, renewal, move of God, genuine harvest of souls, apart from God inhabiting a holy people!

The fear of the Lord will separate the wheat from the tares, the true from the false, the precious from the vile, the prophets of baal from the true prophets of God. When the fear of the Lord enters, dagon idols will tremble and crumble at the true Presence of God! 1 Sam. 5:2-4

“Many tender-minded Christians fear to sin against love by daring to inquire into anything…wearing the cloak of Christianity.” A. W. Tozer

The Encroaching Deceptions Will Lead To The Lie-Delusion

In the broader spectrum of the Body of Christ at large, at what point do we address serious concerns we observe, that are inflicting serious spiritual damage upon largely, unsuspecting participants in highly erroneous activity, practice and beliefs? 
I cannot be silent!

I’m not a fear mongering, delusional, spiritual, conspiratorialist. I’m observing Jesus’ warning in Mat.24:24 being played out before my very eyes! “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.”

There is, it almost seems like, a ‘spiritual babylonian confusion,’ arising in the independent ‘charismatic community.’ Yet in my research I see all ‘tribes,’ and denominations, succumbing to spiritual deceptions. For ex., in the US, where most of my research is drawn from, the practice of ‘contemplative prayer,’ which evidence clearly reveals direct eastern mysticism roots, finds many denominations embracing, as well as participation in events with leading proponents of the practice, including AOG.

Error, heresy, new age philosophy, liberal apostate theology, doctrines of demons, practices and exp.’s are infiltrating all levels, all spheres of Christianity. Trinity Western University is adopting contemplative prayer practice. https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletter121206… 
..https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=23432

Some AOG leaders have done the same. https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/…/www.light…/blog/…

No one, no church, no denomination, no ministry is beyond being infiltrated, as we can see from the above.

Focus On The Family has also done the same. https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=28081

As we can see from the sources above, people have their defending arguments for their decisions. I don’t want to get into that here. I can give one or two quotes from Thomas Merton, who some say is the modern day father of westernized contemplative prayer.


“Thomas Merton has influenced New Age thinking more than any person of recent decades. Merton penned one of the most classic descriptions of New Age spirituality I have ever come across. He explained:

“It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, … now I realize what we all are …. If only they [people] could all see themselves as they really are …I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other … At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusions, a point of pure truth … This little point …is the pure glory of God in us. It is in everybody.” 
FROM A TIME OF DEPARTING BY RAY YUNGEN (quoting Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (1989 edition, 157-158)


(Thomas Keating Database of Books Written about Merton)
Thomas Merton said: 
“I see no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity … I intend to become as good a Buddhist as I can.” 
(David Steindl-Rast, “Recollection of Thomas Merton’s Last Days in the West” (Monastic Studies, 7:10, 1969)

These things are prevalent every where, and the Church must be aware. We will see greater infiltrations in all circles even in Canada in the days ahead. May we continue to sound an alarm! Yes it can and is happening here, and not just in the form of contemplative prayer!

The Lie

TOWARD THE NEW AGE, UNIVERSALISM & A FALSE REVIVAL!

“What we are witnessing in new evangelicalism and the charismatic movement is a subjective approach to God’s Word. If something seems to work, it is accepted even if it cannot be validated by Scripture. Since it cannot be validated, it is assumed to be a new work of God. Those who reject it on the basis of its unbiblical or extra-Biblical character are regarded as faithless when, in fact, they are faithless toward the subjective religious philosophy of the “new thing” — not toward God.

This subjectivity is necessary if Satan is going to meld humanity into a one-world religion. As the masses open themselves up to beliefs and practices that are not validated by Scripture, they leave themselves open to deception of the highest order, often presented in the name of Jesus.


It is not merely coincidental that holy laughter has found its place among the mystically inclined whose beliefs lean toward New Age philosophy. Leanne Payne, a disciple of inner healing guru, the late Agnes Sanford, has also indulged in holy laughter. (Her experience is recorded in Karen Mains’s book Lonely No More.) Payne blends New Age mysticism, Jungian psychology, and Christian philosophy. Her ministry team is headed primarily by women who share this integrationist methodology. To Payne, all sin is linked to lack of self-acceptance and failure to recognize God’s affirmation of oneself. Of course, this is a simple explanation of her more involved theology.

Is it merely coincidental that her disciple, Karen Mains, wrote of this holy laughter experience in 1993, essentially the same time Rodney Howard-Browne’s notoriety and the Toronto blessing began? And is it merely coincidental that a phenomenon similar to holy laughter is found in the New Age movement is exactly at the same time?

Barbara Marx Hubbard is the founder of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and a leader at the frontier of social and spiritual change for the New Age. At the same time holy laughter began to ripple through the churches, she wrote as one channeling the thoughts of God. The instruction given was to expect planetary transformation and a quantum leap in evolutionary personal transformation through uncontrollable joy. This uncontrollable joy of which Hubbard speaks will transcend all barriers to unity. False signs and wonders will likewise break down those barriers to unity.” (Mk. 13:22)
…This subjectivity is necessary if Satan is going to meld humanity into a one-world religion. As the masses open themselves up to beliefs and practices that are not validated by Scripture, they leave themselves open to deception of the highest order, often presented in the name of Jesus.” 😢 .http://jbeard.users.rapidnet.com/b…/Psychology/holylaugh.htm

A separation is coming to the Body of Christ. I am so compelled to warn, warn, warn, right now! A collision course is straight ahead my friends! Determine today, to pursue truth and know what the Lord is affirming and judging. Hide yourselves in the Word of God and in fellowship with like minded believers who are crying out to know God, to know the fear of the Lord, to walk in holiness and humility!

False Jesus Attached To False Signs & Wonders

Even in evangelical circles there is a false ‘jesus’ attached to false signs and wonders, deceiving the very elect! 
“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,” 2 Thes. 2:9 
Matthew 24:23-24 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. (24) “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

It’s almost as if, ‘experience’ is the new gospel! It’s clearing a path to universal spirituality. True Church, let Jesus be Lord! Seeking an experience with an impure heart and heretical beliefs, is an open door to deception! Anyone can embrace idols & error.

As the early Church Fathers ‘defended the faith,’ against gnosticism, and other rank heresies, there are vigilant defenders today.

A Clash Is Coming

In a rather conservative charismatic environment, it is more difficult to grasp the scope and seriousness of the dangers encroaching upon and infiltrating the Church today, resulting in various responses and reactions. 
Modern Gnosticism, as seen in ‘manifest sons of God’ doctrine, reflecting highly similar new age philosophy, highly subjective, spiritualized readings of Scripture, from which over emphasized revelation is drawn, a returning to liberal theology, and all of it’s erroneous doctrines, mindsets and attitudes, erroneous concepts, applications, presentations, of the gospel and the denial of repentance of sin, experience oriented focus, lacking Biblical support, coupled with false gospel beliefs, lack of emphasis on character, holiness, repentance, humility, servant hood, etc, the assault on the Word of God, it’s inerrantcy, inspiration, reliability, relevance, the embracing of spurious practices of questionable source; all of these things are increasing the spiritual apostate condition of large sections of the universal church. 

More descriptive terms of the unfolding apostasy and it’s out workings, will temporarily give way to ‘fact presentations,’ and ‘red flag’ observations. I believe when the extent of the spiritual dilemma, the reality of the depth and reach of deception, into the core of high profile ministries, currently camouflaged by chameleon counterfeits, is recognized, and begun to be addressed, then our lands will begin to be healed. 

Any supposed ‘move of God, ‘outpouring of the Spirit,’ ‘revival,’ that primarily focuses on experiences, manifestations, even signs and wonders, supernatural activity, isolated doctrinal texts, practices, hyper-emphasis on anything that diminishes Jesus Christ, His life, death and resurrection, and the Word of God, and the charge to the Church, to cling to them in love, obedient reverence, and the holy fear of the Lord, is to be suspect! 

May true modern day church fathers, once again stand upon the platforms of the true Church, to defend it once again, in the face of another encroaching ‘dark age’! A clash is coming, between the true & false! Know and love the truth!

Delilah And The Church

I also had a dream last year about Delilah and the Church, in which I heard the words, “The Church is lying in the lap of Delilah, being pacified to sleep, so she can steal its strength.” (Daryl) 

Wake Up!

https://charismamag.com/spirit/church-ministry/37163-is-your-church-flirting-with-delilahfbclid=IwAR1dPnwnHHaBp1AcajIWfFxjHgFm_v5qOrcOiSJufew4u0jxkWvYicfE

The quotes below, from article above, express what I have been urgently crying out much, recently. 

“The ‘happy church’ soothe your guilt-ridden emotions. And they’ll do whatever they can to keep you coming back for more.

This is the church who is flirting with Delilah. If they stay there too long, their conscience will be seared, and they will be prime targets for deception and destruction. They won’t be able to shake themselves free because they won’t know that the anointing has departed from them. 

Delilah bewitched Samson. Popular voices and popular concepts are bewitching today’s church.

“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth? … Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:1, 3). 

Just as there are evil alliances in the world, so there are in the church. Both are subtle. Both are demonic. We wrestle not against flesh and blood. They are seducing spirits promoting doctrines of demons. It’s rampant and worse than you think. Nice people who have been deceived are engaged and involved in these unholy alliances. 

(A false, inaccurate, or in complete gospel will)…inocul(ate) your own people against the real Jesus, the real gospel, and the real salvation.

If you’re in a happy church where the cross, the blood and hell are never preached, where there’s no real power to redeem from sin, and no warnings are ever given, you might be flirting with Delilah.” 

As the author said, it is more serious than we may think! 

“Then he (Samson) awakened from his sleep and thought, “I will go out as before and shake myself free of them.” He did not know that the Lord had left him. (Judge. 16:19-20) 

The seducing Delilah enemy is about to fall upon many slumbering, many pacified, many half awake, many dazed, many inoculated, many conscience numbed, many spiritually inebriated, spiritually high on a false euphoria, many deceived by seducing spirits, (all false idols!), not knowing that the Lord has departed from them! 

Let all who still have eyes that see, and ears that hear, and hearts that perceive, cry aloud, to awaken the slumbering, paralyzed, church before it’s to late! It will be to late for some, because they will not listen! 

I’m saying, along with many others, there are segments of the Church that are in Delilah’s lap. These are the ones that must be awakened. 

“So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” 1 Thess.5:1-3

My Spiritual Detox Journey

I’m not a cessationist, anti-charismatic basher. I’m a supernatural loving, believer in the whole counsel of God, examining all things by Scripture, and holding fast to what is good.

Practicing a detox requires, not only eliminating the bad, by abstaining from what is unhealthy, but by ingesting what is good and healthy as well. The truth of Scripture is health to our entire being. It aides in the detox process, by assisting the elimination of the bad that has been consumed.

The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God He inspired, to work with us in our detox journey. Some of the seemingly ‘outlandish’ statements I may make are a part of my spiritual detox journey. ‘Out with the bad air, in with the good!’ I continue to re-iterate, that it is facts and evidence, I endeavour to present as I journey, facts and evidence confirmed, and established thro’ the truth of Scripture.

‘Seeds’ planted all along the path of the Church, will continue to produce and provide poisonous seductive ‘tares’ to the unsuspecting, undiscerning, Scripturally, careless, and illiterate.

Tares have infected many charismatics as well as many others, that have partaken of their ‘forbidden fruit,’ ignoring the admonitions of their Creator, to remain with the bounds of the spiritual life He imparted, instead listening to the ‘shining’ adversary, in his taunt, “Has God really said?”


The cry for ‘more Lord,’ from hearts unwilling to ‘examine all things’ by the truth of Scripture, how ever that is justified, by ignorance and willfully, has infected and poisoned the Body of Christ with deception and delusion! I have traced many seeds and tares of deception back to their sources. Research reveals clear evidence.

What ever ‘more’ God has for us must come thro’ the confines of Scripture, correctly applied, correctly read and understood, correctly in line with the full body of revealed truth, not isolated texts, with possible ‘hidden meaning.’

The ‘waters’ have been muddied, not only in charismatic pools, but in many streams. Unfortunately, many will continue drinking from polluted waters, and find themselves among the ‘unified brotherhood of humanity,’ believing ‘the lie.’ The Word of God will keep those who ‘love the truth.’ This is my detox journey!🤠♥️

Spiritual Detox Principles

Not every thing we eat will be our favourite foods. Some, just because their good for us. Some take longer to digest. Some affect our digestive systems differently. A side bowl of plain Greek yogurt with mixed fruit, occasionally, along with a beautiful multi-coloured salad, is nourishing wisdom for our our health. We cannot subsist on one food only, it will cause imbalance in our body. Early morning walks are not always exciting, esp. when up late, yet ‘godly discipline is profitable!’

The days upon us are demanding we pay attention to our diet, and our entire being, spirit, soul, and body. Remember, the detox analogy, is first and foremost directed to the spiritual life.

Ask your self, what am I eating? Examine your diet, your health. Ask the Lord if you need a ‘spiritual detox,’ maybe even a physical one! Even our environment can ‘pollute’ without intentional ingestion, esp. with current electronic information every where! Out with the bad, in with the good!

“Pay careful attention to yourselves… declaring the whole counsel of God.” Acts 20:27

“to make the word of God fully known…Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” Col.1:25,28

We are what we eat! Eat well my friends, not just gorging on favourite foods.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,” Col.3:16

Facebook Rants – Spiritual Detox

De·tox – a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.

Why A Detox?

As exciting, encouraging and exhilarating that much of the current ‘prophetic talk’ is, when the encroaching, degrading spiritual environment, of questionable, controversial, extra-biblical, subjective exp.’s and doctrinal error are never addressed, I worry!

When I hear about the next ‘move of God,’ the coming ‘revival,’ the ‘end time harvest,’ but nothing from Scripture about ‘the last days,’ I question what is coming.

Breakthrough, acceleration, advancement, open doors, new anointings, spoken about from undiscerning sources, that live in a spiritually inebriated environment, apparently unaware of spiritual darkness close at hand, I’m left wondering how and when the ‘no remedy’ of 2 Chron. 36:15-16 will appear!

How long can heresy that distorts the gospel, removing repentance, that leads to salvation, continue, unchallenged. How long can subjective, unverifiable, extra-biblical, untested, unquestioned, ‘spiritual encounters’ continue, before Scripture is relevantly applied to them, being tested and discerned.

“Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you with speculation / intruding/ prying into what he thinks he has seen / investigating /going into minute detail. Such a man is puffed up without basis by his unspiritual mind, and he loses connection to the Head,” Col.2:18-19


Strong’s Greek #1687: speculate / intrude into 1) to set foot upon, enter, set foot on, intrude, pry into, to intrude on, intrude into, frequent, haunt, invade, make a hostile incursion into 2) a. to go into details in narrating: absolutely 
b. to investigate, search into, scrutinize minutely:

How long will bizarre ‘spiritual’ behaviour, be accepted, in the light of Scripture admonishing, sobriety, alertness, self control, good reputation without. In light of many urgent messages to discern, evaluate, judge, test, consider, how long before we hear, “Enough, there’s no remedy?”

The sound of unrestrained excess, in the camp, is louder and more pleasing, from those dancing around their ‘golden calves,’ than the sound of sound minds urging Biblical warnings, or perhaps they’re just not listening. Ex.32:18-19

“Where there is no prophetic vision / revelation / divine guidance, the people cast off restraint / run wild / order disappears, but blessed is he who keeps the law / listens to, follows, obeys, divine instruction.” Prov. 29:18


Will we be a Manasseh or a Josiah generation? Either way; “..understand this…in the last days…will come perilous times. scoffers..following..their desires, wandering off into myths.”

“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” Mat.24:24

There will be a Divine response, Scripture reveals it. Let us look to Scripture for truth, in these last days, and examine every thing, all utterances, all practices, all beliefs, all exp.’s, all teachings, all activities, our Christian world view, our eschatology, may everything, be tested, by the sure Word of God.

My Spiritual Detox Journey

The topic of spiritual detoxification, or cleansing has numerous sources and applications. I have never read any, nor do I have any in mind. What I am presently experiencing spiritually just reminds me of a physical detox.

I cannot say exactly how or when it began to unfold, other than the fact that I started to ask myself questions and research my spiritual views and exp.’s, particularly regarding charismatic and prophetic areas, along with doctrinal discrepancies that I observed in increasing measure in the life of the Church. Encroachment of universalism, (everyone has ‘christ’ living in them), other liberal theology, and new age influences were my original primary focus. 

The more research I did, the more questions I had, as I delved into the back ground history of people’s lives, ministries, and movements, as well as considering and evaluating other people’s observations and conclusions regarding specific issues, in the light of Scripture. 

As my friend Jackie acknowledge above, regarding the painful with drawl in a sugar detox, a spiritual detox can be very painful as well! Yes it’s painful to consider that one may be seriously wrong about some things once held dear, views, practices, beliefs, activities, even associations, friendships, ministries, (whether relationally, ideologically, or identificationally). It’s even more anguishing when one’s identity is wrapped up in something that is now being questioned, when one’s life is consumed with something that is now possibly error. 

Some people’s souls and flesh, will be so entangled in their erroneous views, exp.’s, activities, practices, ministry focus and associations, etc. that their denial will be their downfall. There are tremendous soul ties and fleshly and spiritual addictions holding people captive, disabling their will to consider their error, blinding them to the truth that God is extending grace to them to acknowledge. 

A few months ago a prominent Christian leader, acknowledged being in denial for a number of years, about the secret, immoral life of another prominent figure, that they felt they should have acknowledged and admitted years early. 

This reality is being repeated over and over again, in many ways, in leadership, corporately, and individually. Wrong identity in ministry focus, soul ties, the power of the flesh nature, demonic deceptions and seducing spirits, are holding people captive. I’ve had my share of anguish and pain in this, my detox journey, and only in the last little while felt ready to communicate observations, conclusions, and challenges. My prayer, desire and focus, in sharing my detox journey is that; 

“…God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” 
2 Tim.2:25 b -26 

I heard a missionary to Mexico, years ago say; “Ramifications are eternal.” (Wayne Myers) The decisions many make to willingly, albeit, painfully, reconsider if they’ve been believing, embracing, entertaining, promulgating, or promoting a lie, or denying, ignoring the truth, their decisions will have eternal ramification. 

This is why I persist, to presents facts and evidence, both Scripturally, and factually, that will give the Body of Christ the opportunity to observe, consider, and decide for themselves what is truth and what is error, “searching the Scriptures, to see if these things be so,” 
Diligent observation, by the grace of God, is helping me to see. 

This is my spiritual detox journey, will you join me?🤠

Facebook Rants – Scoffers In The Last Days

“..understand this…in the last days…will come perilous times. scoffers..following..their desires, wandering off into myths.”

SCOFFERS IN THE LAST DAYS

“The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against his people, until there was no remedy.” 2 Chron. 36:15-16

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.” (terrible, perilous) Strong’s #5467 2 Tim. 3:2

a. hard to do, to take, to approach.
b. hard to bear, troublesome, dangerous: harsh, fierce, savage: c. reducing the strength; difficult, i.e. Dangerous, or (by implication) furious — fierce, perilous.

“But you, beloved, remember what was foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ when they said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow after their own ungodly desires.” Jude 17-18

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” 2 Tim. 4:3-4

3454 mýthos – a myth; a false account, yet posing to be the truth; 
– a fabrication (fable) which subverts (replaces) what is actually true; 
– a false narrative, posing as, and subverting truth 
a. a speech, word, saying, narrative, story; 
b. a fiction, a fable; universally, an invention, falsehood

until there was no remedy.”

“the wrath of the LORD rose against his people, until there was no remedy.” 2 Chron. 36:15-16 

Why is it that from one of the very places God’s messengers should come, is the very place from where much scoffing comes? Not only that, but to these very places warnings must come! 

How say you, you ask? Examining evidence of practices and beliefs, reveals much un-scriptural, unorthodox, extra-biblical, unverifiable subjective experiences, beliefs and doctrinal error, clearly evident when examined. These spiritual issues are prevalent every where, and voices are beginning to sound an alarm. I’m not a prophet, but I see the hand writing on the wall! 

Unfortunately, (and it seems a cunning maneuver by the deceiver), many preoccupied ‘messengers,’ have become “scoffers, following their ‘desires,’ wandering off into myths.” 

The statement below, of a prominent leader, is indicative of the attitude many are expressing, in response, and regard to evaluation of their ministries. Scoffing in various ways is normative among many targeted.

“The Ishmael spirit includes most of the Charismatic churches today. There are two movements, and I believe with all my heart the Charismatic movement is the Ishmael movement… “We’re looking for a whole new order…I don’t want prominence in Ishmael’s camp. I don’t want to be a part of it at all…we want to come out of the old order, because it’s unbroken…untrained…humanistic…man made, self-centered… illegitimate…afflicted with evil spirits…“ Wow! 

Messengers have been muted, by their own desires, none the less. Years ago Loren Cunningham wrote a book, ‘The Death Of A Vision.’ It took me years to understand, accept, and apply that message to my life. Anything can become an idol, even a ‘vision’ from God. By vision, I mean a mandate, a purpose, a dream, a directive, a Godly desire. Yes even a Godly desire! Because that desire can become corrupted by human desire, human ambition, self reliance, self identity, self importance, self worth. 

Our hearts, for this reason, must be tested. As well, our commitment is tested, our faith is tested, our integrity is tested, our character is tested, our love is tested, our faithfulness to the Word of God is tested, our humility is tested. 

Yes, messengers have been muted, silenced, deafened, blinded, deceived, by their own desires, even Godly desires, corrupted by untested hearts, enticed into myths, thro’ abandoning the Scriptures as ‘final authority,’ dulling and deadening both Scriptural and spiritual discernment thro’ failure to ‘test all things,’ thro’ isolation from accountable peers. There is much wise, Biblical, protocol given in Scripture, that is abandoned in the downward process to delusion, bound in a lie! 

What is the hand writing on the wall? – …”they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against his people, until there was no remedy.” 😢