The ABC’s of the Gospel

February 2016


As with the construction of any building, or the developing of any talent, there must be a firm foundation upon which that building or that talent is based.  A house not built upon the rock will not stand the test of time:


LUKE 6:47-49

47  Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

48  He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.


Note that a house built upon a bad foundation may even be beautiful and elaborate, built with great precision and intricate design (i.e., “deep teachings and revelations” are being preached), but if the foundation is wrong, it will eventually come to ruin.


Consider the example of a person pursuing the mastery of a musical instrument, e.g., the piano.  Those that have pursued this mastery know that they must be founded on the sometimes tedious yet basic tasks of practicing the musical scales, the chord progressions, the boring musical exercises, etc., in order to have the firm foundation upon which to truly obtain mastery.


These principles about being founded on the right foundation are true of the Christian walk.  True “hot” Christians (as opposed to the Laodicean lukewarm or cold professing Christians) will be those who are founded on the right foundation.


Some professing Message believers have left the very “first things” of the Gospel, yet they believe that they are walking in the “deep revelation” of God.  This is a sad deception that is taking place in this day.


So what are the “first things first” of the Gospel?  How did Brother Branham define the “right foundation”?  That is what this article is about.

The Purpose of God’s Order of Headship

We will first state some truths about the purpose of God’s order of headship.  God sends His anointed messengers in different time periods and in different geographical areas so that He can speak specifically to the issues and needs of the people for that particular time and place.  This is needed because conditions and cultural norms change over time.  A pastor is given to specific people in a specific area so that God through that pastor can speak to the very unique needs and issues of that particular group of people.  Similarly, Brother Branham was sent by God to this age in order that He could speak to the very specific conditions of this last age.


Brother Branham clearly defined the specifics of the Christian’s foundation as it applies to this day.  What he said was for the Bride’s blessing and protection.

The ABC’s of the Gospel – the Foundation


E-83  How you going to build your church upon the rock? How will the preacher ever stand in the pulpit and preach the rock, and build it upon the fundamentals of the full Gospel, when his audience, some of his people out there, would put him out? Now, I blame the preacher for not having the audacity, and the Spirit of God, for just shutting the door, and saying, "Get in somebody else will stand for that stuff and not me." I--I admire a preacher that would do that.

E-84  But woe unto that congregation when a anointed man of God tries to bring them the Word, and then they won't line up with It. That's right. How's he going to have a church that all the nine gifts operating in it, and so forth, and then they... And that--and then the church won't even--even live decently and morally, won't learn their abc's of the Gospel.


182  Said, "Why don't you--why don't you keep off them women?" Said, "And quit telling them about the way they should dress, and cut their hair, and the things they should do. Why don't you keep off of them? Why don't you teach them how to receive gifts and--and do something for the glory of God?"

I said, "How in the world can I teach them algebra when they won't even learn their abc's?" That's right. You've got to come back to the foundation and start. God, have mercy on us now. Yes, sir.


If there is one thing that Brother Branham mentions in almost all of his messages, it is something about the issues of women’s dress, women wearing makeup, women cutting or “bobbing” their hair, etc.  Why is this so often mentioned?  Because these are the things that define the “first things first” of the Christian walk.  Brother Branham was seeing these very foundational aspects of Christianity being continually disobeyed:



33  For instance, I don't want to hurt anyone's feeling, but back and forth across the nation I have condemned women wearing short hair. That's the Bible. I've condemned women wearing shorts, using makeup; and every year it gets worse. It shows that there is another finger somewhere pointing them some other way. And they're not getting through to Christ.


The initial tests that come to a person presented with receiving Christ are these foundational issues of holiness.  For a woman, they are posed with the question of whether they are willing to give up wearing pants and shorts, of being willing to give up wearing makeup, etc.  For the man, he is presented with whether he is willing to give up wearing shorts, if he is willing to keep his hair short, if he is willing to give up the bad habits that he is accustomed to.  Many people cannot even make it past these initial steps to even start the Christian walk.

The Process to the New Birth

Brother Branham explained clearly by the Scriptures that the process to receive the New Birth is a process consisting of three steps:


1)     Justification    (water)

2)     Sanctification (blood)

3)     The Baptism of the Holy Ghost (Spirit)

I JOHN 5:8

8  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.


God uses these same steps to give new birth on many different levels:


*     Natural birth (water, blood, then the spirit of life comes into the baby)

*     The Bride’s birth (Luther (justification), Wesley (sanctification), Branham (the Token))

*     The individual’s new birth (discussed below)


These three steps in the individual are the process that God uses to kill the old soul.  It is a process of agreeing with the Word:



8-5  But that soul that's in there (See?), that soul is what God's a working on.

8-6  See, if He can only get that nature of that spirit to agree with Him, then that nature dies. The nature and the love of the world dies and the things of the world is dead (See?); because if you love the world or the things of the world, the love of God is not in you. See?

And a man must be born again, so this nature has to die, and the nature of God comes and lives in you.


Brother Branham defines these three steps on the individual level very clearly in the following quote:


8-4  And so is it in the spiritual realm. It's water: justification by faith, believing on God, receiving Him as your personal Saviour, and being baptized; second is sanctification of the Spirit, that God cleanses the spirit from all elements of the world and the desire of the world; and then the Holy Spirit comes in and gives new birth and fills up that sanctified vessel.

For instance like this: now, that... I told you what you don't believe lay aside and then take the pie. Notice. Now, a glass is laying out in the chicken yard. You don't just pick that up and put it on your table and fill it up with water or milk. No. By picking it up is justification. Cleansing it is sanctification, 'cause the Greek word "sanctify' is a compound word which means "cleansed and set aside for service (not in service; for service)." Then when you fill it, it is put in service.

The Type of Israel’s Journey

Israel’s journey into the promised land is a beautiful type of the process of an individual’s new birth.  When Israel came out of Egypt, they first crossed the Red Sea.  This types out a believer’s water baptism, when he first makes that initial step of coming out of the world (Egypt) and receiving Jesus Christ.  All of his past sins are forgiven (the Egyptians were drowned in the Red Sea) – he has gone through the step of Justification.


Then Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years until all of the unbelievers died out.  This types out a person’s step of Sanctification, when God starts to call for obedience to the “first things first” of the Gospel.  This is the phase where the person shows whether he will continue to agree with the Word, thereby furthering the death of his old soul.


And finally, after all of the unbelievers had died out, Israel crossed the river Jordan and entered into the promised land.  This types out a person’s receiving of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost which kills the old soul and bring’s the new soul into manifestation in that person’s being.  The person is now born again and enters into the “greatest battle ever fought” which is the possessing of the promised land.

The Sanctification Step of the Process to the New Birth

Since Sanctification is part of the process of God killing the old soul, how then does this Sanctification step cleanse our human spirit?  It cleanses our human spirit because the “first things first” of the Gospel are issues that, when agreed to, will have the end result of cleaning up the spirit and flesh realms of a person.


The “first things first” of the Gospel are issues derived from Scriptures such as the following:



5  The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.


II KINGS 9:30-33

30  And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard [of it]; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.

31  And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, [Had] Zimri peace, who slew his master?

32  And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who [is] on my side? who? And there looked out to him two [or] three eunuchs.

33  And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and [some] of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.



13  Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?

14  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

15  But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for [her] hair is given her for a covering.


I TIMOTHY 2:9-15

9  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

10  But (which becometh women professing godliness ) with good works.

11  Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

12  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

13  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

14  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

15  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.


From these and other Scriptures, Brother Branham specified God’s definition as it pertains to this age of the “ABC’s of the Gospel”, the foundational start of the Christian walk :


*     A woman should not cut her hair

*     A woman should not wear pants

*     A woman should dress modestly, wearing dresses or skirts which fall below the knees, and should not wear tight or revealing clothing, never presenting herself in such a way that would cause a man to lust after her, in which case before God she is guilty of committing adultery with that man

*     A woman should not wear makeup (it is like Jezebel)

*     A man should not have long hair (it is a perverted spirit)

*     A man should not wear shorts (shorts are a woman’s garment)

*     Believer’s should not smoke or defile their bodies with bad habits

*     Believer’s should guard against worldliness, paying particular attention to avoiding the effects of Hollywood in this last age


Some who claim to be in the Message have done away with these basics, saying that they are not now ”under the law”.  This is sad, because when a person receives a new nature, his tastes are changed.  When a person is born again, the Word of God becomes something that is his desire and nature to do.  This issue will be addressed in the latter half of this article.


In the next section we will examine the quotes of Brother Branham.

What the Prophet Said

In this section we will present just a very small sampling of what Brother Branham said on this topic of the “ABC’s of the Gospel”.



96  That every little jot, everything, you must be faithful in. It's always the little--the little vine, the little--the little foxes spoils the vine. Sometimes you leave... It's not the big things you do; it's the little things you leave undone. Remember, a chain is only its strongest at its weakest link. "Blessed are they that do all the commandments of God, that they might have a right to enter in." Do all God said, if it said for women to have long hair, you say...

A man told me not long ago, said, "I don't preach a clothes-line religion."

I said, "Then you're not preaching the Gospel." That's right.

God laid it out there; He said what to do. And you either do it... That's your natural, reasonable thing. What little thing... what... the little insignificant. Jesus said, "Blessed are they that would take all the little things, do the little thing." And a woman to let her hair grow, that's just a--why, it's just something she can do, and she won't even do that. She won't even do that.

"Oh, teach us the great things."

How can you teach the great things, when you won't do the simple, common things? Because, you see, your motive and your objective is wrong.

102  It's your love to God, "Lord, I don't care what You want me to do; I'm willing to do it." Then you're getting somewhere, ...



92  There was a fine brother, said, "I'm going to lay hands on you, Brother Branham. I love you. You're ruining your ministry." Said, "You ain't got no business telling them women about that." Said, "Let the pastors do it."

I said, "They don't do it though." I said, "Now..."

He said, "Well, it's not your business; you just pray for the sick."

I said, "Whose business is it then? I was called to preach the Gospel."

Said, "I'll lay hands on you and ask God to take it away then."

I said, "If you'll let--let me lay hands on you too." See? And I said, "I'll pray that God will open your eyes and you'll see it." So that's right.

He said, "You ought to preach... The people believe you to be a servant, a prophet of God." He said, "You ought to teach them women how to--to get great gifts and prophesy and things."

I said, "How can I teach them algebra when they won't even believe their abc's?" See, see?...?... you do it. That's just in every... That's right. If you can't do the common things, how you going to do the spiritual things, the natural things? Certainly. Brother, sister, it might sound like a joke, but it's the Gospel. It's the Gospel truth. That's right.



201  Women, if you haven't got enough grace in your heart tonight to know that the Bible teaches that you should stop bobbing your hair, wearing shorts and makeup, if you haven't got that much grace in your heart tonight... And you know the Bible teaches it, you should. He can't change. You say, "I don't wear shorts. I wear slacks." That's worse.

God said, "A woman that'll wear a garment pertains to a man, it's an abomination to God."

204  And you men that can't stop gawking and looking at women immorally dressed, the idols of the day, you men that hasn't got enough real grace in your heart to make your wife and kids quit doing such a thing as that, the love of God isn't anchored in your heart; don't be a--called a son of God. You're still in Sodom, a man that can't take over his own house; God ordained him to do.



33  For instance, I don't want to hurt anyone's feeling, but back and forth across the nation I have condemned women wearing short hair. That's the Bible. I've condemned women wearing shorts, using makeup; and every year it gets worse. It shows that there is another finger somewhere pointing them some other way. And they're not getting through to Christ.

And they say, "We belong to a church; our church don't..." Don't make any difference what your church believes; God said, "It's wrong." And if they did get through to Christ, they would stop that. And not only that, but man would take his position if he got through to Christ and be against that. Husbands wouldn't let their wives act like that. Genuine men don't want his wife acting that way.


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20-4  Notice, take our women. Now, if you want to see what condition the church is in, watch the way women are acting. She always represents the church. In Satan's Eden of sin and unbelief, a religious perversion, perverted kingdom... Instead of taking God's Word, they have took the intellectual learning of man.



63  Talking to a brother, one of the sponsor's on the--my meeting in India, in Bombay there, down into South Africa and different places, where the missionaries had taught it as a word or as an intellectual conception. But one day in the meeting, when the Holy Spirit came down Hisself and saved thirty thousand blanket natives at one altar call, and right on the same ground where they were standing. Women standing there, who had been as naked as they almost were when they come into the world, and the very minute that they raised their hands to receive Christ...

And the Holy Spirit fell upon the place and healed twenty-five thousand people at one time, off of wheelchairs, cots and stretchers. The mayor of the city had me, next day, look at these van loads going down the street.

66  Them women standing there naked, not knowing they were naked, but as soon as the Holy Spirit struck them, they folded their arms to walk away from the presence of their men.

And I'm wondering that how that we in America call ourself a Christian nation, and in the Presence of God; and each year we, our women, take off more. And you ought to be putting on more. And more of Christ you put on, the more conscious you'll be of your own conditions. Sometime I see the way people act on the street, I wonder if it's just exactly mentally right. Seems like that they don't realize that when they do that, what they are doing; they're making themselves a bait for the devil, and to send souls to hell. That's right. But the world is in a corruption like it was in the days of Jeremiah.



133  Look, and let me say one thing again, as this. You know, if you dress like that and some sinner on the street looks at you in the wrong way, you're going to answer at the day of judgment for committing adultery with that sinner. You might be as virtuous to your husband as you can be; you might be as virtuous to your boyfriend, as loyal as you know how to be; but in the sight of God you're a street harlot.

You say, "Is that right? Prove that by the Word, Brother Branham. You said ask you anything, if it was the Word." Yes, sir.

Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." And if you present yourself like that, you're a cause of it. That's exactly. Though you be innocent yourself, you presented yourself to that sinner like that. When he answers for it, you'll be the one to be guilty. Oh, get you some clothes and cover up, and act like ladies. That's right.



286  Let me say one thing to the man. Mister, my brother, if you will let your wife do a thing like that, I'm ashamed of you, and claim to be a Spirit-filled man. Shame on you, let your wife go on the street... And you're dressed all sexy and everything like that, and do you know the Bible said, Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her"?

You say, "Now, wait a minute, my brother, I'm innocent." I believe you are too, my sister; you're innocent in the natural act. But if you present yourself and the sinner looks at you, and you presented yourself like that, who's guilty? You are, for presenting yourself. Then at the day of the judgment, when that sinner answers for the adultery, who did he commit it with in his heart? You. Why? Because you presented yourself. Now, that's just the truth.

Won't you, won't you, sister, please, in Jesus' Name, may I ask you as your brother, straighten up?

Brother, shame on you for conducting your house like that; straighten up. I--I got better hopes of you as a man. See?

291  Pastors who let them people come in, take deacons and everything else and jobs like that, with two or three living wives, and things, aren't you ashamed, minister? Aren't you ashamed of those things? And take them members in there when they're living in adultery, and smoking cigarettes, and doing all, and never even mention it from the platform. Shame on you. I--I--I pray for you, brother.

God bless you. Thank you for your patience of bearing with me. Now, I wonder...

The evening Light has come. The evening Light are here; back to the Word.



949-Q-244  Brother Branham, what do you think about our sisters in the church wearing such short dresses? Doesn't it mar our testimony and set the wrong example for our young people in this our church? It seems so i-n... to see a--a young--to see a grown woman wearing a dress so short that it shows her knees when she walks.

Ever who you are, sister or brother, whoever it is, I agree with you one hundred percent. It's a disgrace, but tell me what to do about it. See? I preach it just as hard as I know how to preach it; they do it the same. So it's their judgment, 'cause the Word's went forth. Yes, I'm certainly against them little old skintight dresses that look like... I constantly fuss at my kids, Becky and Sarah. I don't care how little they are, I... that... I just fuss at them all the time. I think they even wear their dresses... Meda takes Becky apart every day about it. See? Dresses plumb up... 'Cause kids, you can expect that in kids, and you have to correct them; but when it comes to a woman, there's something wrong there. See?



28-1  Now, to do this today... What is the god of the United States? You remember the Tabernacle years ago, I preached on that, "The God of This Modern Day." A little flapper setting there with makeup on, and dress pulled up over her knees, and things like. I said, "Behold, your god." And that's right. She's on every advertisement, half naked; she's on the street the same way. It's a instrument of Satan. "From the beginning," Jesus said. See? We see it was so now and--from the beginning and what He's talking about.


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24-1  Let a women say she is a Christian with short hair? You know better than that. See? Yes, sir. Let her say she's a Christian wearing paint, and makeup, and shorts, and say she's a Christian? You know better than that. The Word of God teaches you better than that. The Word says she can't do it and be a Christian. She is even dishonorable and everything. How's God going to put a dishonorable thing in His Kingdom? No, sir, not at all. No, sir. Theirselves--it shows their desire.


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21-3  She caused her A--she causes her Adam to lust for her. She took off the clothes that God dressed her in back in Eden for her journey through the--this wilderness; she took them off. She stripped herself down, when God had her wrapped all over in skins; she's begin to shave a little off each time. Now, she's back to where she was at the beginning. Now, she's got her Adam to wearing her underneath clothes.

A man, put on them little old sissy looking shorts, and get out here. He... I don't think there is much man to him. He is the biggest sissy I know of. See, she's got her perverted Adam to act like she (See?), wearing her underneath clothes. She seen what she could do out yonder when she took off all her clothes, but her underneath ones; that's the shorts, of course that's a woman's underneath clothes.

21-5    And here her Adam is wearing them now, which according to God's original Word is an abomination for a woman to put on a garment that pertains to a man, and a man put on a garment pertains to a woman: from the original Word. Think of it.


SATAN'S.EDEN_  JEFF.IN  V-2 N-20  SUNDAY_  65-0829

22-1  The other day I was over at Howard Johnson's, not this one here, but one on the road going out, and I just set back in amazement. Here come a little boy along, his mouth open. And he had dark hair here, and had combed it over this away, and put a roller in it, and curled it up around the top of his eyes; looking out of the top of his eyes, going around... If I ever seen a perversion...

See, he wouldn't believe it. He could prove maybe he was male, but in his spirit he's female. He don't know what side of the house he belongs on. That's right. How perverted. That's what Satan does. He perverts the nations. He perverts the church. He perverts the people. He is a deceiver, a perverter of the original Truth. God made a man a man. He made a woman a woman, and He dressed them different, and He meant for them to stay that way and to act that way. One is feminish, and the other one is masculine. He separated Adam in the garden of Eden and did this, separated Eve from him.

22-3  Now, wears her bangs, she cuts her hair like his, and he tries to wear his like hers. She wears his outside clothes, and he wears her inside clothes. Now, that sounds sacrilegious, but I don't mean it that way. It's the absolute Gospel truth. If you don't know it, then there's something wrong with you. You're either blind or never been on the streets. And she thinks and he thinks that it's right. They're getting along somewhere.

Applying the Token


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48-5  Believe the Lord Jesus Christ for your house. Apply the Token to your house. Then what do you do when you apply It to your house? Move all the trash out. Get all the short skirts, and the shorts, and the cards, and the cigarettes, and televisions, and whatevermore, and kick them out the door. You're going to apply the Token, won't stand still for it. Yes, sir. Take it all out. All the dances and the parties, and rock-and-roll, and old vulgar newspapers, and the stuff that's of the world, kick it out the door. Say, "We're cleaning out this place around here."



205  Let's think of the sincerity of what we're doing, "By faith I lay my hands over on my Sacrifice, Jesus Christ. I want to be identified in His death. I'm through with the world. I'm through with Hollywood. I'm through with fashions."

The women, "I'm through cutting my hair. I'm through wearing immoral clothes. I'm through wearing makeup. I'm through playing cards. I'm--I'm through with the trash of the world."

You men likewise, "I'm through with drinking. I'm through with smoking. I'm through with lying. I'm through with jokes. I'm through--through with jesting. I'm through with all these idle words that the Bible said we'll give an account for."

"I want the Seal. I want the Token in my life.”

The Effects of Hollywood


SATAN'S.EDEN_  JEFF.IN  V-2 N-20  SUNDAY_  65-0829

27-3  Right on our radios and televisions, and all kind of filth and gaum, and Hollywood; all kinds of sexy, dirty, filthy dresses for women. And--and men being perverted and taking women's apparel, and cutting their hair like women, and women like man. O God, what a horrible hour we're living in.

Oh, come, Lord Jesus, come. Come, Lord, cleanse us by the Blood. Take all filth and guile away from us. Let us live, Lord. Let us live under the Blood constantly before You. It's our heart's desire, and our sincere plea.



925-25  I have more honor for a woman like that than I do some of these women that put a little old strap under them to throw theirself out: don't even look like a human being. They got a purpose in doing that; that's sexy, ungodly. A woman wear ever so many clothes and try to make herself look like something she isn't... I... Why, women ain't--ain't actually that way; it's some kind of Hollywood stuff. And the devil spirit get on them women to make them try to attract attention of men through sex. A woman's breast was given her for the baby to nurse. That's exactly right. The woman's right in the primitive line, but she's lined right. I have more respect for that, for that woman like that, 'cause she... That's the way her mother raised her; that's the way... They--they never--don't pay any attention to it. The baby nursed right out like the Madonna picture that you'd see. And if people would only get their minds set like that, it would be different.

926-26  But when you come to go on the outside and maybe wear ever so much of a blouse or so forth, and then boost yourself out there with straps and things, that looks ungodly and cause men... Do you realize that's a spirit of the Devil on you? Oh, yeah. So you don't want to do that, sister. Don't you do that; that's Hollywood's makeup and a trap of the Devil. When you do that, you make men think the wrong thing about you; and when you do that, then you're guilty of committing adultery with that man, because you presented yourself that way to him. You can't help the way you're built, but just go and stay the way God made you. See? Don't try to make yourself something that you're not. Just stay human being. That awful? Well, maybe that answers some questions of somebody too.



69  I believe in genuine Bible holiness. And I do not believe in this corruption and rotten stuff that sets an example before our people called Hollywood. And I've always been against it. And I think a man that has the Spirit of God in him would be against it, because the Spirit of God would testify that it's wrong to him.

Now, I think that's one of the... We used to go over to Paris to get naked models for to strip our women; now Paris comes over here to get ours. See? Hollywood leads the world. And the nude fashions that we have of today, beyond France (Just think of that.), that drunken, brawling, immoral place, and yet Hollywood beats that altogether.

And all of our televisions, the everything they have on it is uncensored, just dirty jokes, and rotten corruption, just weighed into everything. And the people, the Devil... Wouldn't let us send our children to--to the picture shows years ago, we early Pentecostals, but now the Devil slipped one over and put it right in the house on us. You see? So he just brought the picture show right in.



210   And then stick the glamor of Hollywood in, have women up on the pulpit with clothes so tight and sexy looking, dancing in the spirit. I don't know what kind of a spirit it is.



59  What has it done to us? It's almost made our Pentecostal women a Hollywood showmanship. That's right. It used to be wrong to go to the movies, the bioscope. But now, you know, the Devil just beat them to that; he put it right in the house. See, see? That's right. It used to be wrong to do it. It used to be wrong for our sisters to cut their hair or wear short dresses. But now it isn't, not in the Pentecostal way of thinking in their organization. But it's still wrong by God's Word. Yeah, see? But, you see, they got their--their--their--their power bobbed off. Uh-huh. See? And then they say, "Well, our church believes..." I don't care what your church believes. It's what God said. That's the reason she stands today without the answer.


In the above quote, Brother Branham says “It used to be wrong to go to the movies, the bioscope. But now, you know, the Devil just beat them to that; he put it right in the house.”  It is sad to say that people in the Message may be obeying the “letter of the law” to not have a TV in their homes, but then they let in Netflix, YouTube, internet shows and movies, DVD’s, etc., things that were not around in Brother Branham’s day.  We know that many of these issues are matters of conscience that each person will answer to God for, but the prophet’s heart was very clear in these matters as expressed in the above and many other quotes.



17-3  The complete total insanity this world will go into right away. It's almost there now. Why, you can see the footsteps of it. There it is. It's--it's marching right out on the street, right down the church pew: total insanity, do things that a human being wouldn't think of doing and being civilized.

Look what Hollywood's done to the woman. Look how it has--it's robbed the sacred virtues of the woman. On and on we could go. See, all this she lost. How did she do it? Because there was a subtle instrument called the church, like there was in the garden of Eden. A subtle person, the devil, walked into the church just like he did in the garden of Eden and deceived her into it. She's deceived. The woman thinks... She don't mean to be wrong. Eve didn't mean to do wrong. It wasn't willfully. but she... The Bible said in II Timothy, I Timothy 3, she was deceived. And deceived is not when you willfully do it, it's when you are deceived into doing it.

18-1  And that is just exactly what's happened today. She's been deceived by television, by magazines, by these people, these--all these fine things that they're going out on the streets. Modern girls, they look at magazines, and they look at pictures; they look on the streets; they see the clothing in the shops. How Satan, that great instrument of--of hell has come down amongst the people and deceived them into these things. And the woman thinks she's all right. And she's dead and don't know it. She's far from God. See how she lost all this and how subtle it was?



E-52  God doesn't change. His nature doesn't change. He made women different from men, and men different from women. He dressed them different and wants them to stay that way. Women wants to look like men, and men wants to looks like women. Oh, my. Such a perversion is... And the whole thing looks like it's got a grip on the people, and you can't change it. Looks like a great monster, a great blackness, if you're understand what I'm speaking of, in the spirit.

E-53  A monster's got them grabbed, and they--they just can't get away from him. Too much Hollywood, too much television, too much other nonsense, everything we got is polluted. No wonder if the work isn't cut short for the elected's sake, there'll be no flesh saved. You said, "I never knowed that before." Well, now you know it from now on. See?



145  We're sometimes tempted to go back. Many of you, tempted to go back to the denominations, go back and take up, 'cause all the world's saying, "What denomination you belong to? What church are you affiliated with?" We're tempted to do that. All of us are. Our sisters are tempted to go back, go back and join up with the--some of the rest of the churches, with some of Assemblies, or Churches of God, or some of them, still be Pentecostal and let your hair; just cut off and dress just about any way you want to. See, you're tempted to do that, go back and be popular with this wicked generation that we're living with, when this is the major sin of our day, the major sin among our people, worldliness. As the Bible said the Laodicea--Laodicea age was, she's worldly, rich, have need of nothing, and don't know that she's naked, miserable, wretched, blind. That's the sin of our day. When you hear the Word of God call out against it, then you take the other route, you're unpopular with the world.

146  You're tempted to go back. I know you keep saying to me. I know you're saying all the time... I know you get tired of me harping on these things. I get tired seeing you do it too. This sin that I'm trying to tell you about... Say, "What are you harping on it for?" Stop doing it then. Trying to save your life by the Word. I get tired also. So just straighten up. This is a sin, shouldn't be done. Yes, sir.

If we are to overcome these things, we're expected to be tempted by them, the world, "If you love the world, the things of the world, the love of God's not in you," said Jesus.

Deceptions in These Last Days

It is sad to see in these very final hours before the Rapture that there are professing Message believers who have somehow justified in their minds their disobedience to the Word.  They have justified their disobedience to the “ABC’s of the Gospel” because they believe that they have received a “higher revelation” of the Word which has set them free from “the law”.  They, by their traditions, have made the Word of God of no effect to the people (Matthew 15:6).  Sadly, they are fulfilling the very words of Isaiah, calling evil good and good evil in these last days:


ISAIAH 5:20-21

20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21  Woe unto [them that are] wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!


Some have disobeyed Brother Branham’s clear teachings on such serious issues as marriage and divorce, claiming that their “higher revelation” has revealed to them that it is all “grace” now, and that they are no longer “under the law”.  By this supposed “higher revelation” they have justified satisfying their flesh and have disobeyed what the prophet clearly taught on this matter:



49-1  It wasn't so from the beginning. That is right. It wasn't so, and it will not be at the end. But under modern conditions, as God's servant (I won't call myself His prophet.), but I believe that if I wouldn't be sent for that, I'm laying a ground for him when he does come. So under the modern conditions, I command you to go to your home with your wife now. If you are happy with her, live with her, raise your children in the admonition of God; but God be merciful to you if you ever do that again. You teach your children to never do a thing like that. Bring them up in the admonition of God. And now that you are as you are, let us go now to late evening hour that we're living in and press towards the mark of the high calling in Christ where all things will be possible.


Yet these very people who lack these foundational truths in their lives boast that they are “deep in the Message”.  This is deception, and it is very sad to see.


So what is the answer to this?  Are the prophet’s teachings “legalism”?  Are they negative “laws” that one has to obey?  No.  The real issue here is the issue about a person’s having a new nature.

A New Nature

A tree bears a certain kind of fruit because it is that kind of a tree – there is no work up here – it bears its fruit automatically, because that is what kind of a tree it is.


An apple tree bears apples because it is an apple tree.


A peach tree bears peaches because it is a peach tree.


To describe the fruit that a certain kind of a tree bears is not stating a “law” of what that tree has to produce; to state the characteristics of the fruit is just describing the fruit that that kind of a tree will automatically bear.  The tree bears its fruit automatically, with “no thoughts coming”.


God’s Word (e.g., the “ABC’s of the Gospel”) is not stating a “law” of what a person has to produce; to state the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit is just describing the fruit that that kind of a person (a born again Christian) will automatically bear.  The Christian bears the fruit of the Spirit automatically, with  “no thoughts coming”.  It is just what a Christian is.


A sheep bears wool because it is a sheep.  To describe wool is not stating a “law” of what a sheep has to bear.  To describe wool is just describing the “fruit” that a sheep will just naturally bear without “any thoughts coming”.


Now we know that a dog will not bear wool.  Why?  Because that is not what it is.


A Christian woman bears the fruit of dressing modestly because she is a Christian.


A Christian woman bears the fruit of not wearing makeup because she is a Christian.


A Christian man bears the fruit of not wearing shorts because he is a Christian.

What makes the description of the fruit to be a “law” to some people?

Let us use a simple example.  Let us say that the Life of God is the life of an orange tree.  The description of an orange would therefore just be the description of what an orange tree just naturally bears.


Now if I described the characteristics of an orange, what it looks like and tastes like, that is just describing attributes about the fruit of an orange tree.


Now to an apple tree, that description of an orange would be to it (the apple tree) a bunch of “laws” of what it would have to try to produce.  It would feel it was under “the law” as it listened to the description of an orange because bearing oranges is not its nature.  It is not an orange tree to begin with - it is an apple tree.


Now if the apple tree came up with a “higher revelation” that it no longer had to be “under the law” and bear the fruit of oranges, that would make it (the apple tree) feel pretty good.  Now by its (the apple tree’s) “higher revelation“ of “grace” it could still bear apples and justify itself that it was doing the will of God.  As the apple tree’s delusion progressed, it could even get to thinking that it had a “higher revelation” than the orange tree because it was no longer “under the law to bear oranges” as it thinks that the orange tree is.


From this simple example we can see that the apple tree’s real problem is its nature – it needs to have a nature change.  It needs its nature changed from an apple tree to an orange tree, then it will automatically bear oranges.  The apple tree’s nature is its problem:



E-47  And if the spirit of a--of a villain was in me, I'd have guns. If the spirit of a artist was in me, I'd paint pictures. If the Spirit of Christ is in me, the works of Christ you'll do. Amen. That's right.

E-48  The life that is in Him is in you. Transfer the life from anything to another thing... If you could take the life of a--of a pumpkin, and put it in a watermelon vine, it would bear pumpkins. Exactly. If you take the life out of a peach tree and put it in a pear tree, it'll bear peaches; because the life that's in the tree gives the evidence of it.


So the real issue that we are dealing with here is the issue of a person’s nature:



22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.


LUKE 6:46

46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?



A few moments ago I mentioned that John understood what it was to love God. That great apostle of love would certainly see it when the church began to lose that first love of God. In I John 5:3, he says, "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments (His Word)." One little deviation from that Word was a step away from Christ. People say they love God, they go to church, they even shout and rejoice and sing and have a great emotional time. But when it is all over, watch and see if they are in that WORD, walking in it, living in it. If they go through all the other and then don't walk in that Word, they can say they love God but their lives tell another story. I wonder if John didn't see a lot of that before he died; people saying they loved God but not obeying His Word.

God’s Love For Us

Brother Branham taught the things that he did because those things are God’s love for His people.  They are for our good and protection in this dark and wicked age of perversion and deception.  With true consecration in our lives, we will be able to walk in all of the blessings of God, being able to access all of the benefits and all of the Power that are available to us as His Bride.



[Brother Branham talking about the vision of the preview of the Bride]

201  And then when them women passed by, all doing all kinds of rocks and things, and short hair, and painted faces. And as they passed by like that, supposed to be virgins to Christ... And when she passed by like that, I turned my head, you know with this... Just holding that in front of me; it was--it's disgraceful, the back of them. And there they was going like that.

And I turned my head to weeping like that. I said... I--I couldn't stand it there, Him standing there, me know that me a minister of the church and that's what I'd produced for Him. I said, "Oh, God, I can't look at it. Let me die. Let me--let me fade away," and like that.

And as soon as it went out--every time one of them would come, they'd go out to a certain place and drop off, and I'd just the sound of it as it went away. And then I heard something like a "Onward Christian Soldiers." And I looked, and here come that sainted bunch of little girls just exactly the way they was, all correctly dressed, their hairs hanging way down on their back, smooth, clean, marching like this to the step of the Gospel. She was the Word. And it looked like one out of every nation. I was looking at it as they passed by, and seen them pass by. Instead of going down, they started going up. And I noticed one of them trying, two or three of them trying--getting out of line; I screamed, "Stay in line." And the vision left me, and I was standing in this room screaming, "Stay in line."

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