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Hebrews Chapter Six
203-217 To study His precious Word... I come in awhile ago, and I was
packing two Bibles. And I had a little interview with a lady back here,
and I told her if I preached out of both of them, ought to have a
pretty good text. But this is a Greek Lexicon, so just something I want
to read out of this tonight. It's a--it's a... It's the word for word
interpretation from original Greek into English. And it's been a lot of
help to me along the line. And I just want to read something out of it,
because now we're studying in this Book of Hebrews, and we're just now
coming to the real deep meaning.
203-219 And I told Brother Neville a few minutes ago, "We're getting
into the part where the people scratch their head and said 'I don't
believe that.'" See? That's the type we get into. That's where we like
Some minister said to me; he said, "Well, I guess there'll be a lot of
I said, "That's what we want to do."
See, the Bible only can have one meaning. It can't have two meanings.
And if one part of the Bible says one thing and another part of the
Bible says something else, then something's wrong. See, It's got to say
the thing all the way through. But remember, in studying the Bible It's
hid from the eyes of the wise and prudent and revealed to babes,
because it is of a spiritual Book.
And It's not a western book; It's an eastern Book. And there's only one
thing can interpret It, and that's the Holy Spirit. And I know that
each one of us want to say that the Holy Spirit's telling us what we
believe in It. Well now, if every Scripture lines up exactly the same,
then that is the Holy Spirit. If it doesn't line up, and got a gap
here, and a gap over here, then there's something wrong with our
belief. And oh, it's a marvelous Book.
203-224 Now, I want you to do this while we're studying... Now, we got
to leave early in the morning for Wyoming, the Lord willing. Pray for
us. And this next week Brother Graham Snelling here, if he's present...
I heard him just a few minutes ago make his announcement. And this
church is in full cooperation with his revival, and we're praying to
God to give him an exceeding, abundant, great revival. Brother Graham
held a revival for Brother up here at Charlestown, Brother Junior Cash,
and there was right on a hundred converts, I believe the... Eighty-four
converts... So to that we give God praise. And we trust that it'll have
five hundred and eighty-four up here in this place here.
204-225 Brother Graham met me today, and he said, "Now, Brother Bill,
I'm sure that you understand that I'm not here to start up another work
in opposition to the Tabernacle, because I'm part of the Tabernacle."
He's just here to... He feels upon his heart that he wants to hold a
revival, and the Lord leading him to do it. And--and he invites the
converts, and has a church, to pour them right down. Here's a church
home, if you get in--get converted.
And it's our duty as Christians to back him up with everything we can.
And the Lord bless Brother Graham. And you're, every one, cordially
invited to Brother Graham's meeting up here, with full permission from
this church; with the full cooperation to help him in any way we can,
for lost souls and for the Kingdom of God.
Lord bless you, Brother Graham, give you a great meeting. He don't know
when he's going to close; he's just starting. And so Brother Graham's
had it like myself, many ups-and-downs. That's the way life runs; it
makes you appreciate the ups after you went through the downs. If a man
makes a drop and lays there, he's a coward. I got confidence when a man
will rise and try again. That's right. I'm sure you can interpret what
I mean. Now, don't forget it, this coming week.
204-228 Now, in this Book of the Hebrews... We won't take the
Now, next Sunday, the Lord willing, Brother Neville will announce...
Brother Cox here, or some of them will let him know, if we get in in
time for next Sunday's meeting. He'll announce it on the radio. And we
are... You all listen to his radio now, and--and--and invite all your
neighbors to listen. I really get joy out of listening to their
preaching and singing (the Neville quartet). I don't say that because
he's setting here. If I said that, and didn't mean it in my heart, I'd
be a hypocrite. That's right. I'd have to repent. But I mean it. And
I'd rather give him a little rosebud now than a whole wreath after he's
205-230 One time I was walking out the door there, and there's a lady
come by, and she said, "Brother Branham, oh, how I enjoyed that
I said, "Thank you." Made me feel good.
Somebody else come out, and said, "Brother Branham, I enjoy that
I said, "Thank you."
There was a little preacher there from up here in the north part of the
country, in the state; he said, "Bless God, I don't want people to brag
on me like that."
I said, "I do." And I said, "There's just one difference between me and
you: I'm honest about it." That's right. We all like to hear nice words
said about us. And I--I think it's nice to say nice words about it. And
if you want somebody to say nice words about you, say some nice words
about somebody else. That's the way to do it, then you'll always say
the nicest things you can about everybody. And that makes the wheel
205-236 Now, in this... Next Sunday, the Lord willing, to my opinion we
got just getting deeper and deeper into these great mysteries of God.
We're going into Melchisedec: Who He was, where He come from, where He
went, what happened to Him, and all about Melchisedec.
And now, last Wednesday night, Brother Neville hit on the finishing
chapter of the supreme Deity and the priesthood of our Lord Jesus,
which starts out in the beginning: "God in sundry times and divers
manners spake to the fathers by the prophets, in this last day has
spoken to us through His Son Christ Jesus."
Then he goes on, and begins to tell and pattern Who He was, brings Him
on down to the 5th chapter, at the end of the 5th chapter. Then
beginning at the 6th chapter, we got this in our lesson this morning:
THEREFORE leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go
on to perfection;...
206-240 How many enjoyed the message on perfection? "Let Us Go On To
Perfection," that was our message this morning in the 6th chapter of
Now, we're just getting into the place to where we begin to get
the--the real part. Oh, we can all agree upon these things: upon the
Deity of Christ, and Him being the Son of God, and how He was with God
and God was with Him, and He was in God and God in Him, and so forth.
We all agree upon that. But now, from here on, I don't know how we're
going to agree. So whatever it is, every few nights we're going to give
you a chance to write me a little note and tell me what you think about
206-242 Then I'll have to answer questions. And if I can't get them,
I'll say, "Brother Neville, what do you think about that?" I'll say,
"There he is; let him answer it." [Brother Neville says, "That's when I
read the Greek"--Ed.] And then's when He's going to read the Lexicon,
get his Greek out. I think it's time for me and you also.
But now, if we will get down and be real sincere, and really come for
one purpose, that's to learn... I want to learn too. And the Bible is
written, said that It is... The Scriptures are of no private
interpretation. That means the Scripture must interpret Scripture. See?
Each Scripture must interpret the other all the way through the Bible
to make it one great thing; because God can't change, because He's the
Leaving... Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ,
let us go on to perfection;...
I like Paul saying those things. Paul never was a person that liked to
stay too long in one place; he liked to move on deeper. One time in the
Scripture he said, "I... Forgetting those things which are in the past,
I press towards the mark of the high calling." See, he keeps pressing
on. Here he said:
Now forgetting the principles of the doctrine of Christ... (Who He was,
What He was),... let's go on to perfection;...
206-247 Now, we... First we wanted to find out, "Could we be perfect?"
And we found out in the Scriptures this morning, Matthew 5:28, that
Jesus said that we had to be just as perfect as God was, or we wouldn't
Then we found out that we was every one borned in sin, shaped in
iniquity, come to the world speaking lies. And there was not one sound
thing about us. So how could we ever be perfected?
Now, here's what we find out then (over... reading, taking Scripture
with Scripture) that Jesus, by one sacrifice, perfected forever His
Church. He... We are then perfect through Christ. And we are free from
judgment through Christ. We shall never die through Christ. We have
lost death and found Life through Christ; not through any church, not
through any denomination, not through any fantastic, not through
speaking with tongues, not through shouting, not through shaking, not
through dancing in the Spirit, but by grace.
207-250 God calls who He will. And it's all by election; we find out.
We find out that it's not him that wants to be saved, not him that
willeth or him that runneth, it's God that showeth mercy. And no man
can come to Jesus except God draws him first. So what you got to do
with it anyhow? You haven't got nothing to do with it. You're out of
the picture altogether.
We found out that man never seeks after God; it's God seeking after
man. And we found out then that God is the only Resource of Eternal
Life. We found out that everything that is eternal has no beginning or
no end. Therefore, we find out that hell had a beginning, and it has an
end. And there's only... No one can ever say that hell is forever, or
forever, yes, forever, but not eternal.
207-252 "Forever" is "a space of time." The Bible says, "Forever and
forever." And you look it up and find out if "forever" doesn't mean "a
space of time." Jonah said he was in the belly of the whale forever.
And many other Scriptures, "forever" only means "a space of time."
But Eternal, that's forever. That's forever and forever and forever and
forever and forever; it's the eternal. And we find out that hell isn't
eternal, but it's forever. And the reason... You have to watch those
words now. If you don't, you get mixed up.
Now, remember, just those things which had no beginning has no end.
Therefore, Jesus said, "He that heareth My Words and believeth on Him
that sent Me, has Life forever?" Does that sound right? No. "Has
Eternal Life." And the word "eternal" is "God." The word, here it is
right here in the Greek Lexicon, "Zoe," God's Life in you. And you're
just as eternal as God is eternal, because you've got God in you.
208-254 Your old nature died (the nature of the world), and you become
a new creation. And your desires (that old life that had a beginning
when God breathed the breath into your nostrils when you were born),
that life of carnal nature died. And it had a beginning and it had an
end, and it died and was done away with forever (the old nature). And
God came in with the new nature. Then love, joy, peace, long-suffering,
gentleness, peace, patience, and meekness, and kindness, that entered
and taken the place of malice, and temper, and hatred, and--and
emulation, strife, and all those things. It took its place, when you
passed from death unto Life. You get it real close now?
So, listen. There is only one form of Eternal Life. Find it. That is
God alone has Eternal Life. The Bible said so. God alone has Eternal
Life. And if a man's going to suffer in hell forever, he's got to have
God eternal. But I say that there...
208-256 Now, remember, I'm not saying there's not a burning hell. There
is a burning hell, fire and brimstone, where the--the worm is--the fire
isn't quenched and the worm never dies, of fire and brimstone, a
punishment; it may last for a hundred billion years, but it has to have
an end, for hell was created for the Devil and his angels. And
everything that the very God Himself, which was in the beginning,
everything come off of God. When the very spirit...
Let's take the Spirit of love, that was the great fountain of God,
pure, unadulterated. From that, come in a perverted love. Then it come
into human love. Then it come into sexual love. Then it come into other
loves: loves and loves, and just keeps perverting down till it becomes
to just filth. But all those things had a beginning. And someday it'll
wind right straight back to the original (It's eternal.), where lust,
human love, passionate love, all those loves will have to cease.
All these make-beliefs of faith will have to cease. There's One true
faith; all others will have to cease. They were perverts off of this
209-259 So therefore, hell, suffering... Suffering is not eternal.
Suffering was brought about because of sin, and sin introduced
suffering. And when sin is finished, suffering will have to finish too.
And there'll be a time where sinners that's never accepted Christ,
after they have been punished maybe for a hundred billion years... I
don't know, maybe for ten hundred million billion years, I couldn't
say. But it'll have to come to an end sometime, 'cause it's not eternal.
209-260 Now, we're going to press on now towards the perfection. Now,
listen as we get into the message.
... not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and
from faith towards God,
Of the doctrine of baptisms,... laying on of hands,... resurrection of
the dead, and... eternal judgment.
Now, listen. We got two... We got a picture here now. Now, right here's
where we're going to get some great disagreements. Now, you've got to
see where the picture is. Paul is trying here to separate law from
grace. We've got two pictures: one, the carnal; one, the spiritual. And
Paul's trying to--to deviate between the two to show the Jews. This
letter is to the Hebrews. And all the Hebrews is trying to show the
pattern of the Old Testament typing the New. So you got two pictures
here under consideration. Now, listen close as we read.
209-262 Now, he said,
... leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to
Now, we got that this morning, how that we are perfected: perfected,
absolutely spotless and blameless, not one sin on us. Are you above
temptation? Never. Do you sin every day? Yes, sir. But yet, we are
perfected, because we are in Him. And God could no more judge us than
nothing; He couldn't be righteous; He's already judged us in Him. When
He judged Christ, He judged me, He judged you. And He can't judge me
again, because He took my judgment.
If I've been redeemed and I got a ticket to show that I've redeemed my
watch from the pawn shop, let somebody try to take it back in the pawn
shop once, when I've got a ticket; I have redeemed it. And if the Devil
would try to put punishment on me, I've got a ticket that shows I've
been redeemed. Yes, sir. No more judgment, "He that heareth My Words,
and believeth on Him that sent Me, has Eternal Life, and shall never
come to the judgment, but has passed from death unto Life." That's my
ticket. He gave the promise.
210-265 Now, now, the picture here...
... not laying again the foundations of repentance from dead works,
and... faith towards God,
... the doctrine of baptism,... laying on of hands,... resurrection of
the dead,... eternal judgment.
Now, remember... Did you notice that word used again? We used it this
morning: eternal judgment. When God once speaks, it's eternal. It
cannot be changed a bit. So the judgment is eternal. It's always
the--the judgment. And no matter what generation we're living in, one
generation will live, and one law will live. And it's forever, or for
whatever time and this and that, but the judgment of God is still
eternal. He has to, because He spoke the Word. When God speaks a word,
It has to be eternal. That's right.
210-267 Now, let me read that out of the Greek for you. Listen how it
Therefore leaving--leaving the principles of the doctrines of Christ,
the atoned One, we should pers--push towards the... (Now, I can't read
it; blurred out.)... and not laying again the form... (Here we are.)...
not laying again the form of reformation from the works causing death.
Now, this "Lexicon" is absolutely not any interpretation at all; it's
just the Greek word for what the English says. And it said:
Now we don't want... (Listen here. See?)... not laying down foundations
of reformation from works causing death.
Now, if you get that in your mind, that he's speaking here, that forms
of reformation causes death. Paul said, "Leaving the principles, go to
perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead
works and of faith towards God, doctrines of baptism, laying on of
hands, resurrection of the dead, eternal judgment. Reformation--forms
causing death was the right words. That's actually what Paul wrote. See
what he's trying to do?
211-270 Now, all these things like baptisms: one's baptized backward,
one forward, one in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost,
one Jesus' Name, one this way, and that way, and all these different
little things of baptisms, and of laying on of hands: "Bless God, I got
the gift of laying on of hands. Hallelujah; you--you can get It this
way. And hallelujah..."
Laying all of that aside, because that's dead works, these
reformations, reforming. See, he's speaking of another class. Now, he
said, "Let's get away from that and go on to perfection." You get It?
And the church is still lingering back in those things. That's what
they were trying to do. The early Hebrew church was trying to say,
"Well, I was baptized by immersing, and--and I was--got this, and this,
and all these things."
He said, "Now, lay all of that aside, leaving it behind." But, now, did
he say we shouldn't do it? Now, listen to what he said about that:
And this will we do,... God permits.
And the original said the same thing:
This we shall do, if God will permit us. (See?) This we shall do, if
God permit us.
211-276 Baptisms, laying on of hands and things, but that isn't
perfect. That's only the carnal reform. And that's where the churches
leave off at today, is on that carnal reform. One of them said, "Oh,
well, the water... The word, "baptis" means it--this and it means that."
And they set up organizations. And one sprinkles; the other one pours,
and the other one baptizes face forward, the other one backward, and
all those things; some of them laying on of hands for the sick, and
some making apostles, and some making prophets and so forth by laying
on of hands; and preaching the resurrection from the dead (and which is
all right), and the supreme Deity of Christ (That's all right.); but he
said, "All these are formal reformations. We're just been reforming.
Now let us go on to perfection." You get the picture?
211-278 Now watch, here's where the deep part comes now.
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have
tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted of the good word of God,... the power of the world to
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing
that they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to
an open shame.
Now, I know what you legalists has got in your mind right now, but
you're wrong. See? All right. I stand on this, and the Bible confirms
it, that if God ever saved a man, he's saved for time and eternity. You
can't make It say anything else.
212-280 Some fundamentalist come to me not long ago and said, "I got
you on one, Preacher Branham. I got you one. You said, 'If a man was
saved, he could never be lost.'"
I said, "That's what God said."
He said, "I want to ask you something. Saul was a prophet, and he
prophesied. And you know he was God's anointed; the Bible said he was.
And he committed suicide, and he was lost."
I said, "He was?" I said, "The Bible declares he was saved. After he
become an enemy to God, he was still saved. The Bible said he was. And
after all, he did not commit suicide. A Philistine killed him, and
David killed the Philistine for killing him. He did fall on his sword,
his spear, his sword, but he didn't--it didn't kill him. And the
Philistine killed him. And then when Saul went down to the witch, and
she called the spirit of Samuel, because he hadn't entered glory; he
was in paradise under the shed blood of bulls and goats which couldn't
take away sin. But he had to have a waiting place which is called
paradise, until he entered in."
212-284 And that's where you Catholic people got mixed up. See? Now,
there is no more paradise now. We go straight into the Presence of God.
And when the witch of En-dor called up the spirit of Samuel, there he
stood. And she fell on her face, and she said, "Why did you deceive me?"
And not only was Saul standing there, I mean Samuel in his prophet
robes, he was still a prophet. He said, "Why did you call me out of my
rest," said, "seeing that you become an enemy to God?"
He said, "Well, the Urim won't speak to me anymore; the prophet can't
prophesy to me no more; neither can I have a dream."
"Well," Samuel said, "you've become an enemy to God, but tomorrow the
battle goes the other way, and you'll die tomorrow. And by this time
tomorrow night, you'll be with me." If Saul was lost, so was Samuel;
they was both together. Certainly. The Bible said so.
213-289 Now, you can be all worked up in emotion by speaking in
tongues, shouting, jerking, shaking, running up and down the aisle.
Nothing against that, but you can make yourself believe that you're
saved when you're not. You're not saved; your life will prove what you
are. Jesus said it would, "By their fruits you shall know them." Your
life will prove whether you're saved or not, if you never open your
mouth. It'll prove what you are.
But all this workup, and emotion, and joining church, and "I been
baptized in Jesus' Name. Hallelujah, I know I got It," that doesn't
"I been baptized in the name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost, face forward,
three times. I got It." That means nothing.
213-292 Paul said, "Let's go on to perfection now." We're talking about
perfected, and if we'll run this down, you'll find out the perfected is
the elected. I'll prove it to you in a few minutes by the Bible. It's
the elected who God, before the foundation of the world seen every one
of them. And He sent Jesus to redeem that people, not the whole world.
He wanted to, but He had to make a way for those. And the only way He
could do, was to send Christ, that He might come the propitiation of
our sins, that those who've been elected, He could bring to Him in
Could you imagine God running His office so loosely, as to say, "Well,
maybe somebody will think real sad about Me, and maybe they'll come and
get saved." God don't have to beg you to do nothing. Any begging, you
need to do the begging, not God.
213-294 And then, Christ died to save those who God, by foreknowledge,
elected to meet Him yonder without spot or wrinkle. Before the
foundation of the world He seen you in glory. That's what the Bible
said, Ephesians the 1st chapter--5th chapter, the 1st verse. God
predestinated by foreknowledge.
Now, if God did that, predestinated us before the foundation of the
world, and knew every one of us by name before the foundation of the
world, and elected us to Eternal Life, and sent Jesus Christ to redeem
us, that six thousand years ago He saw us, that we might appear to His
praises in glory, how can you ever be lost?
214-296 Now, if you're saved, you're saved. If God saves you tonight
knowing He's going to lose you ten years from today, He's defeating His
own purpose. The infinite, almighty, eternal, everlasting wisdom God
doesn't know enough then to know that, whether you will hold out or
whether you won't. Then when He saves you, you say, "Well, I'll give
Him a try; I'll see what He'd do," then He does not know the end from
the beginning. God knows what He's doing; don't you never worry about
that. It's you and I stumbling along. God knows what He's doing. And He
knew we'd--whether we'd hold out, or what we would do.
Now, the Bible said that Esau and Jacob, before either child was born
God said, "I love one and hate the other one," before they even
breathed their first breath, that His election might stand true.
214-298 Who was Abraham? (We'll get to him in a few minutes, down
here.) Who was he that God should call? Saved him without anything. God
makes a covenant with man; man breaks his covenant. But God made this
Covenant with Himself and swore to it, to Himself. Man has nothing to
do with it; it's God's own foreknowledge. He done it anyhow.
Now, you say, "Well, Brother Branham, then if I become a Christian, I
can just do anything I want to?" Absolutely. If you're a Christian, do
anything you want to; and I'll guarantee, you won't have any desire to
do wrong. You do anything... I always did just what I wanted to. And if
I serve the Lord 'cause I'm afraid I'm going to hell, I'm not serving
Him right. If I live true to my wife because I'm afraid she'll divorce
me, I'm not a very good husband. But I wouldn't hurt her for nothing,
for I love her.
214-300 That's how it is with Christ, when a man's borned of the Spirit
of God. Not because he shouted, spoke in tongues or some emotion, but
in his heart love come in and taken the place of the world. I tell you;
he loves and he walks by Him every day. You don't have to tell him it's
wrong to do this, that, or the other; he knows it's wrong. And he
walks... He's an ordained product of God's sovereign grace. Exactly.
For it is impossible for those which were once enlightened,... made
partakers of the... heavenly calling...
Now, we've sometimes believed that that was the man who once was
enlightened and fell away again, but the Bible doesn't read it that
way. It's absolutely impossible for a man, he says here, that has
received the Holy Spirit to ever fall away. Now, read it and find out
if that isn't right. Watch here, take the text, the whole text, and the
215-301 Now He's beginning to talk about... What is it? "Let's go on to
perfection..." Now, he said, "Not carnal, laying the foundation here of
doctrines and baptism and reformations and so forth. Let's not do that.
Let's go on to perfection." The subject is perfection, and perfection
comes by Christ. And how did we get in Christ? By joining the church?
By one Spirit we're all baptized into one Body, not by one tongue
talked in, one hand shook in, one water baptized in, but by one Spirit
we are baptized into one Body. You get it?
That's the perfection. And when you come into that, you are in Christ,
and the world is dead to you. And you walk with the Lamb each day, and
your steps are ordained of God, what to do. Oh, the trials and testings
that we go through. You say, "Do you have testings?" Yes, sir.
215-303 What is... Grace is what God did for me; works is what I do for
God. Now, they'll make a doctrine out of it; they think that works is
what wins your merits. If it is, it isn't a free gift. Grace is what
God did for you; by grace you're saved. And works is what you do in
appreciation of the grace that He showed to you. And if you love Him,
you like to do the works of the Lord, certainly, because then, you--you
Accepting Meda Broy as my wife was what love done for her. What she
does in appreciation, she's a nice woman, stays home, takes care of the
children, and lives a good true life. That's not because we're not
married, we are married. But she does that in appreciations. If she run
downtown every day, and took in every ten-cent store, and up and down
the streets, and never washed the dishes or anything else, we are still
married. Absolutely. When I took my vow, that settles it. She's my wife
as long as there's life in us; she's my wife. That's her vow. But what
appreciation she does for that, she stays home and takes care of the
children, and tries to be a real wife.
216-305 I could run out and be gone all the time, just gadding about
over the country, and let her half starve or anything, let the children
go without something to eat; we're still married. If she even divorces
me, I'm still married as long as there's life in my body. I took that
vow: "Till death we separate." That's right. We're still married. But
yet, I make a poor excuse of a husband. She'd make a poor excuse as a
wife. So if we love one another, we stick together and pull the load
That's the way God and His Church is. When you're born in the Kingdom
of God, you'll have your ups-and-downs, true, but you're still a
Christian; you're still borned of the Spirit of God. God may have to
take you out of the earth early.
... it's impossible for those which were once enlightened, and have
tasted... the heavenly gift,... to ever fall away, to renew themselves
again unto repentance;
216-307 Now, I know where you're thinking about, the church. Let me
take you one just a little stronger, so the--the legalistic side can be
really shut out. Let's go over to Hebrews the 10th chapter and look at
this just for a little bit, 10th chapter, the 26th verse.
For if we sin wilfully after... we have received the knowledge of the
truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin.
But a certain fearful looking... of the judgment and fiery indignation,
which shall devour the adversary.
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three
Of how much more sorer punishment, though supposed... though worthy,...
trod the... who has trod under foot the Son of God, and has counted the
blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing,
and... done despite to the works of grace?
217-309 Now, you say, "What about that, Brother Branham? How does that
look?" Now, just read, and I think, "The Scripture doesn't say that."
That's not talking about a Christian. That's talking about a man that
heard the Word and turned away from It. See?
For if we sin... (What is sin? Unbelief.)... if we disbelieve wilfully
after the Gospel's been preached to us, there remaineth no more
sacrifice for sin,
What is sin? Unbelief. Read St. John the 4th chapter; Jesus said, "He
that believeth not is condemned already." Sin is not smoking, drinking,
committing adultery. You do that because you're an unbeliever. That's
just the attributes; you do that because you're an unbeliever. Just to
quit smoking, quit drinking, and so forth like that, that doesn't mean
you're--you're a Christian; that's just the attributes of your
conversion. But you can--you can do either side and still not be.
217-311 Now, notice.
... he that disbelieves wilfully after he...
Not--not after he received Christ in his heart; the Bible doesn't say
He that... if we sin wilfully... (disbelieve wilfully)... after... we
have received the knowledge of the truth... (Get it? Wasn't talking to
a Christian at all.)
Some woman come to me not long ago and said, "Brother Branham, I'm a
Christian, but I blasphemed the Holy Ghost."
I said, "It's impossible. A Christian could not blaspheme the Holy
Ghost." You can't do it. A Christian spirit bears record with Christ's
Spirit. See? And you'll call everything of God, "God's."
But if you're carnal minded, you'll make fun and laugh at the Holy
Ghost. I don't care how much you go to church; you're still a sinner,
and you're blaspheming the Holy Ghost.
217-316 When they seen Jesus discerning their thoughts, they said He
was a fortuneteller.
Jesus said, "You've... I forgive you for that, but when the Holy Ghost
is come, you speak a word against It, it'll never be forgiven you."
Because they said, "He has an unclean spirit," calling the Spirit of
God an unclean thing. A Christian can't do that. A Christian will
always call the Spirit of God righteousness.
See, a Christian cannot blaspheme the Holy Ghost; it's the outsider
that blasphemes. That wasn't Christians standing there. It was
religious people; it was orthodox Jews, doctors of divinity and so
forth, and they were making fun of Him and His works, calling the works
of God, that it was an unclean spirit doing it.
And how many do you think today blasphemes the Holy Ghost, that's got
D.D.D, Ph.D. on their name? How many great, stiffed orthodox Catholics,
Protestants, walk the street and make fun of the operation of the Holy
Ghost, just as polished, scholar, as slick as a button. That's right.
But they make fun of the Holy Ghost; and therefore, they blaspheme It.
But a borned again Christian cannot do that; he'll say, "That's my
Brother. That's the Spirit of the living God." That's right. A
Christian cannot blaspheme the Holy Ghost.
It's the sinner that blasphemes the Holy Ghost, the unbeliever, the
sinner, an unbeliever. There's only two things: either you are a
believer or an unbeliever.
218-320 Now, notice here, to make this real wound up now. I had a
vision that's always bothered me. Years ago I used to look at that; I
said, "Oh, if a man once received the Holy Spirit then and then would
backslide, he'd be lost forever." I couldn't get this other to make
sense with that.
I said, "Then why is it that the Bible said that 'he that heareth My
Words and believeth on Him that sent Me has Eternal Life (Eternal) and
shall never come to the judgment, but has passed from death unto Life.
All the Father has give Me will come to Me, and none of them's lost;
I'll raise them up in the last days. No man can pluck them from My
hand'?" How does that divvy up with this? I just couldn't understand
it. "It's impossible for those who were once enlightened..." I thought,
"There's something wrong; I just can't get it."
218-322 And I went to a little Pentecostal meeting years ago; there's
not a one left in the church, I guess, tonight, that remembers. Years
ago, this was even just about time the Tabernacle was built... 'Less it
would be Brother Graham back there, or somebody. I don't know if you
was here first or not. Brother Sy, Brother Mahoney, I think, was. Yeah,
just before I was married.
That gift a-working, I was afraid. They told me it was of the Devil. I
didn't know till the Angel of the Lord told me.
I went to Mishawaka, and I set in that meeting, and I never heard so
much shouting and crying and praising God. I thought, "Brother, this is
heaven." And, oh, how they would go up and down.
219-325 They had to have it in the north, on account of segregation.
The colored and white were together. The P. A. of W. and P. A. of J. C.
had really emerged and become the United Pentecostal. But what a
revival they were having there at Brother Rowe's tabernacle at
Mishawaka. And I, a little curious fellow, setting on the back seat,
was watching all of this. I'd never seen these things before.
There's a man setting here. I've never told this in public before.
There was a man setting on one side and a man on the other, and one
spoke in tongues, and the other interpret it. And they would tell
different things was going to take place. Then, this one speak in
tongues, and that one interpret. I thought, "My, isn't that wonderful?"
I thought, "How glorious. Them must be Angels come down in a form of
219-327 Well, I only had a dollar and seventy-five cents to come home
on, and I--I--I just could get a tank of gas. I slept in a cornfield
that night. I've got part of it in a book, but not all of it, 'cause I
didn't want to hurt their feelings. And so, that night they said, "All
preachers come to the platform." I was on the platform; I was the
youngest preacher there then.
So the next morning, they asked me to come to preach. I hid. You know,
the colored man said, "Here he is." You remember the story of it, when
he exposed me setting there.
219-329 And so after preaching that day, walking around, I thought, "If
I could only get to those two men, they led the meeting." One would
raise and turn white in the face; he'd speak in tongue. And the other
would interpret it and give the words, "THUS SAITH THE LORD, there's a
certain-certain person here, by the name of Certain-certain, that
should do this and certain-certain." Brother, it was the truth. And the
other one would rise and speak in tongues, and he would interpret.
I thought, "Oh, my, isn't this wonderful." So that day I thought. I
went out and prayed. And I thought, "Lord, you do that for me again." I
didn't know what to call it: visions.
220-331 I went out and prayed, and asked the Lord to help me, and I
went around the building, and I happened to run into one of them. And
I... The Lord give me a way of knowing things. I shook his hand; I
said, "How do you do?"
He said, "How do you do. What's your name?"
And I said, "Branham."
"Oh," he said, "you're the young fellow that preached this morning."
I said, "Yes, sir."
And while I got in conversation with him, I caught his spirit. And he
was a genuine Christian, just a pure Christian brother. I mean, he was
a believer. I thought, "Oh, isn't this wonderful."
220-333 And about a hour from then, out there near the car, which was
looking on a great big car (had "Jesus Only" wrote on the back of it),
and standing out there stood the other man. And I went out and I said,
"How do you do, sir?"
He said, "How do you do." Said, "You're Brother Branham that spoke this
I said, "Yes, sir, I am." I said, "Say, I enjoy them great gifts of God
that works in you two brethren."
He said, "Thank you, Mr. Branham." And I begin to feel his spirit; a
vision come. And if I ever talked to a hypocrite, there was one of
them. His wife was a black-headed woman. He was living with a
blond-headed woman, had two children by her. He was no more a Christian
than nothing in the world.
220-337 Then I said, "What have I got into? I thought I was in Angels,
and now I must be in demons. Something's happened. Here was one, a
genuine Christian; and the same Spirit falling on this man was falling
on this man." And I said, "Now I'm all confused." And I didn't know
what to do. I cried and begged to the Lord. I didn't know what to
They was about to get me to--asked me if I'd received the Holy Ghost,
this guy did. And I said, "No, sir, not the way you got it." Said, "Did
you ever speak with tongues?" I said, "No, sir." Said, "Then you
haven't got It."
So I said, "I... You're probably right, my brother; maybe I haven't,
'cause I don't have what you have." And after while I was glad I didn't.
So then I watched that, and I seen the way that was moving.
221-341 So one day I was out here praying, long ago. I'll tell you
why--who I was praying for, was Roy Davis. And I was out here praying,
because he had called me a puppet, and I was praying for God to forgive
him for it. And he had a press back there, that wrote a paper. And that
press caught afire and burnt down a couple of nights after that, while
they were running it.
And so I was standing back there in an old cave behind Green's Mill.
And I walked out there, and I was praying, been back there two days;
and I laid my Bible down on an old log where I showed Brother Wood not
long ago, laid my Bible down; I set a-straddle the log. And the wind
blowed; I thought, "Been so long, back in that cave, I'd just read a
little." So I took ahold of the Bible and begin to read, and this was
the chapter it was on. Well, I begin to read, and I begin to wonder
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,... made
partakers of the Holy Spirit,... tasted the good word of God, and...
the world to come,
If they shall fall away, to renew themselves... to repentance; seeing
that they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to
an open shame.
221-343 I thought, "There's that Scripture." But something hung with
me. Then I begin to think, "Here's where he talked back here and
beginning, 'Not laying the dead foundation of repentance (at the
beginning). Not laying the foundation of repentance,' and here he says,
'New--renewing themselves back to repentance... But let's go on to
perfection, laying these things in the back.'" Then I started reading;
then I read the next verse:
For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and
bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth
blessings from God.
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto
cursing; whose end is to be burned.
And when I read that, Something just shook me. And I thought, "Lord,
that don't pertain to Roy Davis. Why would You do that?"
222-345 And I started to turn another page, and I had to go back to It
again, "It is impossible for those which were once enlightened."
"Go through It again."
Then I thought, "Lord, what is this? What do You mean, Lord?"
And I turned, and went back into my cave to pray over It. And when I
did, I saw a world turning. It was all disked up, real nice, the whole
world. And I saw a man in white going around, he had a bag in his hand.
He was sowing seeds as he went around; he went around the curvature of
the earth. And as soon as he got around, here come a guy dressed in
real black clothes, a slick-looking fellow, slipping along like this,
looking. And he had a seed, and he was throwing something behind it, as
he went around the earth, watching everybody and throwing. I stood and
watched the vision.
After he had gone, the world turned around, and there was a great, big
crop, and it was of wheat. And there was weeds, cockleburs, and things
in the wheat.
222-349 There come a drought. And, oh, how that little wheat hung its
little head over and was thirsting for water. The little cocklebur had
its head hung over, and it was thirsting for water. Everybody was
praying for rain. And after while, along came a big cloud and just
watered the whole earth. And the little cocklebur jumped up and begin
to shout, "Glory to God. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord."
And the little wheat, it jumped up and begin to shout, "Glory to God.
Praise the Lord."
And then the Scripture come to me, which is found in the Book of
Matthew the 5th chapter and the 45th verse. And listen to what Jesus
said in Matthew 5:45. And listen close now as we read. Matthew the 5th
chapter and the 45th, 46th verse; 44th to begin at.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, and
do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use
you, and persecute you;
That you may be... call... you may be the children of your Father which
is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on... evil and on... good,
and sendeth rain on the just and... the unjust.
223-352 So, you see, the same rain that makes the wheat grow, makes a
cocklebur grow. And therefore, I got the picture. There's your carnal
confessor that's right in the church, but his fruit... He might shout,
and jump, dance, speak with tongues, but his fruits, he's a cocklebur.
And there's the other one that's got the same Spirit.
The Holy Spirit can drop right in a bunch of people and a hypocrite can
shout by the Holy Spirit just the same as a cocklebur can live by the
rain that's sent. That's what Paul's speaking of here. But it's
impossible for a cocklebur to become a wheat or a wheat a cocklebur.
You get it?
For it is impossible for those who've been once enlightened and have
partaken of the gift of the Holy Ghost and tasted the good Word of God,
and the power of the world to come, to fall away to renew themselves
again. (Listen what he said.)
For the rain comes oft upon the earth to water it and to dress it here,
and prepare it, but which is thorns and thistles is nigh unto rejecting.
Now, therefore, leaving the principalities and doctrines of Christ, let
us go to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance and
dead works towards God, and faith... (and so forth)...
... and doctrines of baptisms, layings on of hands... (and things)...
223-353 See, the carnal believer back in those days, just like it is
today, likes to say, "Well, I belong to church. I've repented. I--I
come up; I made a confession. I've been baptized." See, they lay to
those carnal reformations. And what does it do? It produces cockleburs.
What does the perfection do? It's the wheat. The wheat is God's Word.
He's uses it as His Word. It's a Seed. It brings forth.
It depends on what seed's sowed in your heart. If you come to church
just because you're afraid of hell, if you join church because you
don't want--you don't want to go to hell, you're still a cocklebur. If
you--if you join church just to be popular, you're still a cocklebur.
If you done all these formal things that's to be done, and that's all
you got, you're still a cocklebur.
But a real, genuine Christian presses towards perfection until the
world is dead and you become a new creature in Christ Jesus. Then it's
impossible for that man to ever fall. That's what the Bible says. See
how that compares with the rest of the Scripture? See how it lays it
right in there to its place?
224-357 How can It say here, "A man that's once saved can never be
lost" and come over here and say, "But if you are lost or blaspheme,
it's impossible..." Sure, if you're a blasphemer, you're not a
"No man speaketh by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed." St. John
4--or I John 4. No man speaking by the Spirit of Christ, calls Jesus
accursed. Every Spirit of God that's in the Christian Church agrees
with everything God said.
We read here and say, "He was wounded for our transgressions. With His
stripes we're healed."
The old carnal mind say, "Days of miracles is past. I'm Dr. Jones."
See? "There's no such a thing as Divine healing, no such thing as
heartfelt religion. You was just worked-up. You're emotional. See,
that's all there is to it. There's nothing to it. We are Presbyterians.
We're Lutherans," or whatever it is. "We know where we're standing."
224-361 But what does the Spirit of God say? Jesus Christ, the same
yest... "Amen," says the Spirit of God. It agrees quickly with the
Word. Yes, sir, it's right there. See what I mean now?
"These carnal reforms works death," said Paul.
But where Life is come, this perfection, "He that heareth My Words,
believeth on Him that send Me, has Everlasting Life, and shall never
come into condemnation, but's passed from death unto Life. I'll give
him Everlasting Life, raise him up in the last days. All the Father's
given Me will come to Me, and none of them's lost." Can't be.
So here's what it does. What it does... People thinks that that makes
people loose. Brother, you don't serve God under a frown of a serpent.
God's not one of these guys with a blacksnake whip, driving you around.
He's a Father. He's Love. God is Love. And the Bible said in St. John,
"He that loveth is of God."
225-365 You love God. I wouldn't be... If I went out and--and got on a
drunk tonight... I never drank in my life. But if I went out and got on
a drunk, I wouldn't be afraid of getting a whipping. That isn't the
reason I don't go--go--don't go do it. The reason I don't do it is
because I love Him. He loves me. It's not a works of law; it's not
something that I got to do; it's because He's already done something
for me, and I love him for it. There you are.
So with that Spirit in there which is promised, "I give unto him
Everlasting Life, and they shall never perish."... Did He lie or did He
tell the truth? He told the truth. So you see how This interprets? The
impossibility is for a man to fall after he's once in grace. He can't.
He can fall, sure, but not back to repentance, back to the place and to
do the old works over again.
225-367 So you all a-trotting from revival to revival, one place and
then another, don't you see, you're not a stabled. You're not
established. Now, surely... You say, "Brother Branham, I don't know
if..." Surely God would not give me the ministry He has and let me be
in error. And if it wasn't proven by the Scripture, then it would be
error; but here's the Scripture to back it up.
The Church was never missed a place... People go and join church, fuss,
fight, stew, and--and everything, and just live any kind of a carnal
life, "Oh, yes, I'm a Christian."
225-369 I heard a confession today of a little lady that told me that
her husband was running with a man. She's caught them place after
place, and the woman says, "I'm going to let you know, I'm a Christian."
Look over here at Jimmy Osborne, out here preaching on Sunday morning;
and boogie-woogie, rock and rolled and everything through the week.
Look at Elvis Presley, a 1947 version of Judas Iscariot, joins the
Assemblies of God, Pentecostal, speaking in tongues for the Holy Ghost,
and sent more souls to torment than all the bootleg joints there's been
in the last fifty years. Perverted the mind of little teenage children
all over the world, till little girls would grab off their underclothes
and throw it on the platform, and him to autograph, so vulgar that they
won't show him on the television from his waist down, the way he... his
body. (The Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues for evidence.) Oh, brother,
if the Holy Ghost was there, It wouldn't act like that. You know better
than that. Certainly not. God loves cleanness and purity and holy.
226-372 I don't act clean and pure and holy to make myself a Christian,
but Christ in me lives that in me. And I love Him. And if I do anything
wrong, it condemns me; right there I say, "God forgive me." Every day
I've got to ask forgiveness. Every day that... And you do too.
Certainly you do.
But now, if you're--if you're carnal, you just wade on back and say,
"Oh, well, that's all right; I belong to church." See? And then when
you blaspheme, is when you don't have the faith that was once delivered
to the saints. Then you make fun of That, and call It an evil spirit,
say, "That's a bunch of holy-rollers." Then you separate yourself
between grace and judgment; then you're finished forever.
226-374 Jesus said, "One word against It will never be forgiven in this
world or the world to come." And a Christian, borned of the Spirit
can't say evil about That, 'cause It can't; It agrees with It. That's
That's the reason people try to tell me that Pillar of Fire there that
appears here with us, they try to say that was the Devil, that it was
just fiction, and all this. But the camera proved that it wasn't. And
the works lay right exactly on the Bible. The same Pillar of Fire that
met Paul on his road to Damascus, all these things that He done back
there, He's doing it just exactly the same way by the Bible. He's
Christ, the Son of God.
And when we're borned again, we have Everlasting Life, and cannot
perish. And it'd be impossible for a man to fall. That's what the Bible
226-377 Now, listen. Watch what Paul says. Now, read the rest of it,
and see if that don't sound right now. Let's go on just a minute. The
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto
cursing; whose end is to be burned. (That's the unbeliever.)
Now, watch Paul.
Now, he's talking about them that's trying to get back under the law,
you know, trying to do all the works of the law. Yet they're just as
ritual as they can be; they had baptisms and the laying on of hands and
all these things.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you... (There you are.
Listen at him now.)... and things that accompany salvation,
though--though--through this we thus spake.
For God is not unrighteous to forget your works and labours of love,
which you have showed towards his name, in that you have ministered to
the saints, and do minister.
227-379 See what He's talking about? He's not talking about Christians
falling away and impossible to come back. He's talking about carnal
believers who go through the form of reformation. But he said, "To you
who was borned again, you who are Christian, beloved, we're persuaded
better things of you. You don't say those things. You don't live that
type of life. You're secured with Christ." What did he say right here?
Now, let's go to Hebrews 10, where we was at this morning again.
Now, let's turn over then again, to Ephesians 4:30. And let's get this,
just a minute, and watch what this says to back this up and make
Scripture go with Scripture. Ephesians 4, let's see, Ephesians 4 and
30, let's read and see what It says. Listen:
... grieve not the holy Spirit of God,... (How--how we baptized into
the Body? One Spirit.)... grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby
you are sealed until the day of your redemption.
That right? You're sealed into the Body of Christ by the baptism of the
Holy Ghost, not from one revival to another one, but until the day of
the body redemption. That's what you are.
227-381 So there's no way for you to be lost. You get scared; and
that's the reason scare, a scare... Fear companies doubt. Love
companies faith. I love my Father. I'm not afraid of Him, because I
love Him. He wouldn't hurt me; He'll do good for me. If I was scared of
Him, and "Oh, I don't know whether He'll do it or not.
See, but if I love Him, "Yes, Father, I--I love You. And I know
You're--You're my Father, and You love me, and I'm not afraid but what
You'll keep Your Word. It's Your promise to me." That's the way the
Spirit of God does.
"But, oh, if I did this, if I did that..." See, there you come to the
legal side again. Never go to the legal side; it's negative. The
positive side is what you want.
228-384 It's already a finished work. Christ died, and the sin was
killed when He died. And if God foreordained you to Eternal Life, "All
the Father has given Me, will come to Me." There you are, can't be
lost. You're secured forever. "For by one Spirit, we're all baptized
into one body; and by one sacrifice He's perfected forever." There you
are. There's no way for us to lose. Correctly. Now, don't that make you
Now, how do you know you're a Christian? When your spirit bears record
with His Spirit, when the love of God is in your heart, when you have
love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, patience, goodness,
meekness. That's when you--the fruits of the Spirit is following your
Not because you can dance in the Spirit... Oh, to this modern rhythms,
whoop it up on a piano to a lot of this here dancing in the Spirit.
Them things are all right, but they took the whole thing over on that
legal side. See? And therefore, they left the Spirit of God in the back.
228-387 That's the reason when God begin to manifest Hisself, they
said, "Nonsense, we don't want nothing to do with that." They don't
know God. They've never seen It. They can't understand It, because
there's a different life in there. He doesn't know... Cocklebur doesn't
know what the wheat's a doing. He's a different life.
That's the way it is with a Christian, to the carnal believer, the
confessor, who goes out and confesses, "Oh, yes, I'm a Christian," a
big cigar in his mouth like a dehorned Texas steer.
A woman with her shorts on, say, "Oh, yes, I'm a member of the church.
Sure, I am." Your fruits prove that you're nothing but carnal. That's
right. Certainly, it is. There's only one thing to allow for that:
that's either mental deficiency or a spirit of lust on you. That's
228-390 If you want to act like the world, the Bible said, "If you love
the world or the things of the world, the love of God's not even in
you." So there you are.
Now, you say, "Oh, the Bible said then that I must do that." No, that's
not it. Stay here until Christ has done something for you that takes
that out of you. Then you're borned of the Spirit of God. Not what you
do, it's what He done for you, till you get a love that you've passed
from death unto Life. And then watch your life, if it--if it tallies
up. Not 'cause you try to make your life, but because God brings you
into subjection to His Spirit. It's not you leading yourself in God's
way; it's God leading you in His own way: not you doing the leading,
but God doing the leading.
229-392 Now watch this, now, just as we get down towards the end. The
And we desire that every one of You do show the same diligence to the
full assurance of the hope unto the end:
That ye may not be slothful, but followers of them that--who through
faith and patience inherit the promises.
Now, just one more remark here.
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no
greater, he swore by himself,
Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiply, I will
multiply thee. (When God met Abraham...)
Now, Abraham received the covenant without any merits at all. The
covenant was made with Abraham. It's absolutely grace altogether.
Abraham was not a better man; he was not a holiness man; he was just an
ordinary man. And God by election chose Abraham, because God elected
him. Not because Abraham wanted it, because Abraham did this, because
he was a good man, 'cause he had any merit at all, but it was God's
choice. God took Abraham.
229-395 Today, as I said, I believe, "We select our preachers. We go
around and say, 'Well, one of the deacons quit. Let's find the best man
in the building to take his place. Well, the pastor quit; let's find
out, we get the best...'" Sometimes that's not right.
When they selected a man to take Judas' place, they got the wrong man.
They got a gentleman, Matthias, a great scribe, a scholar, a diplomat.
They said, "He'll just take the real place. Boy, he looks like a real
man." But it wasn't God's choice. And he took this man, and he never
done nothing for God.
230-397 But God took a choice of a little old high-tempered, hook-nosed
Jew that come down there with his face all... "I'll go down, and I'll
God said, "I see something in him. I'll use him."
And God's appeared before him in that big Light there, and he said,
"Who are You, Lord?"
Said, "I'm Jesus. Why, it's hard for you to kick against the pricks.
Why you persecuting Me?" like that. And God took that man and made him
one of the greatest men that's ever hit the face of the earth since
Jesus Christ. That was God's choice.
Today we try to make a choice. You churches, you send this man here and
that man here. It's not supposed to be done that way. God does the
leading. It's God in all, through all, over all. Not what some document
of some church; it's what God said about it, what makes the difference.
230-402 Notice. God made the promise to Abraham, unconditional. And
now, wait. Abraham did not have to do one thing. God said, "I have
already done it."
God made a promise to Adam, said, "Adam, if you'll not touch this,
you'll live forever. But the day you eat thereof, that day you die."
Adam said, "I just wonder what it's all about anyhow?" He goes over and
eats it, tampering.
Every time that God make--a man makes his covenant with God, or God
with a man, the man breaks his part. So God had to do something,
because He seen what man was. And they were foreordained; they were
elected, and God had to do something. So God came down and made His
covenant with Abraham, unconditionally. If it wouldn't have been
unconditionally, Abraham would've been lost a long time.
230-406 Look at him setting down there at Gerar, backslid, telling a
lie, and give his wife over to another man to save his own skin. What a
man. Setting out there and backslid... God told him, said, "Don't you
leave up here. Stay up here." The famine run him out. He wandered down
to where it was easier going. You know what happens to a fellow when he
takes the easy road.
He wandered out, down there where the grass was greener. And when he
got down there, he told that king that his wife was his sister to save
his own hide. Now, that was a lie. And any man would take his wife and
give her over to another man to save his hide... There he was, setting
out there in a little tent, backslider, telling a lie, and plumb out of
his--cut altogether away from the promise and everything, but he was
still God's prophet.
231-408 And there was Abimelech; he was a good, holiness man. Sure,
said his prayers every night. Found this grandma, of a hundred years
old, come down there, beautiful and young again, he said, "That's the
girl I've waited for, so I'm just going to marry her."
Abraham said, "You can have her; she's my sister."
She... "That's my brother."
So he takes her over there and has the women to wash her all up,
and--and put on nice clothes, and fix her up like a--like a princess.
And he said his prayers, and stretched out on the bed, and turned his
feet up, and said, "Tomorrow, I'll marry that beautiful Hebrew girl,
that--that boy's sister out there. Oh, it'll be wonderful. O Lord, You
know how I love You. Yes, sir, wonderful."
And God said, "You're just as good as a dead man." Pardon me. [Brother
Branham clears his throat--Ed.]
Abra... Why, Abraham was setting over there lying, backslid. And here
was this man, a honest and just and upright man. "Why," he said, "Lord,
You know the integrity of my heart. Did not he tell me that was his
Said, "I know the integrity of your heart. That's the reason I'm
keeping you from sinning against Me. That's right. I know the integrity
of your heart, but her husband is My prophet." Hallelujah. Oh, if that
ain't grace, what is? "Backslid, telling a lie, and setting out there,
but that's still My prophet. You take an offering, and go to him, and
take his wife back, or you're a dead man. I won't hear your prayers no
more; let him pray for you." Amen. There you are, "That's My prophet."
231-414 Now, you say, "Oh, I wish I'd have been Abraham." If we are
dead in Christ, we're Abraham's seed and are heirs according to the
promise. That's right. That's what the Bible said. Would you like to
read it? Why, the Bible said that--that the promise was not only to
Abraham and his seeds, like you... Abraham had many seeds, sure, many
children. Ishmael was his child. He had seven or eight children after
Sarah died by another one, Keturah. But look, the seed was the promised
one, which was Isaac, and through Isaac came Christ; through Christ
came us. The promise is unconditionally.
Now, what about Abraham? Why, he'd have been done; it'd been impossible
for him to ever get back again. Sure, it'd been impossible for Saul to
ever get back again, if that you'd have to read the Scripture that way,
See? But it wasn't. God's promise endures forever.
232-416 Let's read here just a minute. I want you to read It. I want
you to get Galatians 3:16, and read this and see now what the promise
is, and see what if--if we are His promise or not: 3:16. Listen here.
All right, I'm going to read the 15th verse too.
Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's
covenant, Yet if it is confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth
Now to Abraham and his seed... (seed, s-double-e-d)... to his seed were
the promise made. (To Abraham and his seed. Now, watch.)
He saith not, And to thy seeds... (plural),... as of many; but as...
one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Then Christ was the Seed of Abraham, and we being dead in Christ and
baptized into His body, we are Abraham's Seed and are heirs of the
promise. Then how's it... How are you ever going to fall away, if God
made the promise to you? How are you going to ever backslide, and go
away, and have to go to hell for it?
232-418 Now, you say, "Well, can't we backslide?" Absolutely. And when
you backslide, you're going to get it; don't you worry. Abraham got it,
and the rest of them got it, and you'll get it. Don't you think it
gives you a right to sin; it doesn't. You'll pay for everything that
you do. You'll reap what you sow. You do one little sin, and you'll
reap a whole washtub full. That's right. But, brother, that don't mean
to say that you're lost. That's exactly right. Abraham reaped exactly
what he sowed. That's right. But he was still saved.
The covenant that God made with Israel, they lost their in-heritage;
they lost the promised land, and went down into Egypt, but they hadn't
lost their covenant. God said, "I remember My promise to Abraham. I
remember it, and I've come down to deliver My people. Go down there,
Moses, and tell Pharaoh I said, 'Let My people go.' I remember I made a
promise to Abraham and to his seed."
233-420 That's the same thing it is with us. So if you are dead, and
your life is hid in God through Christ, there's not nothing in the
world can touch you. Now, you might go and do wrong, but if you're
really truly a child of God and you see you've made a mistake, you'll
rise and try again. That's right, and you'll not lay there.
But if you're cowardly, if you're a cocklebur, if there's no "get up"
to you, you'll say, "Oh, well, there wasn't nothing to it anyhow."
233-423 The Kingdom of God is like unto a man took a net and went to
the sea, cast it in. When he come, he had turtles, frogs, snakes,
lizards, spiders, and fish. That's the Gospel when it's preached.
Like the Lord will tell a minister, like Brother Graham, going up here.
"Go on this corner and preach a little while, Brother Graham." All
right, he takes his net and goes up there and starts seining. "Where
you going, Brother Bill?"
"I'm going out somewhere else and cast on this corner."
I'm pulling, "There they are, Lord; You know what they are." I pull the
net again, "All right, here they are, Lord."
Now, the turtle was a turtle to begin with. He just got caught in the
net. That's right. And that's the way people get caught up in emotion,
"O Hallelujah, hallelujah. Praise the Lord. Glory to God. Hallelujah."
They just got caught in the net; that's all.
If that old turtle spirit's in them, it ain't going to be long, they
say, "Well, I tell you..." Here he goes, creeping back.
And old lady crawfish will say, "But I just can't understand that." See?
Miss Spider will setting there a little while, she'll go plop, plop,
plop, right back, "Well, there wasn't nothing in it anyhow."
Miss Serpent will say, "Oh, they're a bunch of holy-rollers. That's
just all there is to it. I'll go down where they got better sense than
that." Why, you're a snake to begin with. The Gospel net just caught
you; that's all.
234-430 But the fish is took to the Master's table. He was a fish to
begin with; the seed of him was a fish. He began a fish, and God knowed
His fish from the foundation of the world. Hallelujah.
You remember, they're all breathing the same muddy waters out there.
They're all breathing out of the same creek. That's right. We all made
drink of the same spiritual Rock. All did eat manna in the wilderness.
Caleb and Joshua eat the same manna that--that the rest of them eat.
And they all fell in the wilderness. But there was two elected to go
over, and they went over. That's right.
We all been made to drink of the same Fountain. But not all that drink
is saved. We all made to shout together; we're all made to rejoice
together, but the elected is saved. Did you notice It said, "The two
spirits in the last days would be so close till it would deceive the
very elected if possible," if possible. See? That's the real Spirit of
God, elected to Eternal Life.
234-433 Now, we're closing. Then Brother Neville will pick up where I
leave off here. All right:
And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in
Christ, the law, which was four hundred year... four hundred and thirty
years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of non
That's the promise God give Abraham, before the law ever come into
For if the... for if inheritance be of the law, it is no more of the
promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Not by nothing you do, not by any laws, any laws of your church, by
joining church, or any other law; it's absolutely a grace act of God to
you. There you are. Watch.
Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgression,
till the seed should come to whom the promise was made;... (Isn't that
just as plain as the nose on my face? It was added to serve until the
Seed came, which was Christ, to Who the promise was made.)... and it
was ordained by angels and in the hands of a mediator.
Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
Now, I leave from right here, beginning from right there for Brother
Neville, for this coming Wednesday.
235-436 Now, do you understand what we have said? That it is absolutely
impossible for a borned again Christian (that... I don't mean now he
calls hisself borned again; I mean a real borned again Christian.) to
ever fall from grace. He cannot do it. He can fall; that's right; but
he cannot never get out of that grace. Abraham fell from grace; sure he
did. God told him to stay there; he went out of it; but he never lost
his covenant. He was still God's chosen. He was a prophet setting
there. He'll always was. He'll always be God's.
Now, notice the Bible said that all of Israel will be saved. How many
knows that? The Bible said all Israel's will be saved. Now, Israel is
not Israel which is of the flesh, but Israel of the Spirit; for gifts
and callings are without repentance. Is that what the Bible said, the
very next verse, Galatians? All right, all of Israel will be saved.
Every one of them is saved. How do we become Israel? Being dead in
Christ, take on Abraham's Seed, and we're heirs according to the
Paul said, "That which is outward is not a Jew, but that which is
inwardly is a Jew (the promised ones)." And we are Abraham's Seed by
the promise through Christ, accepting Him as our personal Saviour.
235-439 Oh, I hope you see it. I hope you get it. (If you can stay with
It a little while...) Now, over in here we finish this up, then we
start on Melchisedec, which brings right back in this again. We start
right on over to... Oh, it's just... The whole thing is wonderful. But
we just keep getting into those cream things.
Now, you see, if you took this here, look like, if you could read it
just from observations... Like a real strict Trinitarian, who believes
there's three Gods, told me one time, that Matthew 3 absolutely
declared that there was three, three individual Persons in the Godhead.
I said, "I got to see it."
He said, "Watch." Standing right from this pulpit, he said, "Looky
here, Matthew 3." Said, "When Jesus went straightway out of the water,
lo, the heavens opened unto Him. And He saw the Spirit of God like a
dove. And the Voice from the heavens saying, 'This is My beloved Son,
in Whom I'm well pleased.' And there was three: the Son on the bank,
the Holy Ghost in between, and the Father up above."
I said, "Brother, the Scripture doesn't read that."
"Oh, yes, it does."
I said, "Now, read It again, find out if It does."
236-443 Now, here's His picture: here's God the Son; there's God the
Father; here's God the Holy Ghost like a dove. Now, watch. The Bible
said, when Jesus was baptized, "The Son went straightway out of the
water, lo, the heavens above Him was opened, and a Voice saying of...
He saw the Spirit of God, the Spirit of God like a dove," not another
Person up there, but this Spirit of God was a Dove (which was above
Him). And a Voice coming, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am
pleased to dwell in." Now, read Matthew 3, and see if It doesn't say
that. See, not three people, not at all.
And that's the way... This doesn't say that it's impossible for a man
to ever get back, that when he backslides. It doesn't say that. It
doesn't say that; It says, "It's impossible for a man to ever come back
to renew himself, after he's once been there." He cannot do it.
236-445 The Bible said, "He that's borned of God does not commit sin,
for he cannot sin, for the seed of God remains in him, and he cannot
sin." How can I be called a sinner when there's a Sacrifice laying
there to take my place? How can I die, when death has been paid for me?
How can I die when I got Eternal Life? How can I do it? You can't do it.
How could I have a written permit from the mayor of this city to run
sixty miles an hour through this city and any officer arresting me for
running sixty miles an hour? How can you do it? I've got a permit from
the mayor that says I can do it. He can't arrest me. His--his arresting
would blow the whistles and everything else, and I could just ignore
it. Don't mean a thing, I've got a permit.
236-447 And how can I then, as after Christ has died for me and I
become His righteousness, because of His grace and love to me, how can
I sin when there's something laying between me and God, a Sacrifice? I
can't sin, can't do it. God never sees me; He sees Christ. He stands in
my place; and when I do anything wrong, Christ takes my place. I made
my confession, "I'm wrong; He's right. Lord, You know my heart. You
know whether I mean it or not. And I'm wrong, forgive me." God never
sees it; the Blood of Jesus got me covered all the time. Then how can
God ever see me? And how can sin be--be counted to me, when He can't do
it? Just as soon as I do it, it's forgiven. And that's right.
237-448 Just like taking a--a little dropper like this, a little eye
dropper, and take it full of black ink, and hold it up over a tub of
bleach, and just drop it in there, and then try to find it again. It
just turns to the bleach; the ink becomes bleach. And that's what your
confessed sins... If you're in Christ, between you and God is a whole
tub of bleach, and your sin becomes righteous, because a righteous
Sacrifice is waiting there for you.
When I come to the river at the ending of days,
And the last winds of sorrow have blown;
There is one thought that cheers me
And makes my heart glad,
I won't have to cross Jordan alone.
237-449 That's one good thing; that's one good thing. I won't have to
cross it. One of these days we're coming down to the end of the road;
the sun will refuse to shine; then God will call.
Adam will reach over and shake Eve, and say, "Honey, here it is; it's
time to wake up."
Eve will reach over, and get ahold of Abel, and say, "Come forth,
darling; it's time to wake up." Abel will get ahold of Seth; and Seth
will get ahold of Noah; and Noah will get ahold of, oh, on down, on
down to Abraham, and down as they come. There'll be a great shaking and
awakening when the Son of God comes. We'll stand in His likeness at
237-452 Now, if you commit sin here, you're going to pay for it. I'll...
It just keep coming in my mind; I've just got to tell it. I tried to
quench it off four or five times. I have to say it. How many remembers
this brother pastor, that used to be here at the Church of God?
Brother... Right up here, what was his name? Worked for Vorgang down
there. Oh, you all... The First Church of God right here on the
corner... Oh, he used to sell Rawleighs in time of the--of the
depression, a real, godly, saintly man. Brother Smith took his place up
there. I'll call his name in a few minutes. He was a God-saved man.
Remember, if you don't walk up to the correction, and you do something
wrong as a Christian, God will warn you; and then if you don't take the
warning, He'll just take you right off the earth. That's what He done.
238-455 You remember in the Bible? Look at that Corinthian church. He
told them what they was positionally in Christ. But he warned them of
what was going to happen, and they corrected themselves, and got
straightened out with God.
And this little brother, he was a wonderful little brother; I believe,
a God-saved man. And he got him a job down here at the--at Vorgang's.
If some of his people's setting here, I hope you don't think that I...
I don't know you if you're setting here. But Ramsey, Brother Ramsey,
how many remembers Brother Ramsey up here at the Church of God? Sure,
you do, wonderful little man. And he used to come to my house, and we'd
talk together, and we'd set there and weep and hold one another's
hands: a real Christian.
238-457 One day I went into it down there, just come from overseas in a
meeting, had my car checked up; Brother Ramsey said, "What can I do for
I said, "Check her out, Brother Ramsey, change the oil."
"Okay," he said, "fine and dandy." Said, "You'd have a nice meeting?"
I said, "O Brother Ramsey, it was wonderful." I said, "I wish you could
go with me sometime. Why don't you go with me?"
He said, "I don't serve the Lord no more, Billy."
I looked around; I said, "What'd you say?"
He just kinda said, "I don't serve Him no more," walked away.
And I thought, "Oh, he's just going on." I went on and went somewhere,
come back, and got in my car. I come up home, and I begin to think
about that: "I don't serve the Lord no more."
The Lord put it on my heart to go back and ask him again. So I said,
"Meda, just hold the fort."
And I got in, and got in my car, and went back down, and stopped again,
went into Vorgang's. I said, "Brother Ramsey, I want to ask you a
Said, "All right, Billy, what is it?"
I said, "You said awhile ago you don't serve the Lord no more. You was
just teasing me, wasn't you?"
He said, "No."
I said, "Brother Ramsey, you--you don't mean that."
He said, "Yes."
I said, "Don't you love Him?"
He said, "If I loved Him, I'd serve Him, wouldn't I, Billy?" and walked
I thought, "Say, Brother Ramsey..."
Said, "I don't want to talk no more about it."
I went home, went in a room and shut the door. And, oh, you know how
you feel real heavy, like you'd taken the cookies away from a baby or
something, you know. I--I thought, "What? It can't be. Surely
something's happened to Brother Ramsey."
239-467 And there's a little colored boy named Jimmy; he comes here to
church; got one leg... You know, he limps kinda. I forget his name,
works down there at Vorgang's, runs a wrecker. He met me, and he said,
"You know, Reverend Branham," he said, "I don't know about this here
Dr. Ramsey around here." He said, "I told him the other day, said, 'we
all was scared to even open our mouth around here,' said, 'you was a
godly man.'" But, said, "He took his preacher's license and went over
to the basket and tore them apart, and throwed them in the basket,
said, 'I don't want nothing to do with it no more.'"
He said, "Hey, mister. Say, you oughtn't to do that."
He said, "Oh, Jim, I'm through serving the Lord." So he went on, said,
"You--you don't mean that."
And said, "Then he told me, said he was coming down to grind his valves
on a Labor Day," I believe it was, "And he said, 'Now, I want you to
come help me, Jim.'"
He said, "I'll help you after I come from church, but first I's going
Said he, "Went back down, and Mr. Ramsey was grinding the valves on his
car; he said, 'Jimmy, slip over the river, the saloons is closed here;
slip over the river and get me a case of beer.'"
He said, "Mr. Ramsey, I's been guilty of many things, but never will I
be guilty of getting a servant of the Lord a case of beer." He said,
"No, sir, I'll never do that."
And he said, "Well, go on and get it, Jim."
He said, "Mr. Ramsey, I grind your valves. But if you get any beer,
you'll go get it yourself." He said, "I ain't going to never get a
servant of the Lord anything like that."
So Ramsey jumped in Jimmy's car, and took over the river, come back,
half keyed up with a case of beer, drinking it.
240-475 He started going down. He got sick. See? God couldn't speak to
him. I warned him. I done everything I could. Brother Smith went to him
and warned him. Everybody tried to do everything they could for him.
Still he just shook his head. What happened? He took sick and died.
That showed that he was a saved man. If God could not make him--bring
him in obedience, He'll have to take him out of the earth and bring him
home. That's exactly what the Bible said. That's what the Bible
promises. If you won't stand correction, you've got to come on home.
So God cannot lose you after He's saved you, but He can shorten your
days here, and make you pay for every sin you've done. So if you sin,
you're going to have to pay for what you've done. Just remember that.
240-477 Now, now, the Lord be with you. I believe tonight, that Brother
Ramsey was saved. Absolutely, I believe it. But he just wouldn't obey
God, and when he wouldn't obey God, God had to bring him home. That's
the only thing to do, because... What was it? "He'd bring reproach and
disgrace to the Blood wherewith he was sanctified with." Is that right?
"And count the covenant an unholy thing," if that isn't just exactly
what this Hebrew letter said. See? It would be impossible for him to be
lost, but he would bring shame and disgrace, so God would have to take
him off the earth and bring him home. That's exactly what'd take place.
Now, may the Lord bless, while we bow our heads just a moment for
241-478 Now, most holy and gracious Father, we are indeed grateful to
Thee for the promise that we have that You will never leave us or
forsake us. You've promised You'd go with us through life, and in death
You'd be near us. You've promised us that we have Eternal Life; You
gave It to us freely. We can never lose It: "All that comes to Me has
Eternal Life." And if it's Eternal Life, It has no end, and You
promised to raise us up in the last days. To this we are very grateful.
We're thankful that Your Word teaches us this. It gives us a sure hope.
It makes us know that our Father is Love. He loves us, and He chose us.
You said, "You have not chosen Me, but I've chosen you and ordained
you." And I thank Thee, Father, that Thou has done so. And many are
setting here tonight who's been ordained to Eternal Life and has
received Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, and the fruits of the
Spirit follow their life: gentle, meek, humble, love, joy, peace,
long-suffering, goodness. We're thankful for those.
241-479 And we pray, Father, that if there be some in here tonight, who
doesn't have those fruits to accompany them, but they're resting upon
some fantastic, because they got worked up one day, because they got
emotionally, they felt good... They may have shouted, they might have
done many things. But, Father, if they haven't got the fruit of the
Spirit that keeps them day by day in constant love, forgiving their
enemies, making right their wrongs, and living peaceful, and loving,
and sweet, and kind to one another, and a zeal for the Church, a love
for Christ and for His children, O eternal God, forgive them. Though
they be members of the church, members of the earthly body, may they go
now and lay aside those carnal dead works, and press on to the
perfection. Grant it, Lord. May they come to the perfect One and
receive Him as their Propitiation for their sins, that He might stand
as a perfect Sacrifice for a guilty man and a guilty woman, and supply
them with His grace of love and peace, until they come into the
Presence of God to live forever. Grant it, Father.
241-480 While we have our heads bowed, if there be such a one that
would like to swap a carnal life of ordinances, of baptisms, of
sensations, of little carnal things like that, for a real heart full of
real love, that--that you could walk up to your bitterest enemy, put
your arms around him, and say, "Brother, I'll pray for you. I love
you." If you'd like to swap that experience of carnal things for a real
experience of love, would you raise your hand to God, and say, "God,
take me tonight and make me what I should be"? I'll pray for you right
from the pulpit here. Would you desire prayer? Raise your hands.
241-481 God bless you back there, sir. God bless you, brother. Someone
else? God bless you, sir. "I have been in the church for years." God
bless you, sir. God bless you here, brother. God bless you back there,
little lady. "I will ask God to make me peaceful." Do you... Are you
real raging? Are you out of sorts? Do you doubt? Do you toss about? Do
you wonder whether It's really right or not? When you come to Christ,
do you come with a full assurance, a heart full of love? Do you walk up
to Him without one fear, saying, "I know that He's my Father and
there's no condemnation." You've passed from death unto Life. You know
it, and you notice your life; you're loving, you're forgiving, you're
gentle, you're peaceful, you're meek; all these fruits of the Spirit
accompany your life day by day.
And as soon as you do anything wrong, "Oh, my." Just as soon as it come
to your mind you've done wrong, quickly you make it right, right then.
Don't wait another minute; go right then and make it right. If you
don't, well, you don't have the Spirit of Christ. You might be a good
woman; you might be a good man. You might be well thought of in the
church. You might be well thought of in the neighborhood, but have you
went on to that perfection, to that place to where you're wholly
trusting in Christ? And by the... Just give you the seal... Abraham
believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteous, and God give
him the seal of circumcision as a confirmation.
242-483 Now, you say, "I believe God; I made a confession." But did God
give you the seal of the Holy Spirit back on your life of love, joy,
fruits of the Spirit, to prove that you been saved? If He hasn't done
that, then He hasn't recognized your faith yet. You've just made a
confession; He hasn't accepted it; there's something wrong. Would you
like to receive Him then? Raise your hand, if there's someone else
before we pray.
God bless you, young lady, God bless you back there too. God bless you.
All right, someone else, just before we pray? All right. God bless you,
back there, sister. God bless you, brother. God bless you, brother. God
bless you, my brother. That's right. Some ten, fifteen hands has been
up. Now, let's pray.
243-485 Blessed Lord, at their seat they're finding an altar. It's at
their seat, where they're sitting now, that You spoke to their hearts
that they're wrong. It's at their seats that You've put a desire in
their heart, that they long to be more like Jesus.
They want their life changed; they want to be meek and humble; they
want to be gentle and full of patience; they want to be long-suffering,
forbearing. They want to be so Christian-like, so Christlike, till the
world will say as they go down the street, "That man's really a
Christian. That woman's really a Christian. Oh, they're the most
gentle, meekest, sweetest people."
Grant it, Lord, that they will receive that experience tonight. And may
they never rest upon their church ability, upon their affiliations with
any church, any denomination, or neither upon their emotion, upon any
fantastic, such as emotionally, something that's happened.
243-488 Maybe they shouted, spoke in tongues, or something else. O
eternal God, let them not try to trust to get to heaven on that, for we
seen it so many times miserably fail. And You said it would fail;
"Where there's tongues, it shall cease; where there's prophecy, it
shall vanish; where there's knowledge, it shall vanish." Although all
these things are even gifts, miracles of healing, they shall all be
done away with. Only that Divine Love shall last."
God, create that in their heart, and let them know that that is the
Spirit that brings forth the fruit. Do it just now, Lord, while we wait
on Thee, for we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.
243-490 [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... balls of fire flying, and to see
turtledoves going back and forth through the building, to see Christ
come in with thorns in His hands and in His... Oh, did you know that's
the antichrist setup? He said, "When these things begin to come to
pass, then look up, your redemption's drawing nigh." Then that's the
reason I like to press every minute I can to the church and get you
solid. Brother Neville may not always be with us. I believe Brother
Neville to be a good, sound Gospel teacher. We don't know what'll wind
its way into this pulpit, and when it does get here, "My sheep know My
Voice." Stay with that Word. Don't you never leave that Word. You stay
right with It. You stand fast in the liberty where Christ has made you
free. Be not entangled in all those yokes of bondage and so forth;
stand fast and stand free. God will bless you. We have nothing in the
world to fear about.
244-491 You're always wondering... I notice people come to be prayed
for; they'll sidle into the line. Next time they see a healing
campaign, they'll go into this line; they'll go into this line. I don't
condemn them. They're trying to find relief, but they're going the
wrong way. You're doing vice versa, what God said not to do. See? When
you walk up boldly to the throne of grace, and believe that you ask,
you shall receive, stay with it. That's the way it's done, not just
trot from mission to mission, from church to church, and campaign to
Why, they've made these healing campaigns like a bunch of nonsense.
Certainly, they have. It's become to a place where, intelligent people,
they look around and they wonder what it's all about. That... God don't
want those things. Healing don't have to be in campaigns. Healing
should be in every local church, all these gifts operating, but don't
go to seed on those gifts. Don't pay any attention to the gift. If God
wants to use you for something, He'll do it; but look after the Giver.
244-493 Martin Luther, once after speaking in tongues, he was asked why
he didn't preach it; he said, "If I preached that, my people will go
after the gift instead of the Giver." That's right.
Moody, one time speaking, and begin... When he was preaching so under
inspiration, he spoke in tongues. He said, "God forgive me for
muttering foolish words." Certainly. See? And they had those things. We
believe those things, but they must be put in their place, and they
must not be set as evidences.
There's not one thing left in the Bible as evidence of the Holy Ghost,
only the fruits of the Spirit. Find out any place that Jesus said so.
Yes, sir. The evidence of the Holy Ghost is the fruit of your Spirit.
Jesus said so, "By their fruit you shall know them." And the fruit of
the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, goodness, peace,
gentleness, meekness. And the fruit of the enemy is enmity, hatred,
malice, strife, and so forth; that's the fruit of the enemy. So you can
judge by the way you're living, where you're standing with God. If your
whole heart is in love with Him, and you love Him, and are gentle, and
live with Him daily, you know you've passed from death unto Life. If it
isn't, and you're otherwise, you're just impersonating a Christian.
That's right. Which, all carnal impersonations will certainly be
exposed; we know that.
245-496 So don't live that kind of a life; you don't have to. Why would
you accept a substitute, when the whole skies above are full of the
good and the real? Certainly. Let me take God; that's what I want. Amen.
Now, did anybody come to be prayed for? If you did, raise your hand. We
had the healing service this morning. I suppose then... This lady here?
All right, sister, would you come forward then? See? If our brother
elder here would come now for the anointing. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
... shine on me,
O shine on me, Lord, shine on me,
Let the Light from the lighthouse shine on me.
245-498 Isn't He wonderful? Let's just bow our heads real quietly now.
"Just, Shine On Me," again. Now, come on now, everybody just...
Just worship Him in your soul now. (See?) Get quiet, the healing
service is coming on. The message is over; let's worship.
Let the Light from the lighthouse shine on me.
O shine on me, Lord, shine on me.
Let the Light from the lighthouse shine on me.
Just to be like Jesus, to be like Jesus, (Oh...)
On earth I long to be like Him;
All through life's journey from earth to glory,
I only ask to be like Him.
We'll walk in the Light, such a beautiful Light,
Come where the dewdrops of mercy are bright;
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the light of the world.
All ye saints of Light proclaim,
Jesus the light of the world,
Then the bells of heaven will ring,
Jesus the Light of... (Receive us, Lord, as we worship Thee.)
We'll walk in the Light, beautiful Light,
Come where the dewdrops of mercy are bright;
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus the Light of the world.
246-499 Don't you just love that scouring out? You feel good? Raise
your hand. Tell... There's something about those old fashion songs, the
old-time hymns. I'd rather have them than all these new worldly songs
put in, in Christian churches. I like that old time; I like...
Jesus, keep me near the cross, (My.)
There a precious fountain
Free to all, a healing stream,
Flows from Calvary's mountain.
In the cross, in the cross,
O be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.
246-500 I could go out of the world pretty easy when that's being sang.
Couldn't you? How wonderful. Is it all settled? You know, I'm glad I
done settled it all up. Aren't you? The old account's all settled long
time ago. I told Him, "Lord, I don't want any trouble down at the
river; I--I want to be sure now." I want to know Him. I want to know
There's a big, dark pit set before every one of us. We're headed that
way. Every time our heart beats, we're closer and closer. But when I
get there, I don't want to squirm like a coward; I want to wrap myself
in the robes of His righteousness and enter into it, knowing this: that
I know Him in the power of His resurrection, that when He calls, I'll
come out from among the dead.
247-502 "My--My faith Looks Up To Thee," let's sing it now.
My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
O Saviour Divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my sins away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.
Now, great Teacher, as Thou has taught us in Thy most marvelous Word,
our hearts just quiver with a rapturing grace to know that we've passed
from death unto Life. It's all through the goodness of our Lord Jesus
Who called us, and has washed us in His Blood, and has presented us
before the throne of God, faultless, blameless, for He took our sins;
we have no sin. God laid the iniquity of us all upon Him, and He was
wounded for our transgressions. Oh, how we love Him, the great Lamb of
And we pray, Father, that You'll give us utterance, expression, that we
can tell others, that they might know Him too, and love Him, for He
loves them. Give us this grace. And thank You, Father, for those
newborn babies that just come into the Kingdom of God. May they find a
good church home somewhere, and there serve You until death liberates
them from this old body of wracked, pains, and aches, and present them
before Him, faultless, blameless, in the age to come, with Eternal
Life. For we ask it in His Name. Amen.