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Placing Of Deacons
353-1 And that is, that the first is the placing some deacons into the
church. And our little church here is sovereign. It doesn't have any
denomination or anything to send its deacons; it elects its own
deacons. It elects its pastor; it elects its trustees; it elects
everything that comes in and out of the church. No one person has the
say-so over anything; it's the church. And the church are those who
come and support the church with their presence, with their tithe and
offerings, are always the ones that has legal say-so in the placing of
And I want to thank the past board of deacons, and I say it from here
for all the church. If any of those brethren are here, which was
Brother Cox, Brother Fleeman, and Brother Higginbotham and Brother
Deatsman, they have give us a good service, give the Lord, in this
353-3 And ever so often, according to the bylaws of the church, every
year, the deacons or trustees automatically fill their time. And if
they want to come back, all right. If they do not want to come back,
then they can place some in their places, that this board has resigned.
And the other night I called the trustee board, which there is a new
board of trustees. Till I noticed Brother Luther McDowell here tonight;
we're glad to see him in, which was formerly on the trustee board. I
went down this week to find out and to check into having a photostatic
copy made, which will be presented to the church also. That the
trustees of the church now is Brother William Morgan, Brother Mike
Egan, and Brother Banks Wood, and Brother Roy Roberson. And they're all
of this city, except Brother Roberson that lives between the two
cities. The Lord has seen fit in those men, and they have been
honorable men, and they have now received the duty as trustees of this
353-5 And then while this meeting was going on, and was told by the
assistant pastor that we--selecting of the new board of deacons, that
these had served their time out and--and resigned, and it was to select
some more deacons. Now, the church... The way this is done is the board
can ap--appoint deacons, men that they have associated with and found
to be honorable and just men.
The office of a deacon is a very great office, and a great honor to the
Lord to be a deacon in the church. And so in the meeting the other
night, certain man was called out to me. And when meeting with the
pastor, the following--this last Friday, which was agreed by this man
that these were honorable and just men.
354-7 One young man that they had found, was not exactly qualified (not
because that he wasn't the right type of man), one that was suggested
by one of the honorable men of our trustee board. But as the pastor and
I came together, and I asked the age of the young man, he was in his
early twenties: honorable, just, and a real man, but find out that he
was a single man. The Bible requires a deacon to be a married man. He
must be the husband of one wife.
And then another man which was a very honorable man, very qualified for
the job and would made a loyal man, as a brother suggested him. Then
after investigating the case, that the brother had just recently come
into this faith; his wife doesn't believe in it. Then that disqualified
the man as the office, because he must have all his family in
subjection. They must be also in the faith, because it would be a
354-9 And we're building now, and we wish to place this church. And as
the general overseer of the church, I must see that it's kept
Scripturally, everything right on the Word.
And so therefore, then it has been found favorable with the board and
the pastor, and the overseer, to select in this group of people here
some men who we think to be honorable and just men. We can only bring
them. And it's then they are appointed by the church, by their own
vote. And then these man shall serve, if they feel that they will
accept this office. Then they will come for a short time to see if they
feel that maybe that God has called them. And if later, if they feel
that they are disqualified, then they have a right in the next few
weeks to resign the office, that someone else could be appointed in
354-11 However, at the beginning of the revival that (if God willing) I
want to hold here in this Tabernacle as soon as I get some rest, then
I--then I'll... We will ordain these deacons by laying on hands,
deacons and treasurer in this church. But first they must be appointed
and--and see how they like it and how the congregation likes it. Then
if it's--then if it's all right on both sides, then we make these men
ordained deacons, just like trustees are elected the same way.
It's the sovereignty and the law of the church by the Word of God.
Therefore, that--they just can't say that, "I think this man would be a
right man." That isn't it. "Brother Neville thinks this man would be a
right man," or "the trustee board thinks this man would be a right
man," it has to be by the church. No one does anything within himself
here. It's the vote of the church. It's a sovereign church.
The old set of bylaws was destroyed in the 1937 flood. We have recopied
those, and will be hung on the wall here soon, the duties of trustees,
deacons, treasurers, and so forth, pastor, associates, and so forth.
355-14 By the grace of God, it has been said to me, and a one hundred
percent vote through the board of this church, that they have found
that Brother Hollin Hickerson to be a just, honorable man, and in line
in this position to receive the--the great honor of being deacon of
this said Tabernacle.
Also, we have found, and by the vote of the board, that Brother Collins
also has been found an honorable and just man. Being a minister
himself; therefore, we would ask him to come and to be a--a deacon of
the church; and not only deacon, but an associate to Brother Neville,
and perhaps to a Sunday school class, or to take the place of Brother
Neville, or whatever is being called on, he to be an associate to
Brother Neville. That's Brother Collins.
And also the church has found in favor, that Brother Tony Zabel, an
honorable and just man, and he's been favored before the trustee board
and the pastors, to ask him to receive the office of deacon in this
355-17 And it's also been asked, and found an honorable man among us...
(Not... these not being the only honorable men now, but just has been
selected by the board.) Brother Taylor from Henryville, or Memphis, I
believe it is, Memphis, Indiana. He's been with us for some time,
acting as usher and whatever could be. That the church has found favor
with him, or the board and pastor, that he would accept the--the great
office as being the deacon of this said Tabernacle.
And it's also been asked that Brother Mike Egan's son-in-law,
Brother--Brother Bob Harnard, has been selected by the board and by the
pastor, to accept the office as treasurer of this said Tabernacle,
which is an honorable job, and it requires justice and honor.
In doing this, I think, my brethren, that calling you from here, that
it would be a great honor to you. And not only that, but something to
356-20 At this time I will have Brother Neville, our associate, to read
the requirements of the deacon. Brother Neville, if you'll read it from
the Word of God. [Brother Neville reads I Timothy 3:8-12--Ed.]:
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to
much wine and greedy of filthy lucre;
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a
deacon, being found blameless.
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and
their own houses well.
For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to
themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in
356-21 Amen. I would at this time ask these brethren who has been
called, if they would just walk forward here to the platform just a
moment. And as we bow our heads just a moment for prayer, I want
them... And the church knows what this is, that this is electing your
deacon board and your treasurer.
Lord Jesus, it is with sober, godly thinking that we come to Thee now.
We come in respects of Thy most holy Word; we come believing that "Let
every man's word be wrong, but God's be true." And we are grateful to
Thee for this church which Jesus has purchased with His own precious
Blood, and has given us this building to worship in...
And as the overseers of this great flock, which the Holy Ghost has
ordained us to be, we are trying now to present to this congregation a
loyal, righteous bunch of men that we believe to be Spirit-filled and
ready for the office. As it is once said concerning the deacon board,
"Go, look out yourself among you, men of good reports and with the Holy
Spirit, that they might serve in this manner to take care of the widows
and orphans, to distribute the money, and to care for the welfare of
the church." Later in years we have just read the writing of that
great, inspired, sainted Paul, who sets forth the declaration of the
Scriptures of the requirements of such position.
God, honor these men. And now it is the choice, Lord, as a sovereign
church, as the body of the Lord Jesus, that they do the electing. And
[Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... and will direct this portion of the
service in a special way, in that righteous and holy Name of Jesus.
357-25 Now with our heads bowed, not only our heads but our hearts, and
as every member of this church, that comes here regular and supports it
with your tithe and offerings, which is considered a member of this
church... While, the pastor and I, alone, the--the associate pastor,
Brother Neville, and I look on, I would ask if this church finds
Brother Taylor to be a just man and eligible, by the best of your
thinking to be deacon over this group of people, you will signify the
same by raising your hand. [Brother Branham pauses--Ed.] All right. Now
if there is any contrary, would you raise your hand. [Brother Branham
pauses--Ed.] Thank you.
357-26 Does any of this members of this church here find, and all, do
you find Brother Hollin Hickerson to be a just and honorable man, and a
man that's found in your sight worthy to become the deacon of this said
church, would you signify by raising your right hand? [Brother Branham
pauses--Ed.] If it is contrary, then raise your hand. [Brother Branham
Does this congregation find Brother Collins to be the same, a righteous
and honorable man, and worthy of the job of being deacon of this
church? Would you raise your hand? [Brother Branham pauses--Ed.] All
right. Contrary, would you raise your hand? [Brother Branham
357-28 Does this congregation find Brother Tony Zabel to be an
honorable man and worthy of this office, of being deacon over this
flock in this said church? Would you raise your right hand. [Brother
Branham pauses--Ed.] Contrary, would you raise your hand? [Brother
Does this congregation feel that Brother Harnard is a just and
righteous man, who has been with us for some time, to be the treasurer,
secretary-treasurer of this church, to handle its finances and to pay
its bills? If so, raise your right hand. [Brother Branham pauses--Ed.]
Is there any contrary, raise your right hand. [Brother Branham
358-30 I wish to say to the--the brethren who are standing at this
present time, at the foot of this cross, that this church, with one
hundred percent (no contrary at all), finds you all worthy in the sight
of God for this office that God has called you.
Now, you have said, "Let these first be tried, and see if they desire
this office." Within a few weeks, God willing, I will return back to
lay hands upon this group of men to make them the official trust--or
the deacons of this church, and treasurer. Let us bow our heads just a
358-32 Lord, we are happy tonight that there is men still living on the
earth that can walk godly before the world, so godly that a Tabernacle,
with strict rules as this one has, can vote five men into position as
their leaders without one vote contrary. We are happy for them, and we
feel that You were with us in making these decisions, the board and we
God, bless these men. And may they serve this office with all their
hearts, knowing that it is purchasing to them a great degree in heaven.
Someday when the books of heaven shall be closed, may the Book of the
celestial beings and the great Book of heaven be opened, may their
names be one hundred percent before God and the Saviour and all the
heavenly hosts to be the same in His Kingdom. Bless them, Lord, and may
they serve this office well. In Jesus' Name we thank You for them. Amen.
358-34 I just want to shake your hands: Brother Harnard, and Brother
Zabel, and Brother Collins, Brother Hickerson, and Brother Taylor. So
happy to know that we have fellowshipped all this time with such
honorable men. God bless you now. And we will see you right away, as
soon as I get a little rest and get back, and see how you like your
office. All right, by their vote, I think was one hundred percent, no
contrary at all.
Oh, aren't you glad that you're associating with people today who can
live before God, godly, and live before this present world in that
condition? It is a wonderful thing.
359-36 And I'm so glad to know tonight that I have the privilege of--of
having these men and this church to be my friends. I'm so glad that God
let me associate myself with His church all over the world. Oh, they
are res--despised and rejected and talked about, and as I said this
morning in my message, maybe just mud daubers, the way the world looks
at them, as a bunch of fanatics, but God looks at them as His children.
I'm so happy for that. They might not be able to tell you how many
miles it is to the moon. They might not be able to tell you all the
solar systems and how it operates. But there's one thing they do know:
they know the hour they were borned again. I'm so glad for them.
359-37 And as a little parable that I learned, and I'm going to
associate it tonight with my two little girls to kind of make it come
home to us, to make it real to us, that you'd understand the meaning of
it. One morning, raising up out of bed... I got two little girls. One
of them is Rebekah, and one of them is Sarah, and they're daddy's
And I've got a little boy, Joseph. I was coming from Chattanooga, out
of a meeting one night, while I was there in this last campaign. And I
was in the--the car, going along with my oldest son, Billy. His wife
and Meda was in the car, and the girls. And as we were rolling along,
nobody had said nothing for several city blocks. And I'd cut pretty
hard on the people that night about the way they were doing. Nobody had
said anything. And little Joseph come over and grabbed me by the
shoulder, and he said, "Daddy, you sure did preach tonight."
359-39 And this morning, as I was leaving and going up to Eighth and
Tenth Street, the--or Penn and Tenth, rather, nobody had said a thing,
the wife and the two girls. And little Joseph took ahold of my shoulder
again; he said, "Daddy, that, I sure liked that preaching this
morning," he said.
I said, "Well, I've got one fan; that's my son."
And to our little saying... Up one morning and sitting in the room,
little Becky come running out and say, she straddled my leg and put her
arm around me, and she's daddy's little girl. And she was hugging me.
And little Sarah jumped out of bed with her little pajamas and would,
say, come running next. She's the little brown-eyed one.
Little Becky would say, "Oh, Sarah, there's no need of you coming,
because I've got all of daddy myself. Daddy's all mine." And little
Sarah, her little lips dropped down; her little brown eyes colored up.
I motioned like this and stuck out the other knee, and she come and
360-42 Becky's got longer legs, so they would reach the floor. Little
Sarah was toddling, so I put both arms around Sarah. Little Sarah
looked over to Becky and said, "Becky, you may have all of daddy, but
daddy's got all of me."
And I think that's the way it is here. We might not know all of the
theology, and all the great Greek words, this group of people might not
know. But there's one thing sure: I believe Jesus has got all of us.
All right, Brother Neville.