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1Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
3Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, (in other word, don't speak before you think what it is you are saying, don't be hasty to speak.) and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
5112 You should love one another. Believers should separate themselves from the world. Don't just take it now, lightly. And then, you people that's listening to this on tape, you women, you men, you listen a minute. If you ever believed me, you believe it now. It's time to quit fussing with one another. Believe the message of the Bible. Believe Jesus Christ; and love, and honor, and respect one another. Men respect your wives; you respect your home. Bring your home together, because, you remember, this Lamb was for the home, not just one. The whole home too had to be brought; everything had to be brought in. We should love each other, and believers should separate themselves from the world.
7We find this same thing is Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
10Now, we know that satan comes in like a flood, but we also know that a flood represents judgment by the Word, as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be when the Son of Man is Revealed. And as the doctrine begins to pour forth upon the face of the earth, then the judgments that the doctrine bring with it begin to take apart every house that is not founded in the rock which is revelation.
11You see the flood is the waters of separation, and we know the waters of separation is the Word itself. Notice the rains come first, then the flood which is the waters of separation which will take away any house that has not been build upon a rock which Is Revelation. And not just any revelation will do for Christ is that Rock. And therefore there is one Faith or one Revelation and that is the revelation of Jesus Christ. And building your house upon that rock which is Christ will weather any storms that will come.
So he says the rains will come, that's the doctrine, and then the floods will rise which is the waters of separation that will come as a result of that word, and then the winds will blow, which speaks of false doctrine, or "every wind of doctrine" as the Bible says, "and cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive". And will beat upon that house, and if it was not founded upon the Rock of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, then it will not last.
12If you just come to church because you know you should, watch out? The rain is falling, and the next thing will come is the waters of separation! Then you will find out where your home was built upon. If you have received the revelation of Jesus Christ you will be tested to see whether you actually have it or not. because you are not just to hear it, but you are also supposed to recognize it and if you recognise it you will also act uupon it. Hearing, recognizing and acting upon the Word of God as brother Branham's sermon title indicated.
13And the recognizing and acting upon it is the trial of your faith, which is the trial of your revelation. God gave Noah a vision of the rain, then the flood and Noah recognized it, and acted upon it to the saving of His home.
1426 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
15Now the King James version uses the word astonished here but the word astonished is not a good translation of the word ekplesso that Jesus uses here, because it gives you a wrong idea of what was taking place. The Greek word used here is ekplesso and it means to strike out, to expel by a blow, to drive out or away; to cast off by a blow, or to drive out.
16In others words, they didn't want His doctrine. They wanted to expel him to get him to go away, for his doctrine was too hard for them to hear. And they didn't want it. Why? Because they all liked to talk about the Lord and to talk about the Word but he said with their mouth they draw near but in actuality their hearts were far from God.
Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: and the hebrew word for precept was mitsvah which means a command, whether human or divine (collectively, the Law):--(which was) commanded(-ment), law, ordinance, precept.
18And that is what Jesus quoted to them in Matthew 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.
19From brother Branham's sermon, Jehovah Jireh PT 1 62-0705 23 He said, "See, you can't go by emotions. See, your life that you live testifies what you are. See? No matter what kind of a sensation, you cannot base Christianity on any sensation. It's a life. Jesus said, "By their fruit you shall know them." Not by their profession, not by what they say. And Jesus also said, "You draw nigh unto Me with your lips, but your heart is far from Me." That's their profession. See, your life tells what. And if a man says that he believes God, and denies one Word of this Bible, or changes It in any way, why it's got to be wrong."
20Jesus tells us in Luke 6:47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
21So the hearing without the doing shows there is no foundation to what they think they heard. Listen!!! You hear and do not do, you have no foundation. But hearing and then doing shows you have recognized what you have heard and now you are acting upon what you heard. That shows you are founded upon the revelation.
22NIV Luke 21: 34-36 34 "Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with (1) dissipation, (2)drunkenness and (3) the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth.36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."
24Dissipation: which means Wasteful expenditure or consumption. 3. Dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure; intemperance. 4. An amusement; a diversion. So we are warned to be careful not to become too weighed down by these things which are rampant in our society today. That's Laodicea full speed ahead. And then he said,
26Anxieties of this Life: And we are told to be anxious for nothing. You see, God is not pushy, and he does not want us to get pushy about anything. Brother Branham taught us in his sermon, "God's Only provided Place of Worship" that the bride must "lay in the presence of the Son to ripen". He did not say for us to "run, run, run", but to "lay in the presence of the Son of God" until "we get mellow in our spirit and ripe in our soul".
27Now, this scripture tells us that if we are not focused on Christ when that day comes, we are going to miss Him, and yet these three things are what the entire world are focused on and they have missed Him altogether.
28Notice Jesus said, if you are caught up in these things, that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth.36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."
29So brother Branham continues by saying, That's what you must do. Pastor Neville, and to this congregation, trustees, deacons, to you brethren, it's time that we laid aside all the foolishness of the world, time we laid aside everything else. We've seen enough now, that we're positive, sure, and the Token must be applied. Without it, you're going to perish; you must perish. That is the only thing. Oh, don't come together, say, "I believe it." Get beneath it. Get into it. How to do it? "By one Spirit we're baptized into the Body of Jesus Christ". Everybody believe with all your heart. See? He was not responsible for any out from beneath it.
31Then to just be able to talk about it is not eternal life, and to be able to memorize quotes or even entire sermons is not eternal Life. Nor is it living a good life. But eternal Life is to Know God and to Know His Son. So you see why the Doctrine of Christ is so important to us, for without it you cannot be born again to eternal life.
32Let's continue in the Token, and pick up at pp. 115 But you believe. Get beneath it. Israel didn't come together to say, "Let's all go over to Goshen today. We'll drive up to Goshen. You get on your camel, and we'll take the ox cart, and we'll take the Joneses over here, and so forth, and the Goldbergs, and we'll all go up to Goshen. And you know what? Moses is going to speak today." That wasn't it. No, sir, brother. It's to get beneath that blood. Yes, indeed. Not to talk about it, get into it. One of them say, "You know, Mr. Goldberg, I actually know that's the truth. Yes, brother, I believe it is the truth. I know that it is the truth." "Mr. Levinski, what do you think about it?" "It is absolutely the truth. I seen the power of Jehovah God, speaking. I seen those frogs come out of that land. I know that it didn't happen until he said it, and I know that that's Jehovah God." Now, that is all fine."Are you circumcised?" "Yes, sir." "Are you a believer?" "Yes, sir." And then, when he heard Pastor Moses speak that day, he said, "But you've got to get beneath that blood, for God said the blood is a token."
33Concerning the unbelievers view which we know to be the social view, they look to the social benefits and fruits that spring forth from identifying themselves with the Message and the Doctrine of Christ. And just like those who saw the passion of Christ, Message people will talk about the Message and they will even talk about the suffering and rejection that brother Branham went through as though by doing so they are understanding that suffering, because by hearing of it they are identifying with it, or they will do things such as getting together to talk the Word, as though their own superficial views and ideas of what the Word means will somehow isolate them from having to actually enter into the sufferings of Christ, the same sufferings and rejection that Br. Branham also went through.
35Therefore they load themselves up with pictures, and artifacts, and mementoes, and other such paraphernalia, and they think by being identified with the books, and tapes, or some piece of Brother Branham's clothing, just like centuries before the Catholics believed in possessing one of the nails, or a piece of the cross, that when they had in their possession, like today, a piece of the rock from Arizona, or a piece of the floor from brother Branham's study, that they thus imagine these things somehow will protect them from peril, and suffering, and rejection, or in some way they might become closer to the cross of Christ, and make the rapture because they identify with the Message. And in this way, their hope is that the suffering of Christ might work in them an absence of suffering, which is contrary to its nature and character.
36These are they who so sympathize with Christ that they weep and lament for him because he was so innocent. And we see that in the very Message itself. And I've heard this comment from those who have seen the Passion of Christ. They all look with the wrong view, and come out weeping, and they are no different than the women who followed Jesus Christ from Jerusalem, and whom he rebuked, saying, "don't weep for me, you had better weep for yourselves and for your children."
37So then brother Branham says in pp, 116 It's a token. No matter how much you believed, or how much you are circumcised; that's a covenant God gave to Abraham, and so forth; that is the covenant; but you've got to get beneath the blood. That's a token. For He said, "When I see the Blood, I'll pass..." Israelite or any, that's denomination or not denomination; either one, you must come beneath the Blood: Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Undenomination, whatever you are, it's for an individual; you've got to come beneath the Blood. Now, just don't talk about it; receive it. Hear me; hear me; in the Name of the Lord, hear me. See? Got to come beneath the Blood. He was not responsible for any person from beneath the Blood. God made it clear, that all from under that blood would perish. May I use His Words? "All outside of Christ will perish."
38So in pp 117 he says, "How do you get in Christ? I Corinthians 12: By One Spirit (not by one handshake, by one membership, by one denomination. That's what they're trying to make it. They may do that,)--but by one Spirit, we are all baptized into one body.""If an angel from heaven teaches anything else," Paul said, "let him be cursed." That's the message. Come into Christ.
39"Look, any persons outside of the token, God was not responsible. And God is not responsible for any person, big or small, popular or unpopular, rich or poor, bond or free, male or female; He is not responsible for anybody that's from under the Token covenant. He's not responsible.
40118 You say, "Oh, Lord, I did this; I cast out devils. Lord, I did this; I preached the Gospel.""Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity. I never even knew you." He only recognizes the Token. Do you hear it? Say, Amen. Now, so, it's upon you. Setting down there in that woods the other day, and the boys, one of them said, "Here's two days, you ain't..." I didn't even shoot a squirrel. Say, "What was the matter?" See? That's what it was. See? Said, "Place it upon them: upon them." Said, "You have talked to me about it. Now, it's in your lap. It's in yours."
41119 He won't recognize nothing but that covenant of the Holy Spirit. And you cannot receive that covenant, unless you are saved, sanctified, and then baptized into the Body. He will not... You might have an impersonation; you might feel good; and jump up-and-down, and speak in tongues, and dance in the Spirit. That don't have one thing to do with it. Hear it, in the Name of the Lord. God don't recognize that. Heathens do that. Witches do that. You say, "I'm a scholar. I do this, that, or the other." He don't care how much scholar you are. The devil is too. See? He only recognizes the Token. That's the message of the hour. That's the message of this day. That's the message of this time. In the Name of Jesus Christ, receive it.
42Listen, if anyone has taught the doctrine, I have taught it to more than any man living. I don't say that to boast. I can say that because it is the truth. I've gone to 56 countries and many of them 5 and 6 times, and I've spoken to more that 3,500 ministers, so I ought to know what I'm talking about concerning the doctrine of Christ, or God would not have opened so many doors for me to speak. And yet I know that God will not open the doors to eternal Life because you know more than the next fellow. He's not going to judge you because of your doctrine, he is going to judge you for the deeds you have done in this body. That is what the Bible teaches.
43In the Patmos Vision Brother Branham said, 2 John 1:48, 60-1 "Nathanael saith unto Him, Whence knowest Thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee." There it is. When He comes, that Word will come against all nations and all men. And none will be able to stand against it. It will reveal what was in every heart as He did with Nathanael. The Word of God will show who did the will of God and who didn't. It will make known the secret works of every man and why he did them. It will divide asunder. That is what it says in Romans 2:3, "And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?" Then it goes on to say how God is going to judge men. Here it is in verses 5 to 17. The hard impenitent heart will be judged. The works will be judged. The motives will be judged. There won't be any respect before God; but all will be judged by that Word, no one escaping it. Those who heard and wouldn't listen will be judged by what they heard. Those that rested in it saying they believed it, but didn't live it, will be judged. Every secret will come out in the open and be shouted from the housetops. Oh, we will really understand history then. There won't be a mystery left from all the ages.
49Proverbs 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
521 Kings 8:39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)
53Church choosing law for grace 61-0316 P:51 Watch just a minute. They stayed there; they married wives; they raised children; they had good crops; they were blessed, yeah. And they had a great time. They was in there... They stayed there how long? The Bible said, "Until all the old fighters was dead." That's right. All those said, "Glory to God; we are the Assemblies." "Well, glory to God, we are the so and so." "God, we are the Oneness, hallelujah, the rest of them's wrong." "Bless God, we're the Church of God of Prophecy." "Hallelujah, we're so and so." All right, go ahead. What'd they do? They kept arguing their doctrine till they stayed there till they died. And that's what's happened right now. They're dead. Dead with their organization. I'll bring any theologian to call this. A historian, I know of two good ones setting right here now, as good as there is in the nation. I ask any historian to tell me that any time that God ever moved in a revival, supernatural signs followed. When did He ever move that supernatural didn't follow? And when did they ever organize that to an organization but what it died and never did raise again? Show me one time that a organization ever raised to its beginning again. It died as soon as it organized. So did the Pentecostals. You old fighters out there, that wants to say, "Hallelujah, we have nothing to do with that old new issue. Glory to God, it's give to us by prophecy. Hallelujah, we'll have nothing to do with the Assemblies or the Oneness, either one. Hallelujah, we're different." They're dead. That's not pulling any punch. And they're dead, marked out: X. He stayed there and let them die until they were all the way dead.
Doctor Moses 55-0114 P:11 Jesus, talking to this mighty ruler who did not understand, and He was giving him the Old Testament as Scriptural proof of what He was talking about. Jesus was very fundamental in His doctrine. But it was against their theology of that doctrine. Although in their theology they were very orthodox. They believed and very much of believers in what they did believe. But they didn't have it, the Truth. The Scripture says there is a way that seemeth right unto a man. It may seem every bit right. But the end are the ways of death. So we must be sure that we're right. How God knew in all ages that whether it was right or wrong. He vindicated it. He proved it.
55Restoration of bride tree 62-0422 P:139 Notice. How can you call them wrong, when you take manmade creeds that's contrary to the Bible: dogma, just the same as they did? Why? You're in a organization that's a daughter to the old prostitute. What is a prostitute? Some woman that lives untrue to her husband, claiming to be a Christian church and giving out wrong doctrine, her own stuff, instead of taking God's holy Word. Just like Eve did, listened to the devil and caused all death and sorrow that ever struck the earth--come through Eve, because she committed a spiritual fornication against God by disbelieving His Word, and that's exactly what the churches are doing today, committing spiritual fornications against God's Word. And they won't even have you in the church if you don't agree with their doctrine. Well, they sign me letters: "If you'll believe in this, and if you'll say this is right, and you'll..."I said, "I just won't come." No, sir. I'll preach just what this Bible says, or none at all. See? That's right.
56Notice the title of this next quote. True vine and the false vine 55-0607 P:43 In this sermon brother Branham is showing the difference between the true Vine and the false vine, and it wasn't their doctrine. he tells us they both had the same doctrine. "Down here in the valley they had seven altars, seven bullocks, and seven rams. This group was just as fundamental as this group. If God only required fundamental doctrine, then why did He except this one and refuse that one? And all their dignitaries stayed around, and raised their hands, and glorified God, while the prophet went forth to prophesy. And if God only requires fundamental teaching, He's honor bound to this group, 'cause there's seven bullocks, seven altars, seven rams, speaking of the coming of the Lord, just as fundamental in every way as this church was See? But what was the difference? What was the difference? They only had the letter, only had the Word, and these people had signs and wonders following them; they had a smitten rock where they could drink from. They had a brass serpent for healing. They had signs and wonders, going before them, performing signs; they had a Pillar of Fire hanging over them. I knowed they done all the things wrong, but they for... Balak forgot to look and see that there was a smitten rock before them; their was an atonement made. And God was vindicating them with signs and wonders. He was saying, "That's My people."
57Hebrews Chapter 5 and 6 57-0908M P:8 Now, for a little background, till we go back... Now, the Book of Hebrews was written by Saint Paul to the Hebrews. He wrote one to the Ephesians; that was the people at Ephesus, the Christian Church, one to the Romans at Rome, and one to the Galatians, and one to the Hebrews. Now, we notice that Paul, being a Bible teacher to begin with... That's what we learned, that he set under the great teacher, one of the greatest of his days, Gamaliel. And he was well versed in the Old Testament; he knew it well, but became a persecutor of the way that was Christ's way, because he'd been trained in the Old Testament under teachers. But the teachers, usually carnal... (I hope I don't say anything wrong.)But usually, if a man has just the teaching and the way of the schools, it's usually manmade. See, it isn't inspired, because it becomes a doctrine of a school. We have it today: Presbyterian, Lutheran, Pentecostal, all. These schools have their theory and they just wind the Scriptures into this.
58So there is no getting around, it. God will not judge you for whether you have the right doctrine of not, but He will judge you if you reject the right doctrine when it is presented to you, and he will judge you for what you did with the Light God gave you. So what if you got the right doctrine but didn't let that doctrine bring you into Christ's very life? Then you will be judged no different than the person who turned down the doctrine itself. Therefore the Doctrine is not something that will put you in or take you out, but rather it is a tool that God has given us, and understanding that we may Know Him better.
59From his sermon, Blind Bartimaeus 56-0414 P:10 Brother Branham said, "Now, God will never judge you for being a sinner. He can't judge you, 'cause sin was paid for at Calvary. And you're not a sinner, you are a rejecter. See? He judges you for rejecting salvation when it's been offered to you., the penalty of sin. So you see, it was all paid for at Calvary.
60Why are we not a denomination? 58-0927 P:54 Listen, you young people today. I don't know whether you come to this church, or where you come, you young boys and girls. Did you realize, the things that you're doing, if there is another generation, your children will be judged for what you do? Haven't you no respect or decency? You girls that's out here wearing these little old shorts and things around, you know, that's reflecting on your daughter. Did you know your grandmammy was a flapper, and your mammy a chorus girl, and that's the reason you're a striptease today? It's certainly. What will your children be? Yes, sir. God said He'd visit the iniquity of the parents upon the children and their children, to three and four generations.
62Remember last week we spoke where the Apostle Paul said, "The Spirit will bear witness with your spirit, that you are the children of God.". And in order to bear witness to anything, it means there must be a confirmation of something that you have witnessed.
65From his sermon, Getting in the spirit 61-0428 P:47 Brother Branham said, "I don't care if the man's wrong. If he's wrong and sincere in his heart and you're right in your belief and you're wrong in the way you're acting. I'd rather be in his place than be in yours. That's right. I'd rather be wrong in my doctrine and right in my heart. God will respect it more. So if a man is wrong, what of it? Help him. He needs help. Love him. If you can't love your enemy the same as you love those who love you, you're no better off than the publicans. That's right. That's what the Church has failed to get. I hope you get it tonight. I hope you see what I'm talking about."
66And from his sermon, Godhead explained 61-0425B P:40 Now, ..."To answer your question," I said, "now, I do not take either sides with you brethren, and I know, as long as you fuss, you're both wrong (See?), because I would rather be wrong in my doctrine and right in my heart, than to be right in my doctrine and wrong in my heart." See? I said, "After all, it's your heart's condition." And I made that a practice to know this, that if a man, no matter what he does and how much he differs, and what he says about me, if in my heart, not from just a duty, but from my heart I can't love that man as well as I love anyone else, then I know there's something wrong in here. See?
68And again brother Branham said in his sermon, Shalom 64-0119 P:34 Your life proves whether Jesus is with you or not. Your life shows whether He's occupied here, or whether He's still in His heavens or not, whatever you are. "The works that I do shall you do also." How could you have Christ in you, and then the very Spirit in you deny His Word, take up a creed instead? It can't do it. He would defeat Himself by denying His Own Word. Just because somebody put a wrong interpretation to It? You got a Bible, you can read like anybody else.
69So it all boils down to this brothers and sisters, get your hearts right with God. Don't worry if you make mistakes, you're still in the body of this death, and there will be no perfection this side of the resurrection.
70In fact brother Branham said in his sermon, As I was with Moses 60-0911M P:14 One time it was said that the Ballard and Ballard Flour Company hired a man, and he was going to sign his name, and the man had no eraser on the end of his pencil. And Mr. Ballard said to him, said, "Why haven't you got an eraser?" He said, "I don't make mistakes." He said, "Then I can't use you. Because if you don't make mistakes, you won't do nothing." That's true. God don't hold you responsible for your mistakes. He holds you responsible for your willful sin. "He that sins willfully, after he has received the knowledge of the truth..." But a man that's going to do something is going to blunder; he's going to fall. He's going to make mistakes. But if he's really Divinely called, and God in his heart, he'll rise again.
71The Apostle Paul told us in 2 Timothy 3 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: For instruction in right wise-ness. Why? 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
72"All good works". And Jesus said "call no man Good but God". Then Good works would be the works of God or the Works of Christ. That's John 14:12. And for that to happen it would have to be "for it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do His Good pleasure". Philippians 2:13
73So the whole purpose behind Doctrine is to reprove, which means to show us where we are coming up short, and for correction when we do come up short, and for instruction in right-wise-ness. In other words, God has given us His Word and doctrine not for knowledge sake, but for instructing us how to live righteously before him. He has given us the knowledge of the Doctrine of Christ not for doctrine sake, and not for proving you are somebody because you have a head knowledge. but for instructing us how to live like Christ, and to walk like Christ, and to speak like Christ and to act like Christ and to do the works of Christ so that we all might be Christ like.
75In other words, "Theology" is man's understanding of God, but God said in Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
76And in Ezekiel 44:23 we read, And they shall teach my people [the difference] between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. 24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; [and] they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
77And in 1 SAMUEL 12:23 we read, "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: 24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
78And in Deuteronomy 4:5 we hear Moses say, "Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it." for what reason? That you might do what I taught you to do. That's it. Not so you can argue for hours over a doctrinal difference, but i taught you so you will do...
79Our dictionary tells us the word Theology is a noun, and it means:
1.the field of study and analysis that treats of God and of God'sattributes and relations to the universe; study of divine things or religious truth; divinity.
2. a particular form, system, branch, or course of study concerning God.
80So you cannot tell me that just because you have the right doctrine, you will be judged to be righteous. And do not try to tell me because you have the right doctrine you are going to make it. Your Theology, is your own doctrinal understanding of God whether it's right or wrong and it doesn't put you in or put you out. Doctrine itself does not place you as a son. Brother Branham told us what places us as sons is our obedience to God's will.
81Doctrine is simply supposed to help you to understand how to live like a son or daughter of God. That's it's whole purpose. And brother Branham said there is no substitute for having the Holy Spirit of God living your life for you. None period.
120 Not a substitute, something the devil can place over on you; like a phony love to make a man love some other woman besides his wife; or a wife, some other beside her, some of this here, something dishonorable thing. That's not real love. That's the devil. That's his work. It's something he's tried to hand instead, a joy to drink, and feel good about it. Say, "I got the blues; I'll go out and get me a quart of liquor and forget about it."That's the death. God is your Joy. God is your Strength. Knowing the message, knowing the truth, that's our sufficiency. He's my all sufficiency. In Him, all things I have need of is in Him. That's our Strength. My help cometh from the Lord. You Christians, look to Him for your joy; look to Him for your strength; look for Him for your happiness; He is my Peace; He is my Joy; He is my Love; He is my Life. That's the covenant, the Token upon the door.
8224 "When I see the Blood, I'll pass over you." It's the only thing that He'll recognize. Nothing else that can take its place: no denomination, no nothing else; it takes that. God said, "That alone will I see." No matter how righteous they was, how good they was, how much education they had, how they dressed, the Token was the only thing. "When I see the token, I'll pass over you." The Blood was a Token that the requirement of Jehovah had been met, that it had been done. The Blood stood for the Token. The Blood was the Token. See?
83And in paragraph 84 he said, "Don't, don't take no substitute. Don't, don't, don't, don't do that. See? Don't just imagine it. You stay there until you know that the Token is applied, until your whole, "the mind that was in Christ is in you"; until all the nonsense of the world is gone, until the whole heart's desire is Him. See? Then you know something's happening. Jesus said, "These signs shall follow them that believe," not make-believers, but believers. See?
84Will I find faith when I return 51-0508 P:43 And if there's anybody that I didn't like, why, I would try to make it right with them. And I'd try to be as sincere and act like a Christian as much as I can, be at my home or anywhere. Everywhere I go I've always tried to do what was right, and try to live what I speak about and talk about. And I'd rather any man would live me a sermon than preach me one. For we're written epistles, read of all men. I'd rather live right, and have my name up clear, where my Master could say, "He's a Christian," and the people say, "He's a Christian. I don't know one thing I ever seen him do wrong." And or something on that order...