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Is Facebook wrong?

In the age we live in we are faced with questions that no other age has been faced with. As technology increases at a faster and faster pace so do the temptations that come with it.
On one hand gambling, pornography, worldly music, movies, and every type of filth imaginable are easier to access than they have ever been.
On the other hand the text and audio of the Bible and the Message are more accessible and easier to search than ever before. Keeping in contact with believers from around the world is easier and less expensive than ever before.
Some claim that all social media is ‘unedifying’, and a ‘sin’. Some have even preached that the Internet in general is “the mark of the beast”. While I doubt most who genuinely feel this way will ever read this blog post, it does raise questions about what is right and wrong.
“If there’s a question in your mind, there’s got to be an answer somewhere, to answer back to that question. My prayer, is, God let you see that question answered during this time.”
~Rev. William Marrion Branham
 65-0217 – “A Man Running From The Presence Of The Lord”
“Now, if it is a Bible question, then it should have a Bible answer. It should not be able to come from a group of man, from any certain fellowship, or from some educator, or from some denomination. It should come straight from the Scripture, where God’s meeting place is, of worship.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham
65-0220 – “God’s Chosen Place Of Worship”
“The first question tonight:
Q. Brother Branham, I think television is a curse to the world. What do you think about it?
Well, ever who wrote it, I’m going to agree with you. They have made it a curse to the world. It could be a blessing to the world, but they’ve made it a curse. Anything like that, my dear people, is what you look at yourself. If television is a curse, then the newspaper is a curse, then the radio is a curse, and many time the telephone is. See, see, see, see? It’s what you make out of it.”
~ Rev. William Marrion Branham
59-1219 – “Questions And Answers On The Holy Ghost”
The Apostle Paul said, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” ~ I Corinthians 10:23
Some things that are not a sin for one person could lead to sin for another. Restaurants that one believer may frequent and enjoy without a second thought could be an area of temptation to another who is struggling with memories of alcohol or cigarette addictions.

Dozens of similar examples could be provided that might be a stumbling block to one person that would never be a problem or even a question for someone else.

Can we promote the Internet or social media in general? No.

Can they be used for a good thing? Yes.

The same keyboard, Internet connection, etc that could be used to cheat on your spouse or spend your life savings in gambling debts could be used instead to listen to a sermon, fellowship with believers from around the world, or share quotes and Scriptures to witness and encourage.
The motto from millions of gun owners is that guns do not kill people, but rather the people who use them inappropriately. The same applies to this line of thinking: It is not the keyboard, the Internet connection, or even the social media site that forces people to do the wrong thing; it is what the individual user does with it.
Should you proceed with caution? Absolutely.
Should you get away from whatever form of media is becoming a stumbling block or an addiction that steals your time away from God and your family until you can become a mature enough Christian to know how to use it correctly? Most Definitely.
The problem is that most are either so liberal that they run headlong into anything that comes along, or are so legalistic that they put a stamp of ‘sin’ on everything. It’s hard to group an entire medium into a blanket statement of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. That’s why God sent us the Holy Spirit; to lead us and guide us as to whether we should or should not do something, and whether or not it is a blessing or a cursing to us.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” ~ St. John 16:13
Recent studies show that too much social media is a cause of depression, and that social media was connected to one out of three divorces in the UK. Just like the television, or the Internet, social media is used for bad more often than not.
I left social media personally because it was a time-waster, and it had become too depressing to see so many of my friends publicly falling into sin. If you are on social media I would recommend extreme caution on the amount of time, types of conversation and content you are participating in.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” ~ Phillipians 4:8

May God continue to lead you and guide you to the Truth,

~ Bro. Nathan Bryant

Was Bro Branham "Sola Scriptura" (Part 3)

(Author’s note. This is Part 3 of 3 on a thought on Sola Scriptura)
Part 1 can be found here.
Part 2 can be found here.

Are YOU Sola Scriptura?

Let’s follow all this up with a discussion of Malachi 4:5,6. We’re looking for a prophet to come, as John the Baptist only fulfilled half of Malachi 4:6. (Luke 1:17) Biblically, Sola Scriptura, we’re looking for a prophet to come.
We also see in Revelations 2 and 3 there are seven Church Ages; it’s obvious to see by the condition of the church and by belief that we’re in the last days that we are in the seventh Church Age. That seventh Church Age had an angel/messenger that was spoken to. We’re also looking to a fulfillment of Revelation 10:7. This is Sola Scriptura – just looking at prophecies in the Bible that are yet to be fulfilled.

If that Seventh Church Age messenger wasn’t Bro William Branham then tell me who was? There HAS to be a seventh church age messenger. So who is it? There has to be a fulfillment of the last half of Malachi 4:5,6. There has to be a seventh angel to come so that “the mystery of God should be finished”. If you are Sola Scriptura, you believe ALL that the scripture, ALL that the prophets have spoken. IF you are Sola Scriptura you are LOOKING for that fulfillment.
If you aren’t looking for that to be fulfilled, or know how it was fulfilled, how can you claim to be Sola Scriptura?

Those who follow Bro Branham’s teaching as the fulfillment of Malachi 4:5,6 and Revelation 10:7 are waiting for the coming of Christ just like self proclaimed Sola Scriptura protestants. Unlike most Protestants we believe there is a prophet is supposed to come first, because the BIBLE declares it.

Sola Scriptura indeed.

Was Bro Branham "Sola Scriptura" (Part 2)

(Author’s note. This is Part 2 of 3 on a thought on Sola Scriptura) Part 1 can be found here.


Trinitarianism

Now, I’d like any protestant friend to understand something about Trinitarianism. Most Protestants that would claim they are “Sola Scriptura” will also claim they are Trinitarian. They’ll also note that Bro Branham was not. They then reason that if Bro Branham wasn’t Trinitarian he obviously isn’t Sola Scriptura.

I think it’s important you see the similarities first. We believe that Jesus was God, that the Holy Spirit is God, and that the Father is God – just like you do. HOWEVER, we don’t believe that GOD is 3 different people who can have a conversation with each other. We believe that God is ONE, just like he told the Hebrew Children in Deut 6:4. He changed his mask in how he dealt with men. He created a sinless body that he could dwell in. He was not 3 distinct individuals. See Matt 1:18 and tell me who was Jesus’ Father if you disagree.

Trinitarianism also speaks of how one baptizes. Paul said,” One Lord, one faith, one baptism”. Now, if you aren’t baptizing like Paul, then how can there be one baptism? The book of Acts shows us how Peter and Paul and their converts baptized. There is only one baptism.

I would also point out that the trinity is actually a CATHOLIC doctrine and cannot be found Sola Scriptura. If there is one baptism and Paul used Lord Jesus Christ, then how do you have a different baptism, and why aren’t you baptizing like the original church did in the book of Acts? The Catholic Church is anything but Sola Scriptura, yet Trinitarians who have only reformed from the Catholic Church, still use their baptism and claim Sola Scriptura. It just doesn’t make sense.

Visions:

Now many will say that Bro Branham often spoke of visions that he had. Then they tell us that isn’t Sola Scriptura because it’s “Extra Biblical” as those visions aren’t found in the Bible. Let’s just look at that for a moment though.
Paul told the sailors of the ship he was on that an angel of the Lord stood by him, and that if anyone got off the ship they would all be killed. Was that sola scriptura of the day? No, it wasn’t.

Isaiah had a vision that a virgin shall conceive. What Scripture did he base that on? Oh by the way, he died before that vision came to pass – did the people of the day disbelieve him because his vision didn’t come to pass before he died? It’s a good possibility.
You can’t expect visions of current events to be Sola Scriptura. However, those current visions and such are typically not doctrinal teaching. You can have visions of current events that are not talked about in the Bible and still be Sola Scriptura.

Biblically, you have to look at what a prophet says, and test it. If it continues to pass the test over and over again, and you find that he’s not taking you to some other god. (Deut 13:1-3) Then it would behoove you to listen, because it’s God speaking through that man.
Another point is the vindication of Moses to the Children of Israel. God gave him two signs to vindicate him to the people. If another prophet were to be vindicated on the same basis, would that then be Sola Scriptura? I believe it would.

Was Bro Branham “Sola Scriptura”? (Part 1)

A question similar to this was asked of me the other day. I felt the answer might be beneficial to others.

First off, there are many of our readers who might not know what “Sola Scriptura” means. Stated as simply as possible, the theological concept “Sola Scriptura” means Scripture Alone. A snippet from Wikipedia:

“Consequently, sola scriptura demands only those doctrines are to be admitted or confessed that are found directly within or indirectly by using valid logical deduction or valid deductive reasoning from scripture. However, sola scriptura is not a denial of other authorities governing Christian life and devotion. Rather, it simply demands that all other authorities are subordinate to, and are to be corrected by, the written word of God. Sola scriptura was a foundational doctrinal principle of the Protestant Reformation held by the Reformers and is a formal principle of Protestantism today”

So, what it basically is saying is that Scripture is the foundation of faith. There are those who claim that Bro Branham was NOT Sola Scriptura. What they mean is, that they don’t believe Bro Branham relied on scripture alone, but on visions and other such things to form his doctrine.

Let’s analyze some of the things Bro Branham has said.

60-1113 CONDEMNATION.BY.REPRESENTATION_ JEFF.IN SUNDAY_
230 I’m going to say this. Listen to it. Say, “Brother Branham, your ministry is not compared nowhere in the world of its supernatural.” Great men (I could call their names, if it wasn’t for this tape.) called me, come, go with them. “Your ministry’s the only thing that’ll save the world.” Why is that not somewhere else? Come back to the Word. God can only build upon that foundation; then if I’m so firmly wrong in the way I baptize people, and the way I talk of the Holy Ghost, and the things that I do, then why does God honor it? Produce something like it? See? Why is it? I don’t say that for myself, that would be wrong; but I’m trying to say because I stand on the Truth, the Word and the Word alone.

So Bro Branham attributed his success to his standing upon the WORD and the WORD alone. So, I’d say that’s Sola Scriptura right there.

He often quoted

GALATIANS 1:8
» 8 † But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

And what he meant was exactly what it said. If he preached different than Saint Paul, he felt he would be accursed according to this scripture. Men, questioning him on his doctrine, would tell him they would believe him if he told them the Angel told him his doctrine was correct. His response was this scripture. If his doctrine wasn’t correct based on the Bible, he didn’t care if the angel agreed with him or not. It had to be Biblical. It had to be Sola Scriptura

He also often quoted:

MATTHEW 5:18
» 18 † For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

He was for EVERY WORD of the Bible. No more, no less. He exhorted people to believe the entire Word of God. That’s Sola Scriptura. If Bro Branham was, those that follow him should be as well.

People might be quick to point out that some of the followers of Bro Branham’s teachings don’t seem to be Sola Scriptura. They quote from his sermons a lot. This is akin to the people of the Apostle Paul’s day reading his letters.

To be honest, most of Bro Branham’s followers have never even heard of “Sola Scriptura”, but I can tell you they believe the Word of God as it was written in the Bible, or they really don’t believe what he said.

As Bro Branham said it “I have preached the same Word he [Paul] did, just exactly stayed with the same Gospel.” and we all can truly say “We’re resting on that!”

The Body Of Christ Q&A

We have been receiving more, and more e-mails to our blog@twomessageministers.com account. Many are prayer requests, some are encouragements to ‘keep up the good work’, some are requests for advice, and counseling, and some are Scriptural, or Message-related questions.

Last night I responded to one of the Scriptural questions we received recently, and thought it was worth sharing as a ‘Bible Study’ post for those who have had (or been asked) similar questions.

Q. (paraphrased)

If God was in Christ, and Christ was the body of God; does Christ in us mean (that) a body dwells within us? Also, does “by one spirit we are baptized into one body” means, we get into a body?

A.

I trust that yours is a sincere request in search for truth, and not simply a mocking question of unbelief.

Either way I will try to answer your question to the best of my ability, as I set aside a little time away from my family to follow up on a few ministry-related e-mails.

II Timothy 3:16 tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness“.

I believe that if you can take the time to study the Scriptures, and ask God to reveal them; you will find that they do not contradict one another. They dovetail perfectly together if you will set aside carnal thinking long enough to take an honest, open-hearted look at them.

I Corinthians 2:13-14 reads: “We speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

You have asked a Scriptural question, so I will do my best to give you a Scriptural answer.

Jesus tells us in St. John 4:24 that “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

God is a Spirit. You cannot see a spirit, you cannot kill a spirit. Jesus even says in St. Luke 24:39 (referring to His earthly tabernacle), “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

Because man had fallen into sin there had to be a yearly sacrifice made to atone for those sins, but the blood of bulls & goats could not permanently rid sin (Hebrews 10:4), so there had to be a pure, sinless, Holy sacrifice made, but there was no one found who was worthy (Revelation 5:2-9).

God was the only one who was worthy, but He could not die as a spirit, so He created a body in the womb of Mary that would be born a virgin birth as promised in Isaiah 7:14. Colossians 2:9 explains that “in Him (Jesus) dwelleth ALL the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

All that God was He poured into Christ. The body of Jesus was a tabernacle that God dwelt in to be a tangible being that could be seen, and touched (St. John 1:1), and could die to rid sins for all those who would accept His sacrifice.

Jesus told His disciples in St. John 6:53, “Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” Many of his followers left him because of this saying (St. John 6:66), because they thought he was speaking literally, and that he was a cannibal that wanted them to eat His literal flesh. Had they only asked Him further, or waited until they could have received the spiritual discernment to understand they would have seen He was referring to Communion / The Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:24-26).

It seems that you are thinking along the same carnal lines of those who left Jesus in St. John 6:66 (a physical body inside of a physical body). This is similar to how Nicodemus misunderstood Him when He told him, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus thought He was literally saying that a man had to “enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born” (St. John 3:1-10).

Jesus told His disciples in St. John 14:18-20, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” A short while later we find in Acts 2:1-4 (after the physical body of Jesus had ascended into Heaven in Acts 1:9) we find that He sent The Comforter to 120 of them in the upper room (Acts 1:15), and filled them with the Holy Ghost.

The same Spirit (the Father) that dwelt in Christ (the Son), was now dwelling in His people (in the form of the Holy Ghost just as Jesus had promised). “I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” The same Spirit / Person in three different offices (or attributes).

It wasn’t an actual body living inside of Jesus, but it was the fulness of the Spirit of God dwelling in an earthly tabernacle / body. So is it not the physical body of Jesus living inside of our physical body, but a portion of that same Spirit (God’s Life) that dwelt in Him in fulness, dwells in each individual who receives the Holy Ghost.

Romans 12:5 says, “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”

If you read all of I Corinthians chapter twelve with an open heart it should help explain this thought more thoroughly. The spiritual body of Christ has many different offices & gifts (apostles, prophets, teachers, preachers, evangelists, singers, workers, etc) but if each member has the Holy Ghost they are all performing some work for God as part of His spiritual body.

I hope that my response has helped you to understand what you are questioning further. I would not be able to see the continuity of the Scripture in this way if it had not been for the fulfillment of Malachi 4, Revelation 10:7, Matthew 17:11, and Luke 17:30 as God has allowed to be fulfilled in our age through the humble ministry of William Marrion Branham.

Thank you for your inquiry, and may God bless you, and reveal to you the answers you are searching for.

Bro. Nathan Bryant
Co-Founder & Co-Author
Two Message Ministers
blog@twomessageministers.com
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