“Now remember this. Christ in the True Church is a continuation of the Book of Acts. But the Book of Revelation shows how that the antichrist spirit would come into the church and defile it, making it lukewarm, formal and powerless. It exposes Satan, revealing his works (attempted destruction of God’s people and the discrediting of God’s word) right down to the time he is cast into the lake of fire. He fights that. He cannot stand it.”
I’m not intending for this post to be controversial.
It probably will be for some. I’ve decided I can live with that. It’s been on my heart for quite some time.
I want to deal with this subject from the eyes of a parent.
You see, I’ve known some who have had children come across issues of “contradictions” that they see either in the Scripture or in the Message. I know one such who has totally left the faith. (although I pray the faith hasn’t left them!) They claimed that Bro Branham contradicted himself all the time.
So what do we do when our children notice an apparent contradiction? The easy answer for many of us is to say something very spiritual sounding: “I don’t understand it, I just believe it”.
Now, I understand that sentiment, and I agree with it. It’s often just not enough for a smart child. It becomes an easy excuse for the parent to remain ignorant and not search the Scriptures. The children see this as the “easy out” that it is. They see the uncertainty underlying our own understanding or they see that we’ve taken our doctrine out on a limb, and we don’t believe the FULL Word of God ourselves.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Let’s just deal with the toughest one out there. One I personally know has happened to some.
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« 180 † Noah went in. He followed the will of God. God shut the door behind him, but it never rained for seven more days. Wonder what Noah thought, all that time in there? Noah setting in the ark, the door shut. He thought, “Just any time, children, you’ll hear it. We’ll pull the door, the lid up here on top.” They was up on the top floor, you know. The animals on the bottom, the birds in the next, and they was on top. That sun… “Oh, in the morning, there’ll be–there’ll be something over there, a darkening, the rain will come.” But, the next morning, up come the sun.
181 Maybe some people, that kind of half way believed Noah, might have went up there and stood around the ark, said, “You know what? That old man might have been right. We better stand here.” Well, then they “seen a mistake.”
God’s prophets make no mistake. God’s Word can’t fail.
182 You heard me preach on, about Jonah going to Nineveh. They said he was backslidden. He sure wasn’t. He was right in the will of God. Exactly. He had the Word of the Lord, and he walked in It.
Surely we’ve all heard this one. How many times have we been told that “God’s prophets make no mistake!”
This is as true as any other part of the Word of God. I am in NO WAY denying this, downplaying this, or otherwise contesting this quote. I believe this fact wholeheartedly!
Yet, what happens when in church or in personal study, our children come across the following quote?
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I don’t know where our Lord will lead me to, and that I have no control of, or whatever He will have for me to do. But I am thinking at the end of the road where I must come. And down along life’s journeys I have made so many mistakes that I am very sorry from my heart of, because of, I guess, being human and in weakness and so forth, causes a person to do things or say things that… and even act that they would not want to act otherwise. But being the weakness of a human being, why, we–we have those times.
Or like this one:
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Lord, while I’m here at this pulpit tonight, this little old concrete structure, I consecrate my life to You. I thank You for what You’ve done for me. And I consecrate myself anew, at this crucifixion night memorial to You. Take me, Lord. Forgive me, all my mistakes and troubles. Make me strong and powerful, Lord, in the Spirit of God, that I might win souls to You.
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« 148 † Now just one moment for the prayer line. We’ve got exactly fifteen minutes, to get out on time. Now all I could say, I’m a man, my words can just fail just like any other man, all of us. I’ve proved to you tonight, that every prophet, everything else, they made their mistakes. But God makes no mistakes. His Word is the Truth. How many believes that He is the Word? [Congregation says, “Amen.”–Ed.] God bless you. That’s where my faith is built, on nothing less than Jesus’ Blood; and, right, Jesus is the Word.
Of course the mind must then ask itself, “Was Bro Branham a prophet? Didn’t Bro Branham just say right here he has made mistakes. And did He not say God’s prophets make no mistake?” The child will then ask, “Daddy, I thought you said God’s prophets don’t make mistakes?”
So then, you have an apparent contradiction. What will you tell your child? Will you say “Amen” to all quotes with equal gusto? Or will you downplay some, not quite calling them inaccurate, but not really sure what else to do?
They are either ALL God’s Word, or none of them are. If they are ALL God’s Word, than we must say “Amen” and we have to be able to reconcile them together.
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:
We have to then be able to somehow EXPLAIN to our searching children, where the truth lays in ALL the quotes and scriptures. Make no mistake, the devil would LOVE to drive a wedge in this area. Satan wants to “discredit God’s Word”.
I could tell you what I believe makes these quotes line up perfectly; merely the angle you look at them in, but that’s not really the point of this post. The point is: what do you do when you see ‘apparent contradictions’? Do you look the other way? Do you try to downplay the part you don’t like or understand? Do you tell your children,“Don’t worry, just believe“?
For me, I’d rather tackle these things head on. My children have enough to worry about in this old world we live in. I want to arm them with as much as I can arm them with. If they see a contradiction, and I don’t understand, I want to go to the Word with them, and I want to be in prayer with them, for God to reveal it to all of us. “With true revelation in our lives, the gates of hell cannot prevail against us, but we will prevail over them.”
JAMES 1:5 – 8
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.