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Five Definite Identifications Of The
True Church Of The Living God
1 Thank you, Brother Neville, Lord bless you. It's certainly a
privilege to be here tonight; I am so happy that God permitted us to do
it. I am a little shy of cameras. I like... Go ahead, take them; that's
all right. I just watch them; I'm conscious of them. And that's all
right; it's all right. Now, it's rather warm. We've had two tremendous
messages from the Lord.
2 And now, I thought tonight, seeing that many of my friends are here
that has to drive a long way, some of them from way down in Kentucky...
I see Brother Welch Evans and his family here from Tifton, Georgia. I
met people out here from California. There's some here from Germany and
different places, coming in to this one little spot to serve the Lord.
And I see Sister Nellie Cox; I believe that her mother-in-law and them
are here: which will perhaps go back many miles tonight in Kentucky,
Georgia, down into Tennessee, up into Ohio, my friends here.
One friend here, Brother Ted Dudley, all the way from Phoenix,
Arizona... There's many of them here; others, if I could just call
their names, come here to visit with us today. Ninety percent of them I
haven't got to even touch their hands. I see my friends from Chicago,
and just all around. How many people's in here from out of town, raise
your hands. Ninety percent of the audience. Now, it's made up of
different friends from different churches around over the country.
3 And I preached a long time this morning, prayed for the sick till
one-thirty, so I got just a little bit hoarse. And I have to preach a
little while to kind of get in what we call second gear, before I...
There's Brother Lee Vayle, I've no more than shook his hands, one of my
associates: Baptist church, Ohio.
Is that you, Ben? [Brother Ben says, "Amen"--Ed.] I hadn't heard you
say, "amen" yet, or I'd have knowed you. All know Brother Ben. And I
know he's out of town, so I don't know just... Where you from now,
Brother Ben? ["Well, we're up at North Borden, Indiana, Brother."--Ed.]
6 We're so glad to have everyone here. And now, I'm not going to keep
you very long because of the tremendous miles you have to drive. Wished
I could take each one of you home with me tonight. I really mean that.
I got to leave at about three, between three and four o'clock in the
morning, and I--I wish I could take you along.
I see my friend here from Arkansas, his wife. Aren't you the man that
we--the Lord spoke to and told these things in here the other night? I
thought you were. Just as I look around and see new and old friends...
So God knows the intents of my heart, that I'd like to get to see you,
and take you home with me, and have a good chat, but one day we'll do
that where we won't have to say, "We got to hurry up. Got to pick up
the children. Somebody's sick." That'll all be over then, that great
day. I hope we meet many more times.
7 Now, it's my intention, while I'm waiting on the Lord now to find my
direction... Now, Tuesday, I'm going to need prayer worse than I ever
needed it in all my life. I'm going to ask you if you'll pray for me.
I--I'll need your prayers. Be sure to pray for me. The way the wind
turns Tuesday, may mean a great thing to me, and to the church and to
the cause of Christ. So be sure to pray for me.
8 Now, then, until I find just which direction to go and what to do,
I'm waiting on the Lord. During that time, I'll be around the
Tabernacle here, in and out, preaching, praying for the sick, doing
anything that I can do. We want to someday, if the government doesn't
stop us, we want to build a church here, a nice church where we can
have seating capacity, a main floor, and balcony, and so forth, so
it'll be a real nice church, air-conditioned, so the people can set in
comfort, listen to the services, if they let us do it. We hope so. Now,
pray for us.
9 And now, tonight we're going to approach the subject that I promised
this morning, the Lord willing, to talk on tonight, and it's going to
be, more or less, teaching, because of voice. I want to speak tonight
on: "Five Definite Identifications Of The True Church Of The Living
God," five definite vindications of the true Church, or
identifications, rather, of the true church,
10 Now, before we approach this great and mighty subject, I'm going to
ask for a word of prayer. I'm going to ask our pastor, Brother Neville,
if he'll come up and offer prayer over the Word of God while we turn,
all of us to St. Matthew the 16th chapter, the 18th verse to begin
with. St. Matthew 16 and 18, while Brother Neville is making his way
for the prayer of consolation.
[Brother Neville prays--Ed.] Truly, Lord. Yes, Lord. Yes, Lord. Grant
it, Lord. Do, Lord. Grant it, Lord. Yes, Lord. Yes. Yes, Lord. Yes,
Lord. O God. Yes, Lord. Amen.
Has that got all the volume it'll take...?... It's all on. Is this the
mike, the right mike? Both of them. Can you hear me all right? Back in
the back, can you hear me? All right, fine.
12 I wish to read now out of the Book of Matthew, 16th chapter, and the
18th verse; I'll begin with the 17th verse.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon
Bar-jona:... flesh and blood has not revealed it unto thee, but my
Father which is in heaven.
I say... unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I'll build
my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
May God add His blessings to His Word.
13 The word "church," on each one of these subjects that I have chosen
tonight to try to speak to you on, one of it is, "What Is The Church?
Who Set It Up? What Is Its Message? How Do We Become A Member Of It?
and Can We Get To Heaven Without Being A Member Of It?" Now, each one
of those texts could last for hours, combing back and forth, but I wish
to just hit a few fundamental points to show what the real church is.
And now, I want you to have your Bibles.
14 Now, the first place, the word "church," itself, means "the
called-out." Now, Israel was not the church of God as long as they were
in Egypt; they were the people of God. And then when God called them
out of Egypt, they become the church of God, because they were the
called-out. Now, that still remains the same today. The word "church"
means "the called-out ones," those that have been called out,
separated, made different.
15 Now, in the Old Testament the known church was called the Kingdom of
God, God's Kingdom. Now, I'm taking this from chronology of the Bible.
The Old Testament, the church was called the Kingdom of God. In other
words, God is a King, and the church is His domain: God's Kingdom, Old
In the New Testament It's called "the Messianic empire." Oh, I like
that: Messianic. In other wise, "the Messiah's empire," where the
Messiah rules and reigns. No denominational barriers or nothing, the
Messiah rules in His empire. Isn't that wonderful thinking? Messianic
empire. Therefore, the church is not an organization; the church is not
a gathering of people. The church is the people of God that's been
called out of the world to serve in another Kingdom.
17 This would stand quoting. A few months ago, wife and I were going to
the shopping center. And we found a strange thing; there was a woman on
the street that had a skirt on. All right, you wouldn't believe it, but
we actually found one. And the wife said to me, "Well, look at that."
I said, "She must be a Christian; she's so much different." It's a
Then the question arose, "Why is it, Bill, that we, as Christians, and
this faith that we believe in, why is it that we constrain our women to
wear dresses to act that way? Does not people of other churches? They
wear those clothes like that, the immoral clothes, and why is it? You
couldn't say they were immoral."
I said, "That is true. I can judge no one. But to see them, by their
fruits they are known. They may not actually commit the crime, but on
them is a spirit that's driving them to immorality."
21 Now, Jesus said, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her,
has committed adultery with her already in his heart." Now, when that
sinner has to answer for committing adultery, who will be the guilty
one? The woman that presented herself. You may be as pure as a lily, as
far as virtue is concerned, but if you have presented yourself before
the people in a immoral way, though you're innocent of the act, you
caused a man to think evil of you, when it's your fault. Jesus said
you'll be guilty of committing adultery, and an adulternous will never
22 But as I travel around the world, I find every nation has its own
spirit. And all nations are controlled by the Devil. All governments
are ruled by the Devil. The Bible said so. They fight, they war, and
they will till Jesus comes, and then He'll set up a Kingdom that
there'll be no war. But Satan said that all the kingdoms of the world
was his, and he'd do with them whatever he wanted to, right in the face
of Jesus Christ. And they're all Satan's instruments, Satan's kingdoms.
Satan told Jesus, "I'll give them to you if you'll fall down and
Jesus knowed He'd fall Heir to them in the millennium, so He said, "Get
thee hence, Satan." He knew that God would give Him all of the
kingdoms, and they would be His, and they'll all be one Kingdom.
24 When you go into Germany, you find a German spirit. You go into
England, you find a English spirit. You go into Sweden, you find a
Swedish spirit. And you go into France, you find a French spirit. You
come into America, you find American spirit.
I stopped at San Angelo, at Rome, sometime ago and wanted to see the
catacomb. And to my surprise, and to a rebuke, as an American, standing
before the catacomb gate where you entered in, said, "To the American
women: please put on clothes and honor the dead before entering here."
When a nation sinks that low, it's terrible, when we get to that place.
So you see, because...
26 I asked a woman one time, "Are you a Christian?"
She said, "I'm an American; of course I am." That has nothing to do
Brother Bosworth asked one, one night, said, "Are you a Christian,
Said, "I'll give you to understand; I burn a candle every night." Like
that had anything to do with Christianity, burning a candle.
Christianity doesn't consist of such things as that. And the church of
God doesn't consist of such makeup as that.
29 Now, what makes the women... We never compel them women to do that.
We never compel our men not to drink, not to swear. We just preach the
Gospel, and lay down the pattern of the Bible. Many men that comes to
the Pentecostal faith and the holiness faith, come in and profess to
be, when they're not in their heart; many women does the same thing. We
don't tell them they have to do it; we just give them the pattern, tell
them what the Bible says, and if they are borned of a heavenly Spirit,
then their spirit is no more Americanized, it's no more Germanized,
it's heavenlyized for the Kingdom of God. Because we are in another
Kingdom, a Kingdom of God, where decency, holiness, and power exist.
30 We have access to our King. We have an interview with Him whenever
we want to call upon Him. We have no other intercessors, no other
mediator between the King and us, but that one Man, Christ Jesus. So we
are living in a Kingdom. And It is called in the chronology of the
Bible, "the Messianic, Messianic Kingdom." In other words, where the
Messiah rules in every life in His dominion, ruling the lives of His
people, a called-out people from every walk of life, gathering them
together in a group, that He calls It, "His church," or "His Called-Out
Ones." Isn't that a beautiful thing?
31 Now, Israel was the people of God until (We find in Acts 7:38, if
you're putting it down.) that then they were called the church of God,
because they were called by God out of Egypt, out of the world, out
away from other churches, out away from other religions to walk with
And now, the church of God today is the same thing: called out of
everything of the world, called out of every religious cult, called out
of every religious denomination, called out of every religious
organization to walk with God; not being governed by a bishop, but
being governed by Christ in this Messianic Kingdom that we live in.
Christ is the King. Christ is the One.
33 Now, Christ is the Head of this; Christ is the Head of this
Messianic Kingdom. And you cannot organize a Kingdom of which Christ is
the Head. You cannot denominate a Kingdom which Christ is the Head.
Because Christ is King, and you cannot take the intellectuals of a man
and make an organization to which Christ will govern. Therefore, any
companies, any peoples, any groups of men, that tries to organize the
Kingdom of God is going contrary to the King. And if they're going
contrary to the King, it would be against the King. So if it's against
the King, it would be an antichrist. That's pretty rough. If I had just
a little more voice, we'd make that clear. It is a antichrist. And if
you'll bear with me a few minutes, I'll prove that.
An antichrist spirit tries to take a--a people and call them from
organization to organization, organizing them together, which never was
the will of God. People has always fussed at me because I struck so
hard at organizations. It isn't the people in there that I'm striking
at; it's that dominating spirit that makes the people think that "We
are the people."
34 God's people is His called-out people. I believe they're in every
denomination; they could be Catholic; they could be Protestant; they
could be Jewish; they could be any kind of a church. But the real
church is the mystical Body of Jesus Christ.
Now, you cannot organize the mystical Body of Christ. Now, every person
that comes to Christ, comes out of the world, comes into Christ, comes
into His mystical Body. And you are a member of that Body when you are
brought into this church, called-out and are baptized into this
mystical Body. You get it? It's not Methodist, not Baptist, not
Pentecostal, not Nazarene, not Pilgrim Holiness, not Catholic; but the
Body of Jesus Christ. We'll pick that up a little deeper in other
questions in a few minutes, as we go on into the deeper parts of it.
But the Body of Christ is the church.
36 Now, He likened it in many parables, like in a husband and wife. He
calls the church the Bride. And the bride is no longer, and the
bridegroom is no longer two people; they are one. She's flesh of his
flesh and bone of his bone. And then when a man or a woman is called to
the mystical Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit, they become a full
member of His Body when they're filled with the Holy Ghost, 'cause God
took the Spirit out of Christ, raised up His body and placed it on His
throne, and sent back the Holy Spirit to make up the mystical Body of
Christ, which will be united at the marriage supper at the coming of
the Lord. You cannot organize it. It is a mystery.
37 Jesus said to Nicodemus, "The wind blow where it listeth; thou
cannot tell which way it come or where it's going. So is everyone
that's borned of the Spirit." You can't understand it. It comes from
somewhere. And it isn't Methodist; it isn't Baptist; it isn't
Pentecostal; it isn't any organization. It is a birth, born into the
Kingdom of God.
Now, trying to organize it, then brings it to antichrist, because
anything that's against the teaching of Christ is antichrist.
39 Now, where did this organization start at then? Jesus, when He was
on earth, never organized any church. He spoke of a coming church, but
He never organized any church. There never was a church organized for
hundreds of years after the death of the last apostle. And the first
organized church that ever was on earth was the Roman Catholic church.
Now, I have the Pre-Nicene Fathers, Foxe "Book of Martyrs," the
writings of Josephus, Pember's "Early Ages," and many of the great
ancient writers, and nowhere, nowhere is it ever written on any page of
history where there ever was an organized church until the Roman
Catholic church was organized. And it become an organization, which was
contrary to God.
Now, if such a thing was coming... Oh, I wish I could get this over to
you. If such a thing was coming, it would be such a great antichrist,
should not God foreknow it if He's the infinite God? He's infinite.
Would He not know that these things was coming? And if it's such a
horrible thing, would not He warn His church beforehands? Now, I hope
you have a better understanding of why that I strike, not at the people
in the organizations, but the organizations and their disposition. It
can be nothing else but antichrist in every one of them.
40 Now, you say, "Wait a minute, I thought you didn't preach nothing
but the Bible."
Let's let the Bible say it then. Let us turn now and read awhile, turn
with me to Revelations the 17th chapter. This is the revelation of
Jesus Christ to His church, church called out. Revelations 17, and
we'll try to make this just quick as possible. But now watch as we read:
... there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven
vials, and talked with me, saying... Come hither; and I'll show thee
the judgment of the great whore that setteth upon many waters:
Now, this is all symbolized, because it is a revelation of Jesus
Christ, sealed up. Did you know that? It is a hidden thing, and only
can be revealed, not by the intellectual mind, but revealed by the Holy
Spirit through the gifts of the Spirit, "To him that has wisdom let him
count the numbers of the beast. To him that has wisdom, the gift of
wisdom, let him do this and let him do that." And this is the
43 Now, anyone knows that when a woman is symbolized in the Bible, it
pertains to a church. Christ's church is called the Bride. Paul said,
"I espouse you to Christ as a chaste virgin."
Now, here we're speaking of a great woman who is a ill-famed woman.
"Come hither and I'll show you," said the Angel to John, "the judgment
of the great whore that sets upon many waters." Now, "woman setting
upon many waters," sounds very mystic, but it's all here. The Bible
explains it. Now, let's turn over to the 15th chapter, so we can--or
15th verse, rather, of the same chapter, so you can see what
the--the--the--the "waters" means.
And he said unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore
setteth, are peoples,... multitudes,... nations, and tongues.
45 Therefore, the waters that the woman was setting upon, up over, she
had control of the nations, peoples, multitudes, and tongues. She
controlled it all: a woman, a ill-famed woman. Now, if a woman is
ill-famed, if we know a woman was called that in the natural, to a--a
woman, we would know that she was untrue to her husband. That's what
she'd be called. Then she would be pretending to live true to a man,
and living untrue to him. Is that right? Well, then this is the church
that says that Christ is her Husband, and her doctrine is contrary to
His Teaching. She's a whore. And she's got control of the peoples, and
multitudes, and nations. "Come hither and I'll show you the judgment of
her." Now, we got the picture.
46 ... whom the kings of the earth have committed fornications, and the
inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her
What is fornication? "Uncleanness, to be unclean." She's a whore. She's
got uncleanness about her, and all the rich people of the world, the
kings and great men of nations and multitudes, have committed
fornications with her, has taken of her evils. You see where it's
coming to, don't you? You see?
47 Now, I'm not responsible for writing This, but I am responsible if I
don't teach It. We're talking about church now. Now, if you'll notice,
as we go a little further...
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a
woman setting upon a scarlet coloured beast,...
Let me get these symbols as we go along. Now, scarlet is red. Red, in
one way, is a good color. Red, in another way, is an ill-famed color,
red light, danger color, a scarlet colored... She was decked in scarlet
color, red, prostitute, and was setting upon a beast. A "beast" in the
Bible means "power." If you notice, many ministers, I see them nodding
their head, right, 'cause they're teachers of the Bible. A "beast"
means a power." We see these beasts of the--of the Bible, of
Revelations 13, and of Daniel, coming up out of the water: beasts,
powers coming up from among the people.
50 But did you notice in Revelations 13, when the United States come
up, is the only beast in the Bible that come up that did not come out
of waters. The Bible said it come up out of the earth, where there was
no peoples. That was this new kingdom. And it looked like a lamb, but
after while it spoke like the dragon. That's this country. It's got to
happen. Someday they'll make a mistake and elect the wrong guy. They'll
raise up a Joseph--or a Pharaoh that doesn't know Joseph. They tried it
before, and they'll do it again if they fail this time. It'll finally
come; the Bible said so. And I'm not a politician; both sides of them
are crooked. I'm casting my vote on Jesus Christ; He's the only One I'm
interested in. But I tell you; you'd better wipe your glasses off now,
if you expect any freedom for your children. I don't know how close it
is. Pray. All right.
51 (Having what?)... So he carried me away in the spirit into the
wilderness: and I saw a woman... (church)... setting upon a scarlet
coloured beast--scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy,
having seven heads and ten horns.
Seven heads... And on down here, it said, "The seven heads which was on
the beast, is seven hills on which the--the city setteth." Now, what
city's built on seven hills? Rome (It's exactly.), a city setting on
seven hills: a church, a woman, a prostitute that'll control the world
with her powers. Why, it's just as plain as reading the newspaper. See?
52 Now, and the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colours,...
(the woman, the church, rich),... and decked with gold and precious
stones and pearls,...
Tell me where one of them ever paid income tax. Tell me where they're
taxed for anything. Ride away with anything they want to do. And yet
God's got children in there, certainly He has.
Just the same, pot can't call kettle black. Lot of times the
Protestants say, "Well, the Catholics they murdered this, that, the
other." Who murdered Joseph Smith? I don't agree with him, but he had
just as much right for his teaching as I've got for mine here in
America. And the Methodist church murdered Joseph Smith. When you come
into the--the Salt Lake City, it's got a great big sign up, "You
Methodist, watch the Mormon crickets!" Right, the Methodist church shot
Joseph Smith down: Protestants. So don't holler about the Catholic.
Watch just a few minutes, the Bible will say so too.
54 ... precious stones... pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full
of the abomination of the filthiness of her fornications... (her
doctrines, what she was giving out),... kings of the earth drinking it.
Anybody could believe that could believe Brother Jagger's vitamin
pills, that you can sprinkle water on a woman that's been married to a
man for thirty years and had a bunch of children, and turn her back to
a virgin and send her to her bridal bed that night with her husband.
Anybody could believe that holy water will do that, can believe
anything. That's right. But the kings of the earth commit such things
as that. It's so they can live and have a peaceful feeling. Down in
your heart you know you're rotten. Take the Blood of Jesus Christ to
But now notice, she was the first organized church, the Bible speaks of
55 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE
GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Now, watch. We all will agree, and Roman's own books, the Catholic's
own books agree that that is the Roman church. So their own books could
agree with it. I've got what's called "Facts Of Our Faith," only
belongs to a priest; a catholic was converted to mine, which her boy
was a priest, and she gave me the book. Then he talked her back in
church; she come for it, and I wouldn't let her have it. I kept it for
evidence, wanted to know what I was talking about. When I say anything,
I must know it; God's going to hold me responsible for it.
56 And remember, she was called "Mystery, Babylon," we know that's the
Catholic church; but notice, she's the mother of harlots. What's a
harlot? The same thing that she is, the whore. Now, where did these
organizations come from? There's their mother, that's what they are to
begin with. Then you say, "That's the antichrist." That's true. Then if
that's antichrist, then what about our organizations? Just as harlot
and whore is the same thing, committing adultery, committing
fornications, accepting false things because of the mind and
intellectuals of man... As the Bible said, "Teaching for doctrine the
commandments of man." That's what's called church today, which is
against God's Kingdom.
57 Like in the Old Testament, God wanted to be King over Israel, before
it became a church, and He was King. And although they had a prophet,
Samuel, a good man, and when he had told them that if they wanted a
king... But they wanted to be like the rest of the people; they wanted
to be like the Philistines.
That's what's the matter with the Protestant people; they just won't
let good enough alone. They just... When the Holy Ghost fell on them
back yonder, forty years ago, and the power begin to pour out, and they
begin to dance and shout and speak with tongues, they wouldn't leave it
alone; they had to organize it. Then along came one and they called
them a General Council. Along came another one with a little Light on
the Name Jesus Christ, and they called them the "New Issues" and turned
them out. Then they got them an organization called the P. A. of J. C.,
the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ. A little friction come in
between them, whether He's coming on a white horse or how He was
coming, and they organized another one, called P. A. of W., Pentecostal
Assemblies of the World. Oh, my, my. Then on come the Church of God.
Then they broke off by prophecy, organized again. And every time you do
it, you go out of the will of God. The antichrist spirit...
59 God's church is free. God's church is bound by no boundaries,
because from sea to sea is God's; every human being under the earth
belongs to Him. Whether he's been Catholic, Protestant, or whatever he
is, God seeks those with an honest heart. And we're saved by faith,
believing Him. That's the church. Now, you see, the church is not an
And every time you see organization, just remember, "antichrist" is
wrote over it. Here it is in the Bible. That's as plain as I know how
to read It. I--I've got plenty of precious friends setting here that
belongs to organizations; I don't say you're antichrist; I'm not
calling you that; but behind the whole thing, and it looks like the
Devil has twisted it in such a way till you have to have something like
that or they won't even let you preach. That's the same thing the
nations has got. You can't be a man without a nation; you have to have
a nation somewhere. You have to either be American, German, or
something. See, it's all twisted around.
61 So really, a real borned again Christian is almost a wanderer; in
the sight of the world he's a renegade. But in the sight of God he's
precious. Wish we had time to go to Hebrews 11, and see how them faith
warriors, how Abraham stepped out and called himself a pilgrim and a
stranger, said this world was his home, but he was wandering about,
seeking a city whose Builder and Maker was God. And if we, being dead
in Christ, we take on Abraham's Seed and are heirs with him by the
promise. And what does that make us? Pilgrims and wanderers.
62 When Israel come up out of Egypt. There was Moab, the great
organized country. There was also Esau, the great organized country.
And here was Israel, an undenominational, coming along: both of them,
fundamentally, in the Word. Remember, Balaam offered the same sacrifice
that Israel offered, seven altars. God's requirement. Seven clean
sacrifices, seven rams speaking of the coming of the Just One.
Fundamentally, they were both right, speaking fundamentally. But what
Balaam failed to see, he failed to see that supernatural amongst
Israel, that interdenominational group. No place to go, they were
wandering, but they were on their road somewhere.
That's the way the church of the living God is today; it's unorganized,
as far as the world's concerned. But it's bound together by not
organization ties, but by the power and the Spirit of Jesus Christ, by
the bonds of love.
64 Takes a Methodist and Baptist pat one another on the back and say,
"My precious brother," when they have seen they can't walk together
unless they're agreed.
People say, "Are you a Christian?"
"I'm a Baptist." That don't answer the question at all. "Am I a
Christian? I'm Pentecost." That don't answer the question.
If you are a Christian, you are a borned again creature. You are in a
mystic Kingdom of God. Your eyes are not on things of this world, but
on things above. And that's when you're in the church. That is the
church. It is not an organization; it can never be an organization.
Take me on record. The church of the living God can never be any
certain group. It cannot be an organization. It has to be a mystical
Body, the Holy Spirit. A little farther, if we get time, we'll get
right into it.
67 Now, now you see what church means? "Church" means, a "called-out
bunch," a called-out people that's governed only by the King of this
Messiahic Kingdom. Oh, isn't that wonderful? I love that. When I read
that in the... today. And when it said there, "The Kingdom, the
Messianic Empire." The writer put it, "Messianic Empire." The writer
also said, "There is not such a thing as the church of the living God
ever being organized. Organization is something that was adapted,
adopted into, to take the place of."
68 That's just exactly the way all these false doctrines was brought in
to take the place of the real. That's the reason the woman had in her
hand a cup of the filthiness of her abomination. Now, you see, I'm not
saying... The Pentecostals is just as guilty as the Catholic, or the
Pilgrim Holiness, or the Nazarenes, or the Baptists, or Methodist. But
in all those denominational churches, God has children. They belong
into this mystic Kingdom. The only thing they're waiting for is to see
that something take place that it'll draw their hearts into it. I'm so
glad to know tonight that they're coming from the east and west, north
and south, pulling themselves out, worshipping, waiting for the coming
of the Lord. The Bible said they'd do that in the last days; that's
exactly right, and said they'd "Run from the east to the west, north
and south, seeking for the true Word of God; a famine not for bread and
water, but for the hearing of the Word of God."
They want you, "Come join this. Come join this." There's nothing you
join in the Kingdom of God, there's not one thing you can join. It's an
experience of being born into the church, not joined into it. Now, I
may get a little more on that in a minute, I got some more Scriptures
wrote down there.
70 But now, let's go to the second thought, so we can try to get
through all of it. "Who Set It Up?" that is, its mystical Body? Who
started This? Jesus Christ. And it is the... He is the Head of this
mystical Body. He's the King over it, working His Own will in His
dominion. Not a bishop's control or a church board's control, but a
King, which is Messiah Himself working in His Own Domain. When did it
begin? At Pentecost. Not the Pentecostal organization; the Pentecostal
experience. That's when it begin with you. He spoke of Its coming. He
said what would take place. He told it was coming.
71 Now, if we will, we can turn to Luke, 24th chapter, 49th verse, and
we can see here, start reading some Scriptures so these people that's
taking this can put it down. Luke 24:49, we'll see what He said.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in
the city of Jerusalem, until you're endued with power from on high.
Now, He promised of a coming church, a coming Kingdom. Now, turn right
over to Acts 1 and 8. Now, remember, He spoke also in Matthew 16:18,
of, upon this rock He would build His church and the gates of hell
should not prevail against it; we're going to get to that just in a few
minutes, as we go on down into the other subject. Acts 1 and 8.
But you shall receive power, after... the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,... Judaea,...
Samaria, and to the utmost parts of the world.
A coming Kingdom of witnesses, witnesses of His resurrection, witnesses
of His power, witnesses of His... of being alive. "You're My
witnesses," now, Acts 1:8.
74 Then we also find, that in Ephesians the 1st chapter, 22nd verse,
you that's putting that down. Just there's plenty of it to put down,
but just to nail it down to make it sure that you're--you see it. All
right, the 22nd verse of Ephesians the 1st chapter.
And has put all things under his feet,... (That's Christ.)... and gave
him to be the head over the things to the church,
Which is his body, and the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Who set this church up? Jesus Christ, no bishop, no group of men, no
pope, no manmade powers at all. But Jesus Christ spoke of It being His
Kingdom that was coming in power. "Some stands here... "16th chapter of
Matthew, "Verily, I say unto you, some stands here shall not see death
until they see the Kingdom of God coming in power." Just a few days
after that, He was crucified and the Holy Ghost fell. "Some stands here
shall not see death until they see the Kingdom of God."
76 "Will Thou restore the Kingdom at this time?" the Jews asked Him.
He said, "It's not for you to know the time or the season, what the
Father has put in His Own mind. But you shall receive power," Acts 1,
"you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you." You
shall receive power after you're made a bishop, after you're made a
preacher, after you're made a pope, after you're made a priest? "You
shall receive power after the Holy Ghost has come on you." That's the
witness that God was looking for, a witness after the Holy Ghost is
come. Not a witness that I'm a bishop, not a witness that I'm a pastor.
But a witness of what? Of the resurrected King. That's the true church
of the living God. All right.
78 And also in Colossians 1:17 and 18, we might read this just while
we're at it: Colossians 1:17 and 18th verse.
And he Who is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church:... (Who He is),... who is
the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might
have the preeminence.
Who is the Head of this church? Jesus Christ, What Kingdom is it? The
Messianic Kingdom, the church, not an organization, a church, a mystic
Body to which Christ is the Head. Oh, I love that, walking in the
Spirit, obeying the King; foolish to the world, precious in the sight
of God. Walking in the Spirit; misunderstood, laughed at, made fun
of... "All that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. If
they persecuted the prophets which were before you, called the Master
of the--Master of the building Beelzebub, how much more will they call
them of His disciples." But you're walking in the Spirit, turning your
back on the things of the world, not bound by any fetters. "He who the
Son has made free is free indeed." Amen. That's the church of the
living God. That's Who set it up.
80 Now, we see in witnesses, in Acts 1 and 8, He said, "You shall be My
witnesses after the Holy Ghost has come on you."
What is the church? The mystic body of Christ. Who set it up? The Lord
Jesus Himself. It wasn't set up at Rome; neither was it set up in
England by John Wesley; neither was it set up by Calvin, or in America,
the Baptists by John Smith, neither was it set up in California by the
Pentecostals. It was set up by Jesus Christ, the King of the Messianic
Kingdom. That's Who it was set up by. He is The King. He wants to be
King. He wants to rule us. He wants to be Lord.
82 People let Him in, say, "I'll let Him be Saviour," but they won't
let Him be Lord. "Lord" means "ownership, rulership." "Come into my
heart, Lord, save me from hell, but don't tell me what to do." That's
the attitude of the people. That's the reason no wonder the Bible said,
"All the tables have become full of vomit." You know what vomit is. "As
a dog turns to its vomit..." If these organizations didn't work in the
first time and God had to vomit them out, go back to them, they'll make
you vomit again. He said, "I would that you were hot or cold, because
you're lukewarm I'll spue you from My mouth." You make God sick at His
stomach, and He vomits us out.
83 Tell me an organization that ever fell that ever rose again. Show me
by history where one ever did. A man will rise up with a ministry; God
will bless that man. The first thing you know, he'll turn it right
around and get amongst men and make an organization out of it, and that
kills it right there. Look through the histories and find one that ever
come up. Not a one, because it's all an antichrist spirit amongst the
84 Like Moses, and them wanted something they could do themselves.
"Lord, we have so many members this year." What difference does that
make how many members you have? We're not looking for members of a
church; we're looking for members of Christ's Body, borned into the
Kingdom of God, not by the will of man, but by the will of God, not by
the spirit of man or the intelligence of man.
Paul said, "I never come to you with the wisdom of man. I come to you
with the Spirit of God and the power of His resurrection, that your
faith would not rest in the wisdom or the enchantment words of man, but
in the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ." That's what He come
in. God help us that we do the same thing.
86 Now, we don't want to spend too much time on each one. Now, I want
to find out, "What Is The Message Of This Church?" What should this
church teach? What's its message? The first message that I can think
of, that this church (mystical Body) will teach, will be repentance.
Let's turn to Luke 24 again, just for a moment. Luke, 24th chapter, the
first thing the church is to do, is to repent, and it will teach
repentance. Now, Jesus, fixing to leave, this is the last chapter, when
He's fixing to leave the earth. Luke 24:46, let's begin with the 46th
And He said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ
to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
And that repentance and remission of sins... (Oh, I want that to soak
in, 'cause I'm coming to something in a minute on that, "remission of
sins")... repentance towards God, and remitting of sins should be
preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
And ye are witnesses of these things...
87 [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... "He suffered," said the Scriptures.
He's the One the prophets spoke of. He's the One the whole Bible's
turned around, involved around Him. Surely He'd know what ought to be
taught; He'd know what ought to be done. And He said repentance and
remission of sins must be preached to all nations for a witness,
beginning at Jerusalem. Now, organization begin at Rome; organization
church begin at Rome, come on to Germany for Martin Luther, on to
England for Wesley, on to the United States for John Smith, California
for Pentecost. But the church begin at Jerusalem. Repentance towards
God and the baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ for remission of sins,
begin at Jerusalem, and should..." "Should," He said. Didn't say they'd
all reach it. It should begin; It should go to all the world; It should
be preached, but there's very little of them. But that's what He said,
His message. That's the message of the church. Show me the church
that's teaching it. Tell me where it's at. You don't find them.
88 Now, Jesus is King (the second message), Jesus is King and is alive
forevermore, Matthew 28:20. Jesus is King and alive forevermore; that's
what the church should teach. Matthew 28:20.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. (That
Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever."
That's the message of the church: doing His work, proving His
resurrection, and giving witnesses. Now, Acts 5:32, where we see
whether they had it or not. As we turn, Acts the 5th chapter, 32nd
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy
Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey him. (He's got to be
90 John 14:12, He gives the teaching what the church should do. In John
the 14th chapter, the--and the 12th verse, we'll see what that says.
John 14:12, so we read it, make it official. All right, John 14 and the
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that
I do shall he do also; and greater works than these do he, do, shall;
because I go to my Father.
That's the message of the church: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday,
today, and forever," living in the church, King of the church, raised
from the dead, same yesterday, today, and forever, performing the same
works, doing the same things that Jesus did. That's the message of the
church. If the church isn't teaching That, it's teaching some false
theology. That's what Jesus commanded them to preach.
92 What else will be? How will we know whether these people... They
say, "Well, I'm a believer." Let's see what His last commission was to
His church for believers, Mark 16. Take Mark the 16th chapter, and
we'll find out what His last message was to the church, and we'll see
then whether we're following out His commission. Mark 16, let's begin
at the 14th verse.
After he appeared unto the eleven... (that's after His resurrection)...
as they sat at meat,...
Here's the commission to the church, now listen, the last commission.
We'll check ourselves whether we're believers, or whether we're in this
church or not.
After he appeared unto the eleven as they set at meat, and upbraided
them with the hardness of their heart, with their--their unbelief and
hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him
after his resurre--after he was risen.
94 Somebody had seen Him. Somebody was trying to tell them about it,
and they did not believe it. If that isn't the same thing today. We
know He lives; we have a witness of His Spirit in us. We see His power
move over the audiences, and tens of thousands of people, and discern
their thoughts--thoughts and hearts just exactly like He did when He
was here. Like the Bible said, "The Word of God..." He is the Word of
God. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. And the
Word was made flesh and dwelled among us." "The Word of God is sharper,
more powerful than a two-edged sword, cutting even to the marrow of the
bone, and a Discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Christ, "The works that I do shall you also." See Him doing that. How
many seen Him do it? Sure, we know He does it. He lives here. He's in
95 They don't believe it. They didn't believe it then, they don't
believe it now. They believe He died and that settled it, and we got
some kind of a historical thing that some fellow raised up a few years
ago, and established a church and wrote a catechism, and that's what we
hold on to. That's pagan. That's right. No truth to that. Oh, I don't
say, "truth," the man might've done it, the man might've been ever so
sincere. But God doesn't control His church like that. He never did
96 When they asked for a king, Samuel called them and said this; he
said, "I want to ask you something. Have I ever failed you? Have I ever
asked you for any of your money? Have I ever told you anything in the
Name of the Lord but what was right? God don't want you to have a king,
He wants to be your King."
He said, "O Samuel, sure, you're right. You're a good prophet, You've
never told us nothing but the Truth. You've never begged us for money.
Them things are true, but we want to be like the rest of them. We want
a king anyhow."
Samuel said, "It's going to cause you heartaches and troubles. It's
going... He's going to take your sons and daughters. He's going to
pollute them in the things he'll do. He'll do it." And he did. But
still they wanted a king.
99 That's the way they do today. Oh, we've got to have some kind of a
name attached to us. We got to tell the people when they ask if we're
Methodists, Baptists. Just say you're Christians, that's right,
Christ-like. After He had risen from the dead, they didn't believe it.
And he said unto them,... (Watch the great commission.)... Go ye
into... (How much of the world? [Congregation says, "all'--Ed.] "Oh, I
thought just Jerusalem," somebody said, "these signs only went to
Jerusalem.")... all the world, and preach the gospel...
100 How many knows what the Gospel is? Not the "Word." Paul said, "The
Gospel come to us not in word only, but through the power and
manifestation of the Holy Ghost." The Gospel is the power of God to
make the Word act what It says It'll do. Preach the Gospel all the
world. Preach the Gospel to just the white people or just the brown,
yellow, black? "To every creature." Amen.
Every creature: you believe that means that? I seen God baffle a bull
one day. I seen Him cause hornets not to sting. I seen Him raise up a
opossum that'd been laying dead all night. Every creature... The Gospel
will take effect upon anything that you ask. You say, "That's wrong,
Brother Branham." It isn't wrong.
102 Jesus said to that tree, "Cursed be you; no man eat from you, from
henceforth," and the Gospel was preached to that tree. Amen. I feel
religious right now. To every creature... Amen. Preach it to what?
Every creature. Oh, if we could just had time for these things.
Now, he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;... ("Oh, I
believe in baptizing." Fine, good, all right.)... He that believeth and
is baptized shall be saved;... he that believeth not shall be damned.
"Oh, I'm glad I'm a believer." Wait a minute. "And," and's a
conjunction, tying the sentence together.
And these signs... (Oh, I thought you didn't believe in signs. That's
Jesus' Own Words; argue It with Him.)... these signs shall... (not
"they maybe, sometimes they do")... they shall follow them that
Now, we're going to see whether you believe or not, going to see
whether your organization believes or not. They might say they believe.
Jesus said, "These signs will follow them that believe." Why, they deny
... these signs shall follow them that believe;... (How much?)... In my
name they shall cast out devils;...
105 And you that don't believe in Divine healing, you churches (This is
taped, you understand; I'm not only talking to you; somebody else is
going to hear It.), claim that you believe in God and believe in the
commission, that your church is commissioned to take the Gospel, and
the very first thing is Divine healing. What was the first thing Jesus
told to His disciples when He sent them out? Matthew 10:1, "Heal the
sick; cast out devils." What was the last thing He said to His church?
"Heal the sick; cast out devils." Alpha and Omega, Benjamin and Reuben,
First and Last, He that Was, Which Is, and Shall Come, the Morning
Star, the Root and Offspring of David... Hallelujah. That's Him. Yes,
sir. "These signs shall follow them that believe. In My Name they shall
cast out devils." Just at Jerusalem? "To all the world, and to every
creature." Is that the Bible? That's what it said. That is the message
of the church. All the world, every creature, the Gospel... To everyone
that believes, these signs shall follow.
106 ... In my name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with
And you poor Nazarenes, calling them a bunch of tongues people. You
wouldn't even set in church with them. Ain't that awful? What are you
going to do when you get to heaven? Jesus died, speaking in tongues.
They said He spoke, and He spoke in another language. Sure, He did. "He
spoke in Hebrew." He did not. That's not Hebrew writing. He spoke in a
107 When--when Abel offered his lamb on the rock, when the little lamb
was dying, he was hacking it on the neck, a type of Christ, way back in
the garden of Eden... The little lamb bleating in another language, as
he was dying, it typed... As his bloody wool being bathed with his own
blood, it typed the Son of God hanging yonder on Calvary, chopped to
pieces, with our sins, dying, speaking in another language, "My God, My
God, why has Thou forsaken Me?"
108 That's the message of the church, "In My Name they shall cast out
devils; they shall speak with new tongues." That's what He said. That's
the message of the church. That's what He commanded the church to do,
to cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues.
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink a deadly thing, it shall
not harm them; they... lay hands on the sick,... they shall recover.
That's the commission of the church. That's the real believing church.
It's not taught in the Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic,
Lutheran, Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness. No, sir, they deny it. Glory.
Why? They're organized, and they can't do it. There's a many member in
there that believes that, but he can't say nothing about it because
he'd be excommunicated. That's an antichrist spirit, got them
organized. The church of the living God is free-born, don't need any
denomination; they follow the King of the Messianic Kingdom. They don't
have to take the people's things. They're free-born, made free by the
Son Who makes them free indeed. These signs shall follow them.
110 This Gospel shall be preached. Who's going to preach it? God's able
to take the ignorants; God's able to rise up stones to children of
Abraham. God can do whatever He wants to do; He's God. And that's the
way He does it. When He come, He never called Caiaphas. He never called
one priest. He never called one theologian. He took fishermen,
herdsmen, and the ignorant and unlearned. The Bible said that "Peter
and John were both ignorant and unlearned," but He could give them and
work through them the Kingdom of God, and confound the eyes and the
minds of the wise and mighty. They said, "They took heed that they were
ignorant and unlearned men, but had to take heed to them that they had
been with Jesus." Why? They had His Spirit on them. They were acting
like He act. They were doing the things that He did. That's exactly
what He said would take place: Messianic Kingdom. Oh, how glad I am of
these things. "These signs shall follow them that believe." Certainly,
signs will follow them.
111 Now, another thing this church will teach, will be Divine healing,
the message of the church. I just quoted it, Matthew 10, when He sent
His church out. Let's just go to Matthew 10:1, and find out just a
minute. Watch what Jesus said when He ordained His church and started
And then he... called unto him his twelve disciples, and gave them
power against unclean spirits, to cast out--cast them out, and to heal
all manner of sickness and all manner of diseases. (the first
commission to His church)
112 The last commission, "Go into all the world, preach the Gospel. He
that believeth and is baptized..." Let me quote it the way it should
be, the way it's broke down. "Go ye into all the world and to every
nation and demonstrate the power of the Holy Ghost. He that believeth
on this and is baptized shall be saved; he that denies it will be
damned. These signs will follow them that believe: they'll lay hands on
the sick, they shall recover; they'll cast out devils; they'll speak
with new tongues. This will be the signs that follows." The last verse
said, "And they returned. The Lord working with them, confirming His
Word with signs following." That's the way the first church was.
113 And, listen, Jesus said, "I am the Vine; ye are the branches." And
if a branch brings forth a vine, and that vine bears grapes, the next
branch comes forth, it'll bear just like the first branch did.
Oh, you say, "Brother Branham, but we, look at all these churches."
That's grafted vines. Now, you can graft citrus fruit. You can take an
orange tree and put a lemon on it and it'll grow. That's what you--man
grafted in. And these organizations is what man grafted in. It's a
lemon all the time. It'll grow because it's stuck out in the church
name. But let me tell you; if that tree ever puts forth another branch
itself, it'll bear an orange. And if the power of God ever puts forth
another church, it'll be another Pentecost. And another Book of Acts
will be wrote behind it, because it's the church of God.
115 Jesus said, "I am the Vine; ye are the branches. You cannot bear
fruit in yourself, but I throw My Ownself into the branch." And what
kind of a fruit did it bear? "These signs shall follow them that
The second church rises up, the mystical Body of Christ will have the
same signs. "Yet a little while and the world seeth Me no more. Yet ye
shall see Me, for I will be with you, even in you, in every branch to
the end of the world," Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and
forever. That's the church of the living God. That's Who it is. That's
the kind of a witnesses He has.
117 Now, also the church must teach baptism. It must be baptized. That
was the commission. Jesus said here in Mark 16, we'll just use it. "He
that believeth and is baptized." Believe first, and then be baptized
for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the
"And the Holy Ghost will also come upon..." will be a teaching of the
church, for Jesus said in Luke 24:49... We're right close to it, so
let's just turn to it just a second, the 49th verse here. We read the
46th and 47th. Look at the 49th.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye,...
(or wait, "Tarry" means "wait.")... in the city of Jerusalem, until
you're endued with power from on high.
If Christ would not let a bunch of men who'd walked with Him for three
and a half years go preach any Gospel, or could not preach any Gospel
until they waited for the Holy Ghost, the church today has to do the
same thing. Wait for the Holy Ghost.
120 I was talking to a Catholic lady here not long ago in Oregon, and
she said, "Well, do you mean to tell me that that bunch of idiots down
there where you was preaching, and screaming and crying, going on like
that, do you mean that they'll be in a heaven, and rule in heaven?"
I said, "Yes, ma'am."
She said, "Well, we don't believe in such stuff."
I said, "Because you don't believe the Word of God."
And she said, "We believe that Mary intercedes for us."
I said, "That's absolutely heathen."
She never was a goddess; she's a woman, "Mother of God," how could God
have a mother? "Hail, Mary, mother of God..." how could God have a
mother? She bore the Son of God, Christ Jesus. No woman is a creator;
she holds the seed of a man. The man's not a creator. God creates the
life. It's just a routine of--of order that God put to bring children.
She's no mother of God. God can't have a mother, 'cause He had no
beginning of days or ending of life. He's Eternal. She can't be a
mother of God.
122 And I said, "What if I tell you that your blessed virgin that you
look to as a goddess, what if I tell you that God wouldn't let her come
to heaven until she acted like them people did last night?"
She said, "That's not right."
I said, "Did you tell me the Catholic church wrote the Bible, the
apostles, and you said they were Catholic?" I defy that. There wasn't
no Catholic church for three hundred years after the death of the last
apostle, till after the Nicene Council. Show me page of history,
anything you want to; not your catechism, 'cause it don't compare with
history. There never was such a thing. But I said that, "Mary..." The
Bible said that, "Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the rest of the women,
with the hundred and twenty, all had to climb those steps to the upper
room, and be filled with the Holy Ghost till they staggered like they
were drunk, speaking in tongues and acting like a bunch of drunkards."
That's what the Bible said. I put my finger on the verse, and I said,
She said, "I don't want to read it. I'm not suppose to read it."
124 I said, "You're not honest. Here's where virgin Mary received the
Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues and staggered like a drunk woman. Now,
if you go to heaven, you can't go with her, 'cause she had to receive
the Holy Ghost. And if she had to do that, being the mother of Jesus
Christ, how much more do you require it."
She said, "If I had to go to heaven with anything like that, I wouldn't
want to be in heaven."
I said, "You don't have much to worry about. I don't think you're going
anyhow, I'll tell you...?... I don't think you have much to be bothered
about." That's exactly God's Spirit.
127 "Now, you're a witness of Me after the Holy Ghost is come upon
you." Now, what is this now, what are we saying? What Is It? Who Set It
Up? And What Is Its Message? Now, to hurry up to get just a little
The fourth thing, How Do We Become A Member Of It? "How do we join it?
We see what it is; now what--how do we join this church?" You don't
join it. You can't join it. There's no way of joining it. You're borned
into it. I've been with the Branham family fifty-one years and never
did join the family. I was borned a Branham. And you're borned a son of
God or a daughter of God.
129 Let us take John the 3rd chapter, just a moment, and just see what
God said here about it. How do you get into this church? What's the
proposition God offers you? John the 3rd chapter, 1 to 8.
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
The same came to Jesus by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know...
thou art a teacher come from God:... no man can do the miracles which
thou doest, except God be with him.
Jesus answered and said unto him... verily, I say unto thee, Except a
man be born again,... verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born
again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.
130 How do you get into it? Born into it. Let's read the question
Nicodemus said unto him, How can a man be born when he's old?... (See
that carnal? a teacher, a great man, a priest, aged, read the Bible all
of his life.)... can he enter the second time into his mother's womb,
and be born? (Now, isn't that like some of these intellectual teachers
you hear today?)
Jesus answered and said unto him,... verily, I say unto you, Except a
man be born of water... (How do we get into it?)... of water and of...
Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.
131 "Less he be joined into it? You can't be joined into it. You got to
be borned into it. Not "come and join," come and born.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I say unto you, You must be born again.
The wind blow where it listeth,... thou cannot tell the sound thereof,
but can not tell whence it come, nor whither it goeth: so is every one
that's born of the Spirit.
See you don't join it. It's a mysterious thing. You're born into the
mystical Body of Christ. That's how you get into it.
132 I Corinthians, 12th chapter, let's just go a little farther; we
just got a few more. I want to try to get it out if I possibly can, if
you'll just... I know it's hot, but let's start here just a minute. I
Corinthians the 12th chapter, the 13th verse. "For by one handshake, by
one vow, 'I vow to believe in the great holy Roman church,' come shake
my hands, put your name on the book, by one letter, come by letter."
You might read that in the Old Ladies Birthday Almanac, but you don't
read it in God's Bible. Yes, sir. Yeah.
For by one Spirit are we all... (joined, recorded?)... baptized into...
(one organization?)... one body, which is the Body of Christ, whether
we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been
made... all made to drink of one Spirit.
Not Methodist spirit, Baptist spirit, Pentecostal spirit, but by one
Holy Spirit we have all been baptized into this
Fountain filled with Blood,
Drawn from Immanuel's veins,
Where sinners plunged beneath the flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That Fountain in his day;
There may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.
134 One Body... How do we come into that Body, how do we get into it?
By one Spirit we're baptized into one Body. And when in that Body,
free, guarantee of the resurrection. "God placed upon Him the iniquity
of us all." Not by "one handshake," not "one church letter," but by one
Holy Spirit, Jew, Gentile, yellow, black, white, have all been baptized
by one Spirit into that one Body, through the Blood of His Own
covenant. "And when I see the Blood, I'll pass over you," and are free
from death, free from pain, free from sin. "He that's born of God, does
not commit sin, 'cause the seed of God remains in him and he cannot
sin. No sin... "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father
is perfect," Jesus said. How can you be perfect? You can't do it. You
was born in sin, shaped in iniquity, come to the world speaking lies.
But when you accept Christ as your sin-bearer, when you accept Him by
faith, you believe that He saved you, and He died in your place and
took your sins, then God accepts you and baptizes you into the Body and
cannot see no more sin. How can I be a sinner when there's an atonement
on the altar for me?
135 How could a policeman arrest me in the city, when the city
ordinances give me rights to run any speed that I want to? You cannot
arrest me. If the mayor says, "Reverend Branham, you're going on sick
calls, make any speed you want to in any zone," gives me a letter of
recommendation of that, no policeman can take me in. Because the mayor
has put confidence in me, that I wouldn't do it 'less it was on
And when God accepted me and baptized me with the Holy Ghost, He had
confidence in me that I would not sin willfully. Amen. I would not sin
willfully. Therefore, His Son made an atonement for me, and I cannot be
a sinner as long as I'm justified and He's took me in His Body; I'm
redeemed with Him. Not what I do, but what He did for me. That's the
137 Ephesians 4:30, says, "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby
you're sealed until the day of your redemption."
A famous Baptist preacher said to me, not long ago, said, "Brother
Branham, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for
righteousness. What more could he do but believe God?" He said, "We
believe we receive the Holy Ghost when we believe."
I said, "But you're wrong; you're honestly wrong. Paul said in Acts 19,
to those Baptists who had a good pastor up there, a converted lawyer,
'Have you received the Holy Ghost since you have believed?'"
He said, "The original doesn't say that."
I said, "It does say that. I've got the "Emphatic Diaglott," and it
does say it in every translation, both Greek and Hebrew. He said, 'Have
you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?'" I said, "Abraham
believed; that was true. But God give him a sign that He'd accepted his
faith, by give him the seal of circumcision." That's right. He'd
accepted him, because He give him a sign that He'd accepted him.
If you say you believe, and haven't received the Holy Ghost yet, God
hasn't sealed you yet, hasn't had enough trust to trust you yet. When
you come to God, God seals you with the Holy Ghost till the day of your
redemption. And that's the message of the church. Amen.
142 Just a little farther. All right. Now, I Corinthians 12 and 13, "By
one Spirit we're all baptized into one Body."
Acts, here's the way we entered. Here's the inauguration of the church:
Acts the 2nd chapter. When the first message was preached to the church
after the day of Pentecost, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.
Mary, all the apostles, were all filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking
in tongues, and just carrying-on like a bunch of drunk people. And when
they were just having an awful time, just shouting and praising God,
and staggering under the impact of the Holy Ghost, they didn't care
whether it was Sunday, Monday, what day it was. They was having them a
big time, just shouting and going on. Why, the--the great intellectual
people said, "These people are drunk on new wine."
143 Now, here stands Peter with the keys to the Kingdom, on his side,
the keys to the Holy Ghost. Jesus said, "I say thou art Peter. Upon
this rock I'll build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail
against it." What is it? A spiritual revealed truth. "Flesh and blood
has not revealed This to you. You never learned this in a seminary.
Somebody didn't teach it to you out of books, but it's a revelation."
Revelation... "I say that you are Peter. I give unto you the keys to
the Kingdom. Whatsoever you bind on earth, I'll bind in it heaven.
Whatsoever you loose on earth, I'll loose it in Heaven." He has to keep
His Word. On the day of Pentecost, who was the spokesman? Peter, 'cause
he had the keys.
144 And they were laughing at him, said, "These men are full of new
Peter said, "This being the third hour of the day, these are not full
of new wine, but this is That which was spoke of by Joel the prophet,
'It'll come to pass in the last days, saith God, I'll pour out of My
Spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy. Upon My
handsmaids and maidservants I pour out of My Spirit. Your young men
shall see visions, your old men will dream dreams. And I'll show signs
in the heaven above and the earth below. It shall come to pass that
whosoever call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.'"
"When they heard this, they were pricked in their heart and said unto
Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Men and brethren, what can we do
to be saved?'" There's the condition of the church. Now they want to
find out how you get into this mystical Body. All right.
Acts the 2nd chapter, begin at the 37th verse, the inauguration sermon.
You can't change it. You can't change it. Listen.
148 If your doctor wrote you a prescription, and you took it down to
the drug store and some quack druggist, you know, he could kill you
with that prescription. You see, that doctor writes so-much in that,
because he's trained to that. And he writes. There's so-much poison,
and he puts an antidote in there to kill so much of that poison. He has
to set something to upset the other drug. And if that prescription
isn't filled just exactly the way that doctor writes it, it'd kill you.
149 And that's, God is the Doctor. He's the Doctor of the soul. He's
the Doctor of salvation. And He educated a man in His Own Theology,
Peter, an unlearned man. He couldn't even read his name when it was
wrote before him. But He give him the Holy Spirit, and give him the
pencil to write the doctrine about. So on the day of Pentecost, he
wrote the prescription. Let's see what he wrote. Doctor Simon Peter,
let's see what your prescription is for salvation.
Let's see what it was wrote out for.
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their hearts, and said
unto Peter and... the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what can
we do? (Watch out, you got the keys.)
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of You in
the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to them that's
far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
That's the Prescription. Don't doctor it up; you'll kill your patient.
That's what's the matter with a lot of these people talking this
"Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," they're killing a lot of spiritual
people, doctoring with the wrong thing.
150 There's no such a thing, nobody ever baptized in the name of
"Father, Son, Holy Ghost," in the Bible. There never was such a
ceremony ever said till the Catholic church; the Catholic church is the
mother of that. Search the Scriptures, search the history and find out,
the first order was ever done by "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost" was a
Catholic priest. They sprinkle them. Sprinkling was ordained by the
Catholic church: mother of harlots.
Come right back down to a harlot. It says in the catechism, "Is there
such a thing as a Protestant ever being saved?"
Said, "Sometimes, of course, because they admit the--the Catholic
doctrine." They won't take their Bible. They baptize in the name of
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," and they have no Scripture for that.
Said, "But the Catholic church started it," and they admit it. "By the
Catholic orders, there might be some saved." No such a thing, nobody
ever baptized that way. Nobody ever sprinkled in the Bible, poured, or
any other way but immersing in the water in the Name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sin. What did we read awhile ago, and I told you
we'd get to it later? That repentance and remission of sin should be
preached in His Name. To where? Just to Jerusalem, to the Jews? To all
nations, all the world, beginning at Jerusalem.
154 Now, Doctor Simon Peter wrote out the prescription. What about you
doctors? Why are you trying to put something with it? Don't add nothing
to it. Take it the way it is. That's the commission of the church.
That's how you get into it, by repenting and being baptized in the Name
of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins; and a promise that you
will receive the Holy Ghost. Now, that's what the Bible said, "Baptized
into the church, baptized into the church..."
155 Let's read Galatians 3:26, just a minute. We ain't got but just one
or two more, three more things here, and then we--we'll have to close.
Now, let's read over here in Galatians the 3rd chapter. If anybody gets
it before I do, read it, go ahead. [A sister reads Galatians 3:26--Ed.]
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:26? Maybe I might've read it, wrote it wrong here then.
Now, it might be Colossians, let's read Colossians. I--I don't know
where I was going to; let's see if it's Colossians 3:26. No, there is
no 3:26. What is that now, Galatians 3:26? Here, here I got it. That's
right. Read on, sister, Galatians 3:26, since you started it. Here it
is, 26, 27, and 28, now listen close. [The sister reads Galatians
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
For as many of you as have been baptized unto Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there
is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
How do we get into this Body, how have we done it? Baptized by the Holy
Spirit into the Body of Christ Jesus.
157 Now, another thing the church message is, how we get into the
church, is through sanctification. And sanctification, Hebrews 13:12
and 13, "Jesus suffered without the gates, that He might sanctify the
people with His Own Blood."
Now Ephesians, let's go here; we got to read that one: Ephesians 5:25,
right quick now: Ephesians 5, and 25. All right, here we are: 5 and 25.
No, I still got the wrong thing. I haven't got it wrote down here
right. Oh, let's see. Therefore, preachers and priests... Oh, yes. I
was writing this down real quick awhile ago, so I must've hit the
wrong... Oh, I got the wrong page. Amen. Yes. All right.
159 Hebrews 12 and 13, "Jesus suffered without the gates, that He might
sanctify the people with His Own Blood."
Therefore, people, and here's how we come to the church, by repenting,
being baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of our
sins, and a promise that we will receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Therefore, there is no preacher can shake us into it. There's no priest
that can vow us into it. But we are borned into it by the King of the
Messianic Kingdom. Amen.
Now, just this; can I get just one more, then go ahead? How many will
stay with me just a few minutes longer? [The congregation says,
"Amen."--Ed.] Just to... It's nine-thirty, and pass time.
162 Now, Can We Get To Heaven Without The Church? Just take a couple of
comments on this, 'cause I got about a dozen wrote down here, as you
see. But I--I... Just one thing, that we might know. No, sir, you
cannot get to heaven without being a member of this church.
Now, first thing, in John 3: and 5 Jesus said, "Except a man be borned
of water and of Spirit..." Repent, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall then be borned of the
Spirit, born of the water, borned of the Spirit. Except a man gets
this, he cannot even enter the Kingdom of heaven; he cannot even see
the Kingdom of heaven." Then if you are borned of water and Spirit, you
are in the church. If you're not borned of water and Spirit, you're not
in the church, and cannot see the Kingdom of heaven. Does that make
sense to you? It's just exactly right.
164 Now, did you know... You say, "Well, Brother Branham, I believe,"
well, listen, "and I've never received the Holy Ghost." No, you don't
believe yet. You are just believing unto belief. You have hope. For in
I Corinthians the 12th chapter and the 3rd verse, let's just grab that
right quick while we're close to it, if you want to. I Corinthians 12,
the 12th chapter and the 3rd verse, and we'll get that just right
quick, and--and read this here and see what the Lord has in this for us.
I Corinthians 12, all right, and the 3rd verse.
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaketh by the Spirit
of God calleth Jesus accursed: and... no man can say... Jesus is the
Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
165 You don't know nothing about it until you've received the Holy
Ghost. You say, "I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour." Have
you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? If you don't, you can't
even call Him the Lord, because He's not Lord, He's a historical Being
that you by faith have accepted. But when He's come into you by the
Holy Ghost, He is your Lord. No man can call Jesus Lord, only by the
Holy Ghost; until you are borned of the Spirit of God, and the Holy
Ghost is in you... Then if you are, you are borned into this Kingdom,
and you're part of the church. You're the called-out ones then. You see
it? All right, now.
166 Can life come out of a corn, except that corn had life in it? If a
grain of corn is put in the ground, one is germitized, and the other
one's not germitized. The one that's not germitized, can it live again?
Not by no means. There's nothing in it. Although, materially, it'll
make just as good, just as good of corn flakes as the other one will,
it'll make just as good of corn bread as the other one will, it'll look
just as good on the shelf as the other one will, but if it hasn't got
life into it, it cannot rise again.
A man that's a good man, can be just as good church member as a
Christian. A man that's a good man, can be just as good a citizen as a
Christian, a good man, moral man. But when he dies, that's it, unless
he's borned again of the Spirit of God. Because, everything that had a
beginning has an end.
168 God is the only thing that's Eternal. Therefore, we are part of God
by receiving His Life. Jesus said, "I give unto them Eternal Life." The
Greek word there is "Zoe," means, "God's Own Life." And the only way
that you can ever live again, is to have Eternal Life, which is God's
Life. Because your life will perish. But His Life will be raised up
again, because God is Eternal. And you've got Eternal Life, and can no
more die than God can die. Aw, "He that believeth on Me has Eternal
Life, and I'll raise him up at the last day, raise him up again." The
Eternal Life that's in him will raise him up.
169 Now, can we get into heaven without be in the church? You can't be
in the church until you're borned again. You can't go to heaven until
you're borned again. If you're borned again, you're in the church. So
you can't go to heaven until you're a member of this church. And you
can't be a member until you're borned into it.
And now, let me smother you a little. And you can't be a member unless
God has called you to be a member. Now, how happy you ought to be for
that, for you were predestinated before the foundation of the world.
And your name--your names was written in the Lamb's Book of Life, the
church Book, before the foundation of the world. That's the Bible. The
Bible said the antichrist, the organizations, the Catholic church with
the rest of organizations--organizations, will deceive all upon the
face of the earth, whose names were not written in the Lamb's Book of
Life before the foundation of the world. Jesus said, "All that the
Father hath given Me will come to Me." That's His Own Word. It's not
what you done, but what He done.
171 Let's settle that a minute; let's turn to Ephesians the 1st
chapter, right quick. Listen to this; this is Paul. Now, he had to go
on to perfection with this church. Paul's addressing this to
Christians. How many Christians is in here, let's see your hand. All
right. This is not for babies now; this is--this is those who can eat
meat. Now, the 1st chapter, watch who he addresses it to.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,... (not by the
ordination of the bishop, not by the organization)... an apostle,...
(one that's sent by the will of God)... to the saints... (That's the
sanctified ones, or sainted ones.)... which are at Ephesus, and... the
faithful in Christ Jesus:
Who is it he's addressing it to? To those that's already in the church.
When you're in Christ, you're in His body. Is that right? Then you're
members of the church.
173 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and... the Lord
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed
us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
How did He do it? What did He do it? They had reached Jordan, they had
crossed into the promised land, and they were setting in heavenly
places in Christ Jesus. Here it is: Blessed us together with heavenly
blessings, the teaching of the Word, as the church, the called-out Ones
that's in Christ Jesus, as we're setting together in heavenly places,
like the church, when we're borned in Christ Jesus. The sainted,
called-out ones, oh, my, somebody you can teach something to... Had so
much trouble with the Corinthians, but not this church, he could teach
them great things. All right.
174 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us with all... (You remember my last two messages?)... all
spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According... (Listen, let this shock you now.)... According as he
hath... (past tense)... chosen us in him... (At the last revival? Did I
read that right?)... According as he has chosen us in him before the
foundation of the world, before the world,... (Looky here.)... before
the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame
before him in love:
What did we do? Nothing. What He done is what I'm looking at. When did
He do? Chose us, put our names on His Book, on His church Book to be a
member of this mystical Body before the world ever began.
And has predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ
to himself, according to His own good pleasure of his will,
175 Whew. You got to be in that church, brother, if you make it, for
He's coming for a church. Well, what kind of a church? A church that's
without spot or without wrinkle. How can we be that? By being dead in
Christ, baptized by the Holy Ghost into His mystical Body, and the
Blood atonement of the Son of God laying there for us every hour of the
day: found blameless, that's the church, without spot, or without
wrinkle. He chose us in Him, and put our names on His Book. The Bible
said that "Jesus Christ was the Lamb slain... Nineteen hundred years
ago? How far? The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
176 When God, in the Bible, the word in Genesis, Genesis 1 said, "In
the beginning God..." Take that name "God" in the Hebrew, and see what
it means, it's spelled El, Elah, Elohim, which means "the
all--self-existing One, the all-sufficient One, the strong One." There
was nothing before that. There was no air; there were no stars; there
was no moisture; there was no--there was no atmosphere; there was no
atoms; there was no molecules; there was nothing before that. It was
God, the eternal One. And in Him were attributes to be a Saviour, to be
a Father, to be God. There... He wasn't God then; He was--He was God,
but there wasn't nothing else, no worship. So "god" is "an object of
worship," and there's nothing to worship Him. So there was attributes
in Him to be that, to be a Saviour, to be a Healer, to be all these
things that He is.
177 So the first thing He created... Now, some of you want to know
about my Genesis story; God said, "Let us make man." The first thing He
created was angels to worship Him, then He become God. Then when He
said, "Let us make man after our own image," what kind of a man did He
make? Spirit man; then when He made that man, He give him control. Then
He made man out of the dust of the earth; then he fell. Then He become
a Saviour: a God, then a Saviour. Sin brought on sickness; then He
become a Healer. Hallelujah. There ain't nothing going wrong. He knowed
all about it before the world was ever formed. He knew we'd have this
meeting tonight. He knowed every gnat would ever be on the earth, and
how much tallow he'd make, and how many times he'd bat his eyes. He's
the infinite God, knows all things. Amen. Aren't you glad tonight that
your name is on the Book?
178 What a beautiful thought I am thinking, concerning a great speckled
bird, and they say that her name is recorded on the pages of God's holy
Word. All the other birds flocking around her, she's despised by all of
them. What was that speckled bird? I different with the guy that said
that was wrong. What was the speckled bird of the Bible? It was not
Israel, as they said it was. It was the church of Jesus Christ. For a
sin-offering, what did they do? They took a turtledove, pulled the head
off of one and turned it upside down, and poured the blood upon the
living mate, and turned the mate loose. And the mate sprinkled it with
the blood of the dead mate, went across the earth, sprinkling as he
flew his wings. And the blood splashing upon the earth, cried, "Holy,
holy, holy, unto the Lord. Holy, holy, holy, unto the Lord."
179 It was a type of Christ. And the great speckled bird is the church
that's been specked by the Blood of its dead Mate, the Saviour Jesus
Christ. And she's crossing the world today, flopping her wings, crying,
"Holy, holy, holy, unto the Lord." Amen. I'm so glad that I know of
her. I'm so glad my name is on her Books, put there not by my goodness
(no, sir, I'd never be there; or by your goodness), but by the goodness
and mercies of God before the foundation of the world, put our names on
180 What is the identification of the church? What is she to be? What
was she? What is it? The called out group. Who set it up? Jesus Christ;
not a bishop, not the Catholic church, not Methodist, not Luther, not
Wesley. No, sir. Who set it up? Jesus Christ. What is its message?
Repentance, water baptism, baptism of the Holy Ghost, Divine healing,
salvation. How do we become a member of it? By being borned into it.
Can we get to heaven without it? No, sir. For those that are dead in
Christ will God bring with Him, and not--not anyone else but those who
are dead in Christ. Jesus is coming for those that are dead in Christ.
Ephesians 4 chapter said that the... No, Galatians, I believe it is,
the 4th chapter said that "Those that are dead in Christ will God bring
with Him. Those that are dead in Christ will God brings with Him."
181 Now therefore, she is a called-out group, a mystical Body. Christ
set it in order. Before He died, He spoke of it coming, He said, "I
will come and be King over this domain. A little while and the world
won't see Me no more, yet you shall see Me. You won't have nothing to
do with the kingdom of the world."
That's the reason they're in such a confusion, called "Babylon." One
with, "Bless God, I'm Presbyterian. Bless God, I'm Methodist. Bless
God, I'm..." Bless God, I'm a Christian. Amen. That's it. How do I know
I am? These signs follow the believer. See, there's your identification
card. Not say, "Wait a minute; I believe I got my fellowship card." No.
I ain't got any. Mine's up there. I might lose this one down here, but
He told me before the world begin He give me my identification card to
everyone that's come into the Kingdom. It's kept in heaven so the
records are straight. I'm so glad. I...
Somebody said, "I sought God, I sought God." That's contrary to the
Bible. It's God seeking you, not you seeking God. God went up-and-down
the garden of Eden, crying, "Adam, where art thou?" Not Adam crying,
"God, where art Thou?" It was God crying, "Adam, where art thou?"
184 Oh, I'm so glad I'm a member of her, aren't you? I'm so glad, in
this great church... I'm sorry to have kept you so late, but do you
believe in this great church? Do you believe in it? Do you believe it's
a mystical Body?
Now, you Catholic people, the only thing you have to do to be a member
of it, is to accept Jesus Christ and be born of the Spirit. You
Baptists, you Methodist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran, whatever you are,
listen here. Don't think I'm taking up for the Pentecostals. There's
just as much Pentecostal renegades as there is in any other church.
That's exactly right. They come in only by name and profession; that's
all. But possession, they don't have it. That's right. Because when
you're borned of the Spirit, you become a new creature, and God begins
to deal with you then as sons, and you're led of the Spirit of God. No
matter what organization you belong to, that ain't--that's just a
little old worldly order that's going to pass away. But are you a
member of this great mystical Body of Christ? If not, may you receive
Him tonight, as we bow our heads just a moment for prayer.
186 While we are thinking now, would there be some here would raise up
your hand and say, "God, I raise my hand to You, make me a member of
that church tonight. Give me the birth, that it belongs to me. Have You
called me, Lord? Then I want to be a member of that church. I belong to
one of these earthly organizations, but I don't have the experience. I
don't have the power to cast out devils and do these things as You said
would follow the believer. I haven't received that as yet, Lord. And
You said that sign shall, 'shall' means You 'will,' give me power,
187 God bless you. God bless you, and you, and you. All you that's got
your hands up, God bless you and give you that power to be a member of
this great church, the church of Jesus Christ. Someone else before we
offer prayer? God bless you, young lady. God bless you, sister. God
bless you. Yes, I see your hands way back there. God bless you, over
here; I see your hand, son. See your hands here, brother. Yes. God
bless you and your little one there, the young girl. God bless you.
Someone else, just raise your hand. God bless this sister setting here.
"I want to be a member. I want to have His Blood upon me as I go out of
this building tonight, that I might go out and my life cry, Holy, unto
the Lord. God bless you back there, son. God grant the blessings to
you. Someone else now, raise your hand? Someone else say, "God, be
merciful to me"? If you desire to walk up to the altar for a word of
prayer, while we sing this song, "Come home, come home, ye who are
weary, come home." If you're uncertain about your conditions, I invite
you to come...