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E-1 Let us remain standing just a moment for prayer. Let us bow our
Our heavenly Father, we deem this such a great privilege to stand here
among the saved, and can sing this glorious old hymn of the church,
"Lord, I Believe." To see the faith of our fathers still living in the
hearts of His children down through the ages, and as the song has just
told us, we are on our way to Canaan's land. We pray, Father, tonight
if there be some here who has not made that decision yet, that's not
come to the place that--that they can just only believe the Word, I
pray that this will be the night that they'll make that final say and
accept Christ as Saviour and be filled with His Spirit.
E-2 We thank Thee for this group that's called the Full Gospel Business
Men, and for what it stands for, for righteousness. We're happy to know
that in our land is men of--in the business world who takes time to
serve You, to tell others, spending their--their money and their time
to help others along the way, becoming citizens of the Kingdom of God.
We thank Thee for our minister brothers here tonight, those who are
holding the torch-light to show this darkened world there is a road
that leads to glory, for every member of the church of the living God,
and for those who have come in, Lord, newcomers. We pray now that as we
endeavor to open the Word that You will divide It to the people as we
have need of. And when the service is closed tonight and we go home,
may there be newborn babes added to the Kingdom. Or maybe there's
someone here tonight, Lord, who's very sick and needs the touch of the
Great Physician. May they receive it tonight. Grant it, Lord. And we'll
humbly give Thee the praise. For we ask it in Jesus' Name, thy Son.
E-3 You can be seated. It's... One of the greatest times of my life is
when I get to stand before people to speak about the joy of my life,
Jesus Christ, and what He means to me, and then to have the privilege
of sharing this joy with someone else who has never had this joy. I was
speaking the other day... I'm used to be a boy preacher. This is
thirty-three years in the ministry. And I lived upon the reputation of
a boy preacher. But now, I've passed that time, and now I'm becoming
the old preacher.
But each day He, as the song said, "He grows still sweeter than He was
the day before." As I begin to--crossed over the halfway mark and
looking towards the setting of the sun, Christ becomes more to me day
by day. And when I have these privilege to stand before businessmen and
women of the communities, and to speak to them about something that
means more to them than--than anything in the world--and that is
Eternal Life... I do not think there's anything any greater in
the--that I could think of, than Eternal Life.
E-4 When you're young you begin to think about... Well, as a boy you're
playing cops, and the little girl is cutting paper dolls. After while
it's your education. And then, are you going to marry the girl with
brown eyes or blue? And then the house is to be paid for, the
children's to be educated, and where are you at?
But I'm so glad that there's something that's real after this is all
over. Then you enter in to something that means more than these other
things. Which they are--they are essential. Certainly they are, to
who's going to be the mother of our--and father of our children, and
our homes and so forth, and the education of the children. But even
that all perishes. It goes. But Life Eternal, the greatest thing I know
of. It satisfied me when I was a young boy. It satisfies me now while
I'm a middle-aged man. And I'm sure when the curtains are falling
around my life, I'll be happy to go meet the one that I've spent my
E-5 Now, to Brother Tony, the--the president of the chapter here, and
I'm happy to be here with him in fellowship tonight with Brother Carl
Williams and other chapter executives, or representatives, and with all
you visitors with us, we're happy to be here.
One time I was speaking, I believe it was at Little Rock, Arkansas, in
the Robinson Memorial Auditorium. And there'd been a man healed had
been several years on crutches, setting on the street, selling pencils.
And he could... Oh, just twisted, his limbs was paralyzed, and get
around. People felt awfully sorry for him.
E-6 One night he come into the meeting. And he got a prayer card, and
got into the line and was healed. And the next day he had his crutches
on his back, walking up and down the street testifying. And I was
trying to speak. And--and after while he raised up, and he said,
"Brother Branham," he said, "I'm kind of at wits end." He said, "When I
heard you speaking," he said, "I thought you were a Nazarene." That's
what he was. And he said, "And then I seen so many Pentecostals
around," he said, "somebody said you were Pentecostal. And then I heard
you say that you were a Baptist, or was ordained in a Baptist Church."
Said, "I get it all mixed up. What are you?"
I said, "Oh, that's easy. I'm a Pentecostal Nazarene Baptist." So that
E-7 When I come among the Pentecostal people a few years ago, which the
Lord sent me over, when He ordained that I should pray for his sick
children. And the own denominational church that I was with at that
time didn't believe much on praying for the sick or Divine healing. It
was foreign to them. They told me I'd become a holy-roller. Well, maybe
I have become a holy-roller. I don't know, but I'm awful happy whatever
I am. And someone said I'd lost my mind. I said, "Then just leave me
alone, because I'm more happier this way than I was the other way." So
I--I just feel good this way. And I... It's been joy unspeakable.
But when I come among the Pentecostal people, I--I thought there were
only one group of them. And then come to find out, there's just about
as many groups cut away in them as there was in the Baptist church that
I came from. Then I wouldn't take sides with any groups. I tried to
stand between all of them and say, "We are brothers." See? And that's
been my attitude ever since: to see the great church of the living God
united together in faith and prayer and effort.
E-8 And then when the Full Gospel Business Men set up their organism...
Because they are not an organization; they're an organism. And that
took in all groups. And it gave me a place, and they took me under
their wing. And I'm very grateful for the opportunity to speak for the
Christian Business Men, because there I can express my belief among all
the groups at the same time. And it's been a great thing to me. And I
belong to one organization; that's the Full Gospel Business Men.
And to do that there is now in Africa, where we are planning going
right away, down in South Africa, where the Lord gave us... One of the
greatest meetings that I suppose He ever did give us was down in South
Africa, where we saw thirty thousand blanket natives receive Christ as
Saviour in one afternoon service. They registered thirty thousand.
The next morning, while Sidney Smith, the mayor of Durban, called me on
the phone, which was at the meeting... We had somewhat around two
hundred thousand at the stadium--or the dog--or the racetrack. And he
said, "Go to your window and look out the window." And there came seven
van loads (and them great English trucks was practically almost across
this room) full of crutches, and wheelchairs, and--and things that the
people had laid on the day before. And they were walking behind the
trucks, singing, with their hands in the air, the song that you sang a
few moments ago. "Only believe, all things are possible."
E-9 And I--in my heart I said, "Lord, this will be a memorial day to
me." And the few days... the day... I was only to be there three days.
And that's where I'm returning back again now. And there three days,
and I--I just don't know what all taken place. That come about by just
one miracle the Lord did at the platform: give a boy that was walking
on his hands and feet like a dog, restored him to his right mind and
straightened him up before the people. And the day before, those people
had to be fenced off because they were having tribal war. And now, they
were at peace, walking with their arms around each other, singing,
"Only believe, all things are possible."
I tell you, the grand old Gospel, though in its simplicity, has never
lost its power when preached in the simpleness of the resurrection of
Christ. And I--it grows dearer to me each day.
E-10 And if you're a businessman here tonight, and you haven't come
into any Business Men's fellowship, let me recommend this Full Gospel
Business Men. You don't have to belong to any church, or--or ever
church that you're in, it's perfectly all right. It has a title "Full
Gospel Business Men," but it don't have to be a full Gospel man to do
it. Methodists, Baptists, Lutheran, Presbyterians, even Catholic
priests, and whoever it is... They're...
You know, I believe Jacob dug a well and the Philistines run him away
from it. And I believe he called it, "Malice", or something. And he dug
another one and they run him away from that. And he called it "Strife."
And he dug the third one; he said, "There's room for us all." So I
think that's what this is; there's room for all of us here. And we'd be
glad to have you in this Tucson area here to come in and fellowship
E-11 And then don't forget the Phoenix meeting. And now, I know we're
not supposed to give advertisement from the platform here, 'cause we've
made that a policy. But being this is all connected with the Full
Gospel Business Men, I'm to have prayer for the sick and preaching four
days prior to the meeting at the Ramada this coming December--January
the 19th to the 23rd. Four days... I'll begin on the 19th is that
right? I begin on the 19th. And then I have four day's meeting.
And to you Tucson people, next Sunday night I'm praying for the sick
over at the Assemblies of God, Grantway, Brother Arnold Mack's church.
If there's someone sick and like to come in, I'll be speaking there,
the Lord willing, next Sunday night, praying for the sick.
E-12 And now may the blessings of God rest upon you. And if you have
your Bible, I would like to get quickly to the Word, because I know
many of you work tomorrow. And I will speak to you tonight from a
Scripture that I want to read out of the book of Romans, Romans the 8th
chapter. And we want to begin at the 28th verse and read down to 32nd
verse inclusive: Romans 8:28.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love
God, to them who are... called according to his purpose.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to
the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he
called, them he also justified: and to whom he justified, them he also
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how
shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
E-13 May the Lord add His blessings to the reading of His Word. And
now, I want to speak on the subject of "Pardon." The Bible said here
tonight, that He gave us all things. Well, we certainly could not speak
on all things, but we will take one thing that He has give us, and that
is pardon. And I think that's a glorious word, to be pardoned. Because
we're all guilty of sin. We've all sinned and come short of the glory
of God, and God through His Son has pardoned us from this guilt of
iniquity and sin.
E-14 And a pardon reminds me of a story I read once of a--in the
Revolutionary War, I believe it was, that there was a man, a soldier,
foot soldier, that had did something that was... The courts had found
him guilty and he was sentenced to be shot. I believe it was neglecting
his post of duty in time of battle. And he--he was going to be killed
by a firing squad.
And one fellow felt so sorry for this man until he finally made his way
to the--the great President Lincoln. Lincoln being a Christian
gentleman... They said he was riding up in his carriage when the
messenger met him. And he fell upon his knees and said, "Mr. Lincoln,
President of the United States, kind sir," he said, "I ask mercy for
one, knowing that you are a Christian, and know that you have
tenderness in your heart for the weary."
He said, "My friend was at the post of duty where he was stationed, but
when the guns was roaring and the cannons firing, he got scared and he
left the post of duty. Mr. Lincoln, he didn't mean to do it. He's a
good man. And now, in a week from this day he must die by a firing
squad. There's no way to save him except you will sign his pardon."
E-15 Mr. Lincoln, with tears in his eyes, pulled a piece of paper from
his brief and wrote on there, "I, Abraham Lincoln, pardon this man of
such, and shall not die." and signed his name to it.
And the man gave him God's blessings and returned back to the prison
and said to his friend, "I have your pardon." And he pulled it out upon
a piece of paper and showed him.
And the man said, "Don't mock me. Here I'm fixing to die, and then come
with such as that? I do not believe it. I just can't believe. That
isn't so. Any man could sign his name Abraham Lincoln."
He said, "But this is the President's signature." Said, "You are
pardoned." And he turned his back and walked away. And the man died
under the firing squad.
And then here is a--a release from Abraham Lincoln, the President of
the United States, to release this man, and yet they shot him. So it
was tried in the Federal Courts, and here was the decision. A pardon is
not a pardon unless it be accepted as a pardon.
E-16 So this tonight that I read that God gives us all things, and He
gives us pardon, it's pardon to those who want to accept God's Word as
pardon. But it only... Just to read it, it doesn't mean that you are
pardoned. It means that you've got to accept it as your pardon, that
God gave His Son to die in your stead, and then it's a pardon.
Released from guilt is what we wish to place on this. A pardon from God
is a release from guilt. Not the turning away by a psychological
doctrine of some sort that might in some way give you a little feeling
that you have done what's right by joining church, or taking up some
creed, but it's a release from your guilt by the power of Calvary.
Something has released you. There's no more guilt. The Bible says, I
believe in Romans 5:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them
that are in Christ Jesus, that walk not after the flesh, but after the
E-17 Now, a man, when he is released from sin, a man or a woman,
there's no more desire in their heart to walk after the things of the
world. He is freely pardoned and becomes a new creature in Christ
Jesus. And his affections are set on the things that are above, where
Christ sets at the right hand of God. He's freely released. He doesn't
have to have some priest to tell him or some minister to tell him. He
knows in himself that he is pardoned, because he's accepted it upon the
grounds that God sent it to him through Jesus Christ. What a feeling it
is to be free from sin.
E-18 I was told when the Emancipation of the Proclamation was signed
for the slaves in the south, many years ago, that the set time that
they were free was at sunup on a certain morning. And they all got out
from the old plantation. And many of the young men climbed way to the
top of the mountain, because they could see the sun come up first, and
then the older men, a little beneath that, and then the women and
children at the bottom. And they were waiting a long time before
daylight, 'cause slave belts, hard trials had marked their life with
sorrow, and they longed for that day that when they knowed that they
And the Emancipation Proclamation said at this certain day at sunup
they are free. And they were longing to see that hour when the sun come
up, so anxious till they climbed the mountains. Oh, if sinners tonight
could only be that anxious to know that you're pardoned. You're
pardoned the minute that you accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Then
you are pardoned.
They said that the young men waited. And as soon as the sun began to
shine in the east they screamed down to the older, "We are free," and
the older down to the women and children, "We are free; we are free,"
because the sun was up.
E-19 Oh, when man had sold out to sin, and when the Son of God came up
out of the grave that morning for our justification, I think it ought
to be a scream across the nation, "We are free from sin and shame,
freely pardoned by the bonds of Calvary." No greater thing could be
given to the human race.
When man sinned in the garden of Eden he crossed a great chasm
separating himself from the eternal One. Man at that time was eternal
with God. He had no sickness, sorrow, or death. Man was not made to
die. Hell was not made for man; hell was created for the devil and his
angels, and not for mankind, because they were created on earth to be
sons and daughters of God. But when man sinned and stepped across the
boundary line between right and wrong he separated himself from God,
leaving himself no way back. He was totally lost. He could not come
back because he had sinned.
But God, rich in mercy, accepted a substitute. Because He had said,
"The day you eat thereof, that day you die," and God's justice and His
holiness requires death, because it's His Word. And He must keep His
Word in order to be God.
E-20 And now... The love that He had for the human race, and yet had to
see them separated from Him, and the fellowship that He had with His
children in the garden of Eden, and that heartbroken condition that
He's had to be in all that time, because His Word said, "The day you
eat thereof, that day you die."... Then we can rely upon this: whatever
God says is true. It must come to pass. God cannot take His Word back
(See?), because He's infinite, and He's eternal. And His first decision
is all-time decision. He doesn't have to--to take it back because He
learned more about it. He's infinite to begin with. And therefore, when
God says anything, it's perfectly that way. It can never be changed
because it's the perfect decision.
And then the way God acts upon the--the subjects that accepts His
decision, it'll forever act upon every subject that accepts His
decision that way. Therefore, if He made a way for a man to be saved,
the first way He made has ever remained the same way. If God promised
healing to the sick upon faith to believe it, it ever remains that way.
He cannot take it back. See? He must ever remain the same way.
E-21 Now, God accepted a substitute for the man in the garden of Eden,
and that was the way of a blood sacrifice. Blood had to pay the price.
And it's forever been the same. There has never been any other way or
anything else that ever took its place. It was blood. The only way that
God receives His children back is by this blood substitute. No other
price can be paid. Nothing else will do. God's first decision is always
perfect. And it's eternal. And we know that that's true, because God
can't lie, and He cannot take His Word back. Since that time it's been
God's only way and only place of fellowship with man.
E-22 Now, the subject was... Now, the word "death" means "separation."
When we die this way it does not mean... Our physical death does not
mean that we are dead. Jesus said, "He that believeth on Me, though he
were dead, yet shall he live: whosoever liveth and believeth on Me
shall never die." Now, that death speaking of there is separation from
the Presence of God. But the physical death that we have to go through
here, yet it is not death. We're still in the Presence of God. We move
from this place to a closer place with Him, in His Presence. It isn't
the death that we call death what we call it here.
You remember, He said to the girl that was died, Jairus's daughter,
"She is not dead, but sleepeth." And they laughed Him to scorn. He...
Knowing that she was dead, that's their term, she was dead. But Jesus
said, "She sleepeth." And He went and wakened her, and she came back to
E-23 Now, from Adam until now, man has tried to make his own
substitute. He's tried his best to do something a little better than
what God did it then. And that's just natural in man. Man is always
trying to--to better something, to make it a different way. He wants to
inject his own ideas into the plan of God. And that's why we stand
tonight separated, the Christian people of the world, by barriers, by
denominational barriers. We... It does this because that man has
injected his own idea into God's plan. From Adam until now, as I've
said, it's been that way.
Adam expressed man's thinking in the garden of Eden when he made
hisself a fig leaf apron to face God. It's something that he did
himself. And from fig leaves he's tried education, powers, cities,
idols, civilization, denomination. But it ever remains the same. God
only accepts His subjects under the Blood. And that's all.
E-24 Education has totally failed. More educated we get the farther we
get from each other. Denomination has totally failed. We draw lines and
barriers, and each one trying to get that denomination higher than the
other, and it breaks fellowship. Civilization has merely brought about
confusion. Cities, towers, and whatevermore, has all failed. And God's
plan still remains the same: under the Blood.
This Blood must be a displayed blood. In the garden... Back in the
time, rather, of Israel, when Israel had to kill the lamb and to place
the blood upon the lintel and on the doorpost, God required that. And
that token must be there, no matter what other position them men
might've showed that they were circumcised Israelites. They might've
confessed that "We believe every word that Jehovah says." But that
didn't expel it. They had to display that token. The blood must be
shown. And that's the way it is tonight. I believe that every Christian
has to display the Blood of Jesus Christ that's cleansed them from the
things of the world, regardless.
E-25 Now, in that time, the token must be on the door. It must be
there, regardless of how religious the house was, how religious the
people, how well they had brought up their children, how fine they
attended church, how well they'd displayed all the things that God had
said. It still, at that last hour where it showed between death and
life, the blood had to be displayed. And the blood showed that a
innocent substitute had been taken in the place of the worshipper. And
the chemistry of the blood, the red blood itself, was a sign on the
door that this house was safe under the blood.
E-26 Now, that was a type. Now, in these last days we're coming back
again to the hour of God delivering His church. I--I believe it. And as
certain as that blood had to stand for a memorial, so does the token
have to be--is required today. For... Now, they could not take the
chemistry of the Blood of the Lord Jesus and place it upon every
heart's door. But you see, that time an animal died, which was a lamb.
And to show that the animal was dead, the blood was on the door. So the
life that was in the animal could not come upon the worshipper, because
the animal doesn't have a soul. So the life that was in the animal
could not come upon the worshipper.
E-27 But today when the Blood of God's own Son was shed at Calvary for
our pardoning, and released... The life that was in that Blood was God
Himself. And the Holy Spirit returns upon His church, upon His
believer, and it's a token in these last days. And He'll pass over the
man or the woman that's accepted the death of Jesus Christ as their
substitute, and the Holy Spirit bears record.
You might say, "I've accepted it." And you still live in the world, you
still live like the world. Then there's no evidence that that life was
for you, until that evidence of the Holy Spirit has struck into your
life. There's God's requirement, that every man or woman must have that
evidence as a token in this last days. "When I see the Blood..."
Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born again
of the water and of the Spirit, he will in no wise enter into the
Kingdom." Therefore it's been God's program all the time: Blood.
E-28 It was blood in the Old Testament. It was Blood in the New
Testament. In the Old Testament was the chemistry, which was the type
of the life that is to come. It showed that there was a substitute
taken. But the worshipper went out with the same guilty conscience that
he had when he come in and offered his lamb. But this way, when the
worshipper, once purged from sin, has no more conscience of it, the
thing is dead, passed away, and you've changed from death unto Life.
And you're alive again in Christ Jesus with Eternal Life, the Holy
Spirit resting within you bringing forth the Life of Jesus Christ
again. For the Bible said, Hebrews 13:8, "He's the same yesterday,
today, and forever."
God is waiting the hour to see His church come to that position,
regardless of denomination, regardless of creed, color, whatever it may
be, that His entire church would come to the place that they're
displaying the token of the death of Jesus Christ. "For a little
while," He said, "and the world sees Me no more; yet ye shall see Me:
because I live, you live also. I'll be with you, even in you to the end
of the world," Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.
E-29 I get among Christians sometimes who claim to be sainted men and
women of God. They're ashamed of a testimony. They're ashamed to say,
"Amen." They're ashamed to sing the songs of Zion. They're ashamed
everywhere. I like to get among people who's not ashamed of the Gospel
of Jesus Christ. Though it seems like heresy, but yet they're not
ashamed. Something has happened, and it means more than life to them.
It is life. It's Life Eternal because they have accepted God's
E-30 I like this kind of singing. When I was back there praying for
some of the people a few moments ago that had been brought in... And
this not being a prayer service, just to speak, I was in there and I
could hear the songs, the clapping of their hands. And we wondered...
Some of them, even I seen them run up and down the floor, what they
call dancing in the Spirit.
At first time I was a critic of that, when I seen the Pentecostal
people dancing in the Spirit. And I thought, "What is this? It must be
a bunch of nonsense." Then I got to reading the Bible. And I found out
that when dancing in the Spirit... The devil copied it and put them out
here with rock-and-roll and stuff, but the real genuine dance come from
God. That's exactly. And it--always a dance was victory.
E-31 When David slew Goliath, and this little ruddy-looking boy come
dragging the head of this giant into the city, the people met him
dancing. They had the victory. When Moses crossed the Red Sea by the
power of God and took the children of Israel on the other side, Miriam
picked up a tambourine, and all the daughters of Israel, and up and
down the bank they went, beating the tambourine and dancing in the
Spirit. If that isn't an old fashion Pentecostal meeting, I never seen
one in my life. The trouble was with me, I didn't have enough victory.
But when you finally get that victory, and the token of the Blood of
Jesus Christ comes upon you...
E-32 I remember David, the great psalmist of the Bible. When he had
done something that--this great thing, he was given Saul's daughter.
And she was kind of a self-starched, self-styled, so-called believer.
And the ark had been away from God for a long time, the visible
Presence of God, the Pillar of Fire hanging over this ark. The
Philistines had come in and took it out under Saul's reign. And one day
when David seen the ark coming back to the house of God, David run out
before the ark and he danced before the Lord, singing the praises of
God. And Saul's daughter seemed to be very much embarrassed at that
man's action. Her husband, her young, handsome husband had cutup and
misbehave himself in her presence, the king's daughter. And David said,
"If... so much... If you don't like that watch this a little while."
And around, and around, and around the ark he went again, dancing in
the Spirit. And she was embarrassed. And God cursed that woman with a
Oh, the victory through the Blood of Jesus Christ, the token of the
resurrection of Christ, His life lives within His church. There's no
other way of fellowship under--but under that Blood. Our denominations
will separate us, and one say, "That's nonsense." And one say this,
that, or the other.
E-33 Pentecost was our pattern. No one will have to say but what--or
can say but what that the church was inaugurated on the day of
Pentecost. And the same Spirit that come upon them on that day... Every
time without fail, in the Bible, when the Holy Ghost came upon the
people they acted the same way.
Let me say this, that in the heathen lands where I've had the
place--the privilege, of traveling, and seeing blanket natives of the
islands, and in the Hottentots, and see them stand there where you'd
have to speak through an interpreter... Never heard the Name of Jesus
Christ in their life. But tell them the story and ask them to raise up
their hands and receive God, they do the same thing you do right here
when you receive the Holy Ghost. Shows that it's a universal thing.
It's the power of Almighty God, the display of His token upon His
children, whether they're red, black, white, or whatever they might be.
It's the only place that fellowship is given.
E-34 Nimrod built a tower, and Nebuchadnezzar a city, and so forth.
They go on down through scientists and everything, but ever still
remains that it was the Blood that... God made His decision that it
would be a innocent substitute would have to take the guilty man's
place for pardon, and it remains the same thing tonight. He never has
Job lived by it--Job the oldest book in the Bible. And though
everything happened to that man yet he stood firm, because he knowed he
had met Jehovah's requirements. He knowed it was right: Abraham, the
same way, many of them. Israel met only... There was only one place
that Israel could have fellowship. That was under the shed blood. Men
ought everywhere to worship in Jerusalem. Until there was a sacrifice
there was no worship, and the sacrifice was blood.
E-35 Today, today, yet as fully educated as the--the nation seems to
be, and as highly cultured as they seem to be, and all of our
scientific research to split an atom, and whatever takes place, to
shoot a rocket to the moon, or send up a--a satellite, or whatever it
might be--all of our scientific research, all of our denominations, all
of our education, all of our schools, has only got us further from God
than they was at the beginning.
What it takes is a surrendered heart to the power of Almighty God by
His will, and the Holy Spirit will come as a token upon that person.
"These signs shall follow them that believe." It ever remains the same.
Christ said so. "Go ye into all the world, preach the Gospel to every
creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; he that
believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that
believe." It's the manifestation of the Holy Spirit that God has
accepted the worshipper, for the Spirit and Life that was in Christ
comes upon the worshipper.
E-36 Could you imagine a Jew in the old days under the shed blood? Here
he comes down the road. It--it's the day of the atonement. He's going
to make a sacrifice. He has a fine fat bullock. That's Jehovah's
requirement. Or maybe we'd say he has a--a lamb, a fine fat lamb. It's
going to be looked over by the priest to see if there's a blemish upon
it. And then he goes to the place of worship. He realizes he's a
sinner. He's did that which was wrong.
Now, he lays his hands upon this sacrifice. By laying his hands upon
the sacrifice he identifies himself with his sacrifice. And then when
it's throat is cut, or its life is taken, his hands laid upon him, and
his life is taken, and he feels the pain as that animal is dying, and
the blood squirting out upon his hands, he realizes that that animal is
taking his place. And there he goes back justified, because he's done
exactly what Jehovah required him to do.
E-37 And that's the same thing it is with Christians today. It isn't
signing a card that you'll come to Sunday school so many days, or so
many Sundays in a year. It isn't taking a pledge that you won't drink
no more for six months. It isn't that. It's laying your hands upon
God's provided Sacrifice, His pardon, the head of Jesus Christ, and
feeling the tears of the flesh at Calvary, and then identifying
yourself with Him in baptism, that as He died and rose again, so are
you buried in His Name to rise to newness of life, to walk as a new
creature in Christ. When you do that with sincerity...
E-38 Done this, Jehovah's bidding... And so he feels justified. Now,
the Jew could be justified because he had did what Jehovah bid him to
do. Finally. That was right. Jehovah did that, and that was what He
required. But finally that became a family tradition. It come atonement
day and maybe the Jews had been doing what was wrong. He'd say, "Well,
I believe it's atonement day. I'd better take my lamb down." See, it
become a family tradition. They didn't go with it with sincerity. They
just did it because the families had done it. "That's just the--the
thing we should do. All the families do it, so we should do it too."
And that's just exactly where our Christianity's got. That's just
exactly where our Pentecostal movements are coming to. It's a family
tradition. See, we don't--we don't identify ourselves with our
Sacrifice, that we are dead with our Sacrifice. We are... We say, "Oh,
we're Christians because I went and joined the church."
Joining the church is fine. But until you are identified, till you lay
your hands upon Him, and you and He become One, until the Spirit of
Christ becomes in you and you in Christ, until you become a son and
daughter of God... There don't seem to be the sincerity that they--they
ought to have. It becomes a ritual. Just the same as it is now, it's a
ritual for people to become a Christian.
E-39 Here some time ago I asked a young lady in the prayer line, "Are
you a Christian?"
She said, "Well, I'm an American; I'll give you to understand."
Now, like that had anything to do with it. An American, it's great to
be an American, but that don't mean you're a Christian. You've got to
be born again.
Another woman I asked, "Are you a Christian?"
Why, she was so put out, she said, "I give you the understanding I burn
a candle every night."
Like that had anything to do with it. You've got to be identified with
Christ and His life living in you. That's when you're identified with
Christ, is when Christ lives in you. It isn't a ritual. It isn't
belonging to church. That's all good. But you see, the real sincerity...
When we come to the healing services, if you'll notice on the
discernment in the line, it's constantly "tell people to repent." See?
They're... You go to...
E-40 Our prayers has become a tradition. We kneel down at night and
say, "Lord, bless So-and-so, and bless So-and-so, and do this, and help
John, do all this." You make God a mascot, or you make Him some kind of
an errand boy. "God, You do this, and You do this, and You do this..."
That's not the way Jesus told us to pray. He said to pray like this,
"Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed by thy Name. Thy Kingdom come.
Thine will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." But we try to order
God what to do for us.
And that's the reason the church is cooling off. That's why the great
revival that's just struck the land has put millions into the church.
It's--it... They have got to a place that they're using these
experiences, and so forth, as a tradition instead of being godly
sorrowful, and letting the Holy Spirit do the work of His office within
you, and creating in you a new life, and making you so hungry to go to
church that you can't stay away from church. Then that's what it is.
Not to sign tickets and join and have--so forth. It's to be have the
life of Christ in you, that He just longs to go. There's something
within you pushing you.
E-41 As I was saying to a young man yesterday in a talk, a little
interview, I said I used to pass by a little spring when I was a game
warden in Indiana. And there was... It was always the happiest spring I
ever seen in my life. Great springs in Indiana, they bubble up with
that fine cold water, of limestone water. And one day I set down by the
spring to talk to it, just like I guess that Moses would've set to the
burning bush, to speak with it. And I said, "Little spring, what makes
you so happy that you're bubbling all the time? If I come here in the
wintertime, you're bubbling. If I come spring, autumn, summer, whenever
it is, you're bubbling. Is it because that maybe, perhaps, you're so
happy that the rabbits come and drink out of you?"
Well, now, if he could talk, he'd say, "No, that's--that's not it."
I'd say, "Well, maybe because deers come by and drink out of you."
He'd say, "No, that's not it."
I'd say, "Now, well, maybe it's because I come by once in a while and
drink from you."
"No, that's not it. I'm glad that they all come and drink, but that's
not the reason that I'm bubbling all the time."
"Well, what makes you bubble like that? What makes you so happy? always
If he could talk he'd say, "It's not me. It's something behind me
E-42 That's the way it is with a Christian experience. It isn't
something that you're trying to work up. It's something behind working
in you. It's Eternal Life that's moving up, gushing up, like a... As He
told the woman at the well, "It'll be wells of water springing up into
Eternal Life." It's something within the worshipper when He's been
identified with Christ because he knows that He is alive. But we don't
want it to become a tradition.
When Israel got to a place that they made the commandments of God, with
their sacrifices, a tradition, it was then that the mighty prophet
Isaiah was sent by God to them with THUS SAITH THE LORD. Somewhere,
somehow, God always can put his hand on a man that's not afraid to
strip down the thing. That's it. Somewhere, some place...
E-43 Isaiah rose up, if you'll read Isaiah 1. I got it written here.
Isaiah told them, said, "Your sacrifices (that Jehovah required), has
become a stink in my nose. I despise them and the fats of rams,
and--and of heifers" and so forth. God despised them. The very thing
that He commanded them to do because they made it a ritual, then God
despised it because they made it a ritual.
And we can make the Word of God the same thing (That's right.) when we
come to it as a tradition, as a ritual. We must come to it knowing it's
a "THUS SAITH THE LORD." If God's promised it, God will stand by His
promise. He's bigger than His promise. He's always been. "He's able,"
as Abraham said, "to perform that which He had promised to do." He's
always able to do that, to keep His Word.
E-44 Now. Isaiah told them, said all these things that they had been
doing, they'd done it without sincerity. They had done it just because
the rest of them was doing it. They had become--doing it also because
it was a requirement of Jehovah. And all the family did it, and the
mothers did it, and the grandfathers did it. Why couldn't they do it?
Now, we do the same thing. "My grandfather was a Presbyterian, so I'm a
"My daddy was a Baptist, so I'm a Baptist," and so forth.
"And My daddy was a Pentecostal, so I'm a Pentecostal." That isn't it.
E-45 We come to the spot to where we realize that we have separated. We
are separated from God. And we come upon the basis of the shed Blood of
Jesus Christ. Under that Blood, there's where the Methodist, Baptist,
Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostals, can all meet on common grounds,
regardless of tradition they--or ritual. They can meet there under one
common thing, and that's upon the Blood of Jesus Christ.
Until the church gets back to a place, and away from its rituals and
back to God's original plan, that men are born into the Kingdom of God
and not joined into the church... Then's the time that fellowship will
reign everywhere, and the Spirit of the Lord will cover the earth like
the waters covers the sea, when it comes to a place that men can forget
their differences and come together in fellowship under the Blood.
E-46 We cannot all come under the Baptist tradition, or the
Presbyterian tradition, under the Methodist tradition, under the
Pentecostal tradition. But we all can meet and fellowship under the
Blood of Jesus Christ, because it's God's original plan. That's right.
Amen. There's the pardoning.
A Methodist can look at a Baptist and hold his head sideways, and a
Baptist will look at a Pentecostal, a Pentecostal back at the Baptist,
on their traditions. But when they meet under the cross where the Blood
of Jesus Christ cleanses all men from sin, he's a new creature in
Christ Jesus. He's a brother. No matter what brand he's branded with,
he's a brother. Because that's one ground that we can all meet on. It's
God's way of doing it. These other things are manmade creeds injected
into this. But God's original plan for pardoning is under the Blood of
Jesus Christ. That's God's plan of doing it, yes.
E-47 Tra--traditions in them days--the great prophet cried out, and he
said, "Your traditions are powerless. They stink before me. Have no
faith in them." The people is offering these offerings without even
having faith in what they're doing. Now, let's just ask ourself the
question. Isn't that something like today? As bad as we hate to say it,
we've got to face facts somewhere. There's something wrong somewhere.
Why, this church ought to be a million miles up the road to where it is
now. Jesus is waiting on His church to get ready. His Bride has made
herself ready. We got the potentials. The Holy Spirit is here. God is
here. The power to heal the sick, the power to do all the things that
Christ did, I've seen it demonstrated myself by the Holy Spirit. So the
potentials are here.
What God's waiting for us to get away from is our traditions, and come
back under the Blood of His Son Jesus Christ, and become the church of
the living God, where Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian,
whatevermore. "Whosoever will, may come and take of the waters of life
freely." I believe that with all that's in me. We... God has sent down
the Holy Spirit to do that. But we with our rituals, without
sincerity... We... Going is because it's a tradition, and because it's
a ritual. We go without sincerity, without really sorrowfulness of sin.
E-48 I noticed the other night in that great famous meeting of one of
our great renowned brothers in California... And I noticed at that
meeting, as those people come down, young teenage children... I admired
the brother for his great stand. Anybody would. If you're positioned to
see what place he's taken in the last days, you will too. And as I
noticed those people coming down to the altar to make a decision, girls
chewing chewing gum, boys punching one another, people laughing, that
isn't the way to come godly sorrowful. You must come under conviction.
God, send us an old fashion Pentecostal Holy Ghost revival that'll
bring sin to the root and bring conviction to men and women.
Not to say, "I'll go back to the church and I'll renew my fellowship.
I'll sign a card." That's all right. But you can join the Masons, Odd
Fellows, and anything, and get the same result. But when you come under
God's pardoning atonement of the Blood of Jesus Christ, there's got to
be a sincerity set in there. God requires sincerity.
If it cost Him such a price to give His only begotten Son, how are we
going to get by under a little laughing affair, and come join church,
and make a decision card, and take it into the church, and whatever it
might be. That's not God's requirement. "He that goeth forth sowing in
tears will doubtless return again rejoicing, bringing with him precious
sheaves." We need a sheave-bringing people.
E-49 I heard the great evangelist say one time, when I was attending
one of his breakfasts... Picked up the Bible, and... I'd always admired
him. He said, "Here is the standard. That's what God requires." He
said, "I'll go into a city, I'll have a revival." Said, "I'll have
twenty or thirty thousand to make the decision. I come back in about
four or five years--or maybe two years," and said, "I can't find
fifteen or twenty." Said, "St. Paul went into a city and he made one
convert. He come back in another year, he had thirty or forty from that
one." Then he said, "It's the lazy preachers that set with their feet
up on the desk and don't go out to see the people."
E-50 I admire his courage for bawling out his brethren, and things,
upon his conviction, but I'd like to ask him this question, "What
preacher told that one back there under Paul, when there was no
churches for him to go to?"
What was it? Paul taken him from a tradition, or signing a card, into
the baptism of the Holy Ghost, when his soul was on fire for God. He
had to testify and say things. His whole soul was a-burning with a
flame of fire that God had put in there. What we need tonight is a sign
that a man or woman is saved; watch them go after other souls as quick
as they can.
E-51 He said one time that a bartender... A little boy come in and
said, "Mr. Bartender?"
He said, "Yes, sonny."
He said, "Your sign is down."
He said, "Well, thank you, sonny." So he walked outside, and the little
boy stood with his hands behind him, and the bartender looked up. And
there was a great barroom on a big brass plate advertised. And he took
his apron and polished it. He said, "Sonny, you're mistaken. My sign's
He said, "No, sir," said, "it isn't." Said, "I mean your--your best
He said, "That's the best sign I got."
He said, "Oh, no. Look, laying there." And there laid a drunk in the
gutter. That was the best sign he had (Yes, sir), when he seen a man
under the influence of what he was selling on the inside.
And when we see a man under the influence of the Holy Spirit, until his
life's burning with old fashion Pentecostal fire, that's the best sign
God ever had that that man is saved. Why, yes, sir. That's the best
Now, how will that come about? Not by joining church--but by accepting
His pardon through Jesus Christ, your innocent Substitute.
E-52 No sincerity, no real sorrow for sin. He said He'd hide His face
from their rituals. Their prayers were powerless. They prayed. Oh,
sure. They went up there and said their prayers. They offered their
sacrifice. It become a form.
Do you know in II Timothy the 3rd verse, or the 3rd chapter of II
Timothy, we're told the same thing, that we'd get in the last days? The
Bible said, "Here in the last days, know this, that the time would come
when men would be heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than
lovers of God; truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, and
despisers of those that are good, having a form of godliness, but
denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For this is the sort
that go from house to house, and leads silly women, led away with
divers lusts, and never--ever learning, and never able to come to the
knowledge of the truth."
E-53 Now, if the Bible predicts that the hour would come when the
church would get in the same tradition they was there by their
rituals... Here it is again, a traditional religion, powerless. "Oh,"
they said, "them were communists." No, they wasn't. "Having a form of
godliness..." They go to church; they join church; they try to make a
long showing that they are--go to church and things--and go out and
live different. There's no fire in their soul. There's nothing; they're
not interested in anybody else. "Everybody else can die and go if they
want to. We feel that we're saved. Let the rest of them go."
That isn't real Christianity. Christianity is go after the lost. Go get
that brother. Go do something about it. And we stand and fold our
hands, even if we claim that we are saved, and see men and women dying
on every hand. And the streets full of women going to churches with
shorts and--and painted faces, and--and walking up and down the streets
with cigarettes in their hands, and--and paint all over their face--it
looks like foxes or wolves or something--and men walking up and down
the street, joining churches and things like that. And call that
Christianity and hold your peace?
E-54 What would St. Paul do if he walked in Tucson? Now, I say they'd
have him in jail 'fore morning. That's right! Why? His soul would burn
for God till he couldn't keep from doing it. Sure. But we join church.
You see, our traditions has become a stink in the face of God.
What we need today is a prophet arise on the scene with "THUS SAITH THE
LORD" and strip those things to the bottom and say that they've become
a stink. Our denominations has growed, and our churches are big, and
they're finer than they ever was. We'd be a lot better off with a tin
pan, standing on the alley again with a guitar--out there beating the
drum, or something or other, with the real Pentecostal fire burning in
our souls, than to set in the great pews that we're setting in today
dying, and the world dying under our feet.
E-55 Yes, sir, God has a pardon and that pardon's only through Jesus
Christ. Education, tradition, denominational, scientific, nothing will
ever take its place. It's under that Blood. It's under the
tradition--not the tradition, but under the Blood of Jesus Christ,
God's provided way for sinners, the only way that we can ever meet.
Now, I tell you, you take a Methodist, take a Baptist, and a
Presbyterian, and a Lutheran, and a Pentecostal, and let each one come
under that Blood. They're brothers. There's no fussing about them then.
No, sir, they are brothers. They see everything alike.
But you let a Methodist get to fussing with a Baptist on the order of
baptism. Let a Oneness fuss with a Trinity, a Trinity with a Oneness,
and whatevermore. Watch the fuss and hair raise. But let them both come
under the cross and watch what takes place. [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]
E-56 And shall be till I die.
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing this power to save;
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave...
I give testimony tonight that the Blood of Jesus Christ makes a
Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, whatever he is, my brother.
Yes, sir. There's something in fellow, because his spirit is--is a
brother. He isn't a fusser and--and something or another; he's a
brother in Christ. He believes every word that's in that Bible.
How can the Holy Spirit, Who wrote the Bible, deny it? How can the Holy
Spirit living in a man, say, "No, that was for the disciples." That...
Jesus said, "Whosoever will."
Peter said, "The promise is unto you, and to your children, them that's
far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." The Holy Ghost
was for whoever God called.
And here He said, "Those who He predestinated He foreknew." He ordained
and they accepted. "And no man can come to Me," said Jesus, "except the
Father draws him, and all that the Father has given Me will come to Me."
E-57 Do we come in a worked-up emotion? Do we come to join the church?
Do we come because we don't want to go to hell? Or do we come because
we love God, that gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth
in Him shall have Everlasting Life? Do we come because it's a love
sacrifice that God give to us that we might display it?
God hates a powerless religion. Their religion has no power. So what
must He do to this day? He hates a... Every time in the Bible that God
ever... outside... this side the Bible, every time there ever come a
reformation, or a revival, it was backed with great signs and powers.
When Luther came forth, when Wesley came forth, when all the reformers,
Sankey, Finney, Knox, Calvin, whoever, where they come there was power
demonstrated. Where God is He's supernatural. Where God displays
Himself there's got to be supernatural.
E-58 Look at the Pharisees in that day who came to Jesus. And they talk
about meekness and sweetness. Who was any sweeter than the old priest?
Who was any greater than their priest? He comes to you when you're
born. If there's a fuss in the neighborhood he comes and settles it.
And he's always a peacemaker. He's a loving man. You know he is. When
you're in trouble you can go to him, he helps you. What about a nice
Then speaking of this Jesus of Nazareth... This priest, we know who his
father was. His father's father, his father's father. We got a school
here that identifies him. Who is this Jesus of Nazareth? What school
did he come from? What organization does He belong to? What does he do
but always fussing?
What does He say about that gentle old priest of yours? "He's of the
devil," Jesus said. "You are--you're the... The devil is your father
and his works you'll do." Could you imagine? He went up in the temple,
looked upon the people with anger, kicked over the sacrifices that
Jehovah required, and screamed out, "It's written, My Father's house is
made a house of prayer; and you've made it a den of thieves."
What would He do today if He come to our modern churches? There'd be
some more table moving. There'd be some more pew jumping. Why, He'd
tear it to pieces. Right. It would be the same thing. Don't you see,
Jesus is very Scriptural. He was the Word. He had not to write
anything. He was the Word. He was the living Word. And the people
failed to recognize it.
E-59 And how can a man today, upon the principles of what... Jesus
promised these signs to all the world, and this blessing to all the
world, and the Holy Ghost to fall just like it did in the beginning on
whosoever God would call. How can a man call himself a Christian, and
deny that Word, and say the Holy Spirit's in him? The Holy Spirit will
punctuate every Word of God with an "Amen." That's exactly right.
Oh, brother, our educational systems has drawed us away from it. And
our--our denominations has separated us from one another and from
Christ. But what... They'll continue to do that. When you take a
substitute, any other thing, is no more than fig leaves again. God
rejects it. But when the church comes under the Blood of Jesus Christ
with the token of the Holy Spirit upon them, then you're going to see
brotherhood again. You're going to see a church full of power. You're
going to see...
E-60 God hates a powerless religion. It's got to be power. Certainly.
It's a power to save a man from sin. It's a power that can do signs and
wonders and miracles as Jesus Christ promised. They zeroed in on the
Word of God back there and believed it, and it hit the target. You zero
the same way on the Word of God, and it'll hit the target again. It's
got to, because He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. God don't
like a powerless religion. God does not want that. God wants to
perform. God wants to show Hisself alive. Our very hopes is the
resurrection. Is that right? Our hopes of life is resurrection, the
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
E-61 You see, God wants to work in His church. Jesus said, "I'll be
with you always, even to the end of the world. The works that I do
shall you do also." St. John 12:14, "The works that I do shall you do
also; even more than this shall you do; for I go to My Father." Now,
the church tries to deny that, to get a way to get more members, to be
Now, I want to ask you something. The... God is trying to perform in
His church, and the church is trying to perform by the creed. And the
two can't work together. You've got to get rid of the creed and get
Christ in. And how can you do it? When He sees the Blood, when the
Blood has been applied with a sincere heart and a hand laid upon Jesus
Christ, and a heart that's true before God to confess he's wrong and be
born of the Holy Spirit, then the works of God would follow, as He said
it would do. Yeah, the church wants to perform through their creeds to
see how many members they can get. God wants to perform through the
power of the Blood to get Christians borned again. That's exactly the
difference of it.
To do this you must reject... To do this they--you've got to reject the
Holy Spirit and His performing power to accept a creed. You have to see
the truth before you can accept an error. If you're going to be a
Christian you can't... You have to walk over God's promise in order to
get in error. Because there's a red light flashing before you all the
time, "This is the Word."
E-62 You say, "Well that was for some other day." It's for today,
because Christ is the Word. Is that right? St. John I, "In the
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us." And the Bible
said, "He's the same yesterday, today, and forever." So if Christ is
the Word, every promise is true, and it's the same yesterday, today,
and forever. It has to be. It takes a borned again faith to believe it
and make it operate. Just... you can't do it with tradition. It won't
work. You've got to come to that Blood just as sure as anything.
E-63 After Israel told... After Isaiah told Israel that they had
polluted their substitute by their traditions, there appeared another
prophet. (Before we close.) Another great prophet come on the scene,
and that was John the Baptizer. Now. He pointed them to a Lamb that
would take--would do, not only for Israel, but all of Adam's fallen
race. He said there was... God was going to send a Lamb. And this Lamb
would be for Gentile, Jew, and whosoever would come.
It wasn't very long until the Lamb was nailed to His altar cross. His
Blood was shed. The Holy Spirit came back. Now, when the old animal
lamb died, the spirit of the animal could not come back. So that blood
was just applied to a nation. But now, for all of Adam's race the Lamb
of God that was shed, His Blood, the token came back in the form of the
Holy Spirit to come upon the worshipper. Now, that's what God requires.
That's what they did at that day. And that's what they do today.
Now, if any person feels the weight of sin and you know that you're
wrong... Listen, there is pardon. And that pardon is through God's
Lamb. Do you believe that? It's through the Lamb, through the Blood of
E-64 I was told a little story once. It helped me a lot. There was a
boy that was kidnaped in the early days. I suppose all of you has taken
Bible history and taken the history of the church. And in I believe it
was the Foxe... No, it wasn't. It was the Nicaea fathers, or, the life
of St. Patrick. St. Patrick was... Actually that was just a name was
given him. His name was Suscat. And he was--he was kidnaped by a bunch
of--of sea-rovers and was hired out to be a hog-raiser.
And this story goes that this kid was kidnaped and taken aboard of a
ship, and he was working his way. And the old captain taken sick one
day and was--was just about ready to die. And he was so sick, way out
on sea, and the old fellow with his gray beard laying in his cabin. And
he called his hands, his deck men, said, "Is there a Bible among you?"
Said, "When I was a child I had Christian raising," and said, "I'm
dying. And, men, I don't want to die like this." He said, "Have you got
the Word of God? Any man here's got the Word of God?"
E-65 Finally way back in the bunch of men, a little boy stood up and he
said, "Sir, I have a Bible. I am a Christian. I pack it with me."
He said, "Come here, sonny." He said, "Do you mean you pack a Bible?"
He said, "Yes." Said, "My mother and father was Christians, and I gave
my life to Christ when I was just a teeny little fellow, and I've
packed His Word with me wherever I go." Said, "I put it upon my heart
and it's been in my heart."
He said, "Read me something out of there, son, before I die."
And the little fellow turned over to Isaiah 53 and 5 and it reads like
this, "He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our
iniquity: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His
stripes we are healed."
And when he said that, the old captain said, "Can you read on?"
The little boy said, "May I comment here?"
And the old captain said to the lad, said, "Go ahead."
He said, "My Christian mother, before I was taken from her," said, "you
know she used to read that Scripture to me so much. And you know the
way she read it?"
And the old captain said, "No, son, I'd like to hear the way your
Christian mother read it."
E-66 She said... He said, "Here's the way she read it: 'He was wounded
for Willie Pruitt's transgressions; He was bruised for Willie Pruitt's
iniquity: the chastisement of Willie Pruitt was upon him; and with His
stripes Willie Pruitt was healed.'"
The old captain said, "I like that. I like that." Said, "Oh, if my name
could only be read in there." Said, "You think you could do it, son?"
He said, "I'll try it." He said, "He was wounded for John Quartz'
transgressions, He was bruised for John Quartz' iniquity; the
chastisement of John Quartz' peace was upon Him; and with His stripes
John Quartz was healed."
With tears running down his beard, he said, "Fetch me my clothes. Jesus
Christ has healed me. I give my life to Him." See?
E-67 Oh, friend, if you can only read your name in there. Oh, if I can
read my name. "He was wounded for William Branham's transgressions; He
was bruised..." Not the church, not this, not creed, but "He was
bruised for my iniquity: the chastisement of my peace was upon Him; and
with His stripes William Branham was healed." Oh, if we can just read
our name into Scripture and really mean it. It's... That's what does
it. Read our name into it makes a receiving, a pardoning. For when we
realize that "He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for
E-68 Another thing, we find out in Hebrews 9:11, that pardoning
produces purity, the worshipper having no more conscience of sin and
has cleansed hisself from dead traditions. When we really come under
the Blood, we are cleansed from dead traditions. The Scripture says so,
Hebrews 9. Watch, "Cleanse your conscience from dead traditions..."
Then, if you do that, forget that you are a Baptist. Forget you are a
Methodist. Forget you are a Pentecostal, whatever you are. And forget
those dead traditions and come to the Blood. Come to that. Read your
name in that and then do this. Then come to communion table. Then come
and find out who's right and wrong, whether it's going to be a closed
communion or not. See if you can shut your brother out. You can't do
it. You just can't do it. There's something in you won't let you do it.
There's just something. You see? Your name is read among those and
you--you can't do it. It purifies you; it cleanses you.
E-69 Remembering Him as we kneel at the cross. Let him be a Catholic
priest, Presbyterian, whatever he may be, let that man come as he reads
his name in there, "He was wounded for this priest's transgressions. He
was wounded for this Methodist, this Baptist, this Pentecostal,
what--wounded for our transgressions." My name, your name, whatever you
are... Then let us believe that. Not what the creed says; what the Word
says. Then let us kneel down at the cross together; we're brothers.
Oh, yes, the traditions. We cleanse ourself then from all dead
traditions. There could be forty state presbyters; there could be forty
high priests; there could be cardinals, and bishops, and popes,
everything else, hollering, "Get up from there. Don't pollute
yourself." But you got your arms around your brother, brother. There's
something real. You've got pardoning under the same atonement that he's
pardoned by. You're brothers. It sticks closer than a brother. It's
something about it that draws you so close to God. And when you draw
close to God, you draw close to each other. How can you hate your
brother who you do see, or despise him, and say you love God Who you
have not seen? You become a liar, and the truth's not in you.
But when we come to a place where the Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us
from all sin, then we are brothers. Then there's no difference in us.
Our little old brands that we've tacked on us don't mean a thing.
E-70 I remember there I passed the gate the other day and was referring
to one of the brothers setting here, where I used to herd cattle. And
coming through there the ranger would mark those cattle as they went
through in the spring roundup. And he watched. He never... They had all
kinds of brands on them. But he never noticed the brand. He watched for
the blood tag. And it had to be a thoroughbred Hereford or it couldn't
go on the Arapaho Forest, for the Hereford Association grazed there. It
had to be a thoroughbred Hereford.
E-71 I think that's the way it'll be at the end-time. He won't say,
"Are you a Methodist? Was you a Baptist?" That's the big question
today. "What--what are you? You a Methodist? Baptist?"
I say, "No."
"Well, what are you? A Presbyterian, Lutheran, Nazarene, Pentecostal?"
"What are you?"
A Christian, the Blood tag, see under the Blood. That means that every
brother, sister, under that Blood is my brother, sister. Very deep
sincerity there before Christ, we--the priest, the preacher, or
whatmore, lay our hands upon our sacrifice and say, "We're guilty
sinners. We're not worthy of Your mercy, O God. But You sent Your Son
to die in our place and we freely accept it." Oh, we're brothers then.
E-72 All the old fussing is over; it's all gone. We're sincerely
pardoned. You go pardoned and cleansed from sin, cleansed from
tradition. Old things is passed away, old fusses is over. All the
Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians are all cleansed by the same
Blood and we become brothers. Traditional fusses is over. Then can
fellowship here. And there only can we fellowship.
I've seen Presbyterians stand in these Full Gospel Business Men's
meetings speaking in tongues and shouting as hard as they could, and
some of the most outstanding Presbyterians there is in the United
States. Jim Brown, how many ever met him, an outstanding Presbyterian,
stand here and dance in the Spirit, and speak in tongues, and carry on
here, and a pastor of one of the most famous Presbyterian Churches in
the United States. Lutherans, Methodists, Pres--all together, what is
it? They have come under the Blood. There's no tag; there's no
denominational barriers. We're one. We are Christians. We have things
in common. Yes.
E-73 Here not long ago (in closing), there was a man and a woman,
husband and wife was separating. And they tried to make up. They'd went
to a psychiatrist to find out if he could draw their minds together.
But he couldn't. They went to everything that they could think of to
try to stay together, but they just fussed and continually they were
divided. And they just couldn't stand each other, and couldn't stand in
each other's presence, and they'd go to fussing. So they decided they'd
divorce. So they hired a lawyer to give them a divorce.
And he said, "Well, now before we do it," said, "we'll sell the place."
And said, "You all better go down and divide the spoils between you
before you get the divorce and the place is sold."
E-74 So the husband and wife went together; they went to the home. And
they went into the living room and she said, "I'm going to take this."
And he said, "I'm going to take this." And they fussed, and they
stewed, and carried on with one another.
After while they said, "Well, I'll give you this if you'll take this."
"All right." That went on awhile.
Then they went into the parlor and different places, and into the
kitchen and into the bedroom. They divided their spoils.
E-75 Then finally they remembered there was some stuff in the attic. So
they went up into the attic and they pulled out an old trunk. And they
begin to lay out different things, say, "You can have this, and you can
And finally both of their eyes fell on a certain little object and they
both grabbed for it. And they looked at each other. What was it? A pair
of little white shoes that had belonged to a baby that had deceased. It
was part of both of them. There with their hands clasped like that over
this baby's shoe... Really, who did it belong to? Whose was it? It
belonged to both of them. They had things in common.
In a few minutes, as one looked to the other one, tears begin to run
down their cheeks. What is it? They could divide everything else, but
when they come till they had something in common, the child, and it was
in heaven, then the fuss was over. In a few minutes they were in each
other's arms; the divorce was settled. Peace reigned.
E-76 And, brethren, let me say this to you tonight. We're not wanting
you to join a church. But I'm asking you this; there's one thing that
we have in common; that's Jesus Christ. He's in common with us. We
can't all be Baptists; we can't all be Methodists; we can't all be
Oneness, or Threeness, or whatever it is. We can't be that. But there's
one thing we have in common. That's the pardoning offer of God, His
Son, Jesus Christ. We have all things in Him. But that's the first
thing for us to accept. Then we can get other things when we accept the
pardon that God has offered us.
And that won't be through our educational system, through our
denominational system, but it'll be through the Blood of Jesus Christ.
We all can meet there under the cross and be one and have things in
common. You believe that? Let us bow our heads just a moment while we
E-77 [A message is given from the audience--Ed.] Amen. With heads
bowed, surely hearts bowed, let's bow our hearts just a minute now with
our heads, saying, "Lord, with my heart bowed now, with all of my
tradition, am I right or wrong?"
Let the Holy Spirit search through the heart now. And if it's not just
where it should be, and you would like to be remembered in prayer in
the closing, that you know that we can all meet under one thing, the
Blood, the atonement... And when we do, then we're cleansed from all
the things of the world. And you'd like to be remembered in prayer,
would you let it be known by uplift your hand to God, say, "Re..." God
bless you. Oh, my, the hands. "Remember me, O Lord."
E-78 Do you realize that we haven't got many more days to stroll
through this earth? You say, "Well, I'm young." I know... I don't know,
sister, brother. There'll be a many teenager die tonight across the
world, hundreds of them. No, only thing you have is what breath is left
in you. Will you at this time, say, "With my hand up, Lord God, I
accept the pardon that You offered, the Blood of Jesus Christ. Now, let
the Token from the Blood, the Holy Spirit, come upon me. I haven't
received the Holy Ghost. I--I know it. And I want to receive that
something that makes me feel the way you're talking about, that my sins
are all gone, and the world, the love of the world, is passed from me,
and I'm a new creature. I want to know that in my heart. And, God, I'm
not raising my hand to Brother Branham, but I'm raising it to You, and
You know my heart."
And don't anyone look up. Just let God see this alone. And say, "God,
I--I--I want the token that the Blood has been applied to me. And I
want it." Raise your hand and say, "Pray for me, Brother Branham." Lord
bless you. That's fine.
E-79 No matter what you are, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, it's for
whosoever will. Now, I have... Saying nothing against those churches,
the--they're all right. But what I'm trying to say, that that won't
save. You see? It's got to be God's pardon--pardoning grace. And it's
only represented, not through a church, but through the Blood of Jesus
Christ. That's your Substitute, when you can lay your hands upon Him
and say, "Now, I accept this substitute. God be merciful to me."
And maybe there may be church members here that has joined church, with
all good sincerity. I believe that with all my heart, you joined with
sincerity. But you say, "Brother Branham, really, my heart hasn't been
cleansed from all these traditions and things. I--I believe if someone
would speak against the very church that I... If the Bible would even
say, tell me, I'd be proved by the Bible that my church is wrong, I--I
still couldn't accept it from my heart, I--I couldn't do it. But I want
to. Pray for me." Would you raise your hand and say, "Pray." I'll do
it. Yes, I sure will. God bless you. That's good. That's fine.
"I--I want to be able to accept everything that God said, just the way
He did in His Bible. And I want the Blood of Jesus Christ to come upon
E-80 And if the Blood is applied, the Token... See, there is a Token
given of the Blood, and that's the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy
Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost, you know what It did to the
people. And every time that it ever will come upon the people, It'll do
the very same thing. Peter said, "For the promise is unto you, to your
children, to them that's far off, even as many as the Lord our God
shall call," this same promise.
If ten cents is ten cents here, it's ten cents out there. It's wherever
it's at, it's ten cents. If this is a diamond in here, it's a diamond
in there. If this is a house here, it's a house there. And if this is
the Holy Spirit that fell on the day of Pentecost, it's the same Holy
Spirit today. And you have never found that experience, accept it now
while we pray, will you?
E-81 Our heavenly Father, knowing that--that the sun is swiftly going
down, time shall be no more, one day the great Archangel will step out
on the scene of time, from out of eternity. And the trumpet of God
shall sound and every man and woman will answer to what we know to be
the Truth, the Word of God. There's got to be some standard that God
has to have here on earth that we're to be judged by. And if we took
the standard of our church, our denomination, how far would we miss it?
And which denomination would be right? Therefore, we'd be confused. We
wouldn't know what to do.
But there is a Standard and that is Your Word. And Your Word said,
"Except a man be borned again he cannot even see the Kingdom of God."
In other words, he cannot understand it. He must accept it by faith and
be borned again, and then he will understand it. "See" is to understand.
E-82 And we pray God, tonight, that many of those hands going up
tonight all over the building, businessmen of the city, and women,
boys, and girls, I believe with sincerity they raised their hand. Now,
they could not raise their hands unless there was a conviction. And the
Holy Spirit by them has proved to them that they are wrong, and brought
conviction that they want to be right. And they raised up their hands
to You, the great Creator, knowing that they have to meet You someday.
And they were sincere, I believe, Lord, and I'm interceding for each
one. I trust tonight, Lord, as I pray, that not one hand that went up
will ever be able to have rest until the Holy Spirit has filled their
life. Grant it, Lord. I claim them for the trophies of Jesus Christ. Do
it, Lord, I pray.
E-83 Save the lost, fill those who have accepted Christ with the Holy
Ghost. Pour It out upon their souls, Father. Get glory unto Thyself.
Jesus, You have said to us, "No man can come to me except My Father
draws him first." And faith cometh by hearing, and hearing of the Word
of God. And now, Word of God being preached, faith comes by hearing.
And they have been drawn because the Bible said, "Those who He foreknew
He predestinated." And those who He predestinated He called. And those
who He called He gave Eternal Life.
And now, back in the beginning, before the world, You put their names
upon the Lamb's Book of Life. And tonight the Holy Spirit has called.
And they raised their hands. Now, Lord, give them Eternal Life. I ask
it for the glory of God, that the Holy Spirit will come down in their
hearts and circumcise them from all dead works and traditions, and give
them free pardoning and fill them with His Presence, that they might go
forth from this day, in the hour of darkness, like it was in the days
of Sodom when painted-faced women, immorality, shook the nations.
O Lord God, may men and women go forth as burning blazes. May the Holy
Spirit literally send holy fire upon them, Lord, until they'll be so
filled with God's goodness and--and that they'll go forth to call every
sinner they come in contact to the cross. Grant it, Lord, where they
too can fall and find pardoning. Do that to the Methodist, Baptist,
Presbyterian, Pentecostals, and all, Lord. Grant it. They are Yours
now. I commit them into Your hands, that You will grant this to them.
In Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
E-84 You love Him? I... This may be a little out of order. Just a
moment. Let's sing this good old hymn. I--I love to sing. You know
the... Sometimes in preaching you say things that cut, but they--there
is a balm in Gilead, isn't there, that heals the soul? Let's sing this
good old song, if you will. "I love Him, I love Him, because He first
loved me." Do you know the song? Somebody now, lead it off for me.
I love Him, I love Him
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
E-85 Let us hum it. Now, while you're humming "I Love Him," how many
Baptists are here? Raise up your hands. Presbyterians? Lutheran?
Nazarenes? Pilgrim Holiness? Pentecostals? My, at the people. All
together. What have we done now when we've come under the cross, under
the pardoning grace? We're all pardoned, not by our church, but by
Calvary. Let's just shake hands with the Methodists, Baptists, and
Pentecostals now when we sing again.
I love Him, I love Him
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.
Now, we sing it so each one can hear it. Now, let's just bow our heads
and raise up our both hands to God. And with all of our heart, if we
love Him, let's say so now.
I love Him, (O God.), I love Him
Because He first loved me
And purchased my salvation
On Calvary's tree.