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E-1 ... pray. Lord Jesus, when we leave this morning can say our hearts
burned within us, because He has spoke to us along the way. We thank
Thee for this grand opportunity that's--that's been--that's come our
way, that we could assemble here with these people, Thy children, and
enjoy this moments of fellowship. And we pray, heavenly Father, that
Your blessings will rest upon us as we journey to different places and
We thank Thee for every testimony of this fine Christian atmosphere
here this morning, and for all these ones that's been a long time in
the way, and for this young man that's just crossed over Jordan to see
what it really means to live. We can all appreciate that, Lord, knowing
that one time we were on the other side too. But no more of the old
life now--it's--it's only--it's back in Egypt.
Now we pray that You'll bless our fellowship together as we read Thy
Word, and speak a few words from this great Word of God that we all
believe in. And bless it to our hearts now, to continue the service. In
the Name of Jesus Christ we ask it. Amen.
E-2 Brother Leo, Brother Gene and pilgrims, I--I deem this one of the
grand privileges that I've had to come here to see for myself what you
have here on these grounds. It's a... I have been blessed as I moved
across the little creek there, and see this court. And I... One time
when Brother Leo was making tapes, and I told him that surely there was
something greater in life for him than to make tapes... And of course
tape-making is something we must do, but... It--it blessed us. But
there's something else. We're all cut out for different things to do.
And to come here this morning, and look at this fine little Jerusalem
setting out here, a little, what I called it Goshen, I believe, when we
come over this morning. You remember, Goshen was one of the places that
they worshipped, one of the first places the tent was pitched. And to
meet old friends, and--and new, and to have this time allotted to us, I
just... It seems like that--that you just don't want to leave. There's
just something that wants to hold you. I can see why you people would
want to stay here. See? It's something that grips you.
E-3 I don't believe I was ever in any sweeter worship and fellowship as
these songs and things that... I set there and biting my lips, and
shake my feet, and try to hold myself back from screaming out, when I
hear those old songs sang in the way that they ought to be sung--and
that's sung in the spirit. That's what we--we... Paul said, "If I sing,
I'll sing in the spirit."
Now, I can't imagine the spirit as being screaming to the top of our
voice. I--I think the Spirit of Christ is love, and gentleness, and
peace, that--that brings something to our souls that feed us. And I
think that's the way them songs should be sang. And to be here with you
a dedicated people to a cause--the cause of Christ; there's just so
many things that I could say that the time wouldn't permit me.
E-4 I--I come for... I thought, "Well, I'll run up and visit Brother
Leo and the church up there and a portion of the body of Christ that's
waiting for the--for His coming, and a part of the bride that's
And how you've separated yourself from the rest of the world, and--and
come over here to live this way. I was thinking even the little creek
you're on this side of Jordan now, you're--you're in the--the land
here. You're--you're----you've come over an exodus, a coming out of the
world into a place to where you can congregate yourself together
and--and worship God, really according to the dictates of your
And that's what we stand for as a democracy, as a nation. We stand for
this very thing, that each man can worship. And it's just too bad we
don't have more like this (See? That's right.), where that--let the
world be in their place and God's people be in their place--where we
can have this.
E-5 And I certainly had... If I said, "Amen," and walked out the door,
I'd say it would pay me every Sunday to drive up here, or--or have my
children even to come up to--to set under an atmosphere like this,
because it's always the atmosphere that brings the results.
You can lay a seed out there in the ground. No matter how much that
seed's germitized, and lay it there, it's got to have an atmosphere to
make it live. See? That sun has to come to a certain power
before--bring it to a certain atmosphere. An egg has to have an
atmosphere or it won't hatch. No matter how fertile it is, it's got to
have that atmosphere.
E-6 And I think that in a group like this, Christians hatch out, are
borned again in such an atmosphere as this. This is the kind of
atmosphere I was borned under. No matter where I go and visit the cold
world in mission fields and so forth, I can even stand and close my
eyes and think of this atmosphere.
This reminds me, when I was just a boy preacher and just starting out;
we had little groups that met from house to house. We separated
ourselves from the things of the world too. That's what made my heart
the way it is today in love with Christ.
Where we can dwell together... I believe the Scripture said, "How sweet
it is that brethren can dwell together in unity." It's like the
anointing oil that was on Aaron's beard, that ran to the hems of his
garments. And there's just so much could be said. I--I... Maybe the
Holy Spirit will interpret to you after I'm gone what it is.
Wished I could stay all afternoon, and just forsake meals and
everything else, just set here and hear you sing (See?), hear you sing,
and talk, and testify. It means so much.
E-7 My daughter graduates tonight, or it's just the baccalaureate
service tonight, and I have to hurry back. And I didn't know that, that
it was to be this--baccalaureate service was to be until just last
night. I'm kind of busy, and don't notice it.
And visiting with Brother Leo and Brother Gene, as they come down, I've
longed for the time to be here, wondering, just really. I heard people
say, "Well, they've got a lovely trailer court. They're over on one
side; the world's on the other. And on this side's all dedicated lives
I thought, "I'd like to see that. I'd just--just like to see what it
really is." And you all are blessed to be here.
E-8 I want to read just one verse out of the Bible, and I think just
reading this one verse will absolutely make a complete service. But
I--I have... Coming up here, I had just a few comments that I thought I
would say. It won't take me but just a few minutes. And then I would
like to say these comments to what I--what I feel now.
In the book of II Corinthians, the 12th chapter, and the 11th verse I
would like to read this. Paul speaking,
I have become a fool in glorying; yea... compelling me: for I ought to
have been commended of You: for in nothing am I behind the very
chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
I would like just... If I would call this a text... I--I think the Holy
Spirit's just among us. And we... It wouldn't be just to read a
Scripture. He... That's what He lives on. And every word is given by
inspiration, and it's fitting for time; it never ends. It's like a
chain. It just keeps going on. It never ends, the Scriptures.
E-9 And I thought while reading this, and thinking of this little place
up here, this come on my mind, Paul saying, "I have become a fool."
See? Now, that's a very strange thing for an apostle to say. "I have
become a fool."
Now, a fool is a person that really isn't in their right mind. And how
would this apostle say such a thing as this, "I become a fool"? And
then, thinking of--of this group, no doubt that in the eyes of the
people on the other side, you've become a fool. You have become what we
would call today, "the oddball." No doubt but what people think that of
you. And remember, that on the other side, they're oddballs too. See?
So--so you have to be somebody's fool; so I'd rather be a fool for
Christ. See? I'd be a... God said His people were a peculiar people,
odd, a chosen, elected, a royal priesthood offering spiritual
sacrifices to God that is the fruits of our lips, giving praise to His
E-10 Some time ago, this little sense of humor... I hope it doesn't
break the fine spirit that's in here. Just come on my mind. It was a
Brother Troy of the Full Gospel Business Men, was telling about this...
I was thinking of this for this young singer here, that's just come to
When he--he was working in a... He was a meat cutter, and he was
working at a butcher shop, and--and there--there was a German there.
And he just kept talking to him about the Lord. And this German
couldn't talk English very well. So he--he said, "Well, come on to the
meeting." He said, "You need the baptism of the Holy Ghost."
So the old Dutchman wanted him to know that he was a Lutheran. You see?
that he was--he was all right--he was a Lutheran.
He said, "Well, you come on up, and visit us once."
And so they come across a--a bunch of, perhaps, oddballs too, as we
call it. You see? And that night this German man received the baptism
of the Holy Ghost. And the next day he was cutting meat, and speaking
in tongues...?... he was having him a regular jubilee.
And so, after while the boss of the factory come by, and he said,
"Henry," said, "what's the matter with you?"
He said, "O glory to God." He said, "I--I got saved."
And he said, "Why," he said, "where you been?" Said, "You must have
been down there with that bunch of nuts," he said.
He said, "Yes, glory to God." He said, "I was down there with the bunch
of nuts." He said, "You know, if you didn't have the nuts," said, "you
take like the automobile. It comes down the road. And you take all the
nuts out of it, and what you got but a bunch of yunk!" That's just
E-11 And you take the--the--the nuts out of anything... Now, it takes
that to hold the things together. The world gets in such a place in a
turmoil, and the church gets so sewed up in worldlyism, and--and
denominationalism, and so forth, till it takes sometimes a nut to hold
the thing together. That's right. If we don't have it, we don't have
it... We don't have the church.
Now, we can think of that subject just for a few moments. Paul said, "I
have become a fool (or a nut) just for..." Now, you have to be
somebody's nut. You can either be a nut for the world, or a nut for
One day in California, I was walking down the street, and there was a
man. He had a sign in the front of him, like this. Said, "I am a fool
for Christ." And on his back he had a sign that said, "Now, who's fool
are you?" ...?... so they asked on it. So he had to be somebody's fool.
E-12 So Paul here had chosen to be a fool for Christ. And you can
imagine how the world thought of him at that time, and not only the
world, but the church. That man had been trained to be a priest. He was
trained under Gamaliel, a great, one of the greatest scholars and
greatest teachers of that day. And when he had had maybe say, his
Bachelor of Art and his--his Doctor's degree, and--and was ready for to
be called into the priesthood, and maybe someday, with the possibility
with the enthusiasm this young man had... And then to change that all
at once, all because something happened... He met Christ on the road to
Damascus. And then to the world he was a fool, and to the church he was
a fool. To the--the denominational church he was actually a fool.
That's what he said here: he had become a fool. He was a fool to those
people, but he was the instrument that God used to hold the church
together, to hold the body, as it was in that day, together. He'd
become a fool for that--for that sake.
E-13 We can imagine of Noah, as the brother sang of him here, "while
God sent His love on the wings of a dove," one of my favorite songs.
And I've always wanted to get somebody that could play that. I wanted
to speak on it.
One time I read a story of some soldiers being pinned down, and the
enemy (Germans in the first World War) had them pinned down. And they
had a--a little pigeon to take a message. And when the... That's a form
of a dove, of course it's one variety of dove. And when they put the
message on the little pigeon, he flew up in the air. And bullets
shooting at him every way, 'cause they knowed what it was. It broke his
legs. His little legs was hanging down crippled, and his wings had the
feathers shot out of it. He was turning sideways, and everything,
through the air. But he dropped right in the camp where he was supposed
to, and they got help. You know what I mean from there on. See?
So we were in that kind of shape one day too, you know. And He was
wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquity, but the
message got here just the same. He got the message to us.
E-14 And Noah in his days, I can imagine a man of his caliber, a
prophet that was vindicated of God... And--and God spoke to him one
day. What a strange thing it was, in a great scientific age. Perhaps
could shoot the moon with their radar, and they could build a sphinx,
and the pyramid.
And--and God spoke to him and said, "Noah, it's going to rain water
down out of the heavens." Could you imagine a man of his caliber, a
prophet of the Lord go out with such a silly message as that, and say
that... It had never rained, remember, from the heavens in them days.
God watered the earth, the Bible says, by irrigation through the
ditches and so forth: springs. It had never rained a drop. There was no
water up there. So they could prove there was no water up there.
E-15 And then, a man come out with a message. And not only that, but
separated himself from the rest of the world. He become a nut to the
world. That's right. He was a nut of his age. How a man with such a
crazy message would try to bring a people out into a little trailer, or
an ark, or whatever it was they--they were building up there. And--and
he was--he was actually a foolish man. But what did he do? In doing so,
he was the nut that saved the believing church in that day. That's just
what happened. He had to take them out from the world. But he was
preparing a place that he knowed that Christ could come to and would
take them. He become a nut.
E-16 You... Could you imagine Moses in his day, a man going down to a
great intellectual [Blank.spot.on.tape--Ed.]... They'd conquered the
world at that time. And their scientific and their--their art and
stuff, really I guess exceeded ours today, and their master art, and
their mastership of buildings, and so forth, and the great things that
they did then in--in that day.
And could you imagine a man coming down there and said he met a God
that they didn't even believe in, in a burning bush. And he came down
on a... Being a military man to begin with and been trained in all the
maneuvers of--of military world. And we find that he comes down there
with a stick in his hand to take and deliver a people out of a nation
that had held the world captive.
E-17 Why, to Pharaoh he was a nut--that's all. He was crazy. Said, "Let
him do it, go ahead, rave on. He'll declare himself insane." Well now,
really to Pharaoh, and his great scientific world, he was a oddball. He
was a nut to--to them. You see? He was.
But what did he do? He delivered the people, because he was sent of
God. It took... It takes something peculiar, something that's different
from the rest of the world. You see, the world is so one way on the
great--their great scientific achievements, and so forth. And when a
man is led of God to do something that's odd to that, he becomes a
fool. He's crazy. But see, it takes something like that to hold the
E-18 Now, we think of Elijah in his days, when Ahab,... And Israel at
that time had every nation under heavens fearing them under this Ahab's
reign. And Ahab was a great man. It was a great day, something on the
order we have now. The church had all become fashion. See? It was
Jezebel's paint, and--and Ahab's worldliness, and compromising, and
they tore down the altars of God. "Oh, just you serve a god, what
difference does it make?" See? "We'll go up to the groves, and you can
serve any god you want to."
That's just about the way it is today, see, all fashions, and--and--and
dressings, and clothings, and things of the world. And, "Oh, if you
want to belong to this, belong to that, belong to this, belong to that,
it's all right. See? Just as long as you go to church, it doesn't make
It does make a difference what I belong to, and what God I serve, and
how I serve Him. He's got one way to me serve Him, He's got that wrote
out here in this Word, and that's the way we're to serve Him. See? Now,
It does make a difference.
E-19 But when Elijah came out there with such a message as he had,
could you imagine? He became a nut to--to--to Pharaoh, or to (pardon
me) to Ahab. He became a regular... separating himself... But, you see,
there was seven thousand among those people (See?), that could be
saved. See? And he came for them. He had to become a nut to the world
in order to catch them. So did Noah had to become a nut to the world to
catch eight souls with himself. See? He had to become an odd sort
of--of a person.
E-20 Amos, in the days when he brought his message, and he
prophesied... And we find out that when he come into--to--to Samaria,
which had been given over to the world. And the women in the streets
had become almost public prostitution, and the fashions, it was a
modern Hollywood. When this little unknown bald-headed fellow raised up
over the mountain one morning, and looked down upon Samaria and saw it
in sin, and why, I'd imagine his heart almost failed.
Only thing he'd knowed, he'd been a herdsman. He--he wasn't really...
The Lord just give him this message, and sent him down there. And now,
he had no sponsorship; he had--he had nobody to back him up. But he was
led of God to go bring this message to the people and to call them out
from judgment. Well now, I'd imagine to the great scientific age, and
the age of glamor, something of the order today, Amos became a oddball.
See? He became a fool, and they--they wouldn't want nothing to do. But
yet, he had THUS SAITH THE LORD (See?), and he delivered what could be
E-21 John the Baptist, when he came in his days, that great religious
world, coming out in--of the wilderness like this, out of the rocks and
things in the--in the wilderness of Judaea. And he wasn't dressed like
a priest. He wore the rough clothes of a working man, perhaps, with a
garment around him, not some great theological seminary teacher or so
forth. But he--he was just a common man that could work with his hands,
or anything. And when he--when he came down out of the--the wilderness
there, and the sheepskin wrapped around him, he had THUS SAITH THE
LORD, for he knew that the time of the Messiah was then.
He could thoroughly identify himself in God's Word. He said... For
remember, he identified himself in Malachi the 3rd chapter (See?), as
the messenger to forerun the coming of the Lord. He knowed the coming
was so close until he--he had to come out. Why, the people thought he
was a wild man, just a--a--a--a fool (See?), a nut, we'd call it today.
The reason I chose that word "nut," it sounds flat. But yet, it--it's a
good word for what I want to use it for, because that's the way the
street expression would--would use it today. "Just a common nut," we'd
E-22 Well, here is John the Baptist. He's just simply staying out there
in that wilderness, preaching his little sermons up and down there on
the--on the Jordan, walking up and down that banks of the river,
crying, "The--the hour is at hand, and come out and separate yourself.
The Messiah's coming." Why, I'd imagine the priests and all them...
He'd become just a regular nut, that's all. See, that's all he was,
just a oddball. And them that followed him become oddballs, just simply
Do you know our Lord was declared the same thing when He come: a mad
man? See? He didn't go over into the cities and--and in their great,
or--or joining the--the great organizations, and things. He was calling
a people. He was calling them out. And He was considered by the
religious of his days a regular nut.
E-23 Just like Paul was in his days, a trained man, and yet
would--would do such a thing as he did, separate himself from the rest
of the world and from the denominations, and--and try to call a people.
He was an apostle to the Gentile church. He is our apostle; we--we know
that, to the Gentile church. He was the nut that brought the Gentile
church out of Roman heathenism, and pagan worships of the day.
E-24 Martin Luther, he was a nut to the Catholic church. See? Could you
imagine a priest that had--had throwed his--all of his teachings away
of the church, and refused to give this communion because the church
said, "It is the body of Christ"? And he knowed he--the nuns and them
had made that kosher up in there. He--he knew that wasn't Christ; that
was a piece of bread (See?), a little sugar wafer. And he knew
that--that wine wasn't no literal blood of Christ; it only represented
it. So he--he threw it down in his honest conviction, and he wanted
nothing more to do with it. See? He--he was through with it.
E-25 Now, the--probably the Catholic church said, "Oh, let him alone.
Look what a little group he's got out there. What is it he's got? Just
a, oh, false... And us a big church. That's all it is. It's just the
thing..." But you see, he was the nut (See?), that was holding it
together (See?) in reformation. He brought forth the reformation.
How about after he organized and got to a place... And--and after his
death, and the message that he preached had finished, then the church
got so cold and starchy again, that God raised up another nut called
John Wesley. That's right. Well, he was a nut to the Anglican church.
See? But what did he do? He--he saved the world. The world... The
church that was in the world, may I say... He saved the church that was
in the world. Why? By becoming a nut. That's right. He saved what...
E-26 And now, then we come on after his time, and the great Wesleyan
age passed over, and then we had the Baptists from John Smith, and then
we had Alexander Campbell, and--and then we had Buddy Robinson of the
Nazarene. And finally it just kept waving off away from the real stem.
And then God raised up another bunch of nuts: Pentecost. And they
become a nut to the people. They're crazy to the world. But what did
they do? They did a great work; they certainly did, the Pentecostal age.
E-27 Now. Now, I believe it's time for another nut to raise.
Don't--don't you think so? I--I think it's just about... Pentecost has
done the same thing that--that the rest of the world went. But it's
time for another nut. See? So if we had... If you're laying on this
side of the branch (you see what I mean?), and the people think that
we're so odd and peculiar, the way we separate ourselves, and the way
you have here (and we're--we're not divided, we're one. See, see?), the
way that we are... We separated ourselves from the world...
Brother Leo led to come up here, and there was... You had little
children that has to be trained up. See? You got women, young ladies
here, that--that don't like to walk in the way of the world. You got
men here, that's aged and retired. They want a place to where they can
settle down, and--and feel at home, dwell among their own kind of
people. Well, and... See? I think that God can raise up something to
take care of that. Don't you think so? I--I believe that with all my
heart. And He does that.
E-28 Now, we find out it's time now. Notice, the nut always was what
pulled them together. Like all Americans today, we find so much
worldlyism and things, in our churches and our denominations, and
things. Let something raise up on the Word... See, they got off to the
creed and not the Word. Let something raise up with the Word, you know,
they say, "Well, the people think you separated yourself."
I talked to your pastor here, and our Brother Leo. And someone said,
"Well, why don't you come and come into this, and come in that?"
He said, "No, no." See, he's--he's sold out to one thing, the Word
(See?), to the Word. See?
E-29 Well, now look. If there is a nut sent, there's got to be a bolt
for it to fit on. Is that right? Now, God sends nuts. Don't you believe
that? You say... I'm--I'll explain this in a little bit. But to make
this point: there's got to be a bolt, and that bolt's got to be
threaded to fit the nut. I'm so glad to be threaded with the Word. I'm
so glad that there's a bolt that's threaded the same way. And what's it
to do? It's to draw out the bride from the world, set it aside for
something different. Yes, friends. We may be a nut to the things of the
world, the people of the world, but we are only drawing out, that which
is threaded for this.
E-30 Noah was threaded in his day, and the rest of the prophets, and
down through the age. And the righteous men was threaded because He
sent it. What would be the use of having a bolt, a nut if you didn't
have a bolt for it to go on? And what is a bolt and a nut together?
It's--it's to draw something together. See?
It's the drawing powers of Christ that draws us out from the things of
the world. See? And then we fellowship with Paul's great ministry,
saying, "I have become a fool." So when people think that you are odd
(See?), see where you stand? See? You've become a fool to them, that
you might be drawed by the power of God to which...
E-31 Something was in you, something in your heart threaded you. I
might say this morning, "Who is Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal
Assemblies, this, that, and the other?" There'd be all kinds of hands
go up here, and forty or fifty people. See? There would be that
made--everybody different. But what makes you set here? Why are you
here. See? It's because you were threaded to something. See? And when
it begin to come, it makes sense to you.
If you try to put a certain thread upon a bolt of a certain kind that
wouldn't fit, it doesn't make sense to you. You see, it--it won't go
on. See? But when something comes along that fits just exactly, it
pulls you from Chicago, from New Orleans, or wherever you come from, to
here. See? And now, you see, you become oddballs, sure enough, to the
world. But don't let that bother you. See? Don't let that bother you.
E-32 Now you say, "How do I know I'm threaded right?" Watch the Word.
See? Now you know whether you're threaded right, whether we are nuts
for Christ, or whether we are nuts to the world. Now, the world also
has received their--their nut. Exactly. I had a little something wrote
down here I wanted--didn't want to forget the--the... And we... it said
here, we become bolts--nuts to the world (That's exactly.), that we
might hold the Kingdom of God together on earth (See?), the Kingdom of
God together. All right.
E-33 Remember, the world, they--they... The outside world, they have
their nuts also. Satan gives them a nut in the days of this great
thing. See, it all works it pro and con. See? Now in the days of... The
world had a nut, and that was Pharaoh, in the days of--of Moses. There
were... See, there had to be. The--the--the devil has his nuts too.
Well, there was Pharaoh. See? Now Israel... And Moses standing down to
draw those people out was a nut to Pharaoh. But also Pharaoh was a nut
to them too. See? And so, it has to be that way. So you're somebody's
nut. I'm so glad to be wound in the Word, aren't you, with the--with
the thread of that?
E-34 Somebody will teach that... Ahab, he was a nut (exactly) to
Elijah, and the seven thousand, and all his group out there. Jezebel in
all their fine, fancy fandangles and things they had out there, that
was a nut to that seven thousand that never bowed their knee to Baal.
And so was Elijah a nut to them (See?), the same thing.
We find out in the days of Herod, John was a nut (See?), and Herod was
a nut also. The world had one.
All right. In the days of Jesus, He was a fool to the--to the world
(See?), to Pilate. But Pilate was a nut also to turn Him down. That's
right. See? He wasn't threaded. He had a opportunity. But when he had
his opportunity to accept it, he wanted some kind of a clown, some kind
of a trick, some kind of a magic rabbit to bring out of a hat, you
know, or something. He said, "I would see you do some tricks," you
know, or something like that. He was a nut himself. See? He had a
chance to receive it, but he didn't.
E-35 The Sadducees also, and the Pharisees was the same thing in that
day, by not accepting Paul, the one that said he become a fool to the
world. See? But the church has its nuts too. See? And the world has its
nuts. Christ has His. See?
Now whose are you? The only way you can know... You say, "How do I know
this is right, Brother Branham?" "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, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today,
and forever." Therefore, the Word still is here. So if we're threaded
with that (See?), know we--though we be a nut to the--the world, if
we're threaded in Christ's Word, and Christ's showing that the way He's
pulling it together (See?), pulling his church together... Let them
raise and do what they want to.
E-36 Now, Jesus in Matthew 24:24 said that these two groups would be so
close in the last days to deceive the very elected, if possible. The
people... Still, the people... Sometimes the Pentecost, to you
out-comers from Pentecost (You see?), when they organized and got over
there in those groups like that, and you come away from it... See, the
Bible said that it would deceive the very elected if it was possible.
See? The very elected, that's the ones that's elected to do this, the
ones... See, the bolt...
Don't come say, "Oh, there's--there's--there's a nut." You see? You
see, he's got to be... he's got... When the threads was cut in the
bolt, it's got to be cut in the nut the same way. See what I mean? It's
got to fit. See? And the elected, therefore, you see, it won't tighten
up with anything else. It's just got to come to Christ. You see? It's
the only thing that'll fit. See? And that's where we stand today.
Thanks be to--to God, and--and... All right.
E-37 Now, we find out also, that the--the world has their nut. And you
know, there's so much to be said. We haven't the time to say it, of
course. But this--this one thought. To you...
I notice this fine little bunch of ladies, that sang over there a few
minutes ago. Boy, I wished I had that song. Get that on tape for me,
will you, these songs? When you all sing here, make up a song some
time. I'll pay you for the tape. You see? I'd like to have it. See?
That was beautiful, that real sweet worship like that.
Now. You know, there was a... The young--the women of today,
they--what's so-called Christians, the women who--who go to church,
they--they wanted something to--to satisfy. They knowed that they
have--they wasn't getting it just going to church. But they want to
maintain their testimony just the same. See? They want to hold their
testimony. "I'm--I'm Methodist, Baptist. I'm--I'm Christian," You see?
They want to strip their clothes off of them. They wanted to wear
shorts, and bikinis, or what you call them, and all this. You see?
They--they wanted to do these things. They wanted to have a haircut
like man's, and--and do these things. And so, they--they wanted to do
that. See? And yet, did you ever think why they did? Jesus said them
two spirits will be so close, it'd deceive the elected. That has to
come to pass. See, see? So they would... they didn't get...
E-38 A human has to worship. You have to worship something. It--it's
just in you to worship. So a human has to worship something. So they
had no worship in their church, so God raised them up a nut, Elvis
Presley, Pat Boone. They still hold their testimony, Elvis Presley, a
Pentecostal, Pat Boone, a Church of Christ. See, a absolutely nut to
fulfill Jesus' words here, it would be so close it would deceive the
very elected, if possible. Still maintain, sing hymns on Sunday, and
rock-and-rolls on Monday. See? To us that's--that's a nut. See? It--it
E-39 Now, but you see, in there He had some fine women, also, that
wanted to act like ladies. They had decency in them. They wanted to be
what Christ wants them to be. So He sends the person along with a
message, that--that to that church that they belong to, is foolish. He
becomes a nut. But you see what it is? It fits just exactly.
When you talk about long hair, and looking like a lady, and dressing
like a lady, and acting like a lady... Instead of standing here like
these girls this morning... I was watching a little girl there, her
eyes looked heavenly (what I mean, glassy), as she looked up like that,
singing something in her heart, what's in here. As them young ladies
sang, I thought, "O God. Well, what if--if a Hollywood star
could--could get that in their heart?" They'd be the same thing. See?
E-40 But what is it? Why did they go that way? You couldn't pull one of
them girls in Hollywood. If you'd give her ten thousand dollars a day,
she wouldn't go. Why? She's threaded different. That's exactly right.
She's threaded different. That's right.
You couldn't pull Leo, Gene, and them into some organization. Why?
Couldn't pull you fellows into one. Why? You're threaded different.
See? So if you're threaded, there's got to be a nut to hold...?...
right here to--to hold that together. Isn't it right? See, then it's
Thanks be to God, like the little Dutchman said, for the nuts. If you
take them out, it becomes a bunch of junk. What have you got? A bunch
of denominationalism, a bunch of cold formalism, no Christ in it at
all, no Word in it at all, just a bunch of creeds, and so forth. And
what have you got? Take the nut out, you got a bunch of junk (That's
right.), nothing in the world but firewood, something that's waiting
for the blazes and punishments of God to judge and to burn up at some
E-41 So I'm thankful this morning to fit right in up here (See?), where
you might be an odd person on this side of the river. Even some of your
people might think that you are odd. I know they do. I've had letters
from them (See?), that said you were odd, you were different, what in
the world happened to you? I just chose this little thing to say to you
this morning. See? Sure, you're a nut. That's right. But I'm glad to be
one. But if I'm not tight with this Word, then I'm yunk. See? I'll just
be a nut for Christ.
Yes, I get letters from many of your people. Some of them come by and
say, "Do you know what happened?"
"This odd guy so-and-so went up there, and done so-and-so."
I said, "Wait just a minute." It depends on what you're wound on. See?
So may the Lord Jesus Christ, the Shepherd of the flock, ever keep your
hearts so wound into Him, that when the great Shepherd does appear
you'll appear with Him. Can we pray?.
E-42 Heavenly Father, seeing that time has run out, and I'm just
rushed... Such a lovely, sweet bunch of Christians, and such a rude
text, but in the room the other day, and thinking of what I'd seen on
letters, and what I'd heard people say, when I... Your little servants
here asked me to come up, visit them, and fellowship with the little
flock, now, this rude text of being a nut, I thought I'd use that, so I
could get the--the thought over to them, they--and would understand
what I think too.
We have become a fool, like Paul, to the world. But yet, Lord, we want
to be so tightened to You and Your Word, that when the rapture comes,
we'll--we want to be with it, Lord. So help us to ever have our hearts
knitted and bound together in the love of Christ.
E-43 Bless Brother Leo, Brother Gene, and Brother Daulton, and all
these fine men and these lovely women in here. Hearing their
testimonies, happy, happy, contented, walking the room up there, where
one that's paralyzed, and to see the smiles... No wonder our Brother
Leo said it's a bit of sunshine to walk up here. No wonder. To see even
when the man, not even a bit of relation to her, or nothing, but
concerned, that they'd take her trailer and make it so she could be
happy. See, Lord, the thread works just right. Walk into that home, and
see someone who really could be grouchy, and fussy, and nasty because
that--that they're not out and able to run and dance and--and cut up,
like many women. But she's happy to be here with her kind. And to be
here with the Word of God, where It can be preached, and not any creeds
tacked to it--just truly unadulterated Word of God to worship in
Spirit. Come into a little place like this, there's a little trailer
where we meet together, and it's the church. "Wherever two or three are
assembled, I'm in their midst." And we know You're here, Lord. And we
worship You, and we praise You.
E-44 I pray, God, that You'll keep sickness away from them. Keep the
enemy across the river. May this great exodus... It may be in a minor
form. But, Lord, someday it's going to grow. And I pray, Lord, that
this little exodus here, that You'll be with them as You did with
the--Moses and them, as they crossed the--the Jordan, and Joshua, as he
went into the promised land.
And I pray that You'll help them, Lord, and keep their hearts genuine,
true to You. And bless the--them as they teach the Word. And may they
live long, happy lives. And someday, if we're around here, Lord, living
on earth when You come, may there come a shout from this side of the
branch out there, and the church go up. Grant it, Lord, because
somebody wasn't--was foolish enough to the world to become a nut to
hold it together, Lord, until You come.
E-45 Then, as John of old, in the days gone by, as the little ladies
and them sing, he was separated, and how he had to be alone. But when
he did, the little church that he'd drawed together... When he seen
Jesus, he said, "Now my work is over. He increases; I decrease."
Father, I pray that You'll ever keep us happy and healthy. May we meet
many times more upon the earth, and loving, and serving you. May Thy
Divine blessings rest upon this service, upon the services that shall
And may we all live such in this life, and the life to come, we'll have
Eternal Life in the great age to come, over in that great millennium
reign where we shall see Him and look upon His face and see Him. In
Jesus' Name, I pray. Amen.
God bless you, my people. I am so sorry that I to--I--I--that I took a
text something like that (See?), such a rude thing. But you get what I
meant. So when anyone they say you're odd, you know why you're odd,
don't you? God bless you, Brother Leo.