WISDOM VERSUS FAITH

So 01.04.1962, vormittags, Branham Tabernacle
Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
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Thank you, Brother Neville. The Lord bless you. Morning, morning. Brother...

Morning, friends. [Someone says, “Morning, Brother Branham."] Happy to be back in the house of the Lord!

I just called back there, a few moments ago, to pray for an old minister. And he had just had a blackout, like. Nothing find wrong with him. He just is old saint of the Lord. On the road down here, Satan tried to make me sick, to vomit, too. I said, “We just going to have to pray for one another.” That’s right. Yeah. So, it was Brother Coggins. We know him very well, here at the tabernacle. He comes from up in Carolina. And he’s been very, very sick, just... just stand and black out. But don’t seem to be one thing wrong with him, not physically. So, it just the devil trying to tempt him. So, he’s a great tempter, and he’s a good one, too.

You heard the story about the old sister that went to church, wouldn’t say nothing bad about anybody. Said, “What do you think about the devil?” Said, “Well, he’s a good adversary.” So that’s what he... what he is.

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We are happy, this morning, to be in the house of the Lord again, this week, waiting for the Coming of the Lord Jesus.

And now, I was going to speak on the subject, this morning, “Sheltered by the Blood,” and seemed like that the Holy Spirit kind of changed my mind on that. And I have another subject, of teaching. Because, then, after, I said, last night, “Why would He change my mind on a subject of that type, ‘Sheltered by the Blood’?” You understand where the text would be, “Israel under the blood, marching to the promise,” you see. And may speak it, some other time.

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So I remembered, in a dream that I had here, not long ago. And I, in this dream, I was supposed to be storing up Food in the tabernacle, you see, here in this dream. How many remembers it, a few weeks ago, having the dream? [Congregation says, “Amen."] I couldn’t give you the interpretation of it. And if it won’t take me very long, I’ll just tell you, if you’d like to hear. [“Amen.”] All right.

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It’s seldom that I dream anything that’s just got any sense to it. It’s, usually, I go to bed late, and then wake up. And be nervous or tired, you dream, then go to sleep and dream, then wake up. You know how it is, a nervous person like myself.

And I was out with Brother Wood and Brother Sothmann, and the Lord had just been giving people... coming up with... down... And this was at Tucson, Arizona. And the Lord just perfectly, in every case, giving dreams’ interpretations.

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Now, you see, when anyone gives, tells me about a dream, the only way I can give the interpretation, I see that dream over. And many of you here know, that some of you telling me things, that you didn’t tell me all about it, in the dream. But when I got it, over again, I got what you didn’t tell. See? And so you have to see it over again, and then He tells you. Therefore, sometimes it’s cutting. Sometimes it’s hard, disagreeable to the person. But you must be truthful, because it’s the Word of the Lord. See? Cause, they’re expecting that. And It’s never... Lord has been good to me, to let It always be right.

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And so that night I... I went to sleep, and I dreamed, myself. And I thought I was... A fellow I used to box with, years ago. Many, you old-timers...

I was just thinking of Brother Roy Slaughter, standing up there at the door. He been with it, I guess about one of the oldest members here, in the church. Brother Slaughter, I guess, is right around one of the oldest members. And I... I just...

While I’m talking about him, there is many good points about Roy Slaughter that people don’t know about. That’s right. He’s my brother, and I’d rather give him a little bouquet now, or a bud, than a whole wreath when he’s gone. That’s right. There’s many fine points. Brother Roy has been a real brother to me, him and his family, live out there, and worked hard for that little family, and raise a fine bunch of children. I knowed all of his girls and his boys, and preached his little boy’s funeral when it died.

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And I remember, one time here, we had a fellow working on the church. And the... And he was supposed to do it, just as a carpenter. We didn’t have much money. And he was going to put this interior in here. And somebody come along that wanted to work, and he didn’t do it. And set around, he claimed he worked a half hour, or something, and hurt his foot. And then he, just enough to bring suit against the church, and sued us for ten thousand dollars. Well, we didn’t have nothing. We didn’t know nothing about it till they already got judgment. You see, they sued. The... the man, he didn’t have insurance, and so then it fell on us. We didn’t have, to pay.

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And I never forget the night, setting right along, back in there, that Roy went down in the pocket. An old... Excuse me, Brother Roy. Old, ragged pocketbook, and pulled out what checks he had from his slop-hauling, things like that. Said, “Well, Brother Bill, I’ll put this on it.”

Little old Evelyna, his sister, she is probably setting right here, somewhere now. She, “Brother Branham, my little old house, only worth three hundred dollars, but we’ll just put that on it.” See? That’s genuine, real material, if you talk to me. That’s in my book, that’s real.

I remember then, a little later from that, I’m on my first meeting out. I was in St. Louis, in one of my first big meetings. And a telegram come in, “My little girl is laying at the point of death. Brother Slaughter. Come at once.” I just walked over, started putting my clothes in the suitcase. That’s all there was to it. I just couldn’t turn him down. And here we come. I come home, walked into the room. Nurses, down, the hospital there, at the Catholic hospital in New Albany, give up his little girl. Just as we walked in the room, the Lord Jesus healed her. There she was, you see. See?

And like bread upon the water, it’ll return to you someday.

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Off of my subject; but going back to the beginning.

And I used to box. And there was a fellow named here in this city. The poor fellow drinks very bad now. One of his boys is on the police force. Smith, George Smith, they call him, “Six-second Smith.” He went to training me for boxing, when we had... ’fore the Golden Gloves started. We was out here at the government. And in that, why, he was the roughest person I ever seen. He’d just hit me, and I’d just go winding through the air. And I come back. I said, “You don’t have to be so rough about it. See?” I said, “You knock the breath out of me.”

He said, “I tell you, Billy,” said, “no matter how well trained you are, and how much athletic experience you have, and how strong you are, for your size, or anything like that,” said, “a lick stops the blood when hits like that.” [Brother Branham clapped his hands once.] And said, “You might hate me now, but when you get up there in the ring, yourself,” said, “you’ll appreciate it.” Said, “Your body builds up that, to come back quick. If you get hit, you’ll just fall over, and you lay there and take a count. But if your body is built and can stand the licks,” said, “then, when you hit it, hard lick hits you,” said, “then when you... you can come back quick,” said, “back to your feet again. Get knocked out of the ring, jump back in.” He had just got through knocking me plumb out of the ring. So he said, “You have to just do that. See?” And he liked to killed me. He was about thirty or forty pounds heavier than I was. And he could... He was a fighter and I was just a student, so he was almost killing me. He said, “But you’ll appreciate that when you get in the ring.” I found out that was the truth.

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Then, I’ve heard those sergeants in the army train them boys, and rugged. They’d hate that sergeant. But when it come to combat, they loved him, because rugged training.

That’s the way I tried to train Christians. “Don’t bob off your hair. Don’t wear makeup. Don’t do this.” Get it rugged. You’ll appreciate me when I come to... to the end of the road. See? Training, see, getting that training right. But let’s... let’s keep right with the Word. It might be rugged, cut denominational differences to pieces, but you’ll appreciate it when you come down to the end of the road. See? You stood by the Book.

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So, wife took... had her arm in mine, and we walked up.

And George Smith now, he’s, I guess, he’s a gray-headed man. I guess he’s seven or eight, ten years older than I. And he was back in the ring, and he was battling away. And these young fellows that come up, great wide-shouldered boys, they couldn’t match him, at all. They just... He would just whip them in a minute. And a young fellow said, “I can whip that old man. I know I can.” So he, great big athletical fellow, jumped into the ring there. He didn’t last a half a minute. He come back out, said, “I don’t know where it comes from, but he sure is a man.”

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And just then, I looked at my wife, in the dream, and I said, “Wife, you know, he gave me my first training.”

And then, you know, dreams are funny. I come down to a... a big sea, and the waters was real choppy. And the boatman... Now, Meda wasn’t with me then, my wife. And then, in this, the... the boatman come over there, and he handed me a little canoe about two-foot-and-a-half, three-foot long. And he said... It was real white, just plastic, and white. He said, “Here is your boat.”

“Oh,” I said, “I couldn’t cross, for that, in that.”

He said, “Well,” said, “that’ll run fifty miles an hour, up-and-down this way.”

I said, “It might, up-and-down the shore, but it won’t out there. See?” I said.

He said, “Well, go with them.” And I looked, and here set Brother Wood, and Brother Fred Sothmann, the two brethren was with me the night I dreamed the dream. And they were setting in a green canoe with a lot of rigging in it, camping rigging, tents, and so forth. And they were setting there. He said, “Go with them.”

I said, “They’re not even boatmen.” I said, “I know that.” I said, “I am a boatman. And I... I know about the canoe, to handle it. But,” I said, “they, they’ll never. They couldn’t make it. I wouldn’t go like that, anyhow.”

“Well,” he said, “they love you.” And said, “Why don’t you go back up here and store up?”

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So, I went back. And the little place where we been out at, a little place called Klondike, about forty miles from any civilization, one little store for the ranchers and things. Looked like it was at Klondike, and it turned out to be this tabernacle. I was standing right here. I was calling in, great barrels of the prettiest food I ever seen. Radishes, looked like, three-foot long; and turnips, and greens, and potatoes, and everything.

He said, “Store in plenty of it.” See? And I was standing there, just storing it in.

And I woke up. I couldn’t understand it. I thought it was just a dream, and went on. Bothered Brother Wood and many of them. So, here was the interpretation. I had to wait, just like I’ve told you many times. Things has to happen before you can; certain things that bring it in line.

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Here was the interpretation. They... We had been anticipating overseas. Brother Miner Arganbright, a bosom friend of mine, was going to pay my wife and I’s expenses, to tour Palestine. And we were going to go into Switzerland, and on down into Africa, and on a campaign in June. And my wife, and Rebekah, and them, was certainly thrilled to know they get to go through Germany, England, France, and Palestine. They was to wait there till I made the African campaign, then pick them up on the road back. And they were all under great anticipation. You heard me say, “If the Lord is willing,” alway. “If the Lord is willing, I aim to take that campaign overseas. I don’t know exactly yet.” So I was waiting on it.

But here is what it was. This Mr. Smith, George Smith, that was my first trainer in there, and was more than a match for any of the young people that was in the land today, in his fighting. Was my first training, in the prayer line. See?

Many times, I bring the people up, there’s visions. Wait. Yeah. This one, vision. That one, vision. It never did work just good.

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Now, when I first started out, I never let a person... ’Less I found something in the line, that wasn’t just exactly right, and He stopped me, Hisself, see, and told me about it, I’d go ahead and pray for the people. And, my, the... the results was a hundred times, ’cause I got to... I’d pray for four or five hundred in one night. This way, maybe twenty-five or thirty, maybe not that many. Maybe ten or fifteen visions, and I’m... you had to pack me out, nearly.

Going back to that same thing again, see, back to my first training. After all, there’s nothing on the field ever stood with It, or can, see, ’cause it’s the Word. It ain’t some denomination. It’s the Word. See?

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And then, there, then you notice the next part after that, Meda went away from the dream. When I come to the sea, that was: going overseas.

Now, Brother Arganbright called me, other night, all thrilled, and said, “Brother Branham, it’ll be one big vacation. Brother Shakarian has had a heart attack, so the overseas meetings are canceled out.” And they... The Switzerland meeting, he wanted me go over there just for one night, and was to have that one night’s meeting. Then the rest of it was all going to be vacation, just rambling around over the country. Oh, it, now, which is very nice; Brother Arganbright is just tops, of a Christian, a bosom friend to me and my family.

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And, but, you see, the little, white plastic canoe that he wanted me to go in, was the Word of God. And there’s not enough preaching in it, to call me across the sea. I said, “Huh-uh, not that. Just for that? Huh-uh.”

He said, “Then go, go with them, like they go.”

I said, “They’re not boatmen, preachers. I am a minister. If they went, it would be vacation, altogether, with the camping rigging in it.” But I wouldn’t do it. I turned it down. So there was the interpretation of... of the dream. See?

And then Mr. Arganbright called me, a few nights ago, and told me that... that the... the... Course, we heard that the overseas meetings had been canceled, on account of Brother Shakarian. And then there is no... There, the one in Switzerland, I only had one night. And I...

Meda had to tell me, first, that she didn’t want to go. So I called her, from Florida, the other night, or Georgia, and I told her. I said, “Brother Arganbright has called and said we have to leave on the twentieth of May.”

She said, “That’s out. That’s out.” See? “Children is just taking their examination then. Can’t go.” See, she had to turn it down, herself, ’cause she was the one included. It was her vacation. And there it was.

Even dreams, everything, is for a meaning. Everything has got something somewhere. So, dreams have interpretations.

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Now, coming back... I might say so that you’ll understand, and this is taped. On the road, coming home...

Just before I went out there, how many remembers me repeating it here, that a Voice came to me, in the room one morning after a vision, and said about, told about the serpent, and it being bound, and not to fear anything? [Congregation says, “Amen."] He said, “Do not fear.” Said, “Haven’t I proven to be with you wherever you go?” Said, “Haven’t I proved to be with you on your hunting trips?” Remember when I told about what I was going to get, ’fore I left, and all that? [“Amen.”] See? Said, “Haven’t I proved to be with you?” Then a real sweet Voice came, said, “The never-failing Presence of Jesus Christ is with you wherever you go.” And I know, by that, we’re moving up to something. I don’t know what it is. I can’t say.

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Coming home, the other night, or the other day, or just ’fore I come home, I was fell into a vision. And I seen some little fellows, thin, looked like young boys, or something, had on caps. And we were standing, hunting. And I had shot a mammoth, big brown-looking bear. And then they turned around and said to me, said, “But there is some confusion about the meeting.”

I said, “No matter what the confusion is, if I was supposed to go, wherever was, I’ll go anyhow, see. It doesn’t matter.” And the vision stopped. I don’t know where that’s at. But, this is on tape. It’s going to happen. See? Just remember, it’s going to happen. It’s a vision.

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So, now, next Sunday, I’m going to be in Tennessee, the Lord willing, next Saturday night and Sunday, with Brother M. E. Littlefield, at, oh, that church of God headquarters up there at Cleveland, Tennessee. Brother M. E. Littlefield, at his church, the one I dedicated for him here, two or three years ago, at Cleveland, Tennessee, next Saturday night and Sunday morning. Just be Sunday morning service only, on Sunday. And give me time, my family go up with me, and we come back. I promised him, come up and preach again in his church. That’s next Sunday.

Then, the following Sunday, Brother Arganbright is going to be here with Brother Rowe, that diplomat of Washington, that’s been, served under three or four presidents. They’re to be here on that Sunday, and with a new picture. I want everybody try to be here, if possible, for that time. I want to be here, myself.

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The following Sunday is Easter. We expect a great meeting here, Easter. The Lord willing, I want to be here Easter Sunday. For... And we have sunrise service, as usually. Baptism, all you that’s going to be baptized, the Name of our Lord Jesus, be here for Sunday. And it’s been anticipated, or spoken, a while ago, being that we don’t have seating room, we may take the Boy’s Club, seats seven or eight hundred, just above here, right around, a new club right around the corner here, come back down here for baptismal service then. And go back up there, so everybody can have a comfortable seat for Easter morning. We’re going to try to look about it, this week, and find out.

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Then the following service, beginning then on... I leave here on the twenty-... on the twenty-fifth or twenty-sixth of the month. And then the seventh... sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth, and tenth, I’m way back up on the... out of Van-... or Victoria Island, way back among some Indians, where you have to go on a boat, to get to them.

A little missionary friend of mine, brother, I was with him last fall on a hunting trip. And out of a lovely home, him and his wife. And his arms, everything, is all raw, different places. Well, that’s what that was. It was from fleas, bedbugs and things, see, that they had living right out there, where they just had to live in anything, amongst those Indians. He had brought some of them over to the meeting, the chief. They’re all Catholic, practically all. And the Holy Spirit went down through there and picked out that chief, and all the ones with him, and healed every one of them right there in the meeting. They just simply burnt that coast, up-and-down, with their boats going out. They’re commercial fishers, up-and-down the coast. And Brother Eddie is calling, and I have a little feeling to go, see, to go over there.

And then we leave there, and have one day’s travel from there, and have two nights or three nights in Fort St. John. That’s way up on the Alaskan highway. And two nights there.

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Then, coming home, and the... I think it’s the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth of June. Now, here is a place that you all could go, to these meetings here, will be at Southern Pines. You know the brother that give such a nice write-up here, not long ago. By the way, he sent me some more magazines. I ought to have brought them. I’ll have them here next Sunday, the Lord willing. And that’s at Southern Pines, just about, oh, six or eight hours drive from here, Southern Pines, North Carolina. Or, is that South Carolina? North Carolina. Yeah. That’s right. Then, right, then we’ll leave there on the tenth.

And on the eleventh and twelfth, with Brother Bigby at Columbia, South Carolina.

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And that’s the man, the Presbyterian that wrote the article. To me, it struck me better than anything they ever had wrote about me. He was a Presbyterian, doctor of divinity. And he came into Chicago and wrote the article. Of... I forget what it was now. It was real nice. I’ve got it somewhere, and in a magazine. Something about “a Presbyterian, meeting at Pentecost,” or something like that, “pentecostal prophet to a Presbyterian,” something. And will be with him.

Then, last night, we called Brother Roy Borders, that’s already on the West Coast. And there’s some of the people out there has got as many as thirty-five and forty churches to cooperate in meetings; Sedalia, California; and over at Grass City, and from there... or Grass Valley, rather. And from there, on into Oregon; on up in to... to Washington.

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And then Brother Arganbright, coming in, we’re going, planning on now, in the last week of July, to be in Anchorage, Alaska, to organize a chapter there for the Christian Business Men, following about a six- or eight-day revival that I hope to have, that hard, rough Alaska. You know how it is, just prospectors and miners. And ham and eggs cost about three dollars and fifty cents for a plate. It’s... it’s really a rough place, but they need the Gospel.

Now, what I aim to do, is, these things that I’m teaching on here, storing up this Food and getting them out, I want to go now. I have no definitely leading to any place, but I’m going, sowing seeds, sent by somewhere, started.

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My wife, she is here somewhere. She got a letter from a lady over here in Illinois the other day. It just burnt into my soul of my heart. This lady said, “Sister Branham,” said, “there’s no doubt but what many times, and down through, since you been married, that you have to suffer a lot, Brother Branham being gone, having those children.” And said, “The children, of course, cry for their father and so forth.” And said, “I know what you mean, because I have a lovely husband, myself.” She said, “But, I tell you my condition.”

She said, “I... I’ve had four major operations, the last four years.” She said, “I take around, some fifteen or sixteen tranquilizers a day.” And she said, “I take three different Lexron shots, and so forth, a week.” And said, “I put a bunch of sleeping tablets, and the latest thing, and quieten the nerves. And them shots, and take as much as two, double sleeping tablets at night, and can’t sleep.” And she said, “My doctor has told me to go on to the insane institution before I cannot return. There might be a hope that I can save my mind.” And said, “And there’s nothing in medical lines nowhere could touch me.”

And she said, “I was anticipating suicide, planning it, to leave my lovely husband and my little girl.” She said, “We live in Kansas. I love it, because I see the grain ripening, and think of the harvest.”

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I think she was a Methodist. And said where... And then, over at the Methodist college in Bloomington, Illinois, they picked up a paper, that I was to be there, eleven months ago. Many of you remember the Bloomington meeting. You were there.

And she said, “My husband got me, and some friends, and took off.” And said, “The Lord knew I couldn’t stand it one more day.” She was so far gone. And said, “I was the first person. Your son, Billy Paul, give me a card. And that night, when your... when your husband called the numbers, I was the first one in the line, to be prayed for.” And said, “As soon as I come to the platform,” said, “he told me my life and told me what I done, and ever what all about it, and said, ‘THUS SAITH THE LORD, it’s over.’” Said, “That very split minute, I’ve never had another pain.” Said, “I weighed seventy-something pounds. I weigh a hundred-and-sixty-something now.” And said, “Sister Branham, when you’re lonesome,” said, “I know how you feel, sharing your husband with the world, and things like that. But,” said, “just remember, a little Kansas housewife is free today, because he was willing to mind the Lord.”

I showed Billy. I said, “Billy, I want you to send this over to that Methodist college.”

He reached over and got a pile, said, “Read some of these.”

I said, “I know. I know they’re wonderful, but this one is enough. This has just set the place.”

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Did you hear that? “‘Unclean! Unclean!’ The evil spirits drove him,” see, plumb out of his mind, “out into the tombs. When Jesus came, He set the captive free.” And Jesus is the Word. So, take the Word, and It’ll set the captive free.

Here I am talking, taking up my time, taking up your time, and so much to say.

Let us bow our heads.

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Lord, as mortals, we know we don’t have too much more time to talk. When I look out over this little, hungry-hearted bunch of pilgrims that’s come from the field, from farming, some of them has come from the public works, from working. And some of them drove across the mountains, the deserts, and the fields and swamps, and gather here, then have to stand up. But they are pilgrims. They don’t belong to this world. They’re only here as testimonies, as lights that’s set on a hill, that gives Light in the community where they’re living. And then when they come together, to be rededicated, and charged with the Word, they stand, they cramp in their limbs, and the... the old and the young, alike.

They love You, Lord. That’s why they’re here. Anyone knows that a person wouldn’t come, and drive for miles, and stand along walls, leaning, and legs cramping, just to be seen.

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And with this bunch, Lord, we’re... we’re poor people. We don’t come in dainty dress. We come here to worship You. One purpose in our heart, one objective and one motive, that’s You, Lord.

I pray, God, that You’ll richly will reward them. May there not be a one pass through these doors, today, but what will have Eternal Life. “Then the toils of the road will seem nothing, when we get to the end of the way.” If they’re sick, heal them, Lord.

And now we just spoke of other meetings, or without a definitely knowing, then I’m going, if it be Your will, just scattering the Seeds. They’ll come up, if They fall on the right ground. I pray, Lord, that You’ll direct Them to that right ground.

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Laying on the platform, or the pulpit, I should said, here this morning, is handkerchiefs, little parcels. It means that people are sick, needy. O God of Heaven, Who raised up Christ from the dead and has presented Him to us in this last day, in the form of the Holy Ghost, may He Who is omnipresent look down; omniscient, knows all things; omnipotent, all powerful. Watch over these little parcels. And may they, when they touch the sick and afflicted, may the Holy Spirit quicken that prayer to the ears of God, and may they be healed immediately.

Lord, think of that poor little woman. I just quoted her testimony, “Out there in Kansas today, happy, not a pain. No doctor can find anything wrong with her. No more pains, no more tranquilizers, no more sleeping pills; sleeps good and sound. Everything is all right.” O Lord, truly, when You come, everything is all right then. We thank You for that.

Now, Father, as we turn to the Word, bless Thy Word. May It not return to Thee void, but may It accomplish that which It has been purposed for and dedicated to. In Jesus’ Name we ask it. Amen.

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Now, can you hear all right, everybody? Back in the back, it’s all right? Which is the best, if I talk like this, or talk like this? Over here, this side over here is better? Is that better for you all back there? All right, I’ll pull this around here, just a little closer then.

Last Sunday, is a week, I... I was a little late, had quite a lengthy service. I don’t like to be that way. And now, once in a while, it won’t bother me a bit, if someone is setting down, sees those standing up, would like to swap places with them, a little while, rest them. It would be a very fine Christian act. And now, now, maybe, by... by this Easter, we may have another place to hold the... the... the main service.

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Now we want to turn, this morning. All you soldiers get your... your Sword now, and we’re going to declare war on the enemy. Used to sing a little song you know.

The fight is on, O Christian soldier,

Face to face in stern array.

You’ve heard the song.

Armors gleaming, colors streaming,

The right and wrong is engaged today.

See? That’s right.

The fight is on, but be not weary,

Be strong and in His might hold fast;

If God be for us, His banner over us,

We’ll sing the victor’s song at last.

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That’s right. We want to turn now to, first, to read the Scripture reading found in Saint John 10, the first five verses:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

But he that entereth... by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

To him the porter openeth; and... and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

...a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for... for they know not the voice of strangers.

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Now, the subject this morning, that I chosen to teach on for a little while, is: "Wisdom Versus Faith". Wisdom versus faith.

Now, there’s only two sources, or by two sources, which we must live. Did you know that? Now we...

I got many Scriptures written down here. And I want you... We will probably refer to them, as going along. And... and I’ll try to be out as quick as possible. And won’t try to... Just lay it out, so you can take it from there on. See?

But there’s only two sources that we can draw our life from. And one of them is wisdom, and the other is faith; and if we think what wisdom produces, and then what faith produces. But, those two sources, we’re going back this morning and pick them up for the Sunday school lesson, and bring them up out of the Bible; and show what they are, and what they are going to do, and what they have done, by the help of the Lord.

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Now, faith and wisdom. Now, to begin with, we’ll notice, that, in Genesis, the 1st chapter, we find that... that faith was introduced, and wisdom was introduced. And, today, them two sources is still introduced to the human race. We find out, that, God was the Author of faith, to believe, for the people to believe and to trust His Word. And Satan is the author of wisdom, trying to get the people to accept his wisdom, and pull them away from the faith that’s in God’s Word. Those two sources.

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We find it so strange that Genesis, this seed chapter, starts off that way. And we see that all things that we have, today, originally began in Genesis, ’cause the word Genesis means “the beginning.” And if we see these things that we’re, today, the way they are, they had to have a beginning somewhere. You’ll have to chase everything back to a beginning.

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And here’s a little thought for you. Everything that had a beginning, has an ending. But it’s the things that did not have a beginning, that doesn’t end, the only things that’s Eternal.

Therefore, I’d like to ask the question. How could we ever make sense out of the word of “the Eternal sonship of God”? If He was a Son, He had a beginning. If He was Eternal Son, how could He be a Son and be Eternal? For, son is... is a product of something. But, if He was... He was, could not be an Eternal Son. There’s no such a thing, “Eternal Son of God.” Cause, if He... if He never had a beginning, then He cannot be nothing but Eternal. But, if He was a Son, He had a beginning, so He cannot be an Eternal Son.

It was the Eternal God manifested in a Son. Uh-huh. See? Eternal God, ’cause God is only thing that’s Eternal.

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And the only way that we can ever live is because we have Eternal Life. This body dies, all of our parts die. But the part that’s Eternal is God, and cannot die. Now, now, the Word, the Bible, is Eternal, because It is God in Word form. And what was in God, in His thoughts, before there was any spoken Word, it was God. You see it? [Congregation says, “Amen."] It was God. Therefore, being predestinated, we who are; saying “we,” trusting I’m along with you that was predestinated; was the... the things that was with God in Eternity.

And then, if you are a born-again child of God, you are, and got the Holy Spirit in you, you are the manifestations of God’s spoken Word before It was a Word. It has to be a thought before it can be a Word. A Word is a spoken thought. And the thoughts was in God, and then we were in God in Eternity, and we were spoken into existence by the Word. Oh, what a... By what Word? This Word, God’s Word.

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Now, God is the Author of faith. Satan is the author of wisdom. For, God gave His first children His Word, and told them they must believe This; and put a death, separation, punishment, if they fail to believe It.

And Satan comes around and tries to offer to Eve, wisdom, “You will be wise, knowing right from wrong, like God.” Now, see, to start with, you see right quick that wisdom comes from the devil. That’s strange, isn’t it? But it’s truths. Wisdom come from the devil. He is the author of wisdom.

Now, of course, anything that the devil has, is a perversion of the original. Sin is a perversional, perversion of righteousness. Adultery is the perversion of a... of a legal act. A lie is the perversion of the truth.

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And so the... the wisdom that I want you to get straightened out on, ’fore we start. There is a wisdom of God, a wisdom of God, is, stay with His Word. But Satan, in his wisdom, tried to twist the Word, so that’s the wisdom I’m speaking of.

There’s a certain amount of faith that goes with Satan. In order to... to accept Satan, you got to believe Satan, so there is a perverted faith to a perverted thing. And anything that would try to twist the Word of God, to make It say something that It doesn’t, is the wrong spirit, see, offering wisdom against God’s wisdom. So, we’re going to refer to it as wisdom, and not Satan’s faith.

Many of those people that believe that, are sincere, and believe, just with all the faith that they got, that they’re right. See? You have to watch. The blanket stretches two ways now. But, he, they are... The only way to be sure, is come back to the original Word. There is where everything is based, on the Word.

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Now, we find that these two factions, or sources, is: one, wisdom; and the other one, faith. And they versed one another since creation, in the garden of Eden.

Now, there is children on both sides.

Now, what is the... the wisdom we’re talking about? Something that will not agree that all this Word is the Truth. It’s something that will take away from the Truth, expressing itself as a higher knowledge, more wisdom. And if wisdom of that sort come from Satan, his children live by that wisdom.

And if the faith of God came through God, and God is Word, God’s children lives on faith. The Bible said, “The just live by wisdom”? [Congregation says, “No."] Faith! “The just shall live by faith.” Not what he can learn, but what he can believe. All right.

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Now, now we find out. Let’s take wisdom, first. Wisdom has reasoning. Faith has no reasoning. But wisdom has reasonings. Let’s just start turning in the Bible, and let’s turn now to Genesis, the 3rd chapter in Genesis, and just teach this.

Now what are we doing, trying to do this morning? Follow what the Lord said, “Lay up Food.” You’re going to need It, one of these days. “Lay up Food.”

Now, Genesis 3:1, let’s read now, see how wisdom has reasonings:

And the serpent was more subtil than all the beasts of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, has God said, (believing, saying the Word), Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

But... the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, Ye shall not eat of it, (quoting the Word), neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Now, faith holds to That. See? Now watch:

...the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

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A reason, reasonings, “God is too good. God is too merciful. He loves you too much.” You hear that same old devil today. “God is too good to do this. God won’t do this. God won’t punish.” He will do just exactly what His Word said He’d do. See?

“Ye shall not surely die.” See? What’s he trying to do? Getting her to reason with him. In a minute that you reason on God’s Word, then you’re losing faith. See? Don’t have no “yes, no’s, maybe so.” Stay right with It. See? Eve had the right approach, but she listened to his reasonings.

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There’s just so many people today that has the right knowledge, that knows that this Word should be God’s Word, and It is God’s Word, but they stand and let some seminary student reason them out of It, away from the Holy Spirit, away from the things of God. “Reasonings, we’re to cast them down.”

Now, 4th verse:

For...

I’m going to tell you why Satan said. I’ll read the 4th verse, first, then the 5th one:

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die... die:

For God knoweth that in the days you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good from evil.

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See, he’s giving her a reason, “Will you like to be equal with God? Take...“ Other words, “You want to really be right with God? Take my advice. Listen to me. God don’t mean That. He just didn’t.”

When you hear that, get away from it. That’s right. That’s the hiss of the serpent. It sounds reasonable. But don’t reason, at all. Just believe it, what God said. Now:

When the... And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food...

See what it was? His reasonings brought her to know that it was right, it was true.

...and that it was pleasant to the eye, and a tree to be desired...

“To make one have faith”? [Congregation says, “No."]

...to make one have knowledge, make one wise...

See what it was? Satan presenting knowledge, knowledge that was contrary to the Word, “one to make one wise.”

...she took of the fruit... and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat.

And their eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

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Now, what started it? Reasoning. See? Faith has no reason. You don’t reason, at all. You believe. When you’re prayed for, and accept God’s Word for healing, don’t reason with your feelings. Don’t reason with nothing else. There’s no reasoning to it. God said so, and that settles it.

Oh, how I’d like to stop here a few minutes, and rest on that, and take a text out of it. Can’t do it, and preach these, about forty or fifty texts I got wrote down here. But reasoning...

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When the Lord gives a vision... I’ll just tell you, my own little infant way. The Lord gives a vision of something is going to happen, why, I don’t care what is contrary to it.

And remember, everything that can be presented, contrary, Satan will do it. He’ll try to reason, “You can’t do it.”

For instance, that what I just quoted a few moments ago, about going... Now, this was kind of off the beaten path. Just before my mother went. And the Lord knew I wasn’t going to able to keep those appointments with those brethren, about going hunting. And gave a vision, and sent me all the way into British Columbia.

And when we got there, the guide said, “I’ve never seen a silver-tip. I’ve lived here all my life. And besides, we’re going plumb up into sheep country, on horses. There’s no silver-tip’s. There’s no... You ain’t going to get it up there.” See? See? Trying, see, trying to move away; reason.

Satan said to me, “It’ll be, you just... you just misunderstood the vision.”

“But I didn’t. It’s going to be. THUS SAITH THE LORD.”

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And when the caribou came up, and we got that, which was in the vision, as you all know.

Then he said, the guide said to me; very fine brother, to be with him now in a few weeks, young Christian. He said, “Brother Branham, my brother had the epilepsy. And you rode up on that horse that day, and told me a certain thing to do, and my ‘brother’s epilepsy would cease.’” He said, “When I did exactly what the Holy Spirit told you to tell me,” said, “he’s never had a spell, from that day.”

He said, “Now here we are, on top of this mountain. And for three miles right down, there’s not even a bush four inches high. Nothing but caribou moss, a few blueberries, and they only get two or three inches high.” He said, “Caribou moss and blueberries, plumb to the timberline, and our horses were hitched in the timberline. And now, according to what you told me before we come here, that, somewhere between here and where that boy is standing, with that checked shirt on, you’re going to kill a nine-foot silver-tip grizzly bear.”

I said, “That’s THUS SAITH THE LORD.” See?

What was it? Satan trying to get me to disbelieve that.

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We started down the mountain. Closer we got, he kept saying, “Brother Branham, we’re only about a mile from it now.”

I said, “Are you doubting, Bud?”

“Not at all.”

We got within about a half a mile. Said, “We’re only half a mile now.”

I said, “That’s right.” Said, “Just think, in a half a mile!” Casting down reasonings.

He said, “Look. We can see everything right before us. There’s nothing out there.”

“But,” I said, “the God Who gave me the Word can create one there. Don’t reason. Just believe it. Don’t pay any attention to reasons. That has nothing to do with it. Just believe what He said. That’s all.”

I was standing there, looked up on the hills, everywhere, just yellow caribou moss; sun going down; hills, beautiful. You could see any little spot anywhere, for three miles up the mountain, right above me. And when I turned to look, about two miles ahead of me, or a mile and a half, or two mile, stood a nine-foot silver-tip grizzly. How he got there, I don’t know. But he was there. See?

Don’t reason. Believe. No matter what the circumstances, don’t pay no attention to circumstances. Believe.

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Now God said, “The... the day you eat thereof, that day you die.”

Satan said, “Let me tell you something, see. Now, That, that’s... Oh, yeah, we say God is true. Sure. That’s right. We believe that Word. Oh,” Satan said, “I believe That, real sure. But, listen, let me tell you, He didn’t exactly mean That.”

He did mean That. He meant just what He said.

Satan said, “Now, look, I’ll tell you why He did it. He really... You see, you’re... you’re... you’re not wise, yet. You haven’t got any wisdom. See? You’re just like a sheep, to be led. You’re not your own.” That’s the way God wants you. “You’ve never... You ain’t got no Ph.D., yet. You... you... you just don’t have enough education. See? But I’ve got wisdom. I’ll prove it to you. Now, look, you don’t know what is right and wrong. You know there is such a thing, but you don’t know what it is. Let me show you how it’s done.” That’s all he wanted to tell that woman. That’s all he wanted to do. “Let me show you how it’s done.”

She said, “But we’ll die.”

He said, “Surely God won’t do that. But He knows that you’ll be wise too.” See?

Putting his wisdom against God’s Word. There is the wisdom that I’m talking about. See? Wisdom against faith, versus faith. There is the first battle. And God’s Word held steady and true. When they partook of the forbidden, they died; and have, ever since. See? There is where, proved right there, beyond a shadow of doubt.

Now we’re going to run it for a little while.

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Now, I had Genesis 3:1, 17, and now... or 1 to 7, rather, and now, now, where wisdom has reasonings. How many believes that now? Say, “Amen.” [Congregation says, “Amen."] See? You say now...

The doctors say, “Well, I’ll tell you.” Now look, take this little woman I just gave the testimony of. Doctor says, “Nothing you can do. You’re done gone. There’s no hopes for you. Go on to the insane institution. Take her over there.”

She said, “Before I go over there in one of those cells, I’ll kill myself.”

And then what? God come on the scene. And through her advertisement, somewhere in a paper way over in Kansas, from Bloomington, Illinois, she heard. “Faith cometh by hearing.” See? Well, her husband got her together. They was real sweethearts, loved one another.

Think. Four years, and four major operations; fifteen, sixteen tranquilizers. That’s enough to kill a mortal. See? And all those shots, two or three times a week. And I know one of them was Lexron, and I forget what the other one was. It was something for mental condition. She was taking these shots, and, besides that, two sleeping tablets. And couldn’t even sleep, with that. Misery, sick all day, all night, year in and year out. Nothing could be done.

But, “Faith cometh by hearing.” See?

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Now, when she got there, God placed her on the platform, first one. See? And in what... Why, what? When I walked up to her, and I said, “How do you do, sister?” “How do you do?” She never heard nothing about this. She know nothing of it. But said, “You are Mrs. So-and-so. You come from Kansas.”

Now, quickly, that gets her to... to thinking. “Wait a minute. I just heard him say, that, ‘Christ was the same yesterday, today, and forever. And here we proved, in the Bible, tonight, that Christ promised to appear in the last days, in His Church, and the things that they did down at Sodom, and so forth,’ as he preached on.” Which is my opening sermon. “For, now, here I see it going on, right here.” See? “Now, yes.”

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“Now, you have been to several doctors. You’ve had four operations.”

“Where is he getting that information? Where’s that come from? That little, bald-headed man don’t know that. Where’s it come from?”

“And on your road over here, such-and-such a thing.”

“Say!” See? “Now, that’s exactly what he just got through preaching about. That’s the Word.”

But, you know, Satan said, “You know, you accept that, your pastor...“ That don’t have nothing to do with it. See? Cast away reasonings. See? “But your doctor said you’ve got to go to the insane institution.” Cast away reasonings.

“I’m waiting to see what God is going to say about it.” See? Then God... I didn’t know what to say. Then the Spirit picked it up and blasted it out.

She believed it. She never reasoned, “Year after year, after year, nervous breakdowns, mind gone, operations and everything, all these things; why, it’s unreasonable, think I could be healed here, in a second.” But she didn’t think about reasonings. She just believed. Faith did it, and she was healed, that instant.

You’d like to write to her, why, Billy can give you her address. All right, now. Now, fa-...

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Wisdom will reason. Now... But faith don’t have no reasoning. It does nothing but hold to the Word. It holds the promise.

Now let’s read a little bit. Let’s turn to Romans, 4th chapter, and read just a little. And it’s until we get pinched really for time, we’ll just read these Scripture, Romans, the 4th chapter. Cause, I really like to read the Word. It does you good to... to read It. Romans, the 4th chapter, and let’s begin with the 17th verse. Listen.

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Paul, writing the commentary on Abraham’s life, you know, there’s nothing said about Abraham running down into Gerar, and nothing in the commentary, you know. It’s just, “Abraham believed God,” Paul, that great apostle, writing a commentary on Abraham.

17th verse, “As it is written...“ I like that: Paul, staying with the Word.

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) ...

“I have.” Abraham was seventy-five years old. Lived with his wife since she was a... both of them were young. It was his half sister. No children; he was sterile and she was barren. But God met him and said, “I have,” past tense, before the foundation of the world, of course, “have made you a father of many nations.” Not of many children, but many nations. Just think of it.

...before him whom he believed, God, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

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Don’t reason, at all. Listen:

...calleth those things which were not as though they were.

Who against hope...

My! “Not even a hope.” What if he would have reasoned? “Not even a hope.”

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

No matter what thing else is said. “God said so, and that settles it.” Oh, if Eve would have only stayed with that! See? But she stopped, to reason, get some wisdom. Abraham didn’t want any wisdom. He just wanted the Word. “God said so, and that finishes it.”

You know, I’ve preached on it, many time. Went and bought up all the diapers and the pins, and everything, got ready for the baby, and Sarah made the booties. And year after year passed. “Bless God, we’re going to have it, anyhow. That’s right.”

“Why, she,” the doctor would say, “well, she can’t have it. You can’t have it.”

“And don’t tell me. We’re going to have it, anyhow. That’s it.”

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“Against hope, yet believed in hope.” Hopes is all gone, yet he believed in it when hope was done dead, to him. Hope was dead to every scientific search, every resource of wisdom. Hope was gone, but still he believed in it. What was it? Faith in it; faith in hope when hope wasn’t there. Hum! I’d like to linger on that a while. Faith in hope when there was no hope there, yet he still believed in hope. See? Cause, he said, “He told me, ‘So shall they seeds be.’”

Now, 19th verse. “And being not weak in ‘wisdom, knowledge, had his degree’”? [Congregation says, “No."] No.

...being not weak in faith, (ha, there you are), he considered not his own body now dead...

Hope was gone. His body was dead. Listen, next:

...when he was about an hundred years old, neither... the deadness of Sarah’s womb:

Hope was dead. His body was dead. Sarah’s womb was dead. What did he do? Next verse, “He staggered not.” Oh, my!

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief (wisdom); but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Oh, my! What?

And being fully persuaded that, what he has promised, he was also able to perform.

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Hum! No matter how, there’s no reasoning to it, at all. He just takes the... the Word and holds onto It. Now, if this is the Word of God, you believe It? [Congregation says, “Amen."] Then why doubt any Word of It, any promise of It? [“Amen.”] How can you say that This is part, and This is no good; and This is that, pick out what you want? Can’t do it. It’s either all good or there’s none of It good. Right. So, as soon as you see that It’s the Truth, take a hold of It. Don’t turn It loose, no matter what circumstances, how they try to reason, “Why, you can’t.” Don’t, don’t do that, at all. Stay right with It. God promised it.

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If I’m going now to take my stand for Christ, and He’s give me the Holy Spirit, His Spirit bears record of His Life in me. Then when I come to die, Satan tries, say, “Now, you see, you didn’t belong to an organization.” Stay right with the Word. “You didn’t do this. You didn’t do that.” No matter what, that, Satan has got no reasoning about It. It’s God’s Word. Stay with the Word. See? It casts down all reasonings. See? You don’t have any reasoning; just holds onto the Word. See?

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Now, faith simply trusts in His Word. See? That’s what He wanted them to do. That... that, now, you get the background now. That’s exactly what God wanted the human race to do: to trust in every Word He said.

And Eve trusted a whole lot of It. But one little thing she accepted, “Well, if I become full of wisdom, maybe... maybe it was that way. Maybe it’s supposed to be this way.” See? Then right there is where she lost her hold. That’s where she started sinking, right there. That’s where the whole human race went right down to the grave, from right there, because she doubted one Word.

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Some of them say, “Well, I believe This is true. I believe That’s true. I believe God can save, but I don’t believe He heal. I believe the Holy Ghost, sure, fell on the Day of Pentecost, but there’s no place where there’s anything that says the Holy Ghost fell, after Pentecost.”

Oh, brother! That’s the way they say it; call themselves the churches of Christ. See? “Having a form of godliness, but denying the Word thereof.” Huh! Uh-huh! That’s it. See?

You must believe. Don’t reason. Believe. Don’t try to have wisdom. Just believe the Word.

Wisdom tries to reason and present a better way. Now, that’s exactly what Satan told Eve. “Now, you’re not going to die. Surely you won’t, ’cause God is a good God.”

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He is a good God. And the only way I can trust Him, to be a good God, that He will stay with His Word.

How can you expect me to be truthful when I’m not truthful? If I tell you one thing, do something else, my word is pretty shaky. See?

Though, what makes Him a good God, is because He spoke the Word, and we’re to live by that Word. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God, proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Then, God has got to stay with that Word. That’s what makes Him a good God.

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Now, if He say, “Well, I’ll let them get by with this. I, I’ll let them do this. Well, that’s all right. Oh, I, I’ll... I’ll move over here,” why, He’s a wishy-washy, see; He isn’t God; He’s... He’s just an ordinary man. See? But, to be a good God, He has to stay with His Word. That puts every child... If He will let this one commit adultery, this other one drink a little, and... and this other one could do lie a little, this other can steal a little, and this other can do... do this; then make me just toe the line, to come in?

He’s got one way, and all that goes in is going in that gate. “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way. No defilement will enter therein.”

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Over in Revelation, said, “All without are sorcerers, whoremongers, and dogs, and so forth.” “Blessed are ye that doeth all His commandments, that he may have a right to the Tree of Life.” That’s right. There’s one way, that’s God’s.

We don’t reason it out, no other way. Well, the Roman church says, “We are the Church. That... that Bible is not even worth the... Why, why, It, you couldn’t...“ Bishop Sheen said, “To try to live with It, was like walking through muddy waters.”

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See? See? How you going to do that? See? Then, if he’s right, then the Bible is wrong. The Bible is right; he is wrong. Now what are you going to say? If God’s Word is right, it’s either Bishop Sheen or... or the Bible. Not only Bishop Sheen, but Rev. So-and-so, and Dr. So-and-so, and So-and-so. I wouldn’t have called the man’s name, ’less he said it on the radio. So, he said it out on the radio, so I guess I can call his name. Dr. So-and-so and So-and-so, said so-and-so and so-and-so. Now who you going to believe, God or them?

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“Well,” say, “It really doesn’t mean it just This way.” It means it just the way that It’s written.

Well, that’s the first lie of the devil. He said to Eve, “It just really doesn’t mean that. Surely God is too good to do that. You won’t die.” But they did. And they will, every time. Got to meet the Word!

Wisdom tries to take a... a better way, the way of modern, the way of popularity, the... an easier way, find itself around.

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Just now, you take a fellow here, maybe God go to dealing with him. Now, he thinks he has to come up. He has to make his wife come right to the line. He has to quit his card parties. He has to quit going to the dances. His wife has to let her hair grow out. She has to quit wearing makeup. He has to quit smoking, drinking. He’s got to get out of that big society that he’s in. Got to humble himself at the altar. He’s got to stand and be called a fanatic, holy-roller, Beelzebub, anything can be called. “I’ll be religious, but I’ll go down here, join this church down here. You’re too narrow.” There you are. See? There’s a reason, reason.

Now we’re going to get to a great point, in a few minutes, on that. See? How you going to know which is right and wrong, then? See?

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Now, tries to make the Word say something, knowledge does. Knowledge, wisdom, tries to... to reason. Wisdom finds a better way. There is no other way but God’s way. Wisdom tries to point out, say, “Oh, well, now, you know, we couldn’t do that in this time.” We must do it, anyhow. See? Tries to find an easier way. Tries to make the Bible say things that It does not say.

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Now you say, “Oh, Brother Branham, now you’re...“

Wait just a moment. We’ll go back to the seed again. What was it the devil tried to do with wisdom? Make God’s Word say something that It didn’t say. That’s right. He tried to make God’s Word say something that It didn’t say. So that’s the way it comes today, when they try to make God’s Word say something that It doesn’t say.

Well, they say, “Well, I’ll tell you, Brother Branham, you ain’t got the right interpretation.”

The Bible said, that, “Prophecy is of no private interpretation.” Why? Why ain’t it a private interpretation? Why? “The Word of the Lord came to the prophets.” It is interpreted by the prophet. Can’t be of an interpretation, private. The prophets already interpret It to you. There it is, written right There. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

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God has got to have some fundamental something that all people has got to be judged by.

If it’s by a church, which one is right? About nine hundred of them, nine hundred different organizations. [Brother Branham coughs.] Pardon me. Which one of them is right? How you know you’re going in? What if you’re a Methodist, and the Baptist is right? What if you’re a Pentecostal, the Presbyterians are right? What if you’re a Catholic, and the Lutherans are right? What if you’re a Lutheran, and the Catholics are right? See?

There’s got to be some foundation somewhere. So if the Word...

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” See? The Word was in God. It was God. It was His thoughts that was with Him, always There. God’s thoughts is as Eternal as God is. Amen. That ain’t skim milk, brother. See? Here it comes. “God’s thoughts was His Word, in the beginning,” that’s, “in Eternity,” now, when “beginning” first started, time. “In the beginning was the Word, God’s thoughts, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” See? His thoughts is what He was.

That’s you, too. What your thoughts are is what you are. No matter what you try to live, by something else, your thoughts is what you are. You might go along, act like a nice fellow, but in your heart you’re an adulteress and whatever is. That’s what you are, your thoughts.

And God’s thoughts was His Word that was with Him and in Him, and It was God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And that Word was made flesh.” God’s thoughts was expressed in a human body, “Made flesh, and dwelt among us.” There you are.

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Now, if you have Eternal Life today, you are in God. By God’s Being in you, you are God’s expressed thought. Whew! Then, don’t listen to any reasonings, lest your crown be taken, give to another. Don’t take any reasonings, at all. Just believe what God said is the Truth, and stay with It.

Reasonings, through wisdom, tries to make the Word say something It doesn’t say.

Now you say, “Is that true, Brother Branham?”

Well, let’s just go back to Genesis and find out. Let’s go to Genesis, the 3rd chapter of Genesis, and we’re going to read the... the... the 4th verse, see if... if wisdom tries to make the Word say something that It isn’t. The 3rd chapter of Genesis, the 4th verse:

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

See what it presents? What is it? Trying to make the Word say something that It doesn’t say. See?

God said, “You shall die.”

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Wisdom, as Satan was presenting to her, said, “You shall not surely die.” See? It’s trying to make the Word say something, that, “It isn’t so.”

That’s what wisdom is today. Oh, brother, how we’d tarry on that! Seminaries, schools of theology, that’s their very nest. That’s their grass roots, is trying to make God’s Word say something that It doesn’t say.

I challenge anybody to show me the Apostles’ Creed in the Bible. I challenge anybody to show me “communion of saints” in the Bible. Both Protestant, Catholic believe it. I challenge you to show me any of those things, in the Bible.

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See? It’s the grass roots of wisdom trying to reason.

“Our warfare is not carnal, but mighty, casting away all reasons, see, pulling down the strongholds of Satan.” That great, flowery, beautiful creature! Not a slick greaser; no, no, that’s on the inside. But, outwardly, sin is twice as pretty. You know, sin is beautiful.

How many men in here, and women, is past fifty years old? Raise up your hands. I didn’t... I oughtn’t to ask the women. But I... We all admit the truth. I want to ask you a question. Do you see today that women are twice as pretty, nearly, as they used to be, on the run, the average across the world? If that’s so, raise up your hand. Sure. They’re twice as pretty as what they used to be.

Get some old pictures.

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Look at grandmother; her long skirts; braid of hair hanging down her back. She wasn’t so attractive to look at.

Look at the modern one today. Little skinned-down dress, that, every form, she can’t move without sinning. Walking, tipping down the street, with all the makeup and cosmetics a Max Factor can put on her, nearly. Fixing her hair like some little girl. Wearing a little skirt just up, about, above her knees, if she’s got on any, at all. But, you look at her, she is pretty. Satan knows how to do it. He’s the author of beauty, that type of beauty which results in sin.

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The earth, itself, is a womb. Where did God place His seeds? Where is seeds put? In a womb. God put seeds. And what does man do? Like devils, in a womb, he’ll make a child deformed if he can. That’s what devils has done on the earth, hybreeding, making creatures, is not so. I’d better leave off of that; I’ll never get to the rest of this here, I got wrote down. You know what I mean. That’s the reason there’s a deformed creation about to be cast. God is finished with it. The world is all out of order. Everything is wrong. The streams are polluted. The air is polluted. Filth! Stink!

An old Indian, not long ago, said, “White man, I don’t want to live any longer. I’m through with fighting.” Said, “Where is my babies? Are they starved to death? Where is my wife?” Said, “Before you come here with your women and whiskey, and sin, we lived in peace. It’s our grounds. God give it to us, but you’re taking it away from us. You’ll pay for it, someday.”

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Look at it, today. Them big, pretty deserts and mountains strowed with stink, sin, whiskey bottles, beer cans. Every place is full of taverns and tommyrot. Reno, Nevada, that great desert yonder, is nothing but a prostitution. The great cities are, till even the air and the atmosphere is contaminated. Where once the pretty mountains growed, now she is cut up with all kinds of everything else. Where the trees growed, they’re cut down. Where the deserts, the waters flowed free, it’s contaminated. The whole world is going to have a... a cast. The earth is going to give forth her child from the seed. Been perverted, by devils tearing it up, working it up, sure, it is... is perverted creation. God will cast it away and start over again. That’s right.

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What did it come from? One person believing one little... disbelieving one little phase of God’s Word.

The whole earth is groaning. The Bible says, that, “Even nature itself is groaning for that day of relief, waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God.” The trees are striving, in vain. The flowers are trying to brighten the way for the... But, they’re groaning and crying, and know there is something wrong. Perverted! The womb can’t bring forth that perfect, because she is perverted. The ground stinks. She is bathed with innocent blood. She’s got... She’s like a...

I could say something, might be too flat. It’s... it’s... it’s stink. God said, “It stinks,” before Him, so filthy.

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Walk into a rest room, the urinals, and just stink, contaminated. That’s exactly what the world smells, too, like God smelling to it. Filth, the whole thing is filthy.

God will burst her to pieces. “I’ll create a new heavens and earth,” He said. Yes, sir.

What is it? Her womb hasn’t brought forth a Millennium. She has brought forth a perverted thing. Why? Trying to be wisdom.

Got nothing against Florida. I don’t mean this for you people from Florida. But when I crossed and went in Florida the first time, and come back to the Georgia line there, I stood right there and I said, “As an American citizen, I give my part of it back to the Seminoles where it belongs.” Why, they take better care of their yards than I do my hair, everything feather-edged. The palm trees has got lights all over it. Big swanky yachts and things, trying to bring a Millennium without repentance. To me, it’s a bunch of nothing.

A million times more, I’d rather climb in British Columbia, to the top of a hill, and look across the mountains that God created, and man’s hands never touched it. Certainly.

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Go into these cities, the big homes, that, that don’t, what attract me. I hate that kind of stuff. See?

But I know that one day, one day, it’ll be changed. She’ll cast forth her afflicted child. The earth, it’ll be changed, one day. Okay.

Faith believes that it is written, and says, “The Word has no flaws.”

Did you ever hear ministers say, “Well, I tell you, the... the King James Version, or this Revised Version, or this here, it’s just... it’s just a little different. Really, it didn’t really mean That”? Have you heard that? [Congregation says, “Yes."] Oh, my! The world is contaminated with it. See? But faith don’t believe that.

Faith believes, a God that can make me, can keep that Book in the order for me to live by. If the God Who made me is going to judge me, can’t keep His Book in order, then He’s a very poor God. There you are. I believe every Word of It is the Truth. Yes, sir.

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What does this do, to believe that? It gives faith a perfect resting place in It. See? You cannot disbelieve, that that Word is messed with, in any way. You got to believe It just the way It is.

If you try to use wisdom, to say, “Now look here. It’s not reasonable that God said it would do a thing like this.” But God did do it. See? That’s right. Now, if you say, “Well, now, if God did this, if He took a man’s life because he wasn’t a Levite, and put his hand on the Ark when It was about to fall.” No matter how much he was, He took his life for it.

God said, “Just Levites, alone, would touch That.” He took it. That’s what got David stirred up, you know. See?

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A Levite, wasn’t... Nothing but a Levite was supposed to touch that Ark. And here the Ark was, coming right back for a revival, and one outside of that tried to handle the Word.

That goes to show that only the anointed of God is to touch that Word. These creeds and denominations got no business tampering with It. Just the Holy Spirit has got a right to that Word, and it’s death for any other to touch It. Or, to disbelieve any of It, or teach it, “The same will be taken, his part, out of the Book of Life.” Don’t put your hands on It. Stay away from It. Listen. Believe just what It says. Don’t take nobody else’s word. Take what It said. Stay right with the Word. It’s death to do anything else to It. Now, ’cause it...

What does faith do? It believes It just the way It is. That’s the way God has preserved It down through the age, and here It is. It’s the Word of God, for me. God honors that. It gives a perfect faith in Its trueness.

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How could you ever marry a woman if that young girl had... had... had run out and done everything, and lived in prostitution and everything else? And... and, yet, you went and got her in a house of prostitution. Come out, and she was... She say, “Well, I’ll... I’ll try to be a... a better girl.” You can’t have faith in that woman. See? You can’t do it. How can a woman have faith in a man that’s did the same thing? You just can’t build your faith there. There’s nothing to build on. See? You can’t do it.

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How could you go out here and say, “Here’s a boat that’s got a lot of holes in it, and I’ll put some grass sacks in it. Perhaps, maybe it’ll... it’ll stem the tide, to cross the river”? And I wouldn’t want to take a chance on it, when there’s one setting here is built right. Sure.

Why will we take some man-made theology with holes all in it? It’s proved that it’s wrong. See? When, here is one setting here, that’s really the Word of God, Who stemmed the tide, through every hard storm and gale. She has held just as true as she could be. It always will. All right.

“Heavens and earth will pass away,” said Jesus, “but My Word shall not.” Why? They’re Eternal. They was in the beginning. He just come here to express God’s Word. He was God’s expression. God was expressing Himself through His Son.

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These all started in Genesis, the seed chapter, and has been ever since. Ever since, been on the scene, it’s been the same thing, a fight between wisdom and faith, always fight. So, wisdom is of the devil and for his children.

Did you ever notice? All of you seen sheep. All of you seen goats. But, you know, the bleat of them two is so close, it takes a real shepherd to tell the difference. You put an old goat out there, let him bleat, bleat. Then you go over here and put a sheep there, and let him bleat. Listen at it. They sound just alike. But a real shepherd can catch that voice.

Jesus said, “My sheep know My Voice.” See? They can tell whether it’s a goat. Well, He’s a Sheep, Himself. Uh-huh. He ain’t... “My sheep know My Voice. Strangers they won’t follow.” What is His Voice? Here it is, the Word. See? “My sheep know My Voice.” See?

They won’t let anybody say, “Oh, now, here. I’m talking, the Voice of God, too. This says this there.” But it’s, see, Satan. We’ll get to that in just a little bit, cool that off for you. See?

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Now, now you see that the seed Word cannot grow in the atmosphere, then, of knowledge. That right? [Congregation says, “Amen."] See? As soon as knowledge mixes with faith, it dies right there.

Eve come and said, “The Lord God said: ‘The day we eat thereof, that day we die.’” Then she stopped to see what he would say.

He said, “But, listen, my dear, you lovely little thing. See? Surely God made you for a purpose. You know that’s right. See, you’re a woman, you were made for this purpose. That’s what it is. You don’t know it now, but you were made for this purpose. Oh, you’re a lovely little thing, dear. Uh-huh. Look at those dainty little hands. See? Why, sure you will. Surely.”

“But He said, if we... if we did, we’d ‘die.’”

He said, “But, oh, you think that a good, loving Father, God, would do a thing like that?” What’d she do? She listened to reason, took his wisdom. Said, “It’s a tree, delight. One can be desired of it.” And she fell for it. That’s exactly. And when she did, what happened? Like it would to any woman. As soon as you fall for it, it finishes right there. That’s right.

Now, you see, the seed that she was holding, and would have finally become a mother, by the will of God, through a spoken Word. She would have finally become a mother. But, she couldn’t wait, went into that.

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Now, see, then, as soon as she did that, accepted wisdom with the Word, and wisdom was contrary to the Word... You understand, say, “Amen.” [Congregation says, “Amen."] See? If wisdom is with the Word, and proves to be with the Word, and the Word produces Itself by the same thing, then it is the Word. But if wisdom is against the Word, and not with the Word, but trying to find something to add to It or take from It, it’s of the devil. [“Amen.”]

And Holy Ghost seeds of the Bible cannot grow in the atmosphere of wisdom. That kills every seminary in the country. That knocks the holes right out through them, punctures them, and the... the judgment flows in. That’s right. It certainly does, see, because the Word cannot grow with wisdom, worldly wisdom. Won’t do it.

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Eve was to believe the Word as It was given to her. That right? [Congregation says, “Amen."] She wasn’t to listen to anybody else say anything about It; just the way It was given to her, that’s the way she was supposed to believe It. There’d have never been a death, if she had believed That. That’s right.

And a man or a woman that will take God’s Word just the way It’s given to us, hold It the way God said It, It’s Life. But to mix it with some wisdom of some organization, you die right there, just like it did in the first. That’s the Seed. That’s the way, that’s the way It acted the first time, that’s the way It’ll act every time. It always has. God permit, we’ll prove that through the Bible, this morning. That’s the only way that It can grow, is to separate Itself from all reasonings, or anything else, and just believe the Word.

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Eve was supposed to take It just the way God give It to us.

And I’ve expressed and told you that I believe God has preserved and kept this Bible, and that’s the way God give It to me here. I don’t want no other wisdom. I want just the way God said it Here.

Now, I hope I don’t hurt you. But if the Bible said that I must “repent,” It means repent; not do penance, but repent.

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The Bible said for me to be baptized, the Name of “Jesus Christ,” It didn’t mean something else. Didn’t mean “Father, Son, Holy Ghost.” It said That.

“Well,” you say, “Matthew 28:19 said, ‘Baptize them in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost.’” That’s exactly what it was.

Now, if that isn’t right, if they haven’t got the right thing, then the faith that Peter had, to baptize in the Name of Jesus Christ, and all the rest of the Bible, then they had a... a false revelation that God blessed. That brings Him right back: He should have blessed Eve in the beginning, then.

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The name of “the Father, Son, Holy Ghost,” that’s three titles. There’s only one Name. You cannot be baptized in the Name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost until you’re baptized in the Name of “Jesus Christ,” ’cause that is the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Ghost. And the whole Bible is wrote out like that. Every person in the Bible, was ever baptized, was baptized in the Name of “Jesus Christ.” Nobody in the Scripture, ever baptized them in titles of “Father, Son, Holy Ghost.” And every one was baptized in the Name of... of “the Lord Jesus Christ” was baptized in the Name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost.

Every one was baptized, the titles of “Father, Son, Holy Ghost,” is baptized in no name at all; a title, like minister, reverend, doctor, whatevermore; father, son, and human, wife. Titles!

Said, “Don’t make any difference.”

Then put your title on your check, and not your name, and see where it goes. Uh-huh. Say, “I sign this check in the name of the housewife.” Well, that make just as much sense as it would to disbelieve God’s Word when the revelation is laying right there before you. Sure would. See? Sure. All right.

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It’s supposed to believe It the way God said It. It does not contradict Itself. If It does, you come show me. Uh-huh. It don’t contradict Itself, not at all. Satan might contradict It to you, but he can’t to the Word. No. So, the Word won’t stand that. No, sir. That’s the age-old thing, and it’s been thought of, but it’s never been proven yet.

Let’s follow these two sources, or what you might call atmospheres, and see what they create. Let’s follow them for a few minutes.

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Atmosphere; both of these sources will create an atmosphere. I want to ask you something. Did you ever go in a church... I... I say this reverently now, and with... just to make a point; God forbid. Did you ever go in a church where the pastor is real starchy? The congregation is the same way. That’s right. See? What is it? It’s that atmosphere that brought it. Go into a place where the pastor says, “Now, wait a minute, there’s no such a thing as that nonsense. I don’t believe in such a thing as Divine healing, about the baptism of the Holy Ghost.” You know, you’ll see every one, them, congregation. If they ain’t...

If there’s an eagle in there somewhere, he’ll get out, amongst that bunch of chickens. Uh-huh. Sure will. Exactly the truth. He’ll leave it. Yeah. Yeah. He sure will. He can’t stand that. He’s an eagle. He’s a sky-built bird, not a barnyard. Yes, sir. Now, here he is.

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And now we find out, that, those atmospheres. And you get in wherever the... those things, where faith is taught in a church, you’ll find a church in that atmosphere.

O God! Let... let me get this to you, so, you, if you can see it. See? Go... That’s the reason people come among the saints where they’re praying, believers. Paul said he didn’t find any in the city, only Timothy, that was like precious Faith that he had, you know. The rest of them are all denominationalists.

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See? But when he got into that atmosphere, see, he, you find things going on, that the atmosphere has created. You find people living by faith when you get into a place where it says, “My, why, the Bible is true. God heals.” You walk around their congregation, you find, “Why, I was dying with cancer. I was healed.” “I was once blind. I see.”

The stranger say, “Whew! My! What, you mean... ? What was the matter with you?”

“I’ll show you on my record. Come home with me. Come, eat dinner with me and I’ll show you something. I got a record up there. My neighbors know that I was in this kind of condition. I was paralyzed, for years. I was prayed for.” See? What is it? That... that Word in that church, that group of believers, has created that atmosphere.

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Now, how is the Word, in Its simplicity but yet in Its completeness, ever going to grow in a place where knowledge overshadows That and says, “It can’t be so”? See? It can’t. So, where knowledge is preached from a seminary, the children die.

Where faith is preached from the Word, the children live. Amen. That’s the difference, just Life and death.

The same thing happened in the garden of Eden. That’s exactly what happened to them; two atmospheres there. When Eve got off the right One, on the wrong one, she died. See? It’ll do it, every time.

So, they cannot stay. If your church has got that kind of an atmosphere, oh, child, if you want to live, you believe the Word.

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Now, here is going to be a little stinger now. And I don’t mean it in no harsh way. I just... This is teaching. You have to, when you hit these places, you have to sting and burn, a little, you see.

Now wait. Just like branding a calf. I used to hate to do that, to brand a calf; poor little fellow. We’d run out there. And I don’t know whether you ever calf-roped, or not, and... and... and... and tie them. You hog-tie them, see, you cross the... And the poor little guy! You run down there, take this hot branding iron, sock it on him. Oh, brother, it looked horrible. When you got up, he really had a running spell. He just run and kick, and holler and beller, and go on. But, I tell you, they knowed, from then on, who he belonged to. That’s right. They knowed what... what pasture he belonged on. There’s no joke about it then.

So, let’s brand. Let’s brand. Yes, sir.

When they said, you know, the... You, many of you, has read or... or sang the Cowboy’s Meditation, you see. And the stray yearling, when they get him in, on the last there, at the round-up; the stray yearling, they just make soup out of him, ’cause he ain’t got no brand on him, at all. And so the rest of them goes on to their own pastures. But the boss of the round-up knows his cattle, so if you... Brand hurts.

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Now look. Satan could scientifically prove, by his wisdom... Now I’m going to play the part of a doctor here, for a few minutes. Satan could scientifically prove, by his wisdom, that the soil that he was going to give, for the human race to grow in, had vitamins. Sure did. He could scientifically prove it. They can scientifically prove anything they want to, almost. See? Sure.

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It had vitamin P, “pleasure, popularity.” That’s in it. That’s in his wisdom soil. Sure. Sure. All the worldly pleasure, all the picture shows, all the dances, all, anything, “Go ahead. That’s all right. Won’t hurt nothing. Sure.” See? Popularity, “Oh, you’re biggest church there is in the city.” All right.

It had vitamin C in it, which he referred to as “common sense.” “Makes reason, you see.” Yeah.

It had vitamin R in it, which meant “reasonings.” Yeah, he could reason. But, you see, that won’t work. It had vitamin beau, B, in it, which means “beauty.” Satan is beautiful. Sin is beautiful. And as sin begins to get more and more, more beautiful it becomes.

How much better house we got today than the log house? How much more prettier is it? How much prettier is our women today than they used to be? See? How much prettier is Florida, it was now, and the way God created it? See?

It’s got beauty. How many knows that Satan is a beauty? And he desired beauty, and tried to create a beauty, more beautiful kingdom, and so forth. Sure. We know that. Satan is in beauty.

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Now notice. He had vitamin R, which is “reasoning.”

Vitamin B, which is “beauty.”

Vitamin M, which is “modern.” “Oh, you want to be modern.” Just take his knowledge and find out if you don’t believe that stuff. It’ll grow right in you. That vitamin will come right up where you’re setting.

Some fellow stand up, give you some of his knowledge, “Now look, friends. What would it be if we took this great, lovely cathedral here and had a lot of screaming, and crying, and speaking in tongues, and running up-and-down the floor, frothing at the mouth like mad dogs? And... and what do you think the mayor of the city would say, deacon board, if we permitted such a stuff as that to come in here?” Oh, sure, it’s modern.

“You think our people would stand down there on the street, with a tambourine in their hand? And what would it do if our sisters would come with big, long hair hanging down? And the rest of the church women going through town, ‘Looky there. Looky there.’ Why, the president of this church, or ever what it is, you know, ‘Well, look, look at there. She looks like an old model, don’t she? Her spare tire is going flat on the back.’” See? You know, something like that.

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“We want to be modern.” See? That’s the devil’s wisdom. That’s what it grows. That’s the vitamin that’s in the soil, that comes out in the product that it produces. Go on, you modern Jezebel. All right. Modern, like the women of today. Sure. Oh, modern. “Well, the most modern people of the town will come to the church.” Sure. It’s got... Why? They grow in that modern vitamin.

Reasoning vitamin, all right, they grow in that. See? That’s what it is, reasoning. But as soon as you start growing in that, you’re dead to the Word. You have to deny the Word before you can be that. See?

The only way you can ever be a sinner is to deny God’s Word. What is sin? Unbelief. Unbelief in what? God’s Word. See? You have to deny the Word first.

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Now, oh, I got about ten more vitamins wrote down here.

But here is one vitamin that he failed to tell them. He had vitamin D in there. That’s the biggest vitamin in there, results, “death.” See?

It’s the prettiest bunch of dressed people, most modern there is, most beautiful church, biggest organization, see, most modern there was, most beautiful there was, the most reasonable things can be said. “Why wouldn’t...“

“If God made us a creature of His, why would He condemn these women from looking their best, to have short hair? Why would He condemn a little makeup?”

Well, He had one in the Bible that did it, and He fed her to the dogs. So you just think about that, you see. That’s exactly.

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“Why would... why would God? Why, my, He don’t expect us to live after that Bible.” He sure did. He told Eve she must live... Or, He told...

Jesus said, that, “Man lives by the every Word, every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Who said that? Jesus. That right? He said, “If any other man said anything different, let him be a liar; His Word be true.” “Heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word shall not.” There you are.

So vitamin D lays in his formula, modern. That’s right.