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1This evening I want to bring a balance to how our conduct should be concerning those who would rise up against what we stand for. It seems that over the past year as I have traveled to ten countries this year and several places in the United States, that the question comes to me
3This evening I would like to take our text from St. Mark, 10: 13And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
4Let us bow our heads in prayer. Dear Gracious Father we reverently and humbly approach Your throne of Mercy tonight knowing there is still a blood for us to walk in for you said “if we walk in the light ass you are in the light, the blood of Jesus Christ Your son cleanses us from all our sin.” And we know sin is unbelief, so we know there is still blood on the throne of mercy and we know that until your Son Jesus comes to meet us in the air, until that last child is in and child trained there is still mercy. For it is at that time, when he steps forth from Glory that Your mercy seat will turn to a seat of Judgment. And I know Father that there are many still confused about this, but if they would only look at the mercy you have shown them and Your pardoning Grace. If they would look at the Living word which has been interpreted by Your bringing it to pass, then they would have to get their eyes off of their false doctrine and onto the Doctrine of Christ which is why You came in this hour that we also might understand our own Son-ship and relation that we have with Thee, and with Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Grant us this same mind that we see in Your son Jesus tonight as we see his attitude towards the little ones, and help us to have the mind that was in Christ, that it might be in us also, for we ask this in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.
6Notice that when they brought the children to Jesus the disciples rebuked them, and then Jesus had to set them straight. St. Mark, 10: 13And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
7Notice that Jesus was much displeased. Not only was he MUCH displeased, but the literal translation of this says that Jesus became indignant towards them. That means he became angry because of the behavior of his disciples.
8Now, we know that there were very few times that Jesus became angry in Scripture. When he went into the temple and began to beat the money changers and turn over their tables, and he run them, well, run them out is hardly descriptive of what he did. He beat them out is what he did.
9He completely did a house cleaning and through out everything that had to do with business out of the vestibule or entrance of the temple. Jesus was not just angry, he was seething with anger. And the Disciples remembered what the Scriptures said, “The Zeal of the Lord hath eaten me up.” Now, to be eaten up with anger means there was no small display of that anger.
10That is exactly what Jesus did here. And we know that “what Christ's attitude was, was God's attitude, 'cause the two work together, the Spirit and flesh united together. That’s what brother Branham said from We would see Jesus 57-0226 P:21 And was that attitude towards the merchandisers of the Message of that Hour? He beat them, and He whipped them, and He turned over their tables, and He spilled out all their money, mixing it together so they would really show their colors when they went back to claim what was theirs.
11Hah!! I can just see it. These were men greedy men inwardly, but outwardly they displayed themselves as lovers of the temple and lovers of God. They were doing this “FOR THE PEOPLE’S SAKE”. Yeah!!! These men were doing a service for God and for the people, so the people could do what God required of them. And brother Branham spoke of this.
12From his sermon There is a man here that can Turn on the light 64-0125 P:60 "And here Jehovah requires a lamb for a sacrifice for sin. The businessmen, they live in cities here and they sell their goods, and so forth, their products and produce, and whatever they're going to sell. They don't raise lambs. And what did the priests do? Made a little stand up there for them to sell lambs, so this man could go in and clear his soul with Jehovah. "What did this fellow, Jesus of Nazareth, do? What church did he come from? What denomination does he belong to? What fellowship card? We'll kick him out. We won't have nothing to do with him, because he condemns every one of us. What did he do? He goes up there and takes that, where men are trying to get their souls saved (the church, as we would call it today, you spiritual-minded people), he kicked over the table, threw out the change, took ropes and platted them together, and run them out, and called that godly old priest of yours, “the son of the devil”, that kind old man that loaned you that money when you were in trouble." "Who's going to stand by you and bury you when you're dead? That kind old priest. He's got the fruit of the Spirit. But does this Jesus of Nazareth have the fruit of the Spirit?"
13See that is what they were all saying back then. Jesus was not this sissified girly man that Hollywood wants you to believe.” Jesus was a rugged individual who came to honor His Father in all that he did. He didn’t run them out of the Temple, and then go pray and ask God to forgive Him for loosing His temper. He said what he meant and he meant what he said, and he told them why He was doing what He did. He said, “make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.”
14Look, they still do it today. They sell tapes and CD’s and MP’3 in some churches, and I don’t believe in that stuff. I don’t believe in selling the Word of God period, much less in God’s House which is a place where we come to Worship God. You’ve never seen us here selling Message things and charging people for them and making change an all that kind of nonsense. What we do here is give the people the materials free of charge. We do it God’s provided way.
15But too many are still using the House of God to make merchandise of the people. That is their marketplace. Oh, they say, we don’t sell in the church we do it in the annex of the church. Well, it was in the annex of the temple that Jesus beat them out from.
16From his sermon He cares do you care? 63-0721 P:39 Brother Branham said, “The churches has got into the same thing out of social life. They brought it into the church, their social life and their politics, and their other things, until they've got the church so confused that it doesn't know what to do. They brought politics into church. They brought also social life, their social life in the church, their social activities, bingo, or bunco, or ever what they call it, and these suppers and dances, and so forth, in the house of the Lord. Why, it's a pity. They say, "Well, now, that isn't, that's on the annex. "Remember, it was the annex also that Jesus beat the merchants out with their merchandise, and said, "It's written, 'My Father's house is made a house of prayer,' and you have made it a den of thieves." See? It's wrong, I don't care where it's at. As long as the church... The church is not so much the building; it's the people in the building. And if those people are participating in this, why, it's wrong. And they've brought that practice.”
17Listen now, a fellowship hall isn’t for card games and social activities, a fellowship hall is for fellowship. It’s supposed to be a place where you can come together to break bread together and have a place where you can talk the Word with one another. Keep the focus on Christ, not on worldly things. Yes, that’s what the fellowship hall is supposed to be for.
18In ACTS 2: 42 it says And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 3And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. Notice the continued steadfastly, that means continuously in the doctrine first and foremost, and then fellowship which is two fella’s in a ship, and then in breaking of bread and in prayer and it created such an atmosphere that many signs and wonders took place among them. That is what fellowship is supposed to do. Create an atmosphere by coming together, breaking bread and talking the Doctrine and creating that atmosphere to live in. An atmosphere of expectation to see God move in your midst. Fellowship is not for talking about the latest fashions, sisters. And Brothers, it is not for talking about cars, or sports or hunting and fishing. It’s for talking the doctrine while you eat.
19Again brother Branham said from his sermon, When their eyes were opened 64-0416 P:41 "And then, look. There's businessmen here in our city. Jehovah requires a lamb. These businessmen are merchandise men. They sell mercantile, and they don't have graze lands. So the priest made a way that they could clear their soul according to the Word of God. And he built little cages out there in the courts, and he brought the men who sold the lambs in there, and let these men who wants to offer a sin offering for their soul, a requirement of Jehovah...""When they go up to buy this lamb, then what did this guy do when he got up there? He turned over the money tables, and beat them out of there, trying to keep a man from getting his soul right with God. And what did He say about that godly old priest of yours? They were a bunch of snakes and of the devil." Talk about fruit of the Spirit, they had Him beat by a long ways.
20So you see, Jesus was not only angry at all the merchandising of the Word of God, and the merchandizing of the items needed for man to properly make sacrifice to God. He was not only angry, but He was so indignant that He actually made a whip to whip them or drive them all out of the temple. So please do not expect that Christians are so full of the fruits of the Spirit that we never get upset when we see wrong motives being displayed, or when we see God’s Word being trampled over. No, please there is a balance we must have.
21From his sermon, Questions and answers COD 64-0823E P:21 He said, “Now, that's no evidence of the Holy Ghost. See? You can't rely upon that. You can't rely upon the fruit of the Spirit, because the first fruit of the Spirit is love. And the Christian Science exercise more love than anybody I know of, and they even deny Jesus Christ being Divine. See? There's only one evidence of the Holy Spirit that I know of, and that is a genuine faith in the promised Word of the hour. Now, those Jews come; they had more religion than the disciples had. They were better trained men in the Scriptures than the disciples was, because they were fishermen, tax collectors, and so forth. And they had real faith and genuine faith in what they were doing. Now, listen closely now; don't miss this. See? When it come to being fruits of the Spirit, kind and gentle, I guess there wasn't a one of those priest but what could outshine Jesus Christ in it. He went to the temple, plaited ropes, looked upon them with anger, and turned over their tables, and run them out of the place. Is that right? The Bible said He looked upon them with anger. The Bible said that. That's exactly right.
22Let’s read that scene again so we can picture it better in our minds. John chapter 2: 13 And the Jews' Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 16And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. 17And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
23Now, we have seen one side of Jesus and how he stood up and was counted for concerning the House of God. But let’s look at another side of Jesus tonight as we examine our own selves before we come to the communion table.
25Now look! What right did those disciples have to interfere with what Jesus was doing there. The people wanted Jesus to lay hands on their children, to bless them. That is a good thing. That is a righteous thing. But look at the attitude of those disciples. They thought that this was going to wear out Jesus. Well, there could have been other motives, but let’s not look for the negative in it. Let’s just say, their motives were right. But just because your motives might be right doesn’t mean that what you are doing is right. So, I don’t say they had wrong motives in trying to stop the onslaught of children coming to be blessed. But perhaps they felt they wanted to protect Jesus. Perhaps their motive was right, but still the way they handled it was wrong, and it displeased Jesus. Well, displeased is a rather soft word for what really took place here. The Greek word means indignant. Jesus became indignant. That means he was angry at what was taking place and he let His Disciples know it too.
26Verse 14 tells us, 14But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, (not just displeased, but MUCH DISPLEASED, He was indignant, and being indignant at what had just taken place He) said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, (what does it mean to suffer the little ones? It means let them alone so they can do as they are doing) and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
27Now look, this is a very important thing Jesus is telling them here, and he tells them in a heated manner. He said, “look, brethren, let those come who want to come, and don’t you dare hold back those who would like to come.” That’s what he is telling the brethren there.” Because he said the same thing in Matthew 23:13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
30Now, I can relate to this because last summer when I went to Peru, usually I schedule the meetings, and rent the hotel or make arrangements with a local pastor to use his church for our meetings, but on this occasion, I let the brothers make all the arrangements, and it almost killed me, literally.
31When I found out that our first ministers meeting the brothers had excluded the other ministers in Lima because they were not in the association with those who had already been studying the doctrine, I was not just bothered, I was like Jesus, I was really upset. I was angry. I was all of the above, but I suppressed my anger, and it affected me in my spirit. I got very weak in my body and then caught pneumonia that night and had to battle for my life the rest of the trip.
32I told the brethren in December that it will never happen again. I will not allow that to happen. And that has to do with the question I get from brothers around the world. They say, since we have begun to teach the Godhead as Brother Branham taught it, and as Brother Vayle and You are teaching it, we have really been attacked and we are cut off from the other churches, and from fellowship with other ministers, and they have come against us and say we are teaching “two gods” and all sorts of lies against us. So what do we do. We feel hurt and want to strike back, so what do we do?
33And What I have been telling them is this. Don’t do to them what they are doing to you. Jesus last words on the cross were, “Father, Forgive them for they know not what they do.” And the Apostle Paul said, “Had they known who he was, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.”
34So then should our attitude be any different than Christ’s or Paul’s or William Branham’s? I don’t think so. Brother Branham was never against the people, but against the system of organization that controlled the people. He was not against the sinner but against the sin that controlled the sinner. And we should be no different. If they drew him out of their circle he drew them back in.
35When I lash out against that system that would control the people through organization, I am not lashing out at the person who are doing it. They are just ignorant of what they are doing. They think they are doing God a service, and the people who are being taken advantage of, they don’t know any better. They think what they are doing is a service to God, and that selling cookies and having bake sells, and those things, are for the kingdom, but they don’t realize there is no scripture for it. If the people would just pay their tithes and offerings like they are supposed to do, then everything will fall into place. But when you feel you need to start doing other things, like having bake sells, and peanut brittle and garage sales to earn money for God’s kingdom, then that is when organization has replaced God’s way of doing things. And that is what brother Branham taught. He wasn’t against having a church supper. What he was against is that they did so to pay their preacher instead of paying their tithes like God’s Word tells them to do.
36Sometimes, I think people feel that money is the answer to everything, but that has never been God’s way at all. That may be Western Man’s way, but that is not God’s way at all. He said “preach the Word, be instant in season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke with all long suffering.” That is the way that God chose for us to do it. Mission work takes money to travel, but if the Lord does not provide the money, then you should just stay home. And that is the way we have operated here. Never have I asked for you people to cough up one penny more for missions than what you have been giving in your tithes. Some of you do give a few dollars a week to mission work and that is appreciated, but this little outreach here has grown internationally, not because you all give until you bleed, because you don’t, and I have not asked you to.
37God has raised up brethren around the world who are supporting our mission work and I am thankful to God for what He has done through everyone who has helped. But for us to make merchandise of the Message, Far be it.
38When we began our outreach I simply asked God for help. He gave us 82 laptops, and we made a trade for 50 sets of Brother Branham’s sermons for some of those laptops. When others with large mission works found out they asked how we could afford to give them away for free? I said, God will make a way. And since that time God has done just that.
39Now, my agreement with the Lord is the same as brother Branham’s. I didn’t come up with that on my own you know. I figured God is not a respecter of persons, and if it worked between Brother Branham and God, then it would work for me as well. Therefore, if I ever have to beg for help then it’s time to hang up the mission work, because if God doesn’t make the way, then how do I know He wants me to go.
40I apologize for getting off track here but in getting back to our text, we see in verse 15Jesus say, Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
42Redemption 55-1119 P:34 As He said, "I've hid It from the eyes of the wise and prudent, and will reveal It to babes." You don't have to be wise; you have... "He that humbles himself shall be exalted; he that exalts himself shall be made abased (See? Be brought down)." So just see how little, and how simple you can live before God if you want to get anything. Sure.
44And He also said in Romans 3: 27Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what, the law? By works? Nay: but by faith. 28Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. And if you are justified by Faith and Faith is revelation, something God has revealed to you, then you didn’t get it because you are smarter than the next guy, and you didn’t get it because you got more people following you than the next guy. You got it because God revealed it to you, so you need to humble down or God can not use you.
451 Corinthians 14:36What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 37If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 38But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
46And notice why Jesus got upset with the disciples. They thought, hey, these are just kids, they don’t really matter much. It’s the guys who can sit and talk theology, those are the guys we are interested in. And Jesus got upset and said, look guys, it’s time you humble down, and become like one of these kids here. It’s time you realize that we are all God’s kids, and there are no big ones among us. God don’t look upon you any more because you preach his word, or you have believed the message longer than someone else. In fact brother Branham said from his sermon, QA on Genesis COD 53-0729 P:49 You know, we sometimes think, 'cause we're a preachers... (Not you and I, I don't say, brother) But preachers think because they're preachers that they're somebody bigger than one of the lay members of the church. You're no bigger, and you're no more in the sight of God than that drunkard that was converted a hour ago.
47So we should look at how Jesus treated those who did not understand, and we should look at William Branham to see how he treated those who just did not understand to see how we should treat those who do not understand. And you know the brothers say, “then what should we do when they try to destroy us, should we fight back?” And the answer is “NO!” Don’t do that or you are no better than they are. Show yourself to be a Son of God. Forgive them, for that is what Christ did. He bore His cross and you have yours to bear. That is what You must do, if you are to be conformed to the image of the Son of God.
48Jubilee year 54-1003E P:74 You notice Paul here. Those Corinthians, they didn't get it. They went up there and even get drunk at the Lord's table. And they eat and drink, done everything wrong. Paul said, "When you come together, if a man's hungry, let him eat at home. But when you come together, tarry one for another." In other words, "Wait on one another." He said, "Now, here's a brother that I don't think ought to take the communion, but don't run up there and jerk him out. Have patience with him. After the service is over, and a time when he... come over to his house some night and sit down, say, "Brother, now, forgive me if I'm wrong. But I seen you down, the other day on the street, drunk," whatever he was doing, "out with some other lady that wasn't your wife, and you're taking communion. I love you, brother. Let’s you and I pray over this thing and straighten it up." See? Wait on one another. Do service for one another. Don't be bigger than somebody else. Try and see how little you can be. I've often heard, say, "Don't never be big in your own sight." If you're big, let it be in God's sight. Be little in your own sight. Every man that humbles himself, God will exalt. But those who exalts themself, God will bring abase. See? Be little.
50Influence 63-1114 P:72 Just be nothing; just see how little you are, and that's what God wants us to do. And that's real humility. That's the way these Seraphims are in His Presence (You see?), with their face in reverence, covered; their feet, in humility.
51In His presence 62-0909E P:8 We find that, in the Presence of God, men recognize themselves to be sinners. We may feel pretty good when we're out different places, and feel like that we're pretty good people, but when we ever come into the Presence of God, then we see how little we are.
52Hear ye Him 57-0125 P:33 And men today is constrained by the Holy Spirit to come and love Him and serve Him, for He's seeking such to do that. God is looking for somebody who'll stand out on the front line with love, not with no education. I'm not trying to support my ignorance, but I am trying to say that it doesn't take scholarships. It takes a surrendered heart that God can make love. You don't know the Bible half as good as the devil does. So what good would it do you to...?...Someone said not long ago, said, "Brother Branham, you are mixed up. You ought to teach it this way." I said, "Sir, I may not know the Word very well, but I know the Author real well." Not to know His Word is Life, but to know Him is Life. To know Christ is Life, know Him in a personal experience. The Word opens up to a new look to you.
53Paul a prisoner of Christ 63-0717 P:52 God is looking for prisoners. He's always done it. You might search it through the Scripture. A man has to be a prisoner to Christ against anything... Therefore, you cannot be connected with anything but Christ. Even your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, your husband, your wife, anybody, you're only connected with Christ and Him only. Then God can use you. Until then, you can't.