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11 Corinthians 2: 5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 6Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
2This evening I would like to take our text from this Scripture, because this Scripture alone could contain many sermons that are most appropriate for this end time that we live in. What I glean from this portion of scripture is the thought that what word we receive is a reflection of what Seed we are.
3Let me explain, Paul begins by speaking here to the Corinthians letting us know that our Faith or revelation should never be based on,... or in..., any man, or in any wisdom of man, which means in any mans ability to explain... or explain away Scripture. But rather our faith should stand only upon the Power of God he says. In other words, our Faith or revelation should stand upon vindication alone.
4Then Paul tells us next, that the wisdom we should trust is the wisdom of God which is vindicated and this vindicated Wisdom or Message has been kept hidden since the beginning, but which has been ordained before the World was framed for our Glory.
6So what Paul is telling us is here is that the hidden Wisdom or Word (Message) which is to be revealed through vindication at the end time, is for one purpose and that is to bring us into the Glory, the opinions, values and judgments of God Himself. The Same Glory Jesus spoke of in John 17:22 which is to bring us into Oneness with God.
7And we find Paul speaking here that in bringing us into this Glory, it will also manifest in our very lives, and in our actions as well. But notice he speaks of those who reject this glory, and thus the lack of this Glory reflects also in there lives through their actions in that they actually crucified the Lord of this Glory. Jesus the Son of God.
8The Apostle Paul continues, 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for The Spirit (which is God's Spirit, for there is only One THE Spirit, so God's Spirit) searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. It is God's Spirit that searches out the hearts of man, and that is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
9Then Paul to affirm that only the Spirit of God can reveal these things to us goes on to explain, 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so (or in the same manner) the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God knows.
12So Paul is saying it is impossible for any man that is not born again to understand the things of God. That is why they crucified the Lord of Glory, because they held to another Glory, a different value system, different opinions, opinions of man rather than the opinions of God.
14Notice Paul says we don't come to you with other what other men have said, but we bring to you only what God has said, which is God's glory, God opinions, God's values and God's judgments. And they are not backed up by any man's wisdom of ability to speak, but rather they are backed up by God actually vindicating what we are telling you to be truth.
16So Paul is laying out the case that the carnal man, the man that is void of the Spirit of God can not in any way, shape or form understand the things of God, because it takes the Holy Spirit, God's own Spirit living in you to quicken or make alive His Word to you.
17And I am convinced more than ever after our ministers meeting last Saturday that ministers are more concerned with holding onto their little territorial fiefdoms than they are interested in opening their hearts to Divine revelation.
18I have said before and I will say it again. If brother Branham said he thought there would be one in a million that would make the rapture, and in his day there were about 500 million Christians on earth out of 2.5 Billion people on earth, and so he thought there might be about 500 people make the rapture. Well even by today's numbers of about 1.5 billion Christians on earth or three times more than there were in his day, yet that would make one in a million only about 1,500. That is not too many brothers and sisters?
19And yet there are over 2 million people who claim to believe the Message, but in reality a very few in number who actually can take the Message back t the Bible. And yet brother Branham said if he ever said anything outside of this Bible we should not accept it.
2129 We, as beneficiaries, are to prove His Life is in us now, the beneficiaries of this Life. The Life... There never was a life lived like it; He was the Son of God. And He died and that shut it out; but when He raised again from the dead on Easter morning, then we, as His servants, are commissioned by Him to go into all the world and to bring this good news to every person: that He is a-living. And how can we do it by word only? For it is written, "The Gospel came not by word only, but through the power and the manifestation of the Holy Spirit to prove that He is alive."
23Then brother Branham goes on to say in paragraph 30 Now, if there is another gospel, as Paul spoke to one of the groups, "I am so surprised that you turned to another gospel (which there is no other but a make-believe gospel), to a denominational fiction, turning from that good news: 'And because I live, ye live also, and I live in you; and the works that I do (John 14:12), the works that I do will identify Myself in you.'" Oh, what a Message. No wonder we've had a dark world of theology. But in the evening time there shall come Light again. There will be a resurrection in the evening time. It shall be Light at the evening time.
24Brother Branham explain this verse in his sermon Explaining the ministry - 62-0129 9. And let's just search back. If that isn't Scriptural, Then leave it alone. If I ever say anything in your presence, as a doctrine or a teaching, that's not in the Bible, forget it, because it's not right. And if any angel (I don't care how real he looks, and how inspired he is), if he speaks contrary to the Word of God, leave him alone. He's not of God. Galatians 1:8 said, "An angel from heaven preach any other doctrine than this is, what already taught, let him be accursed." We don't take nothing but just what God said...
25Jehovah Jireh - 56-0429 59. And the Bible said that Jambres and Jannes would raise up in the last days and almost deceive the very elect. Be careful, brother, and Keep it right on the word of God. Don't leave there. A whole lot of things today that's going on that's not coming from that Word. And you leave it alone. Stay with the Bible. 'Cause the Bible said it would deceive the very elect if possible.
26Jehovah Jireh 1 - 64-0402 82 If it wasn't Written in the word for this age, I'd walk away from it. Anything that's not in that Word, I don't believe it. Now, I wouldn't accept it. I don't say I wouldn't believe it, but I don't accept it. I don't understand it. But when it's in this Word, and a promise for this age, I understand it.
27Questions and answers COD - 64-0823E 5 The only thing you can put your trust in is THUS SAITH THE LORD from the Bible. Now, Church, that is exactly where I have tried to keep you, my children. And if something happens to me and God takes me out of this earth, don't you never fail. Remember this with all your heart: stay with that Word. Don't you leave that Word. Anything contrary to It, leave it alone, no matter what it is. Then you know It's right. See?
28Hidden life in Christ - 55-1110 9. And I'm a fundamentalist. Everything must come from the Scripture. I wouldn't say I wouldn't believe it, but I wouldn't understand it just right if it wasn't from the Scripture. And if any time, during the time of the phenomenal part of the healing services, if any person, whatever you belong to, what church, if you ever see anything that's questioned, and that we do here, and that's not in the Scripture, well, then you come to me, because I certainly want to stay right in this Book. 'Cause This is the Foundation. And all Scripture and all operations of the Holy Spirit must come from the Bible, then I believe it. Now, He could do something that wasn't in the Bible. It'd still be God. But I'll understand it better if it comes right from the Bible. I kinda of like it that way, 'cause I know that it's right then.
29In Brother Branham's sermon Spoken word original seed 62-0318E P:79 Now, there is a womb of the physical; there is a womb for the spirit. Did you believe that? There is a spiritual womb and a physical womb. And the mind is the womb to the spirit. Why? Now, remember, I told you last Sunday and drawed it out here for you. There's five senses that enters this seed from the outside: see, taste, feel, smell, and hear; five on the inside: conscience, and--and so forth, from the inside five. Now, on the life side there's only one. That's you're on the basis of free moral agency to accept, take in, or let out. See?
31And remember, the womb is where the seed is planted and comes to life. That is where life begins is in the womb. And so too that is where the God-Life that comes from the Word of God is planted as well. Only The Word is planted in the womb of the spirit which is the mind.
32The place where the Seed Word life comes to life in the womb of your Mind. And the five fold ministry has but one objective and that is to get the Word of God in to your mind, so the Spirit of God can anoint what has been sown in your mind, and then the life that is in that Word Seed will drop down into your soul, making it a dynamic revelation which no one can ever take away from you once it has been quickened.
33And when you receive the Engrafted Word of God and are born again, it takes over your natural spirit and begins to align your body with the Mind of God. God will make your body obey your confession. And God’s intent is that you see what He sees and you hear what He hears and you think what He thinks. Let the mind that was in Christ be in you. And you cannot do this without first receiving the spirit of God that you might have the mind of God.
34That is why your friends and family and the people of the world can not understand what you understand concerning the Word of God. That is why you see events differently than they see them. The Holy Spirit in you alters your mind to think as God thinks, and to see as he sees and to hear as he hears. That explains a whole lot brothers and sisters of the differences between us and others who cannot see this great revelation of Christ, for we are a holy people, and to them a peculiar people, but we are being conformed to the image of the first born son.
35The Apostle Paul said in Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none rightly-wise, no, not one: 11 There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
36Now, in paragraph 80 of the Spoken word is the original seed brother Branham says, 80 That's how adultery is committed spiritually. When you, knowing better by the Word of God, by the intercourse of the mind, take in a lie of the devil against the Word of God: that's exactly what Eve done. With a spiritual intercourse first that come by believing Satan's lie into the womb of her mind, that polluted her soul, set death in the soul; then the natural act taken place. And that's the only way that a woman ever can commit adultery against her husband, is to first let some man talk her into it and then receive another man that's not her husband. Then she's committed adultery. And when the Bride of Jesus Christ lets manmade creeds and dogmas take the place of the Word of God, she is committing adultery.
37So when you see a vindicated prophet teach that God is the Father of Jesus Jesus and God are not one like your finger is one, and that the body was no deity but deity dwelt in the body, and that in Jesus God entered at the river Jordan and left him in Gethsemane, and thus Jesus was a dual being, for God indwelt him. And when you turn that down you receive a spirit of adulterous for you have left the Word. When you turn down John 14:12 you receive a spirit of adultery. When you have been presented the truth that there is only One Lord and you continue to preach "Two or three Lords", you have taken upon you a false seed, and thus you will receive a false nature, And you have committed spiritual adultery, and eventually you will fall into physical adultery.
38Years ago when I attended a certain church in Minnesota, the pastor was off the Word, and brother Vayle told me to be watching for lies to come and then the gifts will become open in the church and then adultery will take place within the church. And certainly those things happened just like he told me they would.
39I remember him telling me back then, “Brian, I’ve been preaching the Gospel for over 50 years and I’ve never seen it fail. First they go off the word, then they open themselves to tongues and gifts left unchecked, and then into sexual sin, adultery.” And what he said actually took place in that church just like he said it would. Why? Because that is what a vindicated prophet of God is teaching us right here.
4080 That's how adultery is committed spiritually. When you, knowing better by the Word of God, by the intercourse of the mind, take in a lie of the devil against the Word of God: that's exactly what Eve done. With a spiritual intercourse first that come by believing Satan's lie into the womb of her mind, that polluted her soul, set death in the soul; then the natural act taken place.
41So you watch those boys who are fighting the doctrine of Christ and John 14:12 and calling it heresy, watch their lives and you will see that they will fall into sin, and will end up in adultery if they aren’t already doing it right now. I don’t care how legalistic they might be it will come to pass because that is what an a-vindicated prophet says right here. Because they are now in spiritual adultery and that will follow into the natural. The natural types the spiritual. So the natural will follow the spiritual, that is the lesson brother Branham is teaching here.
42Now, paragraph 81 Did not Jesus say, "Whosoever looketh upon a woman has committed adultery with her already in his heart, looketh upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already"? Why? He let it come into his mind. That's the womb; it starts the things moving.
44He continues saying, “Eve took Satan's lie. Mary took God's Word. And through Mary's seed replenishes the earth again through His Bride, through the Word, and will bring up the millennium. Through that goes forth the Word, and the Word is planted into every predestinated heart, and the Spirit comes down and waters it, and they cannot die. "I'll raise him up again at the last days." Oh, brother and sister, that's real.
4582 What is it? The mind is the womb for the spirit. What? To take in or let out. That's how they commit adultery, is taking, let some Satan devil spirit put in them something against the Word of God; then she's committed adultery. Eve received (Listen to this.) wrong seed word, Satan's lie, against Jehovah's Word: results was death.
49And in this next verse Paul tells us what it is all about. He says, 3 For they being ignorant of God's right-wise-ness, go about to establish their own right-wise-ness, in doing so, they have not submitted themselves unto the right-wise-ness of God.
50In other words when you present truth to them from the Bible or from a vindicated Prophet, and they choose rather to turn it down in order to hold to their own thinking, when they do that they die right there. Now, up until that time they might have been ok, but when they turn down vindicated truth from this Bible or God's prophet they die the minute they choose to willfully reject God's Word which is Life.
5226 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
53I showed them where God's prophet said, QA on Genesis COD 53-0729 P:7 Well now, if you'll notice close now, in Genesis 1:26, let's get the first part first. God said, "Let us..." Now, "let us," us is a... "Let us make man in our own image." Our, 'course, we realize He's talking to someone; He was speaking to another being. "Let us make man in our own image after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the cattles of the field." If you notice in creation, the first thing that was created, of course, was light. You come on down through the creation; the last thing was created was what? A man. And woman was made after man. All right, the first... Last thing that was created of God's creation is mankind. But when God made His first man, if you noticed, He made him in the likeness of Himself; He was made in the image of God. And what is God? Now, if we can find out what God is we can find what kind of a man He made.
54And I showed them also a quote from brother Branham in his sermon ATTITUDE AND WHO IS GOD? 50-0815 018 There He puts the first Bible. Oh, back in the days of--ancient days, they looked at those things. Today, He's got His Bible wrote here. But He wrote It in the heavens, that man would look up and realize that Jehovah the Creator lived above. And then I can see Him, He looked at that...I can see Him speak to this world hanging there as an icicle, whatever it was, way away. And He moved it over here. I can see this little Light go out. Now, WE GOT TWO NOW. The Father, and out of the Father came the Light, the Son. And I can see that Light moving over here and pulled the earth over near the sun to dry it off. And begin to...?... raise the water up, separating the land, earth from the water, and so forth.
55Now, at this point one pastor spoke up and said, there are many quotes where brother Branham said those were angels that God was talking too. Now, I do not care if a man says, I always have believed it was angels. But when a man quotes a vindicated prophet and lies about it, and places the lie into a plurality of times, ie: "many times the prophet said it was angels", and I know that not one time the prophet said that. Then I know the man just lied against the Holy Ghost because God's prophet could never have said that because the Word of God is very plain.
56Turn with me to Genesis 1:26 and let's read this together. First of all God said, "Let us" so it is talking about another being as brother Branham said, "Let us make man in our own image." Our, 'course, we realize He's talking to someone; He was speaking to another being. Notice again the Scripture, "Let us make man in our Image" So the one God is talking to would have to be in the same image as God Himself in order for God to say that to that being. Now for someone to claim that was angels God was speaking to doesn't know the Bible because the angels were not made in the image of God. Only Jesus Christ was made in the exact image of God.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us in Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
57So here it tells us Jesus Christ was made int he image of God, as brother Branham explained the other quote I read, And He moved it over here. I can see this little Light go out. Now, WE GOT TWO NOW. The Father, and out of the Father came the Light, the Son. And I can see that Light moving over here and pulled the earth over near the sun to dry it off. And begin to...?... raise the water up, separating the land, earth from the water, and so forth.
66Brother Branham said in his Church Age book, 355-4, 4 Laodicean Church Age - "Be zealous and repent." Now this false church has zeal; make no mistake about that. Her zeal has literally been that of the Jews, John 2:17, "The zeal of thine house hath eaten Me up." But it is a wrong zeal. It is for the house of their own building. It is for their own creeds, dogmas, organizations, their own righteousness. They have put the Word out for their own ideas. They deposed the Holy Ghost and made men into leaders. They have put aside Eternal Life as a Person, and make it good works, or even church conformity rather than good works. But God is calling for another zeal. It is the zeal to cry "I AM WRONG". Now who is going to say that he is wrong? What is it that all these denominations are based upon? The claim to originality, and that of God, the claim that they are right. Now they ALL cannot be right. In fact NOT ONE of them is right. They are whited sepulchres, full of dead men's bones. They have no life. They have no vindication. God has never made Himself known in any organization. They say they are right because they are the ones that are saying it, but saying it does not make it so. They need the vindicated "Thus saith the Lord" of God, and they don't have it.
67380-1 Resume of The Ages - CA Book Thus at this very moment we are in the complete fulfillment of Matthew 24:24 "in so much that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." And who is it that shall attempt to deceive the very elect? Why, the spirit of antichrist in the "false anointed ones" of this last day. These false ones have already come in "Jesus' Name" claiming that they have been anointed of God for the last day. They are the false Messiahs (anointed ones). They claim that they are prophets. But are they one with the Word? Never. They have added to it or taken from it. No one denies that the Spirit of God manifesting in gifts is upon them. But like Balaam they all have their programs, make their appeal for money, exercise gifts, but deny the Word or by-pass it for fear that a controversy might diminish their chances for greater gain. Yet they preach salvation and deliverance through the power of God, just like Judas, with a ministry imparted by Christ. But because they are wrong seed, consequently they have a wrong spirit motivating them. Religious? Oh my! They outshine the elect in effort and zeal, but it is Laodicean, not of Christ, for it looks for big crowds, big programs and startling signs amongst them. They preach the second coming of Christ, but deny the advent of the prophet-messenger, though in power and signs and true revelation he eclipses them all. Ah yes, this false spirit that in the last day is so close to the real, can be distinguished only by its deviation from the Word, and whenever it is caught in being anti-Word, it falls back on the one argument we have already shown to be false: "We get results, don't we? We have to be of God."
68And from his sermon, We Would See Jesus 57-0226 E-33 033 If any spirit doesn't follow the Scripture, it's a wrong spirit. That's right. If it goes beyond this Bible, it's a wrong spirit. If it doesn't get to it, it's a wrong spirit. See, if the devil can't keep you from seeing a truth, he will push you overboard with it. You see? That's his business. See? If he will go off onto some fantastic, or either he will keep you from seeing it at all. But to stay right straight on Calvary, it'll always come right back to the Word every time. It's the Word.
69Baptism of the Holy Spirit 58-0928M 113 069 All in the little textbooks, manmade theories, they put them down; "That's what we believe." And that's the reason we stay away from it. We have no textbook but the Bible, no leading, no bishop but the Spirit. That's right. And then, if there's a wrong spirit that comes in will try to twist something in there, the Word will untwist it. That's wrong; stay away from it. See? Here come the Spirit along and say, "That's wrong," bears record... For our spirit bears record with His Spirit. Here'll come one along saying, "Oh, we should... Well, I think it's all right for them to do this, that, and the other." But the Spirit said, "There's something wrong with that, goes right back in the Bible and brings her right down the way we do. And it's wrong, stay away from it. That's the reason the Bible said, "Here's to him that has wisdom; here's to he that has knowledge; here's to him that has this," the church there setting in order. Don't you see the great plan of God?
70Without Money Without Price 59-0802 And we won't receive it, is because we're dominated by the wrong spirit. We're dominated by a spirit of a nation, the spirit of the world, instead of being dominated by the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, that leads us and guides us to all truths, and makes the Bible so.
71Super Sign 59-1227M "Every spirit that does not confess this, is the wrong spirit, the antichrist. Every spirit that doesn't witness this same thing, that Christ has come in our flesh, is the antichrist spirit."
73And for those who say it is not necessary to live the life, they drink alcohol and say, "some do and some don't" but brother Branham said, Unchangeable God 62-0120- if you claim you've had the Holy Spirit and had the experience, and then your life don't tally up to God's Word, then you got the wrong spirit (See?),
74And in his sermon, Conference with God 59-1220M P:80 I condemn that devil in you that makes you drink alcohol. Go home in the Name of Jesus Christ and never drink it again, be baptized in His precious Name, taking away the sins. And I condemn the devil, may he pass from you. Amen. Go home. God bless you, sir. Your sins are forgiven now. Go, and sin no more. Have faith in God. Don't doubt. Believe with all that is in you.
75At thy Word Lord 54-0221 P:33 Smoking, drinking, gambling, committing adultery, and stealing, lying, and so forth is not sin; it's the attributes of sin. You do that because you're an unbeliever, ...
76Seal of God 61-0216 P:43 All right, the Holy Spirit doesn't take in just any kind of a wife, doesn't take in somebody that smokes, and somebody that drinks, and somebody that lives immoral, and somebody that carries along with all kinds of worldly things, 'cause He said, "if you love the world, the things of the world, the love of God is not even in you."
77What Holy Ghost was given for 59-1217 P:61 It's to quit making you smoke, and drink, and want to be a big shot. It'll take that out of you. It'll humble you when you do that. That's what the Holy Ghost is for. It's for a holy life (That's right.): make you quit gossiping; make you quit playing cards, shooting craps, and all these other things that you do around the corner. It'll make you quit your carrying on the way you're doing, living untrue to your wife. That's what It'll do. That's right. It'll quit making you want to marry somebody else's wife. That's exactly right. That's what It is. It's to make you live a holy life. That's what the Holy Ghost is power for, to set your affections on things above where God stands at the...?... The mind of Christ in you. You can't help from seeing those things. When you look at them, you turn your head. That's right. It's to make you...You say, "I can't do it. Oh, I just can't do it." Sure, you can't. But the Holy Spirit come for that purpose. That's what It did. It come to take it out of you, all of them old habits and things that you're doing. That old back biting, separating yourself, saying, "Bless God, I'm a Methodist. I won't have nothing to do with them old holy-rollers." The Holy Ghost come to take that out of you.
78Confirmation of the Commission 62-0122 E-89 089 And if that Pillar of Fire, or Light, that we have with us did not produce the same Spirit and the same evidence that It did when it was in Jesus Christ, then it would be the wrong Pillar of Fire, the wrong spirit, be the wrong thing.
79Taking sides with Jesus COD 62-0601 Then if you find out, look like something's moving up, oh, you just going, and you find out it gets a little bit off the Word, then be careful. No matter how good it looks, stop right there. A wrong spirit struck you, 'cause the Message of this day is to the Word. See? Don't...
80Why I’m Against Organized Religion 62-1111E And if it denies the Word in any way, you got the wrong spirit. You say, "I can't go for this stuff like this, I know, but our church..." Oh, oh, there's a wrong spirit. There's your mark of identification. Cain, you're marked. Yes, sir.
81Knoweth it Not 65-0815 28-4 080 If that Holy Spirit in you makes you speak with tongues, looks back there and doesn't agree with the rest of the Word, then it's a wrong spirit. See? It's got to come from the inside, which is the Word from the beginning. In the beginning of the creation of God when God begin to create and bring you into existence... You see, you started back there as a seed and worked down to where you are now. And then you were all in Christ. Then when Christ died, He died to redeem all of you. And you are part of this Word. And how can the Bible, all of it precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little, not one jot or tittle shall fail... How in the world can you, being part of that Word, disagree with the rest of it, or any part of it?
82348-1 Laodicean Church Age CAB Chapter 9 Now God says they are naked as well as blind. I cannot imagine anything as tragic as a man who is blind and naked and does not know it. There is only one answer, he is out of his mind. He is already deep in oblivion. His faculties are gone, spiritual amnesia has set in. What else can it mean? Can it mean that the Holy Spirit has taken His leave of this last day church? Can it mean that men have put God out of their minds to such an extent that it is happening even as stated in Romans 1:28. "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient." It surely appears that something like that has happened. Here is a people who say that they are of God and know God and have His Holy Spirit, and yet they are naked and blind and don't know it. They are ALREADY DECEIVED. THEY HAVE THE WRONG SPIRIT. THE ELECT CANNOT BE DECEIVED, BUT IT IS EVIDENT THAT THESE OTHERS ARE. These are they who have become blind because they refused the Word of God. These are they who have stripped themselves naked by leaving God's care and protection and sought to build their own way of salvation, their own tower of Babel by organization. Oh, how lovely and beautiful dressed they appear in their own eyes as they formed their general assembles, and their councils, etc. But now God is stripping it all away and they are naked, for these organizations have but led them into the camp of antichrist, into the field of tares, right up to their binding and burning. Objects of pity indeed they are. Yes, pity them, warn them, beseech them, and still they go their way headlong to destruction, wrathfully turning away any and all attempts to save them as brands from the burning. Miserable indeed they are, yet they know it not. Calloused and beyond hope, they glory in what is actually their shame. Defiant against the Word, yet one day they shall be judged by it and pay the price of its awful indictments.
84Now that is an excellent question. And then a few verses later after speaking this parable in a question format, Jesus continues to speak as we pick up at verse LUKE 6:40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect (mature) shall be as his master. Now, this word perfect comes from a Greek word that does not mean perfect as though you have reached some sort of a perfect state where you make no error. But the word simply means to equip.
85Therefore we should read this statement that Jesus is making here as thus: LUKE 6:40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is equipped by His master shall be as his master. And why is that? Because it really does matter what teacher teaches you. If you sit under a false teacher, you will hear false teaching, and thus your mind will be filled with error.
87Then he adds, 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
88Martin Luther in his comments on these verses said, "Even though they say they hear, they boast in vain, unless they hear true preachers; for to hear false prophets means as much as not to hear. They hear and they do not hear. They have ears, but do not hear, nor do they preach The True Word of God. There are four statements which follow one another is such as way that one leads to the other, but so that the last forms the foundation on which the others rest. Thus,...
891. It is impossible that those preach who are not sent.
2. It is impossible that those hear who are without a preacher.
3. It is impossible that they believe who do not hear.
4. It is impossible that they call upon Him who do not believe. to this must be added a fifth.
5.. it is impossible that they who do not call upon the name of the lord shall be saved.
90So, then, the entire source and origin of salvation rests on this, that God sends out someone, (a true minister of the Word). If He does not send out any, then they who preach, preach falsely, and their preaching is no preaching at all. In fact, it would be better for them not to preach. Then also, they who hear, hear error, and it would be better for them not to hear. Then also they who believe, would believe false doctrine, and it would be better for them not to call. For such preachers, do not preach; such hearers do not hear; such believers do not believe; such callers do not call; they will be damned because they would be saved by falsehood. As we read in Proverbs 1:28 "Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord". Then only they can preach with certainty who preach without error."
91Now, we know what Paul said in Romans 10, and we know what he said in 2 Corinthians 11, and again in the book of Galatians, that if they receive a wrong word, then they will receive a wrong spirit. How then can we think that anyone who sits under a wrong ministry and has a wrong conception of the message has a right spirit, which is the Holy Spirit?
94And Jesus told us that the Sower sowed a seed which is the Word of God. And that seed will produce a life according to the law of reproduction, which states, "Every seed must bring forth after it's own nature."
96Did you know that brother Branham said we must have a right teaching in order to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit? To receive the Seal of God? And if you don't receive the seal of God there is only one seal left and that is the seal of satan, which is the mark of the beast.