A Total Deliverance (59-0712)
I was kinda didn't know what to say this morning. I was setting back
there with Brother Egan and I heard… Brother Neville was saying
something there, looking towards me, and I said to Brother Egan, "Is he
And he said, "He is."
And then here I'm up here to say something this morning. I was thinking
when I was… The fan there where there–draws the voice, just seems to
pull it right out when you're speaking and seems that the fan takes the
voice right away.
I was hearing so testimony when I was in there to pray for the woman on
the phone, and the one who got the message forgot to put the city of
the place where to call, from Doctor Morrison's wife. And I'll just
tell you what I done for you-all's prayer, and mine, I laid hands on
the phone and pointed to the number wherever it was, and asked the Holy
Spirit to go to the woman. So I think He'd hear that just the same as
He would be if we would… See? And I just laid it down. And it might
be that that's the way the Lord wanted it. See? It might be it would be
better like that.
And then I heard the testimonies while I was in there. Someone saying
that Sister Rook had… I believe Brother Neville said that she'd had
a–a mental collapse like. Let's hold onto God for that, just
remembering this one thing: God knows His Own. He knows all about them.
Can you hear all right in the back? If you can't, there's some empty
seats up here, you can change if you wish to. And, let's see, is this
the main mike? This over here is the main mike? Okay. We'll see if we
can get that just a teeny bit closer. How about right around here,
Gene? That'll be just fine. And sometimes I get just a little hoarse.
I've been preaching quite a… Is that better? Can you hear that
And we certainly remember these in prayer. And we want to report a
glorious meeting from down in… Am I looking at Sister Rook? I thought
I looking at a lady back here that looked like her. I thought, "Surely
I'm not talking double here." I looking at someone looked like her,
towards the back. She's in the Saint Edward's Hospital.
And so at Cleveland, Tennessee, and also in California, we had a
glorious meeting. The Lord blessed greatly, and many things that He
did. And we're happy for that, happy we can come back to our own
company, reporting the goodness and the mercy of God. That's the way
they did in the Bible.
I was appreciating Brother Neville's–or Brother Beeler's prayer, how
he prayed for the people, and–and asking for help and mercy. And if
we'll just look along, you always, everything that goes on, you'll find
there's something real genuine about it. And then when Brother Neville
come and brought these deacons and so forth up here to the platform
to–to pronounce the blessings of God upon the–the church offering, I
heard him speaking in his prayer to God about those men, how that they
prayed for one another. And that does me good to hear a pastor that can
pray over his deacons, and the deacons pray back for the pastor. When
you see a church going into cooperation like that, well, something's
fixing to move. That's the way the church has to be in order. And it
give me just an idea for a text. I was going to speak on the blessing
at Kadesh, and the refusal of the hearing of the report of the spies,
but then I changed my mind to something else then.
And now, concerning healing, I got just a little testimony that I'd
like to give. I was in hopes I'd see my boy, Billy, back there, but
he's got it in his pocket. And Billy's getting to be better in the
meetings than what he used to be. He was nervous and upset, and he'd
kind of tell the people, "Oh, go set down, go set down. I–I'll give
you a prayer card." But I've noticed recently there's getting to be
people in the meeting that he just feel's so sorry for, if he ain't got
no prayer cards left, then he'll put them in a room so I can go pray
And such a thing happened at Chicago the last time, and I'd like to
read that letter if he does come in. I never got to see him. He didn't
know I was coming this morning over here, and want–want the letter.
But I just thought of it when I thought of so much sickness. And here's
the way it is. It's a certified letter that I was reading in the paper
(I never was told), that where the papers was criticizing Oral Roberts
for praying for a woman who had diabetes and died. And I, not out… As
an American, I–I like to listen to the laws and–and the man who's in
authority, but I think that's not just. Wonder if they'd be willing to
put in the paper all that Oral Roberts had prayed for and got healed,
that the doctors turned down. I wonder–just swap it right around once.
See? They wouldn't do that. And then I think maybe that the Devil has
just muddled them up so, that, and God permitting it, that the day of
the judgment they'll have to answer for that. But I know of thousands
of people that Oral Roberts has prayed for, that's been dying, and
So you see, they–they're unfair about it. They'll deliver their side,
the critical side, but won't deliver the other side. Now, the paper is
supposed to keep the public up to date on events that happen. Then I
think if human beings are concerned with one another, if somebody gets
healed, really healed, every paper in the United States ought to pack
the article of it. But you can't hire them to do it. No, you take
something like that there, they'll snicker and laugh at it and turn it
back; but now if there's anything to criticize… It just goes to show
that this nation is ready for judgment. That's right. And there's got
to be judgment, and there's no way to escape it, and they're only
heaping fire upon their heads, and so forth, and such a–a disunified
to the principles. A paper, its principles is to–to inform the public
of anything good or bad that's happening. But they're away from their
principles. And when they're kee–away from their principles, then
they–they will not serve their purpose well.
And that's the same way it is with the church. When the church is away
from its principles, it can never serve the saints well. We've got to
stay together, got to be unified. We got to be one heart and one
accord. Or we'll never serve God or the people unless we're one heart
and one accord, to stand by the principles of the Bible and the things
that God has said that's right. We must always stand by them.
Billy stuck into the room at Chicago, he… Someone come to him, a
woman with her husband with cancer on the lungs, dying, and his wife
was a polio victim in a wheelchair, and her trying to take care of a
man that couldn't hardly stand up with cancer on his lung. And Billy
said to him; he said, "I–I'm sorry, sir." Said, "I'd gladly give you a
prayer card." And he said, "But I–I haven't got another one left."
And he said, "Well, all right, sonny." He said, "That's all right." Said, "We tried to get here, but it was so unhandy for us."
Billy said, "Tell you what you do." Said, "I'm going to get Dad and I'm
going to bring him in, and I take him out." And said, "When I do, as
soon as you hear his message," said, "then you get your hu–or your
wife and you, and get into a little room there where I pass through,
and I'll have him pray for you."
"Oh," he said, "that's loyal, son. That's good enough." See? There's
an–there's an attitude. See? "Good enough. That's fine." See?
And that night, Billy, when he went back there, still against what he
had said, that he had his brother-in-law there who was bleeding with
hemorrhages from the lungs, and his sister-in-law there who was
bleeding from the stomach with ulcers, also that they'd come in with
them, kind of on the side of helping them get in. You have to watch;
there'd be a whole room full. You see? But going through and praying
for them, we get a letter back through the mail that that man has
perfectly healed of that cancer of his lungs; the woman, the wife in
the wheelchair, is up going around just normal as she ever was; the man
with the hemorrhages of the–of the lungs from tubercular is completely
well, and his wife is well of the ulcers. Four of them healed straight,
I wonder if the newspapers would be willing to print that? See, see?
See? Oh, but God still is God. He just does things in His Own way, you
know, and He's so good. We're so happy to know that He is God.
We was talking the other morning about a little preacher that we know
that used to go around and pray for the sick and everything, and he
went and prayed for a person in the hospital in Louisville, and a
tubercular case, the lady died. The little fellow said, "Well, there's
no need… God ain't… There ain't no God; He'd keep His Word." But,
"I anointed her just like–like the Bible said. If He don't keep His
Word, He's not God." Said, "It's just a Book."
Now, that would seem like that unless you knowed God. That's part of
the Scriptures, but it's not all of the Scripture. It's upon the basis
of the faith of the individual. See?
And I told my wife, I said, "There's been so many things happen, that I
just know that there is. I don't know what's going to happen to me at
the end. I may go the same way. If God ever moves His hand of mercy
from me, I'll go the same way. But as long as He'll keep His hand of
mercy and guidance upon me, I'll go on." But I asked Meda; I said, "Who
was it in the room that morning after the vision of me seeing my little
By the way, the other day, I like to have fainted; I was setting on the
street. And you know my story of the vision of her after… And I
looked, coming by my side, and there come a young girl down the street
here in Jeffersonville, was just exactly like that vision. I just had
to grasp my hands together. Looked so much like that vision of my
little Sharon; she was a young woman then.
And after that vision that morning when in glory, I–Hope was telling
me, had her arm around my shoulder, saying, "Don't worry about us,
Bill. We're better off." I was just trying to commit suicide. And she
said, "Don't worry. Promise me you won't worry anymore."
And I said, "I can't promise it, Hope, because I–I–I'm–I worry. I can't help it."
And I come out of the vision, standing in the dark room. And not a
vision, not imagination, but her arm was still around me. And she was
patting me. I thought, "Wait a minute. This is not…" I didn't know
what to call it in them days, a vision; I called it a trance. I said,
"This is. Her hand's still there." I said, "Are you here, Hope?"
She said, "Bill, promise me that you won't worry anymore about me and
Sharon." 'Cause I was at the end of the road; I was ready to commit
suicide. I said, "I promise you." And she hugged me and patted me with
her hand. And then I–I said, "Hope, where are you?" I got–felt up and
got ahold of the little chain on the light and pulled it. I went
around, searched through every chair to see if she was setting there.
He's God. He's just as much God today as He was on Mount
Transfiguration when Moses and Elijah appeared. He's still God.
We may go through lots of troubles and trials. Just remember, there's
Someone Who knows, lights the way, makes it real. I do not know what's
behind the curtain, but I know one thing; I'm pressing towards the mark
of the high calling, everyday trying to live for that great event that
will take place someday when I shall see Him face to face and tell the
story saved by grace. That's the day I live for. Leaving those things
behind, which are, I want to press on, just keep going.
I want this Tabernacle, now that you're on your feet, I want you to
keep pressing towards the mark of the high calling. Whatever you do,
cling together, be as clannish as you can be, but always with a arm out
to reach and get someone else to bring them in. But in this faith that
we're now preaching and earnestly contending for, don't you move one
inch from it. For if you believe me to be His servant, this is the
program of God. It'll never be in the majority. It'll always be in the
minority, always has and always will be. But remember, it is written,
"Fear not, little flock; it's your Father's good will to give to you
Now, there is a group of offices of our church, deacons, trustees,
Sunday school superintendent, pastor, as our church is set in order.
And you the people elected these officers and this pastor. I'm just
general overseer to see it goes on right, and to give advice and so
forth. You are the one who elects your pastor; you elect your trustees;
you elect your deacons; you elect every office there is in this church,
you the people. And it's your duty to stand by those men (See?) for
they'll make mistakes. They're mortals; they're just men, and they'll
make mistakes. But if the President of United States makes a mistake,
do we throw him out as President? We forget about it and move on.
That's the way we want to do our church now.
I was listening to him pray a few minutes ago for those deacons, and to
hear back there a testimony at the door from the trustees, how that
with one accord you all are. Now, stay that way. Now, you members stand
by these trustees, deacons, and pastor. And remember, when you get this
together, remember that it's the Devil's business to see that that's
broke up. Now, it's always has been and it always will be. But you
stand by your officers, and that was the talk that I was going to make.
And then I have here also some–something for the bulletin board this
morning, about the meeting of the board and their authority. And it'll
be on the bulletin board, and I got a copy for Brother Roberson who is
the chairman of the de–of the trustees. And then I got a copy for
Brother Collins, I think, who acts as the chairman of the deacon board.
And now, all these offices are set according to the Scripture, and they
must have the Scriptural rules of what they must do. Therefore, the
trustees has an office of their own. And the deacons has an office of
their own. The Sunday school superintendent has an office of his own.
And the pastor is the head of the flock.
Now, each one of these has things in common. And I think that your
meeting should not be together, but it should be as each office, 'cause
the deacons has nothing to say to the trustees unless they got some
business to present to them. And vice versa, the trustees is over the
finance and things of the building; they have nothing with the deacons.
The deacons are the policemen of the church, and the assistants to the
pastor. And the trustees is the holding of all the property. The
trustees has nothing to do with the spiritual end of it, and the deacon
has nothing to do with the financial end of it. Therefore, it must be.
And the Sunday school superintendent is over his Sunday school. So I've
got it all wrote, typed out, to be on the bulletin board.
And then we are also going to get in a frame the doctrine that the
church stands for, and have it framed in here in the church; what we
stand for, the–the principles, the doctrine of the church. Now, to be
a church, we got to have a doctrine.
We don't draw down any stake and say, "We just go this far." We go out
just as far with fellowship with everybody that God will let us go in
His Scriptures with the people. And now stick together; be of one
accord, one heart, and move on for God. That's the way God wants us to
do. Now, let us pray and then open the Word.
O precious Lord, we are now about to approach the Divine Word or the
reading of this Word. May Your Holy Spirit interpret to us that which
we have need of. And let us speak, Lord, and act and live, knowing that
we are all Your children by grace as You have called us. May there be a
fellowship in this church, seeing that we're just about to emerge into
some great move, we feel, of bringing up other ministers to go out into
the fields to where, if You shall send me into the different parts of
the world, there to establish the faith, and to have a minister ready,
and willing, and trained to take over. And may the faith that was once
delivered to the saints, that we are gallantly standing for, become a
circle around the world. Grant it, Lord. And may this little weed pile,
as it was one day when we dedicated it to You, may there be a church
rise up here, Lord, that out of it shall go ministers, and evangelists,
and teachers, and missionaries to all parts of the world.
We would ask this morning, a special blessing for our Brother and
Sister Stricker who's suffering now. But we know that we're all put to
these tests. Every son that cometh to God must be chastened, tried. And
if we give up easy, and turn back, then we are illegitimate children,
and not the children of God. Give Brother and Sister Stricker strength
and power to stick to their post of duty. If they have to beg what food
they eat, let Thy hand of blessing be upon them. For we know not but it
might be through that very effort that You'd show the native of Africa
what a real Christian is. Grant it, Lord. Now, let it all be done
according to Thy will.
Bless this pastor, Brother Neville. We pray, Lord, that You'll make him
a shepherd of the flock, as You have in past. And we would not forget
his lovely little wife who is very sick. The enemy would like to leave
Brother Neville with that group of children with no mother, but we
stand and place, by faith, the Blood of Jesus Christ between that enemy
and our sister. May Your Spirit, Lord, be great upon her, knowing that
all women are ordained to walk down through this valley of darkness of
this age, but we pray that You'll be with her. Bless those little
children. She'll be nervous now and fretful, but may the Holy Ghost be
at the door of mercy at all times for that family.
Bless our trustee board, our Brother Wood there, and our Brother Egan,
Brother Roberson, and all–all of the others, Lord. Deacons, trustees,
and all that's associated in the church, we pray, Lord, that You'll let
them serve their term with holiness and–and righteousness. Bless
those, Lord, who have served in the times past. And we pray that You'll
continue to be with all of us that we will be known as a church of
unity and spirit and love of the Lord. We pray now that You'll divide
to us the Word as we have need, as we read out of Thy written Word. For
we ask it in Jesus' Name. Amen.
And in praying, I was thinking as we were blessing or asking blessings
for our modern–our new board of trustees and so forth, I was thinking
of our Brother Fleeman and Brother Deakman and them setting here, who
has served well on before. And we want to be thankful to God for their
loyal service. May the Lord ever be with them to bless them and to help
them. I want to read before… Just remember now, the bulletin board
and so forth, and the coming meetings.
And we're happy to have with us this morning, well, I might say it like
this, a man who has been very precious to me in times past, and
precious now, a good brother, Fred Sothmann from–and his wife, from
Saskatchewan, Canada, who is here to sojourn with us, in our nation, a
sojourner; but in our fellowship, a beloved brother, Brother Fred
Sothmann setting there. He manages the campaign for me when I was in
And another precious brother who is also formerly a Canadian, which was
a businessman, and can prove to the world that you can't out-give God.
He and his buddy formed a foundation for finances of building a place,
or for a foreign mission, a foundation. And they called me to Oakland
for a meeting, and said they had the money, they'd sponsor it all in
Brother Fred and I tried that for some money that Brother Fred had that
I would not take as an individual. So then we decided we would give it
to the Canadian people and not even take up an offering, but it didn't
go so good. The meetings were fine, but because we didn't take up an
offering… I don't care if the church is worth a hundred billion
dollars, you still owe it to God to take up an offering. That's part of
the worship. And you rob that… As much as I've been against money and
things like that, I find out when a man's wrong you might as well admit
you're wrong, 'cause Brother Fred and I seen it pan out not so good.
And, Brother Borders, when I left Brother Fred and come down to you at
Oakland, I said, "Don't you do it. You just pass the collection plate
and take up an offering, and whatever it is, put it back in your
foundation for another meeting somewhere."
And before the services closed, Brother Borders and his friend come to
me and said, "As much as we put into the–the meeting, is already took
And then a few days ago he made arrangements for a meeting in San Jose,
California, where he had some, I guess sixty or seventy churches in the
valley, of all different faiths all cooperating. We had a wonderful
meeting, and returning back again November. We're happy to have you
with us, Brother Borders and Brother Fred setting back there. And these
men has–strangers maybe to you all, but they've been precious brothers
to me out in the fields, contending earnestly for the faith that we're
standing for. God bless you, brothers. We're glad to have you this
morning in the little old Tabernacle here; not much to look upon, but
there's something here that we know that God lives here. You see? So
we're happy for that. And there's other precious brethren, if I had
time to mention, that's with us today.
Now, I am anticipating and praying that in the next few days, the Lord
willing, I want to go, feeling led, I haven't made the announcement,
the next meeting, to Ohio, to be with Brother Sullivan on the
campgrounds, within a short time. It's only about hundred miles up
there, I guess, Gene, something like that. Be a fine trip if you hadn't
planned your vacation, if the Lord continues to lead us. Very fine man,
and we appreciate Brother Sullivan a great deal. Just, he's the mayor
of the city, and was just ex-mayor, and just an old fashion Kentuckian.
That's all I can say about him. When I met him the other day in… We
was both raised down there in the mountains of Kentucky, or, he said to
me, "Have you still got your asafetida around your neck, Billy?" Now,
you know how–how Kentucky he is. Now, let's turn in… No disregards
to my Kentucky brethren here, Brother Jeffreys and so forth. I'm a
Kentuckian too, you know. I tell you one thing we are; we are not
Kentuckians or neither are we Americans; we are pilgrims and strangers;
we're seeking a city to come.
Now, for a reading, let's read out of the Book of Exodus for a few
minutes. I wish to read from the 23rd chapter, and the 20th verse to
the 23rd, inclusive. And I want to take a text this morning from like
this, of this, rather, "A Total Deliverance." And I won't be long
speaking now while I was waiting for you to turn to your Book and
do all that I speak; then will I be an enemy unto thy enemies, and an
adversary unto thy adversaries.
bring thee unto the Amorites, the Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites,
Hivites, and Jebusites: and I will cut them off.
May the Lord bless His Word as we speak now for a few minutes, if you'd
pray. I was thinking on this subject of "A Total Deliverance." The
Church has been in the–in the minority; it always will be in members
until Jesus comes. But it's living under its God-given privileges. If
we only knew, this is the Church of the living God, not the Branham
Tabernacle, for the Branham Tabernacle's just part of it. There's other
such tabernacles through the country.
Brother Snelling tonight is having a baptismal service; I forgot
Brother Curtis told me to announce that, or told me yesterday he was
having it. He's having a baptismal service, and if anyone here has
never been baptized yet, why, Brother Snelling would be glad to do that
tonight. That's the Holiness Tabernacle at Utica. And Brother Junior
Jackson in New Albany… And there's many such churches throughout the
country, but we're all living, seem like, on the defeated side, more or
I heard Brother Neville announce this morning back there, that it kind
of come to my mind, that the people seemingly are getting away from
deliverance. It seems to be something that the people seen it so they
just push it out to one side, "Oh, well, God can do it." But that's not
Now, Moses, when he was called by God, he was a total, complete
prophet. When God sends a man to do anything, He completely equips him
with everything that he has need of. If God calls a man to be a
preacher, He puts something in him to preach with. If He calls him to
be a teacher, He puts something in him to teach with. If He calls for
him to be a prophet, He puts something in him to see visions and to be
a prophet. God always completely equips His man. And that's just what
He done when He sent Moses into Egypt. He raised him up in a certain
way, and He schooled him in a certain way, and He molded him and made
him and fashioned him. After He'd promised Abraham, hundreds of years
before, that He would deliver the people, then He–He even had in mind
that He would make Moses just the way Moses was made. Moses was a
complete prophet. And then being a complete prophet…
Then just like you, if you are a Christian. God don't make any halfway
Christians; God makes complete Christians. God don't make halfway
preachers, but the preacher can be halfway. And God makes His children
Christians, but sometimes they're halfway Christians. But it's not
God's intention for them to be that way. It's their own ways got mixed
up with the plan of God for their life, and that's what makes them the
way they are. God don't want them to be halfway Christians or halfway
preachers, compromising on either side. Or, He wants them to completely
stand in the breach.
Now, Moses, God had made him a complete prophet for a complete
deliverance. And Moses was completely surrendered into the hands of
God. That's the reason it made him what he was. He was so complete in
God till God could trust him.
I wonder this morning, as Christians, if we have yielded our own will,
and yielded ourself so completely to God, till God can trust us the
place that He has put us. I wonder this morning, of myself, if I could
be so yielded to God till God could trust me, could trust Brother
Neville, could trust our trustee board, our deacon board, or our
members of our church. We all have a place and we got a duty.
The minister's got a place of duty to stand and preach the unsearchable
riches of Christ without compromising, if he's called to be a preacher.
He wouldn't spare one thing for one person if he's called to be a
And the member of the church, he's called to be a member of this
certain group, then he would not compromise. If the church believes
that we should not gamble, then that member should never touch a deck
of cards. We don't believe in drinking; he should turn his head
completely from drinking. If we do not believe in gambling or smoking,
the member of this church should never touch such a thing. God gives
complete deliverance. When we… He will do it if we'll completely
surrender ourselves to Him. If we will completely deliver ourselves
into His hand, then God can live in us, Christ the Hope of glory. He
can reflect Himself from us as we get ourselves out of the way; then
our thoughts are His thoughts. Could you imagine Christ smoking a
cigar? Could you imagine Christ drinking or playing cards? Then if your
spirit is part of His Spirit, He wants it to be upon your confession.
But you permit the Devil to come in and take over, and all the time in
your heart way down deep you know you're wrong when you do those things.
And when one member would talk against the other member; you know
that's wrong. You're commanded to pray for one another, not to talk
against one another, but to love one another. And if someone is down,
let's pick him up, help him. Now, that makes us a–a–a unified group
of believers. Now, when we don't obey that, then we don't obey God and
we displease God. And therefore, our church, our people cannot prosper,
the church cannot go on, is because we're disunified together. As Jesus
said, "A little leaven leavens the lump."…
Now, if the church board, or like the–the deacons would come and say
that we were to–thinking we should build a new tabernacle. If that is
the vote of the deacons, and the trustees are consulted and they don't
have the money to do it, then they have a building program like we have
going on now. And then it's took over the general audience, as we
should be, all the church being sovereign. Then if the church votes for
the new tabernacle, then we all should cooperate together in building
that new tabernacle.
Frankly, myself, when they spoke of new tabernacle to me, I was against
the thought. That's right. I said, "We don't need exactly a new
tabernacle. I'll probably be leaving here pretty soon as the Lord if
it–what He showed me comes to pass. What do we need with a new
tabernacle? We haven't got the money."
Then I come down and felt the feeling of the church, that the church in
the majority seemed to want it. Then what did I do? I sacrificed my own
thoughts and throwed in with the church. Sure, let's do it, if that's
the way we cast lots. That's the way it was in the Bible time, the way
the church voted. The–the sovereignty, the groups of the people they
come together. In unity there's strength. So therefore I said,
"Certainly, if that's the way the church wants, if that's what God is
wanting, He's got more of authority to vote amongst a whole group of
people than He has to me, because I have no vision to say that it
shouldn't be. So we throw in with the church, and move with the church.
And I'm behind it to do all that I can (See?), to help out the church.
That should be the motive of every Christian and every person in the
church is for to unify ourselves and stick together. Whatever the
church votes for, that's what we should stand for. Then say, for
instance, they want to change something in the church. Well then, if
the trustees wants to, or somebody else wants to, the deacons, they
want to change something, that comes before the church, the church then
together… And if our–if our idea here seems to be a little different
than what the whole church does, let's sacrifice that idea, because
that's the only way we can stand united. And if this church will just
go on the way you're going now, and be united together, God will…
It's unlimited what He'll do if we'll stick together. We must stick
together. That's how we want to be, so complete with one another, and
then so complete in the hands of God.
And then we've got to have a man that we believe that preaches the Word
of God. If the man don't do it, then get somebody who does do it.
That's the way we must stand. If the trustee board won't stand for
what's right, then it's your business to elect somebody who will stand
for what's right. And then when you do it, stay by it. It's up to you.
Stand by it. And all together we're standing for one Thing; that's God.
If a member makes a mistake, don't turn him down; help him, raise him
up, get together, have a hearing with one another. That's what the
Scripture said. When we make a mistake, let's go before God. Before we
can go before God, we got to go before the person we hurt.
I just had to do that. And I know that I did wrong; I lied, caused my
wife to lie. I believe I told you about it here at the church. It was a
few days not long ago; it's been about six weeks ago. The attorneys had
me so tore up over this investigation, till I hardly knew where I was
at. I'd just went home from the office to eat dinner, and the private
phone number rang, and Meda went to answer the phone. She put her hand
over it, said, "It's them attorneys again."
I said, "I couldn't stand another evening. My head feels like it's
going off. I'm losing my mind, just pulling me this way and that way
and this way." I said, "I can't stand it." And I jumped up, and I said,
"Tell them I'm not in here," and run around behind the house.
When I come back (Meda's very conscientious of those things), she met
me at the door, half crying; she said, "Bill, was that the right thing
You know how you are. I know how I am. I said, "Sure, I wasn't in here
right then." I knew God had condemned me for it. I said, "I wasn't in
here right then." Said, "But you was in here when he made the call."
That afternoon I went to pray for a sick baby. And before I left the
house, the phone rang again and little Joseph run over and took ahold
of the phone and said, "Daddy, you want me to tell them you're not
here?" You see how sin corrupts, what a family that would finally be?
I John the 5th chapter and the 21st verse said, "If our hearts condemn
us not, then we have confidence in God." But if our hearts condemn us,
how can we have confidence in God? We know as long as we got sin that's
not confessed, He'll never hear us. That's strong, but it–it–it's the
church needs these things.
Then I started to pray for this baby. And when I started to lay my
hands on it, the Lord rebuked me and said, "You told a lie, and you
ain't fit to pray for that baby."
I turned away from the man; I said, "Sir, you just wait here. I've got something to make right."
I called up the attorney and went down to the office, called him in,
and I said, "Look, sir, I told a lie. I had my wife to lie; she said I
wasn't in there. And I run out behind the house." And I confessed it
and told him about it.
Walked up, put his hands on my shoulder, he said, "Brother Branham,
I've always had confidence in you, but I got more than ever now. A
man," he said, "that's willing to make right his wrongs…"
And I told him, I said, "I started to pray for a baby and the Lord
would just condemning my heart, because I knowed I'd done wrong."
Then the next day, wife said, "Where you going?"
I said, "To my cave."
And I went up to my cave up above Charlestown, where I've been going
for years, and I got in there and I prayed all that day, "O God, don't
never let me do a thing like that again. You forgive me, Lord, for when
I start to put my hands on the sick people to pray, then I was
condemned." Along about three o'clock in the evening I come out, and
there's a big rock lays out there, and I got on that rock and was
looking up towards the east, with my hands up, praising the Lord. And
it was just so quiet in there, and I said, "Lord, if You'll just… One
time You passed by Moses, and he said it was when You had him in the
cleft of the rock, and it looked like the back part of a man." I said,
"Could You do it again, Lord, let me know I'm forgiven?" And I said,
"If You'll help me and come on my mind," I said, "Lord, I–I'm not very
strong mentally, 'cause I've no education." I said, "And I–I'm trying
to serve You. You know my heart, and I didn't… I oughtn't to have
done that. I didn't mean to do that. My head just felt like it was
coming off, I was so nervous, and I done it in a catch of a moment when
Satan caught me." I said, "If You'd forgive me, let me see You then,
And God being my Judge, just right over to my side, a little place the
bushes begin to whirl like a Wind, and It come right along the side of
the cave where I was at, and went down through the woods. Oh, brother,
a peace that passes all understanding swept over me, and I cried, I
wept, I shouted. I know my sins were forgiven me. See, I was disunified
with God; I couldn't have deliverance for the baby.
I… And the very next day there was a man from Chicago, who is a great
man, a Catholic just converted, the valves in his heart was swelled out
like an inflated inner tube, and they'd been trying to cut them out for
a long time, was going to; he wouldn't let them. Finally he found an
interview. Them interviews, we stay right with it till we find out
what's wrong. And the man had no more than come in till the Holy Spirit
went back down through his life and called out something he done when
he was an altar boy in the Catholic church. He said, "That's the truth.
That's the honest truth." Said, "Do you mean that was against me?"
I said, "That's the only shadow that I can see in your life."
Went back up and told the doctor, said, "All right, get things together now; we'll have the operation."
The doctor said, "We'll check that old ticker again." And when he looked into it, he said, "You don't need the operation."
See, "If our hearts condemn us." We want complete deliverance. We don't
want to be a halfway church. We want to be a real church, or no church
at all. We want to be real Christians, or no Christians at all. We want
total deliverance from our habits, from our sins, from our evil
thinking, from our evil doing, from our negligence, whatever we've
done. We want total deliverance, so that when people come into this
church to be prayed for, there'll be just this little group, maybe not
over a hundred or two setting here, but they'll be completely in the
hands of God. And when we pray, then God will hear from heaven. God
wants somebody that He can hold in His hands, somebody that He can say,
"I got confidence in. I can send this, My sick servant, to the Branham
Tabernacle at Jeffersonville, and that group of people are one accord."
Something will happen.
Well, look what He does for us in the condition that we're in, what
would He do if we were one heart and one accord? And the only way we
can do that is unify our hearts together with brotherly love, obey the
offices of the church and the pastor, and the pastor obey God; then God
works through the pastor, through the board, down into the church, and
all together are one unit to the Kingdom of God. Then God will hear
when we have a unified group. Let nothing bother you. Don't be dismayed
Now, that's the kind of a person that God ordained to take the land.
Moses was complete; he was a man that wouldn't compromise. If there
were stews, and fusses, and so forth, he wouldn't compromise. That's
what God wants us now.
Pharaoh wanted to agree, said, "Moses, you all can go, but you leave
your children behind, or leave some of your cattle back here."
That's the way the Devil wants a Christian to come. "It'll be all right
for you to join the church, but don't you never forgive Jones. It'll be
all right if you can bring in your… if you can go… You don't have
to give up your smoking, your drinking, your lying, your stealing. Your
faultfinding, backbiting, you don't have to give that up. Just join the
But Moses wasn't a compromiser; he wanted complete deliverance. He
said, "We'll not leave one hoof behind. We'll take everything that
belongs to us, when we go to worship the Lord."
That's the way the church ought to be. "We'll take righteousness; we'll
take holiness; we'll take the Holy Spirit; we'll take a unified group,
when we go to the altar. We'll be a real group; we'll leave nothing
behind. We'll take everything. There won't be one hoof stay back here."
You know, and people can pray in such a way till the Devil will have to
That's the way Moses and his group did. They got over there and got
under the blood. You noticed, until they got under the blood there was
no total deliverance. Moses, hisself, he was unified with God, but
Israel wasn't; there's still was sin, and they murmured against Moses,
and they said, "Why–why do you do this? You bring more trouble upon
us," 'cause Pharaoh just doubled their tally of bricks and so forth.
That was Moses; he was completely in the hands of God, totally
delivered from sheep-herding to herd God's sheep. He was totally
delivered himself; but the people wasn't delivered, because there was
still murmuring among them.
One night when God ordained that a lamb should be killed, type of
Christ, and the blood was dipped in hyssop, which is weeds (common,
humble), and put over the lintel of the door, and on the posts, and
that's when Israel become completely delivered, with not a hoof left
behind. All that belonged to them was delivered. Their families, their
loved ones, and everything was delivered when they completely come
under the blood.
That's when the church shall be completely delivered, when everything
comes under the Blood. When your sins come under the Blood, when your
smoking, when your gambling, when your cheating, when your stealing,
when your lying, when everything is brought under the Blood, then
there'll be a total deliverance. If you've wronged somebody, make it
right. You can't bring that under the Blood; it won't stay. You can't
bring it. Something won't let you do it. When your self is completely,
totally brought under the Blood, there'll be a total deliverance. Then
you'll have a freedom like you've never known before, when everything's
brought under the Blood, brought in submissive to the Kingdom of God.
Then there'll be a real deliverance.
Jesus was completely, totally man. He could cry like a man, He could
eat like a man; He could become like a man. He was completely, totally
man in His physical being. And in His Spirit, He was completely,
totally God, so He made His flesh submissive to the Spirit that was in
Him. You see, He was tempted in all manners like we are. He was man,
not an Angel. He was a man. He had desires and temptations just like we
do. The Bible said He did. He was a man, not an Angel above temptation.
Hebrews 1 said that He was… Hebrews 1:4 said He was made lower than
the Angels. He was man, completely man, that God took a complete man to
bring total deliverance; and He filled Him with His Spirit; the Holy
Ghost was in Him without measure. And He was tempted like we were. And
He was completely God. He proved it when He raised the dead, when He
stopped nature, the roaring seas and the mighty winds. When He spoke to
the trees, and so forth, they obeyed Him. He was God inside. And He
could've been man, for He was Man, but He totally and completely
delivered Himself as a Man into the hands of God for the service of
God. And He is our example.
We are men and women. We're also Christians. If He's our example, let
us completely deliver ourselves into the hands of the Holy Ghost, we
might be subjects of the Kingdom of God.
He was totally man; He was totally God, but He surrendered His natural
parts to His–and His physical parts, and His Own thinking, and His Own
doing, and His Own cares, and "I do only that which pleases the
Father." There you are. Totally delivered from human beings… The
priests come to Him, the great men, and said, "Rabbi So-and-so," and
tried to bribe Him into their affiliations and denominations, but He
was totally delivered because He trusted in God.
Did not the Psalmist say, "Thou will deliver Him, for He has completely
trusted in Me"? See? "I will deliver my Darling from the dogs, because
He has trusted in Me."
Some hour when we come to the end of life's journey, I want it for
mine; I know you want it for yours. I want Him to say, "I'll deliver
Him out of the jaws of death, for he's trusted in Me. I will deliver
him from the grave on the resurrection morning, totally deliver Him,
both soul, body and Spirit, because he has trusted in Me."
All Jesus' works was complete; everything was complete, total
delivered. He totally delivered the leper from leprosy. He totally
delivered the woman with the blood issue from her issue. He totally
delivered the world from sin, when He died at the day of the atonement.
He totally delivered every sin. He delivered the church. So there's no
need for us to live underprivileged people. There's no need for us to
live in a defeated state, because He defeated the Devil and took all
the principalities and powers and subdued them under His feet, and they
have no legal rights to rule over you. We are Christians, filled with
the Holy Ghost. We don't have to dict–have the Devil dictate to us.
Christ delivered us: total deliverance, delivered us from evil,
delivered us from sin, delivered us from habits, delivered us from
talking, delivered us from–from blackguard, delivered us from all
kinds of smutty things. He totally delivered us and put us into His
holy hands, a complete, total deliverance.
He delivered our sickness. He delivered us from sickness, for we have
an abstract deed to that. Hallelujah. "For He was wounded for our
transgressions; with His stripes we were healed." He is our Healer.
That's why that poor little polioed woman, trying to take care of a
cancer-dying husband, she walked into the realms in the Presence of
God. She had faith, and she… The doctors had done all they could do,
so she followed God's instructions and was totally delivered.
The disciples had total deliverance, absolutely total deliverance. Why?
Because they were completely and totally filled with the Holy Ghost.
When you just a church member and shook the pastor's hands, or some…
had some kind of a little experience of jumping, shouting, or speaking
in tongues, or something another; and still have malice in your heart,
strange acts, telling lies, smoking cigarette, lusting after women,
there's something hasn't happened yet; there's something wrong, "For he
that loves the world, or the things of the world, the love of God's not
in him." You've been misled. "By their fruits you shall know them."
We all want to be unified together with the Holy Spirit. Every member
should be unified one with the other. The love of God is shed abroad in
our hearts by the Holy Ghost; It cleanses us from all unrighteousness;
we are delivered from the things of the world. Jesus said, "This will
all men know that you're My disciples, when you've got love one for the
other," when one member loves the other member so much that it would
die for it.
When one evil thing starts, the outside world, some little women come
along, say, "Now, look, dear, it would be better for you if you did
this or do that, wore this or did that, or done this and got away from
that bunch of holy-rollers, or so forth like that."
We are so unified with God. You say, "Well, Brother Branham, it's an
awful temptation." But Christ died for that purpose. The Devil is
defeated. We want total deliverance. We want a church that's pure, and
clean, and unadulterated, and washed in the Blood of the Lamb, and
filled with the Holy Spirit, and signs and wonders and miracles. [Blank.spot.on.tape–Ed.]… totally deliver everyone. [Blank.spot.on.tape].
Dear God, You don't take things unless it's totally delivered. You
cannot receive a sacrifice with a blemish on it. You would never
receive a prayer that there's sin back in the life of that person. You
just could not do it, Lord. You didn't do it in the ages gone by, and
You can't do it today. But the sacrifice must be without blemish. And,
Lord God, as we lay ourselves on the altar as sacrificed life, take
from us, O Lord, all blemishes of sin. I'll completely lay my soul and
my body and my strength and my efforts, with this church this morning
on the altar. Cleanse us by Thy Blood, and forgive us of every sin that
we have did. And may the great Holy Spirit so richly abide in us, and
His Presence go with us from this tabernacle this morning, that we'll
know within ourselves that He has forgiven us. And then the prayer will
be, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against
us." Grant it, Lord.
Be Thou near us now, bless us and keep us until we meet again at the
evening service. May we come in with clean hands and a pure heart, that
You'll not turn down, for we want a complete and total deliverance from
anything, Lord, that would keep us from being the light of the world, a
candle that's set on a hill, not a bushel over it, but a candle that
sets on the hill, that gives light to guide people's feet in the way
that's right. Grant it, Father. We ask it in Jesus' Name, and for His
I'm going to ask Doc; I think he's back there, or one of the deacons is
present, that the church might read this. Doc, come put this on the
bulletin board so the church can see it as they go out. And then
Brother Collins, if he's here… Is Brother Collins in? Give him this
All right, sir, and we'll see what the… [Brother Branham pauses–Ed.].
That's someone wanting an interview. That's always granted. We are
glad. And I have interviews. You see, the thing you do is call our
number out there. We–we had so much trouble up at the house; well, the
church knows it. This is–is strangers. The church knows about it.
There should be a little piece put… I'll have it placed here in the
church too, for the oncomers. You see, there's so many, that we can't
take care of them all, just as they come by number. See? And we… And
if you'll just call BUtler 2-1519, BUtler. And any of the members that
sees anyone that wants… I'm always glad to see people, but we have a
regular system. There's some already called, several (See?), and we
just come by one-by-one as we come. Then there's… Used to be we just
had kind of a haphazard hit, any way, skip, hop, the people went home
disappointed and everything. Now, they have everything just in order.
And that's what we're trying to speak of now (See?), put everything in
order, just perfectly. And I'll be glad to see this dear party, if
they'll just call BUtler 2-1519, -1519, and Mr. Mercier or Mr. Goad,
one, will answer the phone and tell you just exactly when you can have
an appointment. We got a place out there, air conditioned, and ready to
receive the people and pray for them. We're only happy to do it.
Now, reason I don't come to church, the people thinks I try to get away
from the people; it isn't. I'm trying to–to be exactly in order. See,
that's what I want to be, just won't show respect to persons. Each
person, anybody, anywhere, any time… See? Color, creed has nothing to
do with it. We come right there and meet the people. And if they have a
need, we stay right with God until it's solved. If they want to know
anything about meetings, 'course, we take care of it and follow it;
that's only the leading of the Holy Spirit. And that's that way, I
think it's just; it does everyone just exactly the same. Therefore,
there's no respect of person, no respect.
Was there any peoples that come to be prayed for this morning, that was
sick and wanted to be prayed for? All right, there's not? Then let's
sing a good song for the–for worship. What can we sing this morning?
"What can take away my sins?" You know it, Teddy? "Nothing but the
Blood of Jesus." What can… [A sister in the congregation tells of a lady that is very sick–Ed.]
All right, sis. Want to pray for her now? I'm going to pray for that
lady, lay hands on this woman here. Would you bow your heads with me a
minute, quietly now.
Dear God, there's a lady that's very sick. Our sister has put her body
up…?… even to take cancer from others, standing in the breach for
others. But You deliver her from that, Lord. A few days ago when those
things were known, just let her find out herself then, Lord; she'll
know that it comes from You. I lay my hands upon her and ask for mercy
for that other woman. May the grace of God, the power of the Holy
Ghost…?… our hearts, Lord. Reveal it to us first…?… Then we
know that we have favor with God, we have peace with God, we get what
we ask for, because we have no condemnation. Grant it, Lord. In Jesus'
Name I pray. Amen. Thank you, ma'am. All right.
105 How many feels that all your sins are under the Blood? Let's sing it with our hands up now.
Now, as we drop our hands, let's shake hands around.
You love Him? Amen.