William Branham and his False Christ
William Branham and Paulaseer Lawrie Mathukrishna
One of the most amazing things about Jesus Christ’s end-time prediction in Matthew 24:24 is that millions of so-called Christians are doggedly following false prophets like William Branham and their false Christs despite his solemn warning in verse 4 of the same chapter. You may warn them with tears in your eyes and prove to them from Scripture or the well-documented quotes from the lips of their spiritual leaders that they are being deceived by Satan, and still tenaciously cling to their false prophets and false Christs. Why? There are several biblical reasons why they refuse to listen to God and those who earnestly warn them.
1 John 4:5-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 They [who teach twisted doctrine] are of the world and belong to it; therefore they speak from the [viewpoint of the] world [with its immoral freedom and baseless theories-demanding compliance with their opinions and ridiculing the values of the upright], and the [gullible one of the] world listens closely and pays attention to them.
6 We [who teach God’s word] are from God [energized by the Holy Spirit], and whoever knows God [through personal experience] listens to us [and has a deeper understanding of Him]. Whoever is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know [without any doubt] the spirit of truth [motivated by God] and the spirit of error [motivated by Satan].
Don’t expect anyone who is not of God to listen to reason and solid biblical exegeses. They will defiantly shun God’s truth to the very end unless their eyes are opened to see and understand his truth and are saved.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
3 But even if our Gospel (the glad tidings) also be hidden (obscured and covered up with a veil that hinders the knowledge of God), it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing and obscured [only] to those who are spiritually dying and veiled [only] to those who are lost.
4 For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.
Does this mean that those who are deceived cannot be saved? Perish the thought. Anyone can be saved as Jesus said in Luke 18:27. However, whilst they cling to their false prophets, false Christs’ and their teachings, and doggedly refuse to believe the truth, Satan will never release his stronghold on their minds and continue to keep them in darkness so that the glorious light of Jesus Christ’s Gospel cannot illumine them. They refuse to have their minds renewed by the Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 11:15).
The devastating reality is that it does not end here. Those who persistently and defiantly continue to believe Satan’s lies will ultimately face the consequences of their rebellion. To them, God says: “OK! If you don’t want to heed my reproofs and choose to remain adamant to the very end, I will assist you in your hard-heartedness. I will send you a delusion so strong that you would no longer want to turn to me for your salvation.”
2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 Then the lawless one [the Antichrist] will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to an end by the appearance of His coming.
9 The coming of the [Antichrist, the lawless] one is through the activity of Satan, [attended] with great power [all kinds of counterfeit miracles] and [deceptive] signs and false wonders [all of them lies],
10 and by unlimited seduction to evil and with all the deception of wickedness for those who are perishing, because they did not welcome the love of the truth [of the gospel] so as to be saved [they were spiritually blind, and rejected the truth that would have saved them].
11 Because of this God will send upon them a misleading influence, [an activity of error and deception] so they will believe the lie,
12 in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe the truth [about their sin, and the need for salvation through Christ], but instead took pleasure in unrighteousness.
The Christ is Now Here
It is evident from Scripture that in the last days many charlatans would arrive on the scene claiming to be the fulfillment of the Second Coming of Christ. One such extremist was Paulaseer Lawrie Mathukrishna. He made this preposterous statement on 21st July 1969 when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. What most Branhamites don’t seem to know or deliberately close their eyes to, is that William Branham recognized Lawrie Mathakrishna as the fulfillment of Christ’s Second Advent and even said so openly in some of his sermons, according to his followers. In the 1980s, Paulaseer changed his message somewhat, teaching Aadhi Bali or “Supreme Sacrifice” – an idea from the Purusasukta. He began to draw much more on Hindu and even Muslim ideas and attracted more native Indian followers. (Bergunder, Michael (2003). “From Pentecostal Healing Evangelist to Kalki Avatar: The Remarkable Life of Paulaseer Lawrie…,” in Christians and Missionaries in India: Cross-Cultural Communication since 1500, edited by Robert Eric Frykenberg and Alaine M. Low. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. pp. 357-375)
The following excerpt from Kurt Koch’s book “Occult ABC” confirms this.
The most remarkable messiah at the present time is to be found at camp Manujothi Ashram in the desert in South India. It is the extreme American evangelist, William Branham whom Christians have to thank for this false messiah. His name is Paulaseer Lawrie Mathukrishna. When Branham was on tour of India, Brother Lawrie became a disciple of his, and Branham described him as the Son of God and Christ returned.
Brother Lawrie has established a kind of commune with his followers in South India. Those who join give up all their possessions to the group. I know a woman from Germany who sold all she had inherited from her father and went to India with DM. 60,000. After a few years, she came back to her husband in Germany without a penny.
It is strange how this latter-day sect attracts people from all over the world. Germans and Americans are especially welcome, since they usually bring with them large sums of money.
One of Lawrie’s main teachings is that the world will be destroyed in 1977. Before that, however, his followers will be taken up from the earth. The brides of Christ are already preparing themselves for this rapture by a process of spiritualization of the body.
At the time of writing, this community numbers seven hundred. No more are being accepted, although there are nine hundred applicants. Brother Lawrie says that the spiritual development of the seven hundred is now so far advanced that the new members would not get there. Only the seven hundred “first fruits” will be taken up.
The activity of Lawrie’s representative in Germany, Herr Mengel, is also of interest. At first he lived with his wife and four children in Lawrie’s commune, but then he returned to Germany in order to make Lawrie’s ideas known in Europe. Herr Mengel claims to be one of the two witnesses who are mentioned in Revelation 11. After three and one-half years, he says, he will be murdered, but then he will be raised.
It is strange how people can be filled with such a spirit of error, that they really believe these things. Let us wait and see what lies they will tell us, because the prophesied destruction of the world in 1977 did not happen. (Kurt Koch, Occult ABC, 1978, p.55-56). (Emphasis added).
The Branham-Kundalini Connection
God warns us not to look to the East for spiritual enlightenment because it warrants God’s rejection of those who do.
Isaiah 2:6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
6 Surely [Lord] You have rejected and forsaken your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled [with customs] from the east and with soothsayers [who foretell] like the Philistines; also they strike hands and make pledges and agreements with the children of aliens.
The reason why it is so dangerous to meander in Eastern mysticism is that it inevitably brings you into contact with the Kundalini spirit which is a false Holy Spirit. One must ask whether Branham performed miracles in the power of the Holy Ghost or the Kundalini spirit which he must have picked up in Lawrie Mathukrishna’s Ashram in the desert in South India. The following excerpt from Kurt Koch’s book Occult ABC seems to confirm that William Branham’s healing ministry was steeped in the Eastern Kundalini occult and therefore not inspired by God’s Spirit.
It would be a mistake to dismiss these healing methods as a pure swindle. Successful cures do take place. But at what cost! For many years I have been observing the serious negative effects of such healing on people’s mental and spiritual health.
Edwards has made the spiritistic character of his activity clear by saying, “When my angels are not present, I cannot heal.” Here an interesting parallel to the healing work of William Branham may be seen. Years ago he told his interpreter, Pastor Ruff, “If my angel does not give the sign, I cannot heal.” Ruff noticed several features of Spiritism in the work of Branham, and therefore stopped working with him. These “angels” of whom Edwards and Branham spoke are evil spirits masquerading as angels of light. As in many areas of the occult, we are here reminded again that the devil appears as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Another evidence is the fact that neither Edwards nor Branham were able to perform cures when faced with born-again Christians who had committed themselves to the protection of Christ. In the case of Branham, I have experienced this myself. When he spoke in Karlsruhe and Lausanne, there were several believers among the audience – including myself – who prayed along these lines: “Lord, if this man’s powers are from You, then bless and use him, but if the healing gifts are not from You, then hinder him.” The result? On both occasions Branham said from the platform, “There are disturbing powers here. I can do nothing.” (Kurt Koch, Occult ABC, 1978, p.181-181).
It reminds me of an incident many years ago when Ray McCauley, the Senior Pastor of Rhema Bible Church, President of the International Federation of Christian Churches (IFCC), co-chair of the National Interfaith Council of South Africa (NICSA), author and former champion bodybuilder, visited a group of SABC Christians at our weekly gathering. Some of us decided to pray for discernment and asked God to bring McCauley’s regular healing spree to naught if it were not of Him. When McCauley invited those with some kind of malady to step forward, he tried to slay them in the spirit. Nothing happened and he too had to admit that Christians in the meeting were hindering him in his ministry. It proves beyond any doubt that it is not the Holy Spirit but another spirit who empowers them to slay people to the floor because no human being can hinder or prevent the Holy Spirit from doing anything. (1 John 4:4).
It is believed that William Branham was the man who popularized the phenomenon called slain-in-the-spirit which subsequently spread like wildfire in the Word of Faith Movement and Pentecostalism. Having seen that Branham was heavily influenced by Paulaseer Lawrie Mathukrishna whom he called “the Son of God,” it comes as no surprise that slain-in-the-spirit is a westernized extension of the Kundalini Shaktipat or divine force practiced in Hinduism. Wikipedia defines Shaktipat as follows:
Shaktipat (Sanskrit, from shakti – “(psychic) energy” – and pÄta, “to fall”) refers in Hinduism to the conferring of spiritual “energy” upon one person by another. Shaktipat can be transmitted with a sacred word or mantra, or by a look, thought or touch – the last usually to the ajna chakra or third eye of the recipient.
Saktipat is considered an act of grace (anugraha) on the part of the guru or the divine. It cannot be imposed by force, nor can a receiver make it happen. The very consciousness of the god or guru is held to enter into the Self of the disciple, constituting an initiation into the school or the spiritual family (kula) of the guru. It is held that Shaktipat can be transmitted in person or at a distance, through an object such as a flower or fruit or else by telephone or letter.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see from whence William Branham, a spiritualist “healer,” derived his idea that spirits could be “imparted” from one person to another via the laying on of hands. This is precisely why the Bible warns “Do not be in a hurry in the laying on of hands.” (1 Timothy 5:22). Impartation through the laying on of hands is the most dangerous practice in charismatic circles and the most assured way to pick up the very same demons resident in the person who lays his/her hands on you.
Will the Followers of False Prophets pay Attention to Warnings?
As usual, the Bible provides us with the best answer.
2 Timothy 3:13 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
13 But wicked [evil] men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves.
It’s impossible to argue with God because He is always right and when He says evil men (false prophets, teachers and their gullible followers) will go from bad to worse you better believe it. In fact, it just shows you that precious few will heed the warnings in God’s Word and probably die without ever coming to repentance. Why? Again the Bible provides the best answer.
2 Timothy 4:3Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold,