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Our Stories - The Sum of All Error

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Our Stories - The Sum of All Error:

When I look back on all of the many things we believed in the "Message", there are many mixed emotions. I have to laugh at some of the things we believed, such as a man who could create squirrels simply to blast their tiny heads off with a shotgun. I get angry when I think of our twisted views of great men like Martin Luther King Jr., who took a stand against bigotry and racism in the face of fierce opposition and even death. I get mellow when I remember the feelings we had together in our small groups of "End-Time-Message" believers. Even though I'm aware that the doomsday focus of our cult was potentially dangerous, it brought us closer together. Maybe a little too close? No doubt it was. But it did not feel so at the time.

Any single strange thing we believed wasn't so problematic, with the obvious exceptions of promoting physical abuse, degrading women and racism. There is no harm in thinking the smoke trail of Vandenberg missile testing was the result of a prophesied "five angels" that turned into "seven angels", or that lighting in the auditoriums were "pillars of fire". Even if William Branham himself believed it, which I strongly question at this point, we are all human; we all fall into one error or another.

What I find unbelievable is the sum of all error each of these things contributed to and the lack of accountability for those in leadership positions who were aware of these things. Many of them, even after admitting they preached things that were categorically untrue, are still in leadership positions. Their doctrine has changed from an "Infallible William Branham" to a "more prone to error than other humans, William Branham".
Yet their positions (and income) has either remained the same or has increased. If William Branham was not the superhuman, infallible, absolute truth representative of God they promoted for years, and more apt to tell something untruthful than any single person in the congregation, would not that make those sitting in the pew closer to God than the "prophet?" And if the "prophet" wasn't quite truthful about his own prophecies, can we even give him this title?

It took some time to adjust after realizing that the level of brainwashing in the "Message" prevented us from this line of thinking. To some degree, I think we all experienced a level of anger against the "Message" after leaving, but after the full picture of what happened to us starts to become clear, there is much sadness for the people. They really can't help themselves while under that control. I know for myself, it was more painful to leave than anything I have experienced. I'm thankful so many people did realize the sum of all error, and I'm hopeful that many, many more will continue to do so.