William Branham was an American preacher who was born in 1906 and died in 1965. He was raised in a poor nominally Catholic family. At a young age, he said he had a spiritual experience and was converted to Christianity. Soon afterward, he began preaching at churches and eventually developed public tent meetings. He was known for healings, prophecy, exorcisms, words of knowledge – and many false teachings.
William Branham claimed to be God’s voice (#3 below). He rejected the idea of the Trinity because he said it was three Gods (#5). Instead, he taught that God was one person and that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were offices. Consistent with that error is his teaching that baptism must be done “in Jesus’ name” (#6). And, to make things worse, he affirmed the serpent seed doctrine which is the teaching that Satan had sex with Eve and their offspring was Cain. The descendants of Cain are evil (#7)
There are reports of miraculous healings but there are also reports of follow-ups where people still suffered from the ailments from which they had supposedly been healed. In addition, he made many prophecies that have not been verified and which have even been shown to be false. For more information on these prophecies, go to https://en.believethesign.com/index.php/List_of_Issues_with_the_Message.
CARM considers William Branham to be a false teacher.
The following is a list of quotes from different sermons delivered by William Branham over many years. They are linked to a website that has transcribed those sermons.
Branham met a supernatural being
“…our services are a little different from usually in divine healing services that we come to. It’s under the operation of a supernatural Being who I–met me a few years ago…” (https://churchages.net/en/sermon/branham/51-0505-my-commission, 5/5/1951)
Branham was visited by an angel
“A little over two years ago now, I was sitting in the room. I was reading my little Scofield Bible, and I heard something. First, I saw a Light…and the Light got greater. And just above me hung a great Star. And the Light was kind of a, more of a green, between green and yellow, shining on the floor. And coming walking through this Light, came a Man that looked like, as I said before, would weigh two hundred pounds, a huge Man…He said, “Fear not. I’m sent from the Presence of God to tell you that this peculiar life of yours, peculiar birth… [Gap in the audio.]… a gift of Divine healing to the peoples of the world.” (https://churchages.net/en/sermon/branham/47-1102-angel-and-his-commission, 11/2/1947)
Branham is God’s voice
“But I felt that might been resented. But I am God’s Voice to you, see. I say that again. That time was under inspiration.” (https://churchages.net/en/sermon/branham/51-0505-my-commission, 5/5/1951)
Faith can create objects
“But I know that knife is in there. How do you know? Because I believe it’s in there. Now, if it is not in there, faith will put it in there, if it’s not there.” (https://churchages.net/en/sermon/branham/47-0412-faith-is-the-substance, 4/12/1947)
The Trinity is three gods
“It is not a trinity; it’s one God in three offices!” It’s not a trinity—three gods. We don’t have no three gods. Certainly not. There is no such a thing. It wasn’t taught in the Bible, and there is only one God.” (https://churchages.net/en/sermon/branham/61-0425B-godhead-explained, 4/25/1961)
Baptism not in Trinitarian formula, but “in Jesus’ name”
“I want an archbishop or somebody else to show me where anybody in the Bible was ever baptized in the name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost. I want somebody to show me anybody that was ever baptized any way besides the name of Jesus.” (https://churchages.net/en/sermon/branham/60-0522M-position-in-christ, 5/22/1960)
Serpent Seed Doctrine – that Satan had sex with Eve and produced Cain, whose descendants are evil
“she [Eve] was already pregnant by Satan. And she brought forth her first son whose name was Cain, the son of Satan…. (https://churchages.net/en/sermon/branham/58-0928E-serpent-seed, 9/28/1958)
Women are the source of sin
“Every sin that ever was on the earth was caused by a woman…And a [unclear word] just from Chicago, a woman wrote this article, with the police force, that they chased down in United States (metropolitan United States) that 98% of every crime that was ever did in any form in the United States, there was either a woman in it or behind it.” (https://churchages.net/en/sermon/branham/65-0221M-marriage-and-divorce, 2/21/65)
You can be in the baptism of the Holy Ghost and still go to hell
“You can have the baptism of the Holy Ghost every hour in your life, and still be lost and go to hell. The Bible says so. That’s exactly right.” (https://churchages.net/en/sermon/branham/65-1207-leadership, 12/7/1965)