But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
The word “minister” comes from the same word meaning “to serve”. Hence, a minister is a servant, a ministry is a service, and to minister is to serve. This is the same context that Paul writes that He is the servant, or slave of Christ. As Jesus said, he who wishes to be the greatest in the Kingdom will be the servant, the slave, of all.
The position of ministry is never one of exalting oneself over another, but rather the serving of another, and being their slave in the Lord. A minister could be viewed as someone who has something of God so that he has been designated, by God, to help other people find Him as well. A servant, a slave, never works on his own behalf, for his own name or recognition, but only and always for that of his master, his steward and keeper.
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Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
1 John 2:18-24
The power of the anti-christ is not just about coming against Christ as much as it is about attempting to replace Christ Jesus with some other thing, possibly even under the same name.
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I just love teaching. Oh, my. I–I–I think it’s wonderful. It gives the basis and settles the church.
And in preaching, now, there’s some people that are preachers. They can pick up the Word with inspiration, and sway It out there in places. That’s watering the Seeds that the teacher has taught. See? Now, you got to put some Seed in first, and then water It. And the watering comes from the preaching of the Word.
There’s a great vast difference between a teacher and a preacher. See? It’s two different gifts of the Spirit altogether, two different gifts. And I humbly say this, but I haven’t a gift of either.
But mine, as of usual, is praying for the sick. That’s what the Lord called me to do. And then, in this time it gives a relaxation of my mind to study on something different, not having Divine healing services, just–just teaching the Word. And oh, we get along pretty good here. We… I remember, you put up with me for a long time, about twelve years around here, on it.
–William Branham, The Seven Church Ages (54-0512 p16-19)
The Bible is clear when it comes to judging the motives of one’s heart out of our own fleshly, soulish pride.
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Unless by the Spirit the Lord reveals the heart of another, the fate of another, or the motives, we must not give way to soulish judgment, wisdom of the flesh, or the like.
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The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
1 Corinthians 2:15 NIV
You see, it is the spiritual man that is free.
According to Paul, he, the spiritual man, judges all things, and yet is judged by no one.
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1 Corinthians 2:15 KJV
He that is spiritual judges. He that is spiritual is not subject to other men’s judgement.
The man led by the Spirit is not under the law. He neither looks directly to it for his direction nor does he receive criticism or accusation that he has violated it or has transgressed it.
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It was not until after he had start preaching in 1933 that the Lord informed him of “the importance” of the ministry he would fulfill. While baptising converts in the Ohio River, the Pillar Of Fire descended from the skies and hovering over Brother Branham, a Voice spoke and said, “As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the First Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, even so, you are sent with a Message to forerun His Second Coming.” Still, there was no indication of the “type” of ministry it would be or “how” it would climax.
On the Life of William Branham
One thing we must remember when dealing with God’s servants is that they are men. They always have been men, and they always will be men. Legitimate men and women of God were used, some with substantial flaws, all throughout the Bible. And, while some ended well, some did not. Of those that ended well, most of them also had serious issues along the way. Of all the notable persons of the Bible, there are only a small handful of which very little negative was said.
1 Kings 13 tells of a true prophet of God who was deceived by an old prophet. Why the old prophet lied to the young prophet leading him to get killed is not indicated in scripture, but it does call both of them prophets. Yet, the young prophet, who was told not to eat nor drink on his mission from God, listened to the deception of the old, and was killed by a lion as a result. He was a prophet; he delivered a right word from God correctly but got side-tracked and lost his life prematurely because of it.