The Family Altar
44 If God can only find one man, that’s all He needs, one man that can fully surrender to Him. He don’t take an army; He never did use that. He only uses a man.
45 Now, Samson gave God his strength to use, but he didn’t give God his heart. He gave his heart to Delilah, and gave his strength to God.
46 But you’ve got to surrender soul, body, spirit, strength, everything you are, to the will of God, become a prisoner to Him. You’re going to be somebody’s prisoner. You don’t belong to yourself. You are somebody’s prisoner. You’re either a prisoner of the devil, knowing this Truth and won’t surrender to It, or a prisoner to—to the world, and surrender to God, one or the other. You’re either the devil’s prisoner, to sin, or you’re God’s prisoner, to righteousness. You’re one or the other.
47 And now Samson thinks of the great victories that he had won. No doubt it come to his mind of how, that when he was a little boy, that God had vindicated him, told his mother that how that she must do; not drink strong drinks, or—or watch her diet, that she was bringing forth a Nazarite. How she combed his hair, and told him, “Son, through these locks, it’s a covenant with God, that your strength will lay in there. Don’t, never give it away. Don’t, never give away your secret. Don’t, never surrender it. Whatever you do, stay with it.”
48 Jesus Christ told the church, that, “Heavens and earth will pass away, but My Word shall never pass away. And whosoever shall take one Word from It, or add one word to It, his part will be taken out of the Book of Life.” The church ought to think of that now as we stand in this chaos, in this hour just prayer…prior the Coming of the Lord Jesus, at any moment, for a Rapture.
49 The great victories that we can point back, in the days gone by, in the reformation, back in the days of Irenaeus and Saint Martin, Patrick, and those who protested those organizations.
50 And when Luther came out and protested that first organization, Catholic church, and the group that followed him come right back and organized behind him.
51 When John Wesley come out of Anglicanism, and, as soon as Wesley left, they organized right behind him.
52 And the early Pentecost come out of the denominations. That was a cursed word to you. But, “As a dog goes to its vomit, and a sow to their wallow,” you’ve went right back in the thing that you were born to defeat. Hallelujah! That hurts my heart, too, even more than to think of the victory yonder that Dagon had over Samson. I see what Jezebel has got over the church. And that’s the reason that every strength and every fiber in my being, I’m trying to protest that thing, and call back that church to her place of repentance. Your mothers, your fathers, were ousted out of those organizations. They come out of it and protested it, and here their children has turned right back around and has went right back in the thing that they come out of. If that ain’t a picture of Samson, what Delilah did!
53 How we ought to let the thoughts go through our mind, of the great victories. I don’t have time to get it, and keep my word to you.
54 And of God, had raised him up for this purpose, and there he stands between those two posts, blinded, defeated, humiliated. He was still the same big bulk that he ever was, but his strength was gone.
55 The church is anything, it’s stronger in membership than it ever was. But where is the Word, the strength, being manifested? It’s been cut off from you, by your power-shaving organizations.
56 He had failed God. Not only had he failed God, but he failed his own people. He was a total failure. Now he was a prisoner to the very nation that God raised him up to destroy.
63-0804A - Once More
Rev. William Marrion Branham