The Family Altar
QUESTION 156. Is it right for Christian man and women to kiss one another (Oh!) on greeting?
120 No, sir! No indeedy! No, sir! You kiss one woman, brother, that’s your wife (see?), or your—your child, or…See?
“Is it right for…” Let me see if I got that right! “Is it right for Christian man and women to kiss one another on greetings?”
121 No, sir! No indeedy! That…Don’t you never get that started! Yes, sir! No, sir! You keep away from women! Shun away from them! Exactly right!
122 Now, they’re our sisters, but don’t…Now, they got that. That in…That thing even got over in Pentecost, and it’s called “free love.” And when you do—get anything like that, you stay away from it. That’s right!
123 I don’t care how clean you are…You’re my brother, and I—I believe that you’re—you might be a good sanctified, holy man. I don’t care how holy you are; you’re still a man. And I don’t care how holy she is; she’s still a woman. Stay away from it ’till you’re married. You just do that!
124 Remember, the body…I’m going to speak double now, so that you older people will understand. It’s a mixed group, but I’m your brother, and this is a question. See?
125 Each human being male and female have a different type of gland. A female has a female gland, sex gland. A male has a male gland, sex gland. And those glands lay in the human lips. That’s right.
126 And here’s another thing might be brought up, man kissing one another in the mouth. That’s dirty! That’s filth! And what does it do? It starts homosexuals. Stay away from that! You say…
127 A guy asked me not long ago, said, “Brother Branham, why, they greeted one another with a holy kiss.” They kissed on the back of the neck, fell upon their neck, and kissed them on the back of the neck. That was before handshake come in. It’s a greeting. That’s the way it is. They didn’t shake one another’s hands; they put their arms around one another and they kissed one another on the back of the neck, not on the lips, in the face. That starts a perversion. Stay away from it! Don’t never do that!
128 Nowadays, we shake hands with one another. If you want to…You got your arm around your brother, and kiss him on the neck, or he kisses you on the neck, that’s all right. But don’t you kiss that woman, and don’t you let that woman kiss you. See? That’s right! You take her by the hand, say, “Wait a minute, Sister, just a minute here (see?); let’s get this straight!” And so, now you do that.
129 Now what did I tell you a while ago when I first started? When you see any—a car coming down the road ninety miles an hour, get out of its way. That’s right! When you see the first twist in anything like that, get away from it; stay away from it! And just…That’s the ground you should not be on. Satan will present something to you that’ll wreck your soul and send you to hell. Stay away from it! Shun the very appearance of evil. That’s right!
130 Be a man, be a woman, like…I’m going to take up for the women a minute. That’s unusual isn’t it? They—they say, “Oh, the woman caused it! Oh, it was the woman’s fault. If she hadn’t got out of her place, well, the man wouldn’t got out of his.” That’s true. That—we’ll say that’s right. She gets out of her place. A man can’t be bad less there’s a bad woman; but remember there can’t be a bad woman without being a bad man. That’s right!
131 And you who claim to be a son of God, where is your principles? If the woman ain’t out of her place, aren’t you a son of God? Aren’t you the one that’s a higher, stronger vessel? As the Bible says she’s weaker, then if she’s weaker, then show yourself a man of God. Tell her, say, “Sister, you’re in the wrong.” That’s right! I’ve done it, and other Christians has done it. And you’ll always do it as long as you’re a Christian, but show yourself. You’re a son of God. You’re—you have more power over yourself than the woman does. If she is weaker, recognize her to be weaker. Understand her mistakes, and things like that, or try to correct her. Say, “Sister, we are Christians, we shouldn’t do that.” See? Be a real man, be a son of God, and watch the women.
132 And there’s where the great fall begin at the beginning. It was Satan with Eve. That’s what brought the whole downfall of the human race is through that.
133 And if you’re a son of God, be strong; be a real man. If you’re not that way, stay at the altar till you become that. And shun the very appearance of evil. And don’t start now greeting…
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Rev. William Marrion Branham