The Family Altar
40 It seems like that gross darkness has settled upon the people till they think the only thing there is to do is to go to church and be a pretty good person, put your name on the book, and some little mysterious thing, “God will twist the key when you die, and change that spirit in you, to Him.” You’re mistaken. When you die, that spirit that’s on you, that’s the way you’ll forever be. And remember, the Pharisees, Sadducees, and so forth, was very religious people.
41 God is a jealous God. He is jealous, and he wants His wife pure. He wants her a virgin, chaste. Nothing in the world into her, at all; altogether His Word, part of Him. We must be a part of the Word. Not a part of the creed; a part of the Word! Not a part of the church; a part of the Bride! Church is condemned, we know that she goes to outer darkness, but the Bride goes up.
42 Now if people could only wake up for a few moments and realize what the great thing is. It’s pride that does that. It’s people who—who wants to go like the rest of the world. You can’t do that. You’re not of the world. Do you think a woman laying in her casket will want to know whether she had her hair waterdo-ed, or whatever you want to call it? Do you think she would pay attention to how she was dressed if she was laying in a casket, or some man? They wouldn’t do it.
43 And that’s the reason, today, there is so much stuff that we have to copy after the neighbors, or some Hollywood star, or some fashion, or something like that, is because that we haven’t died yet to Christ and His Word. What’s the matter with the churches? We’re in darkness, groping in darkness. Said, “There would be gross darkness upon the people.” A gross darkness on the people now!
44 What does it all mean? It means this, that when the world…What made the moon fade out, was because that the—the sun…the earth got in the shadow of the sun, that was reflecting itself on the earth. The world got in the shadow. That’s what’s the matter with the church. That’s what’s the matter with the Presbyterian, Methodist, Pentecostals. That’s what’s the matter with all of us. The world shuts out the Light that we’re supposed to be reflecting, swings itself around and gets into It, and, as they pass one another, it throws darkness over it.
45 And the world has come into the church, in the—in the name of denomination, the name of some creed, and “we’re religious and all this and all this,” but yet it denies the resurrecting power of Christ to vindicate His Word that’s prophesied for this day. There can only be Light through the Word of God. We know that. God, in the beginning, said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, vindication of His Word that He had spoken.
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Rev. William Marrion Branham