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Questions Nos. 564 to 579


Question # 564: "We have a minister who has married with three wives and still preaching the Word in the pulpit. Brethren were comparing his case with a rescued Samaritan."

E.O.D.H. Answer: This was thoroughly condemned by the Scriptures and Message in Book 10: Questions and Answers. If this was done in an unscriptural manner, the rescued Samaritan story does not apply in this case and cannot help this backslidden preacher in the face of 1Timothy 3, which says that 'a bishop or a preacher must be the husband of ONE wife.' Yes, evil men will wax worse and worse and they will find an excuse for their sin. We better leave them alone and continue to expose heresies and the evil of men whenever the need arises.

Question # 565: "The same pastor preaches another thing: "Good works are not important. Because we have not been saved by works but by faith, so that we can take black medicine and watch the movies while we are in this Message. God will take away those wicked works some day. Now we can practice them until God take them from us". Is it right?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: Romans 6. Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid! How shall we that are dead to sin continue in sin?
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?" (Romans 6:1-3).
Without holiness no man shall see the Lord. I am afraid that this pastor is not talking about grace but disgrace! There are no Scriptures that permit such evil conduct and at the same time qualify a person as a Christian. Multitudes of Scriptures commanded us that we should be struggling and striving to live above sin. Mortify the deeds of the body. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (1 Corinthians chapter 5) believers should not even fellowship with anyone with such evil conduct.

Question #566 : "The same pastor preaches like this: "I will preach because I want to do something for Him in my life. I won't stop my preaching though I commit adultery/fornication in my life. I will continue to preach and bear the punishment from God for my adultery, but not leave the pulpit." Is it right?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: No man can do God a service without His will. Such words are blasphemous. Such a man is not fit to preach the Gospel according to 1 Timothy 3 and Titus chapter 1.

Question # 567: "Dear Brother, these are the teachings of K. Samson (India), who divided our church into two and leads one group, with his own interpretations. Shall we love him and fellowship with him?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: 1 Corinthians 5; we must apply scriptural measures for any minister who declares himself as above. The Bible commanded us in many places not to fellowship with such a one until he repents.

Question # 568: "If an end time pastor fell in adultery, confessed and wants to be a pastor or preacher; did the Prophet say anything about it? Please let me know?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: 
"But whoso commiteth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding. He that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonor shall he get, and his reproach shall not be wiped away." Job 28:28 -
" And unto man he said, behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding." (Proverbs 6:32-33).

Quote W.M.B.: "And if you still got the things of the world in you, you're not born again. And how you going to claim to be born again and still with the things of the world hanging on you...and go right back out and defile a man's wife, break up a man's home.... you'll still be just exactly like the world, because you're not dead to the world yet. You are alive with it.....and a man that's born of God, you cannot call him back into that rottenness of sin anymore. He's dead and he's born again. He's a new creature, he's got the nature of the eagle. He's got to get into the skies and soar" (You Must Be Born Again, 31/12/61 - page 19-22)

Adultery and fornication are articles of the world? Every believer or preacher, who is guilty, are not born again.

"For whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world, and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." (1 John 5:4).

Faith given to believers that helps them to overcome the world. This faith makes them overcomers, victors, and gets them born again.
This preacher, not having this faith in his soul, is possessed with unbelief. His adultery or fornication is a manifestation of the attribute of unbelief.

"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." (1 John 2:16).

The New Birth gives you power over the world and its lusts. Why did the preacher commit such sins? Simply because he is not born again and the world and its lusts overcame him.

Quote W.M.B.: "But many of us try to do the works of Christ before the reflection of Christ is in us.... we see these stumbles along the road. We find the scrap heaps of ministers, of Christians, piled along the road. It is because they didn't go into it right." (Stature of A Perfect Man, 62-1014, par. 23-2).

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." (Galatians 5:16).

If you walk in the Spirit you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. How did that man manage to go out of the spirit and manifest the lust of the flesh?

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication uncleanness...." (Galatians 5:19).
"And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." (Galatians 5:24-25).


Quote W.M.B.: E-25 Unbelief is sin. Why do you do that? It's because you don't believe…You lie, steal, commit adultery because you don't believe…Now, you do that because you're an unbeliever. If you do that, and say you're a believer, you're not a believer. Your own testimony, your fruits prove that you're not. You've got to get rid of that before you're even a believer. (Presuming 62-0408).


Quote W.M.B.: 193 "You've seen people claim to have the Holy Spirit, and live in adultery, and drink, and everything else; they haven't got It. (Perseverance 62-0218).


Quote W.M.B.: E-46 "You smoke, lie, steal, drink, commit adultery, because you're not a believer. A believer doesn't do that." (Led by the Spirit 59-0407).


Quote W.M.B.: "I have nothing against a sinner drinking. I have nothing against a sinner committing adultery, nothing against the sinner doing this. But what I'm talking about is these people who are supposed to be Christians and then doing that." (The Supernatural. 56-0129).

Question #569 : "If a minister has fornicated and has stepped down, is it very necessary for him to confess to the congregation or it is enough if he has confessed before elders?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: My precious brother, I recognize that the answer to your question is very important. I am answering now, because I see your desperation to hear, what is right or wrong on this subject matter.
The minister was living in sin; he did well to step down in the interest of his soul's salvation. He needs a shepherd as he has proven not to have understanding both naturally and spiritually.
"But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away". {Proverbs 6:32-33}; 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
He also confessed to the elders; that is very good and proper. There is a middle line to this. If the congregation knows about this man's life and sinful acts, he must come before the congregation, as they will stand in doubt of him. If this matter is only known to the elders, then it can be concealed from the congregation, and if it gets out later to them, he must address the issue before the congregation. According to the scripture, this man's reproach shall not be wiped away. He has done terribly. Such sins amongst message ministers are a patterns the corrupt lives of ministers in the message and are like an incurable disease and highly contagious to ministers under the message. They should step down and stay down and cry for mercy that the Lord may save their souls. I trust that this answered your question. The Lord bless you. Peace be unto you.

Question # 570: "Also, can a minister, a pastor or associate be asked by elders or the pastor to step down. If yes, under what conditions should this be done?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: Yes! If he is not walking right, they could ask him to step down. But there is a process which must be followed and the help of another minister must be solicited. This was thoroughly dealt with in E.O.D.H. Book 10, Question & Answer # 155 to 160:

"Here is a minister that is immoral… It is not the place for the congregation to deal with this man… how to handle this situation is try to get a minister, go through this problem with the man, bring all your proofs, prove that this man is a filthy man living in adultery, fornication or whatever and then let that minister know that we want to have a vote in the church, whether the church wants this man to continue as a pastor or not. If the majority votes that he should not continue as an immoral pastor over them, then he is put down.
…on the Hebrew book, Brother Branham said if you catch your pastor drunk… Bring the minister who is handling this matter and ask that pastor or elder to stay home that night…. Then the matter is brought before the church. If the majority votes that they don't want him, he goes, and if the majority votes to forgive him for drinking, then he continues to be pastor.


Quote: 338-283 "And if something or another comes by like moving the pastor, and they want to take a vote on that, you couldn't ask a deacon to do that; you'd come ask me. I'd come down, and say, "If you want to move the pastor, tell me why. Has he done anything?" "Yes, we caught him drunk, or we caught him doing this, or doing something that wasn't right." "Have you got three witness of it?" "Yes, we have." Them witness must first be tried, "Don't receive an accusation against an elder 'less it be by two or three witness, and let them first be proved: against an elder." Then you have to swear to it, that you saw it, and prove it, that you saw it. And then, if you did, then that sin's rebuked openly, that it's wrong. Then I'd say, "Congregation, do you want to change your pastor?" And if the congregation votes, "Forgive him, and let him go on yet," that's the way it has to stand. See?" (Hebrews Chapter 7 Pt. 2 Church Order 57-0922)."

Question # 571: "Is there any sin that a man does in life will prevent him from ever entering into the pulpit to preach?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: This question entails three divisions: The man committing sin before he was saved, after he is saved as a believer, and thirdly, becoming a minister. All sins and iniquity would be forgiven any repentant sinner who from his heart repents and accepts the Lord. God could justify and sanctify him and use him in the future as a minister, if there is a calling in his life and he meets the scriptural qualifications. A believer may make mistakes after he is saved, but he is not a minister. He may fall and be guilty of horrible things, but afterwards his testimony becomes right, and after a period of time everybody trusts him as a repentant sinner and genuine Christian. The Lord could then call that believer and make him a minister. He could be called to preach the Gospel. But then the emphasis is when he becomes a minister. In such instance, the answer to your question is "Yes!" One such example of sin is adultery by a minister. This was thoroughly dealt with on E.O.D.H. Books 6 and 12 article # 275, and Book 10, article #137.

Question #572 : "A Pastor's wife fell in adultery, without his knowledge. The adulterer and church member is always at the pastor's house. Some have left the church and contacted us for counseling. Others brought these things before the Pastor and other ministers.
The ministers are asking him to step down from the Pastoral office. Some have disagreed to that action, and they quote E.O.D.H. Book 2, article #20, identifying that he can continue the ministry even if his wife fell in adultery. I read this book and it is applicable for pastors who were already married to a defiled woman before being ministers. It is not applicable to who is already in the office of a Pastor. Please clarify this question on what action must be taken against the Pastor? This man is a faithful person, but the wife has a nasty nature."

E.O.D.H. Answer: E.O.D.H. Book 2, Article No 20, does not justify the misconduct of a minister and his wife in the category described in this question. This question should be answered in its distinctive category. If a minister is aware that his wife is living in adultery with any man, and because of personal reasons and not wanting to lose her, refuses to stop such misconduct, then he is totally unfit to stand behind the pulpit, and is likened unto a man who has prostituted his wife or daughter. He is a compromiser to the Word and Message. If he cannot stand up for the right principles of life, he definitely cannot stand for Christ.
If the minister's wife is guilty of adultery, without his knowledge, and he even refuses to receive reports from faithful witnesses, and further continues to allow the adulterer to visit his home, then he is wrong and is unconcerned about what stumbling such actions are causing in the congregation. He should be admonished to make proper investigations and let the fact be established in the mouth of two or three witnesses. It will be proper to conclude such investigation before other ministers and faithful witnesses. If the matter is proven and his wife is found guilty, he should step down, until he divorces his wife for her misconduct, or if he chooses to forgive her and she stops her misconduct. A period of time must be allowed before he re-enters the pulpit, for the confidence of the congregation to be restored, and the confidence of the congregation to be restored in the wife as a repentant sinner. He is not obligated to forgive his wife and to continue to live with her.


Quote W.M.B.: 1014-86 "You committed adultery against your husband. You went to your husband and cleared yourself to your husband; then you went to the man and the husband and cleared yourself there. You are clear. If your husband continues to want to live with you, that's up to him. He don't have to do it now, but if he wants to live with you and forgives you, then you be lady enough to never be guilty of such a thing again." (Questions And Answers 64-0823E).


Quote W.M.B.: 711-109 "I'm not true to my wife because I'm afraid she'd divorce me. I'm true to her because I love her. There's no other woman in the world but her. That's the reason I'm true to her. Not because... If I done a mistake and they thought I did something wrong, come to her, say, "Meda, honey, I didn't mean to do that." She'd forgive me for it; I know she would. I'd forgive her; I love her. But I'd forgive her; she'd forgive me. But I wouldn't do it for nothing; I love her too much to do it." (Questions And Answers 62-0527).

If the matter amounts to false accusations, where there are no witnesses to prove that the adulterer was in that house alone with the adulteress, then the matter should be brought to a showdown with all accusers, and the pastor should continue on the pulpit. Also, request should be made to those who left the church to come and prove their point by witnesses. The Bible said, "Receive not an accusation against an elder, but in the mouth of two or three witnesses." Book 9, question 100, gives further information.

Question # 573: "A Pastor's wife had an illicit relationship with an unbeliever. Unbelievers know this and bore witness to the pastor and identified the adulterer. The pastor assaulted and wounded the adulterer. This happened once before and the pastor caught her in the very act. It was published on the papers as rumours, in a manner to excuse and cover the sins of his wife. The pastor crushed that man (who had the illicit relationship); is it the scriptural way for the Pastor to have dealt with such situation? Is he qualified to preach in any church? Should we continue to assemble in his house for fellowship?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: Though this question is similar to the one above, it is greater in sin, and, in no uncertain terms, a minister that is guilty of such misconduct and his wife proven to be an adulteress; he is disqualified from standing behind any pulpit. The qualifications of a minister include that he should not be a striker, which means to do violence. His wife should be in the faith and must have the right conduct.
In this case the pastor caught his wife once in the very act of adultery. If this is true, it is not very difficult for message believers to believe that she has committed this act once again. This pastor should have corrected his home at the first instance of his wife's misconduct before continuing on the pulpit.
Here is another accusation and he used violence. He is disqualified. Nobody should sit under his ministry. If there is not another pastor, people should gather together and listen to tapes. He is a big compromiser and he has proven to love his wife more than the message of Malachi 4:5&6 and the souls of the people.

Question #574 : "Why should a pastor be disqualified if his wife disagrees with him on the faith?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: I do not question the commandments of the Lord. The Bible said, he that loveth me keep my commandments. It is also written that we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets. God used the Apostles to establish foundational doctrines for His church. There are many things that seems questionable and in certain cases even unreasonable, as in the case of re-marriage of the woman (Romans 7), but we are called as Christians to obey the Word and not reason with it, since that is what caused the fall in Eden. Eve reasoned with the serpent, after God said not to eat of that tree.
Paul was the Apostle to the Gentiles. The commandments he laid down were from the Lord, and likewise concerning the qualifications of a minister. A preacher would be a poor example of the Gospel if he did not have his wife under subjection of the Word. Her religion would allow many things that the preacher should not allow. She becomes a reproach to him, and a bad example to his children. He will be preaching to women, children and as a whole to other families, instructing them not to do many things, but then his wife and children will be doing contrary to such instructions. Their behaviour will destroy the effects of the Gospel that the preacher preaches. They become a great stumbling block. For example, if he preaches that a woman should not cut her hair, wear pants or dress immorally, his wife's religion may allow her to do that. It affects the husband, because she would be disobedient to him and follow the dictates of her pastor. Her religion may allow her to preach, when 1Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34 forbid her. It's a masculine spirit, not in subjection to her husband. She becomes a disgrace to the Gospel and that reflects upon her preacher-husband. All in all, what one religion allows, if it is contrary to the Scriptures, it affects the relationship of a husband and wife and the rest of the family.
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household." (Matthew 10: 34-36).

Question # 575: "What do you say of John Wesley whose wife never agreed with him but fought the ministry, yet God accepted him as both preacher and messenger of an Age? How do you see this marriage in respect to 1Timothy 3:1-5? Does he stand disqualified as a preacher?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: My precious Brother, thank you for your most welcome question. It's new to me and I am not very familiar with the history as you related. However, if that was so in the case of Wesley, a Church Age Messenger, that does not alter I Timothy 3:1-5. The commandments of Paul were under the original Gospel message and we are called back to the original faith of the Fathers by Malachi 4:5-6; we aspire to perfection and must fulfil all the Word to qualify for the Rapture.
I understand your point if history confirms that about Wesley, which brought about this question: "was he qualified to be a minister?" That was in the Middle Ages and God winked at their ignorance. For example, Luther was a Church Age Messenger and he used the catechism, baptized in titles of three gods, preached a trinity like Wesley and other messengers and only preached one great light - justification. God accepted him because the original Gospel was not restored at that time, but today it is. To whom much is given, much is required. Woe be unto us as ministers, since the opening of the Seals! We must meet apostolic standards or we will be disqualified as ministers and lay-members for the Rapture.

Question # 576 : "I have a question on my mind which I seriously need clarification on. My question is, 'Can a man be the pastor of more than one church? Please support your answer with at least two quotes each from the Bible and the Message of the Hour. I will also be glad if you could brief me slightly on the duties of five-fold ministry. Thank you and God bless you.'"

E.O.D.H. Answer: On your question, I cannot find in the Scriptures that prohibit a pastor from having more than one flock. I myself have several flocks across my country. I noticed that Paul and John were both Apostles, Evangelists and Pastors. They stayed in certain places for years at a time. John pastored the Ephesian Church and Paul stayed at Corinth. They went on from church to church, which were all considered their flock. (Acts of the apostles). I trust that this helps you in some way.

Question # 577: "I appreciate your answer but may be a clearer picture may evoke a different answer. A pastor over here is in control of about five local churches. He controls their finances and approves every decision from his original church before they can be carried out. There are competent ministers who handle these other fellowships but he insists on being the final human overseer. It has generated a quarrel between him and one of his fellow ministers, resulting in a big division across the country. The breakaway group's accusation is that the minister in question is denominationaling the Message. My worry is that "is it true?" Secondly, do you control the finances of the other sister churches and their decision making? I hope you now understand my dilemma?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: Precious brother, I think I have a better understanding of your question, now that you have filled me in with more details, although it is true that a minister can pastor more than one flock, it makes a difference from the matter that you have so clearly explained.
Yes, a minister controlling several churches, though scriptural, can develop the wrong attitude and become possessive and denominational in spirit, desiring never to let go such power over his congregations. The true Spirit of Christ wants to see the Ministry progress, men trained and equipped as pastors qualified to take the oversight over local churches, and that elders with the pastor are able to handle problems in that congregation, and trustees their own finances. That's the way that I operate.
I have elders, ministers, deacons and trustees, with an assistant pastor in each assembly. I leave all finances in that particular church. Church expenses are paid from such funds, unemployed ministers and sometimes elders receive a love offering each month, and others as directed by the Lord. Distributions are made to the poor and needy and excess finance are distributed to most of the people couple times for the year. Such spending of church monies is directed by me with the assistance of the local pastor. When I think that the assistant pastor have proven himself more competent to handle the church, I let the local church choose him as Pastor if they wish, by a lift of hands; he is then the local head of that church.
If anything goes wrong doctrinally or otherwise, I reserve the right to intervene and make decisions with the help of the congregation as a whole. For a minister to hold the power over all his assemblies and not exercise such flexibility as stated above, he could have problems developed like the one you described, especially when members of the church understand that such a man is being a lord over God's heritage and is after the money, tithes and offering more than the souls of the sheep.
A real man of God will be so honest and flexible in money matters and training and establishing pastors over congregations that all will grow to love him, that they will have no need for such divisions. My congregation weeps bitterly when I have to relinquish my office as pastor and hand it over to another, not because they don't trust and love another pastor, but because of my honest dealing with both my ministers and congregation.

Question # 578: "Pastors, can they work; private or government?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: 
"After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers." (Acts 18:1-3).
"And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:" (1Corinthians 4:12 ).

Quote W.M.B.: "But the last time it appeared just before going out... I always worked. I become the pastor of the little Baptist church at Jeffersonville, which still stands today. I never would take up an offering. I never took an offering, in my life. And I didn't believe... And I was able to work, and why couldn't I work. And I was the Indiana state game warden." (Obey The Voice Of The Angel 50-0713 P: 3).

Quote: "One time I worked for a utility company. They had a campaign on, and they were selling electric lights and the low-bowl lamps, General Electric. And they had a... See who could sell the most, no prizes, just see who could get, sell the most... I was a linesman and many others were salesmen." (Divine Love And Sovereign Grace 56-0814 P: 3).

"Can a pastor be employed? Can he be employed by the Government or by a private enterprise? Is he to be self-employed, doing a trade or a business? Is he not to be working at all?" According to 1Timothy 5:8, we are to provide for our own, especially for our own household.
Pastors have to take care of the flock that God has given to them and to feed them with the Word. This duty is a sacred one. Much time is needed to stay before the Lord in prayer and dedication. Working for the Government or a private enterprise or a trade takes away much needed and precious time from him. Whether a pastor should work or not, he has the option of determining what he wants to do in such a situation.
"Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working? Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. But I have used none of these things…" (1 Corinthians 9:6-15).

Question # 579: "Can an End time pastor have unforgiving mind/spirit/heart to anybody that has hurt him?"

E.O.D.H. Answer: It is quite possible that a pastor or believer, can be offended, insomuch that he cannot forget the wrong that was done to him, but according to Scriptures, he must be able to forgive, if his own sins will be forgiven him, as it is written in the Lord's prayer: 'forgive us our debts as we forgive those that trespass against us'. If that unforgiving attitude continues in anybody, they lack Christ and they need to check out their soul's salvation. Hate, malice and unforgiveness cannot co-exist with Christ. The prophet of God said to forgive one another. Our Lord told us how to treat any offence with a brother before you cast him out as a heathen and publican. (Matthew 18:15-18).

Quote W.M.B.: 13-1 "That's right. Stay right together. If the brother, you think he's a little wrong, or the sister, say, "Lord, don't let me ever have the root of bitterness spring up, 'cause it'll--it'll affect him, and it'll take the Christ right out of my life." That poison acids of malice, and jealousy, and hatred, that'll just take the Holy Spirit right away from you. It'll run Him from the Tabernacle here. It'll kill the Spirit of God or drive it away from here, hurt your pastor; it'll do everything. See? Don't you do that. You just wax that much closer together. Draw up the... Take the buckle... That buckles on the whole armor of God; just put it on, tighten up, move right up close to one another. Love one another anyhow. Talk nice about one another. Say nice things about one another, and then God will bless you." (Christ is the mystery 63-0728).

Cain and Judas were examples of stony and unforgiving hearts.