42. Going to Church. [Fishing or hunting on Sunday.]
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. JEFF. IN 64-0823M
966-Q-256 Brother Branham, should we go to the other churches even when they disagree with you?
Sure, yep. Jesus did when they disagreed with Him. Go ahead. We notice here, says, "Should we go to another church that disagrees with you?" Sure, I don't... I'm not the only pebble on the beach, you know. There's--there's just other godly men everywhere; I hope I'm one of them. See? But don't never get down here...
I was called in on something like this the other day. A--a group in Arizona called my attention to that. See? A ministerial group said, "The only thing that we have against you, Brother Branham, is (one of the things) the people that comes out here with you, we can't get them to go to church anywhere." Said, "They got children and everything; they won't go to church." And said, "Well, we told them they was welcome to come--come to our church."
Now, I know they put a pressure on you and want you to join, but you don't have to join; but put them kids in Sunday school somewhere. And you go to church; don't set at home, go fishing, and hunting, and things like that on Sunday.
968-215 If you can't go... If you can't come here at the Tabernacle, get some church somewhere; go to it. You don't have to take all they do. What part of the bread they're serving, you serve the bread. When they got the garlic, why, you just leave it alone. See? That's right. I can't make them...?... that's exact... Sure, you go to church. Wherever the church door opens, you take off as hard as you can go. If they don't believe, well... Now, you don't have to partake. Don't join them; don't join any of them churches; but go to them; fellowship with them. How do you know it's not the Lord? He said He'd make everything work together for the good. And maybe there's a soul in there that ought to be saved, and you can shine the Light to them. See? Go on down there. Don't go arrogant, go sweet; and the people begin to say, "That's such a Christian woman, and a Christian couple; that's such a Christian boy or girl. My, I'd like to... Boy, they really act like they've got something." See? And say, "What is it?"
"Here it is." Then tell them. But you just be salty, and they'll get thirsty.
Yes. That's--I'd--I... That'd be fine.
CHOOSING OF A BRIDE. LOS ANGELES, CA 65-0429E
9-1 The same applies of choosing a church. Now, you must pray over the church that you are fellowshipping in. Remember, churches have spirits. Now, I don't want to be critical, but I realize that I'm an old man, and I got to leave here one of these days. I've got to answer at the day of the judgment for what I say tonight or any other time, and I--therefore, I've got to be dead earnest and truly convicted. But you go into a church, and if you'll watch the behavior of that church, you just watch the pastor awhile, and you'll usually find that the church acts like the pastor.
Sometimes I wonder if we just don't get one another's spirit instead of the Holy Spirit. You get to a place where a pastor's real radical and carrying on, you'll find out the congregation's the same way. I'll bring you to a church where I seen the pastor stand, jerk their heads back and forth. You watch the congregation; they do the same thing. You take a pastor that'll just gulp down anything, usually the church will do the same thing. So if I was choosing a church, I'd choose a genuine, fundamental, full Gospel Bible church, if I was choosing one to put my family in.