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E-12 And then a following Sunday I come right on down here. That was on Friday. And Sunday I come here, and not knowing what part of a Scripture... I never get to read in the Bible, but I got the 22nd chapter of the book of Numbers, and in there I begin to speak on the prophet Balaam, got up to his part, and when he came down, and how God told him in the first place, "Don't not go with them men." But then he prayed again and kept on, and--and finally I believe for Balaam, it was the love of money is the reason that he wanted to go. I'm not sure; I've never knowed till I come in. I don't think... It was the love of money. But in my case it wasn't the love of money, it was a sympathy for human beings. And no matter little or how big, it's all wrong to disobey God (That's right.), regardless of what it is.


110 He stood there when that woman was healed out yonder, the Melikians in California. You seen it here in the Louisville paper. When they come here, two of those agents and brought a million, five hundred thousand dollars, and offered it to me when I lived in this two-room shack. I said, "I don't even want to look at it. No, sir. No, sir." The love of money is the root of all evil. Keep away from that stuff.


E-6 Now, not because they wouldn't, them dear people would--would be willing to cut their arm off for me. But I just didn't want them to do it. So I always know that that's one weakness of ministers that usually takes them out of the harness of God, is money. So "Love of money is the root of all evil." So we come here, all the Branhams is vagabonds and as poor as they can be. I want to be like the rest of them.

Here some time ago a fellow was going to give me a Cadillac car, way out in California. His wife had been healed with a cancer, and he said, "Well, Brother Branham, we give Avack a Cadillac." Said, "We will just go right over and buy you one."

I said, "Thank you, brother. My old Chevrolet truck's pretty good shape yet," I said.

They give me a Pontiac, and I just kept swapping it back each time, and so they... He said, "I... We want you to have a Cadillac."


E-19 And a man's character is shown in his works. Or a man shows his--his character by his works. We know that. Just like a contractor, a contractor shows what he is by his work. For instance, if we was going to have a great building built here in the city of Chicago, the first thing the officials of the city board would do, they would try to select a contractor. Just not any one that run in and said, "Well, I can do the job, all right," they're going to get a contractor that's got a reputation. And now, because if they didn't, maybe another contractor would underbid that contractor. But he would put in the building bad material, and perhaps he would build it thousands of dollars less. And then we come to find out that the building collapsed. The first storm hit it, it went down. What do you think the city would think about that contractor? It would ruin his reputation forever. That's right.

Perhaps, what if it would have been a school building, or something where many little children was seated in the school, and the--the bad material that was put in the building gave away and collapsed and killed hundreds of little children? What would those parents think of that contractor, for the love of money, caring not about his reputation, and done a job like that? Oh, my, they'd think he was a horrible person. And he would be. No doubt he'd have to be what we would call a scalawag, that would do a trick like that, put such a goods in a building that had such a great price that it was to hold up. And then, with so much in common of little children, that had to be seated in here, and would go and put bad materials in it, and the first thing you know the foundations would give away and away it would go. He would be an awful person to do a thing like that.

What do you think the Los Angeles people thought of that contractor who built the Saint Francis Dam? About twenty-five million dollars was put in it, a little lower than any the other bidders. But all at once, when the flood waters begin to press against the dam, the sandy conditions beneath it wasn't fit right, and the material that went into it was not the right kind of material, and while the valleys laid silent with sleeping people trusting in that dam, the whole thing gave away, and hundreds of people's lives was destroyed when the waters swept down through that valley, taking the lives of the people.


E-22 May I say this with reverence. It's tonight that when God calls men, many times he has to step out of the political ranks, out of the social ranks, and walk out into a place, if it would be necessary, if his associates had to say, "He's gone crazy, or become a holy roller." But it's that secret place; it's that spot. Oh, don't miss it, my loyal friends. Every one of you that's received Christ, of all your teachings, your fine pastors, and your great affiliations with your churches (which is all right, don't misunderstand me), but you're trying to place that before this. But that little time that God gets you away from all your associates, gets you way back in the corner, brings you into a place, in a secret place, where that the wisdom of the world becomes so unsufficient, to where all the education that you ever had, doesn't mean nothing, into that divine Presence, till the lust of the eye gets so dim you can't see it anymore; until the love of money is completely vanished away from you; and when you stand there alone with Jehovah God, that's the things that counts. That's the things that makes you forget all you ever knew.


93-34 When Judas fell by transgression (by the love of money and the pride of life), he fell from grace, and went to his place. And the disciples said, "There must be twelve." And the church, with all of its dignity, to show you what the church is, with all of its dignity, and all of its power; it's still millions of miles short at its very best. They said, "We've got to look out one among us who'll take the place." And they chose by casting lots, Matthias (Mattheas, I believe, or Matthias) Matthias, I believe it is. And whenever they chose him, and put him with the twelve (with the eleven, which made up the twelve), he did not do one thing. That's the only time his name's ever mentioned in the Scriptures. That was the church making it's choice.

Now, they thought, "He is a gentleman." No doubt. "He's a wonderful man. He's a scholar. He's smart. He's educated. He's a wonderful person. He would take the place of Judas and be one of us." But you know, God sometimes makes some of the (to our opinion)--some of the most foolish choices.


505-2 {291} Now, Castro, the only sensible thing that he ever done, was when he counterfeited the currency and paid off the notes, the bonds and burnt them and--and changed the currency. That's the only thing he could do. And there's only one thing left for this United States to do. Now, remember, this is William Branham (See?), speaking. This is my idea. It's only presuming. Just looking at it in the natural standpoint, which may be a million miles off, I do believe that right there in that money... The love of money is the root of all evil. And I believe that right along in there will start the ball a-rolling.

Now, the Catholic church back there from charging for mass and so forth, holds the wealth of the world. You remember, the Bible said she was rich, and how she was. And remember, not only just on one nation, she's rich on every nation there is under heaven. She reaches out. She has the money. Now, what they don't have, Wall Street has which is controlled by the Jews.


10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

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