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Some of God's children are rich. But money can be such a snare, not only to those who have it but to those who don't have it. Way back there in the first age, James cried out to those who were putting stock in wealthy people, "Have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ with respect of persons." The poor there were trying to butter up the rich in order to get help, rather than trusting in God. "Don't do it," says James. "Don't do it."...

It is not with money that God works. He moves by His Spirit. And that moving of the Spirit comes only to a life consecrated to the Word.




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.


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."


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...

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...

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.


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 will 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.


He said, "I believe if them temple priests would have listened to Him, we'd been better off today."

And I said, "Then you believe... What about it?"

He said, "I believe He was a good man."

I said, "Rabbi, do you believe He was a good man?"

Said, "I'll go farther than that with you. I believe He was a prophet."

I said, "That's all I want you to say. Then He said He was the Son of God. And then, if He was a prophet, He can't lie. So therefore, you believe He was the prophet, the Son of God; He showed the sign of Messiah."

And he wouldn't talk to me no more, and he went in the place.

Oh, brother. What that love of money will do. What a love of some ecclesiastical form will do. But what the love of God will do then, to a heart that's willing to surrender to the will and ways of God.

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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.

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