Church Order

Church order was a judgement made by Bro. Branham to deal with  problematic people at the Branham Tabernacle and has become the liturgy of many parts of the Branham movement. The Branham Tabernacle became increasingly filled with fanatical and idolatrous people, may of whom moved great distances to be closer to Bro. Branham. People frequently gave false prophecies, created scenes, and disrupted church services. Additionally, the majority of the early members of Tabernacle were largely from the Church of Christ, including several deacons, and they viewed the use of the gifts of the spirit by anyone but Bro. Branham as suspect and desired to suppress it. They were primarily responsible for defining church order and pressing Bro. Branham to institute it.

Church order has no basis in the scriptures, and it actually contradictory to the teachings of the Apostle Paul concerning the gifts of the spirit. Bro. Branham never intended for Church Order to be used as a church doctrine. Paul endorses the open use of the gifts of the spirit in 1 Corinthians.

If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that areunlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. If any man speak in an unknowntongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

1 Corinthians 15:23-32

The strictest sects use church order to ban speaking, eating candy, clapping, children playing, using the bathroom, enforce a strict dress code, and prohibit any outward manifestation of the gifts of the spirit.-

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