William M. Branham
|William M. Branham|
April 6, 1909|
Cumberland County, Kentucky
|Died||December 24, 1965
|Cause of death||Car accident|
|Spouse(s)||Amelia Hope Brumbach
(m. 1934–1937; her death)
Meda Marie Broy
(m.1941-1965; his death)
|Children||William 'Billy' Paul Branham
Sharon Rose Branham (deceased)
Rebekah Branham Smith (deceased)
Sarah Branham De Corado
|Parent(s)||Charles C. E. Branham
Ella Rhee Harvey
William Marrion Branham (April 6, 1909 – December 24, 1965) was an American Christian minister and faith healer, generally acknowledged as initiating the post-World War II healing revival. Some considered him to be a prophet; others thought he was a false prophet.
Branham's meetings as a faith healer started in 1946. He claimed to have received an angelic visitation on May 7, 1946 commissioning his worldwide ministry. His ministry started to falter in 1955 and never regained the status it had in its initial stages. Branham died in a car accident in 1965.
Branham's most controversial revelation was his claim to be the end-time "Elijah" prophet of the Laodicean Church age. In his last days, Branham's followers placed him at the center of a Pentecostal cult of personality that continues to this day. However, other than those that still follow him as their prophet, Branham has faded into obscurity.
- 1 Early life
- 2 The Healing Revival
- 3 Decline of the Healing Revival
- 4 Death
- 5 Teaching
- 6 Legacy and influence
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 Bibliography
William Branham was born in a small dirt-floor log cabin near Burkesville, Kentucky on April 6, 1909. He claimed that at his birth a "Light come [sic] whirling through the window, about the size of a pillow, and circled around where I was, and went down on the bed." He also claimed to have heard a "voice" speaking to him from a tree at the age of three, informing him that "he would live near a city called New Albany". According to Branham, they moved the same year.
Branham's father was an alcoholic, and William Branham often talked about how his upbringing was difficult and impoverished. As a child, he would often wear a coat, held closed by safety pins, without a shirt underneath.
He left home at age 19 and journeyed to Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked for several years on a ranch. He returned to Jeffersonville, Indiana when his brother died. Soon after, while working for the Public Service Company of Indiana, Branham had an accident and was almost killed. He claimed to have heard a "voice" again and this started Branham seeking God. He began attending the First Pentecostal Baptist Church in Jeffersonville and was eventually ordained as an Independent Baptist minister.
Branham married Amelia Hope Brumbach (b. July 16, 1913) in 1934 and they had two children together, William "Billy" Paul Branham (b. September 13, 1935) and Sharon Rose Branham (b. October 27, 1936).
Branham stated that his first exposure to Pentecostalism was in 1936; however, the First Pentecostal Baptist Church he attended prior to 1933 believed in most of the basic doctrines of Pentecostalism. As a result, Branham appears to have been exposed to Pentecostalism from the date of his conversion to Christianity. Pentecostalism is a renewal movement that started in the early 20th century that stresses a post-conversion baptism with the Holy Spirit for all Christians, with speaking in tongues ("glossolalia") as the initial evidence of this baptism. Oneness Pentecostalism is a subset of churches within Pentecostalism that adhere to a more modalistic view of God and hold to a baptismal formula in the name of Jesus, rather than rather than the more common Trinitarian formula "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit".
Branham claimed he was baptizing converts on June 11, 1933 in the Ohio River near Jeffersonville when people along the bank saw a bright light descend over where he was and that he heard a voice say, "As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the first coming of Jesus Christ, so your message will forerun His second coming." The only available newspaper report of Branham's activities at this time was that of the Jeffersonville Evening News on June 2, which indicated that the Branham campaign reported 14 converts. Given the lack of corroborating evidence for this supposed supernatural event it is possible that Branham later embellished the incident by "remembering" the forerunner message when he was achieving success in the healing revival.
From 1933 to 1946, Branham was the pastor of the Branham Tabernacle in Jeffersonville. He also moonlighted as a game warden during this time because his pastoral salary did not meet his financial needs.
Branham's wife, Hope, died on July 22, 1937 and their daughter died four days later (July 26, 1937) after the Ohio River flood of 1937. Branham interpreted their deaths as God's punishment for his resistance to holding revivals for the Oneness Pentecostals, something he felt God had wanted him to do. This appears to have been an embellishment to enhance his relationship with the Pentecostals.
Branham married Meda Marie Broy in 1941, and together they had three children: Rebekah (b. 1946), Sarah (b. 1950), and Joseph (b. 1955).
The Healing Revival
Branham is generally referred to as the initiator of the healing revivals that occurred in the United States in the 1940's and 1950's. His first meetings as a faith healer started in 1946 and he was set apart from his later contemporaries through the reported use of a word of knowledge gift. His healing services are well documented, he is regarded as the pacesetter for those who followed him, and historians generally mark his 1946 meetings as inaugurating the modern healing revival. Branham said he had received an angelic visitation on May 7, 1946 commissioning his worldwide ministry. In an attempt to link his ministry with the "end time", he said that this was the same day that the State of Israel became "a nation". Pre-millennial dispensationalism views the establishing of a Jewish state as a sign of the imminent return of Christ. Branham viewed it as providing vindication for the supernatural nature of his ministry. However, he had the date wrong, as the establishment of the State of Israel was May 14, 1948.
During the mid-1940s, Branham conducted healing campaigns almost exclusively with Oneness Pentecostal groups. The broadening of Branham's ministry to the wider Pentecostal community came as a result of his introduction to Gordon Lindsay in 1947, who soon became his primary promoter. In the same year, Ern Baxter joined the team that was running the Branham meetings. Gordon Lindsay proved to be an able publicist for Branham, founding The Voice of Healing magazine in 1948, which was originally aimed solely at reporting Branham's healing campaigns. According to the Pentecostal historian, Walter Hollenweger, "Branham filled the largest stadiums and meeting halls in the world." Hollenweger is also on record as saying that he was not aware of Branham making any mistakes with his words of knowledge gift while ministering to individuals.
Controversy surrounded Branham from the early stages of his ministry. In 1947, a minister in Saskatchewan, Canada, stated that many Branham pronounced as healed later died. A year later, W. J. Taylor, a district superintendent with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, raised the same concern and asked for a thorough investigation, presenting evidence that claims of the number of people healed were vastly overestimated. He stated that "there is a possibility that this whole thing is wrong".
Branham's meetings would regularly be attended by journalists who reported on the miracle claims made by Branham and his team throughout the years of his revivals, and alleged that patients were cured of various ailments after attending prayer meetings with Branham. 
By 1950, the Branham team included the evangelist F. F. Bosworth, who endorsed Branham as "the most sensitive person to the presence and working of the Holy Spirit" that he had ever met. On the night of January 24, 1950, a photograph was taken of Branham during a debate between Bosworth and a Baptist minister regarding the biblical justification for healing. The photograph showed a light above Branham's head, which Branham and his associates believed to have been supernatural. The photograph became well-known in the revival movement. Branham believed the light was supernatural and was a divine vindication of his ministry. In 1951, U.S. Congressman William Upshaw, who had been crippled as the result of an accident, claimed he was miraculously healed in a Branham meeting and sent a letter describing his unsubstantiated experience to each member of Congress. Upshaw died the following year.
Decline of the Healing Revival
In 1955, Branham's career began to falter. Even as he became famous, Branham continued to wear cheap suits and refuse large salaries; he was not interested in amassing wealth as part of his ministry. His financial difficulties came to a head in 1956 when the Internal Revenue Service charged Branham with tax evasion. The investigation showed that Branham did not pay close attention to the amount of money flowing through his ministry, and that others were taking advantage of him. The case was eventually settled out of court with the payment of a $40,000 penalty. His correspondence also sharply decreased. Where he once had received "a thousand letters a day, his mail dropped down to 75" but Branham thought the decline was only temporary.
Several perspectives have been offered regarding the decline of the healing revival. Some suggest that Branham's gradual separation from Gordon Lindsay played a big part in the decline. Others have attributed the decline to several potential factors which may have played a role in destroying the initial ecumenism of the revival:
- tension between the independent evangelists and the Pentecostal churches caused by the evangelists' fund-raising methods;
- denominational pride;
- sensationalism; and
- doctrinal conflicts, particularly between the Oneness and Trinitarian factions within Pentecostalism.
Jim Jones, the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple, tried to use Branham's fame to boost himself into the limelight. Jones, who was later known for the mass murder and suicide at Jonestown in November 1978, organized a religious convention that took place June 11 through June 15, 1956, at Cadle Tabernacle in Indianapolis. To draw crowds, Jones needed a religious headliner, so he arranged to share the pulpit with Branham.
By the 1960s, Branham had become an extremely controversial teacher. In 1963, Branham taught that the "End Time Messenger who was the Angel of the Seventh Church Age in these final closing days of time had come in the spirit of Elijah". His biblical proof for the return of the spirit of Elijah was based on Malachi 4:5-6. The reference to the "Seventh Church Age Messenger" came from his interpretation of Revelation 3:14-22, the message to the church of Laodicea. An analysis of his teaching on the identity of this Laodicean prophet-messenger reveals conflicting and confusing assertions and disclaimers. Branham believed that he was (and desired to be) the eschatological prophet, but also had doubts about his role. The result of his controversial teaching was that many Pentecostals judged that Branham had "stepped out of his anointing" and had become a "bad teacher of heretical doctrine".
On December 18, 1965, Branham and his family (except his daughter Rebekah) were returning to Jeffersonville, Indiana from Tucson, Arizona for the Christmas holiday. About three miles east of Friona, Texas (about 70 miles south-west of Amarillo on U.S. Highway 60), just after dark, a car traveling west in the eastbound lane driven by a 17-year-old juvenile criminal who had been drinking hit Branham's car head-on. He crashed through the windshield and landed on the car's hood. He was rushed to the hospital in Amarillo, Texas, but died of his injuries on Christmas Eve.
The initial reaction of Branham's followers to his death was one of shocking disbelief. In the confusion immediately following his death, expectations developed that he would rise from the dead. His funeral was held on December 29, 1965, but his burial was delayed indefinitely. The press surmised that this was a result of Branham's expected resurrection. He was finally buried on April 11, 1966, the day after Easter Sunday, which was accepted reluctantly by his followers. Most believed that he would have to return to fulfill a vision that he had regarding future tent meetings.
Gordon Lindsay's eulogy stated that Branham's death was the will of God and privately, he accepted the interpretation of Kenneth Hagin, who claimed to have prophesied Branham's death two years before it happened. According to Hagin, God revealed that Branham was teaching false doctrine and God was removing Branham because of his disobedience.
Branham became more controversial in his later years and this was particularly evident in his development of a theology that emphasized a few select doctrines. His theology seemed complicated and bizarre to many people who admired him personally. Although not always consistent with each other, his primary concerns were eschatology, the denial of an eternal hell, Oneness Pentecostalism, predestination, eternal security and the serpent's seed. Branham asserted that his doctrinal teachings were given to him by divine revelation.
Denial of an eternal hell
Prior to 1957, Branham taught a doctrine of eternal punishment in hell. However, by 1957 he was proclaiming that hell was not eternal.
Annihilationism was not a new concept to Pentecostalism as Charles Fox Parham had also advocated the doctrine. Although Branham had taught the doctrine since 1957, he suggested in 1960 that the Holy Spirit had just revealed it to him as one of the mysteries that God was revealing in the "end-time".
Branham seemed to change his theological positions on the Godhead throughout his ministry. Early in his ministry, Branham at times referred to the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Trinity and it was also reported that Branham had told some Trinitarians that he agreed with them, but that he felt obligated to the "Jesus Only" Pentecostals because they had supported him early in the revival. However, by the 1960s Branham was openly teaching the oneness position, which holds that there is one God who manifests himself in multiple ways, as opposed to the trinitarian view that the Godhead is made up of three distinctly different persons.
Branham preached that trinitarianism was tritheism and insisted that members of his congregation be rebaptized in Jesus's name in imitation of the example of the Apostle Paul. He tried to distinguish himself from the Oneness baptism in the name of "Jesus" by teaching that the baptismal formula should be in the name of the "Lord Jesus Christ". He argued that there were many people named "Jesus", but there was only "Lord Jesus Christ".
While Branham was at times inconsistent with respect to the need to be rebaptized, by the end of his ministry part of his message required an acceptance of the "oneness" of the Godhead and baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Branham taught that Eve and the serpent had sexual intercourse and Cain was born, and that consequently every woman potentially carried the literal seed of the devil. He taught that Cain's descendants were today masquerading as the educated and the scientists, who were "a big religious bunch of illegitimate bastard children". He said that the serpent was the "missing link" between the chimpanzee and man, who was perhaps ten feet tall and looked just like a man.
He taught that the central sins of modern culture – immoral women and education – were a result of the serpent's seed. Branham's attitude toward culture was a very extremist perspective of "Christ against Culture", that education was Satan's snare for intellectual Christians who rejected the supernatural and Satan's tool for obscuring the "simplicity of the Message and the messenger".
View of women
Branham was critical of the "immorality of modern women". He taught that a woman with short hair was breaking the commandments of God and ridiculed women's desire to artificially beautify themselves with makeup. Branham believed that scantily clad women were guilty of committing adultery because their appearance motivated men to lust. A woman's place was "in the kitchen".
Branham also taught that women were not a "created product of God". Rather they were merely byproducts of man. His pronouncements with respect to women were often contradictory. He once told women who wore shorts not to call themselves Christians. But he qualified his denunciations by affirming that obedience to his moral code was not a requirement for salvation. However, he also implied that no woman that disobeyed his "Thus Saith the Lord" moral code would be part of the rapture.
Branham's attitude towards women was misogynistic, covering physical appearance, sexual drive, and marital relations. According to Weaver, Branham saw women as "essentially immoral sexual machines who were to blame for adultery, divorce and death. They were the tools of the Devil."
Branham claimed to have had a prophetic revelation in June, 1933 that comprised seven major events that would occur before the Second Coming of Christ. He believed that five of the seven predictions, relating to world politics, science, and the moral condition of the world, had been fulfilled. The final two visions, one related to the Roman Catholic Church gaining power in the United States and the second detailing the destruction of the United States, would be fulfilled by 1977, subsequent to which Christ would return. A comparison of Branham's descriptions of the prophecies reveals his tendency to exaggerate and embellish his actual predictions.
In December 1964, Branham prophesied that the city of Los Angeles would sink into the Pacific Ocean. This was subsequently embellished to a prediction that a chunk of land 1500 miles long, three or four hundred miles wide and 40 miles deep would break loose, causing waves that would "shoot plumb out to Kentucky".
In 1960, Branham preached a series of sermons on the seven church ages based on chapters two and three of the Book of Revelation. The sermons depended heavily on C. I. Scofield's dispensationalism and the publications of Clarence Larkin. Branham described each church as representing a historical age and suggested that the angel of each age was an earthly messenger. His most important "revelation" was the description of the messenger to the Laodicean Church age, which would immediately precede the rapture; the characteristics of this age were all similar to the age Branham was living in at that time.
Branham regarded his series of sermons on the Seven Seals in 1963 as a highlight of his ministry. In reality, Branham's teaching on this subject revealed very little new doctrine and was essentially a laborious restatement of the dispensationalism espoused in the sermons on the seven church ages.
Much of Branham's "revelation" was similar to Scofield's dispensationalism and the anti-Catholic rhetoric of classical Pentecostalism. In his later years, he came to believe that all denominations were "synagogues of Satan". The heart of Branham's message was for the elect Bride to "come out" of denominationalism and accept the message of the Laodicean messenger who had the "message of the hour". Continued allegiance to a denomination was to take the mark of the beast, which would mean missing the rapture.
Legacy and influence
Along with Oral Roberts, Branham was the most revered leader of the Healing Revival. The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements refers to Branham as the "initiator of the post-World War II healing revival". However, Branham is also viewed as having been well outside of orthodoxy by most evangelicals. Michael Moriarty in The New Charismatics states:
- "Branham's aberrational teachings not only cultivated cultic fringe movements like the Latter Rain Movement and the Manifested Sons of God, but they also paved a pathway leading to false predictions, revelatory madness, doctrinal heresies, and a cultic following that treated his sermons as oral Scriptures."
Hank Hanegraaff in Counterfeit Revival states that "Branham's failed prophecies were exceeded only by his false doctrine". For the most part, Branham, his message, and his followers are little known in the Western world. Bob Larson, in Larson's Book of World Religions and Alternative Spirituality, refers to Branham as an "odd historical footnote".
At the end of his ministry, Branham's followers had placed him at the "center of a Pentecostal personality cult". Followers of Branham can be found around the world. Weaver estimates the number of "Branhamites" (or "Message" believers as they refer to themselves) at about 50,000 in the United States, with a considerable following in Central and South America (estimated at 40,000 in Brazil alone), India, and Africa (particularly in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo).
However, other than those that still follow him as their prophet, Branham seems to have faded into obscurity. Robert Price,[who?] as quoted by Douglas Weaver, summarized Branham's legacy as follows:
- "In the days of his prominence, the 1950's, what Spirit-filled believer did not know his name? Yet today, we may wonder, what believer does?"
- Crowder 2006, pp. 323.
- Harrell 1975, pp. 28.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 22.
- Harrell 1978, pp. 28.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 33.
- Duyzer 2014, pp. 12.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 32-34.
- Grenz, Guretzki & Nordling 1999, p. 90.
- Johns 2005, pp. 141.
- Weaver 2000, p. 38.
- Jeffersonville Evening News 1933, p. 1.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 28–29.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 32.
- Hyatt 2002, pp. 168.
- Harrell 1975, p. 29.
- Duyzer 2014, pp. 32-33.
- Hyatt 2002, pp. 169.
- Crowder 2006, pp. 324.
- Anderson 2004, p. 58.
- Krapohl & Lippy 1999, p. 69.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 37.
- "Milestones: 1945–1952 - Office of the Historian". history.state.gov. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
- Harrell 1978, p. 32.
- Harrell 1978, p. 47.
- Hollenweger 1972, p. 354.
- Kydd 1998, pp. 172–173.
- Harrell 1978, p. 35.
- Crowder 2006, pp. 327.
- El Paso Herald Post 1947, p. 7.
- Logansport Press 1951, p. 10.
- Durban Sunday Tribune 1951, p. 15.
- The Natal Mercury 1951, p. 12.
- Crowder 2006, pp. 326.
- Harrell 1978, p. 39.
- Weaver 2000, p. 50.
- Harrell 1978, p. 34.
- Sims 1996, p. 195.
- Harrell 1975, p. 35.
- Weaver 2000, p. 57.
- Weaver 2000, p. 93.
- Crowder 2006, pp. 328.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 94.
- Harrell 1978, pp. 160.
- Crowder 2006, pp. 330.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 92.
- Reiterman & Jacobs 1982, pp. 9–10.
- John Collins and Peter M. Duyzer (October 20, 2014). "The Intersection of William Branham and Jim Jones". Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple. San Diego State University. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
- Harrell 1978, p. 163.
- Weaver 2000, p. 128,133.
- Weaver 2000, p. 140.
- Pearry Green, The Acts of the Prophet, p. 111-112
- Friona Star 1965, p. 3.
- Harrell 1978, p. 164.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 153–154.
- Weaver 2000, p. 105.
- Liardon 2003, p. 354.
- Weaver 2000, p. 98.
- Weaver 2000, p. 118.
- Weaver 2000, p. 119.
- Weaver 2000, p. 120.
- Weaver 2000, p. 121.
- Weaver 2000, p. 111.
- Weaver 2000, p. 113.
- Weaver 2000, p. 125.
- Weaver 2000, p. 124.
- Weaver 2000, p. 114.
- Weaver 2000, p. 109.
- Weaver 2000, p. 110.
- Weaver 2000, p. 112.
- Babinski 1995, p. 277.
- Weaver 2000, p. 29.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 30–31.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 103–104.
- Weaver 2000, p. 99.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 99–100.
- Weaver 2000, p. 101.
- Weaver 2000, p. 173.
- Larson 2004, p. 79.
- Weaver 2000, pp. 116–117.
- Harrell 1978, p. 19.
- Weaver 2000, p. 58.
- Burgess & van der Maas 2002, p. 440.
- Moriarty 1992, p. 55.
- Hanegraaff 2001, p. 152.
- John Collins and Steven Hassan (October 7, 2016). "Mind Control and Jonestown". Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple. San Diego State University. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
- Collins, John (October 7, 2016). "Colonia Dignidad and Jonestown". Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple. San Diego State University. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
- Weaver 2000, pp. xiv.
- Weaver 2000, p. 151-153.
- Weaver 2000, p. x.
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- Babinski, Edward T. (1995). Leaving the Fold: Testimonies of Former Fundamentalists. Prometheus Books. ISBN 978-1615921676.
- Burgess, Stanley M.; van der Maas, Eduard M. (2002). The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Zondervan. ISBN 978-0-310-22481-5.
- Crowder, J. (2006). Miracle Workers, Reformers, and The New Mystics. Destiny Image. ISBN 978-0-7684-2350-1.
- Duyzer, Peter M. (2014). Legend of the Fall, An Evaluation of William Branham and His Message. Independent Scholar's Press. ISBN 978-1-927581-15-5.
- Grenz, Stanley; Guretzki, David; Nordling, Cherith Fee (1999). Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-830-81449-7.
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- Krapohl, Robert; Lippy, Charles (1999). The Evangelicals: A Historical, Thematic, and Biographical Guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-30103-2.
- Kydd, Ronald A. N. (1998). Healing through the Centuries: Models for Understanding. Hendrickson Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0-913573-60-4.
- Larson, Bob (2004). Larson's Book of World Religions and Alternative Spirituality. Tyndale House Publishers. Inc. ISBN 0-8423-6417-X.
- Liardon, Roberts (2003). Gods Generals: Why They Succeeded And Why Some Fail. Whitaker House. ISBN 978-0-88368-944-8.
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- Reid, Daniel G.; et al. (1990). Dictionary of Christianity In America. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-1776-4.
- Reiterman, Tom; Jacobs, John (1982). Raven: The Untold Story of Rev. Jim Jones and His People. Dutton. ISBN 0-525-24136-1.
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- Sims, Patsy (1996). Can Somebody Shout Amen!: Inside the Tents and Tabernacles of American Revivalists. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0813108865.
- Stewart, Don (1999). Only Believe: An Eyewitness Account of the Great Healing Revival of the 20th Century. Treasure House. ISBN 978-1-56043-340-8.
- Weaver, C. Douglas (2000). The Healer-Prophet: William Marrion Branham (A study of the Prophetic in American Pentecostalism). Mercer University Press. ISBN 978-0-865-54710-0.
- "Pastor, no longer using crutches, still a militant dry at nearly 85". Courier-Journal. Louisville, Kentucky. September 23, 1951.
- "Miracle sets boy walking normally". Durban Sunday Tribune. Durban, South Africa. November 11, 1951.
- "300 fill out cards at healer service". El Paso Herald Post. El Paso, Texas. December 17, 1947.
- "Head-on Collision Kills 1, Injures 6". Friona Star. Friona, Texas. December 23, 1965. p. 3. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
- "Fourteen Converted". Jeffersonville Evening News. Jeffersonville, Indiana. June 2, 1933. [page needed]
- "Claims service benefitted boy". Logansport Press. Logansport, Indiana. June 12, 1951.
- "Cripples rise from wheelchairs and walk". The Natal Mercury. Durban, South Africa. November 23, 1951.
- "Minister cured deafness, says 18-year-old girl". Winnipeg Free Press. Manitoba, Canada. July 15, 1947.
The reliability of William Branham's primary source biographical material should be viewed with caution. This is because Branham's autobiographical stories were often embellished, and sometimes contradictory. Other sources, written by his associates or followers, are apologetic and hagiographical in nature.
- Green, Pearry (1970). The Acts of the Prophet. Tucson Tabernacle.
- Lindsay, Gordon (1950). William Branham: A Man Sent From God. William Branham Evangelistic Association. ASIN B0007ENQ64.
- Stadsklev, Julius (1952). William Branham: A Prophet Visits South Africa. Julius Stadsklev. ASIN B0007EW174.
- Vayle, Lee (1965). Twentieth Century Prophet. William Branham Evangelistic Association.