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THE HEALER-PROPHET (Three Indispensible Studies of American Evangelicalism) Paperback – November 1, 2000

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"The story C. Douglas Weaver tells... is one of riviting interest to those who trace their religious roots to the post-World War II craving for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It is a fascinating, unlikely tale of triumph and disappointment. Branham was enigmatic and controversial at the height of his career, and he became more ethereal toward the end of his life. Weaver tells the Branham story fairly and dispassionately. Indeed, he writes with a rare and admirable degree of sympathy for his subject. As a result, his book will help outsiders understand the making and functioning of a prophetic personality in the Pentecostal subculture....

"...This is a story well told and truly worthy of reading. Much of what happened in the Pentecostal/charismatic world in the second half of the twentieth century owes something to the startling reports and wondrous claims that echoed from the Branham healing campaigns of 1946 and 1947."—David Edwin Harrell, Jr. from the Foreword

"Largely unknown today, William Branham was a powerful force in the Pentecostal healing revivals of the mid-twentieth century. This excellent study explores Branham's activities as a preacher-healer and his place within the broader Pentecostal tradition. An unassuming man with a controversial theology, Branham's impact on later faith healers—Oral Roberts and others—has often been overlooked. Weaver's book is an intriguing exercise in American biography and theology. It is also a perceptive analysis of the "prophetic" in one representative segment of American Pentecostalism. The book is a provocative contribution to the study of American Evangelicalism."—Bill J. Leonard

About the Author

C. Douglas Weaver is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Religion and Associate Professor of Religion at Baylor University. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Acts of the Apostles: Four Centuries of Baptist Interpretation.
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Product Details

  • Series: Three Indispensible Studies of American Evangelicalism
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press; Reprint ed. edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865547106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865547100
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,352,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brent Wittmeier on November 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you have ever looked into reading material on the late William M. Branham, you will not be frustrated. What might raise your ire is the lack of material without an apologetic interest: the writer is usually a disciple or a former follower.

While he may preach no longer, the legacy William Branham still provokes two responses: adulation or revulsion. As the other reviewers show, Branham's words still have the power to spark.

Weaver's analysis does several important things:
1) Contextualizes Branham within American Pentecostalism: As one other reviewer shows, followers may bristle at any claims that make Branham into a historical type (Pentecostal, Healer, etc.). But such analysis is crucial to understand Branham's claims and the culture from which he arises.
2) Traces developments within Branham's teachings: Branham's tenuous relationship to the mainstream accounts for an increasingly eccentric body of teachings. Weaver shows how changes in culture, economics, and demographics led (in part) to Branham's increasingly apocalyptic visions, his late aspersions towards denominations, and a legion of would-be successors.
3) Analyzes Branham's doctrines: Branham's mix of Baptist, Oneness, Pentecostal theology, not to mention his unique teachings regarding the "serpent seed" and "third pull", are evaluated within a broader Christian framework.

This book nicely fills a chasm between extremes. While critical of Branham's ministry, this is certainly no hatchet job. Weaver has little vested interest in destroying Branham's character. On the contrary, Weaver is generous, emphasizing Branham's personal humility, his passion, and his personal holiness.
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This review is written for those who are seeking the truth about William Branham and his Ministry. Although he has already passed on, you can still get copies of his sermons(including early life story) in both printed text and audio cassette. There is no better way to find out about him and what he believed than to hear him preach. I personally don't think you'll find another person with that much love for people, nor as humble, outside of our Lord Jesus Christ. The last time I checked the printed texts were available for free. Like Phillip said to Nathaniel when Nathaniel said" Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" He replied" Come and See." That's really the only way to find out, and it could be the most important decision you make. It was for Nathaniel. The address for his sermons as well as a few other books about him is as follows: The Voice of God Recordings, Inc.,P.O. Box 950, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47131. I also highly recommend a three series book entitled "Supernatural: The Life of William Branham" by Owen Jorgensen.
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C. Douglas Weaver, coming from an admitted antipathetic theological background, manages to make minimum allowance for his bias when studying Brother Branham's ministry. He seems to be stumped (as Dr. Harrell is not) by the amazing popularity and widespread Pentecostal acceptance of Brother Branham's early years and so falls back continually on two arguments both provably false: 1) Brother Branham CANNOT POSSIBLY have proclaimed his personal prophetic role and his unique doctrines in the early years (1946-53) and - if the reader is not persuaded - the exact opposite, viz.:) 2) Brother Branham pointed to HIMSELF too much ("if you believe ME to be God's prophet ...." and made his impact by developing a personality cult. You can't have it both ways CDW! This book reflects a viewpoint common in the circles who financed and drew benefit from Brother Branham's campaigns, namely, that he supposedly "went off the rails" later in his life. This line was useful to those who acquired new converts by pointing them to Brother Branham's uniquely supernatural ministry, but then secured them for their own camp by ridiculing the doctrine of Brother Branham, because he was uneducated and theologically untrained. If these were good grounds for the rejection of his doctrine, the same ones would have to reject Jesus and 90% of the biblical prophets for the same reason. I only give this book 1 star because the least I would expect of a supposedly sholarly book is historical NEUTRALITY.
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This is a false occult type of church that is totally of satan.most folks that frequent this church are rich people that live in big fancy houses.and they tell people there going to hell for little things.they beileve money wemon and popularity is evil.they live rich with money there high rolling wemon and power .do not be fooled by this church it is real wicked.they are also being investigated by fbi all over American. If you enjoy church with peice find one that has people working together that helps people who are poor injured and that are sick with different issues. I hope this helps
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I started reading this book that Mr. Weaver wrote and found that this man clearly had no spiritual understanding regarding the ministry of God's prophet for this age. This man was vindicated as God's prophet by the works that God had used him for like raising the dead and healing the sick. Mr. Weaver is a very educated man as surmised by his knowledge of the worldly wisdom that he seems to possess but when it comes to knowing anything about the spirit of God this man is lost as the Bible says that God hid his secrets from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes such as would learn. Mr.Weaver fills this to a "T" the prucency of Mr. Weaver clearly shows that he has no spiritual wisdom whatsoever. Remember the word of God says that they took notice of them that Peter and John were ignorant and unlearned, but marveled because they had been with Jesus. Brother Branham may have not had an extensive education but this man was clearly used of God. Men that have high education tend to reason things out concerning God as they use their knowledge of the world and try to make sense of the things of God, an unlearned man is more likely to accept the word of God as truth than an educated man is, But Satan will use any little subtle thing to try to sway the true believers from believing the truth. Mr Weaver had no spiritual revelation as to the truth of the gospel.Brother Branham's ministry is summed up by this reader as a true man of God and any man who would say otherwise is driven by nothing more than plain jealousy, I would not recommend this book as it is offensive and defamatory to one of Gods prophets
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