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              John 10: 1,2,4,5

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep…And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.”  


In May 1960, Episcopalian minister Dennis Bennett told his Van Nuys, California parishioners that he had begun speaking in tongues after baptism in the Holy Spirit. Many mark this as the beginning of the present-day Pentecostal/Charismatic movement. The Pentecostal /Latter Rain movements have never ceased, rather, merely changed faces. According to some authors the reporting and proselytizing for the new movement within the American church and worldwide, was handled personally by David du Plessis of AOG. However, Harald Bredesen helped publish Dennis Bennett’s and du Plessis’ Trinity newsletter.

Jamie Buckingham, through the magazine Logos Journal introduced many of the charismatic leaders to a wider audience. Leaders such as: “Dennis Bennett, Bob Mumford, Harold Hill, Merlin Carothers, Iverna Tompkins and Judson Cornwall, to name a few… He edited the Logos Journal for a time and wrote 14 books for the company, including the best-sellers Shout it From the Housetops (1972), written with CBN founder Pat Robertson, and Daughter of Destiny (1976), the story of Kathryn Kuhlman. Jamie also served on the original board of directors for Logos, alongside such charismatic leaders as David du Plessis, Bob Slosser and Gen. Ralph Haines.” 6 Buckingham, along with many others, fully supported and endorsed Kathryn Kuhlman, who committed adultery and whose ministry was to unite denominations including Protestant with Catholic.7  

Harald Bredesen wrote in Yes, Lord, of his having mentored Pat Robertson (CNP), and also having worked with Abraham Vereide. Pat Boone (CNP) wrote the glowing Introduction, likening knowing Harald Bredesen to having known Elijah.8 Pat Boone is an elder in Jack Hayford's (Foursquare Gospel) Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, where Trinity Broadcasting Network founders, Paul and Jan Crouch, are also members. Twice-divorced Aimee Semple Mcpherson founded the Foursquare Gospel Church.

Harald Bredesen was another featured speaker at the Melodyland Christian Center, mentioned in the article EJECT, for their summer conference on the Holy Spirit in --1968 or 1969. The article, The Roots of Catholic/Evangelical "Unity", shows Mr. Bredesens allegiance to the Pope and his like-minded friend, Pat Robertson.

Honoring the Pope's efforts for world peace, a group of charismatic leaders has proposed giving him the "Prince of Peace Prize." Directing this effort is Harald Bredesen, one of the original founding members of the board of the "700 Club" and a long-time confidant and advisor to Pat Robertson. The following is a brief excerpt from Bredesen's September 29, 1988 letter to the Pope:

Your Holiness and dear Pope John Paul II,

Too many Protestant Evangelicals have long since made up their minds about Roman Catholicism...They fail to notice the mighty Gospel wind that also moves with such force [in Roman Catholicism)....

My heart is moved by a dream, Your Holiness. It is this: that what has already been discovered by men such as David and Justus DuPlessis, Billy Graham, Pat Robertson, Richard Neuhaus... regarding the riches and depth of Catholic piety, must become common knowledge among Evangelical Protestants everywhere....

What we envision [is]...a spiritual peace treaty, signed before the eyes of the world [by]...Evangelical Protestants and Catholics joining together to single out the Pope of Rome as the man most worthy of receiving the Prince of Peace Prize....

Using as a staging ground the week-long prince of peace celebration [in Rome in 1990], we believe it possible to give one of the most dramatic demonstrations of Christian oneness since the days of the early church....It could and should mark the beginning of a new spirit of cooperation in evangelistic efforts as we anticipate together the year 2000...."

Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Bob Slosser works at Pat Robertson’s CBN as a commentator for CBN Newstand with the column “GOOD MORNIN', AMERICA, HOW ARE YA'?” > > Gen. Haines was responsible for Jim Ammerman forming the Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches to endorse individuals for service as active duty and reserve chaplains in the military. Jim Ammerman is listed as being a Prophecy Club Speaker, alongside CNP members and Religious Right. The Club is an integration of beliefs from anti-government, Christian “revolution,” military takeover, speak “evil of dignities,” death/out of body experiences, all as a form of prophecy and so on.  See: The Prophecy Club & Elijah

Update> In October 2007 a reader wrote:

"Jim Ammerman formed the Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches (CFGC) to permit charismatic/pentecostal ministers to serve as chaplains in the armed forces.

CFGC fellowships were never formed on military bases, rather endorsed lay readers and chaplains were able to conduct full gospel services as is true for endorsed representatives of other faith groups. CFGC is not a denomination, it is an endorsing agency to approve for chaplaincy service persons referred to them by independent churches and charismatic/pentecostal fellowships and denominations. The article would be more accurate if you stated: Gen. Haines was responsible for Jim Ammerman forming the Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches to endorse individuals for service as active duty and reserve chaplains in the military. >end of update

Richard Riss records that during the 1950 ‘Latter Rain', David du Plessis led services at Lee College, where he was a professor, and where their ‘awakening’ then took place.9 David du Plessis was long involved in the ecumenical World Council of Churches, which arranged for him to be part of the Vatican II council, (1964) and set up an official, global, "Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue,” which included charismatics. (1972).10 

Fuller Theological Seminary has a “Duplessis Archive” which “…houses all manner of material from seventy of the conferences attended by Du Plessis between 1949 and 1986. Some files may include planning material, promotional literature, conference programs, notes taken by Du Plessis, press releases… Among the more detailed files are those for conferences Du Plessis helped organize: Christian Summit Convocations; the Pentecostal World Conferences; the Roman Catholic/Pentecostal Dialogue; and the World Council of Churches, General Assemblies, (as an observer to the Faith and Order Commission.)” 11

Oral Roberts, who was also a faith-healer, comes from the Latter Rain Pentecostal movement of the late 1940s  “The Oral Roberts University gave its law school and its $10 million law library to fellow evangelist Pat Robertson for his Christian Broadcasting Network University in Virginia…It publishes the Christian Voice… Roberts made large contributions to the Praise the Lord (PTL) ministry of Jim and Tammy Bakker …during the 1987 scandal…The Oral Roberts Evangelical Association buys TV time from the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the second largest religious broadcasting network…” 12 It is noteworthy that Jewel Van der Merwe’s late husband was converted under Oral Roberts.

In 1986, the ever ecumenical Oral Roberts formed the International Charismatic Bible Ministries (ICBM) 13 ICBM advertises last years Conference audio and videotape which shows speakers/video workshops to have included “Bill Basansky & Rodney Howard-Browne” teaching, “Church Growth/Home Cell Ministries” and Oral Roberts & Benny Hinn working together. Their new conference is slated for June 20-22, 2000. Their slogan has been “Love and Unity through Signs and Wonders.” 14 

 The ICBM conducts “leadership conferences,”15 and is a “coalition of charismatic leaders,” many of whom are dominionists.16 While noting that the names change occasionally, Al Dager cites an Ad for Charismatic Bible Ministries, in Charisma, May 1987 showing that the original officers and trustees were: Oral Roberts* -Chairman; Ken Copeland* -Secretary; Jack Hayford* - Vice Chairman; Billy Joe Dougherty* - Treasurer; Paul Yonggi Cho—International Honorary Chairman; Executive Committee Members: Charles Green, Marilyn Hickey, Karl Strader [Bolding added]17

The web site of Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship  Intl., which at the time of this article, is advertising their 2000 World Convention speakers to include Kenneth Copeland, is also selling many items from such people as Benny Hinn, John Maxwell, Jack Hayford and more. >    

Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International principal founders were Demos Shakarian, Gen. Ralph Haines and David du Plessis, with full input with Oral Roberts, Harald Bredesen and Gordon Lindsay.

“This…organization of business and military men was started in 1952 by … Demos Shakarian in Los Angeles, California. (1,2,4) Oral Roberts spoke and led a prayer at the first organizational meeting… Along with other charismatic organizations like the Christian Broadcasting Network, PTL Ministries, and Oral Roberts, Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship has been credited with stimulating the rapid growth of the modern charismatic movement… This non-denominational group includes some Charismatic Catholics, as well as evangelical Protestants. They believe in the "baptism of the Holy Spirit," manifested in the practice of speaking in tongues and faith-healing….the group provided the seed money to found the Christian Broadcasting Network, PTL teleministries, and Trinity Broadcasting…."

" In 1970, five FGBMFI members, including Pat and Shirley Boone, Harald Bredesen, and George Otis,[ dominionist/latter rain] prayed with then-California Governor Reagan at his home in Sacramento. Otis…was overcome with the Spirit and began to speak in the voice of God. He compared Reagan to a king…. Prominent right-wing activists, such as Joseph Coors (Heritage Foundation) and Sanford McDonnell (McDonnell Douglas Corporation), are members of FGBMFI… connections between FGBMFI and Pat Robertson are numerous. Robertson has preached at FGBMFI prayer meetings. Long-time FGBMFI member Harald Bredesen was Robertson' mentor and teacher, and has been on the CBN board of directors since 1962. He is a frequent speaker at FGBMFI meetings, and was present at the Reagan presidential prophesy… George Otis… formed Middle East Television …which he later turned over to CBN. Herbert Ellingwood, FGBMFI member and formerly of the Reagan administration, worked on Pat Robertson's presidential campaign…”18 

George Otis’ Sentinal Group is headquartered with the Ted Haggard’ World Prayer Center and Peter Wagner’s Global Harvest Ministries and Christian Information Network in Colorado Springs. Otis wrote the 1991 book the “Last of the Giants” and said, “If Christians are really serious about fulfilling the great commission and “bringing back the King, then a major redeployment of personnel and finances is in order.” According to the listing on, Peter C. Wagner and Rick Joyner both bought the book. 19

From FGBMF’s History and ‘Who we are,’ we read of visions in 1855 from an eleven-year-old Russian boy.

“…He foretold that peace would be taken from the earth and that Armenia would be overrun by the Turks and that the Armenian Christians would be massacred unless they went to a land across the ocean, which …showed to be America. God promised to bless and prosper everyone who would heed His warning and go to the country …it was not until twenty-five years after the Pentecostal outpouring in Russia that the same experience came to Armenia…Among the first to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit in Armenia was the family of Demos Shakarian, Senior, Presbyterians. The father of Demos, however, refused to accept this manifestation as being from God, although he joined with the other Pentecostal members in their worship services…”

The Shakarian’s left for America in 1905, although the exodus of the Armenian and Russian Pentecostals began in 1900 and ended in 1912. Demos Shakarian Jr. was born in 1913.

“…They took the written prophecy with them and preserved it in a church they built in Los Angeles, California. …As each Pentecostal family departed from Armenia, unbelievers mocked them just as Noah and his family were mocked before the Flood, yet the Armenians knew that Noah’s Ark finally rested upon the mountains of Ararat which were in Armenia…upon the arrival of the Shakarians in Los Angeles, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the Azusa Street Mission began…As they neared Azusa Street, they heard familiar sounds—shouting and singing and praying in the same manner they were accustomed to in their own services…In America, the newest of countries, the pattern of the Pentecostal outpouring was the same as it had been in Armenia, the oldest of countries, the very cradle of civilization and believed by many Bible students and scientists to have been the site of the Garden of Eden, the home of Adam and Eve. The Pentecostal experience came to the Jews in Jerusalem, it came to the Catholics in Russia, to the Presbyterians in Armenia, and now it had fallen upon a motley mixture of the cross-section of humanity at Los Angeles, many races and many faiths all responding in like manner…”

“…Demos was thirteen…in church worshipping God. Suddenly the power of God fell upon him and filled him. He was Baptized with the Holy Spirit. For four hours, from eight until midnight, he was unable to speak a word of either Armenian, English or Spanish, the three languages with which he was familiar…When he arrived home, he had another wonderful experience, which he describes as follows: "The power of God smote me down to the floor and there I lay absolutely helpless, unable to rise or get in bed. As I lay there in that helpless state, God spoke to me and said, ‘Demos, will you ever doubt My power?” 20

When speaking in Phoenix in 1964, the very ecumenical William Branham, also a faith-healer, thanked one of his sponsors.  “I want to take just this moment of time, though, to express my gratefulness to Brother Demos Shakarian.” 21

Some suggest that FGBM disassociated with Branham over certain issues. However, in Yuma Arizona in 1965, Branham, who died shortly thereafter and had condolences sent from Oral Roberts and Demos Shakarian, again explains how thankful he was for particular inroads into the church for his teachings, those being the Pentecostals and the FGBM.

 “… “They’re the ones, the Pentecostals is the ones that open their door.” See? “That’s the ones I can get to.” And so many as them that will open, why, we’re ready to come in…And so the Full Gospel Business Men has been a oasis where we can come together. No churches is sponsoring it. They altogether, the man out of the churches, and we come together in fellowship across the world, around, everywhere.

“ And I’ve helped establish many, many, many chapters throughout the entire world of the Full Gospel Business Men. I’m thankful for that opportunity that was given me. In there the Business Men will sponsor it, and then all the churches, they—they want to come anyhow. But then if... I don’t want to never try to pull somebody from their church. Just stay right in your church and scatter out the Light. See? Be a real Christian; your pastor will appreciate you. A real, loyal, genuine saint, any man that believes in God will appreciate a person like that. Yes!” 22 


The following is an advertisement of William Branham by FGBMF. From a FULL GOSPEL Business MENS PAMPHLET

Page 4 & 1 

  Page 1:       

  Signs of The  Supernatural                                            

  "Both of the following remarkable occurrences took place in the recent ministry of William Marrion Branham. Men like Gordon Lindsay, T. L. Osborne, Ern Baxter and a host of equally familiar names have attested to the fact that the supernatural manifestations which occurred under his ministry have known no parallel since the days of our Lord Jesus Christ."

"These signs simply bear witness to the fact that God has fulfilled the promise of Malachi 4:5,6 and sent a prophet to herald the second coming of the Lord. In June of 1933 before about four thousand awe-struck witnesses when William Branham was baptizing in the Ohio River, a strange light descended and hung over his head and a voice spoke to him and said, "As John the Baptist was sent to forerun the First coming of the Lord, so are you sent to forerun His second coming."

''Just as in the days of Noah and Lot (Luke 17:26-30) and according to Amos 3:7, God has revealed the secrets of His coming to His own vindicated Prophet. Captured on cassette tapes, books and films are hundreds of miracles, discerning of the heart and healings, but above all, a message of vital importance to those yearning for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ."

 Page 2 & 3                        Page 2:  1950--PILLAR OF FIRE PHOTOGRAPHED

"In Houston, Texas, in January of 1950, an amazing photograph was taken by the Douglas Studios. In the photograph, there appeared a light above the head of Brother Branham in a halo-like form. The negative was taken to George J. Lacy, Examiner of Questioned Documents, in order to determine whether or not the light could have been the result of improper exposure, developing or retouching. This investigation served to completely authenticate the fact that the unusual brightness was definitely caused by a light striking the negative. Mr. Lacy was quoted as saying, "Rev. Branham, you will die like all other mortals, but as long as there is a Christian civilization, your picture will live on."

 Note: The picture-Figure 2- on the left was to show that Parham had a halo. However, in the book William Branham: A Man Sent From God by Gordon Lindsay in collaboration with William Branham, 23 that same picture is also used. The difference is that it is a normal light colored grey/white picture, not the intense black/white like above. What isn’t pointed out is that the reflection on his hair and ear is coming from directly behind and low which could easily cause the reflected light in camera and subsequent "halo' picture. There is no reflected light on the top of his head, which was where the supposed “halo of light” above him was.

Part 3: 1963--SIGN IN THE SKY

Note: Right Picture of cloud in Pamphlet above—only FGBM turned the photo sideways without explaining that the ground is actually the left side of the picture.

"Shortly before the sunset of February 28th, 1963, a strikingly beautiful and mysterious cloud swept northward across Arizona. The April 19th, 1963, issue of Science Magazine and the May 17th, 1963 issue of the Life Magazine both carried the picture (Science Magazine on it's front page) and an inquiring report about the strange phenomena. The reason for the interest was that the massive cloud hung in a blue sky at a high altitude in which no moisture exists to form a cloud. No feasible explanation was ever offered by scientific enquiries into it, but unknown to the world, was that on December 22, 1962, two months before the cloud appeared, Brother Branham had received a vision. He related this vision to his congregation in Jeffersonville. On February 28, 1963, Brother Branham was hunting in the mountains surrounding Tucson, Arizona, when the events seen in his vision suddenly came to pass. Seven tiny dots appeared in the sky above him, as these dots materialized, a pyramid of seven angels stood before him. It was at this time he received his commission and the mystery of the seven seals were revealed to him, and it was as these angels left Brother Branham's presence that they formed the strange cloud."

Part 4

"In Bible Days, there were men of God who were Prophets and Seers. But in all the Sacred Records, none of these had a greater ministry than that of William Branham, a Prophet and Seer of God, whose photograph appears on the front cover of this issue of Full Gospel Men's Voice. Branham has been used by God, in the Name of Jesus, to raise the dead!"


"The story of the life of William Branham is so out of this world and beyond the ordinary that were there not available a host of infallible proofs which document and attest its authenticity, one might well be excused for considering it far-fetched and incredible. But the facts are so generally known, and of such a nature that they can be so easily verified by any sincere investigator, that they must stand as God's witness to His willingness and purpose to reveal Himself again to men as he once did in the days of the prophets and the apostles. The story of this prophet's life -- for he is a prophet, though we infrequently use the term -- indeed witnesses to the fact that Bible days are here again."

"Taken from the book entitled, "A Man Sent From God" -- by GORDON LINDSAY"

END Pamphlet

 This is the original picture of the cloud, showing the correct view, as printed May 1963 in Life Magazine and found in the last page of “In the Days of the Voice of the 7th Angel,” William Marrion Branham,  not the staged view of the pamphlet. 24   One need not lie or manufacture "signs and wonders" to convince God's people they are of God.  

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

2 Thess 2:9 "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,"

William Branham wrote these words about the cloud phenomenon.

“Now, notice again before the--the Seven Seals, which I had no idea it was that way ... Here at the tabernacle He spoke of it and sent me to Tucson, Arizona, telling you all what would happen. And there's man setting present today who was there to see it happen just exactly the way it was told here would happen: Seven angels would come. Then the newspapers packed that, and the magazines, across the nation: Mysterious circle of Light, in a form of a pyramid, just like I drawed it here and showed you, raised up from where those angels was standing and went thirty miles high and was twenty-seven miles across, or either twenty-seven miles high and thirty miles across, I forget which it was. And was seen throughout the states, just up above Tucson, Arizona, right where it happened, same time.”25 

Of his many false teachings, Branham believed he was “the seventh angel from God.” Paul Cain, “who at that time exercised a 'healing evangelism' ministry and had considerable association with Branham, described him as 'the greatest prophet of the twentieth century'.” 26 

Ern Baxter was one of the many Pentecostal, Latter Rain and Charismatic leadership Branham influenced besides Demos Shakarian, Gordon Lindsay (Branham’s manager), Oral Roberts, George and Ern Hawtin.  W.J Ern Baxter also had direct contact with many of the men above. 27  

George Warnock, who wrote, “The Feast of Tabernacles” was personal secretary to Baxter for a few years before the “Latter Rain.” Baxter joined Branham’s ministry in 1947 and stayed six years. He became the preacher/ teacher while Branham was the evangelist and healer.28 The Hawtin’s, who were the ‘founders’ of the Latter Rain movement in Saskatchewan, Canada, attended Branham’s meetings and some documentation shows that he “layed hands” on them to impart spiritual power.  

Ezekiel 13 reminds us of God's view of false prophets, falsehood and the vanity of it all. 

"2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;
3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.
5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.
6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.
7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken? 

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6.  1932-1992 Jamie Buckingham (A Special Tribute) Prophet With a Pen

7.       Daughter of Destiny, Jamie Buckingham, 1976 Bridge Publishing Inc.;

8.       Harald Bredesen, “Yes, Lord”; (Intro by Pat Boone); Logos International 1972

9.       Richard Riss, Latter Rain, p. 40, Honeycomb Visual Productions Ltd., 1987

10. , David du Plessis

11.    The David Duplessis Collection; Archive; Conferences; Fuller Theological Seminary

12. Group: Oral Roberts Evangelical Association File Name: orea.txt GroupWatch was compiled by the Interhemispheric Resource Center, Box 4506, Albuquerque, NM 87196.

13.    Oral Roberts ; Vengeance is Ours:The Church in Dominion; Albert James Dager, p.125, Sword Publishers, 1990

14.    Ibid. Dager

15.    Ibid. p.125

16.    Ibid

17.    Ibid. p.126

18.    op.cit. Group Watch: /  Group: Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International File Name: fgbmfi.txt


20.    FGBMI History,

21.    p. 1, The Spoken Word by William Marrion Branham; Phoenix Series 1964, Vol.22 No. 4; What Shall We Do With This Jesus Called Christ?

22.    p. 5, The Spoken Word by William Marrion Branham ; The Rapture; December 4,1965; Ramada Inn, Yuma, Arizona; Vol.5 No.14

23.    William Branham: A Man Sent From God by Gordon Lindsay in collaboration with William Branham.; Published by William Branham, (1950)  Spoken Word Publications, PO Box 888; Jefferson Indiana, 47130

24.    In the Days of the Voice of the 7th Angel,” William Marrion Branham; RECOGNIZING YOUR DAY AND ITS MESSAGE; July 26, 1964, Branham Tabernacle

25.    Ibid. p.7

26.    Blessing the Church? p.70, Clifford Hill and Peter Fenwick, David Forbes, David Noakes; Eagle; 1995

27.    op.cit. Riss

28.    Ibid. p.57


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