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Brother Branham, in respect to the order of the church, we have tried to go accordingly to the way we understand the orders given in the dedication of the new church. And by doing so, some have gotten mad and left the church. And others will not listen to anything we say, especially the children. We have talked to the parents about their children, and they won’t take care of them. Now, have we misunderstood? Or, are we going about it in the wrong way? Thanks.

Now let me answer this as they come down.
In respect to the order of the church, we have tried to go accordingly to the way we understood it given in the dedication of the new church.

Now, that’s correct, you’re doing right. Now, this is supposed to be deacons, I suppose, ’cause it’s right here, it’s a deacon’s job. All right.
And by doing so, people has often gotten mad at us.

They do at me, too! They’ll do at any man. A person that does that, there’s something wrong with that person. They’re not right with God, for the Spirit of Christ is subject to Christ’s teaching, Christ’s house, Christ’s order. Really, we want everybody in this church that we can get; but if that would only cause trouble somewhere else, there’s a thorn or “a rabbit in the woodpile,” as we used to say it. That person isn’t right.

If they leave, there’s only one thing to do: let them go, and pray for them. Then maybe some of the deacons go to their house sometime, and find out why they left, and ask them what was wrong. See if he can reconcile them.

And then if they’re not members of the church, course they’re not members of this congregation, they should be made to be ruled. They’ve got to listen to our orders here, because this is the orders of the church. This is things we don’t want to do, things that I don’t like to do, but it’s things that must be done.

The children are supposed to know discipline, they should get it at home. But even if it’s mine, my kids get in here at anytime, they get disorderly, I don’t want you to draw one string; Sarah, Rebekah, Joseph, Billy, or whoever it might be. You tell me, I’ll see to it. If they can’t behave, then they’ll stay away from church till they do learn to behave. This is not an arena, this is the house of God. This is not a place to play, and skate, and write notes, and laugh, and cut up, this is the house of God; is to be carried out godly.

You come here to worship, not even to visit. This is not a picnic ground, this is not a visitation place; this is the visitation place of the Holy Spirit, listen to what He has to say, not to one another. We don’t come here to fellowship with one another, we come here to fellowship with Christ. This is the house of worship. And children must be disciplined by the parents. Let it be known! If these parents of the children will not listen to what these deacons said, then this parent should be corrected themselves.

This is an order, we must keep the house of God! And deacons are supposed to know how to do that. And that’s why I’m telling you now, keep them things caught up. And if this, you tell the parents and they won’t listen to this, won’t listen to it, then you get you another deacon or one of the trustees, or some good person of this church. Take your deacon board, all your deacons together, say, “Brother Jones, Brother Henderson, Brother Jackson,” or whoever it might be, see, “their children are disbehaving, we’ve told them two or three times about their children, and they won’t listen to it.”

Then call Brother Jones in, or Brother Whoever-it-is, and say, “Brother Jones, we’ve called you in here for a meeting. We love you, and we…you’re a part of us, you’re one of us. Let me just set this certain tape and listen what Brother Branham said about it, see. Now, we’ve asked you to make those children behave. See? If they won’t behave, and you can’t make them behave in church, leave them with someone while you come to church until they learn how to behave themself in the house of God.” But this is an order, it’s got to be carried out!

William Branham, Sermon «Church Order»