Redeeming Love

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You know what my theology is? Redeeming love, when you got love one for another. See? No matter what these other things are, how many gifts we got, or how much this we got, or how much that; if we haven't got love one for the another, we're lost. That's all.

I went to a fellow. Now, brethren, I'm using church names here this morning. I don't mean harm by it. But I went to a fellow that belonged to the Assemblies of God. He didn't know me. It's been years ago. I walked up to him; I said, "Howdy do, sir."

He said, "Howdy do."

I said, "I understand you're a preacher."

He said, "I am." And just before the-- A great man in the Assemblies of God, he wanted me to join the Assemblies of God. He said, "Come, join, because we're the biggest pentecostal organization in the world."

I said, "That may be so, my brother, but I like to stand between all of you, and say, 'We're brothers,' see?" I said, "I may be way off the road on some of mine, you may be too, but let's be brothers, anyhow. See? Let's be brothers."

And he said, "Oh," he said, "all right. We got the church."

So I just happened to investigate. I went up to a fellow; I just taken the negative side on both sides, to test out. I went up to this brother, and I said, "I hear that you belong to the Assemblies of God, a minister."

He said, "I am." He said, "What are you?"

I said, "I'm a Baptist."

And he said, "Well, have you received the Holy Ghost?" I said, "Yes." I said, "I received the Holy Ghost?"

He said, "You speak in tongues?"

I said, "Yeah. Yeah, I spoke in tongues."

He said, "Brother, you've got It. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. That's It."

I said, "Yeah," I said, "I received the Holy Ghost, and spoke in tongues, and for the evidence of it." And I said--

He said, "Oh, you'll come out of that old, stiff, formal Baptist church, then. Hallelujah." And he spoke in tongues a few times.

I said, "Yeah, I received the Holy Ghost, was baptized in Jesus Christ's Name. And--"

He said, "You what?"

And I said, "I received the Holy Ghost, and was baptized in Jesus Christ's Name."

He said, "You don't get the Holy Ghost like that."

I said, "You told me a little too late." I said, "I done done it." So he said-- And I said, " I just done done that."

And he said, "Oh, you can 't get That like that." Said "You believe that kind of heresy?" See?

I said, "Oh, I wouldn't call it heresy." I said, "It teaches in the Bible."

He said, "Get out of my house. I don't even want nothing to do with you."

I said, "Okay. The Lord be with you, brother." Walked out.

Not long ago, an old Baptist preacher out there-- That was my first trip to Phoenix, Curtis. I went to see this old boy. Walked into him, and I said, "Howdy do, sir."

He said, "Howdy do."

I said, "I hear you're a Baptist preacher." Way back over there, at the time when that little old boy, back over in that place was healed with that lung trouble, back, where that tubercular place is back there. I forget the name of the place. And so I just said, "I hear you're a Baptist preacher."

He said, "Yeah."

I said, "Have you received the Holy Ghost?

He said, "Well, what are you, Pentecost?"

And I said, "Yeah, I'm Pentecost." I was a Baptist to the other one, but I was a Pentecost to this one. I said, "Yeah," I said, "I'm Pentecost." I said, "You got the Holy Ghost? Evidence, speaking in tongues?"

He said, "Uh-huh," he said, "well," he said, "I tell you, brother," he said, "that's all right." He said, "But, you know, I never did just-- Somehow, I just never could see it just like that." He said--

And I said, "Oh, you haven't got nothing then. That's all there is to it. You ain't got a thing, 'less you do it. That's all."

He walked over to me, took a hold of my hand, looked me right in the eye and put his arm around me. He said, "But we're brothers, aren't we? We're going to heaven, aren't we, brother? "

I said, "Yes. And, brother, happen to be, I'm on your side." See?

Now, I said, "That man proved, by that, that he did have the Holy Ghost, and the other one proved he didn't have the Holy Ghost." That's right. See?

That's exactly. See? The man had theology, but as soon as I told him something to cross up his theology, then he flew to pieces, 'cause he didn't have nothing else but his theology. I crossed this other man's theology, and he had Christ to hold him there. Amen. Oh, my.

Be a good wagon, loaded up full of good things, and have faith with one another, faith in God, and love one another, and the Lord will bless us. Don't you believe so? Amen.

-- Brother Branham
September 11, 1955