You don't have to stick a knife in a man's back to kill him; you can break his character and kill him, kill his influence

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Now, see that legalist law? The law said, "Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal."

Jesus turned right back around, said, "It is said of them of old times, 'Thou shalt not kill,' but I say who's ever angry with his brother without a cause, has killed already.”

“It is said of them of old times, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery,' but I say unto you, whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery already within his heart with her." There you are. That ought to teach women how to dress, how to do what's right. If you dress wrong, and cause the man to look at you in the wrong way, you're guilty of committing adultery, just the same as you went through the act. Jesus said so.

And you people with these saw-blade tempers, that's always spouting off in the mouth at somebody, can't put up, and things like that. Be careful. You're guilty if you speak a word against your brother that's not right, not just. Go around and tear down—

You don't have to stick a knife in a man's back to kill him; you can break his character and kill him, kill his influence. Speak against your pastor here, say something bad about him, you just might as well have shot him; told something that wasn't right about him, well, it'll kill his influence with the people and things like that, and you're guilty of it. What Jesus said.

-- Brother Branham
September 22, 1957