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William Branham talked about the healing of a young boy, Donny Morton, numerous times: Here not long ago, you seen the article in the paper of that little Donny Morton being healed out there in California. The “Reader's Digest” packed it, went in every language under heaven, everywhere, about the miracle. ...And the Holy Spirit spoke THUS SAITH THE LORD. And the baby got well. And the baby come out of it. And so they had the baby around there; it got so he could run, meet his daddy and everything. He went right straight from that meeting that night and bought Donny his first pair of shoes, and he wore them the next day. The Lord healed him, made him well. And Mayo's had turned him down, and so had Johns Hopkins. The boy was made normal. On November 10, 2021, in another case of bad research, Donny Reagan of Johnson City, Tennessee, talked about the healing of Donny Morton: Sometime, look at the miracle of Donny Morton. You remember reading about the story of Donny Morton and his daddy had to save up money to be able to bring him to Brother Branham?
And when he does, what does God do? God tells Brother Branham and shows him a vision of an old country doctor that would be able to perform the surgery. Why would not God have healed him then? Probably Reader's Digest would have never published it in the Reader's Digest magazine. If he would have simply come to Brother Branham and laid hands on him, it would just have been another miracle in Brother Branham's ministry. But God had it done in such a way that it made the world... around the world testify of his great power. It is true that the story of Donny Morton was reported in the November 1952 issue of Readers Digest. But I don't think Donny Reagan ever read it. The entire story is available on our website at the link below. I encourage you to read it for yourself. It's a truly heartbreaking story. Here is the basic timeline of William Branham's involvement: In June 1951, Arthur Morton took his seriously
ill, 4 year old, 20 pound son, Donny, 2800 miles by bus to Costa Mesa, California to be prayed for by William Branham. That is not something that you would do if you didn't have faith. William Branham pronounced the child healed and indicated several times that it was “Thus Saith The Lord.” A physiotherapist, who read about Donny Morton's plight in the newspaper, recommended a doctor and offered to pay for the operation. The surgery was performed on Donny Morton a short time later at St. Luke's Hospital in Pasadena, California by Dr. William Grant. Three more critical brain operations were performed over the next few months but, in October, the young boy contracted pneumonia. Donny Morton died in his sleep on November 2, 1951, less than 5 months after William Branham had pronounced him healed.
The Reader's Digest article is clear that Donny Morton was not healed. There was no miracle other than the thousands of lives that were touched by the young boy's plight and the love of his father, Arthur Morton. In August 2018, after we discussed Donny Morton's story on the Off The Shelf podcast, Denelda Clayton, Donny Morton's sister, left a message for us. I contacted her via email and this is her commentary on what William Branham said about Donny Morton: Donny Morton was my brother and was 2 years older than me. What William Branham said about my brother - that he was healed, that he wore the shoes that my dad bought him, or that he came running to my dad after he was prayed for - none of it was true. I don't think my parents ever knew what William Branham said about my brother Donald because they would have been very upset and made sure the truth was known. I didn't find the story on the internet until after they passed away in 1984.
So what are we supposed to do with another failure of “Thus Saith The Lord”? Please remember, this is not the only time William Branham stated something was "Thus Saith The Lord" which later failed to come to pass. William Branham said that the Holy Spirit spoke “Thus Saith The Lord”. I disagree. It was 100% William Branham and it failed. I do understand that William Branham, as with virtually all faith healers, believed that if the patient did not really believe, they could lose their healing. My response to the followers of William Branham who will raise this excuse is - First, we are talking about a 5 year old boy who was terribly ill. If God said that he was healed, there is nothing that could have stopped his healing. Second, If it was possible for a person to lose their healing, why didn't it happen in Jesus ministry or those that the apostles healed? There is not one case in scripture where someone lost their healing.
This was an invention by faith healers like William Branham, who would pronounce people well and then make up excuses when they were never healed. William Branham took credit for Donny Morton's healing, even though he wasn't healed. He made up stories like this just to make himself look good. And message preachers like Donny Reagan keep feeding their congregations this kind of false information. What are we supposed to do with Deuteronomy 18:21-22? Hear the word of the Lord from the Septuagint, the translation Jesus quoted from: But the prophet whosoever shall impiously speak in my name a word which I have not commanded him to speak, and whosoever shall speak in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. But if thou shalt say in thine heart, how shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken? Whatsoever words that prophet shall speak in the name of the Lord, and they shall not come true, and not come to pass,
this is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; that prophet has spoken wickedly, ye shall not spare him.
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