A Man Called Haney
is a man in the
Branham following whom I will identify only as Brother Sammy. It would
presumptuous of me to assume he would want to be named in this
article without my asking him first. So, I will not use his real name.
Besides, that is not important to the lesson of the story.
For brevity I will refer to him simply as “Sam”. Sam was one of
Brother Branham’s hunting buddies. I heard Sam tell the story of a
friend he had known all his life; let's call him “Brother
Haney was known to be a godly man,
of singular character, remarkable faith, and a man of
few words. He lived in the north country of Canada. He was a uniquely
skilled woodsman, and hunter. It was said of him that he was as comfortable in
the woods, as he was in his home.
Brother Haney was a
seasonal farmer during the warmer months, and during the winter he
dug graves for a living. Sam was the one who brought Brother Branham
to the Haney farm and introduced them; as they both loved the woods,
and loved to hunt.
Brother Haney had a son
about the same age as Sam, and they grew up together. They also
answered an alter call one night in the same Spirit Filled meeting.
But a few weeks later, the young Haney boy began to be drawn back
toward the things of the world. As time passed, young Haney was
Like any man running from
God’s will, his marriage became rocky. For a season they were
separated, and then got back together “loosely”
as Sam described it.
During this time, young
Haney’s wife got pregnant. Young Haney did not believe the child
was his. Refusing to support the child, a local judge sent young
Haney to prison about 500 miles away from home. Sam also knew the
Subsequently, Sam visited
Brother Haney and he told Sam about the prison sentence. Then Haney
said to Sam, “I prayed a prayer; Lord if
this judgment is just then let it stand; and if it is not just, then
remove him from his place”.
Two weeks later, Brother
Haney dug that judge’s grave.
exhort, admonish, and edify
Since Sam made this
account public, and it was so powerful, I didn’t need to reveal my
own experiences (which I prefer to remain
private). But I've had a few similar
experiences too, involving a judges I knew very well, abusing their
position of authority and influence, and causing harm to someone I
loved; and then refusing to repent. In each case, it did not end well
These experiences are
never shared to gloat or take any satisfaction in such misfortunes.
In fact, I grieve over the ones that affect me. In my experience,
nearly every case where God removed someone from their place; it has
been someone I dearly loved, and with whom I had tried to reconcile.
So any time I share such experiences, it is done with a great deal of
sadness, grief, and regret. My sole purpose is to warn others, to
correct their course, and avoid similar misfortune.
Abusing one’s position
of power is an egregious offense. But abusing it against one of God’s
servants is downright deadly! Anyone who plays around with that is
playing with fire!
Haney Prayer” became an idiomatic phrase in
my life to describe a special kind of biblical prayer. I have read
about it in scripture, witnessed in church over much of my life, and
sadly a few times been forced to pray such a prayer. Without getting
into writing an apology of the doctrine, I know there is a place in
Christianity for this kind of prayer.
As a young boy, how many
times did I witness an ambulance back up to those old double doors at
the little Pentecostal country church? How many times did I watch the
ambulance attendants strap some hypocrite to a gurney who had been
playing around with the move of the Holy Spirit. In my
preadolescence, how many times had I wondered in amazement as they
hauled them away to a hospital?
How many times did some
critic (usually an anti-Pentecostal preacher)
try to trick Brother Branham before an audience of thousands, trying
to expose him as a fraud, and his Holy Spirit gift as a fake? Every
single time they were stricken down, hauled out of the meetings, and
afflicted for life. Playing with the things of God is worse than
playing with fire! It's more dangerous than playing with a
But one caveat here,
anyone praying such a prayer had better know they are the one who is
in the right! In my lifetime I have known at least three preachers
who led such prayers against me. They each lost their ministries,
their churches, their reputations, many of their families, and
ultimately their lives.
Again, the one praying
such a prayer had better be sure they are the one in the right!
They’d better be right in the controversy, right in praying such a
prayer, and had better have what we refer to in Equity Law “Clean
Hands”! Anyone praying such a prayer had
better know what Solomon meant when he wrote “…a
curse causeless shall not alight….”
demons see your “Open House” sign
There are times I have had
to pray a Brother Haney prayer over a situation where someone had
done me wrong. In most cases they were celebrities of some sort; such
as in the entertainment industry, or celebrity preachers. When
someone closes the door on me, insulates themselves from me, refuses
to respond to my attempts to contact them, making it impossible to
confront them for reconciliation, they leave me no choice. God
demands the highest premium on reconciliation. I love God more than I
love those who deliberately chose to be my adversaries.
You see, when someone
causes a breach it upsets the course of nature within the Body of
Christ. It sends toxic reverberations throughout the spirit world;
and often they manifest in the material world, such as terminal
disease, violence, and calamities of all sorts. When someone
mistreats a believer, they bring discord into the Body.
Jesus elevated the
importance of unity and reconciliation to its highest level. He gave
His directive during a time when the Law of
Moses was still in full effect and being
practiced in the Temple in Jerusalem.
Jesus said that even if you are in the middle of offering a gift of
sacrifice at the alter in Jerusalem, and the Holy Spirit brings to
your remembrance that your brother has ought against you; then you
are to IMMEDIATELY STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND
GO STRAIGHT TO THAT BROTHER AND RECONCILE;
and then go back and finish offering your gift of sacrifice! Imagine
that, while still under Moses Jesus elevated this issue to a level
sufficiently important to interrupt offering a gift of sacrifice.
That makes this a serious command from the Lord Himself!
Having spent much of my
life dealing with music business people, often I've had people “cut
me off” so to speak. Usually it's a
celebrity preacher, or a music entertainer, or some such. They have
the power to insulate themselves as to make themselves out of my
reach; but they cannot get out of God’s reach. If they only knew
scripture, and how the spirit world works, they'd never in a million
years do that to me. Because, for as long as they foster a breach by
refusing to resolve an offense and reconcile fellowship, they will be
within the reach of the power of darkness. In fact, we call it
leaving a window open for the demons to slip in. They might just as
well hang a “OPEN HOUSE”
sign in front of their home, and invite the demons in. Demons travel
in “gangs”, when they enter a house, they bring “invitees”
Scripture is filled with
kings, heroes, celebrities, rich men, and beautiful women who thought
they had immunity. But their arrogance and wrong conduct always ended
up placing them in reach of the power of darkness. We have an
assurance that we have been delivered from the power of darkness, and
we stand on that truth. But if we willfully sin, and are content to
remain in that state, we can give legal grounds for those forces to
return into our lives. If they return, they will not be content until
they take over the house they enter. Demons and politicians are like
mold; it’s far easier to prevent it from ever entering, than to
expel it once it moves in and takes over.
Adjure, and Ignorance
One of the most foolish
responses one can give a prophet of God is to ignore him when he
signals that “we need to talk”.
How often have I sent emails with my signature phrase “when
you need prayer do not hesitate to contact me”.
That phrase is pregnant with meaning. I only send it when reasonable
attempts at resolution and reconciliation have failed. If I write
that phrase, it means He has shown me something, and they are getting
ready to need my prayers. It is the only time I ever use that phrase.
When I write that phrase, something has convinced me that my prayer
may be the only one God will hear for the answer to their
deliverance. You may think that sounds arrogant, but it is absolutely
It is also possible that
if the recipient waits too long to respond, they will have exhausted
their time of repentance. These are true scriptural principles. We
can give legal grounds to the devil, we can offend God such to where
He will only hear one person’s prayer, and we can cross a line
where there is no more repentance available. Those are three scary
biblical concepts. One doesn’t need to search far to find a
multitude of bible teachers who will disagree with me. That doesn’t
dissuade me from the truth. Anyone is free to follow them. They’d
better pray those teachers are right. If they’re wrong, the
consequences will first fall into the followers lap. Teachers will
come under a stricter sentence, but that may not be administered to
them until the judgment. Followers of wrong teachings are not given
immunity for their ignorance of the teaching error. People die every
day ignorant of the plan of salvation. They are not excused for their
I have seen this
heartbreaking measure, meted out to so many people in my lifetime.
Personally, I've known very wealthy people who in some way did me
wrong. Usually, within a year or two tornadic devastation swept
through their lives, leaving a swath destruction. In the end, some
lost nearly everything, family business, reputation, personal
property, and ultimately ended in bankruptcy. One particular story, I
have used to warn music business friends for nearly forty years.
Almost universally, they did not believe me, and most eventually
faced the consequences. The law of sowing and reaping is as absolute
as the law of gravity. To challenge either with cavalier and
disrespect can yield horrific consequences; like a small child
playing with fire.
Jesus warned in Matthew 18
that those who harm His “little ones”
would fare better with self-inflicted barbaric mutilation, than face
the horrific certain judgment that will come upon them. God promises
that HE WILL execute
righteousness and justice for ALL
who are oppressed. We only need to ask Him and trust Him.
It’s a far safer
practice to not mistreat innocent people. However being imperfect
humans, at some point we will do someone wrong. Then, it is incumbent
upon us to go to them and attempt reconciliation, and in as much as
it is possible restitution and reparations; Post haste!
Ignore a Subpoena
So if a man of God ever
tries to contact you for cause or reconciliation, don’t avoid him.
Another of satan’s
schemes is doctrinal ignorance!
For instance, if a man of God is investigating a wrong (offense),
and he asks you what you know or have heard about it, if he is a
vindicated man of God, he has “ADJURED”
you! What ever you do, don’t withhold any information from him!
Even of you know the information you have is just a rumor, or even a
outright lie; DON'T WITHOLD ANYTHING!
If you do withhold that information from him, then you are concealing
evidence. It is a form of obstruction of justice. According to
scripture, God will hold you liable for the offense you are
concealing! You will be just as culpable for the offense, as you
would had you been the actual offender. That is sound Apostolic
doctrine, and a biblical practice under the Law of Moses, and in the
Ante Nicene era church.
People wonder why there is
so much disease, familial turmoil, and general chaos in their lives;
and so little power for deliverance demonstrated in the church today.
It’s all in how we walk.
are a few parting friendly suggestions
Keep short accounts
with God and with brethren; BE QUICK TO
Don't ignore anyone
trying to reconcile. Absolutely do not refuse to answer when you
have been “ADJURED”
by a vindicated man of God.
Never curse or pray
against anyone unless you are absolutely sure you have grounds to do
so, and are right in doing so. Otherwise, you can reap destruction
upon your own life from which you may never recover.
If you are a person
who wields power and influence, e.g., judge, lawyer, law enforcement
officer, or even a powerful figure in an industry or profession; be
careful not to harm any of God's servants; keep Matthew 18:6-10 in
the forefront of your mind...God will execute righteousness and
justice for ALL, upon
ALL their oppressors;
no one has absolute immunity from God's discipline.
NEVER give anyone any valid reason to pray a
Brother Haney Prayer
over your life.
- GERRY PHILLIPS - 1955-2015
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