Another Gospel According to Ken Brandt: Farcical to the Point of Absurdity
by Allan Lewicki
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The title of this article refers to "another gospel" as per 2nd Corinthians 11:4 and Galatians 1:6.
There is a religious fellowship founded by the late Richard E. Rhodes; the Maranatha Bible Society. I once was an active member of this organization; these people taut themselves and their fellowship as being based upon several points of absolute doctrine. Here are two points of this "absolute" doctrine that exceeds the definition of the word farce.
*They preach (or so they say) the Gospel of the Grace of God, as referenced by the apostle Paul in his 1st letter to the Corinthians Chapter 15
*They "rightly divide the word of truth", as referenced by the apostle Paul in his 2nd letter to Timothy the 2nd chapter the 15th verses.
*There are two buzzwords, or catch phrases which they apply to the above two points. The first is what they call "Progress Revelation"; the second (their idea of rightly dividing the word of truth) is to discern if a certain scripture is to you or for you.
So there can be absolutely no misunderstanding about what I am writing, here is in a nutshell what is referred to (1st Corinthians 15:3~4) as the Gospel of the grace of God:
1st Corinthians 15:3 and 4
"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"
Note that in the above quoted verses Paul states "according to the scriptures" twice. These people, as per their Progress of Revelation, and as per their rightly dividing the word of truth, and as per their discerning of what is to you or for you...insist that the scriptures... Refer to the Epistles of Paul!
These people also taut themselves on their sound doctrine!
The person to contact for amplification and explanation of the above, calling himself the President of the Maranatha Bible Society, is Ken Brandt. These people have a web site, and it can be accessed by Googling "Maranatha Bible Society", on that web site is their address and e-mail contacts.
Ask Ken Brandt (within the framework of what he calls Progress Revelation) to explain (or to edify you would be more appropriate) a certain scripture... Paul's letter to the Romans, Chapter 16 verses 25 & 26.
Romans 16:25 and 26
"Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:"
A note concerning "Progressive Revelation": these people place importance on reading of the Epistles of Paul in the order in which they were written. So, ask Ken Brandt:
*Was Romans written before or after First Corinthians?
*In verse 25 of the above, "my gospel"... is that what is referred to as the Gospel of the grace of God?
*Does verse 26 need to be corrected? Shouldn't it read...by the scriptures of the apostle Paul?
The overlying reason that these people will NOT admit that "the scriptures", spoken of by Paul in the above quote from the book of Corinthians, refers to the Old Testament canonical writings; is that their late founder (whom they idolize), Richard E. Rhodes...NEVER preached the gospel...according to the scriptures!
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