The Gospel According to the Maranatha Bible Society
by Allan Lewicki
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I will place the conclusion of this writing at the beginning, instead of at the end. What follows is totally incomprehensible to Ken Brandt (president of the Maranatha Bible Society). The reason he will never concede to what follows, is that in doing so he would have to admit that his late mentor, Richard E. Rhodes, never preached the gospel (with the exception of the one minuscule reference in his commentary on Genesis).
The implications of the above sentence: Accord to Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, the 15th chapter (the gospel were in ye are saved), Dusty Rhoades lead nobody to salvation, or I should rephrase this in Calvinistic language...nobody was saved under the ministry of Dusty Rhoads!
I will continue with the reverse presentation of my train of thought. "The Scriptures" according to the doctrine of the Maranatha Bible Society, and as proclaimed in writing by Ken Brandt (the scriptures, that is, as referenced by Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, the 15 chapter) refer to the epistles of Paul.
The above is too simple, in the written material presented by the Maranatha Bible Society, written by Ken Brandt, there are references to the above cited writing of the apostle Paul. Ken Brandt will abbreviate this as the...d-b-r. Never, does Ken Brandt reference any scriptures!
Here it is a direct quote from Ken Brandt; from his text message: "Truth, eternal, past, present"
“Paul writing to Timothy admonishes him, "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them" (2 Timothy3:14). Timothy had known the Holy Scriptures from a child which were able to make him wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Then he gives the assurance that all Scripture ("graphe," the writings, something written, a document or Holy Writ) is given by inspiration of God, and the reasons for it. All truth culminates or comes to its fulness in Paul's epistles”.
To allow absolutely no possibility of miscommunication (as members of this fellowship are prone to do, as one Scot Kirkland has so demonstrated) the above can be viewed directly from the web site of the Maranatha Bible Society, the following sub page (copy and paste):
Continuing with the train of thought of "the scriptures", the convoluted logic which causes the disciples of the late Richard E. Rhodes to believed that "the scriptures" referenced by Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, the 15 chapter...refer to his own writings... is a notion invented by Rhodes, or what he dubs "rightly dividing the word of true with, as to what is to you, and what is for you" (?). Below is a copy and paste from the web site of the Maranatha Bible Society..."right division". Again, so as to allow no possibility of miscommunication...copy and paste:
”We believe that the church, which is His Body, has a special position that is separate from the elect of Israel, and also has a separate calling, blessing, hope, and inheritance.
Therefore, when we study the Scriptures, we must rightly divide primarily what is to Israel and what is to us, the church.
Secondarily, we can rightly divide the kingdoms, the covenants, the psalms, doctrine, etc.”
The culmination of the above "sound doctrine" i.e. the "rightly dividing the word of true" i.e. "what is to you or what is for you", is that the scriptures Paul is referring to in first Corinthians 15, refer to his own writings!
Do you doubt me?!...call up Ken Brandt and ask him! I could list his phone number but I will not, it is in the public domain, he lives in Jonesville Michigan. Or, if you prefer e-mail, an item of information that I can list: His official e-mail address at the Maranatha Bible Society:
Part two: "The Scriptures"
The phrase "the scriptures" is used 18 times and the entire Bible, and all in the New Testament. The word "Scripture" is used 32 times, once in the Old Testament, in the book of Daniel..."the scripture of truth". I will not belabor what the use of 50 or so of these verses refer to, I will only site three used in the Gospel of Luke:
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Can there be any doubt in the above three versus what is meant by "the scriptures"... evidently they're can! According to Ken Brandt's sound doctrine the verse 27 should read:
27 And beginning at the Apostle Paul and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. (Never mind that this is quite some time prior to when Paul wrote anything).
Perhaps I am being overly sarcastic in my above revision of the Bible. Tell me, is this revision anymore or any less serious than changing so much as capitalization (as R.E.R. loves to do)? Or maybe I just don’t get R.E.R’s “Progressive Revelation”.
How is it that in 48 uses of the word "Scripture" it is crystal clear as what it is referring to? Also, how is it that in the uses of the phrase "the scriptures", namely, as used by Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 15, Ken Brandt insists this refers to the writings of the apostle Paul?! Is this the logic of his "mind of Christ"? Is this the logic of his "sound of mind"? Perhaps it is the results of meditating with "the sound of mind of Christ"... how could anything other then such sound doctrine be produced by such a mind?
Now a bombshell
When I wrote "Clarification" I made a direct challenge, the challenge was:
Show me anywhere, and all the writings of Dusty Rhoades, and all of the audiotapes, in all of the videotapes, where Dusty Rhoades preaches the gospel...according to the scriptures.
When I made the above challenge I knew full well that there was at least one place where this challenge could be answered. I did this to demonstrate how well this lovey-dovey bunch of farces studies. There is a book written by the late R.E. Rhoads, "Genesis (chapters 1~25)"
I no longer am in position of that book, after my departure from this fellowship I gathered up everything connected thereto and threw it out. But, I don't absolutely need this book. The reason I want it is to make a YouTube video, open it and make a direct quote. What I want to quote is R.E.R's commentary on the 22nd chapter of the Book of Genesis. Here is a paraphrase:
"Undoubtedly, or without a doubt, or there can be no doubt (etc.) this is what Paul was referring to in his 1st letter to the Corinthians, chapter 15, verses 3 & 4, ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES"
Excuse me Ken Brandt, excuse me Dale Koller, excuse me Dane Koller, excuse me David Doyle, excuse me Henry Dziczkowski, excuse me all of the members of the Maranatha Bible Society…you have a problem!
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