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Ken Brandt - President of the Maranatha Bible Society - Read This
by Allan Lewicki
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I (Allan Lewicki) wrote “Clarification” in the autumn of 2003. This document I then mailed to the entire fellowship (see on the Web my article “Clarification of Some Basic Doctrines of the Maranatha Bible Society”). Also, in anticipation of the ire that I expected from the more righteous members of this fellowship, I had already written a response. Of the few people that had enough fortitude to reply, Ken Brandt (now president of the MBS) responded with the letter that is contained in this article.

Did I receive a rebuttal? Noooo…instead, Ken Brandt invents one of the more cacamainy (spelling is correct for my usage) doctrine foisted on mankind (see my article on the Web “The Gospel According to the Maranatha Bible Society”).

The following is my letter to Ken Brandt (Brandt’s letter was a reply to my “Clarification”)

From: Allan Lewicki
To: Ken Brandt and the Maranatha Bible Society et al
Regarding: "Doctrine" 2 Timothy 3:16
Ref: Isaiah 1:18

Dear Brandt

"...they will not endure sound doctrine..."The following will be limited to just one book, and that so as to falcate verification; "Studies in Progressive Revelation" by R. E. Rhoades.

Direct quotes from the above book written by Dusty Doctrine-Doctrine Rhoads:

1) His "Creed", page 258 XIV: "The Bible is the complete and PERFECT Word of God and is trustworthy in all matters..."
2) Page 353: Lines 10 & 11 "...I haven't found a single place that I would call error, nor do I deem it necessary to delete or substitute anything"
3) Page 265: Lines 13, 14 & 15 "As to why I believe the Bible is the complete and perfect Word of God, I have reason to believe it to be SELF EVIDENT."
4) Page 349: Lines 18, 19 & 20 "...the KJV underwent a lot of correction before finally coming to the place where it was error free..."

With the last quote in mind, even though I could site many words from just about all of this "Gospel Preacher's" writings, I will limit myself to the above "ONE WORD"...One, that's right, just one is all that is necessary to make my point.

Prior to continuing I need to establish a context. I have recently done a word study concerning Paul's use of "we and us vs. they and them" I can site twelve references:

From Romans: 1:5, 3:31, 8:16 (this one can also be coupled with 1 Jn 4:6).

From Corinthians: 1 Cor 5:8, 2 Cor 2:11, 2: 15 & 16, 3: 14 & 15, 13:8. From First Thessalonians: 2:4, 3:8 (note "if").

From Second Thessalonians: 4:3. From Titus 1:16

From the above listing and elsewhere there are several that are particularly pertinent:


A) Don't endure sound doctrine
B) Corrupt the Word of God
C) Believe not the Truth
D) Hold the Truth in unrighteousness
E) Preach "another gospel and another Jesus"

With special emphasis on C) above, does or does not the "Gospel Preached" in question hold to be true or false:

a) Psalms 33:4, 101:3, 117:2, 119:38, 43,49,160
b) Proverbs 30:5 & 6
c) Deuteronomy 4:2
d) 1 Thessalonians 5:22
e) Revelation 22:18 & 19

Do you recognize this list? If not see my article on the Web “Clarification of Some Basic Doctrines of the Maranatha Bible Society”. To continue, given a) through e); A) through E); and quotations 1) through 5):

Kindly explain page 53 of the above referenced book! To be sure, Line 18, the last word of that line.

Tell me that's a misprint! Looky-here, Webster has a word...its even English: FARCE ! I suppose you think I'm going to politely not notice this...don't you...after all...far be it from me to perturb your lovey-dovey "unity".

The above probably will not sink in until you read this letter 100 times, so I will help you. "Farce" as defined by Webster, noun; something absurd or ridiculous

{R.E. Rhoades encouraged his disciples to read the book of Ephesians 100 times}

On the other hand, I have come to a profound understanding of several points of Scripture; deep truths. Thanks to R. E. Rhoads I have a very clear understanding of what Paul meant in Romans 1:18 when he said "...hold the truth in uprightness..." Tell me...the above quotes, 1) through 5)...are they true? Yes or No! How, pray tell...and evidenced by replete contradictions in ALL of his writings...how does he (R.E.R.) hold them?

Oh... "ALL", I don't mean some of all, or half of all, or most of all...I mean ALL...of ALL!

{In addition to the “Progressive Revelation” espoused by R.E.R. and addition to his “Rightly Word Division” as to what is to you and what is for you, he held an opinion about the word “All”; which was: All never means all of all, it always means some on all. Without being my sarcastic self, R.E.R. taught the word “all” needed to de judged as to weather it was used “without exception or without distinction”. The favorite verse sited was 2nd Peter 3:9. In that verse “all” means just a couple of all…Hey, does this sound asinine? This is what R.E.R. actually taught, I was a member of this fellowship and I heard this with my own two ears.}

So Ken Brant, since you and your fellowship take 2 Tim 2:15 so seriously; edify me:

Throughout the entire Bible; what is the difference between the: holy spirit, holy Spirit, Holy Spirit, and the Holy Ghost. Note the capitalization! How many times and by whom is "Holy Spirit" used...How many times and by whom is "Holy Ghost" used, the same for holy spirit and holy Spirit. I know, I wonder if you know...I wonder if you think it matters? If you don't know or don't care you'll find out at the White Throne Judgment how much it matters! Continuing with the same matter of "study"...and this especially with regard to Paul...sometimes he says Jesus Christ and sometimes he says Christ Jesus...have any of you pondered why? Since the ministry of the late R.E.R. was entirely based on Paul-Paul-Paul, it seems to me that this is one of the things he would have made a point of teaching his disciples...did he?

I can answer the above questions but I will not "edify" the maranatha bible cult with my answers. I will however supply a doctrinal reason why: Its the verse after one of their favorites. (1 Cor 14:37 is the one I'm referring to as their favorite), the reason "why" of the forgoing is the next verse, just in case you don't have your calculator and have difficulty figuring it out, its 1 Cor 14:38.

With all of that said, my next issue is "The Gospel"...all true disciples of R.E.R. believe the gospel...don't they?...What "Gospel" do they believe?? ...The Gospel of the Grace of God...really!! What do they believe it according to??

Just in case I'm on a theological plane too elevated for a mere mortal, let me make more quotations, and again from the same book reference at the start.

"The Scriptures"!

What "Scriptures"? How about page 257, VII...or how about page 88, lines 7 & 8. Does or does not these referenced "Scriptures" line up with what Paul told Timothy to study...see second Timothy 3:15...are or are not "The Scriptures" able to "...make thee wise unto salvation..."?

To continue with "The Scriptures", Paul uses "as it is written", for it is written", "it is written" etc. referring to the Old Testament Writings about 41 times. He uses variations of "according to the scriptures" 6 times; variations of "for the scripture saith" 9 times. Those references add up to 56, Fifty-six! It seems to me that Paul placed a most serious emphasis on "The Scriptures".

A Direct Challenge

Somebody, anybody...all of you put together…show me...in the framework of the two above paragraphs...taking as your documentation, ALL of the tapes ever made by R.E.R. All of the videos, ALL of his books...ALL of ANYTHING produced by this man

Show me Chapter and Verse, where he preached the Gospel According to the Scriptures!

Maybe this will take a while to sink in, so allow me to approach the same matter from a different perspective. You people believe the gospel do you...really! You all studied to show yourselves approved? You are all such "Rightly Word Dividers" aren’t you!

All right, answer an elementarily simple question: Since your "gospel" starts with "...Christ died for our sins according to the scripture"

Tell me, the crucifixion...what was the month, the date and the day of the week, AND, for answer to the above site CHAPTER AND VERSE

I'll even give you a great big hint: What was the very first COMMANDED HOLY DAY by God Almighty...give up? Read the 12th chapter of Exodus. Oh, by the way...that particular chapter is just one of the Scriptures referred to by Paul in 1st Cor 15. Just in case any of you really does study and come up with the correct answer to this question...call me, I have another question. The next question, that I will not herein state is an acid test to see if you really do believe the gospel.

Maybe you would appreciate some help, and some "wisdom" from somebody who has loudly proclaimed to have "studied". Below is a letter from ken brant, this is the response he sent concerning my Clarification.

Dear Allen,

I received your treatise in the mail and at first thought that I would not respond, but then this came to my mind, "Truth is violated by falsehood and out-raged by silence", thus I feel a need to reply.

As is true throughout the Scriptures, whenever the truth
is being taught or proclaimed, there appears Sanballat (Neh.4), or Alexander the coppersmith, (2Tim.4:14), to try to thwart the work of God. This can always be traced back to the subtle wiles of the devil. He is always in opposition to the truth of God. What you wrote was not for the clarification of any truth, the edification of truth or edification of those who hold the truth dear. It was rather a spirit of vindictiveness against Dusty and the truth that he taught. You know that you have held ill-feel~ ings toward him for many years because he did not agree with your ideas in the book of Revelation and now are finally exposing your feelings toward us. I find it very revealing that you could not approach Dusty and discuss these things face to face. It seems very demeaning to now try to destroy his credibility after he is gone. I'm not sure your exact intent in mailing this letter, but it certainly was not for the glory of God.

I do not hold Dusty or any other man to be infallible. I am grateful for the truth Dusty taught me and the gospel he preached, for it saved my soul and has built me up in the faith. I have always checked the Scriptures (per his insistence) to see "if these things be so." I have never taken any man's word for the truth without seeing it for myself in the Scriptures. When it proves to be a "thus saith the Lord", then I believe it.

I write this letter in defense of the truth and without any malice or intent of vengeance, for that belongs to God.

Ken Brandt

As you read that letter note that he is in doubt as to my motives, I will come back to that. So as not to break my train of reasoning, I had made a challenge, show me chapter and verse the scriptures of this gospel you all hold so dear. Note the brant letter: He has stated in writing that the gospel that was preached to him by R.E.R. has saved him. Note also that he states that he has "checked the Scriptures". Since the writer of this letter has a "thus saith the Lord" perhaps he than should edify everyone by reveling the scriptures of the gospel according to the scriptures.

I wonder if it will get through to anybody that this paragon of gospel preaching, this stalwart defender of the truth, this champion of doctrine (R.E.R)...never preached the Gospel According to The Scriptures!

Read, taking the brant letter as an example...to see if these things be so... Paul's second letter to the Corinthians, the eleventh chapter, the fourth verse. If there is one thing I can attribute to Dusty Rhoads, its what he has taught me by his example...if there is anything worse that a heretic its a farce!

My Motives

I recall a discussion I have had with one particular N.T. word #5569. The subject was the fourth chapter of Paul's letter to the Ephesians...spiritual gifts...I know what mine is. The following verses are directly relevant to my motives; the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel: Chapter Three, Verses Seventeen through Twenty-One.

Hey Maranatha Bible Society et al: You can continue to splash around in your lovey-dovey puddle of diarrhea and end up at the White Throne Judgment, or you can study what Paul has suggested...The Scriptures...the ones that are able to make thee wise unto salvation. Should you end up standing next to the latest incarnation of Elymas Bar-jesus and his beloved side-cake the late brother pig-lover (F.R.). You will NOT be able to say that I didn't warn you!

Looky-here; if you can't site chapter and verse for "gospel according to the scriptures"...Hey...you got no scriptures! Guess what else, you believe another gospel and worship another jesus.

Hey brother 6.8% biblical {take a bible and count the number of pages of scripture, divide that number by the number of pages written by Paul...6.8%} "spirit of vindictiveness" ...why such a wimpy-ass word? I have the same love and compassion for the late Rev. Holy Farce as Paul has (note present tense) for anyone preaching another gospel. I have the same love and compassion for all of his disciples as Elijah has for the priests of Baal. I have the same love and compassion for his lovey-dovey elders as Samuel has for Saul. I could keep going but it gets my blood pressure too high, and having that happen over a bunch of farces is not worth it...especially if I started on one of my favorite verses...Psalms 139:21 & 22

Hey Ken Brandt…this letter was written seven years ago…"Truth is violated by falsehood and out-raged by silence"…really!!

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