fredag den 4. november 2011

Er Alberto Rivera ægte?

Der er begyndt at florere en del anti-katolsk materiale blandt ikke katolske kristne i Danmark, omhandlende en vis jesuit-præst ved navn Alberto Rivera. Dette materiale udpeger ganske korrekt de mange ikke bibelske elementer i den Romersk Katolske "Kirke". Imidlertid er materialet også fyldt med diverse konspirations-teorier, der bygger på Albertos vidnesbyrd som tidligere jesuit-præst, men er Alberto troværdig på dette punkt? Jeg besluttede mig at undersøge sagen nærmere og tog kontakt til en af de førende ikke katolske kristne tjenester for katolikker, The Berean Beacon. Lederen af tjenesten, som selv er en kristen tidligere katolsk præst, Richard Bennett, svarrede følgende angående Albertos ægthed, 

Alberto Rivera har aldrig været Jesuit-præst. Der fremlægger dokumentation, der viser at han har været involveret i andre former for svindel, før han blev involveret i det sidste svindelnummer, hvor han døde for ikke så lang tid siden.
Jeg ville ønske at dette ikke var sandt, men alle os, som virkelige var romersk katolske præster, ved at den romersk katolske kirke, har en optegnelse i deres arkiver, lokaliseret i forskellige nationer, over hele verden, over hvem der var katolske præster.
Disse arkiver befinder sig i biblioteker og andre sekulære institutioner, der er offentlig tilgængelige. Alberto Riveras navn fremgår aldrig, som en romersk katolsk præst. Alle de tjenester vi har, som evangeliserer katolikker, er enige om at Alberto Rivera, aldrig var en katolsk præst. Og da vi havde en stor konference i 1997 ved John MacArthurs kirke, var vi alle forenet om netop dette emne.
Så jeg vil lade dig vide, at de af os, som virkelig var katolske præster, er meget oprørte over materialerne om Alberto Rivera.

Jeg har hjulpet Roy Livsey fra UK, med at skrive en bog om Alberto Rivera. Roy Livsey interviewede hans søster og andre familiemedlemmer, samt dem som har kendt ham. Jeg har hans bog i papirudgave, den er endnu ikke udgivet.

Samuel Vila, den berømte spanske forfatter, opdagede bedraget med Alberto Rivera og skrev en advarsel om ham før han døde.

Jeg kender personligt Bob Bush og Victor Affonzo, begge kristne tidligere jesuitter, frelst ved nåde. De var villige til personligt at aflægge vidnesbyrd til Jack Chick (som producere tegneserier om Alberto), at Alberto Rivera aldrig var jesuit. Jack aflyste senere det møde, som han først indvilligede i. Så faktum er at Alberto Rivera aldrig var en jesuit-præst.

Din i Herrens herlighed,

Richard Bennett
22. april 2008
Se originalen i fodnote 2.

Personligt mener jeg det er overordentligt vigtigt at påpege de ikke bibelske elementer i den katolske kirke, men det må gøres på et sandt grundlag, "Læg derfor løgnen bort og tal sandhed med hinanden, for vi er hinandens lemmer" (Ef 4,25), derfor må vi som kristne også tage afstand til materiale med udgangspunkt i Alberto Rivera.

Donald Blanton, der i længere tid har arbejdet sammen med Alberto, aflægger også vidnesbyrd om ham, se første fodnote. Endvidere udførte Roy Livesey en 3 års undersøgelse af Alberto, se The Alberto Rivera Story


1. Donald Blantons brev
This letter is to address the person of Alberto Rivera and more directly, why I as one that worked with him know that he was not only not a Christian but also not a Catholic Priest, Jesuit or any other kind within the Roman Catholic System.

My permission is granted to forward this email to anyone that is interesting in knowing whether Rivera was really a Christian leader or a fraud posing as a converted Jesuit Priest.

I shall be very direct and blunt in this letter as it is time to stop with endless discussion of side issues that are ignoring the fact that Rivera was a wolf in sheep's clothing, that appeared as an minister of righteousness and deceived many that had left Romanism or were trying to witness to Roman Catholics. It would be easy for me to write many pages of things regarding Rivera but I shall limit this a 10 major points. Most of the people that receive this email have request and received my documentation on Rivera, so they are aware of Rivera's actions while professing to be converted and his conduct as an Elder/Pastor of a congregation. Just for the record, neither Eric or anyone else that ordered the material has kept their word and paid for the cost of copying all the documentation and for cost of postage. Now to move on to the subject of the person of Alberto Rivera.

#1. No one defending Rivera has addressed the fact that Rivera didn't know Latin. He was unable to read or write Latin and only knew certain phases. In previous emails I stated how while I was under Rivera at AIC, at his direction I tried to get Robert Champaign (a former priest whose testimony is in print) to join AIC so he could do Latin translation for the books that were being sent to AIC from around the world. Rivera not knowing Latin isn't something that can just be dismissed. I was troubled by this fact and actually asked him about this at one time and because I wanted to believe in him, I blindly accepted his excuse of problems with Latin being caused by brain trauma from all the tormenting done to him by the Jesuits, and from when he was in the Iron Long.

#2. This following comment is for those that profess to hold the doctrines of grace. Just how corrupt in one's personal life should one be, and just how many false doctrines can a man preach before you see by their fruit they are still in their sins and in darkness? For anyone to know of Rivera's conduct of abusing his followers over many years and his false doctrines (either of these in themselves reveal his true state) and yet still view him as a Christian shows a lack of sound judgment and reveals a pre-conceived bias that prevents them from seeing Rivera in his true light. I know that people loved the way Rivera spoke against Romanism but his false doctrines and corrupt life can't be overlooked or dismissed as just personal failings.

#3. The burden of proof is on the one making claims that they have special training or education. The burden is not on those that reject his claims to prove a negative. If those who defend Rivera and put the bar so high before accepting information showing that Rivera was lying about his testimony would require even 50% of this same standard from those supporting Rivera, they would never accept him. Eric, you are wrong to say the burden is on Derek or myself to prove Rivera was a fraud. Those that support him should be willing to prove he is for real and be able to clearly show that the claims against him are false based on facts, not with personal attacks. Over and over, defenders of Rivera say that his accusers are attacking the man but not his message, therefore Rivera is real. In reality, many of those that have sought to expose Rivera, including myself agree with much of what Rivera preached about Romanism, but we know the man to be a fraud. How do the defenders of Rivera normally react. The do what they accuse those exposing Rivera of doing, they attack the people exposing Rivera (some time those exposing Rivera with fact are in themselves unsound in doctrine) and they ignore the evidence they bring forth. I know this first hand and while at AIC I found it easy to dismiss evidence against Rivera because I didn't like the source that provided it. Sadly, I found out that many false professors in the ecumenical movement had done good research into Rivera's life story but I dismissed it because they were not Christians. This continues to be the path of Rivera's supporters to this day. To defend Rivera, it should be done with real evidence, not by attacking those that are presenting the facts. One can't sight Rivera's efforts in exposing Romanism as proof that he was for real. You must cite things regarding the man himself, his life, things he did, where he got his training, official documents that stand up to examination, etc, etc. Jack Chick has a history of publishing sensational stories that proved to be false testimonies, such as John Todd and the Closet Witches (Rebecca Brown and Elaine). This should be an alarm bell in itself. Chick should have been required to provide significant proof Rivera is for real. Based on the fact that Chick has printed fraudulent testimonies in the past, it is very risky to accept Chick's response the he knows Rivera was for real because he prayed about it.

#4. Roy Livesey is not the issue and who Roy is or isn't hasn't anything to do with whether Rivera is for real or not. He did an excellent job of investigating Rivera's life and hopefully some day his work is made widely available. Once again, Eric you have a tendency to make rash accusations which later prove to be false. Just as you were quick to make rash comments about Shaun Willcock that you had to retract once you found out that he had written books exposing the Jesuits' efforts in the ANC take-over of South Africa, you have written to others and said that those that sued Rivera should have used their money to fund the publishing of Roy's book instead of paying a lawyer. To begin with, Roy didn't have a draft manuscript about Rivera done back in May 1990 at the time of the trial date. Additional reasons your judgments were faulty in this opinion:
#1. I would never have paid one cent to sue Rivera because I knew I would never collect when I won a judgment (which is what happened).
#2. The sister-in-law of the other person in the lawsuit handled the case for us for free.
#3. It didn't take much legal work to prove Rivera to be a fraud and a liar.
#4. I only joined in on the lawsuit so that Rivera's actions as a liar and a deceiver would be on public record. He always challenged people to take him to court and pointed at the lack of convictions of proof that he was telling the truth and that others were the liars. It wasn't just a few people deceived or left unpaid as Eric seems to imply in one of his emails. To dismiss it as simple a matter of not paying off a few loans doesn't reflect what took place. We are talking more than just not paying bills, lying, taking money under false pretenses, and not paying loans which means he took advantage of people that trusted him and believed he was a man called of God. The medical doctor, the former Deacon in Rivera's congregation whom you told someone should have been able to finance Roy's book, had 'given' and 'donated', so much to Rivera and went in debt to borrow money (against his house and on his credit cards) at Rivera's request that he put himself and his family in extreme debt that took him years after leaving AIC to recover.

#5. Roy Livesey: As to Roy financial state which Eric as talked about at length based on his assumptions, it isn't something I know first hand other than my experiences with him. But whatever his state is these days doesn't matter. Roy has many blind spots, but to those that are so quick to throw out charges against Roy as if he was some secret agent of Rome and to those that are quick to believe these claims should find it odd that he provided a copy of his draft book to Alberto Rivera, Jack Chick, and Jonas Shepherd. Roy has not found a publisher for his book on Rivera. I'm very surprised that some of you find this so far fetched. Jack Chick sure wasn't going to print it and admit that he has published a false testimony for years. He has never retracted the other false testimonies in his comics and continues to sell them. Ecumenical places are not going to print it because the book isn't ecumenical. Those that do publish books exposing Romanism don't want to touch it as they seem to fear it is contrary to their purpose of exposing Catholicism. So, just who would be in their interests to publish it give it wide distribution to get protestants fighting among themselves. If Roy was a agent of Rome, why would he not be able to have the book published by a Catholic publisher or have it published by one the secular publishers that the Jesuits control? But again, Roy is not the issue here and blasting attacks on him only diverts from the evidence provided by Rivera himself that shows him to be unsound and unconverted. I wanted to make Roy's book available in photocopy form but Roy preferred a professional job and as the author, that is his right. I also can't blame him for not wanting any thing to do Eric or this email court after how quickly he saw members blast away at people without any proof and the false assumptions made over and over about other people's actions. Personally, I wouldn't have help to fund any effort to publish Roy's book because I felt that if a person couldn't see through Rivera based on his conduct and abuse of Christians along with his false doctrine on things not related to Romanism, then they wouldn't be swayed by the details of Rivera's life story. If they dismissed his actions as a professed converted Jesuit as just personal failings, then they would just assume any negative story published about his life was just slander and the work of Jesuits to discredit him. I think the reaction of some reading this email proves my thinking is correct. Jonas Shepherd himself is the one that made me see that those that oppose Romanism and want to profit from the use of Chick's comics would take this course of actions. Harry and Tina Barrett were very kind whose company I enjoyed and they are lovely people but they were willing to overlook Rivera's conduct when they came to AIC in Los Angeles back in the late 80s because they believe Rivera was a man called of God to expose the Pope.

#6. If you listen to the tape I sent out entitled "Is Alberto Rivera for Real", you will hear his rantings for yourself and some heretical statements, not to mention his arrogance and lack of humility.

#7. You can't biblical judge whether a man is saved or not based on his position regarding Alberto Rivera. One cannot show that Rivera's life revealed the marks of grace and he is not a prophet or apostle from the scriptures but many seem to hold him in such high esteem. Charles Chiniquy's books were of great value to me, especially "50 years in the Church of Rome", because it spoke to me as a former Roman Catholic as he struggled with what the scriptures taught and what he held as a Catholic. Now, to Eric and others that blast away so quickly in making charges at men that don't agree with them, I don't see them holding Chiniquy to the same standard. In his book "40 years in the Church of Christ", he details a close relationship with members of Masonic Lodges. He was defended by them and preached at their temples. In my opinion, while it saddens me greatly that Chiniquy had any involvement with Freemasons, I believe in his ignorance he looked to the American Mason as the Protestant equivalent of the Roman Catholic Knights of Columbus.

#8. There is much I know about Rivera that I have not discussed but I didn't see a need to continue on and on over every detail. There should be enough in the documentation I've sent out and in both my tape, "Is Alberto Rivera for Real", and Shaun Willcock's tape, "Alberto Rivera - A False Brother", to make the brethren aware that Rivera was not what he professed to be. He was not a Christian man and all other judgments about Rivera should begin with that fact.

#9. I remain open to questions about the material I've provided or my experiences with Rivera and those who were involved with AIC during those years. Rivera did my Baptism after I left Romanism and he is in all my wedding pictures and video. I idolized him and felt very privilege and probably even a sinful amount of pride that I was the right hand man for a time for whom I thought was God's greatest servant since the Reformation in exposing Romanism. The heartache and pain I went though after realizing that I had been deceived and blinded by him was a time of great trial and weeping before the Lord. It was very humbling, but the Lord delivered me and I learned an important lesson about 'balance' and 'preaching the whole council of God'.

#10. The Vatican is the Mother of Harlots, the denominations and other false religions are her daughters, and the Jesuits are her most evil servants, this I know and preach along with the person of Christ and the duty of believers in seeking after holiness. This experience with Rivera taught me that there are many that will unite together against the Pope and his false religion but there are few of them that unite in humbleness before Christ, who hold sound doctrine and walk in the light themselves.

To those that might accuse me of being a secret servant of Rome, or soft on the Jesuit or other type of slander, I would say they are ignorant of my testimony, our ministry, and how I spend my life witnessing to people to come out of the Great Whore and for Christian to separate themselves from her sinful practices. To help educate people on our ministry, I have copied an article that was written for Derek's TCS magazine and pasted it below. A better copy with the proper words bolded and italized can be read by downloading the attached Word document.

To God be all the glory, both now and forever.
Contending for the Faith once delivered unto the saints.
Jude 3

Donald R. Blanton

Contending For the Faith Ministries
42055 Crestland Dr.
Lancaster, CA 93536 USA

2. Richard Bennett's originale brev
Alberto Rivera never was a Jesuit priest. There is documentation to show that he had been in different types of fraud before he got into that final fraud in which he died some time ago. I would to God that this were not true but all of us who really were Roman Catholic priests know that the Catholic Church keeps a record in their directories right across the world and in different nations of who were Catholic priests. These directories are in libraries and in other secular institutions and they are for people to see. Alberto Rivera's name never appears as a Roman Catholic priest. All of the ministries that we have, who evangelize Roman Catholics, agree that Alberto Rivera never was a Catholic priest. And when we had a large conference in 1997 at John McArthur's church, we were all united on that particular subject. So please know that those of us who really were Catholic priests are very upset with the Alberto Rivera materials.

I helped Roy Livsey from the UK to write a book on Alberto Rivera. Roy Livsey interviewed his sister and other relatives and those who had known him. I have his book in hard copy it is not yet published.

Samuel Vila the famous Hispanic Author saw the fraud regarding Alberto Rivera and wrote warning about him before he died.

I personally know Bob Bush and Victor Affonzo both former Jesuits saved by grace. They were willing to personally testify to Jack Chick (who produced the Alberto comic books) that Alberto Rivera never was a Jesuit. Jack later called off that visit that first he agreed to. So the fact is that Alberto Rivera never was a Jesuit priest,

Yours in our glorious Lord,
Richard Bennett

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