Friday, August 1, 2014

Brian Kelson's (Acts 28.Net) last words

Early this year I became interested in the Acts 28 position by mistake. Long story short I ended up doing a lot of correspondence with Brian Kelson of Acts 28.Net and I thought very seriously that I might go to that position. However, I studied the scriptures heavily before I made the switch and I found that Brian Kelson's proof texts were given without context and with an agenda in mind. Then I questioned Brian Kelson about some of my findings and he brushed me off and quit correspondence. At the start of my correspondence with him he was very friendly and happy, but then when I actually started challenging him on some issues he told me "Mid-Acts has blinded you to right division".

Since then I have done a lot of posts in refuting the Acts 28 position held by Brian R. Kelson and I have even been said to be the "champion of anti-Acts 28". I don't know about that, but my "28 Problems with Acts 28 Dispensationalism" has certainly done in Brian Kelson of Acts 28.Net. He has given up and will more than likely go back into hiding.

While MAD gets out the gospel, shares right division doctrine, and starts local churches, the Acts 28 position can sit at home on it's computer and write about how there is no hell, universal salvation is a fact, and polygamy is not wrong. Maybe Brian Kelson can find a Kingdom Hall or Latter Day Saints church to attend.

Recorded are Brian R. Kelson's last words that were given in response to my 28 problems with Acts 28 dispensationalism.

Hi Eli,
As you are aware I have ceased responding to your emails for some time now. It would be frivolous to list the reasons but sufficient to say, your 28 reasons for refuting Acts 28 could be added to that list. These 28 issues have been addressed by many as well as myself and any repetition now would be indeed vain. Basically they are 28 reasons why MidActs mixes Law, Promise and Prophesy with the Mystery Hid in God given to Paul after Acts 28.
 
The Acts period believers were the seed of Abraham and heirs according to promise, Gals.3:28-29. That promise has already been outlined in the previous verses;
 
Gal 3:15  Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
Gal 3:16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Gal 3:17  And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
Gal 3:18  For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Gal 3:19  Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 
 
God gave the inheritance to Abraham by promise and that promise is inseparable from Gen.15 as every honest Bible commentator has observed from the beginning. The inheritance is the Land. Thus those believers were in Christ and thus the seed to whom the promise of the Land given unconditionally was made;
 
Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
 
Once we ignore such plainness of Scripture, then nothing can be further said since it falls on deaf ears and is treated flippantly and without due respect.
 
All the best Eli, no further correspondence between us is possible at this time and despite the fact you will take that as some sort of concession, let me say you have neither proven your position nor refuted ours.
 
Regards
Brian
 
My response (to group of Acts 28 dispensationalists)
 
For the rest of you, I did mention bro. Kelson's point several times in my 28 problems.

Here is me taking scripture as it stands, in context, and NOT flippantly. Galatians 3.

[1] O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
[2] This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
[3] Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
[4] Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
[5] He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
 
The context is justification by faith/imputed righteousness without the law. Abraham is a picture of that. 
 
[6] Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
[7] Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
 
 
We are the children of Abraham because we are of faith.

[8] And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
 
The scripture foresaw that God would justify the heathen through faith and in that sense the Galatians were blessed in Abraham, Israel's fall brought justification by faith to the Gentiles. ​
 
[9] So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
 
We are blessed with Abraham, that blessing is BY CONTEXT the blessings of imputed righteousness by faith. Verse 14 "PLAINLY" says that...the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith

[10] For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
 
We are not under the law, neither was Abraham, we are not under the curse just like Abraham wasn't.Why? Because we are "blessed with faithful Abraham".
 
[11] But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
[12] And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
[13] Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
[14] That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
 
The work of Christ allows us to not be under the law but rather receive justification by faith and receive the Spirit upon the hearing of faith. That is the blessing and promise the passage is talking about, where does it say anything about any land anywhereI do not mean to be rude, but I feel that the interpretation that brother Kelson gave was not accurate.

[15] Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
[16] Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
[17] And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
[18] For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
[19] Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
[20] Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
[21] Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law
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[22] But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
[23] But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
[24] Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
[25] But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
[26] For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
[27] For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
[28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
[29] And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
 
I really don't understand how this passage helps brother Kelson's position. We receive imputed righteousness by faith without the law and receive the promise of the Spirit by faith. The passage says nothing about the Galatians getting Abraham's land. But the passage does say that the Galatians were baptized into Christ and were no longer Jew, Gentile, bond, free, male, or female, in Christ's eyes because they were all one in Him. If the Galatians were really in the kingdom program than it WOULD IN FACT matter if they were Jews or not (Rev 2:9 and 3:9). 
That was just plain, in context, Bible interpretation. I didn't twist or inject anything into the text. Brother Kelson disagrees, and that is his liberty, I just wanted to make myself clear.
Thank y'all for your time. --bro. Hoss
 


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