Dave Borlase and his attack on true Christians while teaching false teachings
By Sandy Simpson, 5/30/20
There is a man by the name of Dave Borlase, head of “Intercessors for Britain”, son of the former director, who has joined a very small chorus in opposition to true Bible expositors such as Jacob Prasch. I will not even provide links to his pages because of the attack ads he has posted which are patently disgusting and libelous. He has joined a tiny group whose mindset I can only define as “Prasch Derangement Syndrome” where they spend most of their time taking pot shots, not at false teachers, but at legitimate Christian apologists and expositors. Jacob Prasch is one of the smartest people I know and one of the most knowledgeable on the Bible. He speaks many languages and for many years has travelled the world preaching the Gospel and warning churches about false teachers.
Dave Borlase has added his voice to this miniscule group of malcontents instead of taking his concerns to the Lord in prayer as he purports to do in his organization.
He has been speaking recently about COVID and conspiracy theories. He says if we criticize the government then we are lending credibility to conspiracy theories and he bases this on his position on Titus 3.1-11. He has encouraged his congregation and IFB to support the government and download and encourage them to use the new contact and trace app. He continued to encourage acceptance of and use of any potential vaccine that is developed. He says this to continue his Titus 3 teaching that failure to accept the vaccine is rebellion against the Government and therefore GOD. He then adds insult to injury by praising Bill Gates and the work he has done to save the lives of children in poor and developing countries. He believes his agenda and financial investment is sincere and we should discourage any negative comments or conspiracy theories against him. He ignores Gate’s abortion and right to suicide support and his very public support of LGBT agendas. He also claims big Pharma and Tech companies only have your best interests at heart.
Interestingly, Prasch, whom he berates, has also done a lot of good “work to save the lives of children in poor and developing countries” through the orphanages and other mission efforts of Moriel around the world, without the baggage of supporting the mass killing of innocent babies and the support of the unbiblical LGBT agendas.
Borlase goes on, in his recent video, to claim that those who take the mark of the beast may at a later date repent and be saved as long as they never “worshipped” the Antichrist. He claims to take the mark does not mean a person worships the beast. This idea has been proposed by other 5-point Calvinists but is roundly refuted by Scripture.
Rev. 14:9-10 Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
There is no distinction given in these verses between those who worship the beast and those who take his mark. They are one in the same. As we know, every believer receives the seal or mark of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22 Eph. 1:13, etc.) We also know that the Holy Spirit will seal the 144,000 in Israel during the Tribulation (Rev. 7:4) to distinguish between those sealed by the Antichrist (Rev. 19:20). The Bible says nothing about those who receive the mark of the beast being able to repent and become unmarked. In raising cattle the owner brands the cows that belong to him. God puts his mark on those who believe in Him and belong to Him. The Antichrist does the same. This teaching of being able to repent of the mark of the beast is false teaching, perhaps not on the level of teaching against one or more of the core doctrines, but false teaching nonetheless.
Jacob Prasch addressed this issue when John Macarthur taught this idea in his article “A Final Response to Phil Johnson's Defense of John MacArthur's False Teaching That Worshipers of the Anti-Christ Taking the Mark of the Beast Can Be Saved”
The issue here is hermeneutics. A text, out of context, in isolation from co-text is always a pre-text.
The text of Revelation chapter 4: 9-11 does not address or relate to the issue of which sin is or is not forgivable; that diversion is alien to the context.
The point is that it is a prophetic prediction divinely decreed that states that those accepting the mark of the beast, worshiping the anti-christ and his image will not repent and has no direct relation to the moot question of a hypothetical possibility if or not they could be saved; the text predicts they will not be.
This is fully consistent with the thrust
of The Book of Revelation's teaching on a post Parousia world where men will
not repent even in the face of apocalyptic cataclysm (eg. Revelation 9:21).
The notion that unregenerate people who are worshiping the Antichrist, and have
taken his mark, can come to a saving faith in Jesus after the age of grace is
closed, when God is again dealing with unbelieving Israel and the Jews (2/3 of
whom, will perish), after The Holy Spirit is no longer restraining evil and the
powers of Satan, nor is He convicting the lost of
their sin, as per John 16:8, is
nothing short of hideous.
How will Antichrist worshipers who have sold their soul in exchange for the mark be saved without the conviction of the Holy Spirit when the plain text of Revelation 9 states unambiguously that they won't?
For Berlase to attack Jacob Prasch and yet be teaching false ideas such as the above is the height of hypocrisy. Prasch has not taught false doctrines and, in fact, I would wager he knows his Bible and the original languages far better than Borlase and his merry band of conspiracy theorists. And if Borlase is concerned about rebelling against God, he had better look at himself and his bitter friends to see the damage they are doing to the cause of Christ in attacking one of His faithful servants.