The Truth About
by Shaun Willcock
(The following article consists of two previous articles, published in 1989-1990 and 1997. Although many years have elapsed since then and Alberto Rivera died in 1997, the comic books purporting to be based on his life story continue to be published and circulated worldwide in their millions. Thus the need to maintain a witness against the lies and deceptions of this man, a false Christian and one of history’s most successful religious frauds, remains as great now as it did then; and for as long as the false “life story” of Albert Rivera remains in print and continues to deceive multitudes, it will be necessary to expose him. On this the Bible is very clear: 1 Tim. 1:19,20; 2 Tim. 4:14,15; 3 Jn. 9,10; Rom. 16:17,18; 2 Cor. 11:26; Eph. 5:11; etc.)
Alberto Rivera: a False Brother
(The following article was first published in the Bible Based Ministries Newsletter, No. 44, December 1989 – January 1990. At the time of publication, although it was clear from the evidence that Rivera was not a true Christian, it was still considered possible that he may have once been a Jesuit priest as he claimed. In the years that followed, however, even this claim of his was conclusively proved to be fraudulent, notably by British author Roy Livesey; and the second article below states that Rivera was never a Jesuit priest.)
Alberto Rivera is known to many worldwide as “an ex-Jesuit priest converted to Christ”, particularly through the comic books that have been published by Chick Publications, the most well-known being Alberto. Bible Based Ministries, like many other ministries around the world, used to support his stand against Rome, because he did reveal many true things about the Roman Catholic institution.
However, as the years have gone by since Alberto was first published, evidence has mounted that Alberto Rivera’s behaviour is not that of a truly converted man. Those who know him personally, having even been members of his church at one time, have documented evidence of his sinful lifestyle, for which he refuses to repent. Whether or not he was ever a Jesuit is now irrelevant, as is the fact that he has certainly revealed many true things about the Roman Catholic system; his conduct has brought reproach to the name of Christ, he has ill-treated many Christians, and “given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme” (2 Sam. 12:14). In the light of his consistently sinful lifestyle, he cannot be accepted as a brother in Christ. While all true believers commit sin, and have need for repentance, this is a different matter entirely to a man who walks in sin, and has no remorse for it (1 John 1:6,7). A tape is now available entitled Alberto Rivera: a False Brother, by Shaun Willcock, which examines this matter biblically [this message, originally recorded on cassette tape, is now available on CD from Bible Based Ministries].
- Alberto Rivera preaches against the Charismatic Movement; and yet he has permitted charismatics to work for him. He believes Seventh-Day Adventists are brethren. In a number of areas, he says one thing, yet does another.
- Many, many people who have sent him money for materials, have never received their orders – nor their money back! This is theft.
- When men have parted from him because they cannot agree with him, he has labelled them “infiltrators” – with absolutely no proof.
- He has got men to loan him large amounts of money, promising to repay them – but has never done so.
- His own church dismissed him from the pastorate, due to his ungodly lifestyle and theft.
- He has even claimed infallibility.
All the above information is documented. He has become a danger to the Church of Christ, and must be exposed.
Let it be stated categorically: unlike those who have said that Rivera’s claims about Rome are false, we have no problem with the historical facts contained in his material. It did not take Alberto Rivera to reveal these things – the proof is found in many sources. The issue is not the historical facts; the issue is the ungodly conduct and false doctrine of the man himself. True believers should not support such a man, regardless of the many true things he has said. Rather, they should pray for his salvation.