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The main reason we do not have revival in our churches is because we are content to live without it!  -Leonard Ravenhill

Contemplative Prayer PART II: Returning To The Biblical Pattern

There are methods of prayer that reach the Throne-room of God and others that do not. How can we discern the difference?

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by Paul Benson

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. -Paul an apostle of Christ

Last week I encouraged my readers to consider an article by MattS from aminutetomidnite.com on the dangers of engaging in the practices many have come to call Contemplative Prayer. If you have not yet read it I would encourage you to do so as he expounds upon many of the problems I am attempting to bring a balance and correction to with this piece. As I will not be repeating his efforts to expose these counterfeit methods of prayer and meditation you might not fully ‘get’ some of the things I have to say without that background. Here is that article:

Contemplative Prayer: Is It Really Prayer?  by MattS @ aminutetomidnite.com

Now let’s take a look at what the Scriptures have to say about contemplation, meditation, prayer, and lingering in the presence of God undertaken in a manner that edifies the believer and glorifies the Lord. Continue reading “Contemplative Prayer PART II: Returning To The Biblical Pattern”

Contemplative Prayer PART 1: Is It Really Prayer?

There are methods of prayer that reach the Throne-room of God and others that do not. How can we discern the difference?

Contemplative Prayer

by Paul Benson

The topic of Contemplative Prayer has been on my heart for quite some time now. When ever I hear someone speak in a derogatory manner of Contemplative Prayer (or ‘soaking’ as some like to call it) I feel a real strong ‘wait a minute here!’ rise up in my spirit. I fully believe this practice, engaged in according to a biblical pattern, was an integral part of the faith once delivered to the Saints that we are not only exhorted to contend for (Jude 1:3) but also have a desperate need to return to! And it has been my intention to write an article in defense of what I see as a quite healthy practice (even a command) in the Scriptures.

Continue reading “Contemplative Prayer PART 1: Is It Really Prayer?”

What is ‘The Rapture’? – John Piper

Do you have a biblical view of what many choose to call ‘the Rapture’? Are you sure?

{A reader sent me a link (thank you Frances!) to this piece by John Piper. I thought it to be a very good view of what the Bible really does teach about the Return of our Lord. It is prime example of what comes from letting the clear and plain truths expressed in Scripture dictate our beliefs on a subject rather than being molded into the various ideologies forced by the wayward doctrines of man. Unfortunately brother Piper (a Calvinist) did not follow that same process concerning his view on OSAS. Some commentary on this will follow his description of the ‘Rapture’. P.B. }

Continue reading “What is ‘The Rapture’? – John Piper”

WHEN PROOF GOES POOF! Answering ’16 Proofs of a Pre-trib Rapture’.

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Pre-trib theory when confronted with Scripture!

by Paul Benson

Recently a reader contacted me with some questions concerning a write-up he had come across titled ’16 Proofs of a Pre-trib Rapture.’ You can find that writing HERE . I felt that all might benefit from a thorough response to those supposed ‘proofs’ of a rapture of the Church that author claims happens prior to the coming time of tribulation and Antichrist’s war on the Saints. Continue reading “WHEN PROOF GOES POOF! Answering ’16 Proofs of a Pre-trib Rapture’.”

The Day The Believers Stand Before The Judgment Seat of Christ – When And Where?

What have YOU been taught about the Judgment Seat of Christ? Is it in line with the Word of God?

The pre-trib rapture is false teaching.

 

 

 

 

 

by Paul Benson

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2Corinthians 5:10

We hear much mention of ‘the Judgment (Bema) Seat of Christ’ in the preaching and teaching of the Christian Church. And most of that preaching (particularly from the Dispensational / Pre-trib crowd) portrays this event as somewhere off in the future much later than the day we are caught-away to meet our Lord Jesus.

But searching the Word of God I cannot find any clear description of a Judgment of the believers taking place in Heaven, or even any hint of a later timing, that would indicate this to be an event that takes place years after what many like to call ‘the Rapture’. So where are they getting all these facts on this topic they are claiming that: ‘the Bible says!’? Out of a hat?

To me this ‘down the road’ judging of the believers seems to be quite askew from what the Bible actually does have to say about the judgment and reward of the followers of Christ. Let’s take a closer look at this matter. Continue reading “The Day The Believers Stand Before The Judgment Seat of Christ – When And Where?”

A Discussion On Divorce And Remarriage

Are we really in tune with what Christ and his Apostles taught about divorce and remarriage?

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by Paul Benson

What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. -Jesus Christ

A reader recently posed a question to me concerning my view on divorce and remarriage. Though I could have probably satisfied her request with a ‘nutshell’ answer I felt it might be a good time to share my view (and experience) in an article for all to consider.

The issue of divorce and remarriage by those professing faith in Christ is one that is frequently addressed and taught upon in the Church today. But it is my personal opinion that it is seldom addressed in a manner that is in accord with the true teachings of the New Testament. At the risk of taking a hit to my readership stats (hopefully I am more concerned about winning God’s approval than yours!) let’s take a look at what the Bible really does and does not say about this topic. Continue reading “A Discussion On Divorce And Remarriage”

Your Ark Of Safety

Do YOU have an Ark? You are going to need one!

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(The following is a modified excerpt from the booklet ‘ Escape or Passover’ by Paul Benson)

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Hebrews 10:36-37

Jesus is most certainly coming! It’s only a matter of when. In the fast-food mentality of the modern Church extolling the virtues of patience and perseverance has been cast aside in favor of preaching/selling principals of prosperity. Teachings which promise to get you what you want from God, and get it for you now! But patience and endurance are both truly necessary to receive favor and fulfillment of promise from God; and as this age progresses they will become all the more needful and precious. Continue reading “Your Ark Of Safety”

The Blood of Christ – Zac Poonen

A truly anointed man of God can say more with a few paragraphs than most of today’s ear-ticklers can with entire books filled with their ‘great swelling words of vanity’ (2Peter 2:18)!

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(Taken from: Word For the Week – Christian Fellowship Church, Bangalore)

by Zac Poonen

Forgiveness of our past sins is our very first and our constant need. The guilt of our sins could not be removed by God by any other way than by the payment of the full penalty for our sins. “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).

We need the blood of Christ to cleanse us DAILY!

Continue reading “The Blood of Christ – Zac Poonen”

What Do I See In America’s Future?

Is it blue sky and clear sailing ahead for America like so many are prophesying today?

 

by Paul Benson

I hear preachers and teachers on a regular basis claiming America is Babylon the Great, and prophesying that her demise is about to happen ANY DAY NOW! But, though many are firmly entrenched in their belief of an imminent destruction of America, I do not share that vision. Let me try to explain what I do see ahead for this nation. Continue reading “What Do I See In America’s Future?”

The Most Important Article I Have Ever Written!

by Paul Benson

As I contemplate the scope of the work I have done, laboring to fulfill the call and burden the Lord has placed within my heart and spirit, I give serious thought as to what really ‘gets it done’ so to speak.

If one were to ask me what is the most crucial word I have given (outside of the call to repent and come to Christ) I would have to say it is what the Lord spoke to me about the serious nature and damage done by the error of the pre-trib rapture hoax that has inundated the modern Church in the last decades. Continue reading “The Most Important Article I Have Ever Written!”