by Paul Benson
Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Psalms 119:104
People sometimes get a little annoyed at my persistent attacks upon the lies, myths, and fables being so commonly presented to the Church in this generation. And, yes, a great deal of my efforts are focused in that direction. Why? Because I am a firm believer that to love the truth is to also hate every false way.
And I do!
The truth of God’s Word gives us not only an ability to discern error but also the responsibility to speak out against it. We are called to combat! Fighting against the lies of the enemy with the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. And to me the bottom line of all that falsehood, hype, and misleading rhetoric is not written in small print. It is quite legible! That bottom line?
LIES, FABLES, AND SENSATIONALIZED DISTRACTIONS ARE ALL SPIRITUAL POISON!
And please, excuse me will you, if I say I do not appreciate being fed poison! And I do not appreciate it being fed to those I care for either! How about you?
Many folks like to suggest that to make waves over incorrect teachings is unloving as it causes division and stress among us. But how can it be loving to (knowing full well the damage lies and heresies do to the understanding of those who accept them) sit quietly and say nothing as error is promoted in our midst? Is our fear of man greater than our love for the truth; or greater than our concern for others? And just what does the Lord have to say about all this falsehood in our midst?
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. -Jesus Christ
In the quote above the Lord Jesus presented a very straight-forward statement concerning approaching the Father that the modern Church seems to have lost sight of. We MUST approach God through the truth. It is not an option!
And if we foolishly believe that people (all claiming to be a spokesperson for God!) teaching totally conflicting notions about the coming of Christ is not a serious problem then we are completely deluded. If some are telling the Church we will not face the persecution of Antichrist (so don’t worry about it!) and some are teaching that we will, and that we need to prepare our hearts against that day, should this not be seen as a major issue that needs to be addressed?
Somebody is speaking lies! And those lies are poisoning the understanding of those receiving them! Is this at all serious to us? It sure ought to be!
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
Jesus claimed that he himself was not only the Truth, but also the only way to the Father. This makes walking with Christ and walking in the truth inseparable; and also presents us with the dreadful reality that to depart from the truth is to depart from Christ. This fearful understanding has deeply ingrained itself into the makeup of who I am as a believer. It drives me to great diligence in the pursuit of God’s truth. Not just out of a concern for my own spiritual well-being but that also of my brothers and sisters in Christ. This is why I do what I do!
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 9:3
Valiant for the truth? Hmm… What a novel concept!
As followers of Christ we are each called to walk in the light of the truth of the Word of God (so we might avoid the pitfalls of error and sin) and then to let that light/truth shine through us to the world. This can only be accomplished through an earnest seeking of that truth involving prayer, study of the Scriptures, and a critical examination of what is being presented by those claiming to be speaking on behalf of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Sadly most believers either through laziness, distractions of this life, or a misplaced loyalty to the teachings of someone they admire don’t give proper regard to their responsibility to (through that prayerful enlightenment of the Spirit and the Word) discern error and cast it aside. So falsehoods run rampant in our midst today. Where is the Standard of Truth at work in all of this?
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32
Jesus taught that the knowledge of the truth would make us free! But he put a very important caveat along with that oft quoted statement of his. He said we must continue in his Word to be his disciples. Then, and only then, will the truth make us free. The Standard of Truth in our lives has to be the Word of Truth; and not the doctrines taught by man! And we, as the Body of Christ, must continually and consistently question the teachings of man in light of that Standard of Truth. Notions that are contrary to the truth of the Scriptures will never set anyone free. Just the opposite in fact.
They will put you in bondage!
Any teachings not in sync with the full counsel of God’s Word are bondage that must be cast off and rejected if we are going to attain the freedom Jesus promised to those who are disciples of his Word. The bogus, but oh-so-popular, teaching of a Pre-trib Rapture is absolutely one of those poisonous doctrines that are at odds with the truth of God’s Word. As we saw last week it takes a willful ignorance of much Scripture to embrace that teaching.
We cannot hang on to the ear-tickling and pacifying doctrines of man and claim to be following the teachings of Christ. Like oil and water they just don’t mix! To follow Christ is to follow after the truth; and that truth will lead us to eternal glory! But to follow falsehood is another path with another destination. God help us all!
We may fool ourselves but we are certainly not fooling God!
Considering all this, it is quite vital we receive only the truth on ALL aspects of Christian doctrine. And teachings on the end-times and the Return of our Lord are no exception. Although many are teaching contrary to this fact, the catching away of the Church to meet Jesus (the Rapture as most call it) will NOT take place until he has returned to Earth as promised after the time of great tribulation. In fact it CANNOT take place before his Return, or the Scriptures would be found to be untrue! HERE you can find proof of that statement.
I know I also dealt with this issue (of conflicts between the pre-trib hoax and the Scriptures) in my last article; but here once again the Lord prompts me to reiterate this line of discussion. This might not seem like a big issue to some but I assure you it is a very serious matter to the Lord. Much more so than most imagine. So paramount in fact that he has pronounced a dreadful Curse upon those who mar the end-time teachings of his Word!
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19
If you have never taken time to contemplate those verses please do so. It is not an idle threat. The promises made in those verses will be fulfilled upon all those who qualify. Let’s make sure you and I DO NOT meet those qualifications! Let’s accept and believe only what is clearly and plainly stated in the Scriptures; and shun the presupposed and unsupported notions people insist upon forcing into the end-time narrative given us by the Bible.
That curse promises the plagues of the end-time prophesies upon those who add to those prophesies; and to those who ‘take-away from the words of this book’ the judgment is the horror of eternal damnation! This is a promise made by God! That you can lose your very soul for tampering with the Word of God. We need to understand that the pre-trib doctrine both adds to and also takes away from the Word of God!
Only a fool would disregard such a warning to promote his pet theories!
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. Ephesians 5:14
I’ll say it one more time! There is a vital fact the Body of Christ in America needs to wake up to and sound an alarm over! That fact is this: There are so many outright conflicts between the Scriptures and the pre-trib rapture theory that only one of them can be true! Somebody is lying here! And that means many souls are in grave danger over this deviance from the truth.
Why Brother Paul! Shame on you!
Are you saying people will lose their salvation just for believing in the pre-trib rapture? NO! I am not saying that. Let’s get it right here! What I AM saying is this:
- I am saying people lose their souls by refusing sound doctrine; and by turning their ears away from the truth that saves, and turning instead unto ear-tickling fables (2Tim. 4:3-4)!
- I am saying people are lost by loving lies rather than the truth, and consequently being turned over (by God himself!) to a delusion that damns a person (2Thess. 2:10-12)!
- I am saying people are lost by following the doctrines of man that turn from the truth (Titus 1:14) rather than following the voice of the Holy Spirit; which the Lord Jesus promised would lead us into all truth (John 13:16)!
If you have already rejected the pre-trib theory yourself, but are hesitant (or too full of excuses) to raise a fuss with friends, family, or fellowships who embrace that dangerous fable, you might want to give some thought to not only their future well-being, but also your own responsibility to speak forth the truth that has been given you. We are called to shine our light; and that light is the truth of God’s Word as revealed to us. Don’t hide what God has revealed to you under a bushel.
Let it shine!
As I have stated before, I wholeheartedly believe if we all would raise the fuss we ought to over this matter MANY would be stirred to examine what they’ve been taught. And when folks start looking to the Word for answers (instead of looking to the wisdom of men) people start getting set free! But if we are too timid and people fearing to war against the falsehood in our midst who is going to be stirred to examine their beliefs, and to seek a more perfect understanding of God’s ways? NOBODY!
I (a former pre-tribber) was stirred to examine the pre-trib teaching for validity because someone cared enough to rock my boat and present to me some evidence contrary to what I was being taught. I got set free because someone stepped out of their comfort zone and encouraged me to seek the truth in the words of God, and not in the words of man.
And when I began to question the pre-trib teaching, and seek out a true biblical foundation for the various aspects of that theory, it fell apart right before my eyes! That brother’s efforts on my behalf brought forth fruit, but also carried a stiff penalty. He and his family were ‘unofficially’ disfellowshipped for the crime of speaking against the much idolized pre-trib doctrine. They were shunned by the congregation! I believe a reward awaits them for the persecution they endured (and persecuted they were!) over taking a stand against that falsehood in our midst.
Where Is The Harmony?
Plain and simple: If the notion of a pre-trib rapture were the truth it would be in harmony with the Scriptures. This is NOT the case! And I am not making any claim that I cannot back up.
In my book ‘The Pre-trib Rapture: A Bucket Full Of Holes’ I thoroughly examine the many various aspects of the pre-trib hoax and show the complete lack of biblical foundation for that teaching. It is a provably false doctrine whose origin is not found in God’s Word but in the mind of man. Here is a quote from the description of that book on my website:
In this book I will help you recognize the deceptive practices used to promote the pre-trib theory. I will show you how it has been fabricated using snippets of verse pulled out of context, deceiving distractions, totally unfounded claims, and even outright lies.
You will even see that most of the ‘catch phrases’ of the pre-trib story are actually snippets stolen away from passages clearly speaking of the Second Coming of Christ! The myth of a pre-tribulation departure of the Church is a provable falsehood that directly contradicts the plainly stated truths of God’s Word concerning the Coming of our Lord and our gathering together unto him!
Whether you need to get fully convinced of your position on eschatology, or just need some good ammo to defend your position, I hope you would take time to read this book. The evidence against the pre-trib teaching is overwhelming if a person honestly examines it in light of the Scriptures.
Do you have family or friends that have fallen victim to that deception and need to hear the truth? Have you, for one reason or another, been reluctant to discuss the subject with them? Why not give them a copy of this book along with a loving plea to prayerfully consider it?
It is as simple as e-mailing them a copy in whatever format they would use to read it (PDF, E-Pub, or Kindle versions are available HERE). E-mailing somebody a file is easy! And IT IS FREE! There is no charge to download and distribute the book. And they will never be able to say you did not try to share the truth with them about the rapture deception! Think about that!
Valiant for the truth!
I love that expression and I hope you do too. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that moniker associated with you throughout eternity? Let’s do be valiant for the truth, and lift our voices against the falsehoods being unashamedly promoted in our midst. Yes, it will bring repercussions, but it is our responsibility as followers of Christ to counter the lies of the enemy with the truth of God’s Word.
If we don’t then who will?
(And then there is always that accountability thing to consider! Just sayin’….)
Blessings upon all you Valiant Soldiers of the Truth!
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