Where you fed a big ole’ helping of Stuffed Scripture at church last service?
by Paul Benson
At times the Lord speaks to me quite strongly through giving me images in my mind, and then placing great emphasis upon those images. He once gave me the shocking image of a deviate spastic woman in a wheelchair (The Spastic Harlot); and then shared with me the grief of his heart with a sad realization the image of that woman’s defiled and spastic body (impure and not under the control of it’s head) was his view of American Christianity! That image still weighs upon me, and breaks my heart to this very day.
On another occasion I kept getting this picture of a dejected Christmas stocking, emptied of all the precious contents that had in recent days made it an object of fascination, now laying amort among the colorful trash that straws the floor of most living-rooms on Christmas morning. Having lost its appeal this sad stocking was cast aside; thrown to the floor like a piece of refuse. For some reason the image of this empty stocking laying on the floor seemed to fill me with great sadness and remorse.
How much sadder yet to receive from the Holy Spirit the insight that this living-room, whose floor was so cluttered with the flashy (but now shredded) trappings and trimmings of Holiday festivity, was the American Church; and that discarded stocking was the precious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! Let’s explore that thought a bit, and I think maybe you will agree with my sentiment. Continue reading “Scripture Stuffing and an Empty Stocking!”
The Bible teaches us that the last days will be full of signs and wonders both from God as well as from the Devil! Do you know how to tell the difference?
by Paul Benson
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. Luke 21:11
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders… 2Thessalonians 2:9
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Revelation 16:14
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Mark 16:20
The Bible speaks of not only true signs and wonders from God prophesied to transpire in these last days, but also false signs and lying wonders designed to lure us away from the path of righteousness. How in the world are we supposed to sort all this out and make sure we are following the right signs? Is there any sure-fired way to distinguish between the two, and keep from being led astray? I believe there is! Continue reading “Sorting Out The Signs And Wonders Of The Last Days!”
Have you been told a pre-tribulation ‘rapture’ is the ‘mystery of God’ which was revealed to the Apostle Paul? That is NOT how the Bible portrays the mystery Paul preached!
by Paul Benson
(NOTE: I felt led of the Lord of rework this article a bit and republish it at this time. Why not share it with your pre-trib believing friends or family? It may be the eye-opener they need to start questioning the correctness of their beliefs! -P.B.)
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Ephesians 3:9
The Apostle said that as followers of Christ we are joined together in the fellowship (partnership) of a great mystery. Many folks seem to be confused as to just what that mystery is; and the devil is most assuredly at work to obfuscate the beautiful reality of it. He is constantly at work to lead us away from it with deceptions and distractions.
But it is the will of the Father that this mystery be revealed to those that love him. And through the enlightenment of his Word and his Spirit that wonderful treasure chest of mystery is opened; and the precious contents can now become our possession! Let’s look at what the Bible really teaches about that mystery hidden in God since the creation of the world.
It is getting more and more common to hear preachers and teachers refer to the concept of a pre-tribulation rapture as ‘the mystery of God revealed to Paul’. We are led to believe that this concept has somehow been hidden away from the world (and apparently from the Church for 1800 years) but is right there in the Word of God as plain as day for all to see. And that we need only a little guiding (and a proper understanding of God’s plan) to see it for ourselves. But should we take the bait and swallow that hook, or swim right around that notion? Could a catching away of the Church before the time of great tribulation possibly be the great mystery of God revealed to Paul? Continue reading “The Rapture Is NOT ‘The Mystery God Revealed To Paul’!”
Examining the three pillars of the pre-trib theory. Do they really have the witness of the Word of God? You decide!
by Paul Benson
A while back a brother contacted me with an accusation I was misleading the Church with *my teachings on the Return of Christ; and he put forth an invitation to debate the matter. He asked me to submit my best arguments against the pre-trib doctrine. So I did.
*(My teachings on the Return of Christ center around an exhortation to search out and embrace what is clearly and plainly stated in the Scriptures on the subject; and to be very wary of presupposed and unsupported claims that have no foundation in the Word. Gee Whiz folks, sorry for misleading you with such rotten advice!)
Sadly, it turned out this brother was not open to pray over and consider what was presented him; and flatly refused to acknowledge any discrepancies between what he was saying and what the Scriptures plainly state. Like so many others, who derive a fleshly stimulation from heated debate, he was all talk and no listen.
Surprisingly this brother who wanted to debate (and who pridefully claimed he had never lost a debate on this issue) soon withdrew from the discussion stating there was no sense debating with someone so mixed up as I who was having so much problem accepting the ‘proofs’ he was giving.
But the problem I was having was that the proof he gave was all speculation and presupposed notions that had to be read into various Scriptures, and not things explicitly stated in the Bible. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel if we are going to claim ‘the Bible says’ this or that we ought to be able to show just where the Bible actually does say this or that. If it’s correct doctrine the Bible normally has much to say on it; particularly on matters crucial to our understanding.
But you cannot show solid scriptural validation for something the Bible does not actually teach!
Many shy away from preaching on (or even discussing) the wrath of God now days. Just why does this Bible truth seem so out of kilter with modern preaching?
by Paul Benson
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Ephesians 5:6
In this day of great end-time deception it’s important that the believer keep a biblical view of who God is, and how he deals with mankind. We are so prone to making God out to be who we think he ought to be. Or perhaps even more prone to make him out to be who we want him to be. The message of Christianity is being greatly hindered by many misconceptions about our Creator.
These range from the lovey-dovey ‘daddy’ preached by most charismatics today (that would NEVER! spank a child of his) to the wacky notion that God is an alien species that seeded this planet with life eons ago and has remained in the wings guiding us to perfection. The unbiblical ideas about the nature and character of God preached today are seemingly endless. But without a biblical view of God we cannot present a biblical view of his grace.
Many people have great difficulty comprehending the wrath of God and either flat-out refuse to acknowledge it or present a modernized version of it that is more user-friendly and palatable to a generation who have turned their ears away from the truth and unto fables (2Tim. 4:4). But the Bible contains all we need to develop a proper understanding of God’s holy anger.
And once we do grasp that understanding then his wrath (and the motivation behind it) no longer seems unwarranted or unfair. It will make perfect sense. I am going to make a statement here some will have serious issue with:
Are you confused about the timing of the rapture in relation to the sequence of end-time events? You need not be! I can show you how to dispel that confusion and perfectly understand at what point the catching away actually does take place. You can know for sure!
by Paul Benson
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. 5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. Psalms 50:4-5
God did not intend for the end-time prophesies to be confusing or impossible to grasp. But he did present these things to us like a puzzle that must be properly pieced together. And although it takes much study (which is greatly to our benefit and edification), this puzzle is solvable!
Please allow me to share with you a vital key the Lord gave me that greatly reduces the frustration of trying to piece this puzzle together.
As I have discussed in depth in recent articles confusion comes from conflicting and misleading information. The solution to confusion is always to remove the conflict of information and find solid reliable facts upon which to base your beliefs.
Here is a great article on the subject of tithing. It is NOT a requirement for New Testament believers. Those who promote tithing are placing folks back under the bondage Jesus gave his life to free us from. We are to be led by the Spirit in ALL we do; and not by the requirements of the Law that was done away with. Great job Brother! P.B.
14″Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross….” Colossians 2:14
10 “Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?” Acts 15:10
7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 2:7
I strongly believe that generous giving is an essential element of New Testament Christianity. We are to give to the poor (if coupled with gospel evangelism), and to those who labor in the word, in evangelism and in doctrine. I also believe we are to care for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to the extent that…
Are we allowing those around us to ingest poison without saying so much as a word in protest? Is that love?
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? Continue reading “Valiant For The Truth! Our Responsibility To Speak Out Against Deceptions Like The Pre-Trib Rapture.”
Is the study of end-time prophesy confusing to you? It shouldn’t be! Do you shy away from personal Bible study in this area because of the confusion it causes you? There is a cure for this confused condition. It’s called sound doctrine!
by Paul Benson
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.-Paul an apostle of Christ
Recently John Little from Omegashock.com devoted a portion of his weekly writing to the rapidly rising cognitive defect inflicting the populous. I also recognize this trend which is so apparent among the world in general; but is also, and quite concerning to me, clearly evident within the ranks of the Body of Christ in particular. And worsening as time progresses!
It seems like so very many have lost the power to think for themselves or engage in the vital (and sometimes lifesaving) practice of critical reasoning. It grows increasingly clear that a spirit of confusion has the masses (and much of the Church) in its grasp. I see this as a true sign that we are in the end-times.
Satan gains enormous control over mankind through fear, chaos, and confusion. Through the dramatic rise in these unsanctified fruits of satanic influence the people of the world (both secular and religious) are being prepped to come under the control of the tyrannical ‘beast system’ prophesied to rule in the final days of this age. This evil entity has been lingering in an adolescent stage for quite some time, but is rapidly maturing before our very eyes, and will soon ascend to its unholy throne.
A confused mind is much more easily controlled than a sound mind which can reason clearly. A major cause of confusion is when one is presented with (and then accepts) conflicting information. I wholeheartedly believe the spirit of confusion baptizing the religious world in this day and age is in a large way a by-product of conflicting and confusing doctrines.
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20
Over and over the Holy Spirit asks me this question; and here I once again pose it to you: Just how important is it to abide in the truth and to stay free from the grasp of error? James said when you steer someone back to the way of truth you have saved his soul from death! One falsehood opens the door to another; and if we are not careful our lives can quickly be over-run with error.
The Highway of Truth that leads to eternal life has but one on-ramp (Jesus: the way, the truth, and the life), but sadly this path has many exits. And many deceiving spirits are at work constantly attempting to steer the true followers of Christ toward one of those exits. The danger of embracing concepts and teachings which have no foundation in the truth of God’s Word cannot be overstated!
To depart from the truth is to depart from Christ who IS the truth. Could there be any greater danger to the believer?