Just how serious is the departure from biblical truth we are witnessing in nearly every facet of the Western Church?
by Paul Benson
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. -Jesus the Christ
Though a good many well-meaning believers who were ‘brought up in the faith’ sitting under the errors of Calvinistic Theology would disagree, a person can (and sadly many do) fall away from the truth that brings us a vital living faith; and therefor they depart from saving grace. Disagree if you must, but if it were not possible to fall from grace (Gal. 5:4) the Bible would not detail the danger of doing so, nor decry the actions of those who have done so.
In spite of all the preaching and teaching that promotes the ever-popular and ear-tickling concept of OSAS (once saved always saved) there is an enormous amount of Scripture devoted to the warning of lingering in sin and the hardness of heart that results from doing so.
Whether it be in the teachings of our Christ (the ‘shallow of faith’ don’t endure to the end in the parable of the Good Seed), or of his Apostles (we have many accounts they clearly rebuked those who had apostatized and now spoke contrary to the truth), or the many other places the Bible warns of apostasy, clearly the reality presented in the Scriptures is that not all who begin the race complete the course and obtain the reward of salvation.
Many do apostatize and fall from grace.
But, thankfully, just as the Word of God gives us clear indication of the danger and symptoms of apostasy, it also gives us a sure cure for that malady! Let’s look at those symptoms and that wonderful life-saving cure. Continue reading “Apostasy: The Symptoms and The Cure”
by Paul Benson
I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. Isaiah 48:3
Sometimes when the Lord is dealing with me, and speaking his truth more deeply into my spirit, I get a word or phrase stuck in my mind and cannot seem to get away from it. In recent days I seem to be somewhat stuck on the word ‘Suddenly!’.
Although our Creator is a loving God, who has remarkably demonstrated his patience and long-suffering countless times through out history, he is also a God who is quite prone to come on the scene in a sudden and unexpected manner. Continue reading “When ‘Suddenly!’ Comes Calling!”
by Paul Benson
We love him, because he first loved us. -John an apostle of Christ
To love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30) is not only quite fitting (and well-deserved on the part of the Lord), but it is also a commandment. But who among us can say he has fulfilled this commandment to the fullest measure? I make no such claim personally; though I would very much like to.
But thankfully our Heavenly Father is full of grace and mercy; and I truly believe he considers an honest effort at fulfilling the First Commandment as acceptable. Through the strength of the Holy Spirit and the leading of the Word of God we absolutely can show the Lord a good return on the love he has invested in us.
And through the Scriptures we have much insight as to just what truly exemplifies a genuine love for God. Let’s look at that. Continue reading “How To Show The Lord You Really Love Him!”
by Paul Benson
Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. -Jesus Christ
When I repented and turned to embrace faith in Jesus in 1980, and began to fellowship with the Christian community, I was utterly overwhelmed at the contrast between the gross darkness I had been delivered from and the ‘marvelous light’ that was now shining upon my life.
It seemed Heaven was shining upon me from all directions!
But now, nearly forty years later, I look back on those days with the realization that not all that then appeared to be light was actually light from above. Much of it was in fact an evil and Antichrist spirit feigning itself to be God manifesting his divine glory and Truth! Continue reading “When Darkness Shines…”
Though I always hope to post an article each week I don’t always accomplish that goal. This is one of those weeks. I do have a couple of writings I am working on, and some promptings from the Lord I am studying out (concerning technology and the Mark of the Beast); but nothing I feel is ready for presentation at this time.
I hope you would take time to look over the list of my previous articles and find one you have not yet examined. I trust you would find something useful. And, as always, THANK YOU for your prayers!
Blessings to you;
…in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2Cor. 13:1
I recently posted links to some articles that give additional witness to the concerns I have expressed on the current wave of deception facing the Body of Christ. I truly hope you took time to consider the articles ‘The Two Camps’ and ‘Performance Based Prophecy’ by Jerimiah Johnson, and ‘The New Apostolic Reformation: What Is It?’ by MattS. from aminutetomidnite.com. I feel both these brothers are bringing forth understanding critical to the Church today. Both have done further work that builds upon that understanding, and I would like to share those links with you also. Continue reading “Additional Witness”
(INTRO: I always encourage my readers to seek strong discernment concerning the many seemingly conflicting words of prophecy that are going forth today. I recently read a couple of articles by Jeremiah Johnson that I felt gave some good food for thought. I would like to present them for your consideration; let me know what your thoughts are. Continue reading “The Two Camps of the Prophetic Voices – Jeremiah Johnson”
by Paul Benson
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. -Solomon son of David
We would call quite foolish a person who crosses the street without first looking in both directions. Many a soul has lost their lives for such a lack of circumspection. And, quite tragically, many have lost their eternal souls in a similar manner. Living willfully unmindful to the danger of sin, compromise, and a perverted gospel only to be, in the day of their passing, mowed down and destroyed by the consequences they had foolishly turned a blind eye to!
KA-POW! Judgment Day!
How horrible would it be to spend your life involved in religious pursuit and end up as little more than spiritual road-kill! If that possibility is not a troubling thought that lingerers in the recesses of our mind we are probably one of the foolish out playing in the traffic! Let’s not spend our days on Earth with our head in the sand. Let’s call a spade a spade!
In a season of introspection I have been taking a good look at not only my own personal life and calling (and my efforts to see that calling fulfilled), but also at the state of this nation and of the American Church in general. Please allow me to be quite frank as to my conclusions. Continue reading “Lord! Help Us PLEASE!!!”
A great deal of insight as to the end-time deception can be attained by a critical examination of the theology and practices associated with the N.A.R.!
(INTRO: I have written with much criticism of the NAR and what I call the Cotton Candy Prophets of this generation without getting real deep into their teachings. I have mainly focused on the dangerous ecumenical nature of that ‘movement’, and the direction in which it is steering those deceived by it: away from biblical Christianity and into the arms of the global religion of the Beast! Here is an excellent treatment of those teachings with all the links you could ever hope for. Much thanks to Matt for the enormous amount of work it took to put this together! Paul Benson)
by Matt S. from A Minute To Midnight
My heading image is in “black & white” and I would say quite clearly that NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) is anything but “black & white”. I am hoping that I can show you here in this article some of the many things that identify the encroaching tide of NAR heresies, doctrines, programs, language, personalities and music. I hope that this will make it a little more “black & white” for you.
In my research the other day, I discovered that a Church home group I was attending a few years ago was under the umbrella of a NAR organisation. Some of the NAR hallmarks were in this home group (in hindsight). As it was, I ended up leaving, I had really struggled with some of the doctrinal positions that were being taught and I was feeling downright uncomfortable. It turned out to be a good decision in the end bringing me much relief. Once again, there were some truly good and decent Christians that attended this group, but for the most part they adhered strongly to whatever the group leadership advocated, not the Biblical position on doctrine.
I should add that it is becoming clear to me that the people who have spoken out against the NAR movement, have done so on the basis that NAR doctrines are contrary to Biblical doctrines/teachings. These folk who have spoken out against the New Apostolic Reformation, have been clear on what scripture says (in other words they read and know their Bibles), and they have challenged what they see as a deviation from “sound doctrine”. If you are here in the AMTM website, the chances are very high that you are a critical thinker, and don’t just accept anything that you see, read or hear as “gospel”.
So let’s get started…. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE