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?

Contemplative Prayer

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?”

The Danger And Damage: Why The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Myth Needs ‘LEFT BEHIND’!

Is the fact there are multiple scenarios being preached concerning Christ’s coming for his Church really just a matter of differing opinions, or is there a sinister agenda at work?

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The end result of embracing deception!

(I sometimes get correspondence from readers who cannot understand why I make such ado over the pre-trib rapture teaching and all it’s associated notions. They accuse me of everything from being divisive and damaging to the Body of Christ to being unloving and hurtful toward people. I recently received one of those ‘What’s the harm in believing and teaching a pre-trib position?’ comments; and since this article pretty thoroughly addresses that question I thought I would repost it. P.B.)

by Paul Benson

As a teacher in the Body of Christ, and called to be a watchman, I spend considerable time researching and writing on false teachings. One of the primary issues I am led to address is the error called ‘the Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church’. I have written two books and numerous articles rebuking that falsehood with a major focus on examining each element of that teaching for biblical support. The answer is always the same. There really is none. The Bible does NOT teach two comings of Christ NOR a ‘pre-trib’ rapture. It is a provable falsehood; an invention of man.

While my efforts normally center on exposing the pre-trib theory as error, and then encouraging folks to believe and accept only what is plainly stated in their Bible, in this article I would like to focus on the damage done by embracing and teaching that myth. It is not a benign misunderstanding; nor merely an opinion as to the timing of an event. It is a cancerous seduction presenting grave dangers; many of which are not readily apparent. In my effort to bring these dangers to light I have enlisted the help of some like minded folks. I polled them as to their thoughts on what these dangers are; and I found their insights very thought provoking; as I am sure you will too. Continue reading “The Danger And Damage: Why The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Myth Needs ‘LEFT BEHIND’!”

Has Dispensational Theology Corrupted Your Understanding Of God’s Ways?

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by Paul Benson

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:8

Centuries ago a man named John Calvin presented his theories on what he considered proper Christian theology to the world; and today we have a religious landscape littered with the fruit of his efforts. Those who espouse his questionable theories call themselves after his name. They refer to themselves as Calvinists.

Years later Charles T. Russell developed his own particular hypothesis about who God is, and about the method by which he calls and redeems his chosen ones. Today his brand of theology (Jehovah Witness) has encompassed the globe, and you can find churches that proclaim his teachings (in an up-graded fashion) in nearly any major city.

The same can be said of Joseph Smith (the Father of Mormonism), L. Ron Hubbard (Church of Scientology), Mary Baker Eddy (Christian Science), and an ever-increasing number of others who have thrust their bogus philosophies and theologies of man upon the Christian Church, and have had enormous detrimental influence upon the beliefs of countless millions.

We live in a day where what is called Dispensational Theology has risen to great popularity within the Christian Church. And millions of those who have been taught this ‘theory’ fully believe that the concepts they have been taught, and wholeheartedly believe, are presented in the Bible, and are what the Bible truly teaches about end-time things. BUT…. Continue reading “Has Dispensational Theology Corrupted Your Understanding Of God’s Ways?”

When Darkness Shines…

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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…”

Additional Witness

…in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2Cor. 13:1

Hello Readers!

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”

The Two Camps of the Prophetic Voices – Jeremiah Johnson

(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”

The New Apostolic Reformation: What is it?

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.!

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(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

The Prosperity of America versus The Judgment of America: (Is Mark ‘The Firefighter’ Taylor Really Hearing From God?)

How closely should we scrutinize the words people claim to be prophetic?

The Firefighter Prophecy

by Paul Benson

…if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.  Isaiah 8:20

But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.  John 11:10

Recently a friend asked me of my opinion of the prophetic words being spoken by Mark Taylor concerning the future of America. Since Mr. Taylor’s rebuke of those ‘Doom and Gloom’ minded people speaking forth words of God’s Judgment upon this nation would be directed at me (as I firmly believe that America IS currently under the Judgment of God), I would like to answer his words publicly.

In case you do not know who I am speaking of, Mark Taylor has risen to somewhat of a celebrity status in the Christian community over some prophesying he did concerning Donald Trump and the elections; and has since become quite popular, speaking on many Christian platforms. He fervently promotes Donald Trump as the ‘anointed deliverer’ of this nation, and refers to him as a ‘Political Prophet’. (I didn’t even know there was such a calling. How ignorant of me!) Continue reading “The Prosperity of America versus The Judgment of America: (Is Mark ‘The Firefighter’ Taylor Really Hearing From God?)”

The Final Deception Is Here! – Benjamin Faircloth

A powerful word on the false unity movement that has gripped the slumbering Church of these last days.

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…because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie… -Paul an apostle of Christ

If I could only present one question to the Body of Christ to provoke some discernment as to the false nature of the teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation / Seven Mountains Mandate crowd it would be this: Does the picture they paint of the condition of the world and society in general in the final days before the Return of Christ match the description given us in the Scriptures? The answer is:

NO! Absolutely NOT!

Then why are so many MILLIONS of people hanging on every word of those big name preachers who are so clearly out of sync with the true end-time prophesies of the Bible? Continue reading “The Final Deception Is Here! – Benjamin Faircloth”