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?
(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’!”
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.
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…”
(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”
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”.
How closely should we scrutinize the words people claim to be prophetic?
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.
A powerful word on the false unity movement that has gripped the slumbering Church of these last days.
…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:
Wondering if certain doctrine is really coming from God? Sometimes you can discern more from the actions or attitude of a preacher or teacher than the actual message they promote!
by Paul Benson
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. -James an apostle of Christ
I have stated many times we live in a day where what calls itself the Body of Christ is being overrun with a tsunami of deception. And this flood of deception seems to get more subtle and more finely polished as the days roll by. Considering this, who would not like a better ability to tell if what is being preached and taught is bogus or not. We all need discernment!
There have always been off-shoots of Christian ministry which become prominent for a season, although whether that season be long or short varies greatly. And though most of these off-shoots begin with a foundation of biblical principles, many fail to retain a Bible based focus or a Bible based message; and thereby become a danger to the Body of Christ.
We are not all the same, nor are we all endowed with the identical calling. Paul taught there are differences of giftings and differences in the administration of those giftings. I myself spend a great deal of time countering false teachings, and have a definite strong focus in that area. But I sense a divine mandate from the Lord to keep the overall focus on Christ and the work of his Cross. This focus is vital to the well-being of any ministry.
A healthy ministry or fellowship presents a full and balanced representation of the Gospel of Christ in ministering to the needs of the Church and to the lost. When we lose sight of Christ’s redemptive sacrifice, and the wondrous victory it brings, many a falsehood can appear to be a divine answer to the ills of mankind. And when a certain aspect of ministry becomes an island unto itself we should be extremely wary of misguided practices or teaching being promoted. Into this category falls much of what is today being called ‘Inner Healing’ or ‘Deliverance’ ministry. Continue reading “The Hidden Dangers Of The ‘Inner-Healing’ and ‘Deliverance’ Ministries!”