… I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. -Jesus the Christ
There are many folks, particularly from a Baptist or Calvinistic background, that raise quite a fuss over repentance preaching that portrays repentance as an action which must be undertaken to partake of the saving grace of God. They claim this is works based salvation; and therefor not the gift of unmerited grace promised in the Bible. They point to the proper definition of the word repent and claim: ‘Repentance is merely a change of thinking.’
What does a genuine love for the Lord look like? Have you ever pondered that question?
by Paul Benson
If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God… -Jesus Christ
Have you ever asked yourself: ‘Just how much do I really love the Lord?’ I occasionally pose that question to myself; and I must honestly admit there have been times I was not entirely satisfied with the answer. Quite dissatisfied in fact! But, over the years, I have learned how to put that dissatisfaction to good use.
The Scriptures give us many keys as to what a true love for God is, and how that love is properly expressed in the life of a believer. And holding our own love for God up against that standard of his Word can be quite convicting! But it need not be merely an exercise in condemnation; it can be very beneficial to our faith if we let it prompt us to draw closer to God.
I am a firm believer in the beneficial nature of self-examination. Sometimes it takes a great dissatisfaction with the place we are now at spiritually to propel us to seek a higher plateau in our relationship with Christ Jesus. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says a true love for God looks like, and see how we measure up. Continue reading “If You Love Me…”
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 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.”
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?
What do you think is the most vital item in a person’s preparedness supplies? I have my pick!
by Paul Benson
As the nations of this world grow increasingly unstable, and the days we live in grow increasingly uncertain, talk of survival skills and preparedness has become one of the most frequent subjects of Christian conversation.
And you can hardly tune in to a Christian talk radio show without hearing it discussed and various preparedness items promoted for sale. After food, water, gold, and guns each seem to have their own take on what is utterly vital for the survival of the ‘prepared’ (with these must-have items usually directly tied to the income of the ones promoting them!).
Please allow me to share with you a word I received from the Lord that greatly helped me establish a clear vision of God’s will for my life. I believe it will do the same for you!
by Paul Benson
Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD. Haggai 1:8
If we are going to someday hear Jesus say, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant!’. we will need to have actually gotten something done along the lines of his will for our life (a faithful servant does the bidding of his master). Not just works of religious duty, or good ideas about how to help out the world; but God working through us to accomplish his plan.
But this concept can be a little intimidating. Even though we know God’s ability, and we know our call as believers is to reach out in his name, we still have a very real tendency to draw back from any idea of God supernaturally working through us. Continue reading “Go Get Wood And Build My House!”
As a Christian I have never been very bashful about using the term ‘New-Ager’ to describe (in a negative fashion) those caught up in the deceptive narrative of what has come to be referred to as the ‘New Age Movement’.
The doctrines and philosophies of that mind-set are certainly rife with error (much of which is actually quite Antichrist); and we could spend a great deal of time examining those errors. But instead I would like to point out something they are absolutely correct about.
There definitely IS a New Age coming!
And thus, as a firm believer in the truth of God’s Word which promises this coming new age, I suppose I would have to honestly confess to my own status as one of those dreadful new-agers! There! I finally said it! I am a ‘New-Ager’! (I feel so much better now!)
But what I am really concerned about here is: Are you and I, as followers of Christ, really believing (and living like) we are on the cusp of the dawn of this new age? Continue reading “There’s A Storm Coming!”
Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? John the Baptist
Recently I posted an article by Ufuomaee on what the Bible has to say on the subject of Hell and eternal punishment. I had just started an article of my own, but when I came across that one I felt led to post it instead. If you have not read it you should. You can find it HERE.
The Lord is once again stirring my heart on this matter of eternal punishment; but I don’t feel I have the complete word as of yet. Sometimes a word will burn in my heart for quite some time; and only an extended amount of prayer will bring it forth. I really feel a need to ‘get this one right’ and bring forth the heart of God! Please pray the Father would give me a concise word for the people of God, and to the lost.
The reality of an eternal Hell of misery and torment is one of the least preached on topics today; but the Lord Jesus himself thought the subject was of such importance he actually spoke on it twice as much as he did the promise of salvation! Some persist in saying this is a mistaken claim, but I know this is fact because I took the time to search out and add up all the references myself.
In the Scriptures we clearly see Jesus placed a very strong emphasis on the danger of damnation in his ministering, We see little evidence of such emphasis in modern preaching. We are hearing more and more preaching filled with the heresies of ‘annihilation’ or ‘ultimate reconciliation’ from today’s pulpits. Why is this? Continue reading “Hell Has No Exits! Leonard Ravenhill”
As Christians we are constantly bombarded with exhortation on handling money, and its proper distribution. But how much of this ‘Bible based’ teaching is truly based on the Bible?
by Paul Benson
…it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. -Paul an apostle of Christ
Faithfulness to the will of God should be paramount to each and every follower of Christ. And our desire to conform to the standards of God prompts us to look to those who expound upon his Holy Word for instruction in proper conduct.