Are we really in tune with what Christ and his Apostles taught about divorce and remarriage?
by Paul Benson
What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. -Jesus Christ
A reader recently posed a question to me concerning my view on divorce and remarriage. Though I could have probably satisfied her request with a ‘nutshell’ answer I felt it might be a good time to share my view (and experience) in an article for all to consider.
The issue of divorce and remarriage by those professing faith in Christ is one that is frequently addressed and taught upon in the Church today. But it is my personal opinion that it is seldom addressed in a manner that is in accord with the true teachings of the New Testament. At the risk of taking a hit to my readership stats (hopefully I am more concerned about winning God’s approval than yours!) let’s take a look at what the Bible really does and does not say about this topic. Continue reading “A Discussion On Divorce And Remarriage”
(The following is a modified excerpt from the booklet ‘ Escape or Passover’ by Paul Benson)
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Hebrews 10:36-37
Jesus is most certainly coming! It’s only a matter of when. In the fast-food mentality of the modern Church extolling the virtues of patience and perseverance has been cast aside in favor of preaching/selling principals of prosperity. Teachings which promise to get you what you want from God, and get it for you now! But patience and endurance are both truly necessary to receive favor and fulfillment of promise from God; and as this age progresses they will become all the more needful and precious. Continue reading “Your Ark Of Safety”
Is it blue sky and clear sailing ahead for America like so many are prophesying today?
by Paul Benson
I hear preachers and teachers on a regular basis claiming America is Babylon the Great, and prophesying that her demise is about to happen ANY DAY NOW! But, though many are firmly entrenched in their belief of an imminent destruction of America, I do not share that vision. Let me try to explain what I do see ahead for this nation. Continue reading “What Do I See In America’s Future?”
Hello brothers and sisters in Christ. Last week I wrote about the coming purge of Christianity that will precede the Return of our Lord. Here is a great message by David Wilkerson that discusses this process of purification on an individual level.
I have stated many times I feel the greatest preparation one can do for what lies ahead is to get rid of whatever might be keeping you out of God’s favor and his perfect will for your life, and to immerse yourself in his Holy Word. To those who are compromised and defiled with the things of this world the days ahead are going to be a horrible time of purging. Continue reading “The Sifting Process – David Wilkerson”
Does the world truly see Jesus in you or I? If not they should!
From time to time I like to revisit the sermons of great men of God who knew the ‘old paths’ and not the compromised and convoluted message we are hearing from most of today’s preachers and teachers.
If you are not getting fed and challenged by the preaching and teaching you are getting from your fellowship attendance (or lack thereof), do yourself a favor and seek out the preaching of those whose will do so. Feed your spirit-man. Don’t let him starve!
Truth is timeless. And a message that is truly anointed is just as anointed today as it was the day it was preached. Here is a sermon by Leonard Ravenhill that I believe exemplifies the true Gospel message. The video quality is not the greatest but the preaching sure is! Enjoy.
Why are so many today explaining away certain truths of the Bible that men of God once greatly expounded upon?
by Paul Benson
I want to share a message on 2Thessalonians chapter 2 by David Wilkerson with you. It speaks even louder today that when it was preached. But before I do I want to give you a sense of why I feel this message is so critical to hear right now.
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Mark 1:3
Just as John’s astute message on repentance prepared a straight path for the coming of Christ and his message to the world, so also will a repentance-less gospel make a crooked path in preparation for Antichrist and his. That path is being prepared before our very eyes!
Just as the true gospel that is according to godliness prepares the hearts and minds of those who embrace it to come into communion with ‘our Father who art in Heaven’, in a similar manner the corrupt and perverted gospel going forth in this generation is preparing those who are seduced by it to come under the spell of a not-so-heavenly father: the one from the black abyss! Continue reading “David Wilkerson – The Apostasy Of The Last-Days”
Many are blind to the promises of blessing in God’s warnings of Judgment. Do you see them?
by Paul Benson
For thus hath the LORD of hosts said, Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount against Jerusalem: this is the city to be visited; she is wholly oppression in the midst of her. 7 As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds. 8 Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited. 9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall throughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets. 10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it. 11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in… Jeremiah 6:6-11
In the sixth chapter of Jeremiah God sets forth a very stern warning concerning the approaching Judgment of his beloved city of Jerusalem. A very concise and descriptive warning of what would befall the inhabitants if they continued along their course of rebellion and corruption.
I have stated before that I believe there is a remarkable parallel between the condition of our nation and that of ancient Israel in the days before they fell victim to the Judgment of God and were stripped of the glory and blessing they foolishly thought they could never lose.
I don’t place much confidence in all the prophesying I am hearing of a coming era of peace and prosperity for the nation of America. It is a false vision and a delusion that mirrors the words of the false prophets pacifying (and fleecing) the people of Jerusalem in the days before her humiliation.
We are a nation already under Judgment; but most cannot recognize that fact as they do not understand God’s judgments are often unfolded in a progressive manner. Just because there are not fireballs or nuclear warheads falling from the sky, or super volcanos erupting, does not mean we are not currently being dealt with by the Almighty.
Though much could be said about the coming hardships this nation will face, and evidence shown that God is removing our staff and stay (Isaiah 3:1), my intention with this article is to focus upon the promise of blessing God has placed (as he normally does) right in the middle of this warning of coming Judgment. Continue reading “The Old Paths”
(This is PART II of a two part article. You can find PART I HERE.)
Last article I addressed some comments posted by a brother named Bobby which illustrated much of the erroneous thinking caused by pre-trib teaching. This week I received a couple of comments from a sister (also named Bobbi) which were also chock-full of the error of Dispensational/pre-trib doctrine. Her comments clearly show the way in which that theology adversely affects a person’s approach to the Scriptures and therefor horribly corrupts their understanding of God’s ways.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1Peter 3:15
As believers we should always be willing to make good effort at reasoning out (explaining) the foundation for our various beliefs. And it never ceases to amaze me the unreasonable things I hear promoted as ‘proof’ for wayward teachings such as the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine. Actually it was the shoddy proofs, and the deceptive way with which they were promoted, that caused me to question (and consequently reject) that teaching in the early years of my faith.
And, though I have spent countless hours examining the issue diligently, I have heard very little over the years that has caused me to question that decision!
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”