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.
The more I examine what is preached as Gospel today; the better the ‘old paths’ are looking to me!
by Paul Benson
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection… Hebrews 6:1
I once had a brother (let’s call him Brother B.) from the progressive Charismatic ‘signs and wonders’ crowd tell me I needed to get beyond the message of the Cross, and all my repentance preaching. He (as others also have) suggested I, as a saved believer, need to leave the Cross behind, travel past the Resurrection, past the Ascension, past Pentecost and the Upper Room, and move into what God is doing in this day and speaking to this generation. (He did supply a caveat of how wonderful and necessary the Cross was; but that I was hindered in my walk, and my ministry, by my insistence on ‘camping’ there.)
What point he was getting at was not lost on me. There is more to the message of God’s Kingdom than only what took place upon the Cross. We do need to embrace the Resurrection (and the promise it brings of our own resurrection) as well as the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit as detailed in Acts 2. We very much ARE called to go on to perfection.
Just how ‘on-the-mark’ is your understanding of the importance of Jerusalem in the end-time prophetic picture? If you are like me you could probably use a little exhorting in this area!
A NOTE FROM PAUL BENSON:
As a Pentecostal Bible believing Christian living in America I have been a little slow to recognize certain aspects of my understanding about Israel in general, and Jerusalem in particular, which have been skewed by misunderstandings fed to me by mainstream Christianity.
Through prayer and study I have been gaining ground in this area in recent years; and one of the avenues God has been using is the work of John Little (Omegashock.com). His latest article is an excellent array of facts and media sources that cut through the bat-scat of modern opinion and wayward theory to present a honest and balanced perspective from someone who knows the scoop. I would really recommend giving this piece some attention. You can read that write-up at this link:
In this age of ‘have-it-your-way’ Christian faith just how dangerous is it to be embracing teachings which are out of sync with the true teachings of the Bible?
by Paul Benson
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.-David, King of Israel
As Christian believers we certainly like to think we are doing a good job walking in the light; and that the words we speak are according to the truth. But we are all human and we ALL make mistakes. Not one of us (especially me) has all areas of theology figured out in a perfect understanding. Nor do we even have the ability to express what truth we have assimilated in a perfect manner!
But, by the Word of God, we know that God demands his people be a people with a high regard for the truth; and that there is a divine line of demarcation somewhere, decided by God himself, that labels one person a speaker of the truth and another as an evil deceiver. On one side of that line a blessed individual destined for reward; and on the other side, one who is condemned and destined for punishment.
A lot of people seriously worry if they are in the right fellowship (or organization) or not. I’d like to share some insight God has given me in answer to that Question. Insight which helps me distinguish between a true or counterfeit expression of the Christian Church.
by Paul Benson
…ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. -Paul an Apostle of Christ
God desires a habitation! And when all is said and done the labors of the Body of Christ that have been according to the will of God will have built a glorious habitation for God. A living Temple for him to dwell in for all eternity! A lot of people are expecting to live in New Jerusalem. I am expecting to be New Jerusalem!
But the labors of God’s people which have been only according to the will of man will have accomplished little more than the building of religious structures sadly resembling the lifeless pyramids of Egypt. And as believers we need to take a real serious look at our lives (and our efforts) and ask: ‘Am I truly building a temple for God, or merely slaving away on a religious pyramid?’ If you don’t quite get what I mean by building a pyramid read on and you will. Continue reading “Escape From Churchianity: Leaving Behind The Building Of Pyramids”
What does that expression really mean? Could we truly walk in the very same faith they had? I say let’s go for it!
by Paul Benson
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 1:3
Even in his day Jude could see a tendency among the believers to drift away from the foundational truths, as well as the practical example, set forth by the Apostles of our Lord. And he exhorted them to fight their way back to that standard of faith!
The words of our brother Jude speak the same message to us today as they did the day they were penned. But is the Church today giving heed to that godly advice, and contending for a true biblical expression of Christianity and its associated practices? It sure doesn’t look like it to me. It seems to me most of modern Christianity is heading in the opposite direction! But do we have to follow suit? Continue reading “Contending For The Faith Once Delivered To The Saints”