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”
I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. Isaiah 48:3
Sometimes when the Lord is dealing with me, and speaking his truth more deeply into my spirit, I get a word or phrase stuck in my mind and cannot seem to get away from it. In recent days I seem to be somewhat stuck on the word ‘Suddenly!’.
Although our Creator is a loving God, who has remarkably demonstrated his patience and long-suffering countless times through out history, he is also a God who is quite prone to come on the scene in a sudden and unexpected manner. Continue reading “When ‘Suddenly!’ Comes Calling!”
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:3
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us….” 1 John 5:14
While reading through the Bible over the past few years, I have been surprised to come across a substantial number of scriptures, which clearly state that God doesn’t always answer our prayers, and sometimes He doesn’t even hear them. This is the exact opposite of what most churches seem to teach these days.
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…”
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.-Solomon son of David
We would call quite foolish a person who crosses the street without first looking in both directions. Many a soul has lost their lives for such a lack of circumspection. And, quite tragically, many have lost their eternal souls in a similar manner. Living willfully unmindful to the danger of sin, compromise, and a perverted gospel only to be, in the day of their passing, mowed down and destroyed by the consequences they had foolishly turned a blind eye to!
KA-POW! Judgment Day!
How horrible would it be to spend your life involved in religious pursuit and end up as little more than spiritual road-kill! If that possibility is not a troubling thought that lingerers in the recesses of our mind we are probably one of the foolish out playing in the traffic! Let’s not spend our days on Earth with our head in the sand. Let’s call a spade a spade!
In a season of introspection I have been taking a good look at not only my own personal life and calling (and my efforts to see that calling fulfilled), but also at the state of this nation and of the American Church in general. Please allow me to be quite frank as to my conclusions. Continue reading “Lord! Help Us PLEASE!!!”
… 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…”