Apostasy: The Symptoms and The Cure

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”

When ‘Suddenly!’ Comes Calling!

 

by Paul Benson

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!”

God Doesn’t Always Answer Our Prayers: What the Scriptures Say About Unanswered Prayer

(This is a very sound and thorough teaching on the subject of prayer by Ed Lane from Orlando Florida. Great job on this article here Ed! P.B.)

by Ed Lane @ Following Jesus Christ

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.

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When Darkness Shines…

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by Paul Benson

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…”

Additional Witness

…in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2Cor. 13:1

Hello Readers!

I recently posted links to some articles that give additional witness to the concerns I have expressed on the current wave of deception facing the Body of Christ. I truly hope you took time to consider the articles ‘The Two Camps’ and ‘Performance Based Prophecy’ by Jerimiah Johnson, and ‘The New Apostolic Reformation: What Is It?’ by MattS. from aminutetomidnite.com. I feel both these brothers are bringing forth understanding critical to the Church today. Both have done further work that builds upon that understanding, and I would like to share those links with you also. Continue reading “Additional Witness”

Lord! Help Us PLEASE!!!

 

by Paul Benson

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!!!”

HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE RIGHT WITH GOD!

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS!

 

by Paul Benson

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Proverbs 4:26

Although personal introspection is a wise endeavor at any season, the first of the year is a time we customarily take stock of ourselves and make commitment to change for the better.

And for the Christian this takes on a more vital significance. It is a time many choose to make an appraisal of their spiritual state and their relationship with our heavenly Father.

But, considering all the biblical warnings of deception and delusions, is there any way to keep from fooling ourselves and get a fix on our true spiritual condition? I believe there is! Continue reading “HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE RIGHT WITH GOD!”

Do YOU Understand Repentance The Way The Bible Teaches It?

by Paul Benson

… 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.’

And they are quite correct with their word definition. But the call to repentance we see expressed in the Scriptures involves more than a mere change in thinking. Please allow me to explain. Continue reading “Do YOU Understand Repentance The Way The Bible Teaches It?”

If You Love Me…

What does a genuine love for the Lord look like? Have you ever pondered that question?

 

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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…”

How Could Such A Loving God Be A God Of Such Furious Wrath?

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?

The Wrath of God

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:

The motivation behind God’s wrath is God’s love!

Yes, you did read that correctly. God’s fierce and holy wrath, that he has in times past vented upon this planet (and will again in a soon coming season!), is an out-working of his great love for humanity! Continue reading “How Could Such A Loving God Be A God Of Such Furious Wrath?”