Where you fed a big ole’ helping of Stuffed Scripture at church last service?
by Paul Benson
At times the Lord speaks to me quite strongly through giving me images in my mind, and then placing great emphasis upon those images. He once gave me the shocking image of a deviate spastic woman in a wheelchair (The Spastic Harlot); and then shared with me the grief of his heart with a sad realization the image of that woman’s defiled and spastic body (impure and not under the control of it’s head) was his view of American Christianity! That image still weighs upon me, and breaks my heart to this very day.
On another occasion I kept getting this picture of a dejected Christmas stocking, emptied of all the precious contents that had in recent days made it an object of fascination, now laying amort among the colorful trash that straws the floor of most living-rooms on Christmas morning. Having lost its appeal this sad stocking was cast aside; thrown to the floor like a piece of refuse. For some reason the image of this empty stocking laying on the floor seemed to fill me with great sadness and remorse.
How much sadder yet to receive from the Holy Spirit the insight that this living-room, whose floor was so cluttered with the flashy (but now shredded) trappings and trimmings of Holiday festivity, was the American Church; and that discarded stocking was the precious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! Let’s explore that thought a bit, and I think maybe you will agree with my sentiment. Continue reading “Scripture Stuffing and an Empty Stocking!”
Here is a great article on the subject of tithing. It is NOT a requirement for New Testament believers. Those who promote tithing are placing folks back under the bondage Jesus gave his life to free us from. We are to be led by the Spirit in ALL we do; and not by the requirements of the Law that was done away with. Great job Brother! P.B.
14″Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross….” Colossians 2:14
10 “Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?” Acts 15:10
7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 2:7
I strongly believe that generous giving is an essential element of New Testament Christianity. We are to give to the poor (if coupled with gospel evangelism), and to those who labor in the word, in evangelism and in doctrine. I also believe we are to care for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to the extent that…
The Devil and “Most Senior Demon Honorable Screwtape” were having a lunch of “Broiled Jr. Devil” (those that had messed up) with dessert of frozen bureaucrat. They also had table guests from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the White House, most wearing hoods over their faces, and all of whom knew all about the mega-data collection processes called “Facebook, Twitter etc…” That’s the internet system that has been set up to build dossiers on every living person on earth, so in case of need, it would all be there in black and white.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.-John an Apostle of Jesus Christ
Those who know me personally, or are familiar with my writings, have come to understand I am a bit of a ‘Jesus freak’. As a self-destructive, alcoholic, drug-addicted street hoodlum living on the edge of destruction, who got saved and set free in 1980, it was not religion that brought life to me. It was a person. It was Jesus!
Zooming through life in a haze of booze, dope, criminal activity, and short-lived relationships, the revelation of God’s love for me expressed through the sacrifice of his Son was an unexpected fork in the road. A divine insight that not only changed the course of a life that was rapidly approaching a tragic conclusion, but forever changed who I was as an individual. And, although over the years my Christian walk has been fraught with many pitfalls and personal failings, it has always been Jesus who lifted me up and restored me. The author of my faith will truly be the finisher of my faith as well!
When I look at the state of Western Christianity it grieves me severely. So much of it is in direct contradiction to the teachings of Christ and his Apostles! If I had but one last opportunity to express only one last bit of advice to the Body of Christ of this generation it would be this: We, as the Church of the living God, need desperately to put the focus back upon the Lord Jesus Christ! Continue reading “Keeping It About Jesus!”
An unbalanced (and man-centered) focus has allowed the vision of the Church to be dimmed with a flood of false teaching about the Return of our Lord. Returning to a proper focus will help dispel that darkness!
(This article is a compilation of commentary from the book ‘The Pre-Trib Rapture: A Bucket Full Of Holes!’ by Paul Benson)
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. -Solomon son of David
I can’t help but notice a trend in today’s preaching that does not mirror a ratio of emphasis we see in the Bible. What I mean by that is: How many times do the Scriptures mention the ‘catching away’ of the Church? Not many. One clear description we find in chapter four of 1Thessalonians, and a few brief references to it elsewhere.
But the coming Resurrection of the Dead and the transformation of the living Saints, which is going to be such an indescribably awesome phenomenon, is either vividly described or plainly referred to dozens of times in the Bible. It is a theme thoroughly woven into the fabric of Scripture! Seeing this, should we not think it odd that so much attention is given to the catching away in modern preaching, and so little given to the other? Continue reading “Rapture Versus Resurrection: Where’s Your Focus?”
What kind of a Church is Jesus returning for? Are we there yet?
By Paul Benson
The Glorious Church
Although I don’t claim to be a prophet or visionary, I have a strong yearning to know what is on the Lord’s heart and his mind; and I pray along those lines. Occasionally he gives me a glimpse. The Lord gave me an impression once of his view of modern American Christianity as a whole. Not all inclusive (for God always has a remnant of called out and chosen ones) but like a general overview of the spiritual landscape of the modern Church, so to speak.
The picture he impressed upon my heart was not very flattering. In fact quite the opposite. So in the hopes of keeping this writing digestible, I thought it might be nice to begin here with a look at the finished product; the Church that gets caught away to meet him at his Return. Sometimes a vision of the finish line can be a very helpful boost to those running a race. Continue reading “A Glorious Church Versus The Spastic Harlot”
Can YOU pass the One Question Quiz? Sadly, many believers cannot!
by Paul Benson
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Revelation 19:7
I would like to pose a question to you that years ago God himself posed to me. The answer to this question is so vital it is actually a matter of life or death! Yours as well as mine. And I am speaking of eternal life here as well as eternal death.
The reason this question is so important is that it epitomizes our need to properly understand the means by which we have access into the grace and favor of the wonderful yet fearful God who created us. Let me pose that most important question to you here and now:
Where did the Bride of Christ get her wedding gown?
___ A). The wedding dress was given to her.
___ B). She made her own wedding dress.
___ C). I’m sound asleep. (Please don’t bother me with questions which might disturb my religious slumber, and cause me to examine my spiritual condition.)
People often say Christians shouldn’t threaten unbelievers out of the road to hell…that it is wrong or unethical to preach hell to get them to accept Jesus as their only salvation. It isn’t just the unbelieving who say this. Many Believers think and say this too, with varying degrees of passion. Some are very passionate about it, and feel that it is only through preaching God’s love and grace that people will be saved and appreciate the goodness of God.
I have felt this way too. At times. However, in all honesty, you cannot preach the love of God without preaching the justice of God, and hell! Jesus didn’t go about preaching, “God loves you. Believe and you will go to Heaven.” He said “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15, Matt 4:17) And in other places, He taught them that if they would not repent, they would perish! (Luke 13:1-9).
Whatever gave us the impression that hell is not central to the message we preach, when God’s judgment of our sin is what made Jesus’ sacrifice ESSENTIAL for our salvation (John 3:16, Rom 6:23)? If our belief is that the existence and terror of hell is not a central doctrine in Christianity, it shows that we do not understand the Gospel (the GOOD NEWS that we have been SAVED from hell!). I believe, however, that emphasizing the love of God and His grace is important for us to have HOLY fear, and not torment (1 John 4:18). There is definitely a need for preaching hell. Not only to the unbelieving, but to Believers too. READ THE REST HERE
Are you, or someone you know, expecting an ‘any minute now’ rapture of the Church to whisk you away before the dark days ahead? It’s high time we took a close look into what the Bible really says about this matter. (And also what it does NOT say!)
NEW BOOK AVAILABLE ON THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE DECEPTION! (AND IT’S FREE!)
Hello everyone! I have now completed my new book on the Pre-trib rapture teaching. It is a comprehensive examination of the many facets of the Pre-trib error which will leave no doubt in your mind as to the incorrectness of that doctrine!
In this book I will help you recognize the deceptive practices used to promote the pre-trib theory. I will show you how it has been fabricated using snippets of verse pulled out of context, deceiving distractions, totally unfounded claims, and even outright lies.
You will even see that most of the ‘catch phrases’ of the pre-trib story are actually snippets stolen away from passages clearly speaking of the Second Coming of Christ! The myth of a pre-tribulation departure of the Church is a provable falsehood that directly contradicts the plainly stated truths of God’s Word concerning the Coming of our Lord and our gathering together unto him! Continue reading “NEW BOOK! The Pre-Trib Rapture: A Bucket Full of Holes!”