Hell-Conscious

This is a guest post by a Sister from Nigeria. A very well written and thought provoking article!

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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

NEW BOOK! The Pre-Trib Rapture: A Bucket Full of Holes!

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!)

The Pre-trib Rapture: A Bucket Full of HolesHello 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!”

The Darkness Before the Dawn: Before Christ Comes Antichrist!

Many are teaching the Church will never see the reign of Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast! But is there valid confirmation of that notion, or is it merely another wayward opinion of man presented as ‘Bible Truth’?

Bere Christ comes Antichrist!
THE DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN!

 

by Paul Benson

One of the most discussed and hotly debated matters among the Christian believers of this day is the question of the timing of the catching away of the Church to meet the Lord Jesus. Will the Church be here on Earth during what Jesus himself referred to as ‘great tribulation’, or be carried away first so as to escape the trials and tribulations of those final few years of this age?

The focus of discussion by those looking for this ‘escape’ normally centers around their belief that the events of that day are the Wrath of God (discussed and refuted HERE), and therefor believers have a promise of exemption per Revelation 3:10 (also discussed and refuted HERE). But one major matter which I feel does not get the discussion it deserves is that those promoting the concept of a pre-trib rapture are declaring the Body of Christ will NEVER face the persecution of Antichrist’s ‘war on the Saints’. Nor the hardships and possibly life-forfeiting stand one must endure to avoid the damnation of the Mark of the Beast.

A repeated truism found throughout the pages of the Bible is that in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. In our search for truth, to base our beliefs and teachings upon, an assembly of true and faithful witnesses should always be given greater regard than the mere theories and speculations of man. Let’s take a serious look a just what witness we actually do have as to whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ will face Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast. Continue reading “The Darkness Before the Dawn: Before Christ Comes Antichrist!”

An Anchor In The Storm

“Only the pure truth of God’s word will be as an anchor in the storm, and as a lamp in the darkness,” the man said. “All else will fade away into nothingness. For the days to come are dark days filled with turmoil and great anguish.” -excerpt from M. Boldea’s dream

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by Michael Boldea Jr.  ( Hand of Help.com  )

(I feel anyone with the proper love and appreciation of God’s Word would feel a great affinity for this message from Brother Michael. I hope you enjoy it.-Paul Benson)

April 30, 2004

John 7:37-38, “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

It had been a busy four months.  Geno and myself had been on the road since the beginning of January, and the weekend of April 30, we were scheduled to speak in North Dakota.  This however, was a special meeting.  It was to be held on an Indian reservation, plagued with countless vices, and in recent weeks with the spirit of suicide as well.  It was an open meeting, where Christians and non-Christians had been invited.  For the past two weeks I had been praying for direction as to what I should speak.  It was a new forum for me, and I knew I needed guidance and direction.  As the day drew nearer, I prayed even more, but had received no answer. Continue reading “An Anchor In The Storm”

The Dangers Of Defining God

Trinity versus Oneness
The Trinity Versus Oneness Debate!

by Paul Benson

I had someone break fellowship with me a couple of years ago over the issue of the ‘Trinity versus Oneness’ debate. Although it was not a devastating experience, it was none the less somewhat painful as I had been having fellowship with this brother on a regular basis for a few years. This event was quite surprising to me considering the fact that although he is a Trinitarian (and quite proudly so), I am NOT involved in, nor do I promote, Oneness theology. I was not arguing against his beliefs or being contentious with him. I was merely refusing to embrace his exact theology, and make the proper ‘confession of faith’ he was demanding. And he felt that was unpardonable.

I happen to believe there are conflicts with Scripture found within the stance of both camps, and I refuse to pick a side, and engage in the battle. I am under the opinion that neither doctrinal set portrays (as they claim) a full and accurate description of who God is and what he is all about. Actually I see grave danger in attempting to define God. Please allow me to explain why I feel this way. Continue reading “The Dangers Of Defining God”

Some Rapture Questions

I have a laundry list of questions about the rapture theory but no one can seem to show me the answers from the Bible.

Lots of questions about the rapture theory
I’d like some answers, please!

This post has been updated and expanded. The newer version can be found here:

https://pbenson.me/2016/06/14/unanswered-questions-about-the-rapture/

Research Assistance Needed: Apply Here!

Give me a hand, please?

Maybe you could help me with my research. I have been looking for years for answers to some questions the rapture theory raises in my mind. The problem is I cannot find any Bible verses that clearly teach these major facets of the rapture theory (of which I am assured are quite Scriptural). Continue reading “Some Rapture Questions”

The True Prosperity Teachings Ot The Bible pt.2

Is all charitable giving sanctified in God’s sight? Are there some wrong ways to give?

by Paul Benson

Right and Wrong Giving

…and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want. Proverbs 22:16

Here’s a Bible verse on giving I doubt you have ever heard the ‘prosperity teachers’ quote to you; and you probably never will! Verses such as this are anathema to them. They hope you never come across them because they might cause you to question their teachings. There is one false teaching constantly coming at us from these wealthy ministers of the ‘faith movement’. If you will sow into their ministry God will (so they say) give you a hundred fold return. But is this true? Continue reading “The True Prosperity Teachings Ot The Bible pt.2”

The True Prosperity Teachings of the Bible pt.3

By Paul Benson

The True Prosperity Teachings

Now on to our final segment of this series of posts. We have put the spotlight on some falsehoods being presented to the believer by the false teachers of our generation. Now let’s take a look a the truth. We wont need a spotlight though, the truth gives off plenty of light of its own! Continue reading “The True Prosperity Teachings of the Bible pt.3”

A Glorious Church Versus The Spastic Harlot

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”

The Benefit of Embracing Truth

Truth carries promise of reward. We need to be sure we are not robbed of that reward by being turned aside to the erroneous teachings of man…

by Paul Benson

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Psalms51:6

As Christians everything we are in Jesus Christ, and everything we have from him, revolves around the truth; for he is the truth. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth; and the Word of God is the Word of Truth. The Bible is a book of promise; and those promises will all be fulfilled to those who embrace a steadfast faith in the one who spoke them forth. But our faith must not be misplaced; putting confidence in a falsehood or a lie will only lead to disappointment (or possibly destruction).

With all the amazing benefits realized from opening up and receiving God’s truth is it any wonder Satan would be so hard at work (Kill! Steal! Destroy!) trying to turn us aside to myths and fables promoted as ‘sound doctrine’? He obsessively wants to rob us any way he can. Continue reading “The Benefit of Embracing Truth”