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!”
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’?
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!”
“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
(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”
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”
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”