Many believers are confused (or deceived) over the concept of Election. This is completely unnecessary! This concept is easily understood by setting aside the complicated theories of man, and embracing a simple illustration given by the Apostle Paul.
by Paul Benson
Sadly, the ‘Learned Ones’ have a way of turning the simple truths of the Bible into a complicated mess which can only be (supposedly) understood through their ‘Learned Theories’. The wayward notions of TWO comings of Christ in the end-times, and a pre-tribulation rapture, rest upon (and in fact are forced by) what is known as Dispensational Theology. Without this faulty theological foundation as a platform, an already wobbly pre-trib rapture theory would fall over on its deluded noggin.
A Dispensationalist will often ‘prove’ his theory by pointing out the many errors of Replacement (Covenant) Theology. And this is not hard to do as those errors do exist. It is quite possible to show from the Scriptures the many shortcomings of Replacement theology. But there is a subtle deception at work there. Because Dispensational (Separation) theology is also full of error itself. A classic case of the pot calling the kettle black!
Is a secret invisible Coming of Christ to take away the Church before the tribulation taught in the Scriptures? If not, why should we believe such a thing?
Invisible return? I don’t remember ever reading that!
The following is a modified excerpt from the book ‘Escape or Passover’.
by Paul Benson.
A Secret Coming?
I have heard many a speaker proclaim a secret invisible Coming of Christ to ‘rapture’ the Church’ as an integral part of the teachings of God’s Word, but I have never heard anyone quote a passage which actually says such a thing! Try as they might to garner Scriptural support for this notion, there is none. There is not one passage in the Bible which explicitly puts forth this concept. It has to be presupposed, and then collaborated by bits of verse pulled out of context. Let’s look at what the Scriptures really do have to say about the Return of Christ. Continue reading “A Secret Coming Of Christ? Could You Show Me THAT Verse, Please?”
People often remark that the new Bibles do not change God’s Word, they just say the same thing in a different manner. But is that statement true or false?
by Paul Benson
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2Timothy 3:16-17
I love the Word of God! It has brought to me understanding of who God is, and how deeply he cares for me. In addition the Scriptures give us revelation about what God’s will is for the believer, how he deals with mankind, and (as is stated above) they are a foundation for proper doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. All are vital aspects of our Christian faith.
Considering how crucial these words are to us, I think you would agree, it is quite important they are not altered or slurred the least bit. And I believe that God is absolutely of the same opinion!
As someone who has spent much time doing comparative verse by verse examination of the various versions, I can say without a doubt the new Bibles ARE altered in a fashion which completely changes what many hundreds of verses of Scriptures say. I would like to present some of those altered verses for your consideration. Continue reading “Are There Corrupting Changes In The New Bible Versions?”
Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. -Paul an apostle of Christ
In seeking a deeper understanding of the Hebrew roots of our Christian faith I have been bombarded with suggestions, and even demands, that I become what is termed ‘Torah Observant’. But is this truly a concept God wants us to embrace, or is it a subtle entrapment of the enemy; a snare to deceive us, and lure us away from New Covenant Christianity? Or, on the other hand, will totally rejecting this notion hinder our walk, and possibly rob us of the grace of God? In seeking the LORD over this issue I believe I have come to an understanding that presents a proper balance of truth.
The truth of God’s will for Gentile Christians concerning being either Torah observant or completely rejecting it is found in walking a path between the two extremes. If I were to place a label upon that truth I would call it ‘Torah Instructed’ versus either ‘Torah Observant’ or ‘Torah Rejecting’. I see ‘Torah Instructed’ as the real ‘highway of truth’, and either of the other extremes as opposing ditches; each presenting a danger of sorts to the follower of Christ. Let’s take a good look at both of those ditches, in light of God’s Word, and see if we can maintain our course along that highway of truth. Continue reading “To What Extent Should Christians Be ‘Torah Observant’?”
As a teacher in the Body of Christ, and called to be a watchman, I spend considerable time researching and writing on false teachings. One of the primary issues I am led to address is the error called ‘the Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church’. I have written two books and numerous articles rebuking that falsehood with a major focus on examining each element of that teaching for biblical support. The answer is always the same. There really is none. The Bible does NOT teach two comings of Christ NOR a ‘pre-trib’ rapture. It is a provable falsehood; an invention of man.
While my efforts normally center on exposing the pre-trib theory as error, and then encouraging folks to believe and accept only what is plainly stated in their Bible, in this article I would like to focus on the damage done by embracing and teaching that myth. It is not a benign misunderstanding; nor merely an opinion as to the timing of an event. It is a cancerous seduction presenting grave dangers; many of which are not readily apparent. In my effort to bring these dangers to light I have enlisted the help of some like minded folks. I polled them as to their thoughts on what these dangers are; and I found their insights very thought provoking; as I am sure you will too. Continue reading “The Danger And Damage: Why The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Myth Needs ‘LEFT BEHIND’!”
Sometimes the simplest truths speak the most profoundly. And sometimes those simple truths are spoken to us through the lessor members of God’s magnificent Creation.
by Paul Benson
I live in a part of the nation where most ‘manly’ men drive a big pick-up truck with a big slobbering dog riding happily in the back. Although I would not consider myself less than manly, I have to confess I have neither the big truck nor the dog. What I do have is a small Ford Ranger and two very spoiled cats. Neither of which are very keen on riding in a vehicle. I had never been a cat lover in times past, and was well into my 50’s before I ever kept one for a pet. Then about five years ago a neighbor (trying to pawn off the kittens from the latest litter of his overly fertile and unfixed cat) suggested I take one as a solution to a mouse problem I was having. Reluctantly I agreed.
It wasn’t too long before, much to my surprise, this cat and I became quite good friends. I named her Baby Kitty (I know, quite clever of me), but eventually circumstances dictated I needed to change her name to Mama Kitty. And so, being the thoughtful person I am, I decided to keep one of her kittens so she could have someone to pal around with. And yes. she was crowned the new Baby Kitty. And yes, they have both been fixed so this Baby Kitty should never need a new name. As time has progressed I have grown very fond of these creatures. And, remarkably, I have discovered these cats have an amazing talent. They both have the ability to preach! Continue reading “Cats That Preach”
Whereas many choose to debate the ‘eternal security’ issue like the Hatfields and McCoys, I see more wisdom in seeking for understanding that will deliver us all to a place where we ARE truly secure: abiding steadfast in Christ!
by Paul Benson
As believers we need to have a strong assurance of our salvation. That we are nestled safely in the grace of our God; sins forgiven, past forgotten, our future certain. But we also need to be aware that there very much is such a thing as a false assurance, a deluding influence which causes many to mistakenly believe they are secure when they are not. And it is vital we know how to discern the difference.
There are multitudes who have never been truly saved, but believe that they are; and there are some who were once full of grace but have fallen from that state, and do not realize it.
Contrary to the teachings of many (who promote a doctrine of Eternal Security) the Bible is full of stern warning of this false assurance; and what it will bring upon those who do not escape its grasp. But thankfully the Bible is also full of assistance in recognizing this condition; and how to trade in a counterfeit assurance for the genuine article. We can know our true status with God (and how to correct it if need be)! Continue reading “The True ‘Security’ Of The Believer!”
The infamous Mr. Pre T. Rapshur is subjected to an examination. What is the prognosis? See for yourself!
by Paul Benson
Here in the state of Montana (USA) when folks are concerned about the well-being of someone there is a procedure in place where you can notify the proper authorities, and they do what is called a wellness-check. And if it seems there is a reasonable cause for concern that person is transported to a medical facility for an exam to determine the condition of their health.
In the Christian Community there is a growing concern for a fella that goes by the name of Pre. T. Rapshur. His delusional ramblings and unsteady gait (as well as a serious vision problem) has led many to seriously question his condition, and wonder if possibly he is a danger to the public at large. Due to this concern Mr. Rapshur was recently sent in for an examination. Here are the results: Continue reading “Mr. Rapshur Goes In For A Check-Up!”
This is a guest post by Ed Lane from Orlando Florida. A great piece from a former die-hard NIV user who woke up to the corruption of the modern versions, and is now taking a stand against them. Great job Ed! P.B.
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Psalm 12:6-7
“A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” Galatians 5:9
“Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21
I used to dismiss the King James Version of the English Bible entirely. I thought of it as a ridiculous and outdated translation – an anachronism at best…and then I studied the history of current English Bible translations in great detail, and realized that ALL of the new versions use corrupt and purposely adulterated Greek manuscripts, which water down the eternal word of the living God…every last one of them. That Greek your pastor often refers to in church? It flows from corrupt Greek manuscripts first edited by the gnostic, self-castrating “scholar” Origen (and a student of his work, Eusebius), who believed in purgatory, universalism, that all human souls have existed from eternity past, that satan (and demons) would eventually be redeemed, and that Jesus did not actually return to earth in the flesh after his resurrection. Continue reading “The Bible Version Controversy: A Brief History of The War over God’s Eternal Written Word”
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. -Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ
Many people like to pin name-tags upon themselves: ‘Pastor So and So’, or ‘Apostle Follow-Me’, or ‘Prophet Seen-This-Seen-That’, and so on and so forth. I personally choose not to; but if I had to put a tag upon myself it would probably be something along the lines of ‘Paul a Recovering Failure as a Christian’. You see, I am the one who faltered in his faith. I am the one who lost his vision of the Promised Land, and spent years wandering in the wilderness of sin.
By the power of God’s grace that era of my walk is now some two decades behind me. I live a sanctified life free from habitual sin. And although I have an absolute confidence the sins of my past are forgiven, and I walk free of any condemnation over that disobedience, still I do not particularly like discussing those days. But from time to time I get a prompting from the Lord to revisit the defeat of those years, and the victory God brought to me, in the hopes of helping someone else find the victory they need. Continue reading “Finding The Heart To Finish Strong!”