Celebrity Minister Worship or Hey, I’m Up Here!

Are Christian ministers and entertainers getting a little more attention than they ought to? Ever wondered how God feels about such a thing?

 

Celebrity Christianity

by Paul Benson

Worshiping Celebrity Christian Speakers

There is an aspect of modern Christianity which has in recent years grown to the point of becoming quite unattractive. I am referring to the rising trend of ‘celebrity worship’ among followers of Christ. Celebrity ministers being worshiped instead of Jesus Christ. Many of today’s most popular ministers are being treated (and acting) more like deity than humble servants of Christ.

There have always been men and women of God who have stood a head and shoulders above the crowd. People who have been used of God in a remarkable way, and have gained the respect and admiration of the masses. And who among us as a believer does not have any favorite(s)? I have mine, and I am sure you do too. But, considering the Bible’s warnings against idolatry, shouldn’t this be a concern to be carefully pondered? Continue reading “Celebrity Minister Worship or Hey, I’m Up Here!”

The True Prosperity Teachings Of The Bible pt.1

The wayward teachings of today’s Prosperity Teachers have caused many to reject the concept of God’s blessing upon his children, but should we be so rash?

The Prosperity Teachingsby Paul Benson

I’m Not Opposed To Prosperity Teachings

Since I am somewhat prone to speak unfavorably of the teachings of the ‘faith and prosperity’ ministries some folks get the impression I don’t believe the Bible teaches a promise of blessing upon the children of God. Actually, I do very much believe that the Word of God is full of such promise. The concern I have is that people are being taught a perversion of these truths in order to rob them of their time and money.

A proper understanding of this matter is crucial to actually receiving and retaining God’s blessing, and not ending up along the wayside disappointed, discouraged, and separated from your hard earned cash. All because you listened to the unbalanced teachings of some covetous charismatic false teacher(s). Let’s look at what the Scriptures really teach about the subject of God promising to bless His people, and how to walk in his favor. Continue reading “The True Prosperity Teachings Of The Bible pt.1”

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”

Casting Your Care Upon Him

A Divine encounter I had where God showed me how interested he is in the day to day struggles we have in life; and the wisdom of casting our cares upon him.

 

Casting all your care upon him
His eye is upon the sparrow.

Have Faith In God! pt.  III

by Paul Benson

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

A Little Side Job

One time years ago I was not working so I took on a project to salvage a trailer house which had burnt. In exchange for dismantling the trailer and cleaning up the site I got to sell what I could and also keep the frame and axles which I wanted for a project I had in mind. It was not a real profitable deal but I was going through a particularly hard time in life, and needed to be doing something to occupy my time. What I really needed was some encouragement. Continue reading “Casting Your Care Upon Him”

The Purpose of Life?

Have you ever pondered the purpose of life? Maybe this will give you some food for thought…

The purpose of Life
The Path of Life

 

by Paul Benson

There is often a nagging question in the back of a person’s mind: “What is the purpose of life; why are we here?” Is there anyone who could honestly say they have never wondered that? Ask a hundred people and you might get a hundred differing viewpoints; but I believe that in order to get a proper perspective we must view the matter through Eyes from Above. Continue reading “The Purpose of Life?”

Reaping The Benefit of True Repentance pt. 1

Repentance preaching has gotten a bad rap but with the evident fruitlessness of the modernized gospel many are taking a fresh look at the Old Paths.

Finding True Repentance

by Paul Benson

Discerning The True Gospel

If we are going to find true revival we must first embrace the true Gospel. This issue in itself can take divine intervention. To find true biblical Christianity amid the deceptive counterfeit presented by most ministers in this nation is a miracle for sure. In the message commonly heard from most pulpits today there are many elements of true Christianity that have been tossed aside in favor of a more user-friendly message. How can we distinguish the true from the false? Continue reading “Reaping The Benefit of True Repentance pt. 1”

Reaping The Benefit Of True Repentance pt. 2

A second look at this necessary element of true Gospel preaching. Why are so many eliminating this vital step in the process of finding salvation?

True Repentance
There is a cure for stumbling.

by Paul Benson

Should We Preach Repentance?

…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  Jesus Christ

Mention the word ‘repentance’ and many people cringe. They associate the word with either the fruitless and never-ending labors of religious penance; or the overbearing preaching of some pulpit-bully who constantly beats his congregation with threats of damnation without ever showing them how to find peace with God, and the power to live right. But does repentance preaching really deserve the bad rap it’s been getting? Continue reading “Reaping The Benefit Of True Repentance pt. 2”

Reaping The Benefit Of True Repentance pt. 3

A final look at the role of true repentance in the effective preaching of the Gospel. Is it really that important? None will be truly saved without it!

by Paul Benson

I love the word repentance! Some folks might view that as a strange statement, (or maybe even indicative of me being somewhat of a religious nut) but I love the word because I know its true meaning, and have personally known the reward it brings. Preaching false concepts of repentance only brings religious bondage upon a person; but in reality God intends for preaching along these lines to bring liberty and joy to a person; a heart full of peace and a life free of condemnation! Is that something we should turn a deaf ear to? Continue reading “Reaping The Benefit Of True Repentance pt. 3”

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”