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!”
Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? John the Baptist
Recently I posted an article by Ufuomaee on what the Bible has to say on the subject of Hell and eternal punishment. I had just started an article of my own, but when I came across that one I felt led to post it instead. If you have not read it you should. You can find it HERE.
The Lord is once again stirring my heart on this matter of eternal punishment; but I don’t feel I have the complete word as of yet. Sometimes a word will burn in my heart for quite some time; and only an extended amount of prayer will bring it forth. I really feel a need to ‘get this one right’ and bring forth the heart of God! Please pray the Father would give me a concise word for the people of God, and to the lost.
The reality of an eternal Hell of misery and torment is one of the least preached on topics today; but the Lord Jesus himself thought the subject was of such importance he actually spoke on it twice as much as he did the promise of salvation! Some persist in saying this is a mistaken claim, but I know this is fact because I took the time to search out and add up all the references myself.
In the Scriptures we clearly see Jesus placed a very strong emphasis on the danger of damnation in his ministering, We see little evidence of such emphasis in modern preaching. We are hearing more and more preaching filled with the heresies of ‘annihilation’ or ‘ultimate reconciliation’ from today’s pulpits. Why is this? Continue reading “Hell Has No Exits! Leonard Ravenhill”
What do you believe about the eternal home of the believer? Is it in line with the truth of Gods Word?
by Paul Benson
I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory. And I heard about the streets of gold beyond the crystal sea; About the angels singing, and the old redemption story, And some sweet day I’ll sing up there the song of victory. (Victory in Jesus -an old Gospel hymn by E.M. Bartlett 1939)
As followers of Christ we need to understand that a great share of what is commonly taught as doctrine is little more than the traditions of man which have no foundation in the Word of God. For example: we have heard all our lives that the Bible talks about the day that ‘the lion shall lay down with the lamb’; but there is not a verse in the Bible that actually makes that claim. If you don’t believe me try to find it!
It does say: ‘The wolf and the lamb shall feed together’ (Isaiah 65:25), but I guess that wasn’t lovey-dovey enough to make it into the Book of Traditions (many folk’s favorite Bible).
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”
Wondering if certain doctrine is really coming from God? Sometimes you can discern more from the actions or attitude of a preacher or teacher than the actual message they promote!
by Paul Benson
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. -James an apostle of Christ
I have stated many times we live in a day where what calls itself the Body of Christ is being overrun with a tsunami of deception. And this flood of deception seems to get more subtle and more finely polished as the days roll by. Considering this, who would not like a better ability to tell if what is being preached and taught is bogus or not. We all need discernment!
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.)
Could our casual usage of the term ‘the rapture’ actually be aiding and abetting the Deceiver in his efforts to mislead the Church concerning things to come?
by Paul Benson
I want to share with you something I feel very strongly about. I am trying to condition myself to use biblical terms instead of man-made ones (to avoid promoting man-made concepts). Here today I’d like to address our usage of the word ‘rapture’. I try not to use the word rapture unless I’m speaking about the errant pre-trib rapture theory and its various components. The reason being I have developed a deep conviction that doing so unwittingly promotes that deception. And I want no part of that action!
I believe it more appropriate we refer to our future hope the way the Bible does; and thereby stay on target with the truths the Bible really teaches about the Return of our Lord. If the Lord Jesus taught we would give an account of every idle word, would we not be wise to exercise great care in our choice of the words we use to refer to biblical matters? If you think the usage of the name rapture is a non-issue please consider what I have to say. Continue reading “Why I Believe Christians Should STOP Using The Name ‘Rapture’!”
There have always been off-shoots of Christian ministry which become prominent for a season, although whether that season be long or short varies greatly. And though most of these off-shoots begin with a foundation of biblical principles, many fail to retain a Bible based focus or a Bible based message; and thereby become a danger to the Body of Christ.
We are not all the same, nor are we all endowed with the identical calling. Paul taught there are differences of giftings and differences in the administration of those giftings. I myself spend a great deal of time countering false teachings, and have a definite strong focus in that area. But I sense a divine mandate from the Lord to keep the overall focus on Christ and the work of his Cross. This focus is vital to the well-being of any ministry.
A healthy ministry or fellowship presents a full and balanced representation of the Gospel of Christ in ministering to the needs of the Church and to the lost. When we lose sight of Christ’s redemptive sacrifice, and the wondrous victory it brings, many a falsehood can appear to be a divine answer to the ills of mankind. And when a certain aspect of ministry becomes an island unto itself we should be extremely wary of misguided practices or teaching being promoted. Into this category falls much of what is today being called ‘Inner Healing’ or ‘Deliverance’ ministry. Continue reading “The Hidden Dangers Of The ‘Inner-Healing’ and ‘Deliverance’ Ministries!”
As Christians we are constantly bombarded with exhortation on handling money, and its proper distribution. But how much of this ‘Bible based’ teaching is truly based on the Bible?
by Paul Benson
…it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. -Paul an apostle of Christ
Faithfulness to the will of God should be paramount to each and every follower of Christ. And our desire to conform to the standards of God prompts us to look to those who expound upon his Holy Word for instruction in proper conduct.