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I am writing in response to a recent spat of posts by a certain individual to Watchman-Seers Network USA. This individual and I have "locked horns" in the battleground of cyberspace. This battle has prophetic implications, and is important.

My response follows a couple of things. First of all, I heard two things from the Lord. The Lord reminded me: Stephen, do not defend yourself....I AM YOUR DEFENSE. The second thing he spoke to me about was Hananiah.

Also, I am writing after receipt of the post from Keith Mullins, our WSN moderator, who has called down all personal attacks. I submit to Keith's authority in this forum, and therefore will comply, but I would have complied even if I had not heard from him.

In the days of Jeremiah, his confrontation with a false prophet named Hananiah may be compared to this recent contest. You may be asking, which one is Hananiah in this case?

In Jeremiah's day, the hearers of his words did not have the indwelling Christ, living inside of them. They needed to hear the Lord through the prophet. It was necessary for the false messenger to die....and die he did.

Today, the Holy Spirit is available to all who will receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and repent of their sins. Today, each hearer may decide between two messengers and two messages. Which one is of Jeremiah? Which one is of Hananiah? Let the spirit of God that lives within you give you the answer.

I have been involved in confrontation many times in the setting of the church and also in the setting of the prophetic, I have never yet seen the earth open up to swallow the rebellious ones as God did to the followers of Korah. I have never yet seen harm come to those who have personally attacked me. It may yet come, but I have not seen it yet.

No, the words go forth, and the hearers and readers must decide what spirit the messengers are of. And they are equipped by the Lord to discern. They are expected to exercise this discernment.

Let us assume that America suffers a terrible calamity before the end of the year 2000. Will this automatically make the man who spoke this warning a prophet of God. I think not. It will depend what spirit he is of. What spirit gave him that information?

In one of the most interesting messages delivered in all of scriptures, Jesus instructs his church in the detection of false prophets and messengers. He says: "by their fruits, ye shall know them."

You are invited to examine my fruits. You can even call my pastor and discuss my ministry. I am submitted to him and to the local church. My church address, email and telephone number is available in the contact section of my website. Fruits, as it connects biblically to Galatians 5, speaks of the fruit of the spirit. These are:

"love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live by the spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another."

In all of this, I make no defense concerning what has been alleged concerning my ministry and my walk with Christ. HE IS MY DEFENSE, I SHALL NOT BE MOVED.

There are a couple of specific items alleged against me that I would like to reply to.

It was said that I have not applied impartiality with respect to Keith Mullins and his use of the internet handle-Moonman. First, Keith never has written anything, to my knowledge, using the terminology, "Moonman says". This is a marked difference from the use of "HVOICE SAYS".

It was said of me that I add words to the scripture. This is only true to the extent that I interchange the use of the terms LORD and GOD. To me, there is no LORD without GOD and there is no GOD without LORD. Deuteronomy 6:4 backs up my position.

Finally, it was suggested that we submit our "battle" to other lists, namely the Elijah List, 3rd Apostle Gathering, Anzac Prophetic list, and Covenant Center International.

I only post to Watchman Seers USA, because the Lord directed me to post there. I post to Servants Heart, because the moderator requested that I post there. I post nowhere else. I will not promote my own ministry or go beyond the bounds the Lord has set for me. Where my words go from these two outlets is up to the LORD GOD. As far as I know, the only one I have pull or influence with is God. He is sufficient. He has granted me substantial authority over the evil one.

The rest of the comments made against me are personal attacks: accusations of pride, arrogance, exclusiveness and of speaking from a source that is demonic. I will not defend these or make any comment. I'll leave it to the Lord.

In my commentary tomorrow, I'm looking forward to speaking into the debate that Keith has started with his post on "Torah", if the Lord permits me. God Bless You All.

Stephen L. Bening

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