Pristine Grace

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     Welcome to the Pristine Grace Website!  We hope you enjoy the discussion forum,  articles, books, and scripture software that has been provided here.  This website has been created to proclaim the truth to God's people.

     We are living in an age of self-idolatry and very few people who profess Christ truly understand the Gospel.  Many believe that Jesus died for all men universally and that the difference between those who are saved and not saved is the individual's "free will" decision.  

     There are others who are more enlightened but yet still believe in things like the doctrine of "common grace", the doctrine of "duty-faith" or the "free offer" of the Gospel.  We believe these doctrines are erroneous and profane God's precious love for His elect.  We prefer the word "free" or "pristine" instead of the word "common" to describe grace as the Scriptures declare God's love to be found only in God's Son, and that all of Grace is of the will of God and not corrupted or stained by the will of man, hence the adjective "pristine".

     Some would also cast aspersions on us because we believe in the absolute predestination of all things - that is there isn't a single event that occurs that God did not predestinate.  We believe that the term hyper-calvinism is a pejorative used to discredit our writings. Nevertheless, we believe He is absolutely Sovereign! We believe He has saved His people from their sins (Mat 1:21) and that all of His sheep will be given the gift of faith in the Gospel of Christ at His appointed time.

     This website is currently edited and operated by Brandan Kraft in St. Louis Missouri.  It is dedicated to all the brethren scattered abroad, but especially to the dear brothers and sisters he knows and loves in Christ.  Special thanks go out to Bob Higby, Bill Parker, Jim Casey, Greg Winegar, Eileen Beckett, Scott O’Nanski, Nicholas Laurienzo, Milton Almeida, Richard Warmack, Jim Byrd, Scott Price, John Pedersen, Craig Miklosik, Stanley PhillipsEd Vrell, James JohnsonJames Guyo, Stan Terry, Tim James, Gary Shepard, Jason Smith, Ron Trabandt, John Gill, Henry Mahan, William Gadsby, Augustus TopladyMike Smith, John Robbins, Jason Smith, Marc Lidgett, his bride Angie, and too many others to list here!   We truly have a lot of friends in the Gospel.

     Brandan and his family currently attend 13th Street Baptist Church in Ashland, KY and Sovereign Grace Church in Jackson, MO.  If you are looking for Gospel Fellowship, check out our directory of recommended congregations.

Latest Articles

What Does Made Sin Actually Mean? : Part 4 of 4 - Published on August 18, 2019
...      Parts one, two, and three of this article series were recently published.  My final part in this article series will deal with Clay Curtis's sermon titled, The Blessing of Imputation.  It can be viewed or listened to in its entirety on Sermon Audio.  But for the purpose of analysis and commentary, I transcribed it in its entirety and have made it available for download.  I think this is an important sermon to listen to because it really exposes what the 4th camp is preaching.  Yes you read right, four camps.        I know earlier in this article series I mentioned that there were three camps.  The first camp, or the camp that I agree with, believes the phrase made sin in 1 ...
Brandan Kraft
Debunking the 'Great Satan' Myth : Part 1 : The Biblical Argument - Published on August 17, 2019
...“One Little Word Shall Fell Him.”  Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:8-11, AKJV Disclaimer: The author of this article is uncompromising in his defense of historic Reformation doctrine, confessing the absolute sovereignty of God in the Father’s purpose of Gr...
Bob Higby
Christ’s Death was a Glorious Success! - Published on August 17, 2019
...     Let us be very much crystal-clear on whether there was ever any value in the death of Christ for the non-elect. The death of Christ has ZERO value, in any sense for, or towards, the non-elect. Not in purpose, will, effect, nature, scope or any other thing under the sun having to do in connection with value for the non-elect, at all, or at any time, in this world, or the world to come. This includes sufficiency. His death  has ZERO sufficiency, in any sense for, or towards, the non-elect. Not in purpose, will, effect, nature, scope or any other thing under the sun having to do in connection with sufficiency for the non-elect, at all, or at any time, in this world, or the world to come. I hope you don't scratch your head with any doubt in these things if you clai...
Scott Price
What Does Made Sin Actually Mean? : Part 3 of 4 - Published on August 15, 2019
...    Part one and part two of this series of articles on the made sin controversy were published not too long ago.  I've received comments, and most of them have been positive.  But there has been some mild criticism/objections, which I expected.  I'm a big boy, so send your comments my way, I want to hear what you have to say.  My feelings aren't gonna be hurt, I can tell you that.     I have not heard from anyone from the "made sin" camp, only those in the imputation camp.  Some dear brothers that I have agreement with in the imputation only camp have said essentially (summarized) , "Brandan, please listen to these clips.  These preachers are preaching false doctrine.   Please take a listen."  O...
Brandan Kraft
Professed Gracers - Published on August 15, 2019
...    There are already very few Sovereign grace preachers and believers.     I therefore distaste seemingly "professed gracers" who are always in fighting mode to the extent that they are willing to devour their own brethren just to prove that they know a few things, which in most cases they don't.     The more they speak the more they reveal their emptiness of things regarding Christ.      If you disagree with me or anyone, go to the text of scripture and prove your arguments from there.     It is more helpful to those who come and read and it honors the Lord, because you will be a faithful workman who is rightly dividing the word-and surely that is a noble goal.     There are some people that I k...
James Guyo
God's Imputation is not Pretend or Make Believe - Published on August 14, 2019
...     Those who would portray or characterize the Biblical doctrine of imputation (the sins of God's elect imputed to Christ and HIS righteousness imputed to all for whom He died, as taught in 2 Corinthians 5:21), as "God pretending" (or a mere pretense) do not understand the Biblical doctrine of imputation. Christ was truly MADE SIN for His people by imputation, and this was so real that He actually came under the curse of the law and the wrath of God for His people. It was so real that because of it He had to suffer unto death for His people. It was so real that as their Surety and Substitute, He fully satisfied the justice of God so much so that their sins cannot justly be imputed to them. It was so real that by His death they are all fully, eternally, and un...
Bill Parker
No One Goes to Heaven Because They are Good - Published on August 11, 2019
...     According to popular evangelical religion, God loves you and desperately desires to save you, but is powerless to do so unless you give him permission by your "free will".       According to popular evangelicalism, many people, myriads of people, will be lost, will perish in eternal judgment, BUT this will not be for any lack of love on God's part.       The fact people go to hell will not be for any lack of desire on God's part to save them. Rather, it will be on account of the fact they chose to reject God's offer to grant them salvation and chose to reject the "opportunity" they had to accept the love He has for them and everyone else.       So, according to popular e...
John Pedersen
The Demanding Husband and the Law - Published on August 10, 2019
...     Here is the distinction BETWEEN LAW AND GRACE. The Law is the husband who demands perfection in everything that you do as a wife. When you cook, your cooking is never good and he will never thank you. When you iron his clothes, he is never happy with the way you do it. When you wear your best clothes, smell the best and have on your make up, he still calls you ugly.      Not only that, he beats you up for your best effort.  Why? Because your best efforts do not and can never meet His high standards.      On the other hand grace, Christ Jesus, the husband says, come to Me you who are weary and heavy laden. You who are not able to please anyone and I will give you rest. Grace says, I have forgotten all your sins...
James Guyo
Surviving Sin - Published on August 10, 2019
...     When someone "does you dirty" there are three things that are immediately in play, three things you must do to recover from the injury/sin done against you. The sin must be forgiven - sin is wrong, it's not fair, it's not the way it should be and justice must be served.  Forgiveness is trusting that God is just and that He can handle what has happened to you. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it." - Rom 12:19 The wound needs to be healed - all sin hurts and causes injury and wounds must heal.  God provides healing through grief.  Grief is suffering the loss, owning what happened to you and what it cost you. ...
Bobby Capps
What Does Made Sin Actually Mean? : Part 2 of 4 - Published on August 9, 2019
...Note:  You can read part one of this article here.  You can read part three of this article here.      I've still been thinking about the "made sin" controversy.  I've received some feedback on my last article, but mostly not much of a response.  I want to get to the bottom of this and clarify even further what I think really is going on.      Joe Terrell has written an article that I believe represents well the "more than imputation camp."  I want to go through it, dissect it, and add my comments.   I want to honestly review it and show that the made sin camp is not preaching another Gospel.  I believe personalities and people following is getting in the wa...
Brandan Kraft
Application and Thankfulness - Published on August 9, 2019
...     It's amazing how selfishly, arrogantly, and ignorantly, we who profess faith in the Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ complain. If we believe HE is in control of ALL things, and if HE be ALL wise, then when HE takes us through affliction, shall we cry "not fair" or "not right"? Can we, if we truly profess to believe HE is sovereignly by providence bringing to pass all things for our good, be unthankful and ungrateful for his wise providence?      We all experience these times and fail. But we must remember a few things: Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.  - Psalms 119:67 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. - Psalms 119:71 I know, O Lord...
Mike Smith
Made Willing in the Day of Thy Power - Published on August 8, 2019
...Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power - Psa 110:3      Walk the aisle of most "Christian" book stores and you will find row after row of books on self-help. Whether it be "How to be Born Again," "10 Steps to Christian Maturity," or "Your Best Life Now," one thing is sure, at the heart of all those books, are an unbiblical doctrine that has taken a stranglehold on modern "Christianity" and the "churches" it flows from. If there be one subject that seems to cause the most contention between the professing believers of God, it is the subject of human freewill. This unbiblical doctrine is not new, however. It has spanned the course of time and reaches back to Adam and to Satan himself. The false doctrin...
Mike Smith
Our Biggest Hindrance - Published on August 7, 2019
...     I don't believe something because a prominent preacher, confession or creed, or any acedemia says something is so. I don’t believe something just because I’ve been taught it my whole life. When we put our trust in men, we surely will be let down as well as taught wrongly.       A dear preacher friend of mine, Bro Royce Smith, once said, "our biggest hindrance to learning is what we already 'know'."      I think that is true.       I have on more than one occasion, had to go back to the congregation I pastor and confess that I had come to learn through more study, that what I taught before, I taught wrongly and had to repent and begin preaching what I was given to see a...
Mike Smith
Thirteenth Street Baptist Church : Our Creed - Published on August 7, 2019
...     Our church has been entrusted with the delightful duty to proclaim, promote and preserve the truth of God. What is our creed; what, in short, are our beliefs? Scripture alone. We do not bow to the writings of men to guide us in doctrine and practice. We cannot wholeheartedly support the old confessions of faith written by well-meaning, but sinful men. There are no Baptist denominational rules that govern this church. We look to “the Word of Truth,” the inspired Scriptures as the sole foundation and guide for all that we believe and do. “Thus saith the Lord,” taken in its context, governs our beliefs, values, convictions and practices. Christ alone. There is but one Savior, one Sacrifice for sins, one Substitute fo...
Jim Byrd
Sanctified by the Spirit - Published on August 6, 2019
...     Truth - God's people, at conversion, are Sanctified by the Spirit, NOT by the Law. What about after conversion? Still not Sanctified by the Law. Seems many are thinking they are Sanctified by works and or Law. Nope! Sanctification is by sovereign grace. The Spirit is effectual in His work. This is not a hard saying, only to the unbeliever. Grace is sufficient as the just shall live by faith and walk in the Spirit. This is God's wise purpose. Are you satisfied with that?...
Scott Price
I’m Only a Sinner Saved By Grace - Published on August 6, 2019
...     A man who really knows God never graduates above that statement right there — "I'm only a sinner saved by grace." He may grow in grace, grow in talent, grow in gifts and grow in knowledge, but he's still only a sinner saved by grace....
Henry Mahan
2019 Rock Valley Fall Conference : Sep 13-15 - Published on August 6, 2019
...Drew Dietz will be preaching the Gospel. There will be evening services on Friday and Saturday and a morning service on Sunday. 1616 18th Street, Rock Valley, IA 51247 (605) 370-1076 If you have further questions, please contact Joe Terrell on the Rock Valley Facebook Page.  ...
Without Christ Religion is a Sunless Firmament - Published on August 6, 2019
...     That page is the brightest, in which most of Christ is found. That sermon is the brightest sermon, in which most of Christ is heard. That life is the brightest life, in which most of Christ is seen...without Christ religion is a sunless firmament; the home is no abode of peace; and prosperity is an adverse flood. Without Christ, birth is no boon, life is no gain, and death is a downfall into an unfathomable abyss...Can I know this and not beseech men to make Christ their all?...
Henry Law
What Does Made Sin Actually Mean? : Part 1 of 4 - Published on August 5, 2019
...     The made sin controversy has been brought up again in my mind.  It's been nearly 15 years since Mark Daniels was fired from his position at Eager Avenue Grace Church in Albany, GA for preaching and refusing to recant that Christ became an actual sinner on the cross.  If you're interested in hearing the actual sermon, and reading my response to it, I urge you to read my article about it.  I have heard that this article was printed, read, and passed around in the churches, including at 13th street.  I probably would have taken more time to write it, and maybe change some of the language used had I known it was going to be so widely read.  However, after re-reading it, I still stand by the basic premise it communicated today....
Brandan Kraft
Imputed Righteousness : Ground of All True Comfort - Published on August 5, 2019
...Now, to this place I have come, Through the living, joys and tears, This the end, the living 's done, Now the time for dying 's here. Would I could now take the book, Sin and shame all written down, Remove the days where I forsook Truth, and wisdom, Christ disowned! But being able, this to do, What days could then be found for me? Not one! And so, I look to You, Your cross and righteousness, to see, And know, by these You view my life, All of which I am ashamed, As righteous, holy, in Your sight, No fault is found; no sin is named. “…God, Who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” - Romans 4:17...
John Pedersen
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