Pristine Grace

Welcome to Pristine Grace

     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 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, Nicolas Laurienzo, Milton Almeida, Richard Warmack, Jim Byrd, Scott Price, John Pedersen, Craig Miklosik, Stanley PhillipsEd Vrell, James Guyo, Stan Terry, Tim James, John Gill, Henry Mahan, Mike Smith, John Robbins, Marc Lidgett, his bride Angie, and too many others to list here!  

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Latest Articles

The Straight Stick - Published on June 19, 2019
...    When you stop and think about all the error there is in this world concerning God and salvation, it is overwhelming. I could spend all my time and all my energies exposing various spiritual errors and I would never be finished. Not only that, if I could show those that hear me all these errors, they would still be lost and die in their sins. We are not saved by knowing some things that are wrong but by believing the truth!      I once heard someone say this: "The way to show that a stick is crooked is by continually laying down a straight stick beside it."  What wisdom! The way to expose the errors of the many false gospels in our day is to keep preaching the true gospel! The way to expose what Paul referred to as "another jesus"...
Gary Shepard
What is the Gospel - Published on June 18, 2019
...Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to MY GOSPEL, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. - Rom.16:25-27      Most people I know think the question asked in the title of this article is an unnecessary question that really doesn't need to be answered. Matter of fact, they THINK they already know the answer. I KNOW I DID! To them the "GOSPEL" is God's invitation for them to "accept Jesus as their personal Lord and ...
Richard Warmack
Two Ways to Lose Your Soul - Published on June 16, 2019
...     The everlasting loss of the soul is by far the greatest loss anyone could ever suffer. There are two ways a person may lose their own soul. [1] A man may lose his soul by going through life without any religion at all.  A person may live in this world without any regard for God or the things of God; he may exist as if he were as a beast: godless, prayerless, graceless and faithless. He may devote himself to amassing great wealth, obtaining vast amount of secular knowledge or acquiring great possessions. Our Lord said of one man whose goal in life was to increase his riches, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall these things be” (Luke 12:20). The end of such a person will be everlasting destruction. [2] A p...
Jim Byrd
The Object of Your Faith - Published on June 12, 2019
...     Whatever your assurance looks to for hope is the object of your faith. Therefore, those who look to works, choices, resolve, determination, zeal, knowledge, affections, history, traditions, association, etc. are not believing in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.       The need for evangelism is great among the professing religious in our day. Proclaim the gospel of free and sovereign grace against the sovereignty of man and his abilities.       Few “brethren” are truly born again beloved.        My friends, have you been taught of your righteousness? Have you been shown from whom it comes? Does your “church” learn of imputation and how your righteousness must be greater than tha...
James Tippins
Offering Christ - Published on June 11, 2019
...     About sixteen years ago, I heard a young man from Hoxton (Association Baptist) Academy make the following remarks: “I now offer you Christ, and Christ stands with open arms ready to receive you. Yea, he begs, and prays, and beseeches you all to come unto him and have life; and yet some of you will not come. Nay, it is as if God the Father came and fell upon his knees before you, begging and beseeching you to receive Christ, and come and be reconciled to him; and yet you will not come.” In this way he proceeded for a considerable length of time; and this he called “preaching the gospel to every creature.” From a professed Arminian such remarks might be expected; but for one who professes to believe in eternal and absolute election to use such awfu...
William Gadsby
Seizing the Gospel - Published on June 10, 2019
...We do not seize the gospel, the gospel seizes us....
Stan Terry
A Tribute to Henry Mahan - Published on June 9, 2019
...     “The Thirteenth Street Baptist Church of Ashland, Kentucky invites you to listen to a message by their pastor, Henry Mahan,” that is how each television broadcast began. For over fifty years, this church and this man had a unique relationship, he was the one God ordained to begin and pastor the Thirteenth Street Baptist Church. Both the man and the church understood that the union which existed was one which the Lord brought about. Think of it: what is a church without a pastor and what is a pastor without a church? Brother Mahan was used of God to travel and faithfully preach the gospel in countless places, but always, back behind the scenes, in full support, was the church which sent him forth. Only eternity will reveal the hearts touched by the gospel he ...
Jim Byrd
Monsters of Cruelty - Published on June 9, 2019
...    Now that I am a father, and know the affection of a parent--would I not defend from every danger--would I not bestow every truly good thing--would I not implore every blessing--on my tender children? Would I not nourish their infant state--correct and educate their childhood--inspect, reprove, and admonish them in youth? Would I allow the dear little creatures--to play with sharp pointed knives--to frolic on the brink of a rapid torrent--or dance around a pit's mouth? Would I permit them to eat deadly berries--or to put a cup of poison to their tender lips? However indulgent, would I allow them to disobey my commands? And if they labored under any disease which threatened their precious life, what pains or expenses would I spare to procure them relief? If assured that a p...
James Meikle
Two Sons : Two Ways - Published on June 4, 2019
...Two sons had father Abraham, Born in his family; One was by the bondwoman,  The other, by the free: The slave-born son by Hagar, Conceived by natural function;  Sarah’s son, the free-born,  By Holy Spirit’s unction. Two symbols these, the slave and free, They represent two ways: Hagar: Sinai’s strict decree, And Sarah: God’s free grace. Hagar and her progeny  Are slaves to natural strength; Bound under law’s demand and curse, Short justice’ breadth and length; They speak of grace, forgiveness too, But always on condition:  Salvation based on what you do;  God’s plan, but man’s rendition. Sarah’s children have no chains,  They see law’s true demand;  They know ...
John Pedersen
A Tribute to a Faithful Pastor : Henry Mahan : August 19, 1926 - May 31, 2019 - Published on June 2, 2019
...     It seems to me that in every generation God raises up one specific man by whose voice he leads and instructs his church. Oh, there are many, many others, faithful, gifted men by whom God speaks to his people. But they, too, are taught and led of God by his singular, gifted messenger to that generation. Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, John the Baptist, and the Apostle Paul are all biblical examples of such men.      In my opinion, Bro. Henry Mahan was that voice in his generation, at least in the United States, if not the entire English-speaking world. That statement will raise many questioning, if not disdaining, eyebrows. But, in my opinion, the statement is not an exaggeration. I know of no single man who was more widely use...
Don Fortner
The Compromiser's Refuge - Published on May 30, 2019
...     We all know people who claim to know and believe the TRUE GOSPEL and the doctrine of grace that the true Gospel reveals but who compromise by claiming that false Christians are their brethren in the faith.  Many of them become angry with, and accusatory of, any who challenge this position.  How do they do this?  They take refuge in what they see as merely DOCTRINAL knowledge and positions and Christians differing in this knowledge and these positions.  Their refuge is usually stated as “Calvinism vs. Arminianism.”  They claim that they as Calvinist have a higher knowledge than other Christians who are Arminians.  The issue they need to face has nothing to do with John Calvin and Jacob Arminius.  The issue is this – WH...
Bill Parker
This is Free! - Published on May 25, 2019
...     TD Jake's, and many of his ilk who ply his trade of prosperity gospel are not gospel preachers.      They are therapists, sooth sayers, fortune tellers, palm readers and false preachers who masquerade as gospel preachers .      Let the truth be told even Jesus was not always filling a stadium with His preaching.      Why? Because He was the Stone of Stumbling and Rock of offense.      Jesus preached Jesus and many stopped following Him.      When we preach Jesus we should expect many to be offended. Just an observation.      Jesus did not have self-esteem issues and so was never looking for validation from anyone and neither was He looking for some friends. ...
James Guyo
Our Bodies Preach the Gospel - Published on May 23, 2019
...     Blood removes impurities from my cells that cause my body harm. My heart is the pump that moves that blood through my body removing impurities. And my heart beats by the grace of God. I don't consciously think of it at all.      In like manner, Jesus' blood is "continually cleansing me from all my sins." (1 John 1:7) And that too is by the grace of God with no effort on my part at all.      Blood brings life giving oxygen to my cells. Each cell is kept alive by the oxygen that the blood brings to that cell. And the blood is oxygenated by the lungs who breath by the grace of God.      In like manner the breath of God, the pneuma, the Spirit, oxygenates the blood of Christ and gives life to all of God...
Bobby Capps
Truth Welcomes Close Inspection - Published on May 5, 2019
...     Augustus Toplady was bold in his opposition of the false doctrine held by John Wesley. Wesley preached a salvation conditioned upon the sinner’s cooperation with God. He embraced free-willism and staunchly opposed the gospel of sovereign grace. In one of his letters to Wesley, Toplady chided him: "Canvass the points of doctrine wherein we differ, as strictly as you can. They will stand the test. They scorn disguise. Truth, like our first parents in the state of innocence, can show herself naked without being either afraid or ashamed: and he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God."      My friends, the truth of God will stand inspection; it will bear up under scrutiny. In fa...
Jim Byrd
Tis Not That I Did Choose Thee - Published on April 27, 2019
...     Who is the Bible written to? Suppose I were to instruct my lawyer to draft a letter informing my child that I had left them a sizeable inheritance in my will. He would instruct his secretary to type the letter and it would be sent to the them. Both the secretary and the one that it was sent to will read the letter but it will have an entirely different affect on the two. To the secretary it will be just another letter but to the one that it written to would be glad for this good news! Such is the Bible.       The word of God is written to God’s people. Several times they are referred to as “believers” and “them that believe.” But their “believing” is not the reason or cause of their receiving the inheritan...
Gary Shepard
The Altar of Universalism - Published on April 14, 2019
...     Many today will seek to worship God at the altar of universalism. They will sit under a preacher who lulls them into the sleep of eternal death with the message of “God loves you, He loves everybody, Christ died for all men so He died for you.” They will perish under this deception while clutching one verse, John 3:16, without knowing what the Bible really says about the love of God and without knowing who Christ died for. Without knowing that God hates some men with a holy and just hatred! We know this by the whole of God’s word. Imagine a sign in the midst of the ashes of Sodom and Gomorrah saying “SMILE GOD LOVES YOU.” Here are just a couple of many verse that show that the god of universal love is not Jehovah God: Rom 9:13  As i...
Gary Shepard
When Your Vow Fails - Published on April 9, 2019
...     And  I  tell  you  what,  there  never  will  be,  there  never  can  be,  a,  particle  of  creature  work  or  merit  in  sanctification.  Nothing  will  do  but the finished work of Christ. The hope must go of any betterness in  self  before  we  have  any  manifestive  hope  in  Christ.  When  the  Lord   is   pleased   to   bring   manifestive   sanctification   into   your   conscience,  you  will  know  something  of  being  drawn  by  the  cords  of  a  man,  and &nbs...
William Gadsby
God Loves You? - Published on March 27, 2019
...     Just went to Walmart and passed two local religious facilities and their electronic signs read:  "Every Christian is either a missionary or an IMPOSTER"      The second sign read: "The God who created everything LOVES YOU"      I won't deal with the silly implications of the first sign, but I would like to state something Scriptural about the second saying - "The God who created everything LOVES YOU".        No where in the Scriptures are God's children instructed or commanded to declare a "blanket declaration" to all men without exception that "God LOVES YOU". To make that sort of statement is to directly contradict the truth of the Scripture. ...
Richard Warmack
The Immorality of a False Gospel - Published on February 27, 2019
...     Many professing Christians today attempt to discern an individual's regeneration based on a person's outward morality (e.g~ he or she loves their spouse, loves their children, goes to church, etc.) over and above the gospel that one confesses. These people fail to recognize that confessing a false gospel is more immoral than homosexuality and other blatantly obvious sins. They also exalt the Law over and above the gospel that they profess to love so dearly in their self righteous means of discernment.       The Bible speaks clearly that in regeneration God, "...is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." (2nd Cor 4:6). This glory that is revealed in the hea...
Andrew Burgess
Where Is Your Refuge? - Published on February 17, 2019
...     It is a peculiar happiness to observe that in matters of spiritual concern, the philosopher and the ploughman (if truly regenerate) have the same feelings, speak the same language, and they all eat of the same spiritual meat, drink of the same spiritual Rock that follows them, and that Rock is Christ. Hence, this is that sameness of experience, or to speak figuratively, that strong and striking family likeness which exists among the converted people of God in every period of time and in every nation under heaven. They all, without exception, take refuge in the righteousness and cross of Christ and unite in ascribing the whole praise of their salvation only to the free grace and sovereign mercy of Father, Son and Holy Spirit....
Augustus Toplady
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