Pristine Grace

Gospel Distinctives
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Shall every man know the plague of his own heart : 1 Kings 8:38 - Published on July 17, 2004
...     The above words have laid on my mind the last days, as the only Scripture which at present seems to apply to my personal condition. One may ask to whom these words refer. Do they speak about every man without distinction? Or do they speak about some particular kinds of men alone? I believe the latter is true. The unregenerate may have a head knowledge about the doctrine of man's absolute and total hereditary sin-depravity, and it may even go a bit further than that. But h...
Harald Granbacka
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Why Did God Create Wasps? - Published on July 15, 2004
...And I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow. - Joshua 24.12         At this time of the year, along with strawberries and ice-cream, picnics and barbeques, butterflies and the drone of honey-bees in blossom on a balmy summer evening, there comes a question: Why did God create wasps? If ever an insect could spoil an idyllic moment a wasp can. And...
Peter L. Meney
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Limiting the Atonement - Published on July 15, 2004
...Any idea of limiting God ought to be anathema to a Christian. Our God is all-powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient) and all-pervading (omnipresent). There is nothing in this world or the entire universe that God does not see, know and control. There is nothing that God has willed and purposed to do that will be frustrated or fail. Our finite minds buckle at such immensity, but that is why our Lord is God Almighty. Nevertheless, there are areas in which God has chosen to limit Himself...
Peter L. Meney
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God Sees No Sin in His People - Published on July 15, 2004
...     Balaam is one of the most puzzling characters in the Bible. We know that he was a self-serving false prophet (Jude 11; Revelation 2.14). But, at times, he appears to have been a man of character. He led Israel to mingle the worship of idols with the worship of God (Numbers 25.1; 31.16), persuading them to compromise the truth and glory of God in the name of unity and peace with those who were the enemies of God. Yet, at times, he seems to be a man of truthfulness, committed t...
Don Fortner
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Does God Love His People in Their Sin? - Published on July 15, 2004
...     There are instances to be given of God's love to his elect, while they are in a state of nature. Christ's coming into this world, and dying in the room and stead of the elect, are, at once, proofs, both of his own and his Father's love to them; God so loved them, as to give his only begotten Son; and Christ so loved them as to give himself for them, in a way of offering and sacrifice for their sins; at which time they were considered as ungodly, as being yet sinne...
John Gill
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Understanding Grace - Published on July 14, 2004
...I often hear this type of question from people who misunderstand election:  "Are you a robot, running around doing whatever God preprogrammed you to do?"    This is a fair and constant question. I hear it all the time.  Here is my answer.   In issues pertaining life and death, would to God that I would be such a faithful and obedient servant! Even as a robot!   Would to God that I would merely move to the motions He makes! I would rather respond only to the p...
Milton Almeida
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Religion and Grace : What is the Difference? - Published on July 14, 2004
...I always thought that Jesus intended to show in the Parable of the Prodigal Son something far more important than the mere narration of the return of a backsliding sinner.  I have preached as many as 27 sermons on a couple of verses alone this rich text and I am still counting. Yet, one of the most under explored aspects of this impressive story is the difference between the father, clearly a picture of God, and the oldest son, obviously a picture of the religious system called "Christian...
Milton Almeida
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Free Grace - Published on July 14, 2004
...     I admire and love the grace of God; and the longer I live, the more do I love and admire it. My sins, my corruptions, my infirmities make me feel my deep and daily need of it; and as its freeness, fulness, suitability and inexpressible blessedness are more and more opened up to my heart and conscience, so do I more and more cleave to and delight in it. What, in fact, is there which you can substitute for it?      I assume that you have some concern about rel...
J.C. Philpot
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Why the cross? - Published on July 13, 2004
...It was another one of those days when crowds flocked to the hill just outside the city to watch the execution of three condemned men. Two were criminals, the third was the Son of God His claims to be the Son of God and the miracles he had done, along with his example of perfect holiness and authoritative teaching, had not convinced the people at large. Their religious leaders had condemned him as an impostor and together they had been before Pilate's court clamouring for him to be put to death....
Bill Clark
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The Dumbing Down of Doctrine - Published on July 13, 2004
...  The Aims of This Lecture: In my paper, I would like to air the perpetual challenge of presenting doctrine in evangelism, pastoral work and personal witness to a people who find doctrine hard to digest, difficult to understand and indeed, an insult to their view of themselves. I will first look at the fact that even in Christian circles doctrine is dumbed down and then at the methods used and reasons given for such an attitude. I will follow this up by defining doctrine as it is foun...
George Ella
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The Gospel of Deceit - Published on July 13, 2004
...  Calvinism confused Our Lord tells us to be balanced in our teaching, not giving that which is holy to the dogs, nor giving stones where bread is needed. This balance has been broken severely by the modern pseudo-Free-Offer movement. Spurgeon summed Calvinism up as 'salvation by grace alone', but views of Calvinists in relation to saving grace have drastically changed. Besides, Calvin would be appalled to learn that the saving Gospel which emanates from God but which is op...
George Ella
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Free and Sovereign Grace - Published on July 12, 2004
...     In the matter of salvation we must go to the Word of God. There is no other source to tell us of God, man, sin, Christ, and salvation. The word "Grace is of the utmost importance, the scriptures are full of this word "Grace"; 38 times in the Old Testament and 115 times in the New Testament.      Moses was interested in knowing if he had found "Grace in the sight of the Lord." Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Grace is what th...
Don Bell
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Arminianism : The Road to Rome! - Published on July 12, 2004
...Whose Voice Do You Hear?      "My sheep, saith Christ, hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish." O, most worthy Scriptures! which ought to compel us to have a faithful remembrance, and to note the tenor thereof; which is, the sheep of Christ shall never perish.      "Doth Christ mean part of his elect, or all, think you? I do hold, and affirm, and also faithfully believe,...
Augustus Toplady
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The True Gospel - Published on July 12, 2004
...Preached in Norwalk Calif. on Lord's Day Afternoon, September 7th, 2003 1 Timothy 1:11 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed GOD, which was committed to my trust. "According to the glorious gospel of the blessed GOD," The title of my message is The True Gospel. And many preach the gospel. Arminians preach gospel messages, Reformed Arminians preach gospel messages, and even people in the so-called Christ righteousness movement which I call them nowadays. They denounce Arminianism a...
Robert Erridge
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To Everything There is a Season - Published on July 12, 2004
..."To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a t...
J.C. Philpot
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What Souls are Perishing? - Published on July 12, 2004
...The following article is taken from a free publication called "Content for the Faith," by Providence Strict Baptist Assembly in Canada. It is somewhat controverisal but we believe it is a message that needs to be sounded in Christiandom today. With all the carnal flesh pleasing methods of evangelism used today, this message is ever so important. Anyone wishing to get on their mailing list can do so by contacting Gery or Mike Schmidt at 104-1138 Yates Street Victoria British Columbia Canada V8V 3...
Mike Schmidt
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Saved by Grace Alone : Galatians 2:20:21 - Published on July 11, 2004
...I'm going to speak on the subject "Saved By Grace Alone" and it is one of the most important messages I shall ever bring to you and I want you to give me your undivided attention. I'll begin the message with a question and that question is this: DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR A SON OF ADAM, (a human being) TO DO? The most difficult thing, and I'm not talking about something foolish in the material or physical world, I'm talking about something that pertaineth to life, that which p...
Henry Mahan
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The True Use of the Law - Published on July 11, 2004
...     It is no small matter then to understand rightly what the law is, and what is the true use and office thereof... we reject not the law and works, as our adversaries do falsely accuse us... we say that the law is good and profitable, but in his own proper use: which is first to bridle civil transgressions, and then to reveal and to increase spiritual transgressions. Wherefore the law is also a light, which sheweth and revealeth, not the grace of God, not righteousness and life...
Martin Luther
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John Gill and Justification from Eternity - Published on July 11, 2004
...    But there are one or two acts of God which, while they certainly are decreed as much as other things, yet they bear such a special relation to God's predestination that it is rather difficult to say whether they were done in eternity or whether they were done in time. Election is one of those things which were done absolutely in eternity; all who were elect, were elect as much in eternity as they are in time. But you may say, Does the like affirmation apply to adoption or justi...
Charles Spurgeon
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Are There Invitations in the Proclamation of the Gospel? - Published on July 11, 2004
...     From Signs of the Times -September 15, 1904      It is so asserted by all religionists of the present day, and therefore perhaps it is well to ask whether it be so or not. With regard to this question, as with all others pertaining to the religion of Christ, the word of God itself must decide for us. We wish first of all to say that the word invitation does not occur in the New Testament at all, and in the Old Testament in the three places where it is used, ...
F.A. Chick
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