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The Title Reverend - Published on June 26, 2022
...He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. - Psalm 111:9     There is only ONE who should ever be called reverend, and that is the ONE who inhabits eternity.  His name is Jesus and holy and reverend is his name.  And so I don't understand why men and women today allow themselves to be referenced with this title, let alone encourage their followers to do so.  Have they not read the sc...
Brandan Kraft
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Christ Our Altar - Published on June 11, 2022
..."We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle." - Hebrews 13:10     As a kid in a small rural town in the Missouri Ozarks, I was a member of the local Southern Baptist Church.  I still remember those hot sultry summer nights in that non air conditioned building where some revival preacher would come and preach for a few nights in a row.  I remember one particular revival meeting where there was quite an urgency that h...
Brandan Kraft
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The Hateful Teacher - Published on June 10, 2022
...    This is the vigilant defender of the faith.  God has called him to correct every error and bring every thought in obedience to his own.  He listens with the most minute scrutiny to every utterance that proceeds from his peoples’ lips and is quick to say, “Aha! You didn’t cross that t or dot that i.  You are a heretic.”     He whim whams the poor people over the head with election and predestination so harshly that it causes spirit...
Jack Shanks
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Problems with Social Media - Published on June 6, 2022
...Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. - Matthew 10:16     I’ve been involved with the Internet now since the early 90s.  And so much has changed since I started using it.  In the 90s we used to get onto various bulletin boards and chat rooms and we’d talk about church and doctrine.  It’s kind of funny, because back then things weren’t nearly as controversial as ...
Brandan Kraft
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Stop Putting God in a Box! - Published on June 6, 2022
...    I'm convinced that we as believers really need to stop putting God in a neatly wrapped box.  We need to stop neatlly wrapping all the truth of God into an easy box that we can simply unwrap and just be content with our nice little package.  What I mean by that is we need to stop relying on our formulas and return to the whole of Scripture in order to discern the truth.  A lot of men think that that the five points of Calvinism, or what we call TULIP is ALL&n...
Brandan Kraft
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In Defense of Spurgeon - Published on June 5, 2022
...    It seems very strange that I would find myself sitting here today writing in defense of someone who has been dead for over one hundred and thirty years, but it sadly seems necessary to respond to the continual attacks upon this man and his character.   Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) nicknamed the “Prince of Preachers” has always been hated and slandered by his enemies, even long after he has been dead.  And I think it’s because he stands tall like a...
Brandan Kraft
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Heresy Hunting Club - Published on May 27, 2022
...A religion which spends 90+% of its 'Christian witness' activities in perpetual witch / heresy hunting is some club indeed....
Renat Ilyasov
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Self Elevated Little Popes - Published on March 27, 2022
..."Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father — He who is in Heaven." - Matthew 23:9      In every generation there are those of an officious spirit who aspire to leadership, demanding deference from their fellows. Such men insist upon unqualified subjection from their followers. Their interpretation of the Scriptures must not be challenged, their dictates are final. Everyone must believe precisely wha...
Arthur W. Pink
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The Great Apostasy - Published on February 7, 2022
...    Paul revealed in his own lifetime that the apocalyptic 'mystery of iniquity' was already at work.  In his farewell address to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20), he prophesied that false teachers and heresy in Christian congregations would greatly multiply after his death.  The mystery of iniquity is more than original sin.  It is the strange and unique sin of irreversible apostasy from God and Christ.  In 1 and 2 Timothy, Paul has a definite change of tone f...
Bob Higby
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Thankful For What He’s Not Doing! - Published on September 24, 2021
...    I hear “preachers” saying, “We are so excited about what God’s doing” and THEN they list all their activities, programs and entertainments. When I look around at what’s called “church” today, I often stop and thank God for what He is NOT doing in HIS churches. Thankful for the simplicity of praying together, worshipping Christ through singing of hymns and the preaching of Gods word on the finished work of Christ and the exaltation of ...
Mikal Smith
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We Are Not at War with Any Man! - Published on September 15, 2021
...    Christian men are not at war with any man that walks the earth. We are at war with infidelity, but the persons of infidels we love and pray for; we are at warfare with any heresy, but we have no enmity against heretics; we are opposed to, and cry war to the knife with everything that opposes God and his truth: but towards every man we would still endeavour to carry out the holy maxim, "Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you."     The Christian...
Charles Spurgeon
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Off the Rails! - Published on September 15, 2021
...The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are... Luke 18:11     The sovereign grace movement online is off the rails.  These days all I see are attacks by real and imagined sovereign grace preachers against other sovereign grace preachers and other people of various beliefs.  Many of them have gained notoriety simply by attacking others.  Polemics is their speciality, and instead of laying the straight stick ...
Brandan Kraft
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What Theology Discussions Look Like Online - Published on September 14, 2021
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What I Now Think about Being Labeled as a Compromiser - Published on September 13, 2021
...    My entire adult life as a believer I've always faced critics.  When I first turned away from the dispensational freewillism of my youth toward a belief in sovereign grace, I lost friends and was attacked.  All my freewilller buddies turned against me.  They would say things like, "Don't listen to Brandan, he's a compromiser!  He denies the free will  of man and thinks that salvation is ENTIRELY by God's predestination!" &nb...
Brandan Kraft
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True Colors - Published on September 8, 2021
...    It has been said that you'll never know someones true colors until something bad happens. Perhaps, but what's really going on there?     My true colors are many times as much a surprise to me as they are to you. When life falls apart and so do I, something gets unveiled in me, I get to know things about myself that I sometimes wish I didn't know. So do you.     Imagine if I were to face everything you could throw at me and still never lost it, ...
Bobby Capps
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Giving Alms - Published on September 7, 2021
...    When you give alms, or do any act of charity, wait on God, do it as unto him, give to a disciple in the name of a disciple, to the poor because they belong to Christ; do it not for the praise of men, but for the glory of God, with a single eye, and an upright heart, direct it to Him, and then your alms as well as your prayer, like those of Cornelius, come up for a memorial before God (Acts 10:4). Beg of God to accept what you do for the good of others, that your alms may indeed be ...
Matthew Henry
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What Would it Take? - Published on September 7, 2021
...    Over the years I have with deep regrets watched a number of people leave the gospel.  I confess that the departure of some of them from the gospel of God's grace always makes me think of Christ's words to the disciples on one occasion, "Will ye also go away?"  Will I?  Will you?     The gospel of the grace of God in Christ is the most precious thing in the world.  It is like a rare, one-of-a-kind jewel not to be found on every stre...
Gary Shepard
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Look Every Man on the Things of Others - Published on September 7, 2021
...Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. - Philippians 2:4     The failure of most preachers is traced not to the fact that they do not have a pastor's head, voice, and energy, but they do not have a pastor's heart! The failure of most church members and professing christians to be a blessing to family, friends, and outsiders is not that you do not have the proper doctrine, the proper moral integrity and enthusiasm for the truth, bu...
Scott Richardson
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True Conversion - Published on September 7, 2021
...    When the Word of God converts a person, it takes away from him his despair but not his repentance.     True conversion gives a man pardon but does not make him presumptuous.     True conversion gives a man security but does not allow him to leave off being watchful.     True conversion gives a man perfect rest but does not stop his progress (growth).     True conversion gives a man strength and holiness, but it never lets him boas...
Charles Spurgeon
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We Shall Die with No Stones in Our Hands! - Published on September 7, 2021
...    When the children of God see, hear, and are confronted with the "damnable heresies" of false prophets (2 Peter 2), they should have thoughts of pity and compassion, both for the deceivers and the deceived. And when these pitiful, perishing religionists will not receive us, nor our doctrine, nor our sovereign and gracious Lord, it is not ours to seek their personal destruction, to call down fire upon their heads.  That is not the spirit and attitude of the saints (Luk...
Bruce Crabtree
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