Pristine Grace

Pristine Grace
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Simply to Thy Cross I Cling - Published on June 30, 2020
...    Calvinism, or the Doctrines of Grace otherwise known as TULIP, is the Gospel.   The doctrine of Imputed Righteousness is the Gospel.  But these are simply fuller expressions of the Gospel.  One does not need to understand all the implications of the Gospel in order to believe the Gospel.  All that's needed for saving faith is for one to recognize that one needs cleansing from sin, and that one needs only to turn from striving to resting in Chr...
Brandan Kraft
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The Insidious Rise of High Grace Predestinarian Neo-Gnosticism - Published on June 29, 2020
...    The Gospel as it is expressed in the doctrines of Sovereign Grace, otherwise known as TULIP or "Calvinism" has brought such joy to my heart, there are times that I find myself barely able to contain myself.  To have assurance that I am one of those precious elect for which Christ shed His blood, and that there is a love that has been shed abroad in my heart (Rom 5:5), it brings me much needed peace. There have been many ups and downs in my spiritual journey. &nb...
Brandan Kraft
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Good Luck! - Published on June 21, 2020
..."Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." - 2 Peter 3:18     I've been accused recently of teaching that knowledge of Gospel propositions is not necessary.   This is due to the fact that I stated that some believers who were raised in false religion don't shed all of their "shibboleths" immediately upon conversion to the truth in the Gospel.    For...
Brandan Kraft
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Baptists and Liberty of Conscience - Published on June 19, 2020
...    Like all other Protestants, Baptists profess to be champions of liberty of conscience and the priesthood of all believers. In actual fact, these are not guiding principles of the movement to any significant degree. We must certainly recognize that the apostolic gospel is confessional and therefore must be expressed in definite propositions of truth. These gospel truths cannot be compromised; those who will not believe them cannot be regarded as Christ’s brethren. However, in ...
Bob Higby
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Ichabod Etched into Every Door - Published on June 18, 2020
...And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.  - 1 Samuel 4:21-22     Here's a quick story about Ichabod, the grandson of Eli,  the priest of the Lord in Shiloh.  After the Ark of the covenant was stolen by the Phillistines, the glory of God was taken from Israel.  ...
Brandan Kraft
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Hit by Friendly Fire? - Published on June 18, 2020
...    Here are some scriptures to meditate upon the next time someone you love hurts you deeply.   And yes it will more than likely happen!  And also you will more than likely hurt another person, even unintentionally.  God forbid that we should hurt our brothers and sisters in Christ, those that were purchased with His blood.   But we do it.  I've been hurt myself too, even recently by folks that are my friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ.  ...
Brandan Kraft
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Men Put a Lot of God's truth in a Box - Published on June 17, 2020
...    The Five Points of Calvinism (TULIP) are not all there is to the gospel. They are certainly not all there is to the doctrine of gospel election, either. They put election in a box; low-grace infralapsarians claim to believe them as much as high-grace supralapsarians.      Men put a lot of God's truth in a box. In the end, the WHOLE of scripture is our judge. ... The arena of revealed truth is simple yet massive; no man can learn it all in this life. The m...
Bob Higby
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For His Great Love Wherewith He Loved Us - Published on June 17, 2020
..."Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. " - Ephesians 2:3     It has been said our position regarding God's love of His people is wrong and that the elect are not truly justified in the eyes of God until they come to belief in the Gospel.  Some go even so far as to say that God's people are under...
Brandan Kraft
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Tolerant Calvinists - Published on June 16, 2020
...    Back in the days of carpenterism, and even today if you hop on facebook, you'll find some folks like to talk about "tolerant calvinists."  See, it's not enough to just bash freewillers on facebook all day, one must also whittle away their time attacking those who might even think of compromising by speaking peace to such "heretics."  But not only are tolerant calvinists attacked, they are attacked as unregenerate.  But ...
Brandan Kraft
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Justification Planned, Constituted, and Declared - Published on June 16, 2020
...Question: Does eternal justification mean that a man is justified even before his existence? Answer: Most definitely. It means that elect mankind is justified, transcendent of all human time, in the estimation of God in his eternal purpose.  Justification planned: God determines to justify an elect people in Christ that he will create unworthy and sinful. Justification constituted: Christ makes atonement for the elect in his perfect life, sufferings, death, and resurrection. ...
Bob Higby
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The Truth is the Truth - Published on June 16, 2020
...    The truth is the truth, no matter who said it.   That's the philosophy behind the articles on this site.  And I believe in publishing the truth from wherever it may come.  I'll even sing hymns if they are edifying and uplifting.  It doesn't matter to me who wrote them.       I know some folks may disagree with my policy.  Some have even voiced their concern to me many times.  And believe me, I understand where they ar...
Brandan Kraft
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A Mass of Sin - Published on June 15, 2020
..."the sins of all his people were transferred unto him, laid upon him, and placed to his account; he sustained their persons, and bore their sins; and having them upon him, and being chargeable with, and answerable for them, he was treated by the justice of God as if he had been not only a sinner, but a mass of sin; for to be made sin, is a stronger expression than to be made a sinner: but now that this may appear to be only by imputation, and that none may conclude from hence that he was re...
Brandan Kraft
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Freewiller Shibboleths - Published on June 15, 2020
..."Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." - 2 Peter 3:18     Have you ever heard someone say that they "believe Christ's sacrifice was sufficient for all, but efficient only for the elect?"   It sounds awful to my trained ears and eyes.  It doesn't make any sense to me because Christ's death was not in any way for the whole world - but only His sheep. &n...
Brandan Kraft
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Are You Just Pretending? - Published on June 11, 2020
...If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. - 1 Tim. 6:3-5     Paul in this passage is talki...
Brandan Kraft
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Response to Questions About Article Regarding Head / Heart Dichotomy - Published on June 10, 2020
...The following were questions I received regarding my article Is There A Head and Heart Dichotomy? Question #1:  What do you mean by academic exercise?   Brandan's Answer: An academic exercise means being able to parrot back Gospel propositions but not believing them.  I'm reminded of old friends Anthony Lawson and Michael Hughes who could argue for Gospel propositions better than most I've seen.  But they both left the Gospel and are now avowed atheists. &nb...
Brandan Kraft
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Are Free-willers Brethren? - Published on June 9, 2020
..."Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, it is lawful. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch. And he baptized him."  - Acts 8:37-38     Are free-willers brothers?  This is a question I see hotly debated on facebook - almost daily.  I've observed it for years now.  There are people that line up on...
Brandan Kraft
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Judging by the Gospel - Published on June 4, 2020
... I believe the truth should be proclaimed.  However, whenever something is presented that challenges beliefs that are so widely regarded as true, the results can be costly in terms of friendship and fellowship in the Gospel.  The truth never should be a barrier to Gospel fellowship, but not all believers judge all things by the Gospel.   Sometimes, believers will judge by tradition and systems of theological thought instead of the Gospel.  I find all of that disheartenin...
Brandan Kraft
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Is There a Head and Heart Dichotomy? - Published on May 23, 2020
...And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7    I agree with the sentiment that when it comes to saving faith there is indeed no head or heart distinction.  One believes, or assents to the Gospel with their mind.  And this belief affects the entire person, including the affections or the heart of the individual.  However there was a reason that the Apostle Paul used the w...
Brandan Kraft
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The Ten Tell-Tale Signs I'm a Heretic - Published on May 15, 2020
...    The word heretic and heresy are not often used in the new testament.  In fact, each word is only used once.  But if you were to jump onto facebook these days, you might be surprised to find it's one of the principle words of scripture.  Every day I see the word bandied about sometimes even more than the word Christ or Gospel. I even read an article regarding ten tell-tale signs you're a heretic.  Summarizing, the ten signs were as follows... Have n...
Brandan Kraft
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The Insidious Rise of the Internet Heresy Hunter - Published on April 25, 2020
...He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings. - 1 Tim 6:4     I sure do love what the Internet has done for believers as it has become a fabulous tool used to enable the saints to become closer together.  I use it every day to stay in touch with dear friends in the Gospel.  I like to pull my phone out and keep in touch with friends that are near and dear to me. &nbs...
Brandan Kraft
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