Pristine Grace

Pristine Grace
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The Importance of Properly Limiting the Atonement - Published on January 16, 2022
...Editor's Note: I haven't added all the Scriptural references yet.  I'll try to do that today or tomorrow while I'm snowed in!     When it comes to Christ and the doctine of salvation of men across the entire spectrum of Christianity, whether it be Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheranism, the many varieties of Calvinistic and Arminian sects, this salvation is limited in some sense by the various doctrines that are maintained.  This is a surprising p...
Brandan Kraft
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Hyper-Calvinism Doesn't Mean Hyper-Jerkism - Published on January 13, 2022
...    Around twenty years ago, I discovered the deep truths of the Sovereignty of God.  When I was in my mid twenties, I came to believe that God was absolutely sovereign.  I loved the endless implications of an absolutely sovereign God and I scoured the Scriptures and other theological books for a deeper understanding of what I perceived to be the truth.  What I came to believe was mockingly referred to as "hyper-calvinism" by the r...
Brandan Kraft
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Talking Smack About Me? - Published on December 15, 2021
...    To those of you who like to talk smack about me online, I want you to know that there are much more worse things  about me than you will ever say to others about me....
Brandan Kraft
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Profession vs. Possession - Published on December 15, 2021
...He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. - Matthew 16:15-17     A lot of folks have made it their business to study doctrine, contend for it, maintain a zeal for it, and even defend it.  They are religious professors, b...
Brandan Kraft
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Comfort Found in the All Things - Published on December 14, 2021
...And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28, (NASB)     When I search the scriptures with my handy bible software for the phrase "all things", two hundred and three (203) results are returned!  The Scriptures have A LOT to say about the “all things.”   The word “all” is a very important word.  Webster’s dictionary d...
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Prayer Arithmetic - Published on December 13, 2021
...And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they...
Brandan Kraft
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He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease - Published on December 11, 2021
...Then a question from John's disciples arose with the Jews about purification. And they came to John and said to him, Rabbi, He who was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bore witness, behold, He baptizes, and all come to Him! And John answered and said, A man can receive nothing unless it is given to him from Heaven. You yourselves bear witness to me that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before Him. He who has the bride is the bridegroom, but the...
Brandan Kraft
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Our Immutable God! - Published on December 10, 2021
..."For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." - Malachi 3:6     This verse right here may be one of the most important in the entirety of Scripture.  Surely a whole doctrine cannot be built on this one passage, but it summarizes that which we observe again and again by our God throughout all of the Scriptures.  HE is the Lord, and He changes not.  And this passage gives me such great comfort and joy that words cannot descr...
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Fear Not! Be Comforted - Published on December 9, 2021
...“Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world. Amen.” - Matthew 28:20     The Lord is with me all the time.  He'll be with me today.  He'll be with me tomorrow.  Indeed, He will even be with me until the end of the world as we know it.  And I'll get to spend an eternity with Him in Heaven as well.  He's there to comfort me when I'm sorrowful.  He'll be there to illuminate my life during my dark times.  ...
Brandan Kraft
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Christ's School of Grace - Published on December 8, 2021
..."He opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures"  - Luke 24:45     Christ not only opens up the Scriptures for those of us that believe, but He also opens up our understanding of them.  Many people can open up their bible, but only one person alone can open up the understanding that must accompany it.  The Lord has given us many preachers and sermons that can bring the scriptures to our minds, but only Christ can open ou...
Brandan Kraft
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Happy Thanksgiving! - Published on November 22, 2021
..."Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18     As you sit down this week with your friends and family around presumably a turkey dinner with gravy and all the fixings, be sure to remember and give thanks to our God for His eternal love, favor, and mercy in Christ.  When you gather with your friends and families this coming Thursday, don...
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The Made Sin Controversy - A Retrospective - Published on October 4, 2021
...    This will be my final word on the controversy that was in part the reason for the split in the Henry Mahan style free grace churches.  I have interviewed dozens of people regarding their experience.  I am a member and faithful to attend a church that was partially split by the controversy.  I have conversed with the facebook socialites that keep the controversy alive.  And I now regularly attend church conferences where the alternate viewpoint is preac...
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Nine Dishonest Tactics of Heresy Hunters - Published on September 22, 2021
...    As a believer, I’ve spent many years reading various authors, various books, and commentaries.   I’ve spoken with dozens of men and women about every seemingly conceivable theological topic you could imagine.  And after nearly twenty four years of operating theological websites and chat rooms as well as hosting a theological discussion forum, I believe I’m experienced enough to write this article regarding the tactics of heresy hunter...
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Sheep Food Tastes Good Regardless of the Dish It's Served Upon! - Published on September 17, 2021
...    The congregations I associate with are filled mostly with older, seasoned and experienced saints that have no more “fight” left in them and just want to support each other in Christ.  Most of them aren’t on Facebook, and if you tried showing them what goes on there, they’d just shake their heads and move on with life.  If they are on Facebook, they use it to see pictures of their grandkids or great grandkids — and that’s ...
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Why Are Believers so Cruel to Each Other Online? - Published on September 15, 2021
...    Before the Internet existed, believers would skewer each other face to face, and often by the pulpit and by the stroke of the pen.   But it's not as frequently as I find it today!  The cruelty of believers toward each other online is rampant!  And I'm guilty as well - very few have unclean lips in this regard.  Now today, through the use of the internet, one can attack almost seemingly without repercussion.  If I wanted to write against the cur...
Brandan Kraft
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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 ...
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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...
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Do Not Be Grieved, For the Joy of the Lord Is Your Stength - Published on September 7, 2021
...Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. - Nehemiah 8:10     As we continue in our walk of faith, we will at times find ourselves tempted to be discouraged and also disappointed in many different things.  And this is a daily thing, at least for me.  When I find myself committing sin, over and over and over again, it never seems to end.  I'm tempted to be discouraged.  But the Lord reminds me that all that sin - even future...
Brandan Kraft
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Don't Do Battle With the Straw Man! - Published on September 7, 2021
...    I don't like to see men do battle with straw men.  I hate to fight them myself, as it's a pointless fight; and I don't like to see others defeat them as no real victory can be won....
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Cynical Nitpickery - Published on September 4, 2021
...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 Timothy 6:3-5     Those of you who know me may be abl...
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