Pristine Grace

Neo-Gnosticism
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L-TARDS - Published on October 8, 2021
...    The Gospel Defender, the Neo-Gnostic, the Heretic Hunter, or in other words, the Sovereign Grace PHARISEE, oh, they can preach a good game.   They can preach total depravity, but they practice total arrogance.   They insist on an unconditional election, but condition acceptance of God's people in Christ on their ability to articulate the Gospel to their perfection and pass their lengthy tests of orthodoxy.   They will champion limited atonement, but lim...
Brandan Kraft
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The Young Vain Theologian - Published on October 8, 2021
...    Theology makes the young theologian vain and so kindles in him something like gnostic pride. The chief reason for this is that in us men truth and love are seldom combined....
Helmut Thielicke
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Professors: True and False - Published on October 7, 2021
...For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. - Luke 12:34     There is a distinguishing difference between a true child of God and a false professor. The Bible is filled with illustrations of this truth:Mat 7:22-23; Mat 23:27; Mat 25:32; Jn 14:21; 1 Jn 3:14. This discernable difference is characterized from an inward principle of the indwelling Spirit of God which is produced and manifested by the love of God in the true believer, and is absent in the false prof...
Tommy Robbins
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Why Have Our Churches Neglected the Precepts? - Published on September 28, 2021
...    Why, then, has the precept been so neglected among the Churches of truth? Friends and brethren, is it so, or is it not so? Guilty or not guilty, servants of the living God, members of Churches founded upon the love of truth in its purity and power? We are not speaking here, mind you, of a man tying at the end of a sermon the precepts together into a bundle of rods and flogging with them Christ's sheep and lambs. That is legality. That is not preaching the precept as Paul preach...
J.C. Philpot
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Give Me Your Heart - Published on September 27, 2021
...    "Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)     "My son, give Me your heart." (Proverbs 23:26)     A "willing" heart (Exodus 35:5)—which acts spontaneously and gladly, not out of necessity.      A "perfect" heart (1 Chronicles 29:9)—sincere, genuine, upright.      A "tender" heart (2 Chronicles 34:27)&mdash...
Arthur W. Pink
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A Tender Heart - Published on September 27, 2021
..."Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard what I spoke against this place . . . I also have heard you, says the Lord." - 2 Kings 22:19     This was part of the message which God sent in response to an inquiry made by the godly king Josiah. It occurred at a time when the earthly people of God had sunken very low—so low that "the Book of the Law" had been lost, and was only then recovered (v...
Arthur W. Pink
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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...
Brandan Kraft
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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 ...
Brandan Kraft
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Why are Some Calvinists So Angry and Negative? - Published on September 16, 2021
...    I love the doctrines of grace with all my heart, and I think they are pride-shattering, humbling, and love-producing doctrines. But I think there is an attractiveness about them to some people, in large matter, because of their intellectual rigor. They are powerfully coherent doctrines, and certain kinds of minds are drawn to that. And those kinds of minds tend to be argumentative.     So the intellectual appeal of the system of Calvinism draws a certain kind of i...
John Piper
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Polemic Theology : How To Deal With Those Who Differ From Us - Published on September 15, 2021
...INTRODUCTION It seems strange that one should desire to speak at all about Polemic Theology since we are now in an age when folks are more interested in ecumenism and irenics than in polemics. Furthermore, Polemic Theology appears to have been often rather ineffective. Christians have not managed in many cases to win over their opponents. They have shown themselves to be ornery; they have bypassed some fairly important prescriptions of Scripture; and in the end, they have not convinced very m...
Roger Nicole
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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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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 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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Some Things I Desire to Do by the Grace of God - Published on September 13, 2021
...Love others without a cause, as Christ did. Tell someone I love them, expressing it in word and deed. Tell others I’m sorry and apologize sincerely. Forgive without being asked forgiveness. Rightly receive a loving rebuke from a brother. Benefit by the wisdom and experience of others. Be taught by those whom God has taught. Listen in quietness without forcing my opinion. Sacrifice my will and opinion for the glory of God and the good of His people. Show kindness and an ev...
Gary Shepard
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Some Ways of Hiding the Light - Published on September 9, 2021
..."You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven!" - Matthew 5:14-16      We are in this world to shine! Jesus told his disciples that they were the light of the world. He di...
J.R. Miller
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Were I to Define a Christian - Published on September 9, 2021
...    Were I to define a Christian, or rather to describe him at large, I know of no text I would choose, sooner than Galatians 5:17, "The sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other—so that you do not do what you want."      A Christian has noble aims—which distinguish him from the bulk of mankind. His leading principles, motives, and desires&mdash...
John Newton
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A Real Influence! - Published on September 9, 2021
..."Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." -  2 Corinthians 5:17      The saving grace of God has a real influence upon the whole man. It . . .       enlightens the understanding,       directs the will,       purifies the affections,       regulates the passions, and       corrects the different excesses to which di...
John Newton
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One of You is a Devil! - Published on September 9, 2021
..."Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?" - 2 Corinthians 13:5     Self-examination is a necessary—but difficult work.     Self-examination is the setting up a court in conscience and keeping a register there, that by strict scrutiny a man may know how things stand between God and his own soul. By a serious scrutiny of our he...
Thomas Watson
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Judas the Preacher! - Published on September 9, 2021
..."If you know these things—you are blessed if you do them." - John 13:17     To obey the truth, and not to know it—is impossible.      To know the truth, and not obey it—is unprofitable.      For, "Not everyone who says unto me, 'Lord, Lord' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven—but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven." Saving ...
William Secker
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