Pristine Grace

Neo-Gnosticism
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Both My Zeal and Weapons are Carnal - Published on April 6, 2021
..."Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."  - Heb 12:14     The two great points we are called to pursue in this sinful divided world, are peace and holiness:  I hope you are much in the study of them.  These are the peculiar characteristics of a disciple of Jesus; they are the richest part of the enjoyments of heaven; and so far as they are recieved into the heart, they bring down heaven upon earth;  a...
John Newton
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Thou Hast Left Thy First Love - Published on March 29, 2021
..."Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love." - Rev 2:4     I think a lot about the so-called Gospel Crusaders that I departed from in my life.  I think I do so often because I was close with many of them, but now I find much of their behavior quite abhorrent.  I also have taken a step back and observed myself, and I am quite horrified as well.  I have had a glimpe of the ugliness of my sin and of my heart. &nb...
Brandan Kraft
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From One Compromising Heretic to Another - Published on March 8, 2021
...O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? - Galatians 3:1     I'm continually amazed at the many ways men find to make laws for others to live under.  I'm continually amazed how men are able to twist even the free grace of God into a law that must be obeyed in order to be saved.  You see this now amongst what I call the neo-gnostic crowd. &n...
Brandan Kraft
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How To Maintain Peace and Friendship - Published on March 7, 2021
...    The question is asked, “By what method can we maintain peace and friendship with most people?”  Now I know that there are many, many things involved here; but if it can be narrowed down to one critical point, I would say what Paul said in Titus 3:2, “Speak evil of no man.”  A man's name, reputation, and character are tender topics and ought to be handled most carefully; for an attack upon him in this area will bring retaliation.    ...
Henry Mahan
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The Difference Between Religion and Eternal Life - Published on March 6, 2021
...Religion is to know biblical facts.  Life is to know God (1 John 5:20).   Religion is to know what I believe.  Life is to know Whom I believe (2 Timothy 1:12).    Religion is to baptized into the church.  Life is to be baptized in Christ (Romans 6:3).    Religion is to be reformed.  Life is to be regenerated (John 3:3).   Religion is to be a new convert.  Life is to be a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  ...
Henry Mahan
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Contending for the Faith with a Right Motive - Published on February 3, 2021
...“... Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. ”  - I Corinthians 10:31     This text leaves no question as to what the motive of every saved person should be. All of our actions should emanate from a desire to magnify the Lord. The text is all-comprehensive, and leaves no thought, word, or deed to be executed without God’s glory being its design and premeditated end. A mock or superficial motive can stimulate the flesh, but such a motive will never p...
Oscar B. Mink
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Let Us Be Positive - Published on December 28, 2020
...    Brothers, let us be very careful that we do not make our religion a matter of what error we don't believe and what abuses we don't practice. Satan lays a devious trap in the way of many by making them think that the recognition of error is the same thing as the belief of the truth or that recognizing the wrong path is the same thing as walking on the right path. I have met people whose entire religion lay in what false doctrine they did not believe and what "inconsiste...
Joe Terrell
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A Lamb with a Wolf's Head! - Published on October 28, 2020
..."Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 2:5     Christians should excel in the manifestation of Christ's character. The mind which was in Jesus, should be in them. They should consider His character as a model of their own; and be conspicuous for their . . .   poverty of spirit,   meekness,   gentleness,   and love.      It is matter of surprise and regret, that many people seem to thi...
John Angell James
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Positive Gospel Preaching - Published on October 28, 2020
...    I've noticed there are a few sovereign grace preachers on Facebook constantly promoting themselves by preaching against others.  In fact, it seems to be their entire ministry...     Example, some of these men love to harp on some of the faults of others like Charles Spurgeon.  Yes, he had faults.  So does everyone.  You won't find a servant of God alive that doesn't have something majorly wrong with him.     But instead...
Brandan Kraft
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Is Judging The Proper Test? - Published on October 27, 2020
...    The true test of one’s faithfulness to the Gospel is not in his judgment of other people, including Arminians to be unregenerate / unsaved… But it’s in his or her faithfulness to the Gospel in proclaiming the doctrines of sovereign grace and relying upon and resting in Christ for all of his or her salvation....
Brandan Kraft
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Proper Knowledge Does Not Save - Published on October 5, 2020
...You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life... - John 5:39a     Jesus is talking to the Pharisees here who thought they had eternal life because they had knowledge of the scriptures.  And today, there are some people who think that just because they have a knowledge of how God sovereignly saves His people, or that they know the scriptures inside and out, and can articulate the Gospel, they think they have eternal life.  Others think tha...
Brandan Kraft
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Speaking the Truth in Love - Published on July 19, 2020
...    Are we to speak the truth to all men or are we to love all men and seek to maintain unity and harmony?     Both and the two are not mutually exclusive. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4 that we are to “speak the truth in love..” Truth is not to be spoken like a dart thrusted nor is error to be compromised for the sake of unity. We are always sinners dealing with sinners given to extremes and pride but the knowledge and gifts that God has sovereignly given throug...
Gary Shepard
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No Place for Controversy - Published on July 12, 2020
...    The pulpit's real issue is this:   Christ, and Him crucified.     Men, whose eyes are fixed on Christ, do not argue.  They do not love controversy, whose hearts are touched with Him.  They do not look for issues and sticky theological problems who are busy knowing and showing Christ.  Those whose interest is singularly Christ have little difficulty settling all matters and quickly in His Word.       The problem they see is...
Henry Mahan
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Do We Have Confidence in God’s Grace? - Published on June 30, 2020
...    Do we really have confidence in the grace of God?  If we do, we will be satisfied with His grace and His grace alone.  If we have confidence in His grace, we will not try to offer up anything of our own as a reason for God to bless us. If we have confidence in His grace, we will rest secure that, whatever happens in this life, God will preserve us blameless for the next life.  If we have confidence in His grace, we will not try to build a church with fleshy enticemen...
Joe Terrell
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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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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 that love 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 all attacked as unregenera...
Brandan Kraft
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Adorn the Doctrine of God - Published on June 16, 2020
...Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. - Titus 2:9-10     How does a person  “adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things”? (Titus 2:10) By the attitude we show to others.  Peter tells us that the believer’s adorning is a “meek and quiet spirit.&rdquo...
Frank Tate
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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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