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Without Love Our Doctrine Doesn't Count - Published on June 30, 2022
..."I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you." - John 16:12-15   &...
Brandan Kraft
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The Danger of Words Outrunning Experience - Published on June 25, 2022
...    Many who claim to believe in free grace talk about the faith of God’s elect (Titus 1:1), but they do not manifest obedience of that faith (Rom. 16:26). What value is there in a mere academic understanding of Biblical principles if those principles are not evidenced in life? Saving faith, which is the fruit of Divine election, is a refining grace. It purifies the heart (Acts 15:9). Refining faith does not take away all sin from the life of the believer, but it removes the love...
W.E. Best
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Has Jesus Been Lost in Your TULIP? - Published on June 24, 2022
..."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 Defenders 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 si...
Brandan Kraft
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Sovereign Grace Formulism - Published on June 12, 2022
..."I don't tolerate false gospels." "I don't associate with ANYONE who compromises on the truth!" "Don't read that author, he's a COMPROMISER!  He said this terrible thing in one of his sermons, therefore the rest of his stuff is bad." "Don't visit PristineGrace.org, it's operated by the compromiser Brandan Kraft and he TOLERATES false religion.  He even asked people to pray for BROTHER Don Fortner when he was ...
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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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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Attitude Toward Others - Published on May 28, 2022
...    Nothing reveals the true state of my heart, my relationship with God, and my understanding of the gospel quite like my daily, general ATTITUDE toward others, toward God’s providence, and toward my lot in life. It is one thing to be discouraged occasionally, to get upset, to disagree with someone, to feel neglected, or even to withdraw for a time to reflect on the matters at hand. But it is quite another thing to CONTINUE in a negative attitude, pouting and feel...
Henry Mahan
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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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Tolerant Calvinists - Published on May 24, 2022
...Note: It's been brought to my attention by some of my fiercest critics (Scott Price and John Pedersen) have written about me, stating that they think  I'm a compromising tolerant calvinist (and therefore in their estimation,  an unbeliever, and an arch-heretic of the first order!).   I normally don't take the time to respond to critics like this, but I thought I'd break down logically the problem with calling "tolerant calvinists" unre...
Brandan Kraft
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The Most Ridiculous Pride of All - Published on March 26, 2022
...Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. - 1 Timothy 1:13     Years ago, my pastor often spoke this thought, “I can understand why people have pride of face and pride of place; and I have seen many examples of people with pride of race.  What I cannot understand at all is pride of grace.”  In truth, there is no good reason for pride in any man.  But pride of ...
Joe Terrell
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Our Greatest Hindrance - Published on January 18, 2022
...    Our greatest hindrance in ministry, whether it be our preaching from the pulpit, or just telling others of what Christ has done for us is our sinful behavior.  Specifically, it is our religious behavior, which is in my opinion the most sinful behavior.     Those of us who rest in the finished work of Christ and are aware of God's sovereign grace in the work of salvation have absolutely no reason to come to others including non-believers, and bang them ove...
Brandan Kraft
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Humility - Published on January 14, 2022
..."I served the Lord with great humility and with tears" - Acts 20:19     Without humility there is no salvation (Psalm 34:18; 51:17; Isaiah 66:2; Matthew 5:3-5; 18:34; Philippians 3:3).     No man can serve or glorify God in this world without this God-given "humbleness of mind" (Colossians 3:12). Anything done for Christ must be done with humility (Matthew 6:3, 5, 16, 33).     Humility is not an act, but an attitude of the heart. ...
Don Fortner
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Self-Righteousness Can Feed Upon Doctrine as Well as Works - Published on December 24, 2021
...    There is a principle of self, which disposes us to despise those who differ from us; and we are often under its influence, when we think we are only shewing a becoming zeal in the cause of God.     I readily believe that the leading points of Arminianism spring from, and are nourished by, the pride of the human heart; but I should be glad if the reverse was always true; and that to embrace what are called the Calvinistic doctrines was an infallible token of a humble mi...
John Newton
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Some People Use Pepper Instead - Published on November 7, 2021
..."Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks." - Matthew 12:34     Hence we must get our heart right, if we would speak words that are Christlike. A bitter heart cannot give out sweet words — nor can an impure heart speak wholesome, pure words.     Most people talk too much, they chatter on forever. Silence is far better than idle, sinful, or foolish speech.     We have suggesti...
J.R. Miller
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I Will Not Judge a Person to be Spiritually Dead - Published on October 25, 2021
...    I will not judge a person to be spiritually dead whom I have judged formerly to have had spiritual life, though I see him at present in a swoon (faint) as to all evidences of the spiritual life. And the reason why I will not judge him so is this — because if you judge a person dead, you neglect him, you leave him; but if you judge him in a swoon,(faint) though never so dangerous, you use all means for the retrieving of his life....
John Owen
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Sovereign Grace Pharisees - 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.  But they've taken that which is good and twisted it into a monstrous religion of self-righteosness. They've taken TULIP and corrupted it.  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...
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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