Pristine Grace

Welcome to Pristine Grace

     Welcome to the Pristine Grace Website!  We hope you enjoy the discussion forum,  articles, books, and scripture software that has been provided here.  This website has been created to proclaim the truth to God's people.

     We are living in an age of self-idolatry and very few people who profess Christ truly understand the Gospel.  Many believe that Jesus died for all men universally and that the difference between those who are saved and not saved is the individual's "free will" decision.  

     There are others who are more enlightened but yet still believe in things like the doctrine of "common grace", the doctrine of "duty-faith" or the "free offer" of the Gospel.  We believe these doctrines are erroneous and profane God's precious love for His elect.  We prefer the word "free" or "pristine" instead of the word "common" to describe grace as the Scriptures declare God's love to be found only in God's Son, and that all of Grace is of the will of God and not corrupted or stained by the will of man, hence the adjective "pristine".

     Some would also cast aspersions on us because we believe in the absolute predestination of all things - that is there isn't a single event that occurs that God did not predestinate.  We believe that the term hyper-calvinism is a pejorative used to discredit our writings. Nevertheless, we believe He is absolutely Sovereign! We believe He has saved His people from their sins (Mat 1:21) and that all of His sheep will be given the gift of faith at His appointed time.

     This website is currently edited and operated by Brandan Kraft in St. Louis Missouri.  It is dedicated to all the brethren scattered abroad, but especially to the dear brothers and sisters he knows and loves in Christ.  Special thanks go out to Bob Higby, Bill Parker, Jim Casey, Greg Winegar, Eileen Beckett, Scott O’Nanski, Nicolas Laurienzo, Milton Almeida, Richard Warmack, Jim Byrd, Scott Price, John Pedersen, Craig Miklosik, Stanley PhillipsEd Vrell, James JohnsonJames Guyo, Stan Terry, Tim James, Gary ShepardJohn Gill, Henry Mahan, Mike Smith, John Robbins, Marc Lidgett, his bride Angie, and too many others to list here!  

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Latest Articles

Speak the Truth in Love - Published on June 25, 2019
...     It seems a laudable service to defend the faith once delivered to the saints; we are commanded to contend earnestly for it, and to convince gainsayers. If ever such defenses were seasonable and expedient they appear to be so in our own day, when errors abound on all sides and every truth of the gospel is either directly denied or grossly misrepresented.      And yet we find but very few writers of controversy who have not been manifestly hurt by it. Either they grow in a sense of their own importance, or imbibe an angry, contentious spirit or they insensibly withdraw their attention from those things which are the food and immediate support of the life of faith, and spend their time and strength upon matters which are at most but of a seconda...
John Newton
Saved by God's Purpose and Grace - Published on June 24, 2019
...     We read this in 2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the word was. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Titus 2: 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. ( People of different nation's ) this is not Gods grace providing salvation for all mankind’s unlimited atonement. God's grace in salvation is limited only to those he hath chosen, elected in old eternity. To all who's names are written in the Lambs book of Life. Romans 8: 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to...
Stan Terry
The Evidence of Things Not Seen - Published on June 24, 2019
...     If faith is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1), then it cannot be required of all men, head for head, without exception.      Some speak of the universal "duty-faith" or an universal obligation to believe the gospel.       But a universal duty-faith would mean a universal duty TO HAVE  "the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen". If everyone without exception has a duty to have that "substance" and "evidence", then everyone without exception has a duty to have SALVATION, for that is the "substance of things hoped for" is it not?       But Christ came not to call NOT {the...
Renat Ilyasov
Perverted Religion vs True Religion - Published on June 23, 2019
...1) Perverted religion says: I gave my life to Jesus.  True religion says: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:11. See who gave His life for who? 2) Perverted Religion says: I chose Jesus  True Religion says : “"You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:16. See who chose who? 3) Perverted Religion says: I invited Jesus into my heart True religion says: “"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has bee...
James Guyo
Avoiding Unnecessary Arguments - Published on June 23, 2019
...     Jesus does not have a FB account.      Therefore, when you have something to argue with me I will not entertain your arguments if you come with a bad attitude.      I don't like unnecessarily argumentative people because it is just feeding the flesh disguised as defending the truth.      Cantankerous is the word and it means quarrelsome. The Lord despises it.       When I withdraw from an argument it does not mean I have accepted defeat or that I am wrong.      It just means I don't want to expend energy on people who think truth is learned by intimidation, and not by the conviction of the Holy Spirit.      I have a responsibility to guard myself and ...
James Guyo
Parents, Don't Trust in Your Methods or Programs - Published on June 23, 2019
...     If you make your children christians then you have to sustain their faith by your own power. And good luck, because your own power cannot even sustain your own faith!       However, if God makes them Christians He keeps them all the way to the end.      And that to say, do not trust in your methods and programs. Trust only in God's method, which is salvation by grace alone.      All the elect will be saved because of Christ not because of our will or doing.      This is free!...
James Guyo
Salvation : Accomplished and Experienced - Published on June 23, 2019
...     I rejoice to read about and think upon the blessed Savior who accomplished the work of redemption. In the stead of His chosen people, Christ rendered obedience to the Father, living a life of perfection and then died under the curse of the law His people had broken. By His sacrifice, the good Shepherd fully paid the indebtedness His sheep owed to divine justice. All of the legal requirements for our salvation were accomplished by our Representative upon the cross; God can demand no more. The great transaction took place at Calvary between God and the Surety of the elect. The Father was completely satisfied with the redemptive work of His Son as evidenced by His resurrection, ascension and enthronement at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Christ “obtained...
Jim Byrd
Out of the Dunghills - Published on June 20, 2019
..."He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the dunghill—to set them among princes, and make them inherit the throne of glory!" 1 Samuel 2:8      What an amazing stoop of love is that—from His throne in the Heaven of heavens, the Lord reaches down to the dunghills of earth—that He may deliver those who are in a lost and loathsome estate!      But this verse tells us of something yet more wonderful than the grace which seeks out filthy objects who are a mass of corruption—making known how high it elevates them: "To set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory."      God does nothing by halves. He exalts beggars to the status of "beloved children.&quo...
Arthur W. Pink
The Straight Stick - Published on June 19, 2019
...    When you stop and think about all the error there is in this world concerning God and salvation, it is overwhelming. I could spend all my time and all my energies exposing various spiritual errors and I would never be finished. Not only that, if I could show those that hear me all these errors, they would still be lost and die in their sins. We are not saved by knowing some things that are wrong but by believing the truth!      I once heard someone say this: "The way to show that a stick is crooked is by continually laying down a straight stick beside it."  What wisdom! The way to expose the errors of the many false gospels in our day is to keep preaching the true gospel! The way to expose what Paul referred to as "another jesus"...
Gary Shepard
What is the Gospel? - Published on June 18, 2019
...Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to MY GOSPEL, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. - Rom.16:25-27      Most people I know think the question asked in the title of this article is an unnecessary question that really doesn't need to be answered. Matter of fact, they THINK they already know the answer. I KNOW I DID! To them the "GOSPEL" is God's invitation for them to "accept Jesus as their personal Lord and ...
Richard Warmack
Two Ways to Lose Your Soul - Published on June 16, 2019
...     The everlasting loss of the soul is by far the greatest loss anyone could ever suffer. There are two ways a person may lose their own soul. [1] A man may lose his soul by going through life without any religion at all.  A person may live in this world without any regard for God or the things of God; he may exist as if he were as a beast: godless, prayerless, graceless and faithless. He may devote himself to amassing great wealth, obtaining vast amount of secular knowledge or acquiring great possessions. Our Lord said of one man whose goal in life was to increase his riches, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall these things be” (Luke 12:20). The end of such a person will be everlasting destruction. [2] A p...
Jim Byrd
The Object of Your Faith - Published on June 12, 2019
...     Whatever your assurance looks to for hope is the object of your faith. Therefore, those who look to works, choices, resolve, determination, zeal, knowledge, affections, history, traditions, association, etc. are not believing in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.       The need for evangelism is great among the professing religious in our day. Proclaim the gospel of free and sovereign grace against the sovereignty of man and his abilities.       Few “brethren” are truly born again beloved.        My friends, have you been taught of your righteousness? Have you been shown from whom it comes? Does your “church” learn of imputation and how your righteousness must be greater than tha...
James Tippins
Offering Christ - Published on June 11, 2019
...     About sixteen years ago, I heard a young man from Hoxton (Association Baptist) Academy make the following remarks: “I now offer you Christ, and Christ stands with open arms ready to receive you. Yea, he begs, and prays, and beseeches you all to come unto him and have life; and yet some of you will not come. Nay, it is as if God the Father came and fell upon his knees before you, begging and beseeching you to receive Christ, and come and be reconciled to him; and yet you will not come.” In this way he proceeded for a considerable length of time; and this he called “preaching the gospel to every creature.” From a professed Arminian such remarks might be expected; but for one who professes to believe in eternal and absolute election to use such awfu...
William Gadsby
Seizing the Gospel - Published on June 10, 2019
...We do not seize the gospel, the gospel seizes us....
Stan Terry
A Tribute to Henry Mahan - Published on June 9, 2019
...     “The Thirteenth Street Baptist Church of Ashland, Kentucky invites you to listen to a message by their pastor, Henry Mahan,” that is how each television broadcast began. For over fifty years, this church and this man had a unique relationship, he was the one God ordained to begin and pastor the Thirteenth Street Baptist Church. Both the man and the church understood that the union which existed was one which the Lord brought about. Think of it: what is a church without a pastor and what is a pastor without a church? Brother Mahan was used of God to travel and faithfully preach the gospel in countless places, but always, back behind the scenes, in full support, was the church which sent him forth. Only eternity will reveal the hearts touched by the gospel he ...
Jim Byrd
Monsters of Cruelty - Published on June 9, 2019
...    Now that I am a father, and know the affection of a parent--would I not defend from every danger--would I not bestow every truly good thing--would I not implore every blessing--on my tender children? Would I not nourish their infant state--correct and educate their childhood--inspect, reprove, and admonish them in youth? Would I allow the dear little creatures--to play with sharp pointed knives--to frolic on the brink of a rapid torrent--or dance around a pit's mouth? Would I permit them to eat deadly berries--or to put a cup of poison to their tender lips? However indulgent, would I allow them to disobey my commands? And if they labored under any disease which threatened their precious life, what pains or expenses would I spare to procure them relief? If assured that a p...
James Meikle
Two Sons : Two Ways - Published on June 4, 2019
...Two sons had father Abraham, Born in his family; One was by the bondwoman,  The other, by the free: The slave-born son by Hagar, Conceived by natural function;  Sarah’s son, the free-born,  By Holy Spirit’s unction. Two symbols these, the slave and free, They represent two ways: Hagar: Sinai’s strict decree, And Sarah: God’s free grace. Hagar and her progeny  Are slaves to natural strength; Bound under law’s demand and curse, Short justice’ breadth and length; They speak of grace, forgiveness too, But always on condition:  Salvation based on what you do;  God’s plan, but man’s rendition. Sarah’s children have no chains,  They see law’s true demand;  They know ...
John Pedersen
A Tribute to a Faithful Pastor : Henry Mahan : August 19, 1926 - May 31, 2019 - Published on June 2, 2019
...     It seems to me that in every generation God raises up one specific man by whose voice he leads and instructs his church. Oh, there are many, many others, faithful, gifted men by whom God speaks to his people. But they, too, are taught and led of God by his singular, gifted messenger to that generation. Moses, Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, John the Baptist, and the Apostle Paul are all biblical examples of such men.      In my opinion, Bro. Henry Mahan was that voice in his generation, at least in the United States, if not the entire English-speaking world. That statement will raise many questioning, if not disdaining, eyebrows. But, in my opinion, the statement is not an exaggeration. I know of no single man who was more widely use...
Don Fortner
The Compromiser's Refuge - Published on May 30, 2019
...     We all know people who claim to know and believe the TRUE GOSPEL and the doctrine of grace that the true Gospel reveals but who compromise by claiming that false Christians are their brethren in the faith.  Many of them become angry with, and accusatory of, any who challenge this position.  How do they do this?  They take refuge in what they see as merely DOCTRINAL knowledge and positions and Christians differing in this knowledge and these positions.  Their refuge is usually stated as “Calvinism vs. Arminianism.”  They claim that they as Calvinist have a higher knowledge than other Christians who are Arminians.  The issue they need to face has nothing to do with John Calvin and Jacob Arminius.  The issue is this – WH...
Bill Parker
This is Free! - Published on May 25, 2019
...     TD Jake's, and many of his ilk who ply his trade of prosperity gospel are not gospel preachers.      They are therapists, sooth sayers, fortune tellers, palm readers and false preachers who masquerade as gospel preachers .      Let the truth be told even Jesus was not always filling a stadium with His preaching.      Why? Because He was the Stone of Stumbling and Rock of offense.      Jesus preached Jesus and many stopped following Him.      When we preach Jesus we should expect many to be offended. Just an observation.      Jesus did not have self-esteem issues and so was never looking for validation from anyone and neither was He looking for some friends. ...
James Guyo
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