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Although I'm a Sinner - Published on June 18, 2020
...    Although I am a sinner, yet I despair not; for Christ, who is my Redeemer and my righteousness, liveth. In Him I have no sin, no fear, no sting of conscience, and no fear of judgment; for in Him there is no condemnation. I am indeed a sinner as touching this present life; but I have a righteousness of God which is above this life, who is Christ my Lord. In Him I rejoice! ...
Martin Luther
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Men Put a Lot of God's truth in a Box - Published on June 17, 2020
...    The Five Points of Calvinism (TULIP) are not all there is to the gospel. They are certainly not all there is to the doctrine of gospel election, either. They put election in a box; low-grace infralapsarians claim to believe them as much as high-grace supralapsarians.      Men put a lot of God's truth in a box. In the end, the WHOLE of scripture is our judge. ... The arena of revealed truth is simple yet massive; no man can learn it all in this life. The m...
Bob Higby
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How Should Christians Respond to Attacks and Insults? - Published on June 17, 2020
...    Has anyone ever said something unkind to you or about you? I think we all have had that experience. Becoming victims of slander or malicious gossip can be difficult to bear. However, God calls us to exhibit a very specific kind of response in such circumstances.     Years ago, I received a letter from a friend who is a pastor at a church in California. In it, the pastor included a copy of an article that had appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Although the article inclu...
R.C. Sproul
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The Stumbling Block On Which Thousands Fall and Perish - Published on June 17, 2020
...What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory. - Rom 9:22-23     The sovereignty of God is the stumbling block on which thousands fall and perish; and if we go contending with God about His sovereignty it will be our eternal ruin. It is absolutely necessa...
Jonathan Edwards
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For His Great Love Wherewith He Loved Us - Published on June 17, 2020
..."Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. " - Ephesians 2:3     It has been said our position regarding God's love of His people is wrong and that the elect are not truly justified in the eyes of God until they come to belief in the Gospel.  Some go even so far as to say that God's people are under...
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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Justification Planned, Constituted, and Declared - Published on June 16, 2020
...Question: Does eternal justification mean that a man is justified even before his existence? Answer: Most definitely. It means that elect mankind is justified, transcendent of all human time, in the estimation of God in his eternal purpose.  Justification planned: God determines to justify an elect people in Christ that he will create unworthy and sinful. Justification constituted: Christ makes atonement for the elect in his perfect life, sufferings, death, and resurrection. ...
Bob Higby
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While He Hath Not Faith About It - Published on June 16, 2020
...    A man may be justified before God, even when himself knoweth nothing thereof (Is. 40:2; Mt. 9:2), and so when, and while he hath not Faith about it, but is ungodly....
John Bunyan
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The First Cause of Justification - Published on June 16, 2020
...   The first cause, then, of justification before God, dependeth upon the will of God, who will justify because he will; therefore the meritorious cause must also be of his own providing, else his will cannot herein be absolute; for if justification depend upon our personal performances, then not upon the will of God. He may not have mercy upon whom he will, but on whom man's righteousness will give him leave. But his will, not ours, must rule here; therefore his righteousness, and...
John Bunyan
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How Should We Judge Arminians - Published on June 16, 2020
...Editor's note: While I don't agree with every point in this article, I find that it makes interesting points.. - Brandan     One of our readers has asked for clarification of a statement made in a previous issue. In the earlier issue, we answered the question, "Can Arminians be Saved?" and made statements to the effect that some who may very well be true Christians are inconsistent in the profession of salvation by grace, when they speak of choosing Christ and of f...
Ron Hanko
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Clericalism - Published on June 16, 2020
...Editors Note:  This is an e-mail I received from John Robbins prior to his death.  This one was excellent because it expressed my sentiments perfectly!  I don't always agree with those WCF presbyterians, but this one was good.  - Brandan Dear Friends, On July 16 the Louisiana Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America unanimously declared Pastor Steve Wilkins of the Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church to be "publicly exonerated and declared to be faith...
John W. Robbins
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A Fresh Look at Spanking - Published on June 16, 2020
...I wrote this article years ago shortly after my son was born.  He is now sixteen (16) years old and has never been spanked.  He is also a believer and confessed his love for the Gospel recently in water baptism.  I found this in my old notes and I thought I'd share.  Anyway, this is an issue for each parent to determine on their own.  This is not a rule for living.  I'm simply providing my insight into the subject, and now that my son is turning into a ...
Brandan Kraft
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The Truth is the Truth - Published on June 16, 2020
...    The truth is the truth, no matter who said it.   That's the philosophy behind the articles on this site.  And I believe in publishing the truth from wherever it may come.  I'll even sing hymns if they are edifying and uplifting.  It doesn't matter to me who wrote them.       I know some folks may disagree with my policy.  Some have even voiced their concern to me many times.  And believe me, I understand where they ar...
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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Knowledge, Assent, and Trust - Published on June 15, 2020
...    To know the truth of the gospel is to love it, agree with it, and rely (trust) upon it. To love it is to know and rely upon it, to rely upon it is to know and love it. There is no such thing as 1 or 2 of these compartmentalized from the others in human experience....
Bob Higby
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Our Position on Saving Faith - Published on June 15, 2020
...    Our position is that there is no 'confession of Christ in the power of the Word and Spirit' unless it is the inevitable function (fiducia) of an understanding (notitia) and affirming (assensus) mind. ...
Bob Higby
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Sandemanianism - Published on June 15, 2020
...    An oft-repeated attack on the doctrines of Pristine Grace staff is that we teach Sandemanianism.  Some Lordship Salvation teachers also accuse any opponents of their false doctrine of Lordship Salvation as Sandemanians.     It is true that we teach the essence of faith as belief or mental assent to the truth. It is most untrue, however, to propose that we teach belief in the gospel may stand independent of the testimony of one's life to such belief. &n...
Bob Higby
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Unity - Published on June 14, 2020
...    Let us not set ourselves up as critics and judges of the conduct and lives of other believers. Let us not spend our time finding fault with one another, picking out weaknesses and exaggerating differences of opinion and practice. Rather, let us spend our time endeavoring to help one another and to avoid doing and saying things that may cause others to stumble.     We can do this by making our fellowship to be in Christ (not in form and traditions), by loving one anothe...
Henry Mahan
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