Pristine Grace

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Going Beyond Calvin - Published on September 8, 2019
...     Why going farther and beyond Calvin or traditional "Calvinism" must necessarily be wrong, evil, dangerous? From whence cometh this idea that all development in doctrine should cease after 1648 / or 1689?       I am a living, breathing "hyper" ("above", "beyond") Calvinist on some points and I'm quite OK with that....
Renat Ilyasov
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No Other Savior - Published on September 7, 2019
...     There is no other SAVIOR but CHRIST to look to, no other MEDIATOR between God and men to make use of, no other PHYSICIAN of value for diseased and sin-sick souls to apply unto, no other FOUNTAIN but His blood for polluted souls to wash in and be cleansed, no other CITY OF REFUGE or STRONGHOLD for souls sensible of danger to flee unto and be safe, no other to come to as the BREAD OF LIFE where hungry souls may be fed, no other PLACE OF REST for those that are we...
John Gill
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Your Fruit - Published on September 6, 2019
...     If what one is describing as fruit - i.e, good works, self improvement efforts, attempts at better behavior, or more obedience to the law, can be done or found in believer and unbeliever alike, then how is that distinctive one from another? It's not! Unbelievers can be obedient to Gods commands can they not? Can't the unbeliever not steal? Can't the unbeliever not bear false witness? Can't the unbeliever love his neighbor as his self? Can't an unbeliever b...
Lee Rodgers
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Motivated By the Law? - Published on September 6, 2019
...     I defy anyone to find a solitary text of Scripture in the New Testament that uses the law to motivate, inspire, regulate or even guide the believer.   Believers are motivated by love, inspired by gratitude, regulated by grace and guided by the Holy Spirit. The whole Word of God, the complete revelation of His will is our law. Our lives are governed by love, not by fear. We walk by faith, not by legislation. We walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh (Romans 8:...
Scott Richardson
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Why Do Men Love Pietistic Perfectionism? - Published on September 5, 2019
...     Why do sinful men tend to love pietistic perfectionism? Deep inside they know full well, they cannot comply with the demands of the Sermon on Mount, nor even with the "marks of true conversion" of Paul Washer, yet they love the masochism of self-flagellation...being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness ...
Renat Ilyasov
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Going to Hell with a Bible in Hand - Published on September 3, 2019
...     Many will go to hell with a Bible in their hand and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, fasting and praying, preaching and teaching a false gospel all along the way. It is only those chosen, elected, and predestined in Christ unto salvation who will be in heaven with The Triune Jehovah at this point in time. After the resurrection, they will be with Him in the new heaven and new earth. God’s elect will not be fooled. All of the non elect, reprobate are pred...
Gabriel Gonzalez
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The Sovereignty of God is Absolute - Published on September 2, 2019
...     To acknowledge this truth is at once to acknowledge that God has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass; that nothing else can come to pass; that predestination is a fact, that God does rule in the kingdoms of men; that all human ties, bonds and relationships are divinely appointed and formed; that salvation rests solely, fully, and only in God’s election; that salvation is by God’s grace and His grace alone; and, that no part of man’s salvation is of himself...
Scott Richardson
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The Good Hurt - Published on September 2, 2019
...     It is a natural and common thing to extrapolate the will of God by observing circumstances and events: "God is teaching you a lesson", or, "If you had not done X, this would not be happening to you.", or, "See how God has blessed so-and-so because of his faithfulness and hard work". These and other like expressions are typical among folk.       Job's "friends" (Elihu excepted) are a prime biblical example of t...
John Pedersen
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It Meets My Need - Published on September 2, 2019
...     Why do I love this gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace to sinners in Christ Jesus? This gospel meets my every requirement; it suits the needs of this bankrupt, helpless sinner. The gospel demands nothing of me, but supplies every spiritual and eternal need for me. It announces the glad tidings that everything required to make me pure and righteous before God, my perfect Substitute has been accomplished. The gospel doesn’t command me, “Do this or that,&r...
Jim Byrd
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Male Headship - Published on August 31, 2019
...But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. - 1 Timothy 2:12      As a woman who falls under the original 'curse' to Eve, "and thy desire shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee" I can say in all honesty that it is in my natural flesh and heart to want to rule over my husband and to have control, to not be in submission in other words. The verse in Timothy is speaking of authority in the church...
Eileen Beckett
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When a Man Perceives - Published on August 30, 2019
...When a man perceives his works to be good, he does not know the Standard of measurement....
Glenn McGrew
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What Is Your Hope? - Published on August 29, 2019
...     Ask almost any man, “Whether he hopes to be saved eternally?” He will answer in the affirmative.  But enquire again, “On what foundation he rests his hope?” Here too many are sadly divided.... The Pelagian hopes to get to heaven by a moral life and a good use of his natural powers. The Arminian by a jumble of grace and free-will, human works, and the merits of Christ. The Deist by an interested observance of the social virtues. &nbs...
Augustus Toplady
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As For Me - Published on August 28, 2019
...     As for me, my justification lies with God.  In his hand are the perfection of my walk and the virtues of my heart.  By His righteousness is my transgression blotted out . . .      As for me, to evil humanity and the counsel of perverse flesh do I belong.  My transgressions, evils, sins, and corrupt heart belong to the counsel of wormy rot and those who walk in darkness.  Surely a man's way is not his own; neither c...     Article Length: Short
One Savior - Published on August 27, 2019
...     I would never minimize the importance of repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the name of our Lord, He grants us repentance to turn from our idols, to forsake our dead works and He gives us faith to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King.      We look to the blood and righteousness of this blessed Savior as the only way whereby a holy God can justly accept fallen sinners. Still, faith and repentance are not S...
Jim Byrd
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The Law – No Rule of Life For The Believer - Published on August 26, 2019
...     The Scriptures distinctly teaches us that we are not justified by the law nor is the law a rule of life.  That which can only curse can never justify and that which can only kill can never be a rule of life (Romans 3:20).      Both the Jews who had received the law and the Gentiles who had never had the law were now to be saved through grace (Acts 15:11). Not only were they to be saved by grace, but also they were to stand in grace (Romans 5:2) and to &...
Scott Richardson
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It Is Well With My Soul - Published on August 24, 2019
...     The song "It Is Well With My Soul" was written by a successful Christian lawyer Heratio Spafford. His only son died at age 4 in 1871. In 1872, the great Chicago fire wiped out his vast estate, made from a successful legal career. In 1873 he sent his wife & 4 daughters over to Europe on a summer trip on the ill fated SS Ville du Havre. Since he had a lot of work to do, he planned to follow them later. The Ship sank and he lost his 4 daughters with the wife being ...     Article Length: Short
The Atheist, The Religionist and the Tender Heart - Published on August 23, 2019
...     It is hard to say which is worse – the atheist who says, “There is no God” or the religionist who maintains that God cannot do as He pleases.      Since all men by nature have stony hearts, all the threatening in the world will do no good; the stony heart of natural man must be pierced by THE POWER OF GOD in order to be tender!      One with a tender heart desires to know the will of God, has a readiness for spiritual thin...
Scott Richardson
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A Word About Trials - Published on August 22, 2019
...“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you, but rejoice.” - 1 Peter 4:12-13     If God has given you the privilege and opportunity to go through difficult and heavy trials, then you ought to make the most of that privilege and opportunity to glorify Him by being in subjection to Him, because it might only happen once in a lifetime.     We don’t desire to have s...
Scott Richardson
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Unworthy Servants - Published on August 21, 2019
...     Many chide us old school baptists for always referring to ourselves as "unprofitable servants" or "unworthy servants". Some may say, "We ARE worthy, for Jesus has saved us and made us worthy and profitable in his kingdom." My dear friend, if you have experienced the grace of God, you have not been made worthy, but accepted! Accepted in the Beloved! There is only one who will hear the cries of WORTHY, and that is the Lamb that was slain!!!  ...
Mikal Smith
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A Dead Dog as I Am - Published on August 21, 2019
...     Upon arriving to services one Wednesday evening, to my surprise, there was an old, mangy, rejected and forsaken dog sitting on the front porch of the church building. I was appalled and repulsed at the dog’s sad appearance and horrible condition. This poor creature was in bad shape, yet all I can remember thinking was, “I wish this dog would go away.”      I am so grateful that when my merciful, gracious and compassionate Savior looked upon...
David Eddmenson
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