Pristine Grace

Gospel Distinctives
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What's the Difference? : 1 Cor. 4:7 - Published on September 4, 2021
...    A gospel preacher friend of mine was asked a few years ago, "What's the difference between what you preach and what is being preached in churches that preach another message? -- and, if what you're preaching is true, how do I know that it's true?" My friend's response was a good one because he said, "but for the grace of God, you won't know the difference. You will find some churches preaching a message that sounds good to you, and you may settle ...
Marvin Stalnaker
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The Message of Old - Published on September 4, 2021
...    Many religious organizations proudly advertise their services as "contemporary". Their true message is, "we deal with topics that are relevant for today's world." These religious organizations unashamedly proclaim, "Tell us what you want, and that's what you'll get. We will meet your needs". This tactic is nothing more than an attempt to be all things to all men in order that the masses might be drawn in. These congregations major on issues...
Marvin Stalnaker
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The Kind of Preaching that Will Bring Revival - Published on September 4, 2021
...   In general it may be said that every revival to date has been marked by the preaching of God's Sovereign Grace in Christ! Paul preached after this fashion and planted churches everywhere. Augustine came near to saving the Roman Church for the truth by such preaching. Calvin drove a wide wedge in Europe and the world with such preaching, and Spurgeon stood England on its head for two generations with the preaching of the Sovereign Grace of God.    This kind of preach...
Rolfe Barnard
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Predestination - Published on September 4, 2021
...    Predestination. Just the word appears intimidating. It is perhaps one of the most difficult concepts in all of Christian doctrine because it appears on the surface to rob humans of their most precious treasure: their autonomy. Although the doctrine challenges our notions of self-determination, it is ultimately what separates Christians from humanists, who proclaim that the fate of the world is ours to decide. The past, they say, has been fired in the kiln of history and cannot be a...
Chuck Swindoll
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The Impotency of the Human Will - Published on September 4, 2021
...    Does it lie within the province of man's will to accept or reject the Lord Jesus as Saviour? Granted that the Gospel is preached to the sinner, that the Holy Spirit convicts him of his lost condition, does it, in the final analysis, lie within the power of his own will to resist or yield himself up to God? The answer to this question defines our conception of human depravity. That man is a fallen creature all professing Christians will allow, but what many of them mean by "...
Arthur W. Pink
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Divine Comfort - Published on September 3, 2021
...    The Beatitudes supply a Divine description of those who are the subjects and citizens of Christ's spiritual kingdom. They give us a moral portrait of those who have been born again, and with its several features we should honestly and diligently compare our hearts and lives. It is on the second Beatitude, which I feel led to speak tonight. "Blessed are those who mourn--for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4     Now it is obvious that Christ d...
Arthur W. Pink
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Calvinism is the Gospel! And Nothing Else! - Published on September 1, 2021
...    The late lamented Mr. Denham has put, at the foot of his portrait, a most admirable text, "Salvation is of the Lord." That is just an epitome of Calvinism; it is the sum and substance of it. If anyone should ask me what I mean by a Calvinist, I should reply, "He is one who says, Salvation is of the Lord." I cannot find in Scripture any other doctrine than this. It is the essence of the Bible. "He only is my rock and my salvation." Tell me anything cont...
Charles Spurgeon
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The Great Deception - Published on September 1, 2021
...    One of the most popular beliefs of the day is that God loves everybody, and the very fact that it is so popular with all classes ought to be enough to arouse the suspicions of those who are subject to the Word of Truth.     God's love towards all His creatures is the favorite tenet of Universalists, Unitarians, Theosophists, Christian Scientists, Spiritualists, Russellites, etc.... So widely has this dogma been proclaimed, and so comforting it is to the heart which...
Arthur W. Pink
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Are You Truly an Arminian? - Published on August 30, 2021
...Editor's Note: This message is directed toward those who claim to be Arminians.  Spurgeon's point is the Arminian is usually woefully inconsistent and may actually believe the true Gospel contrary to their professed beliefs, which is why they don't pray anything like the prayer below.  Spurgeon was much more generous to the Arminian than other theologians, for which he still gathers a great deal of impatient criticism today from those who are very zealous to ...
Charles Spurgeon
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Gospel Distinctives - Published on August 30, 2021
...    I know that the things we believe and preach, place us in direct conflict with the religious world around us. That really shouldn't surprise us. When our Lord Jesus told the religious leaders of his day the things I am about to tell you, they started grabbing rocks to stone him to death. So we must never be surprised when lost religionists get upset with us for preaching the gospel. Here are four things which place us in direct conflict with the entire religious world-- ...
Don Fortner
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When Are God's People Justified in His Sight? - Published on July 2, 2021
...    Obviously, this article concerns the issue of the timing of the justification of sinners before God, and this automatically concerns the timing of the imputation of the sins of God’s elect to Christ as well as the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to God’s elect. God justifies His people upon the ground of Christ’s righteousness which He has imputed to them. Let me make it clear at the outset that I have never considered the issue of the timing of justifi...
Bill Parker
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What the Law Cannot Do - Published on April 19, 2021
...    The Word of God tells us that the law of God was given to shut our mouths and pronounce us guilty before God of indescribable wickedness (Romans 3:19).  It was not given, however, as a means of justifying the sinner or sanctifying the child of God. The Law cannot save a sinner.  There is no question but what the law of God must be honored before anyone could be saved, but it cannot be honored by any sinner.  “By the deeds of the law there shall no fl...
Jim Byrd
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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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Are Free-willers Brethren? - Published on June 9, 2020
..."Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, it is lawful. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch. And he baptized him."  - Acts 8:37-38     Are free-willers brothers?  This is a question I see hotly debated on facebook - almost daily.  I've observed it for years now.  There are people that line up on...
Brandan Kraft
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The Blessedness of Predestinating Ability - Published on June 3, 2020
...    Hoyt, In our conversation recently, I drew further pleasant thoughts on the God-given blessing of the ability God gave to His creature, Man, in nature to predestinate. Along with the abilities to think rationally, to use his hands (having thumbs to grasp objects) to make and use tools, a speaking form of communication, He also has given the ability to predestinate. These powers separate man from all other of the lower creatures. Every one thinks; every one ...
Stanley C. Phillips
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Preserving Grace Before Regeneration - Published on May 27, 2020
...“To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ.” - Jude 1     What a mercy it is for God’s people, that before they have a ‘vital union’ with Christ, before they are grafted into Him experimentally — they have an ‘eternal union’ with Him before all worlds. It is by virtue of this eternal union, that they come into the world at such a time,     at such a place,   &...
J.C. Philpot
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A Biblical View of Self - Published on May 21, 2020
..."I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." ...Romans 12:3     A friend who is a social worker asked this question several months ago, "Knowing what the Bible teaches about original sin and total depravity, how can I properly inspire the young men and women I deal with to cultivate a sense of sel...
Don Fortner
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Precious Death - Published on May 15, 2020
...“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” - Psalm 116:15     This is one of the many comforting and blessed statements in Holy Scripture concerning that great event from which the flesh so much shrinks. If the Lord’s people would more frequently make a prayerful and believing study of what the Word says upon their departure out of this world, death would lose much, if not all, of its terrors for them. But alas, instead of doing so, they l...
Arthur W. Pink
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Some Implications of Sovereign Grace - Published on May 13, 2020
...And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. - Exodus 33:19     Why do we use the double term sovereign grace? What does it mean and what is implied by the epithet 'sovereign' as attached to the term grace?     The answer is immediately at hand. The whole, so called Christian world professes to b...
Rolfe Barnard
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Glorious Savior - Published on May 6, 2020
...    A little over two thousand years ago the Son of God descended into this vile world so that someday we would ascend into that perfect world from which He came. He was made lower than the angels to raise us higher than the angels. He became a servant that we might be made kings and priests unto God. He was made sin for us so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. He became poor that we would become rich. He came to die in time, so that we would live with Him throughou...
Jim Byrd
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