Pristine Grace

Gospel Distinctives
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They Could Not Believe - Published on February 21, 2020
..."Therefore they could not believe..." - John 12:39     What a sobering verse of God's word! A verse that speaks not about willingness but ability. These Jewish and Greek people gathered at Jerusalem with the religious leaders was affixed to Jesus has He had just entered the city. Palm branches and shouts of Hosanna were heard around the gate. The eyewitnesses that saw Jesus  raise Lazarus from the grave were were there bearing witness of his miracle. All eyes...
Mikal Smith
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The Impeccability of Christ - Published on February 13, 2020
...    We are living in a world of sin, and the fearful havoc it has wrought is evident on every side. How refreshing, then, to fix our gaze upon One who is immaculately holy, and who passed through this scene unspoilt by its evil. Such was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God incarnate. For thirty-three years He was in immediate contact with sin, yet He was never, to the slightest degree, contaminated. He touched the leper, yet was not defiled, even ceremonially. Just as the rays of the...
Arthur W. Pink
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Infralapsarianism : The Man Created for the Woman - Published on February 7, 2020
..."For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man". 1 Cor. 11:8-9     In infralapsarianism, the man (Christ) is created for the woman (church); not woman for the man.     One of the problems with infralapsarianism is that the Man (Christ) is made for the Woman (Church) and not visa versa (as it is in the Bible) and that only in light of the woman's failure to live by her wo...
Renat Ilyasov
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Repenting and Believing Depend Upon Salvation - Published on January 26, 2020
...    FAITHFUL sayings ought to be faithfully delivered; and if those who profess to be the servants of God would faithfully deliver this saying, "that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners," we should hear no more about His offering them salvation, or proposing salvation or putting them into a salvable state, and the like Popish nonsense.  He "came to save sinners."  Did He fulfil his errand - or did He not?  Did He fail ...
Joseph Irons
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Explanation of the Trinity - Published on January 25, 2020
...    I have always sought to express the three persons as follows. God has a single mind in the sense that one body of knowledge is known by God. That body of knowledge includes all true propositions, God's knowledge of them is the source of their veracity. However, there are three distinct views of that knowledge amongst the Godhead. This is a result of the activity of God. Ex. All of the members know the details of the cross, but only one of them knows it as 'i went to th...     Article Length: Short
The Flesh - Published on January 25, 2020
..."That which is born of the flesh is flesh." - John 3:6     There is no promise made that in this life, we shall be set free from the indwelling and the in-working of sin. Many think that their flesh is to become "progressively holier and holier"—that sin after sin is to be removed gradually out of the heart—until at last they are almost made perfect in the flesh. But this is an idle dream, and one which, sooner or later will be crudely and roughly bro...
J.C. Philpot
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A Universal Atonement Must Produce a Universal Salvation - Published on January 2, 2020
...    THAT CHRIST DIED, ALL AGREE — WHAT WERE THE RESULTS? — Here we find professing Christians DISAGREEING.     I HAVE ALWAYS argued in favor of the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, and that all for whom Christ died would be eternally saved. I have also taken the position that the death of Christ did not affect any others, only the elect ... Jesus Christ either satisfied the Law for sin, or else He made no atonement whatever. If He did make an atonement, i...
Lemeul Potter
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What About Those Who Never Hear? - Published on December 30, 2019
...    The non-elect who hear nothing of the apostolic gospel in this life will still confront it with hatred on judgment day--because they want to be justified by works and not a redemption provided solely in God. The sole difference between the elect and non-elect for eternity will be that one class wants to be justified to some degree by a personal rightness and the other realizes this is 100% futile and totally rest in the work of Christ by faith....
Bob Higby
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A Brief Exegesis of Romans 5:12-21 - Published on November 24, 2019
...A Brief Exegesis of Romans 5:12-21 (ESV) NOTE: The position outlined here is one I have embraced, defended, and written about for many years. I am presenting it again as the old issue has come back again with the same challenges as before. Terms: The translation and meaning of ‘All’ in the New Testament writings, when referring to a certain mass of human beings, is generally agreed by those of a sovereign grace perspective to have both a ‘universal’ a...
Bob Higby
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The Death of Adam : Clay Village, Ky., 1880. - Published on November 18, 2019
...“Will Elder J.F. Johnson of Ky., give his views on 1 Cor 15:22? Did Adam die a spiritual death or not? If he did not, how are we spiritually dead? The question has been asked us, and we are bothered over it. By answering this you will confer a favor on the least of the little ones, if one at all. - G.W. Russell.     BRETHREN BEEBE: - The above is a request from brother Russell, of Missouri. We do not suppose that the death here spoken of is a spiritual death, nor do ...
J.F. Johnson
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Worship in Spirit and in Truth - Published on November 6, 2019
...    Someone asked about worshiping God in spirit and in truth. John 4 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is s...
David Bishop
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What is a Gospel Issue? - Published on November 6, 2019
...     People have asked me, what is a gospel issue?  A gospel issue is any issue, doctrine or teaching that you will tell young believers they must know and understand on at least a basic foundational level if they expect to be treated as having the blood bought right to fellowship in Christ and to assurance of salvation....
David Bishop
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The End of the Law for Righteousness - Published on October 10, 2019
..."So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law, but I see another law at work in me. What a wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Christ Jesus my Lord!...Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and...
Thomas Hemeon
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My Quarrel - Published on October 9, 2019
...    My quarrel with the Archbishop, whom I formerly quoted on this subject, is very moderate.  He was a moral philosopher and it would seem that it was chiefly in compliance with the rites of his country that he gave any place to the name of Jesus Christ in his scheme of religion.  For his scheme would suffer no great loss by the want of that name.  The like may be said of Mr Locke and many other philosophical Christians.       My principle quarrel is w...
Robert Sandeman
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On Judging Others - Published on October 6, 2019
...“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whosoever you are who judge, for in the thing wherein you judge another, you condemn yourself, for you who judge do the same things.” (Romans 2:1ff).     The statement above comes at the conclusion of an extensive description of man’s moral depravity and rebellion against God at the beginning of the Apostle’s letter to the Romans.     As he continues, he brings focus to the inherently hypocritical and self-c...
John Pedersen
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Regarding the Death of My Eight Year Old Son - Published on October 3, 2019
...    Our previous son of 8 years, 11 months, and 17 days, Bruce, was taken on to Glory by the Sovereign call of our Holy God on June 3, 1978.     His "accidental" death was caused by a small 22 calibre bullet. Yet God took him quickly and peacefully. When he cried out, "Daddy!"  I scooped him into my arms before he could fall. As I held him close to my heart in stunned disbelief, he said faintly, "it hurts". Then as I carried him slow...
Frank Boydstun
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What Is Our Rule of Life as Believers? - Published on September 21, 2019
...     Is it the law? No, we have been set free from the law and it's curse.. we no longer have to fear anything about it.. (Romans 7:1-6)      So what motivates the believer? Is it a slavish fear of punishment if we don't do what we should, or sin willfully? No..      So what is it? The answer is, Christ.. we are constrained by God's love in Christ for His people.  It is the "law of love" or "Christ's law."...
Chip Holbrook
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Are You Called to Preach? - Published on September 6, 2019
...     Do you think you are called to preach? Do you know a zealous man who thinks he is? So what is “this calling” of which we hear often spoken? All throughout the evangellyfish churchianity world, young men get this burning in their bosom that they are “called to preach.” My question for all those that think they are called is this… “PREACH WHAT!?”      What exactly are these men called to preach? They think they a...
Brandan Kraft
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God’s Work is Strange, Wonderful, and Excellent - Published on September 4, 2019
...      "For the Lord shall rise up as in Mount Perazim, He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that He may do HIS WORK, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange act. Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your hands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts, a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth" (Isaiah 28:21-22). "This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in work...
Jonas C. Sikes
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The Four Aspects of Justification - Published on September 4, 2019
...     Throughout the years, I've discovered there are multiple aspects or perspectives of the justification of God's people.  These different aspects can be best understood as from God's perspective and the believer's perspective.  There is an aspect of the work of justification that has occurred in the past, and there is still an aspect that is yet to come.  Some brethren when speaking of the doctrine of justification fail to differentiate betwe...
Brandan Kraft
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