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Pristine Grace
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Nine Dishonest Tactics of Heresy Hunters - Published on September 22, 2021
...    As a believer, I’ve spent many years reading various authors, various books, and commentaries.   I’ve spoken with dozens of men and women about every seemingly conceivable theological topic you could imagine.  And after nearly twenty four years of operating theological websites and chat rooms as well as hosting a theological discussion forum, I believe I’m experienced enough to write this article regarding the tactics of heresy hunter...
Brandan Kraft
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Sheep Food Tastes Good Regardless of the Dish It's Served Upon! - Published on September 17, 2021
...    The congregations I associate with are filled mostly with older, seasoned and experienced saints that have no more “fight” left in them and just want to support each other in Christ.  Most of them aren’t on Facebook, and if you tried showing them what goes on there, they’d just shake their heads and move on with life.  If they are on Facebook, they use it to see pictures of their grandkids or great grandkids — and that’s ...
Brandan Kraft
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Why Are Believers so Cruel to Each Other Online? - Published on September 15, 2021
...    Before the Internet existed, believers would skewer each other face to face, and often by the pulpit and by the stroke of the pen.   But it's not as frequently as I find it today!  The cruelty of believers toward each other online is rampant!  And I'm guilty as well - very few have unclean lips in this regard.  Now today, through the use of the internet, one can attack almost seemingly without repercussion.  If I wanted to write against the cur...
Brandan Kraft
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Off the Rails! - Published on September 15, 2021
...The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are... Luke 18:11     The sovereign grace movement online is off the rails.  These days all I see are attacks by real and imagined sovereign grace preachers against other sovereign grace preachers and other people of various beliefs.  Many of them have gained notoriety simply by attacking others.  Polemics is their speciality, and instead of laying the straight stick ...
Brandan Kraft
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What I Now Think about Being Labeled as a Compromiser - Published on September 13, 2021
...    My entire adult life as a believer I've always faced critics.  When I first turned away from the dispensational freewillism of my youth toward a belief in sovereign grace, I lost friends and was attacked.  All my freewilller buddies turned against me.  They would say things like, "Don't listen to Brandan, he's a compromiser!  He denies the free will  of man and thinks that salvation is ENTIRELY by God's predestination!" &nb...
Brandan Kraft
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Do Not Be Grieved, For the Joy of the Lord Is Your Stength - Published on September 7, 2021
...Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. - Nehemiah 8:10     As we continue in our walk of faith, we will at times find ourselves tempted to be discouraged and also disappointed in many different things.  And this is a daily thing, at least for me.  When I find myself committing sin, over and over and over again, it never seems to end.  I'm tempted to be discouraged.  But the Lord reminds me that all that sin - even future...
Brandan Kraft
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Don't Do Battle With the Straw Man! - Published on September 7, 2021
...    I don't like to see men do battle with straw men.  I hate to fight them myself, as it's a pointless fight; and I don't like to see others defeat them as no real victory can be won....
Brandan Kraft
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Cynical Nitpickery - Published on September 4, 2021
...If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. - 1 Timothy 6:3-5     Those of you who know me may be abl...
Brandan Kraft
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Preaching to the Heart - Published on September 2, 2021
...My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. - Proverbs 23:26 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.  Proverbs 23:7 Thy heart is not right in the sight of God. - Acts 8:21 Isaiah 43:1, (KJV), But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.   &nbs...
Brandan Kraft
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Being Right Won't Save You! - Published on August 31, 2021
...    If you think you are saved by having a proper understading of the five points of calvinism, or by getting your understanding of the extent of the atonement right, you have missed the Gospel by adding to it.  These are certainly important topics.  They are issues that the true believer will endeavor to "get right."  However, your understanding of these things is not the Gospel.  The puritan John Bradford once wrote, "Let a man g...
Brandan Kraft
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"Why Did You Post Something From That Guy?" - Published on August 31, 2021
...    Hello,     Over the course of owning and operating Pristine Grace for over twenty years, I've been asked on many occaisions as to why I post something from a particular author.  Usually, the question comes from someone who is very sound in their beliefs, and thinks that posting something from a particular author is a form of compromise.  I've even posted items from arminians on this site and to the die hard calvinist, they consider that to b...
Brandan Kraft
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Why I'm on a Leash - Published on August 28, 2021
...And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;  And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God. - Acts 15:39-40     There have been throughout the years many ministries and men that I've encountered that I simply do not agree with.  But I do not name them or attack them.  The Lord has me on a leash!  Like the leashed ...
Brandan Kraft
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Sovereign Grace Unbelievers - Published on August 28, 2021
...This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. - Mat 15:18     I find myself once again sitting here on a Saturday night, distressed by what I see as a sad portrayal of "sovereign grace" faith online.  It's the never ending debate of arminianism vs. calvinism,  "right" doctrine vs. "false" doctrine,  intolerants vs. tolerants, and non-compromisers vs. those d...
Brandan Kraft
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Tolerance and Patience - Published on August 20, 2021
...    All the posts by popular facebook preachers talking about intolerance and compromisers has led me to heart sickness. Christianity is not about pointing out the flaws with every false way, and trying to root out the "compromisers" and the "tolerants" amongst our midst. It's about pointing to Christ as the only way, and leaving it to the Lord to sort out the tares from the wheat. The hunt for heresy, tolerance, and compromise, leads to an out of balance Christ...
Brandan Kraft
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The Day You Were Converted - Published on August 18, 2021
...    I've noticed amongst some believers, there tends to be a great focus on the actual day one came to believe the Gospel, and some have even stated that if you can't pin-point it, you may not even be a believer!  I certainly do not agree with this assessment at all.  But I think I can explain how this understanding came into being, so allow me to explain. And if you find yourself struggling with assurance, I hope that this short article will ...
Brandan Kraft
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Sugar Water - Published on August 7, 2021
..."Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ," - Philippians 3:8     Have you as a believer in sovereign grace experienced someone else who confesses sovereign grace claim boldly to you that you aren't a believer even though you both claim to confess the Gospel?  ...
Brandan Kraft
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Book Review : Spurgeon vs. Hyper-Calvinism - Published on August 6, 2021
...Note: I wrote this review in 2003 and placed it on Amazon: I still agree with the general premise of this review.  However, since that time, I've come to love Spurgeon's writings even more.  Although I'm still not a fan of his duty-faith preaching, Spurgeon loved the doctrine of Christ and exalted Him throughout all of his sermons and writings.  My opinion of Spurgeon has changed.  However, if you notice in this review, despite his inconsistencies, I ...
Brandan Kraft
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You Can't Beat the Truth into People! - Published on August 4, 2021
...And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. - Acts 16:14     In the zeal and ignorance of my youth, I used to think if I presented the truth just right, and pounded the message home hard enough, then people would come to agree with me.  I wouldn't admit that of course, but my actions stated otherwise.  I used to g...
Brandan Kraft
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Cannibalism - Published on July 26, 2021
..."But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another." - Gal 5:15     Paul in this passage is not talking about actual flesh and blood eaters amongst the Galatians!  He's talking about those who are just as bad though.  He's addressing those who devour each other spiritually.  He's addressing those who destroy reputations of their fellow brothers and sisters through the terrible sins of backbit...
Brandan Kraft
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Knowledge is NECESSARY! - Published on July 23, 2021
...    In an earlier article and podcast I mentioned that your knowledge can't save you.  This is true.  Christ saves.   However, I firmly believe that ALL WHO HAVE BEEN SAVED will know Christ.  And by KNOWING Christ, they will know certain things about Him.  Knowledge is necessary, only that it is a necessary consequence of having been saved by Christ in His life, death, and resurrection.  ...
Brandan Kraft
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