Pristine Grace

Neo-Gnosticism
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Proper Knowledge Does Not Save - Published on October 5, 2020
...You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life... - John 5:39a     Jesus is talking to the Pharisees here who thought they had eternal life because they had knowledge of the scriptures.  And today, there are some people who think that just because they have a knowledge of how God sovereignly saves His people, or that they know the scriptures inside and out, and can articulate the Gospel, they think they have eternal life.  Others think tha...
Brandan Kraft
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Speaking the Truth in Love - Published on July 19, 2020
...    Are we to speak the truth to all men or are we to love all men and seek to maintain unity and harmony?     Both and the two are not mutually exclusive. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4 that we are to “speak the truth in love..” Truth is not to be spoken like a dart thrusted nor is error to be compromised for the sake of unity. We are always sinners dealing with sinners given to extremes and pride but the knowledge and gifts that God has sovereignly given throug...
Gary Shepard
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No Place for Controversy - Published on July 12, 2020
...    The pulpit's real issue is this:   Christ, and Him crucified.     Men, whose eyes are fixed on Christ, do not argue.  They do not love controversy, whose hearts are touched with Him.  They do not look for issues and sticky theological problems who are busy knowing and showing Christ.  Those whose interest is singularly Christ have little difficulty settling all matters and quickly in His Word.       The problem they see is...
Henry Mahan
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Do We Have Confidence in God’s Grace? - Published on June 30, 2020
...    Do we really have confidence in the grace of God?  If we do, we will be satisfied with His grace and His grace alone.  If we have confidence in His grace, we will not try to offer up anything of our own as a reason for God to bless us. If we have confidence in His grace, we will rest secure that, whatever happens in this life, God will preserve us blameless for the next life.  If we have confidence in His grace, we will not try to build a church with fleshy enticemen...
Joe Terrell
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Simply to Thy Cross I Cling - Published on June 30, 2020
...    Calvinism, or the Doctrines of Grace otherwise known as TULIP, is the Gospel.   The doctrine of Imputed Righteousness is the Gospel.  But these are simply fuller expressions of the Gospel.  One does not need to understand all the implications of the Gospel in order to believe the Gospel.  All that's needed for saving faith is for one to recognize that one needs cleansing from sin, and that one needs only to turn from striving to resting in Chr...
Brandan Kraft
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The Insidious Rise of High Grace Predestinarian Neo-Gnosticism - Published on June 29, 2020
...    The Gospel as it is expressed in the doctrines of Sovereign Grace, otherwise known as TULIP or "Calvinism" has brought such joy to my heart, there are times that I find myself barely able to contain myself.  To have assurance that I am one of those precious elect for which Christ shed His blood, and that there is a love that has been shed abroad in my heart (Rom 5:5), it brings me much needed peace. There have been many ups and downs in my spiritual journey. &nb...
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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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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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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Shouldn't We Condemn the Bad Guys? - Published on June 13, 2020
...“being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” - Rom 3:24     There are some who are pointing out who will and who won't "enter the Kingdom of God", implying of course that people unlike them won't, you know, the bad guys.     Two things: All those verses condemn US ALL, not just some of us. There is no one righteous, no not one. Nothing unpure, unclean, bad, evil, naughty or even tainted with ...
Bobby Capps
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Are You Just Pretending? - Published on June 11, 2020
...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 Tim. 6:3-5     Paul in this passage is talki...
Brandan Kraft
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Escaping The “Cage Stage” - Published on June 4, 2020
...    My friend Michael Horton often comments on the phenomenon of “cage-stage Calvinism,” that strange malady that seems to afflict so many people who have just seen the truth of the Reformed doctrines of grace. We’ve all known one of these “cage-stage Calvinists.” Many of us were even one of them when we were first convinced of God’s sovereignty in salvation.     Cage-stage Calvinists are identifiable by their insistence on turning ...
R.C. Sproul
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Be Charitable To Your Brethren - Published on May 31, 2020
..."Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000 who had His Father's name written on their foreheads." - Revelation 14:1      Who were these 144,000 "who had His Father's name written on their foreheads?"      Not Bs for "Baptists,"      nor Ws for "Wesleyans,"      nor Es for "Established Church."     ...
Charles Spurgeon
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Bitter Spirited Christians? - Published on May 27, 2020
...    As we grow in grace, we are sure to grow in charity, sympathy, and love. We shall, as we ripen in grace, have greater sweetness towards our fellow Christians. Bitter spirited Christians may know a great deal, but they are immature.     Those who are quick to censure may be very acute in judgment, but they are as yet very immature in heart.     He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be ...
Charles Spurgeon
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Accept One Another - Published on May 27, 2020
..."Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God." - Romans 15:7     The Christian, especially he who is advanced and established in the life of faith, has a fervent zeal for God—for the honor of His Name, His Word and His Gospel. The honest warmth of zeal which he feels, when God's Word is broken, His Gospel is despised, and when the great and glorious Name of the Lord his God is profaned, would, by the occasion of his...
John Newton
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Some Thoughts on Criticism - Published on May 24, 2020
...    We have all been guilty of being too critical toward others and we have all experienced the fires of criticism leveled against us. Here are some thoughts concerning being critical and being criticized.     Regarding being critical, may we always remember that what we criticize others for we are guilty of ourselves (Romans 2:1)!   Also remember, “With the same measure you meter withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38)&he...
Charles Spurgeon
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Carpenterism - Published on May 23, 2020
...    God is no liar, but these men are slanderers. They admit, they insist, that unregenerate men can speak the truth, even about the Gospel, but they deny that regenerate men can err, even about the Gospel. They even go so far to say that if a man is mistaken in judging another man to be saved, he himself is unsaved. Thus one's own salvation, according to their twisted and Antichristian doctrine, depends on believing the correct things about some sinner's state of mind, and not...
John W. Robbins
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Are We Encouraging? - Published on May 21, 2020
...    How are we being a blessing to the body? What gospel truths resound as good for their souls? What encouragement and peace are provided? None? Then maybe we should redirect our words....
James H. Tippins
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