Pristine Grace

Neo-Gnosticism
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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 Some Calvinists So Angry and Negative? - Published on September 16, 2021
...    I love the doctrines of grace with all my heart, and I think they are pride-shattering, humbling, and love-producing doctrines. But I think there is an attractiveness about them to some people, in large matter, because of their intellectual rigor. They are powerfully coherent doctrines, and certain kinds of minds are drawn to that. And those kinds of minds tend to be argumentative.     So the intellectual appeal of the system of Calvinism draws a certain kind of i...
John Piper
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Polemic Theology : How To Deal With Those Who Differ From Us - Published on September 15, 2021
...INTRODUCTION It seems strange that one should desire to speak at all about Polemic Theology since we are now in an age when folks are more interested in ecumenism and irenics than in polemics. Furthermore, Polemic Theology appears to have been often rather ineffective. Christians have not managed in many cases to win over their opponents. They have shown themselves to be ornery; they have bypassed some fairly important prescriptions of Scripture; and in the end, they have not convinced very m...
Roger Nicole
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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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We Are Not at War with Any Man! - Published on September 15, 2021
...    Christian men are not at war with any man that walks the earth. We are at war with infidelity, but the persons of infidels we love and pray for; we are at warfare with any heresy, but we have no enmity against heretics; we are opposed to, and cry war to the knife with everything that opposes God and his truth: but towards every man we would still endeavour to carry out the holy maxim, "Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you."     The Christian...
Charles Spurgeon
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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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Some Things I Desire to Do by the Grace of God - Published on September 13, 2021
...Love others without a cause, as Christ did. Tell someone I love them, expressing it in word and deed. Tell others I’m sorry and apologize sincerely. Forgive without being asked forgiveness. Rightly receive a loving rebuke from a brother. Benefit by the wisdom and experience of others. Be taught by those whom God has taught. Listen in quietness without forcing my opinion. Sacrifice my will and opinion for the glory of God and the good of His people. Show kindness and an ev...
Gary Shepard
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Some Ways of Hiding the Light - Published on September 9, 2021
..."You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven!" - Matthew 5:14-16      We are in this world to shine! Jesus told his disciples that they were the light of the world. He di...
J.R. Miller
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Were I to Define a Christian - Published on September 9, 2021
...    Were I to define a Christian, or rather to describe him at large, I know of no text I would choose, sooner than Galatians 5:17, "The sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other—so that you do not do what you want."      A Christian has noble aims—which distinguish him from the bulk of mankind. His leading principles, motives, and desires&mdash...
John Newton
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A Real Influence! - Published on September 9, 2021
..."Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." -  2 Corinthians 5:17      The saving grace of God has a real influence upon the whole man. It . . .       enlightens the understanding,       directs the will,       purifies the affections,       regulates the passions, and       corrects the different excesses to which di...
John Newton
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One of You is a Devil! - Published on September 9, 2021
..."Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?" - 2 Corinthians 13:5     Self-examination is a necessary—but difficult work.     Self-examination is the setting up a court in conscience and keeping a register there, that by strict scrutiny a man may know how things stand between God and his own soul. By a serious scrutiny of our he...
Thomas Watson
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Judas the Preacher! - Published on September 9, 2021
..."If you know these things—you are blessed if you do them." - John 13:17     To obey the truth, and not to know it—is impossible.      To know the truth, and not obey it—is unprofitable.      For, "Not everyone who says unto me, 'Lord, Lord' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven—but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven." Saving ...
William Secker
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I Know This — and I Know That! - Published on September 9, 2021
..."In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice: Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? I know who You are — the Holy One of God!" - Luke 4:33-34  "Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting: 'You are Christ the Son of God!' But He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ." - Luke 4:41     We should notic...
J.C. Ryle
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True Colors - Published on September 8, 2021
...    It has been said that you'll never know someones true colors until something bad happens. Perhaps, but what's really going on there?     My true colors are many times as much a surprise to me as they are to you. When life falls apart and so do I, something gets unveiled in me, I get to know things about myself that I sometimes wish I didn't know. So do you.     Imagine if I were to face everything you could throw at me and still never lost it, ...
Bobby Capps
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Knowledge and Belief - Published on September 7, 2021
...    There are a lot of people with knowledge, but that doesn't mean they believe it.  There are a lot of people with belief that have little knowledge....
James H. Tippins
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What Would it Take? - Published on September 7, 2021
...    Over the years I have with deep regrets watched a number of people leave the gospel.  I confess that the departure of some of them from the gospel of God's grace always makes me think of Christ's words to the disciples on one occasion, "Will ye also go away?"  Will I?  Will you?     The gospel of the grace of God in Christ is the most precious thing in the world.  It is like a rare, one-of-a-kind jewel not to be found on every stre...
Gary Shepard
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Look Every Man on the Things of Others - Published on September 7, 2021
...Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. - Philippians 2:4     The failure of most preachers is traced not to the fact that they do not have a pastor's head, voice, and energy, but they do not have a pastor's heart! The failure of most church members and professing christians to be a blessing to family, friends, and outsiders is not that you do not have the proper doctrine, the proper moral integrity and enthusiasm for the truth, bu...
Scott Richardson
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Dying to Self - Published on September 7, 2021
..."If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself…" - Matthew 16:24     When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.     When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise ...
Bruce Crabtree
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