Pristine Grace

The Error of Heretic Hunting
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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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The Ten Tell-Tale Signs I'm a Heretic - Published on May 15, 2020
...    The word heretic and heresy are not often used in the new testament.  In fact, each word is only used once.  But if you were to jump onto facebook these days, you might be surprised to find it's one of the principle words of scripture.  Every day I see the word bandied about sometimes even more than the word Christ or Gospel. I even read an article regarding ten tell-tale signs you're a heretic.  Summarizing, the ten signs were as follows... Have n...
Brandan Kraft
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Things That Promote Peace - Published on May 12, 2020
... “Let us therefore follow after the things which promote peace, and things wherewith one may edify another”  - Romans 14:19 Be careful to LOVE one another with a true heart.   “Love covers a multitude of sins.” Avoid a spirit of ARGUMENT AND DEBATE.   One may win an argument and lose a friend. Beware of JEALOUSY.   Jealousy destroys happiness and builds suspicion. Beware of ENVY.   Let us learn to rejoice in another’s gifts,...
Henry Mahan
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Patience With Those Who Yet Cling to Some Error - Published on April 28, 2020
..."But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" - II Peter 3:18     Peter was careful to put growth in grace before growth in knowledge and to identify the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ as the proper content of spiritual knowledge. That one whose growth in knowledge precedes a growth in grace, and whose growth in knowledge consists only of a growing mass of scriptural facts becomes divisive, judgmental, and ever smaller in his knowledge of Chr...
Joe Terrell
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The Insidious Rise of the Internet Heresy Hunter - Published on April 25, 2020
...He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings. - 1 Tim 6:4     I sure do love what the Internet has done for believers as it has become a fabulous tool used to enable the saints to become closer together.  I use it every day to stay in touch with dear friends in the Gospel.  I like to pull my phone out and keep in touch with friends that are near and dear to me. &nbs...
Brandan Kraft
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I Don't Know - Published on April 23, 2020
..."The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law." - Deuteronomy 29:29     How many people have the courage to answer, "I don't know" when asked a question they don't have an answer to?  How many pastors can answer that way?  How many armchair theologians can answer, "I don't know?"     Oh, I&#...
Brandan Kraft
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Gospel Defenders - Published on April 16, 2020
......be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time... 1 Peter 5:5-6     I've noticed online a flurry of disconcerting activity from many self-proclaimed Gospel defenders.  These are folks that are constantly telling others about how freewillism is wrong, or a particular church or groups of people are bad, or people who f...
Brandan Kraft
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Which Error is More Grievous? - Published on April 16, 2020
..."A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."  - Joh 13:34-35     Over the course of our walk in the Gospel the Lord puts in our way many friends and foes.   When we meet those we have agreement with, we recognize them as fellow heirs on our way to the Celestial City.  And part of o...
Brandan Kraft
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Be An Addict of Truth - Published on April 9, 2020
...    Not all men are called to the service of an elder. Yet, all men who are should make themselves both an addict of truth, doctrine, and theology paired with an impossible resolve and high affection for looking over the sheep as he teaches these truths to them by the authority of Scripture. He should mount his mind upon the riches of the Word of God until he is taught and with great certainty can see the path by which he should instruct the sheep....
James H. Tippins
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Believers Can Be Ugly - Published on March 14, 2020
...Pose a false dilemma. Erect a straw man. Equate the life and the expressed convictions of actual persons with aforementioned straw man. Cut straw man into pieces, burn him, and demonstrate not even so much as the hint of a doubt as to whether you have accurately and truthfully represented the person you have judged. Be smug, dismissive, and openly, even gleefully ridiculing of those who disagree or take issue with the false dilemma at the basis of your judgment(s).     Its...
John Pedersen
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Can the Elect be Edified by Reading SOME Things From Those Who Get the Gospel Wrong? - Published on March 13, 2020
...   Someone asks, can the elect be edified by reading anything from those who get the Gospel wrong? Titus 1:10-13 10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This ...
David Bishop
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Study to Be Quiet - Published on March 11, 2020
...But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you... - 1 Thessalonians 4:9-11     John Gill had this to say about studying to be quiet...     &q...
Brandan Kraft
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Doting about Questions and Strifes of Words - Published on March 10, 2020
..."He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,"  -  1 Tim 6:4     False teachers are puffed up with pride. The gospel of grace produces a humble spirit (Ephesians 3:8); but the doctrines of men (works and self-righteousness) fill the mind with pride, vanity, and self-esteem.      They really know nothing of spiritual things, of the gospel of Christ, but spen...
Henry Mahan
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Did You Ever Notice? - Published on March 9, 2020
...    Ever notice that when you don't feel well that your attitude can be a little less than warm? How's that work in "loving your neighbor?" I'll tell you; GRACE, GRACE, God's GRACE! Alone.      We are righteous in Jesus Christ, not ourselves and never in our flesh....
James H. Tippins
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People Like That - Published on March 7, 2020
...“I can’t go to church with people like that.”      People rarely recognize how greatly they expose their pride and self-righteousness by the things they say and do. Over the years, I have known a good many people who, finding fault with someone else, have left one local church and gone to another. When asked why, I have heard many say, “I can’t go to church with people like that….with people who believe that…with people who wear&helli...
Don Fortner
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Believers Should Meet Regularly - Published on February 24, 2020
...    Believers need to be under a regular ministry of the Word and in fellowship with other believers. Not to be so is asking for trouble. Sometimes for some few it is impossible to be where sound preaching and true worship is available. But, in most cases, it is only impossible because of a man 's unwillingness to: 1. Sacrifice material gain and comforts 2. Move from home, friends, and earthly ties 3. Re-examine some traditions and customs 4. Seek and serve the glory of ...
Scott Richardson
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