Pristine Grace

Hyper-Calvinism

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2006 Eager Avenue Grace Church Conference Review
...This basic understanding of the cross being the entire focal point of history and the purpose of God from eternity by which the elect are constituted as righteous is something that has been absent from preaching for much too long.  It is time that all of us who claim to love the Gospel of an accomplished salvation openly submit to and rejoice in this plain truth.  If we do not understand the issue then we must be willing to examine our doctrine and even be willing to change for the sake of the truth.  If men and women are to be experientially united in Christ then we must be clear on our understanding of justification for there is not a more important doctrine in the entire bible!...
Brandan Kraft
A Defense of the Doctrine of Eternal Justification
...     The doctrine of Eternal Justification has been lately objected to by Mr. [Robert] Bragge in some sermons of his on that subject, published with some other sermons preached at Limestreet [Lime Street Lecture, London, 17321, by several ministers wherein they propose according to the general title, to state and defend the great doctrines of the gospel, and to answer such objections as are usually advanced against them.       As I have reason to believe Justification from Eternity to be a scriptural doctrine, I think myself under obligation to appear in its defense; and therefore have determined to communicate my thoughts on that subject in this public manner.       I hope that my attempt to establish what I apprehend ...
John Brine
Absolute Predestination
...The Old School or Primitive Baptists in former years have been very definitely identified and distinguished from all other religious or ecclesiastical organizations as Predestinarian Baptists, and as such have borne reproach and vituperation from those who hold more limited views of what we regard as the absolute and all pervading government of God over all beings, all events, and all worlds. With deep solicitude and painful concern we have witnessed in the preaching and writings of some of our brethren a disposition to so yield or modify the doctrine as to limit its application to such things as the carnal mind of man can comprehend or the wisdom of this world can approve. While some will concede that all things that they regard as pure and holy are ordained or predestinated of God, they ...
Gilbert Beebe
Absolute Predestination : A Dialogue
...Mr. Beebe:-In a former letter I requested your views on the absolute predestination of all things. I asked for information, and for nothing else; but I will excuse you for not answering me, for I know that I am not worthy of notice, but I am a poor unworthy worm of the dust.Your unworthy friend.R.S.      Reply.-We assure our friend R.S. that our apparent ne­glect of this request was not owing to any want of respect for him, nor to any unwillingness to give him such views as we have on the important subject of his inquiry. Those who truly feel sensible that they are poor unworthy worms of the dust, and yet have a desire to be informed in regard to the universal government of the supreme God, of his prescience and ir­revocable decrees, are the very persons above ...
Gilbert Beebe
Are There Invitations in the Proclamation of the Gospel?
...From Signs of the Times -September 15, 1904 It is so asserted by all religionists of the present day, and therefore perhaps it is well to ask whether it be so or not. With regard to this question, as with all others pertaining to the religion of Christ, the word of God itself must decide for us. We wish first of all to say that the word invitation does not occur in the New Testament at all, and in the Old Testament in the three places where it is used, the meaning is that of calling. The word translated "invite" in those three places is generally elsewhere translated calling. It is well not to use the word when it is not used in Scriptures. One of the poets has written "The trumpet of the gospel sounds with an inviting voice." Here the word is not objectionable, if the meaning of the poet...
F.A. Chick
Are You Called to Preach?
...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!?”...
Brandan Kraft
The Biblical offer of the Gospel
...PrefaceWhich gospel is an urgent question facing the Reformed Churches today, for the truth is under fierce attack from the lie of universalism. The student of Church History soon learns that the lie which preaches a universal love of God, sovereign-man and self-salvation is a chameleon, constantly changing its appearance in order to infiltrate the church and gain control of the content and preaching of the gospel. Augustine engaged this foe when he defended the sovereignty of God's grace against the rank universalism of Pelagius. The Reformers dealt it a mighty blow when they demolished Rome's stronghold of semi-Pelagianism. The Synod of Dort, when it condemned Arminianism attained a glorious victory over it. Undaunted however, it assumed the even more plausible guise of Amyraldianism...
Chris Connors
Billy Talks to His Pastor about God
...Billy: "Pastor, does God love everybody?" Pastor: "Yes, Billy (smile, pats him on the head). Billy: "How come it says in Romans 9 that he hated Esau?" Pastor: "Been reading your Bible, huh, Billy? (still smiles). Well, the Bible also says that God hates, but that only is talking about God's secret decree, and as far as we are concerned, he loves everybody." Billy: "Pastor?". Pastor: "Yes, Billy." Billy: "If God tells us about his secret decree, is it still a secret?" Pastor: "Er, well, I guess.not, Billy, but I meant that we should realize that there is a way the Bible talks about God's love for everybody, and that's what we should think about, not the one or two places where it says God ...
John Pedersen
Common Grace?
...The phrase "common grace" has become standard in most "Calvinist" or "Reformed" or "Sovereign Grace" circles. It is accepted without question by the duped masses in fashionable Calvinistic "churches" who follow the popular "Reformed" authors rather than the Word of God. And anyone who would dare question it is dismissed out of hand and called any of a number of derogatory names. Call us what you will, we will follow the Word of God rather than the words of men. And, as anyone who is truly interested in studying the Word of God will see, there is no such monstrosity as "common grace." We must first define the phrase. The word "common" in the context of this phrase means "shared or experienced by all." Synonyms are "general" or "universal." The word "grace" means "unmerited favor." So whe...
Marc Carpenter
Confession of a Hyper-Calvinist
...I have a confession to make. I'm a hyper-calvinist. Yes, that's right, I'm one of those people; you know the type that  hates everyone, refuses to preach the Gospel, hates God’s Holy law, breathes fire, and eats nails for breakfast . Anyway, it's not a label I’ve chosen for myself, it’s just that most people in the religious world would label me as such. Usually, there are many negative connotations that are implied in this label and it's not hard to pick up on them in the tones of the voices who slap this label on me. When I jump on Paltalk for a friendly conversation about the Bible and theology, it's a rare occasion when I don't hear a sneering individual boldly claim, "You're a hyper-calvinisssssssssssssssssst!"  ...
Brandan Kraft
Confessions of a Harsh, Intolerant, Judgmental One
...Note: This article was originally published in the Standard Bearer on May 15, 1997. John Pedersen has given me permission to re-release this article.  - Brandan For many in the tolerant, cultured world of evangelical religion, there is no scum more vile than a harsh, judgmental, pontificating buffoon who goes about judging whether others are "true Christians." Such a one is seen as patently bad, and leaves a sour taste and a sick stomach in his preachy wake, cutting a smelly swath through people who have learned not to put God in the kind of box that can be shaken, opened, and checked. The question is, why are such lumps a part of the landscape? What keeps them going? Since no one likes them and they have the cuddliness of a sore porcupine, who feeds them? As I a...
John Pedersen
The Doctrine of Imputation of Sin to Christ : And The Imputation of Righteousness To His People
...The Doctrines of the Imputation of Sin to Christ,  and the  Imputation of his Righteousness  to his People:  Clearly stated, explained, and improved IN A SERMON Preached to the SOCIETY, Who Support the Wednesday Evening-Lecture, In Great-East-Cheap. December 29th, 1756 B y   J O H N   B R I N E 2 Cor. v. 21. For He hath made Him to be Sin for us; who knew no Sin; That we might be make the Righteousness of God in Him. In Consequence of our Apostacy from God, the Depravation of our Nature, thereupon, and of that personal Guilt, which we have contracted: We cannot, according to the Tenor of the Law, be admitted to Fellowship with our Maker either here, or hereafter, without Satisfaction for our Violation of i...
John Brine
Duty Faith
...Minster of Mount Zion Chapel, London With Recommendation By James Wells London W. Holmes, 3 , New Street, Dorset Square, Paul, I, Chapter- House Court, St. Pauls. 1860 PREFACE. These Letters, by Mr. John Foreman, ought   to be read by all the Churches in Christendom. They are a wholesome handful of meal, suited  to counter act the deadly poison passed off for Gospel in the present day. Never was decision for truth and vital practical godliness more needed than at this time of hollow and superficial religious pretension. James Wells,  Surrey Tabernacle, Burough Road, LondonFebruary 20th 1960      The Reason for writing these remarks Sir, I am, from the truth, example, and authority of the new testament word of God, a Strict Baptist commun...
John Foreman
Duty Faith : Part I
...The Reason for writing these remarks Sir, I am, from the truth, example, and authority of the new testament word of God, a Strict Baptist communionist, knowing most assuredly, that no man, living under the profession of the name of Christ, can really regard and solemnly take that holy word for the standard of his faith and sole rule of his life, and not be so. But having, on the 17th of December last, received some papers, in the form of circulars, from the above association, giving an outline of the plan upon which the same is to be considered organized, and requesting my answer, as to whether I approve of, and am prepared to act upon, the suggested plan, and of course to unite with that association; and for me to send my reply to you accordingly, I hereby send you my reply. This is, th...
John Foreman
Duty Faith : Part II
...SUPPOSED SCRIPTURE COMMANDS TO DUTY FAITH EXAMINEDTHE PHILLIPPIAN JAILORA word of instruction to the spiritually awakened We are told that faith unto salvation is the natural man's duty 'by express command.' And if we ask where such a command is to be found, we are answered, 'The Jailor, for instance, was commanded to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that he might be saved,' Acts xvi 31. And this one text 'is selected as alone sufficient proof.' And as this text is selected to answer for all, we may, I suppose, safely conclude that this is considered as much to the point in proof as any one text in the whole scriptures, and that nothing in all the scriptures can be found more to the point in proof than this text; and thus stands the best proof that faith unto salvation is the natural man...
John Foreman
Duty Faith & Repentance
...From: SIGNS of the TIMES: Vol.7 (1839) An enquiry concerning the duty of the unregenerate to believe, repent or pray. PART 1. Brother Beebe: - I will now notice the charge which Brother Meredith has been informed is made against the Old School Baptists, that they hold it "not to be the duty of the unregenerate to believe, repent or pray." I will in my examination of this charge endeavor to show what there is of truth and what of falsehood in its several items. I will commence with the subject of belief. The charge that we hold it "not to be the duty of the unregenerate to believe," has originated evidently from persons who do not know or distinguish the difference there is between believing the Son, and believing on the Son, or between believing the record that God gave of His Son, and ...
Samuel Trott
The Freeness of God's Grace
...In reference to the text above, we ask the following questions Is the grace of God free or not? Does it depend on something in man for it to be effectual? Now most professed disciples of Christ, when asked whether they are saved by grace or works, will assert boldly that they are saved by grace alone. But if the point be considered further, namely, whether God's grace is absolutely free, it will be discovered that there is confusion among Christians concerning this point. Indeed, too many professed Christians undo their 'saved by grace alone" slogan by holding to an overt philosophy of salvation by works. In Jonah 2:9 there appears the wondrous statement that *salvation is of the Lord." But what does this statement mean precisely? It can only mean that salvation, from ...
Gery Schmidt
The Gospel is a Proclamation : Not an Offer
...     Many popular preachers have considered themselves as a kind of factors, or rather ambassadors for God, commissioned and empowered by him to make offers of Christ and all his benefits unto men, upon certain terms, and to assure them of the benefits on their complying with the terms. Accordingly, they have not been negligent in setting forth the dignity of their character in this view, and they have plumed themselves not a little upon the offer they had to make, making frequent repetition of the this, their offer, with great parade.       But anyone who reads the New Testament with tolerable attention may see that there is as little foundation for any such offer as there is for bestowing the title of God’s ambassador on any man since the days ...
Robert Sandeman
The Gospel is Not an Offer
...Is the gospel something to be offered to the unregenerate? A great many Christians believe so. It has long been maintained that Christ himself, or eternal life is to be offered unto the lost for their rejection. However, we are convinced that the very concept of the gospel being an offer unregenerate represents a departure from the Scriptures in at least the following four things: first, what the gospel is; secondly, the purpose or utility of the gospel; thirdly, the doctrine of total depravity; and fourthly, a proper understanding of God's justice. First, the notion that the gospel is an offer represents a misunderstanding and perversion of what the gospel is. The word gospel represents the greek word euaggelion, which literally means "good news.' But what is the good news...
Gery Schmidt
The Gospel of Deceit
...Calvinism confused Our Lord tells us to be balanced in our teaching, not giving that which is holy to the dogs, nor giving stones where bread is needed. This balance has been broken severely by the modern pseudo-Free-Offer movement. Spurgeon summed Calvinism up as 'salvation by grace alone', but views of Calvinists in relation to saving grace have drastically changed. Besides, Calvin would be appalled to learn that the saving Gospel which emanates from God but which is open to such contrary interpretations now bears his name. It would be thus better to drop the term. This article is therefore not a defence of Calvinism but a defence of the doctrine of salvation by grace alone. Two factions have emerged amongst modern Calvinists. One teaches that all men are potentially saved by virtue o...
George Ella
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