Pristine Grace

Modified Covenant Theology
13 Articles
The Death of Adam : Clay Village, Ky., 1880. - Published on November 18, 2019
...“Will Elder J.F. Johnson of Ky., give his views on 1 Cor 15:22? Did Adam die a spiritual death or not? If he did not, how are we spiritually dead? The question has been asked us, and we are bothered over it. By answering this you will confer a favor on the least of the little ones, if one at all. - G.W. Russell.     BRETHREN BEEBE: - The above is a request from brother Russell, of Missouri. We do not suppose that the death here spoken of is a spiritual death, nor do ...
J.F. Johnson
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The Four Aspects of Justification - Published on September 4, 2019
...     Throughout the years, I've discovered there are multiple aspects or perspectives of the justification of God's people.  These different aspects can be best understood as from God's perspective and the believer's perspective.  There is an aspect of the work of justification that has occurred in the past, and there is still an aspect that is yet to come.  Some brethren when speaking of the doctrine of justification fail to differentiate betwe...
Brandan Kraft
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Debunking the 'Great Satan' Myth : Part 1 : The Biblical Argument - Published on August 17, 2019
...“One Little Word Shall Fell Him.”  Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, streng...
Bob Higby
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Our Biggest Hindrance - Published on August 7, 2019
...     I don't believe something because a prominent preacher, confession or creed, or any acedemia says something is so. I don’t believe something just because I’ve been taught it my whole life. When we put our trust in men, we surely will be let down as well as taught wrongly.       A dear preacher friend of mine, Bro Royce Smith, once said, "our biggest hindrance to learning is what we already 'know'."    ...
Mikal Smith
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Modified Covenant Thelogy : CT vs. DT vs. NCT vs. MCT - Published on August 2, 2019
...     I put together my original CT vs. NCT vs. MCT article about 15 years ago, and I originally made some errors in my understanding of Covenant Theology (CT).  I'm publishing a new article today in 2019 so that I can correct my mistakes and give a more accurate presentation of my beliefs today.  I will say that my theology has not changed in over fifteen years.  The things I believe today, I believed in 2004. Key: CT = Covenant Theology DT = Dispens...
Brandan Kraft
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Adam's Original Sin - Published on July 18, 2019
...Introduction     I'm writing this article to address the common understanding of Adam, the imputation of sin, and who he truly represented in his fall.  Please be advised that before you really dig in to this article, that I do veer strongly away from the common understanding of Adam and his relationship to us.  This may challenge some of your long-standing beliefs, but I hope that you walk away with a better understanding of what I believe, and quite possibly emb...
Brandan Kraft
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Supralapsarianism - Published on July 15, 2019
...     Supralapsarianism, for all its insistence on a certain logical order among the divine decrees, is essentially, so it seems to us, the unobjectionable view that God controls the universe purposefully. God acts with a purpose. He has an end in view and sees the end from the beginning. Every verse in Scripture that in one way or another refers to God's manifold wisdom, every statement indicating that a prior event is for the purpose of causing a subsequent event, every ...
Gordon H. Clark
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Baptism : A Four Part Study - Published on January 19, 2019
...     What is New Covenant baptism and what does it supersede? Here are some of the common answers in ’the books.’ Water replacing circumcision as the sign of God’s covenant. Adult decisional baptism replacing household baptism. Immersion replacing sprinkling.      All of these focus on an administration of water as the primary meaning of baptism. To date, there is no good book available on New Testament baptism providing a comprehens...
Bob Higby
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The Two Seeds - Published on January 6, 2019
...No expositor has ever questioned that this passage in scripture is the first mention in linear time of the doctrine of redemption in Christ. But how many have really examined its implications? Very few. Most brush over it with astonishingly brief exposition and go straight to other ‘more important’ considerations. But the first redemptive promise of God in linear time contains vital and eternal truths rewarding only those spirits who truly and passionately seek the One God as the author of scripture! Others will miss out. Most in previous generations have missed the implications of this passage. Most will continue to miss it for many generations to come!...
Bob Higby
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What is Faith? - Published on January 3, 2019
...     Long before neo-orthodox theologians thought of saying that faith is an encounter with a divine person rather than assent to a proposition, preachers who ought to have known better taught that faith is trust in a person, not belief in a creed. This writer, when a teenager, was told that some people would miss Heaven by twelve inches-the distance between the head and the heart-because they believed the Gospel with their heads but not with their hearts. Today it is easier for a...
John W. Robbins
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Infralapsarianism vs. Suprlalapsarianism : Selection vs. Election - Published on December 3, 2018
...This comparison is logical, not dogmatic. I certainly am not saying that past supralapsarians confess all of the points below! Neither am I claiming that every point under the 'Election' title should immediately be assumed into a doctrinal statement....
Bob Higby
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Eager Avenue Grace Church Conference Review : 2006 - Published on October 28, 2006
...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
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Confession of a Hyper-Calvinist - Published on November 3, 2003
...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
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