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  • The Pentamerous Road to Rome

    The Pentamerous Road to Rome

    The Unrecognized Turning Point in the Rebellion

    The most notable critics of the Roman Catholic Church, whether Protestant or Nonconformist, have always missed the key events where the Papacy schemed to determine the outcome of ‘rebel’ doctrine for all time to come. The original controversy between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism was focused on recovering a biblical soteriology. This was the basis of the Reformation and all its controversies with both the Papal hierarchy...
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  • Baptism - A Four Part Study

    Baptism - A Four Part Study

    What is New Covenant baptism and what does it supersede? Here are some of the common answers in ’the books.’

    1. Water replacing circumcision as the sign of God’s covenant.
    2. Adult decisional baptism replacing household baptism.
    3. 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 comprehensive view of
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  • Is the Reformation Doctrine of Salvation Perceived as Dead?

    Is the Reformation Doctrine of Salvation Perceived as Dead?

    Prominent teachers from the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, many churchmen professing the designation of ‘Protestant’, and churchmen in the anabaptist nonconformist tradition are constantly affirming that the soteriological issues of the Reformation are dead. All of these want to promote a ’new theology’ that basically affirms the significant differences of each ‘church’ tradition on the matter of WHICH WORKS please God and prepare a soul for justification in the last judgment. But all retain the notions of Augustine on the matter of final justification by character. This is in reality an unstated basis of ‘unity’ that theologians regressing into traditional Latin and Rabbinic theology are professing will move Christianity forward into 21st century ‘unity’ and beyond. ...
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  • The End of the Five Solas Reformation

    The End of the Five Solas Reformation

    Today we stand at an end of the Grace revolution God launched upon the world in the 16th century. The respected contemporary theology winning the hearts of masses is the Pharisaism of Christ’s day, transformed into the movements of Western (Latin) Christianity, Eastern Christianity, Talmudic Judaism, and Islam. In addition the Protestant movement of today, including even strict nonconformist sects, has been absorbed into the Latin tradition to an extent that it bears no clear uncompromising testimony of the doctrines of free and unmerited Grace. ...
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  • The Five Points of Augustiniainism (SPOOF) - Point 1 - Subjective Justification

    The Five Points of Augustiniainism (SPOOF) - Point 1 - Subjective Justification

    Point One of SPOOF: Augustine’s Doctrine of Subjective Justification

    To begin this study, it is essential to rehearse the Pauline doctrine of God’s Grace extended in Justification. This is the plumb line to measure all teachings and doctrines of men. The position of this study assumes the apostolic message of grace and justification as re-affirmed in the original 16th century Reformation and continuing reformers since that time, in line with those who stand with the ancient Hebrew and New Testament doctrine of predestination against the Platonic free-will teaching of the Pharisees, Sadducees, Hellenistic Jews, Judaic Christianity, early 'church fathers', bishop-ruled Western and Eastern Christianity, Donatist or 'anabaptist' nonconformists, Pelagianists, Semi-Pelagianists, Arminians, Wesleyans, and Campbellites, including all synthetic positions in-between. The basic sovereign grace perspective of the synod of Dordrecht is confessed, along with additional long-ignored gospel truths known to readers that have been expounded by the current writer for over 20 years. There will be no attempt to newly defend these doctrines in the present article. The doctrine of an objective grace and justification residing solely in Christ’s divine-human person and saving work, assured solely and unwavering for all eternity by the Holy Spirit’s gift of assenting faith, affirmed in the passages below and the entire New Testament kerygma, this is our gospel. ...
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  • The Five Points of Augustinianism: An Introduction to SPOOF

    The Five Points of Augustinianism: An Introduction to SPOOF


    Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.) was and is the most influential theologian in virtually all of professed christendom. Both Roman Catholicism and Protestantism embrace him as the author of their respective (but radically different) core doctrines of the grace of God toward man. Eastern Orthodoxy, though rejecting some of the teachings of Gus (imputed sin, predestination, the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Son), still reveres him as a saint of the church. Vocal opponents of Gus in professing Christianity have been few. Most of these are noncomformists holding to Pelagian or semi-Pelagian free-will views of salvation. Yet one is hard pressed to find any author who regards the writings of Gus overall as promoting a gospel different from the New Testament. Free-will proponents love his earlier writings that avoid teaching determinism in salvation. Roman Catholics and Protestants freely quote from statements to support whatever view is favored individually or coporately, as virtually any position can be bolstered somewhere from the massive number of Augustine’s published works. ...
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  • Articles are Back!

    Articles are Back!

    Hello Everyone,

    After a two year hiatus - all of the predestinarian.net, 5solas.org, and pristinegrace.org websites are back. I took the weekend to work on everything. I want to apologize to everyone for not keeping up with my responsibilities. But as you can see, we didn't lose all our good content.

    I've been reading through some of them - wow, lots of good stuff. This is still the premier place on the internet for Gospel content - stuff you won't find anywhere else....
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  • Biblical Truths You Will Never Learn from Any Scholar or Theologian

    Biblical Truths You Will Never Learn from Any Scholar or Theologian

    In spite of those standing for the truth of Justification as taught in the apostolic gospel, these associated truths debated on P-Net for years cannot possibly be learned from the most advanced Christian theologians of repute. These are implications of the 5-solas of the Reformation that virtually all theologians deny. If anyone wishes to add to this list please post. If some want to shout 'scripture please' please start a new discussion and don't deny the existence of previous discussions that have presented the evidence.
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  • The Cursing of the Fig Tree

    The Cursing of the Fig Tree

    Introduction

    Today worldwide there is this fanatical eschatological focus on the Nation of Israel mainly from the heretical Dispensational Premillennialists, with John Hagee being at the top of their heretical mountain. However, all premillennialists are to be faulted in their misunderstanding of the role and purpose of National Israel in the Old Covenant and how their purpose was fulfilled and finally put to an end when Christ arrived on the scene, died, buried, rose again, and gave the promise of the Holy Spirit as a sign and seal of this fulfillment.

    The purpose of this article is not to discuss the different eschatological views that are with us today, but rather to show the effects of an ultimate hardening of a people by God.
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  • Who are the Least of Christ's Brethren?

    Who are the Least of Christ's Brethren?

    Liberation Theology teachers and politicians of the ‘religious left’ quote Mt. 25:31-40 more than any other passage of scripture. It is also a major favorite of works-mongering Papists and cults. A life dedicated to caring for the poor by supporting government re-distribution of wealth--this is proudly cited as a sure and certain ticket of entry to the ‘pearly gates’. Those who do not support government redistribution from the wealthy to the poor are cited as those whom Christ will most assuredly reject. Prodigious giving to the poor in general and even taking vows of poverty—traditional Churchmen and statesmen have always promoted these as the greatest of human virtues. Politicians and reverends have always been united in their programs of implementing forced social redistribution. But it is not the honor of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ that motivates their contempt of personal financial liberty. Neither is it any real concern for the poor. It is the lust for personal power and control over the masses that lies behind it all. No one exemplified this power mongering more than Judas, who claimed respect for the poor as the motive in denying Mary the liberty to spend money according to her God-given wisdom. He actually wanted to siphon some of the money into his own account. Even so, the governors and spiritual sages of each generation scheme to gain money and power through guilt manipulation regarding the poor. This results in the gain of power to confiscate wealth for personal profit, while apportioning some to the poor to deceive those who cannot discern their real motives. ...
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  • Confessions of a Harsh, Intolerant, Judgmental One

    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 as a feature for predestinarian.net. - 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 am such a "judgmental" one, so called by more gentle, tolerant "Christians" than I can count ("See -he puts 'Christians' in quotation marks!"), I would like to venture an answer, warning the reader first to make sure he or she is sitting down, with some smelling salts handy.

    What keeps me going, harsh, intolerant pill that I am, is this: I am afraid of being judgmental - toward God.

    Faced with the prospect of being judgmental toward a man's words and being judgmental toward the Word of God, I choose the former, and run from the latter, although I would have many, many more friends if I did not do this.

    Perhaps I would even have you, dear reader, for a friend. As it is, your initial reaction to the title of this essay may have been to take it and read it so as to recognize better and avoid people like me, as if we were not easy enough to spot already. But you just can't be too careful when it comes to knowing the modus operandi of a religious psychopath, so you read on. ...
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  • Robert Higby Sr. Memorial Sermon

    Robert Higby Sr. Memorial Sermon

    On May 14, 2011, Bob Higby spoke the message attached below at the memorial for his recently departed dad. I was attending the memorial in Peoria, IL and recorded the audio on my cell phone. - Brandan ...
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  • The Impotent god of a Sovereign People?

    The Impotent god of a Sovereign People?

    “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” - John 6:44 ESV
    Vincent Cheung, an outspoken and widely known Christian of our day says this regarding God’s sovereignty in our salvation:
    “you think I will tell you, God has sent Christ to make salvation possible (emphasis mine) for everyone, even you, so that in the end you will determine your own destiny…… But God has not left even this for the sinner to determine. Jesus says that no one can be saved except the Father has chosen him; unless God first shows you mercy, you will not and cannot choose him. Thus even in this aspect you are powerless, and you are completely at His mercy.” (V. Cheung).
    A constant occurrence within modern day evangelicalism is the notion that the God of Scripture is in Heaven wringing His hands, crying, because His creation will not come to Him for salvation, and that He has done all that He can to save them. Within this view is the thinking that the will of man is untouchable by God, and that He will not force Himself on His creation; that He will only try to “woo” people to come to His Son Jesus, not that He will as Scripture teaches “draw” His people to His Son irresistibly. As we move forward in this short essay a case will be made for the absolute sovereignty of God in salvation, and a hope that with the apostle Paul you will say: “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” - Phil. 2:13 ESV ...
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  • Predestinarian Network Audio Conferences

    Predestinarian Network Audio Conferences

    Between June 2008, and January 2009, we here at Predestinarian Network had many internet conferences where Nicholas and Bob brought a lot of teaching in the form of audio. We're including them once again for your enjoyment and study purposes. We hope that they are of use to you.

    We'll try to get better descriptions to all of these soon. Feel free to add your comments or descriptions.

    A flash enabled browser is required to listen to them, or you may download them by clicking on the links within a web browser. ...
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  • Brandan Kraft's response to Monty Colier's Slander

    Brandan Kraft's response to Monty Colier's Slander

    Prov 10:18, (NASB), He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.

    Prov 16:28, (NASB), A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
    Greetings brethren in Christ! If you are reading this, you have probably already watched the video Monty Collier has placed on youtube about me. There are a lot of things I would like to say about it, but Monty has never given me the opportunity on the actual youtube page to post my comments. Indeed, he has disabled the comments section for that video, and I don't know why. If you search for "Brandan Kraft" on the internet, the top hit is this video. But I am now going to officially respond to this video because it has me greatly disturbed. It has troubled me now for sometime, and although it's been over three years since this video has posted, I am finally motivated to respond to it because it has affected me in a very personal way. And while I will not disclose how this video has hurt me, I would like like to state up front that this video is flat out slander. I liken slander to murder. It is very destructive and it can destroy relationships (Prov 16:28). ...
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  • Martin Luther's Preface to the Epistle of James

    Martin Luther's Preface to the Epistle of James

    Though this epistle of St. James was rejected by the ancients, I praise it and consider it a good book, because it sets up no doctrines of men but vigorously promulgates the law of God. However, to state my own opinion about it, though without prejudice to anyone, I do not regard it as the writing of an apostle; and my reasons follow.

    In the first place it is flatly against St. Paul and all the rest of Scripture in ascribing justification to works. It says that Abraham was justified by his works when he offered his son Isaac; though in Romans 4 St. Paul teaches to the contrary that Abraham was justified apart from works, by his faith alone, before he had offered his son, and proves it by Moses in Genesis 15. Now although this epistle might be helped and an interpretation devised for this justification by works, it cannot be defended in its application to works of Moses' statement in Genesis 15. For Moses is speaking here only of Abraham's faith, and not of his works, as St. Paul demonstrates in Romans 4. This fault, therefore, proves that this epistle is not the work of any apostle.

    In the second place its purpose is to teach Christians, but in all this long teaching it does not once mention the Passion, the resurrection, or the Spirit of Christ. He names Christ several times; however he teaches nothing about him, but only speaks of general faith in God. Now it is the office of a true apostle to preach of the Passion and resurrection and office of Christ, and to lay the foundation for faith in him, as Christ himself says in John 15, "You shall bear witness to me." ...
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  • In Defense of SEA TULIP Gospel Predestination: Part 3: The Active Decree of God

    Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. Isaiah 46:9-11

    I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Isaiah 45:7

    Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? Amos 3:6

    For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Col. 1:16,17 ...
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  • The 400 Year Reign of the Baptist Popes

    The 400 Year Reign of the Baptist Popes

    The Protestant movement arose in the early 16th century as an attempt to overthrow centuries of corruption and false doctrine in the Roman Catholic church. The heart and soul of the Protestant Reformation focused on a revival of Pauline soteriology, in opposition to the Papal doctrine of justification before God achieved by means of inner transformation--communicated in the clergy-administered church sacraments. The leaders of Protestantism have never acknowledged that the entire system of Roman soteriology was invented and expounded by Augustine of Hippo. There is instead an insistence that Augustinian theology is the very basis of the Reformation. Gus is alleged by Reformed teachers to espouse justification exclusively by the free grace of God in the person of Jesus Christ.
    "His doctrine of the Church he had received whole from his predecessors, and he gave it merely the precision and vitality which insured its persistence . . . The problem which Augustine bequeathed to the Church for solution, the Church required a thousand years to solve. But even so, it is Augustine who gave us the Reformation. For the Reformation, inwardly considered, was just the ultimate triumph of Augustine's doctrine of grace over Augustine's doctrine of the church." Benjamin Warfield, Studies in Tertullian and Augustine (Baker, Grand Rapids, MI, 1991 reprint, p. 130).
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  • In Defense of SEA TULIP Gospel Predestination : Part 2: Eternal Justification

    In Defense of SEA TULIP Gospel Predestination : Part 2: Eternal Justification

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. Eph. 1:3-10, NKJV ...
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  • In Defense of SEA TULIP Gospel Predestination : Introduction and Part 1: Supralapsarianism

    An eight part series defending each point of SEA TULIP.

    Introduction and Part 1: Supralapsarianism

    Introduction


    This article will defend the necessity of a broader confessional basis for gospel predestination than what is commonly defined in the five points of Calvinism. TULIP Calvinism was formulated in response to the 1610 five articles of the Remonstrants, who were followers of Jacob Arminius. At the time of its assembly, when the Synod of Dort formulated TULIP, the issue of counteracting the five articles was paramount to continuing any semblance of a Reformation. Though the Synod of Dort resulted in a major advance in gospel truth at the time of its occurrence, the pertinence of those gains was later destroyed through the rise of evangelicalism under the immensely popular teaching of Andrew Fuller. A tongue-in-cheek confession of the 5 points still remains today. But for centuries Reformed Calvinists have shunned any doctrine of absolute, positive, double, and causative predestination. Arminians are embraced as full brethren in Christ and fellow evangelicals. ...
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