How should we pray? This is a question that I have been asked several times. Often when men come to an understanding of justification by Christ alone and rejoice in Gods determination of all things, this is a question that almost immediately arises. It is also asked by skeptics that hope to destroy those who rejoice in the accomplished salvation of Christ.
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God ALWAYS Gets what He WantsIt has been said by many “theologians” that God has two different wills. This belief concerning the will of God has been invented in order to explain some of the more seemingly difficult passages one might encounter in Scripture. For example, some will say that God has elected a limited number of people to salvation in Christ, but that He also desires that all men would be saved. This example is an apparent contradiction to most serious students of the Bible and even many plain thinking atheists! But to those who dislike the idea of a truly Sovereign God, this contradiction easily rests in their convoluted minds partly because of the doctrine of the “two wills” of God.
Ultimately, the “two wills” theory teaches that God does not always get what He “desires” or “wants”. This evil doctrine on one hand portrays an impotent God unable to save an individual out of respect for the ‘free agency’ of the individual. Yet on the other hand, it also portrays a God at conflict with Himself. What is a rational person to think? ...
Against Soul Winning and Arminian ProselytizingAs a person who is known as a high grace predestinarian, the most common accusation I face is the lie that my high grace friends and I are anti-evangelical. This charge is slanderous and a complete mischaracterization of me. Those who often fling this accusation against me often have not taken the time to dialog with me about my beliefs or offer to sit down and study the topic of evangelism with me or my other high grace friends. It seems they are content to cast reproach upon us from their lofty evangelical position of authority as pastors, missionaries, and other unbiblical leadership positions.
What is the basis for these attacks? I propose that it all stems from an unbiblical understanding of evangelism. Today, evangelism is equated with soul winning and an elaborate plan of salvation. Modern evangelists believe that they have a duty to get men converted to Christianity. When this form of proselytizing is merged with a perverted form of calvinistic theology, the result is a form of Arminianism.
I do not intend to deal with the vast majority of religionists such as the southern baptist free willers, the pentecostals, or most evangelicals. These are out and out pelagian; and history, as well as scripture has clearly condemned these movements as anti-christ. I intend to deal with the true Arminians of today and they are usually known as reformed evangelicals or evangelical calvinists. Their religion is no less blasphemous and flesh pleasing than that of their pelagian brothers. The only difference is they hope to deceptively hide their satanic practices with sovereign grace language. Harsh words? Absolutely! I have nothing but contempt for the evangelism tactics of conditional calvinists. ...
Brandan Kraft's response to Monty Colier's SlanderProv 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.
Beware of those who teach MysteryIs the Bible a mystery? Are doctrines such as heaven, hell, Gods omniscience and immutability, eternity, God's Predetermining of all things, the Trinity, and imputation of sin and righteousness to be considered as mysteries? It is considered humble to suggest that these things are mysteries and cannot be understood. But I contend that such a claim is pure arrogance and very dangerous! Just because a person cannot comprehend the propositions set forth by Scripture does not at all mean the Lord has not revealed understanding to someone else. It is prideful to suggest that men cannot comprehend what you cannot!
So what exactly is a mystery? As with anything, we must go to the Scriptures for understanding.
Mk 4:11, (KJV), And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:...
Rom 11:25, (KJV), For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
1 Cor 2:7, (KJV), But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Faith IS NOT a Duty... It's a Blessing!For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God... - Eph 2:8
It is true that all men have a responsibility or an obligation to believe the Lord and His Gospel. To not believe the record of Christ's accomplished work of salvation for His people is a terrible sin for which men will be held accountable. All men have a duty to bow before the Lord, to acknowledge Him as their Sovereign Creator, and to honor Him. But do men have a duty to be blessed? Are men responsible for the blessings which flow from Christ to His people? No, of course not! That is a ridiculous concept indeed! But saving faith is that blessed gift of God that gives men the ability to look to Christ and see that the benefits of His sacrificial work apply to them. It is a gift of assurance. To suggest otherwise is to take this wonderful gift of God and turn it into a work.
Those who insist on the doctrine of "duty-faith" suggest that all men have a responsibility to be saved. They suggest that those for whom Christ did not die are duty-bound to look to the Lord and believe that He loves them and that He died for them. Men are encouraged to believe a lie. So in order to be seen as honest men, these perverters of the Gospel reinvent the concept of atonement and twist it so that Christ's death becomes sufficient for all and efficient for only the elect. Salvation is not accomplished until it is applied. ...
God's Will to Justify His People IS the Justification of ThemJohn Gill wrote in his masterpiece, a Body of Doctrinal Divinity, that God's will to elect, is the election of his people, so his will to justify them, is the justification of them; (John Gill, A Body of Doctrinal Divinity, Book II, Chapter V, Section II.)
Gods word is so powerful that whatever He declares, its accomplished the moment He says it. He has no need to wait for the results. We, being temporal creatures, must wait for things to be accomplished when we set our mind to something. If we decide to do something, we must allocate time to our endeavors and wait for the results. But God, being the Eternal Almighty has no need to wait for things to be accomplished in time. He created time and sees it all at once. There is not a moment in time that escapes His constant scrutiny past, present, or future! And if He has decreed to Justify His elect by the blood of Christ, then He needs not wait as an observer for things to be accomplished in time.
Christ is said to be the lamb slain before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8). Now do I believe that Christ was physically slain in eternity? Absolutely not. Christ, the physical man was crucified in time on the cross. He was slain in time. That is how we see and understand things in time. But Oh what sweet joy it brings to my soul to know that from all eternity the Father looked upon Christ as slain for the justification of His people! The Lord has always constituted His people as righteous in Christ from all eternity. His people were never constituted as wicked sinners as Christ was their mediator from before the foundations of the world. ...
Loved with an Everlasting Love
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. - Jer. 31:3
Gods love to His precious elect did not begin in time. It did not begin with any event. It does not depend on the conversion of the elect person to the Gospel but upon Gods pleasure in His crucified, buried, and resurrected Son.
Can you get your mind around this simple concept? God never ever had any disposition toward His people except Love! Its eternal. Its everlasting. Its Foundational. Its unconditional! All of Gods acts of kindness flow from this great Love.
Election is a fruit of Gods love. Adoption is a fruit of Gods love. Justification is a fruit of Gods love. Sanctification, Regeneration, Faith and Assurance, Perseverence, Resurrection, Glorification and all of salvation all flow from this immeasurable love!
It has been reasoned by many religionists that God hates his people until they are converted in time. This is a blasphemous teaching right up there with the teaching of common grace and may be even worse. Oh how horrible to think of such things! Did Jesus actually hate His people when He hung on the cross? No of course not! That was the ultimate act of love and to suggest otherwise is to profane and curse Christ. ...
The Gospel is about what Christ has DoneThe Gospel or good news about Christ and salvation is not about what God is doing. The Gospel is about what Christ has done. The Gospel comes as an announcement to Gods people that those who believe this message are already part of Gods kingdom. Those that believe were justified by Christ when he lived the perfect life of righteousness and suffered to His death on the cross over two thousand years ago.
Jn 19:28, (KJV), After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.You see, the Gospel is a simple message and comes as glad tidings (Rom 10:15) to Gods chosen vessels of mercy (Rom 9:23). Believers look back to the cross of Christ for all of their salvation and nothing else. They do not look to any experience or any other event in their lives. ...
Jn 19:30, (KJV), When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Heb 9:12, (KJV), Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
1 Cor 15:3-4, (KJV), For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Predestinarian Network Conference - Episode III - Attack of the TruthBrandan Kraft led the discussion on the doctrine of Justification from Eternity
Modified Covenant Theology : A Comparison between CT, NCT, and MCTWhile studying the imputed righteousness of Christ, I found a way in my mind to merge the NCT / lutheran view of the law with tradtional reformed covenant theology. Basically, I have redefined the covenant of works and classified Sinai exclusively as a covenant of works while retaining a covenant of grace which NCT denies. Below are my comparisons between CT NCT, and MCT. Dr. Richard Bacon, a covenant theologian who has written many books and even coauthored a book with Gary Crampton was kind enough to comment on my thoughts. Included in this comparison is a dialogue which we shared. ...
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!?
What exactly are these men called to preach? They think they are called to join the preaching profession that is! They think they are called to have a bunch of people pay them a salary for life for simply getting up every Sunday and spewing filth from their pulpits. Whats amazing is that the deceived keep shelling out thousands of dollars to listen to trash. After all, if they can help contribute to the salvation of souls, maybe they too will be rewarded for their efforts in heaven. They cannot escape the self-righteous works mentality. ...
2006 Eager Avenue Conference ReviewIntroduction
Im back from the 2006 annual Eager Avenue Grace Church conference, and I can honestly say that I had an enjoyable time. Even with the travel delays and inconveniences, Im still very thankful for the time of refreshing and Gospel preaching that I was privileged to experience. I have a better understanding of the controversies, disputes, and understandings of men concerning important doctrine.
There were a few surprises as well! I never expected to meet Mike McInnis (editor of Grace Gazette), David Alvord, or Steve Baloga! These are all men that I have had e-mail correspondence with and yet had no idea that they were even aware of the EAGC conference or were even living in close proximity to Albany, GA.
I also was privileged to meet Ken Wimer, Bill Parker, and David Simpson - all fine stewards of the Gospel of an accomplished salvation. It was nice to finally meet them after hearing so many good things about them as well as reading their material for some time now. In particular, I was impressed with Ken Wimers sermon on Sunday where he taught on the nature of Christs substitution at the cross. It was the first time that I have ever heard this taught so boldly and clearly. Ive heard a lot of sermons in my life, but that was one of the best in my opinion. ...
Hyper-Calvinism is the Truth : Darth Gill Responds to Phil JohnsonDear Mr. Johnson,It has come to my attention the two websites I edit, maintain, and promote have been singled out and placed on your website under the heading of “bad theology” 4. They are listed amongst the websites of various false movements including the Vineyard churches and Daniel Fuller’s website which promotes works based justification. I’m not bothered by the fact that 5solas.org and pristinegrace.org have been placed so prominently on your “bookmarks page”, but I am indeed thankful for the subsequent internet traffic which will be directed toward them. However, since you have publicly mentioned my websites as well as my name personally, I am compelled to defend myself as well as my espoused doctrines for which you have boldly indicated a strong distaste. This letter to you is written to directly oppose your popular article, A Primer on Hyper-Calvinism 1....
Confession of a Hyper-CalvinistI 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 the Internet 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 hyperr-calvinisssssssssssssssssst!" You would think that with all the shrill exclamations there is something very terrible about my beliefs. But from my perspective, I don't understand what the big deal is and indeed think there are serious problems with those who would oppose these doctrines which I hold in high esteem. ...