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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 and Anabaptist...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Seven Post Reformation Heresies

    Seven Post Reformation Heresies

    Listen to Bob Higby's audio series on seven post reformation heresies starting with evangelical fullerism and ending with future apostasies. ...
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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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  • John's Gospel vs. Low Grace Evangelicalism

    John's Gospel vs. Low Grace Evangelicalism

    But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. -John 20:31

    John is the only book of scripture addressed to the world at large, including unbelievers. Therefore we would do well to examine the typical methods and emphases of evangelicalism and compare them to the apostolic testimony.

    1. Pious special pleading.

    Evangelicalism is full of the use of persuasive technique, the most common of which consists of a pious special pleading for the salvation of souls. The evangelist sheds public tears over the prospect of a single soul being eternally lost, then pleads and urges all to receive Jesus Christ as the only savior from sin and hell. In some churches this occurs at every service. A strong belief exists that souls must be COMPELLED into the kingdom or we have failed in our testimony. Some go so far as to say that our own salvation lies in doubt if we do not agonize publicly and plead personally for any soul who is not yet a believer.

    The gospel of John has no such emphasis. The facts regarding Christ’s identity as God and saving work on behalf of sinners are plainly stated for all to read and believe or scorn. A passionate hope is expressed that the reader will believe and enter life everlasting. ...
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  • The Destructive Teaching of Hypothetical Universalism

    The Destructive Teaching of Hypothetical Universalism

    Many professed Calvinists see no harm in the doctrine that Christ potentially saved all humankind through his atoning work. The number of popular theologians and pastors holding to an Amyraldian position is as high or higher than it has ever been. The salaried Calvinist teachers of the land reverence these celebrities with extremely unholy laud, while never preaching Bible predestination to the lost and rarely preaching it to their own congregations. Of course, no high-grace Calvinist will ever be quoted publicly by these men. Yet week after week, they laud popular evan-jelly-fish teachers from the pulpit and put their books on table display in the lobby. This is happening almost universally in churches that profess to be 100% Reformed in doctrine!

    I, for one, am never convinced that an interest in hypothetical universalism is the fruit of Spirit-filled Bible study. The paradox hermeneutic used to support it is the same as that used to bolster free-will Pelagianism, Roman Catholicism, Lutheran sacramentalism, Wesleyan Arminianism, and gospel (Barthian) universalism. The exceptional and idomatic verses in scripture are quoted and dissected in such a way as to cast doubt upon aspects of the core gospel of the New Testament. Since I am convinced that all desire to cast disrepute on the apostolic kerygma is wicked, I believe that promoters of these teachings are searching the scriptures (like the Pharisees of old) to prove that the presuppositions they want to believe are true. ...
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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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  • Gospel Unity and Definite Atonement

    Gospel Unity and Definite Atonement

    Among the institutional churches professing the system of doctrine known as Calvinism, there has never been a more severe famine than today of the pure Apostolic doctrine of Limited Atonement. Though Particular Redemption has been part of the confessional Reformed heritage from the beginning, only an infrequent tongue-and-cheek assent to the belief can be expected from most pastors. The 'L' in TULIP has become a source of increasing embarrassment to those seeking friendship with the world of professed evangelical churches. It is not likely that a clear and unashamed teaching on the subject will be heard from the pulpit on ANY Sunday, much less on the day that the world designates as Easter! Yet the gospel of the incorporation of a saved people into Christ's resurrection is the very matter that is supposed to ring forth with clarity!

    I have been a defender of the Gospel as the only basis of Unity for the last 25 years. Contrary to many denominations, I do not accept the notion that a valid form of Christian unity is a day of the week, an exact and precise administration of water, a form of church government, tithing, or similar external practices. Most conflicts on such matters are a symptom of ignorance of aspects of the gospel, yet men try and find solutions by passing laws. When true gospel unity is achieved, there is no issue on any such matter that cannot be resolved with study of the Word and submission to the Holy Spirit. Naturally, some differences on these issues will always have to be accommodated in the Christian community. ...
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  • Predestinarian Network Conference - Episode IV - Return of the Ancients

    Bob leads the discussion on total depravity, "original sin", and the absolute predestination of all things.

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  • The Origin of Free-Will Heresy

    The Origin of Free-Will Heresy

    The origin of ‘christianized’ free-will philosophy is not something that can be learned in seminary. Not even in the Reformed seminaries. The typical view is that the apostasy away from Pauline doctrine began after the ‘councils’ had defended the ‘church’ against ‘heresy’ (the 6th century A.D. ff.). My favorite class in seminary was Patristic thought; I set out to write a paper defending the ‘fathers’ on the gospel. I was told repeatedly that the ‘fathers’ were as ‘evangelical’ as the 16th century Reformers; that one only needed to understand the difference in expression. Hogwash. I spent many hours searching through the 100-500 A.D. writings for the gospel. Apart from a few snippets here and there in teachers such as Ambrose and Lactanctius, the cupboard was bare. I ended up writing my class paper on a different subject: the Patristic view of the coming of the Son of Man in Dan. 7:13,14.

    Free will is prominent in Greek and Rabbinic philosophy. Both the liberals (Sadduccees) and conservatives (Pharisees) in Judaism taught and believed it. At the time Christ was born, the predestinarian teaching of the OT prophets was adhered to almost exclusively among the Essenes. But where did ‘christianized’ free-will doctrine have its origin? My personal belief is that it began in the midst of the Pauline assemblies in the form of old wives fables; hence Paul’s silencing of a certain form of woman-speak. But the cancerous influence of this destructive ‘gossip’ transformed into doctrine and was adopted by the ‘wolves’ of false leadership ascending to power after Paul’s death (Acts 20:29,30). ...
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  • The Trinity Foundation: My Joyful Tribute and Bitter Dissent

    The Trinity Foundation: My Joyful Tribute and Bitter Dissent

    "But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets." And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, "Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth." And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, "Give me the little book." And he said unto me, "Take it , and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey." And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, "Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings." Rev. 10:7-11

    This passage is the perfect introduction to the matter that I am about to deal with. Like John WE ALSO must prophesy again. Hallelujah! No matter how bitter a trial that the Lord has sent our way in the past, we must continue to stand for the gospel in our witness before the world to the end of our days! ...
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  • Progressive Revelation in the book of Acts

    Progressive Revelation in the book of Acts

    "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you." John 16:12-15 NKJV

    Both the traditional Reformed covenant and mid-Acts dispensational theologies deny progressive revelation of the truth after the resurrection of Christ and first coming of the Holy Spirit in Pentecostal power. Covenant theology would propose that the gospel in its fullness was known by the apostles from the very beginning of Acts, therefore, the revelation to Paul had nothing to add to it. We are told that any other position is a denial of the authority of the God-breathed sayings quoted from the infant era of the Christian community. Dispensational theology would propose that all the quotations in early Acts were for the Jewish and not Gentile economy of redemption, therefore, they portray no misunderstanding of the gospel. So anyone challenging both ‘poles’ of teaching will have to endure a white-hot hellfire from both sides as opposed to icy blue rhetorical fire that either pole has to endure from the other. ...
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  • A Comparison of Sovereign Grace and Federal Vision Teaching

    A Comparison of Sovereign Grace and Federal Vision Teaching

    Since so many have expressed confusion about what the teachings of FV really are, I have prepared this comparison summary which should be relatively simple to understand.

    A Comparison of the Historic Sovereign Grace Teaching of Protestantism with Federal Vision Doctrine:

    NOTE: The history of Protestant dogma is full of paradoxical notions, many of which when taken in isolation can be used to justify FV teaching. When HP teaching is referred to here it means Sovereign Grace Calvinism in its mature, best, and consistent expression over time.

    The Covenant of Grace and Salvation

    HP: The spheres of the covenant of grace and the elect body of Christ are one and the same.

    FV: The spheres of the covenant of grace and the elect body of Christ overlap but are not one and the same.

    HP: The covenant of grace is entered when the Holy Spirit dispenses the gift of faith in an elect person. Water baptism is a sign of entering the covenant.

    FV: The covenant of grace is entered when Christian water baptism is applied to a person, whether the individual is elect or not. Participation in the covenant is confirmed and renewed by the exercise of faith. ...
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