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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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