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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Antinomianism Refuted

  • Defining The Issues:
          -Antinomianism is the belief that Christians are not obligated to obey any moral laws that were established by God. In other words, this theology teaches that God has no moral standards for His followers to heed to. It teaches that our faith "frees" us from the obligation of choosing to act in accordance to the moral principles of God. The word "antinomianism" is derived from two Greek words, which are "anti" (against) and "nomos" (law). Antinomianism argues that since Christians are not saved by the keeping of the Law (which is true), God has no moral laws that He expects us to obey (which is not true). In summary, this doctrine distorts a biblically sound teaching by formulating an unbiblical conclusion.
          -The theological position of antinomianism is usually upheld by advocates of eternal security.
          -Opponents of "antinomianism" hold to the theological position known as "lordship salvation". This view teaches that trusting Jesus Christ as our Savior automatically accompanies submission to Him as Lord of our daily lives. In other words, a genuine saving faith in Christ will always produce good works as a result. A faith that justifies us in the sight of God is a faith that obeys His will.
  • Antinomianism Refuted:
           -We know that God has moral commandments for us to obey because He inspired the Apostle Paul to tell people through the writing of epistles that the willfully unrighteous will not inherit His kingdom which is in heaven (i.e. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:5-7). We must get forgiven for our sins by repenting. We must choose to obey God. True Christians will choose to glorify the Heavenly Father for the free gift of salvation that He has given us through our good works. The New Testament operates on the Law of Christ (1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2), which is a law of unmerited grace. This Law instructs us to love God above everything else and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). The Law of Christ is not a comprehensive list of legal codes, as was the case with the Old Testament Levitical Law. The Law of the New Covenant is strictly a law based solely on the concept of love. We are obligated to keep all of our decisions in complete agreement with the principles of morality, integrity, and love (John 14:15-24; Romans 3:31; 1 Corinthians 7:19; 1 John 2:3-4). We do not obey the Law of Christ to earn eternal salvation in heaven. We do so because our God has commanded us to act in such a manner.“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1-2).
           -We shall know people by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-23). We will be judged according to our own works (Romans 2:6-13; 2 Corinthians 5:10). We demonstrate the reality of our faith by our deeds (James 2:14-26). We shall reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7-9). God is the Author of Eternal Salvation to those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9). Every nation needs to obey the Lord Jesus Christ through faith in His work (Romans 1:5). If God did not set forth any moral principles to function as the blueprint for our daily lives, then how could any of the previous scriptural teachings be true?