Thursday, January 15, 2009

Antinomianism - Comments (4)

C. Liberal Antinomianism

Thirdly, there is liberal antinomianism. Liberals are people who reject the Scriptures as God's word. They have subscribed to the relativism of the secular world, saying that there are no absolutes and that there is no God. Thus, they say, there is no absolute law of God.- ... So they deny the Scripture and live as they please. That is liberal antinomianism.

How can people who reject the scriptures as God's word and say there is no God be considered as Christians?  Our Christian faith is grounded on the basis that the Bible is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Is it even necessary to define this category and include this for discussion?

D. Situational Antinomianism

Fourthly, there is situational antinomianism. Situational antinomianism says that what you need is the inner motive and intention of love. As long as you intend to love, you may disregard the law of God. This type of antinomianism says, "Yes, I love my neighbour's wife, so I can disregard the commands that say, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery' and 'Thou shalt not lust.' I can have an affair, and there is no question about it." Well, this type of idea misrepresents what love is according to the Scripture. It is pure nonsense. True love fulfills God's law by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I have said in my earlier comments that we are no longer governed by the law of Moses but rather God has written the law of love in our hearts.  I agree with the author that situational antinomianism misrepresents what love is.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 defines love like this:
4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Love will not go against God's law but fulfills the requirements of God's law.
Romans 13:10 - 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.

Ephesians 5:25 says 25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
Take note that the verse says love your wife, NOT love your neighbour's wife.

F. "Jesus is Saviour" Antinomianism

Sixthly, there is a modern type of antinomianism called "Jesus is Saviour" antinomianism. People say that in order to be saved, you must receive Jesus your Saviour, but you do net have to receive him as Lord. So, as a "saved" Christian, you need not obey the Lord Jesus Christ. Your salvation is secure as long as you received Jesus Christ as Saviour by faith once upon a time. No! That is not what the Bible says. "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (
Romans 10:9) If you are truly repenting before God, you say, "I am sorry that disobeyed you, and I now submit myself to your Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Lord of all." But this type of "Jesus as only Saviour" antinomianism is extremely appealing to, many. Many churches are packed with people who believe this nonsense. They would say this, "Keeping the moral law is at no stage necessary for a Christian."

I totally agree with the author that when we receive Christ as our Saviour, He becomes Lord of our lives (Romans 10:9).  However, I would still say this, "Keeping the moral law is at no stage necessary for a Christian." I will give my reasons tomorrow when I discuss category E - Christ-centred Antinomianism. 

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