The Fallacy of Antinomiannism
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Monday, 22 June 2009 17:41


The Fallacy of Antinomianism 


Antinomianism is the doctrine that faith in Jesus Christ frees the Christian from obligation to observe the moral law as set forth in the Old Testament.  This word is derived from the two Greek words “anti” meaning against, and “nomos”  meaning the law.  The insistence in Paul’s epistles upon the inadequacy of the law to save, and upon salvation by faith without “works of the law” or deeds of righteousness could easily be interpreted as a claim of freedom from all obligations to obey the moral law.  (see Rom. 3:20, 28; Eph. 2:9; 2 Tim. 2:9; Titus 3:5)  Thus righteous persons might well hold such a doctrine and behave in an exemplary way, not from compulsion but from a devotion higher than the law.  Gross and vicious persons, however, might well interpret the exemption from obligation as positive permission to disregard the moral law in determining their conduct.  Such concepts had evidently begun in the apostles’ own day, as appears from the arguments and warnings in the epistles of the New Testament (see Rom. 6:8; 1 Pet 3:5).           

On the surface antinomianism appears to be an ideal concept of ethics but deep down inside it really undermines the very foundation of the Judeo-Christian religion.  When the Law in the Bible is discussed they refer to the specific code of rules and regulations that were given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai.  The Law was part of the covenant that set Israel apart as God’s people.  It governed their worship, their relationship to God, and their social relationships with one another.  What set the Law that was given to Israel different from those of the other cultures is, first of all, its origin.  It is the One True God Himself who gave this Law.  It came from His very nature.  It is because God is holy, righteous, and good therefore His Laws are also the same (Rom. 7:12).  God is perfect and so is the Law. (Psm. 19:7-8)  

The Law can be divided into three categories – commandments, judgements, and ordinances.  The Ten Commandments that form the Moral Law is distinct from the other laws that form the Judgments and ordinances.  They were the two tables of stone “written with the finger of God.” (Ex. 31:18)  The Judgements and Ordinances may be grouped together to form the Ceremonial Law.  The Ten Commandments are given to mankind whereas the Ceremonial Laws were given only to Israel until the “time of reformation”.  The Ceremonial Laws were abolished when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, and that leaves one set of laws for all Christians that include both Jewish and Gentile converts as well.  The Ten Commandments have never been abolished as can be seen in the teachings of Jesus Christ. 


Those who espouse this doctrine of antinomianism have a distorted concept of freedom.  They say: “I have complete freedom to do what I please because Jesus Christ have set me free.  I have no bondage, no guilt, no condemnation – because Jesus paid it all for me.  He did everything therefore I do not have to do a thing.  I am now eternally saved.”  This statement is only partially true.  Although Jesus Christ have set us free, but we still cannot do whatever pleases us.  We must only do the things that please God.  One of the leading theologians of the doctrine of antinomianism, Dr. Crisp, wrote about the kind of freedom that he has.  He is preaching the gospel of lawlessness and permissiveness in his article as quoted below.    


“God’s love is not at all dependent upon anything in me, so that love will never vary on account of my sinning; and for this reason, when I sin, suppose by adultery or murder, God ever considers me as one with His own Son, who has fulfilled all righteousness for me.  And as He is ‘always well pleased’ with Him, so with me, for I am bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.  There are no lengths, then, I may not run, nor any depths I may not fall into, without displeasing Him; as David did, who in spite of his repeated backslidings did not lose his character as a man after God’s heart.  I may murder with him, I may worship Astaroth with Solomon, deny Christ with Peter, rob with Onesimus, commit incest with the Corinthians, without forfeiting either the divine favor or the kingdom of God. . . . Jesus Christ by one offering ‘perfected’ me – who am ‘sanctified’ in all my sins.  In Him I am complete in all my iniquities. . . . I believe God will overrule my sin, whether it be adultery, murder, or incest, for His glory and my good. . . .” – Dr. Crisp’s article is quoted in “Delivered from this Present Evil World” by David Wilkerson for the “Times Square Church Pulpit Series – 3/25/1996  


This is the height of a corrupt and depraved religion.  Any comparison of sonship with the Lord Jesus Christ is nothing short of blasphemy.  Jesus never committed even one sin; neither did He teach anyone to sin.  Our Lord Jesus preached, “. . . unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”  (Lk. 13:3)  To the woman who was caught in adultery Jesus said to her,  “Go and sin no more.” (Jn. 8:11)  The Lord did not condone or encourage the woman to continue sinning but commanded her to sin no more.  After healing a man who had an infirmity thirty-eight years, Jesus severely warned him, “See, you have been made well.  Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” (Jn. 5:14)    


King David committed adultery and murder, and although he repented of his sins God still punished him with great affliction. (2 Sam. 12:9-23)  “So the Lord became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the LORD God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.” (1 Kn. 11:9)  Solomon did not go unpunished. (1 Kn. 11:11-40)  He is not in the List of Faithful Saints in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, therefore his salvation is in doubt.  Peter denied his Lord three times, but he repented and “went out and wept bitterly.” (Mt. 26:75)  “For godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” (2 Cor. 7:10)  Christians must make a determination not to sin, and even when they do, they must confess their sins to the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Jn. 1:8-10)


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