The Antinomian
September 10, 2012, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Antinomianism

by David Bishop

1 Corinthians 15:56  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

The Corinthians were under the impression that the most efficient way to overcome the power of sin was for God to remove the imperative demands of His law.  In other words, if there is no more law, then there is no more law to violate, and therefore, violation of the law can no longer be charged to me.

The problem with this is that it is actually a form of self righteousness.  If there is no law anymore, then I live not because God charged Christ’s righteousness to me, but rather because there is no more law that I can violate.  I’ve earned my right to resurrection, you see.  Why should God raise me from the dead?  Because I have violated no law, for there is no law to violate.

An Antinomian is someone who believes that Christ satisfied the penalty for His people’s guilt by dismissing God’s law in His death, rather than by satisfying the law’s just demand for His people’s death.  In such a system, assurance is found not in Christ’s death for His people, but rather in one’s self righteous claim that he can no longer violate God’s law.   In other words, how do you know Christ has effectually secured your salvation?  Answers the Antinomian, “Because all things are now lawful for me.” Continue reading