“ANTINOMIANISM: IS IT REALLY SO BAD?”
1A. First, THE LAW
“The Uses of the Law.”
1B. The first use of the law is to manifest to man his guilt.
2B. The law serves to slay all hope of salvation of a reformed life.
3B. The law is intended to show man the misery which will, fall upon him through his sin.
4B. It was sent into the world to shew the value of a Saviour.
5B. It was sent into the world to keep Christian men from self-righteousness.
2A. Next, LEGALISM
1B. BIBLICALLY, legalism is keeping the law for salvation.
2B. There is also a secondary legalism that plagues Christians. Legalism is the misuse of the law to obtain salvation or the misuse of the law to obtain spirituality and Christian growth.
3A. Third, LIBERTY
There are valid uses of the Law.
1B. The Law is a school master to point sinners to Christ, Galatians 3.24-25.
2B. Romans 7.21-22 shows what use the Christian has of the Law.
Thus, there is an appropriate use of the Law when exercising liberty.
4A. Fourth, LICENSE
5A. Fifth, ANTINOMIANISM
Listen to what John H. Gerstner, a
theologian now deceased, says about antinomianism:
“From the essential truth that no sinner in himself can
merit salvation, the antinomian draws the erroneous
conclusion that good works need not even accompany faith in
the saint.” (James