Guilty, Not Guilty: Antinomianism in Church History

Thursday, 01 Nov 2012

Like Moses (Deut. 6:5; Lev. 19:18), Jesus taught that the whole law was summarized by the command to love God and neighbor (Matt. 22:37). He came not to abolish but to fulfill the law (Matt. 5:17’20). Nevertheless, Jesus was famously accused by the religious leaders as an "antinomian" for refusing to accord the same weight to the extrabiblical rules of the elders. Evidently, Paul was also accused of "antinomianism" by his critics. "And why not do evil that good may come?’as some people slanderously charge us with saying" (Rom. 3:8; cf. 6:1). Encouraging believers in God'...

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