Holiness Wars: The Antinomianism Debate

Thursday, 01 Nov 2012

Antinomianism has referred historically more to theory than to practice. For the most part, few of those suspected of this heresy have been charged with dissolute lives, although the concern is that an error in doctrine will inevitably work itself out practically.
During a time of intense controversy and division within Reformed ranks, the English Puritan Richard Sibbes said that "factions breed factions." We are called to the peace and purity of the church, but when is the concern for peace a crutch for compromise, and when does our appeal to the church's purity become a cloak for own pride and dogmatism? Of course, we all say that we should find our unity around primary truth, but I know of no historical debate in which a partisan advocated schism in the name of "secondary matters.&...

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