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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Summer Edition 2004

Further Insights Into Antinomianism

    Antinomianism is an ancient religious heresy that is as old as the human race. It has its roots in the fallen nature of man. Antinomianism means "lawlessness." In terms of biblical revelation, it refers to the rebellion of the carnal mind against the revelation of God, as expressed in his commandments, precepts, and laws.

    The theological message of antinomianism is that one can be a child of God without obedience to the laws of God. In other words, one can call one's self a Christian, and go on living in sin by thought, word, and deed every day, even though the express purpose of Christ's mission was "to destroy the works of the devil" (I Jn. 3:8), and "to save His people from [not in] their sins" (Matt. 1:21).

    Antinomians teach that they are "holy" by the imputation of Christ's righteousness alone, it doesn't matter what their own personal moral character is like. At the heart of antinomianism lies the denial that God can, will, and wants to cleanse humanity from inherited depravity.

    Antinomians are sworn foes to any profession of "heart purity" as the spirit of loving obedience to the objective commands of God. It would fill the world with professors of religion who are not redeemed from sin.

    The Holiness people, historically, have called this approach "sinning religion," and have, until recent times, courageously opposed it. As a serious subversion of the true religion of the Bible, antinomianism lies at the center of the apostasy of the very last days.

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