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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Summer Edition 1996

Law, Grace, And The Solution To The Sin Problem

God's law is holy and just and good--a statement of His will for us, and an expression of the relationship that we are privileged to enjoy with Him. Call this relationship what you will--grace, love, holiness--a right relationship with God is the supreme purpose for all of our existences

Now in the midst of our experience of law and grace, we find also a personal antagonism, called in the Bible the carnal mind. One way folks deal with the antagonistic spirit they feel within themselves is to remove God's law from their experience. Modern antinomians attempt to depreciate God's law and remove it from their experience in order to alleviate the antagonism of their carnal minds!

    The
true solution, however, is to allow God to remove the carnal mind in the second definite crisis experience of entire sanctification. When the carnal mind is gone, lo and behold, law and grace  get along surprisingly well together! No wonder heart cleansing has been called "the harmonizing experience."

    Not only is entire sanctification a harmonizing experience, it is the central idea of Christianity, and the very thing that John Nelson Darby and his brood of "antinomian" end-time Bible prophecy theorists so totally abhorred.

    Dr. Daniel Steele perceived
this issues, and called John Nelson Darby's dispensational theory "a substitute for holiness, or antinomianism revived." The theory attracts both the spiritual and the carnal. Circles that promote it most are most notorious in their manner of urging the removal of the law from the experience of the believer, rather than urging all forward in that desire to be purified in heart. For that very reason--i.e., that it so readily attracts the carnal, Steele warned, we do well to sift it.

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