Tuesday, July 11

Antinomianism

A true Christian does not intentionally keep sinning and walking in darkness.
The belief that a person can be Christian and continue to live a self centered worldly life is a myth. This person is often referred to as a carnal Christian which is, supposedly, a Christian that accepts God’s grace and Jesus as savior but continues living for worldly concerns with no intention of obeying and submitting to the commands and teachings of the Lord Jesus. This doctrinal thinking is called antinomianism, which means anti-law. Antinomianism is the belief that faith alone is needed for salvation, and obeying the moral law of God is no longer necessary. While faith alone does secure salvation for a true believer, there will be such an accompanying change of heart that the person will willing submit and sincerely try to obey God’s moral law and Biblical precepts. This obedience will not be perfect and at times can be so weak as to grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30) and bring God’s discipline to bear (Heb. 12:7-10). However, a true believer will show signs of being in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. James points out in Chapter 2 that claiming to have faith without any resulting action is dead. John says the same thing in (1 John). Paul teaches it in (Romans 6) and also when he says…. You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13). Paul in (Romans 8:5-17) gives more detail and states the principle very clearly in v. 12&13…. Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. The Holy Bible gives no comfort to anyone that claims to have faith in Jesus Christ but has no Christian fruit in their lives. James gives us the bottom line by stating…. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says (James 1:22).

4 comments:

bluecollar said...

"While faith alone does secure salvation for a true believer, there will be such an accompanying change of heart that the person will be willing submit and sincerely try to obey God’s moral law and Biblical precepts."

Good points,sir!

jazzycat said...

Mr. Bluecollar,
Yes, since the faith to believe comes from God and the change of heart comes from God, then these dots connect. Those that believe man must achieve his own faith and change of heart struggle with all the parts coming together.

You have really had a great series of posts lately over at your site.

Jazzycat

Nellie Bellie said...

Thanks for this, I have come across many blogs that seem to show this belief. I pray for them.

jazzycat said...

Nellie bellie
Thanks for the visit.