ANTINOMIANS ARE THE BAD GUYS
No one wants to be called an antinomian because antinomians are known as the bad guys of church history. Since only a few Christians know what an antinomian teaches, many will be shocked when they read the definition and discover that they are one.
antinomian, (from Greek anti=against and nomos=law) "One who holds that, under the gospel dispensation, the moral law is of no use or obligation, faith alone being necessary to salvation." (Webster's Collegiate)
The moral law is defined as:
"The Decalogue [The ten commandments] and the moral maxims of the Mosaic law" (Webster's 20th Century)
As you can see, the fact is that anyone who says that a Christian is under no obligation to obey the ten commandments for salvation is an antinomian teacher.
Antinomianism is a spiritual cancer which has eaten away the heart of modern Christianity. All that is left is a weak and sickly counterfeit dressed in fine clothing. Unrepentant
sinners love this sin-filled fake which softly promises that "faith alone is necessary to salvation". What a lie!
Jesus said: "If you would enter life KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS" (Matthew 19:17)
Only Satan, "the father of liars" would boldly contradict the very words of Christ and call it Christianity. The simple truth is that Jesus never said: "If you would enter life, have
faith." He said - keep the commandments!.
Down through the pages of history, the leaders and teachers in the true church have fought this doctrine of Antinomianism which teaches that a Christian can continue to commit sin and still inherit eternal life.
From the time of Adam and Eve, Satan's plan has always been to trick men and women into disobeying the laws of God. That is what makes him the enemy of God. Think about it, if Satan were to teach people that they must keep the ten commandments in order to inherit eternal life he would be saying the same thing as Jesus.
On the contrary, Satan's "antinomian" teachers say that as far as salvation is concerned, Christians have no obligation to obey any of God's ten commandments. They insist that
we are saved by grace --plus nothing.
This lie of Satan can take many subtle forms and is sometimes difficult to pin down. But there is one question that will always expose the true source of someone's doctrine. If you are not exactly sure what a teacher believes about salvation, ask him this question:
Can a Christian continue to deliberately break any of the ten commandments (including the sabbath) and still inherit eternal life?
Anyone who says "Yes" is teaching antinomianism, whether he knows it or not. The truth is that Christians must cease from all willful sin in order to inherit eternal life. The good news is that through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can.
Harold and Donna Kupp