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Theological Term of the Week

A name for several views that have denied that God’s law in Scripture should directly control the Christian’s life; the belief that obedience to God’s moral law is not necessary for the Christian.

  • Scripture that argues against antinomianism:
    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV)
  • From the London Baptist Confession, 1689, Chapter 19, Of the Law of God:

    6._____ Although true believers be not under the law as a covenant of works, to be thereby justified or condemned, yet it is of great use to them as well as to others, in that as a rule of life, informing them of the will of God and their duty, it directs and binds them to walk accordingly; discovering also the sinful pollutions of their natures, hearts, and lives, so as examining themselves thereby, they may come to further conviction of, humiliation for, and hatred against, sin; together with a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ and the perfection of his obedience; it is likewise of use to the regenerate to restrain their corruptions, in that it forbids sin….

  • From Concise Theology by J. I. Packer:

    It must be stressed that the moral law, as crystallized in the Decalogue and opened up in the ethical teaching of both Testaments, is one coherent law, given to be a code of practice for God’s people in every age. In addition, repentance means resolving henceforth to seek God’s help in keeping that law. The Spirit is given to empower law-keeping and make us more and more like Christ, the archetypal law-keeper (Matt. 5:17). This law-keeping is in fact the fulfilling of our human nature, and Scripture holds out no hope of salvation for any who, whatever their profession of faith, do not seek to turn from sin to righteousness (1 Cor. 6:9-11; Rev. 21:8). 

Learn more:

  1. J. I. Packer: Antinomianism
  2. Phil Johnson: A Primer on Antinomianism
  3. John MacArthur: Is There Such a Thing As a Carnal Christian?
  4. Ernest F. Kevan: The Law Not Abrogated by Christ to Believers
  5. P. G. Mathew: Antinomianism
  6. A. W. Pink: The Law and the Saint
  7. S. Lewis Johnson: Shall We Continue in Sin?
  8. James White: Earnestly Contending for the Faith Against Antinomianism (download audio)

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Clicking on the Theological Term graphic at the top of this post will take you to a list of all the previous theological terms in alphabetical order.


Round the Sphere Again: Words

The Jig Is Up
Why is a limerick called what it is?

[W]e have two main possibilities for the origin of limerick. The obvious one is that the name comes from the verses written by the men of County Limerick. … The other possibility is that the name was taken from the chorus or title of the jig.

From World Wide Words, and right before St. Patrick’s Day, too.

It’s All Greek
When the Greek text of the New Testament has made up words, how do we know what they mean? Bill Mounce looks at the issues surrounding the translation of αρσενοκοιτης, as in, for instance,

the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers,  liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound  doctrine…. (1 Timothy 1:10)

(Mondays with Mounce at Koinonia)


A Catechism for Girls and Boys

Part I: Questions about God, Man, and Sin

25. Q. Why did they eat the forbidden fruit?
       A. Because they did not believe what God had said.

(Click through to read scriptural proofs.)

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Sunday's Hymn

The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad;
The Passover of gladness, the Passover of God.
From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky,
Our Christ hath brought us over, with hymns of victory.

Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright
The Lord in rays eternal of resurrection light;
And listening to His accents, may hear, so calm and plain,
His own All hail! and, hearing, may raise the victor strain.

Now let the heavens be joyful! Let earth the song begin!
Let the round world keep triumph, and all that is therein!
Let all things seen and unseen their notes in gladness blend,
For Christ the Lord hath risen, our joy that hath no end.

—John of Damascus

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Round the Sphere Again: Clearer Still

A few recent posts adding more light to subjects that have already been included as Theological Terms.

How is the Father greater than Jesus while also equal? A quote from James White at Ordinary Pastor.

Dan Phillips (Pyromaniacs) says another way to look at the New Testament fulfillment of the Old Testament is “Huh?” and “Oh!”

Many mysteries are stirred and tales half-told, left unresolved and unsatisfied by the time Malachi (or 2 Chronicles, in the Hebrew Bible) is finally penned. But all those central mysteries are resolved with the complex of revelation unfolded in the coming of Christ.

as a tree. Paige Britton at Green Baggins gives us a different scheme for examining worldviews.

The point of the Tree is that a consistent thought system can be shown to run organically from “roots” to “fruits.” Not that people generally walk around with well-articulated or particularly consistent thought systems in their heads – but as an apologetic tool, this graphic organizer can be used to visually emphasize inconsistencies in somebody’s system (e.g., the fact that certain “fruits” were stolen from the Christian Tree and duct-taped onto a non-Christian one) and also to display the beautiful consistency of the biblical worldview. As a teaching tool for Christians, the Tree can be used to present identifiable worldly thought systems over against the biblical view of reality, and it can be used to organize data gathered from a speaker or author in order to figure out what Tree he or she is sitting in.

Be sure you look at the first comment to see The Biblical Worldview Tree.