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Antinomianism is alive and well in the professing church today.   It won’t take you long, or many Facebook conversations, to find out the reality of this statement. Many people desire to “be blessed”, many people desire a savior, and I’ve not met that many people that say they are unconcerned about an eternity in hell. But…they don’t mind going out and living like the devil.

So what is this word “Antinomianism”? And why is it such a big deal.

“Antinomianism teaches that “the believer was completely free from all obligation to the Law and any concession to legal duty was an infringement of free grace.” Roman Catholicism attacked Protestantism for allegedly granting a license to sin through its doctrine of justification by faith alone.   The council of Trent, in its decree on justification (1547) implicitly accused the Reformers of abolishing the law for the Christian.

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God’s acceptance of Christ is the sure guarantee of the salvation of those who accept His sacrifice.  Beloved, when thine eye of faith is dim, when your eyeballs swim in a flood of tears and the darkness of sorrow hides much from your vision, then Jehovah sees the blood of His Son, and spares you.  In the thick darkness, when you cannot see at all, the Lord God never fails to see in Jesus that with which He is well pleased, and with which His Law is honored.  He will not suffer the destroyer to come near you to harm you, because He sees in Christ that which vindicates His justice and establishes the needful rule of Law.  The blood is the saving mark.  At this moment, this is the pressing question for each one in the company gathered in this house:  Do you trust the divine propitiation or do you not?  Bring to me what you will to prove your own personal excellence.  I believe in no virtue, which insults the Savior’s blood, which alone cleanses us from all sin.  Rather confess your multiplied transgressions and shortcomings, and then take heart and hope; for there is forgiveness large and free for the very chief of sinners, through Him who has made peace by the blood of His cross.

O my hearer, guilty and self-condemned, if you will now come and trust in Jesus Christ, your sins, which are many, shall be all forgiven you, and you shall love so much in return, that the whole bent and bias of your mind shall be turned from sin to gracious obedience.  The atonement applied to the conscience saves from despair, and then acting upon the heart, it saves from the love of evil.  But the atonement is the saving sign.  The blood on the lintel and on the two side posts scoured the house of the poorest Israelite; but the proudest Egyptian–yes, even Pharaoh on the throne–could not escape the destroyer’s sword.  Believe and live.  Reject the atonement and perish!