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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.

In their view of the…

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Opinions are easy to come by.  Most people will have one on just about anything you ask.  The weather last weekend? Last night’s game?  The food at the new restaurant? Just ask and they’ll have their perspective ready for sharing.

Like our thoughts about our favorite football team, most of us also have an opinion on what it means to be a real man.  Strong? Courageous?  A great leader? Characteristics like these come to mind for some but something totally different for others. That’s the thing about opinions – there are plenty of them but most aren’t really based on hard facts.

The truth is, at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter what you or I think it means to be a man.  What matters is what God’s word defines a man to be.  Here’s a list of 20 biblical characteristics of a godly man that I’ve came across while studying. If…

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Isn’t it amazing how God can use some of the most basic, ordinary objects and events to teach us some of the most profound lessons? A couple of evenings ago, I went for a stroll with my 17 month old son down our rural country lane. Our road is a dirt road and, as you can imagine, the recent rains have left us with no shortage of pot-holes. As we began to walk, I noticed something fascinating—my son was irresistibly drawn to them. He ran to the first one, stood in it for a moment, and then (with a little squeal of delight) ran to the next one, and then the next one, and so on.  He was going out of his way to hit each one, even as I was going to great lengths to avoid them. That’s when it hit me:  what a perfect, yet simplistic, illustration of the contrast between walking after the flesh and being led by the Spirit of God!  Someone who is led by the flesh (and its lustful appetites), will find themselves LOOKING FOR, and running to, the ‘pot-holes’ (metaphorically speaking) of sin, iniquity, and corruption.  That is, they go out of their way to find them and take great delight in jumping into them when they do.  On the other hand, those who are led by the Spirit of God will deliberately seek to avoid those ‘pot-holes’.  If they should stumble into one, it is because they did so unawares and unwillingly—not because they sought it out.  They are then quick to step out of it–no doubt disappointed–yet a little wiser than before and with their senses sharpened so that they may ever so carefully avoid the next one.  Simply put, when we walk in the Spirit, sin becomes the exception (rather than the rule) of our lives (Galatians 5:16).  Its once irresistible power and influence are broken and subdued by the dominion and might of God’s own Spirit abiding in the Believer.

As we headed back home from our walk, I carried my son for part of the way and then held his hand the rest of it……..he didn’t step in any pot-holes.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God

                                                                                                                                           ~Romans 8:14