The word antinomian literally means “against the law”. Martin Luther coined the phrase to describe people who believed God’s Law, or commands, had no function in our lives, at least not in our lives as Christians. The mentality of a true antinomian is essentially, “I can do whatever the heck I want to do with my life; all of my sin only serves to beckon more of God’s grace anyways!”
Collin, are you an antinomian?!
Well, yes and no. I am not an antinomian theologically. I do not believe that now that I am a Christian God has ceased defining what is sin and what is not for me; His old, old Law still stands for me. I do not believe I should sin so that God will give me more grace. You and I ought to be perfect; we ought to love God perfectly and love our neighbors perfectly.
No, I am not an antinomian theologically. But I am an antinomian practically.
I believe God’s Law is amazing. The world would be much, much better if we all lived righteous lives loving God and neighbor. We would not have to lock our doors, we wouldn’t have to worry about getting ripped off, abortions clinics would close, and our marriages would rock. But none of us are righteous in ourselves. We do not fulfill God’s Law. I am against it all too often. I am still an actual sinner.
So, yes, I am still an antinomian, to my shame. While I am counted righteous in Jesus Christ and because of Jesus Christ alone, forgiven of all of my antinomian-ness, I am still, in myself, a miserable sinner with a flesh continually bent against God’s Law. “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh…” (Rom. 7:18). Apparently Paul was an antinomian like this, like me, like you.
“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom. 7:24). Apparently Paul also hated this fact about himself. Someone theologically against antinomianism recognizes their own antinomian nature and tendencies.
So who will deliver us sad, sad antinomians?
“Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!…” (Rom. 7:25).