Antinomianism (anomía) comes from two terms — anti (against) and nomos (law) — meaning lawlessness. God calls lawlessness sin.
- Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness (anomía); and sin is lawlessness. - 1 John 3:4
Indeed, antinomianism is the spirit of lawlessness that reigns in the children of disobedience.
- For the mystery of lawlessness (anomía) is already at work;- 2 Thessalonians 2:7
- For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, - Colossians 3:6
By removing God’s Law, antinomianism results in spiritual anarchy. Such anarchy rears its head in the idea that a Christian can live a life of sin and still be forgiven. According to R. C. Sproul, the song of the antinomian is, “Free from the law, O blessed condition; I can sin all I want and still have remission!” (1)
In reality, antinomianism has produced an entire generation of professing Christians, who are still dead in sin. As Sinclair Ferguson stated, in The Whole Christ, “The wholesale removal of the law seems to provide a refuge for the antinomian. But the problem is not the law, but the heart that remains unchanged.” (2)
- R. C. Sproul, Pleasing God (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1988), 152.
- John MacArthur Jr., The Right Motive in Sanctification. Grace to You Ministries, Retrieved: January 25, 2019 < https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/48-24/the-right-motive-in-sanctification >