The Gospel: A third approach completely different from legalism or antinomianism

The Gospel is a third path completely different from either Legalism or antinomianism. As I have read BLOGS around the internet I have seen both antinomianism and legalism. Legalistic blogs are probably more difficult to identify since they are trying to take the higher ground and the proclaim truth very loudly. After all, we all want to have truth, don’t we?   Living in the truth of the Gospel is a third path completely different from either antinomianism or legalism.  Here is from a study on Galatians that can be found at the http://www.redeemer.com or at http://www.redeemer2.com/rstore/category.cfm?Category=2&CFID=4235259&CFTOKEN=96461075

Legalism

  • Salvation through self-denial (soft gnosticism)
  • Emphasis on doing duties
  • You are a sinner thus not acceptable
  • Truth more important than love
  • Moralism: do what is right

Antinomianism

  • Salvation through self-discovery
  • Emphasis on fulfilling needs
  • You are acceptable thus not a sinner
  • Love more important than truth
  • Hedonism: do what makes you happy

Lets live in line with the truth of the Gospel and understanding of Jesus death on the cross and not a pharasaical or worldly substitute of the Gospel.

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3 thoughts on “The Gospel: A third approach completely different from legalism or antinomianism

  1. theoldadam

    In reading your lists, I noticed that legalism and antinomianism bot are aspects of the self and of what we do.

    The gospel says, “it’s already done”.

  2. centralityofthegospel Post author

    Its odd that Luther himself coined the term antinomian as he “applied” the Gospel to how he saw life. I believe he did this because to a legalist everyone “looks” liberal. He believed legalism was mans default mode and that is still true today…. but yet we tend to rally only against liberalism in the Church today. Both are incorrect.

    If you ever had a chance to read Luther a “cocky” confidence comes off as he refutes people that dont understand him. He had a “humble” swagger to him. That conifidence comes from the freedom he found and seeing sin at a deeper level that caused him to have a mercy narrative to his life.

  3. theoldadam

    “That conifidence comes from the freedom he found and seeing sin at a deeper level that caused him to have a mercy narrative to his life.”

    Amen, Jon.

    Most people do not take sin seriously enough for that point of view.

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