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What Is An “Antinomian”?

Click on the picture and go to Pyromaniacs to find out. . . .

 

Mmm.  Could be an antinomian. . . .

 

More Than A Good Life

insigniaI have not always been a Christian.  I was an atheist until I was 31 years old.  I had attended church with my family until my teenage years, but then I turned away completely.  On my own, I began to study the philosophy of “Objectivism” and became a disciple of Ayn Rand’s books.  Although I attended a religious denominational university, the professors confirmed what I had suspected all along.  I left college a committed atheist.

It is difficult to believe how far amiss my thinking was in those days.  After almost thirty years of being a Christian, I can look back at that time in my life and only shake my head.  But then, Paul said: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

How would I describe my Christian experience?  I think I would quote Tolstoy who wrote, “A man following Christ’s teaching is like a man carrying a lantern before him at the end of a pole.  The light is ever before him, and ever impels him to follow it, by continually lighting up fresh ground and attracting him onward.”

The attraction (light) is still there and I am compelled to follow it.  This is not just because I see the light, but now I see the real world by its brightness.  It is a daily walk that I have undertaken and its progress is guided by the Holy Spirit until, eventually, I am conformed to Christ.  This is more than a good life.  It is the substance of the Kingdom of God.

A Compromised Faith

 

 

CHSpurgeon“Every deviation from truth is a sin. It is not simply a sin for me to do a wrong act, but it is a sin for me to believe a wrong doctrine. Lately some pastors have absolved us all from obeying God in our judgments; they have told us point blank, many of them, in their drawing-rooms, and some of them in the pulpit, that we shall never be asked in the Day of Judgment what we believed. We have been told that for our acts we shall be responsible, but for our faith we [will not be responsible], or something very much like it; they have told us plainly, that the God who made us, although he has authority over our hands, our feet, our eyes and our lips, hath but little authority over our judgments; they have told us, that if we make ever such blunders in divinity, they are no sins, so long as we can live right lives.

 

“But is that true? No; the whole man is bound to serve God; and if God gives me a judgment, I am bound to employ that judgment in his service; and if that judgment receive an untruth, it has received stolen goods, and I have sinned as much as if I put forth my hand to take my neighbor’s goods. There may be degrees in the sin. If it be a sin of ignorance, it is nevertheless a sin; but it is not so heinous as a sin of negligence, which I fear it is with many.

 

“If a certain doctrine is true, I am committing a sin before Almighty God, if I do not receive it; and if it be not true, then I sin in embracing what is not scriptural. Error in doctrine is as much a sin as error in practice.” (Charles H. Spurgeon, May 11, 1856)

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