Friends, I’ve got five posts that I need to complete and publish, but I simply don’t have the emotional energy. I found out this week that I have to go on complete vocal rest for the next week, and am scheduled to have surgery to remove some nodules from my vocal cords on the 28th of February.

Your prayers would be appreciated.

What’s the Difference? (Antinomianism, Part Two)

The Second TempleOriginally, today’s post was going to cover the early history of antinomianism, but after going through my notes, I’ve decided to cover that next week, and to come at the problem of antinomianism from another angle for today’s post.

For the past four years, I’ve been researching both legalism and antinomianism, only to come to something of an odd realization: I’m pretty sure they’re actually two sides of the same coin, and you can actually fall into legalism and antinomianism simultaneously.

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Tertullian’s “Prescription Against Heretics”

Tertullian

[Heretics] put forward the Scriptures, and by this insolence of theirs they at once influence some. In the encounter itself, however, they weary the strong, they catch the weak, and dismiss waverers with a doubt. Accordingly, we oppose to them this step above all others, of not admitting them to any discussion of the Scriptures.

If in these lie their resources, before they can use them, it ought to be clearly seen to whom belongs the possession of the Scriptures, that none may be admitted to the use thereof who has no title at all to the privilege.

Etymology and Exegetical Fallacies (Antinomianism, Part One)

Johannes Agricola

Those of you who have read my review posts on The Truth About New Calvinism, by Mr. Paul Dohse, Sr. know that I am sympathetic with his concerns about antinomianism, particularly in the Presbyterian and Reformed world.

But that sympathy actually raises a far more crucial question: What is antinomianism?

In other words, how exactly should we define antinomian or antinomianism? After all, if we want to offer a critique of a particular theological position, we ought to be able to at least define what the position is.

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