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Antinomianism
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on 3 February 2015
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Anti- means ‘opposite, against’ and nomos means ‘law.’
Therefore, an antinomian would technically be one who is 'against' God's 'law.'

"[T]he key error of antinomianism in all its forms has been to treat our union with Christ as involving in effect some degree of personal absorption into Christ, such that the law as a voice from God no longer speaks to us or of us directly. Thus, with regard to justification, antinomians affirm that God never sees sin in believers; once we are in Christ, whatever our subsequent lapses, he sees at every moment only the flawless righteousness of the Savior’s life on earth, now reckoned as ours" (ix-x).

Antinomians think that once one is justified in Christ, he is all set and ready to go. Basically, believers don't need to live a better life because Christ already did it for us. Of course, this poses a problem not only in daily life, but in reading the Bible as a whole (Rom 6.1,22-23; 2 Cor 5.10).

Jones' intends his readers to "see, [that] a Reformed understanding of Christ’s person and work—not necessarily more imperatives, though they belong in our preaching—is the true solution to the problem of antinomianism. This issue is above all a pastoral one, and there would be no reason to write a book on such a controversial subject if people’s souls were not at risk. But love for Christ demands that his glory and honor be defended" (xvi).

Jones places a large Christological focus in his book, and what better way to attack the antinomian ideal than to point to Christ and what he has done for us? And I would have to say that Jones does a terrific job at this point. Chapters 2-8 place the emphasis on what Christ has done for us giving us all the more reason to live for Him, rather than to live as Antinomians and think ourselves to always be in the right solely because we are justified.

But there is a huge place on historical names, places, and the beliefs of those individuals. This will pose a problem to readers/pastors who have no knowledge in church history, the reformed tradition, or antinomianism. Jones usually doesn't give much background on who he's talking about, and seems to assume that you'll know too.

Regardless, Jones' work is an excellent one, to say the least. He has certainly done his homework, and really cares for the hearts of believers and antinomians. He doesn't want believers to slip into antinomianism, thinking that they can live solely on the basis of their justification. But their faith should be shown by their works.

This book will not be for the layreader, and perhaps not even to the one who is simply inquisitive of Antinomian beliefs. But to those familiar with (or possessing 'expertise' on) church history, or those who have a yearning to know more about what constitutes antinomian beliefs and how it has developed through history, then this book was made for you.
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on 29 March 2014
I read this book as part of research into the so called hyper grace teachers currently on the scene. I found it informative and well presented, highlighting the historic development of Antinomianism, together with discussions of the various theological issues it presents.
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on 31 October 2014
An excellent and thoughtful book. Clear and easy to read -highly commended.
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