As a follow-up to the post on legal preaching Chris Gordon and I sat down in the Abounding Grace Radio studio to talk through the issue of the attraction of legal preaching. Once again, neither the post nor the episode is a criticism of the proper uses of the law. The law is good and holy. The law must be preached in all its fearsomeness in its first use and for all its benefits to the Christian in its 2nd and 3rd uses. Once more, anyone who denies the third (normative) use of the law is an antinomian and outside the bounds of Protestant (Lutheran and Reformed) confessional orthodoxy.
This discussion, however, concerns the improper use of the law or the misreading of Scripture and the abuse of the pulpit wherein every sermon becomes effectively a law sermon and where believing people are effectively put back under the law (covenant of works) for acceptance with God.
Here is more info on AGR. Here’s the episode:
Thanks for listening.