Heidelcast 58: Nomism And Antinomianism (1)

With this episode we begin a series on the proper understanding and use of the law in the Christian life. We’ll be talking about both two of our least favorite relatives, uncle nomism and antinomianism. In contrast to these two errors we’ll be talking about the right understanding and use of God’s holy law in the Christian life.

Almost since the beginning of the Reformation there were two reactions to the recovery of the gospel: legalism, or nomism, and antinomianism. This episode is all about definitions. What do we mean by gospel, nomism, and antinomianism? What makes one a nomist or antinomian and how can these be avoided?

This is part 1 of a multi-part series. Here’s episode 58:

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  1. I would like to hear your take on this discussion from the Gospel Coalition about how justification relates to sanctification: http://bit.ly/1ijPDSJ Would you agree with how these men speak about sanctification?

    One thing I really am trying to understand is how much of the current sanctification controversy is people who agree misunderstanding or talking past each other and how much is a real disagreement.

    • All of the above.

      Some folk don’t know historic Reformed theology. Some are neonomians. Some are reacting to nomism. Some are antinomian. Some are afraid of antinomianism and veering toward nomism. It’s a bit of a mess.

      Fortunately, we are not obligated to every single private theological formulation that someone develops. We are obligated to God’s Word as confessed by the churches. That teaching is quite clear and neither nomist or antinomian.

      Take a listen to the last several episodes of the Heidelcast dealing with conditions in the covenant of grace and to this series on nomism and antinomianism.

    • Thanks for the response. I have been listening to the Heidelcast for about six months now and have found it to be very helpful (as a native of the Philly suburbs, the AI sound bite is icing on the cake). I also have read Recovering the Reformed Confession and have been reading this blog regularly for almost a year. Your work has played no small part in moving me from a “Reformed” Baptist to a Presbyterian (officially joined the OPC last Sunday and the kiddies are all getting baptized in a few weeks)!

  2. Thank you Jesse. This is encouraging.

    I’m so glad that you are able to unite with a confessional Reformed congregation. May the Lord bless your covenant house with all the benefits of the covenant of grace!

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