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Trueman on the New Antinomians

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I've been posting a few excerpts from Carl Trueman's excellent church history lectures, which I commended a while back. His sessions on Martin Luther, which to my mind are the highlights of the whole series, contain all sorts of contemporary applications, but none more immediately relevant than his sidebar on the new antinomianism. Responding to the selective reading of Luther promoted by some popular preachers (he cites Tullian Tchividjian as an obvious example), in which Luther's positive use of the law is marginalised in favour of his law/gospel antithesis, Trueman explains:

This is another example of why this new antinomianism, which is so trendy in some Reformed circles, breaks down ...

I read something by one pastor, and he was talking about how when he was young, he used to steal from his Dad. And the way his Dad dealt with this was that he left his chequebook out for him. And ultimately he was so overwhelmed by his father’s love that he kind of repented of stealing from his Dad.

Well: the logic of that is, someone in my church comes to me and says, “Pastor, I’m addicted to drugs,” or “I’m addicted to pornography,” my response should be, “Well, here’s some cash to go and get yourself some drugs with,” or “Do you want me to pay for your Internet bill for the next six months?” It’s patent nonsense!

It’s only because you’re dealing with polite, middle class sins that you can get away with this antinomian garbage. And it is garbage.

Indeed.

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