"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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    Quick Definition of the Worst Kind of Legalism

    Legalism is a distortion of the gospel which denies that Jesus Christ is completely sufficient for salvation. That some additional element of self-effort, merit or faithfulness on our part is necessary to either attain or maintain a just standing before God. (Gal.3:3) - John Hendryx
    Posted by John on April 19, 2011 06:49 PM


    I would also add the typical Roman Catholic doctrines of the merits of Mary and the "saints" added up to Christ's in order to further "integrate" them, and the "effectiveness" and "need" to partake of the seven sacraments in order to maintain a right standing with God. RC also support the idea of the insufficiency of Christ's work for the salvation of the believer, or the "comprehensiveness" of Christ's merits with ours and the church.

    How about a quick definition of Anti-Nomianism?

    Antinomianism is a distortion of the gospel which denies that Christ came to free us in order to live a certain kind of life, which is salvation. That we can live with Christ the way we did apart from him and maintain that we stand just before God.


    Antinomianism is just a lethal. Often mistakening the imperatives for legalism and only preaching the indicatives. But the regenerate man loves God's law because he has been given a new heart..He obeys because he is saved, not in order to be saved ... and those who continue in a lifestyle of sin prove that God has not done a work of grace in them.

    Preaching God's law and obedience is not legalism ... only when you trust in them as a savior is is legalism.


    I think you are right...............It was indeed one of the best blogs I have come across in a long time. Hoping to see more...........

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