American Antinomianism

Antinomianism is a theological term, referring most often to the denial of the Ten Commandments having any authority over believers under grace.

I agree with Calvin’s understanding that there are, in fact, three purposes of the Law: 1) To curb lawlessness (people behaving badly), 2) a reflection of what God wants from people that shows them they cannot keep it themselves and 3) a guide for believers daily lives.

I think that you can safely say that American has become totally antinomian. The American experiment is failing, and one reason is the acceptability of lawlessness and the celebration of it.

If you look at anyone driving anywhere today, you will find hardly anyone obeying traffic laws of any kind. From the speed limit to Stop signs to turning without signalling, the vast majority of drivers rarely adhere to traffic laws.

In sports, you can watch the NBA Finals and find that, not only do the players not adhere to the rules, but the Referees fail to enforce them (Does ANYONE call traveling anymore?).

Draymond Green has made ignoring the rules a sport in itself, trying to see how far from the actual rules he can go without paying a price in either technical or common fouls. He is a throwback to the “Bad Boys” of the Detroit Pistons style of play without the panache. They looked like they were having fun; he looks like he has anger-management issues.

No one celebrates Sportsmanship anymore. No one wants to pay attention to fairness and good behavior anymore. Most people want to see how far they can push the envelope.

The Church is not exempt from bad behavior either. Too many Mega-Church pastors have fallen, small church pastoral scandals shown up in local papers and far too many churches are preaching a Christ-less Christianity.

Unless and until the Church returns to its First Love, Jesus Christ and the transforming power of the grace provided by preaching about His substitutionary death and resurrection, the Church will become less and less relevant, more and more powerless and more empty with each passing year.

We don’t need more programs, we need more Gospel.

Author: revadpowell

An ordained minister of the Gospel, Adrian attended Ohio Dominican College and Malone College, where he was an All-American track athlete and discovered writing. Currently pastor of Faith Community Church of God in Grove City, Ohio since September of 2017 and have expanded our preaching ministry and opportunities. Bible expositor and husband, each week he opens up the scriptures to a body of believers who are seeking to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. After marrying his high school sweetheart, he was called to the ministry in 1987 and has preached in Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania and New York. He has been published in the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Call & Post, Purpose Magazine and Vital Christianity. He has published two books, "The Jubilee Harvest" on a Christian approach to financial planning and "Resident Alien: A Living Faith in a Hostile World". Both are available at

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