I recognize that I am a recovering antinomianist, Gnostic, pelaegianist, and I even held to the Joachimite heresy. Added to this heresy I was also a prosperity preacher. God have mercy on my soul. While I am in a state of repenting, readers please find it in your heart to forgive me.
You might not be familiar with these heresies as I was until I was confronted with them in studying Church history.
Each one of these heresies have deeply affected the modern day Church and especially the Charismatic Church.
The antinomian would have us believe that grace frees the Christian from the law, so that he finds himself outside of the law. Unfortunately this leads to lawlessness. There is no warrant whatsoever in Scripture for a lawless Christian.
Rushdoony states that the expression,” dead to the law,” is biblical. (Gal.2: 19;Rom.7: 4), but it has reference to the believer in relationship to the atoning work of Jesus Christ as the believers representative and substitute; the believer is dead to the law as an indictment, a legal sentence of death against him, Christ having died for him, but the believer is alive to the law as the righteous of God. The purpose of Christ’s atoning work was to restore man to a position of covenant-keeping instead of covenant- breaking to enable man to keep the law by freeing him from, “the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2). It has been my understanding that the doctrine of atonement has been neglected in favor of a lawless gospel. Salvation belongs to the Lord as Jonah reminds. The law and grace always works together and may not be separated, this is the Gospel.
The whole doctrine of our savior in the atonement upholds the unity of the law, judgment and grace.
The Joachimite heresy has deeply infected the church according to Rushdoony. He also maintains that according to this heresy, the first age of man was the age of the Father, the age of the law. The second age was the age of the son, of Christianity, of the church and of grace. The third age is the age of the Spirit, when men become gods and their own law.
The God we serve found us, elect us transformed us, justified us, Sanctified, and will glorify us. It is all His doing. The Father planned our Salvation. Christ did the work and the Holy Spirit does the regeneration.
I leave with you the first command and the Shema of Israel.
“Hear, o Israel The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you site in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind then as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” This commandment is as relevant today as it was in Moses day. David delighted in Gods law so should we.
Have a blessed Christ centered Christmas.