There’s great confusion and even debate in Christian circles today as to the role of God’s Law in our personal lives and in society as a whole. Is God’s Law the standard for everyone or just for Christians? Should Christians seek to make civil laws conform to God’s Law?
Some Christians, known as antinomians, ignore God’s Law altogether. Antinomianism, meaning anti-Law, is a dangerous doctrine that Christians are exempt from the obligations of God’s Law. Some Christians hold antinomian views because they believe that seeking to obey God’s Law is legalism or salvation by works.
The Bible is very clear that antinomianism is an erroneous doctrine. Jesus did not come to abolish the Law of God (Matt. 5:17-20). In John 14:15, Jesus tells us that we show our love for Him by keeping His commandments. More importantly, Jesus specifically instructed us to teach all nations to observe whatever He has commanded (Matt. 28:18-20). And believers are told that God’s standards are not burdensome and, again, that we keep His commandments out of love for Him (1 John 5:3).
I was saddened to hear that the minister of a local Baptist Church near American Vision headquarters gave the following incorrect analogy of how God’s Law applies today in a recent sermon:
A man driving his car through a 35-mile-per-hour school zone is held accountable to obey that law. But a bird flying by the same school zone at 45 miles per hour is not held accountable to obey the law, and is therefore not breaking the law. The man represents the Christian. The bird represents the non-Christian. Therefore, according to this minister, we should not seek to hold non-Christians accountable to the Law of God. And by extension, we should not seek to make civil law reflect the Law of God. The Law of God is only binding for the Church.
There are two major problems with this analogy. First, will non-Christians get a free-pass on Judgment Day since they are not bound by God’s Law? No. If this minister is correct, then God could not send non-Christians to Hell. Secondly, this minister’s analogy encourages disobedience to the Great Commission. We are told to teach ALL NATIONS to obey whatsoever Christ commanded. God’s Law is not some private code for a private club. His Law is the ultimate standard for right and wrong whereby we measure all actions and attitudes of men in all areas of life all over the world.
Ask yourself this question: Why would God the Father send His only begotten Son to earth to perfectly keep the Law, take the punishment for those of us who could not keep the Law, only to disregard this Law moments after the crucifixion. Wouldn’t this be the biggest insult God the Father could possibly give to His Son? It is completely unimaginable. Like God Himself, His Law is forever.
American Vision believes that God’s Law reflects His unchanging holiness and His righteous standard for the universe, which is the same yesterday, today and forever. Of course, we cannot perfectly keep God’s Law. That’s why we need a Savior who kept it perfectly to represent us before God. American Vision believes that obedience to God’s Law is the only way Christians can demonstrate our love for Him and the only way to live a joyful and effective life of service for our King.
I encourage everyone to read American Vision’s latest publication, By This Standard: The Authority of God’s Law Today, written by the late Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen.