THE FALSE GOSPEL OF ANTINOMIANISM
By Jesse Morrell
Antinomians say, “There is NO repentance from sin in the Scriptures.” This is easily refuted by simply reading the Bible.
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are you ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Isa. 55:7-8).
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Prov. 28:13).
“Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressins, so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die” (Eze. 18:30-31).
“Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.” Acts 8:22
“And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” 2 Cor. 12:21
“And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” Rev. 16:11
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:” Rev. 9:21
Antinomians say, “μετανοεω simply means to change one’s mind about CHRIST” but this too is false.
“μετανόησον οὖν ἀπὸ τῆς κακίας σου ταύτης καὶ δεήθητι τοῦ Θεοῦ, εἰ ἄρα ἀφεθήσεταί σοι ἡ ἐπίνοια τῆς καρδίας σου” Πράξεις των Αποστόλων 8:22
“μετανοέω” does mean to “change your mind,” but in this instance what is the person changing their mind about? “ἀπό ταύτῃ σοῦ κακία.” In other words, of their personal sin.
To repent of your sin, as in this scripture, means that you are changing your mind about sinning, making up your mind to sin no more, etc. The will is a faculty of the mind and since sin is a choice of the will, to repent of sin is to have a change of mind.
Now consider 2 Cor. 12:21.
“μὴ πάλιν ἐλθόντα με ταπεινώσῃ ὁ θεός μου πρὸς ὑμᾶς καὶ πενθήσω πολλοὺς τῶν προημαρτηκότων καὶ μὴ μετανοησάντων ἐπὶ τῇ ἀκαθαρσίᾳ καὶ πορνείᾳ καὶ ἀσελγείᾳ ᾗ ἔπραξαν”
“μή μετανοέω” of what? “ἐπί ἀκαθαρσία καί ἀσέλγεια ὅς πράσσω.” In other words, they did not repent as they were supposed to of the sins that they had committed. Repentance in the Bible, therefore, is used in instances in which a person is supposed to repent from their sins.
“There is NO repentance from sin in the Scriptures” is a false teaching. It is a false gospel and a damning gospel. It is unscriptural and incoherent.
The antinomian says, “You don’t need to repent of sin to be saved. You just need to repent of your unbelief.”
Well, isn’t unbelief a sin? Yes it is. And so even the antinomian is teaching that you must repent of sin to be saved – the sin of unbelief.
Then they say, “Well, that is the ONLY sin you need to repent of to be saved.” Oh yeah? What about the pride and self-righteousness of trusting in your own works? “Yeah, you need to repent of that too.” Ok. Well, isn’t pride a sin? Isn’t self-righteousness a sin? Yes they are.
So now you have antinomians who say, “You don’t need to repent of sin to be saved” actually teaching that there are multiple sins you must repent of to be saved.