The Antinomian View of God’s Love: A Bibliography for a Biblical Response – John Boruff

I have found that in many churches, that when the subject of love, God’s love, the love of God, God is Love, or the Christian’s love for his neighbor–are addressed–there is sometimes, but not always, an ANTINOMIAN VIEW mixed in. In this view, God’s love surpasses the need for obeying God’s laws, commands, and rules; God’s love removes the need for holiness and righteousness in the Christian’s life; and also, God’s love removes any need to avoid friendship with the wicked, which is often warned against in Proverbs and Psalms. The antinomian view of love is old; it is an old demonic spirit, at least 500 years old, dating back at least to the time of Luther; but evidently, it existed in the time of James as well. Its tragic that satan would try to pervert or demoralize this most precious of God’s attributes. This immoral, perverted teaching on the love of God, has passed down through the ages through various heretical Christian books. Because a proper Biblical response to this antinomian love teaching may be exhaustive; a thorough approach to Biblical hermeneutics and historical theology would be in order to uncover not only the psychological effects, but the moral deterioration in Christian’s lives, that can obviously result when this teaching is allowed to spread into a church. Various reputable Christian authors have discerned this spirit at times; and have spilled ink in trying to expose it and resist it…

Gunter, W. Stephen. The Limits of Love Divine.

Jones, Mark. Antinomianism, ch. 6: “Amor, Amor.”

Packer, J. I. Concise Theology, p. 176: “Antinomianism.”

Tozer, A. W. The Knowledge of the Holy, ch. 20: “The Love of God.”


About John Boruff

John Boruff is a Philosophy and Religion graduate from UNC Pembroke. In his free time, he blogs about the Christian life; and has special interests in evangelism and spiritual gifts. He identifies himself as a Reformed Arminian Pentecostal. He’s also a husband and dad. John loves street preaching. His influences are Leonard Ravenhill, David Wilkerson, John Wesley, Charles Finney, etc. John is always in the process of writing; and is posting free e-books on this site for cultivating a deeper Christian life. Among them are his 'How to Experience God' and 'The Gospel of Jesus Christ.' He is currently working on the lives of great prophets in church history—from Catholic saints to Protestant reformers and revivalists. He is also working on a Biblical theology of poverty alleviation.
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