“…not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…and these things I want you constantly to affirm, so that those who have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.”
— Titus 3:5, 8
Paul tells us that we are saved not by our works. But once we are saved, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit in order that we might endeavor to keep God’s law to show our love and gratitude to Him. That is the biblical doctrine.
But there are some perverters of the faith who are turning the grace of God into lasciviousness. This antinomianism (anti-law) error sprang up early in the church.
We have this idea today, too; it is rampant everywhere. I could probably produce 100 books that have been written in the last five years that are popular even in evangelical circles which teach antinomianism; i.e., that now that we are Christians we don’t have to obey the law.
We have professing Christians engaged in all sorts of sexual perversions, and they act as if it’s okay because we are under grace.
But they are following the very example of Sodom and Gomorrah, having the absolute audacity to form themselves into churches of the Lord Jesus Christ, practicing the same perversions that brought Sodom and Gomorrah beneath the fierce wrath of God.
True Christianity always results in true transformation of the human heart. Many people may profess salvation, but not everyone who does so possesses salvation.
Dear God, I know grace is not cheap. It cost You dearly, and I want to praise and thank You for my salvation. Lord, give me strength for today to live in obedience to Your commandments…
BY GOD’S STRENGTH, WE CAN STRIVE
TO LIVE ACCORDING TO HIS LAWS.