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antinomian

Syllabification: an·ti·no·mi·an
Pronunciation: /ˌan(t)ēˈnōmēən
 
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Definition of antinomian in English:

adjective

Of or relating to the view that Christians are released by grace from the obligation of observing the moral law.
Example sentences
  • On one hand, Luther condemned Agricola's antinomian theology for its rejection of the law in the Christian life.
  • He rejects antinomian ideas and upholds the believer's responsibility to co-operate with God in sanctification.
  • Oddly enough, with the exception of those related to sex, American Christians tend to take an antinomian view of ‘physical sins.’

noun

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A person holding antinomian beliefs.
Example sentences
  • I don't think you made a real distinction between eternal security and perseverance of the saints in your article, and yes, dealing with antinomians has made me sensitive to that.
  • Liberals find it necessary to deny recurring suspicions that they are antinomians, moral relativists, and secularists set on removing religious values from the public square.
  • Why should parents fund the moral decivilization of their children at the hands of tenured antinomians?

Origin

mid 17th century: from medieval Latin Antinomi, the name of a 16th-century sect in Germany alleged to hold this view, from Greek anti- 'opposite, against' + nomos 'law'.

Derivatives

antinomianism

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Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • There are the two extremes of legalism and antinomianism to avoid.
  • The history of the Church, Coughlin notes, displays periods of both legalism and antinomianism.
  • The church that once accused Luther's teachings of antinomianism has consistently made room for repeat offenders, the kind of sinners whom Protestants are quick to remove from church rolls.

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