Protestant legalism imposes the law of Moses on Christians even though it’s abrogated.
But Peter wisely says: “Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? ” (Acts 15:11).
Protestant antinomianism denies an ongoing role for the law in the Christian life.
But Paul rightly says: “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise)” (Eph 6:2).
Between the two extremes, the reformers emphasized the law of nature, perceived in the moral laws of Moses such as the Ten Commandments. That law still guides us to live wisely and well.
But we do not do so under Protestant legalism because Christ is the end of the law; nor do we reject the law because loving God and neighbour as ourselves marks the Christian. Instead, we live under the law of Christ, allowing the law to wisely shape our lives. [Read more…] about Between Legalism and Antinomianism