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(an tih noh' mih an ihssm) The false teaching that since faith alone is necessary for salvation, one is free from the moral obligations of the law. The word antinomianism is not used in the Bible, but the idea is spoken of. Paul appears to have been accused of being an antinomian (see Romans 3:8 ; Romans 6:1 ,Romans 6:1,6:15 ). While it is true that obedience to the law will never earn salvation for anyone (Ephesians 2:8-9 ), it is equally true that those who are saved are expected to live a life full of good works (see, for example, Matthew 7:16-20 ; Ephesians 2:10 ; Colossians 1:10 ; James 2:14-26 ). Since we have been freed from the dominion of sin through faith in Jesus, we have also been freed to practice the righteousness demanded by God (Romans 6:12-22 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Antinomianism'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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