Easy Christianity

5. Free From the Law

This phrase from a popular gospel song epitomizes another teaching of "Easy Christianity." The song has been caricatured as follows: "Free from the Law! O happy condition! Sin all I want and still be forgiven." Sadly, being free from the law means exactly this in "Easy Christianity."

But aren't Christians free from the law? Of course! They are free from the judicial and ceremonial law given to Israel. They are free from the moral law as the way to merit salvation. Thus, Scripture says, "you are not under law, but under grace" (Romans 6:14). But Christians are under the moral law as revealed in the Ten Commandments as a rule of life. In other words, they keep the law as the authoritative instructions of their Savior for living.

The New Testament demands such law-keeping! "Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts" (1 Corinthians 7:19). "Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law" (Romans 3:31). "So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good" (Romans 7:12).

"Easy Christianity" offers freedom from the law, but such freedom is slavery to sin! The genuine Christian says, "I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts" (Psalm 119:45).


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Bill Newcomer, Webservant. Send comments to: mrbill@vor.org. Original WWW publication December A.D. 1995. Moved to vor.org, November, A.D. 1996.