Lesson 7 Misuses Of The Law And Gospel
In this lesson, we will begin to examine some of the common ways that the law and gospel are misused and misapplied to harm the spiritual lives of people
A. Misuse 1: Salvation By Human Works 误用1:靠人的行为得救恩
Perhaps the most harmful misuse of law and gospel is the false teaching that people can/must earn their salvation entirely or in part by their own efforts to keep the law.
Some examples of salvation by works teaching are:
a. “Live the best life you can and God will save you.”
b. “Jesus’ sacrifice is not enough to save you. You must complete your salvation by living a life of obedience to God’s commands.”
c. “God will reward those who do good with eternal life.”
Salvation by human works contradicts the biblical teachings that sinners are saved only by God’s grace for them through faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.
“But because of His great love for us, God , who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” （Ephesians 2:4-5）
“To the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited to him as righteousness.” （Romans 4:5）
惟有不作工的，只信称罪人为义的 神，他的信就算为义。（罗马书 4:5）
B. Misuse 2: Religious Legalism 误用2:宗教律法主义
Religious legalism is the misguided attempt to produce Christian living （sanctification） by making the law the motivation and power for it.
Some examples of religious legalism are:
a. “You must attend worship services at least once a week or God will not bless your life.”
b. If you do not love other people as much as you love yourself, God will not love you.
c. “It is your duty to witness to your faith. You must testify to Christ if you expect to be saved.”
Religious legalism errs by failing to use the gospel to supply the desire and strength to keep the law and live the Christian life.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship,” （Romans 12:1）
所以弟兄们，我以 神的慈悲劝你们，将身体献上，当作活祭，是圣洁的，是 神所喜悦的；你们如此事奉乃是理所当然的。（罗马书 12:1）
C. Misuse 3: Religious Moralism 误用3:宗教道德主义
Religious moralism is closely related to religious legalism. It is the mistaken attempt to produce good moral behavior without the motivation and power of the gospel.
Religious moralism is frequently practiced and promoted by people who hold the incorrect view that the main purpose of the church is to transform society and improve the earthly lives of people. This view is called the Social Gospel.
God has created the Church and has given it the primary mission of proclaiming His Word to save people from sin and make them His disciples.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” （Matthew 28:19-20a）
“所以，你们要去使万民作我的门徒，奉父子圣灵的名，给他们施洗（或作”给他们施洗，归于父子圣灵的名。“）。凡我所吩咐你们的，都教训他们遵守。” （马太福音 28:19-20a）
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation… We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” （2 Corinthians 5:18,20）
一切都是出于 神，他藉着基督使我们与他和好，又将劝人与他和好的职分赐给我们。所以，我们作基督的使者，就好象 神藉我们劝你们一般；我们替基督求你们与 神和好。（哥林多后书 5:18,20）
While Christians are committed to live personally moral lives and to encourage good moral living in society, they recognize that God has given earthly government the job of promoting good morals among its people to produce a good society by using the law to set standards and employ rewards and punishments to gain compliance.
“The authorities that exist has been established by God… Rulers hold no terror for those who do what is right, but for those who do wrong… He is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” （Romans 13:1b, 3a, 4）
凡掌权的都是 神所命的。 . . 作官的原不是叫行善的惧怕，乃是叫作恶的惧怕。 . .他是 神的用人，是与你有益的。你若作恶，却当惧怕，因为他不是空空地佩剑。他是 神的用人，是伸冤的，刑罚那作恶的。（罗马书 13:1b, 3a, 4）
Some examples of religious moralism are: 某些宗教道德主义的实例：
a. “God’s people must take the lead in fighting drug and alcohol abuse so we can help create a safer, more godly society.”
b. “It is our calling as God’s people to end injustice in the world.”
c. “One of our major goals as a Christian congregation should be to aggressively protest the evils of gambling because it is hurting the economic welfare of so many in our community.”
The major failing of religious moralism is the same as that of religious legalism. It tries to change human behavior with law and not gospel motivation and power.
D. Misuse 4: Antinomianism 误用4:反律法主义
Antinomianism is derived from two Greek words （“anti” and “nomos”） that literally mean “against the law.” Antinomianism is a false religious teaching that views God’s law as unnecessary for people.Antinomianism has two major forms.
Extreme Antinomianism = the law is entirely unnecessary for everyone. God will work repentance, faith and sanctification in people through the gospel alone.
Moderate Antinomianism = the law is necessary to lead people to contrition, but it is not necessary to guide Christians in sanctified living.
Some examples of antinomianism are:
a. “You do not need to hear the law any more. You already know what God expects of you.”
b. “It is Jesus’ mercy alone that teaches us how great is our sin and how afraid we must be of God’s punishment.
c. ”We preach the positive message of Christ’s love. People hear enough bad news without the church adding any more to their lives.“
Antinomianism makes the great mistake of insisting that God uses the gospel, not the law, to work contrition and to give guidance for Christian living.
”Through the law we become conscious of sin.“ （Romans 3:20b）
”Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight… I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path … Direct my footsteps according to Your word; let no sin rule over me.“ （Psalm 119:35, 104, 133）
求你叫我遵行你的命令，因为这是我所喜乐的。 . . 我藉着你的训词得以明白，所以我恨一切的假道。求你用你的话，使我脚步稳当，不许什么罪孽辖制我。（诗篇119:35, 104, 133）
E. Review The Lesson 本课回顾
Agree And Disagree Statements 判断题
Mark each statement A （agree） or D （disagree）
—- 1. The most harmful misuse of the law and gospel is to corrupt the Bible’s teaching that we are saved by God’s grace through Spirit-worked faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.
—- 2. The teaching that a person is saved mostly by faith in Jesus and in part by his/her own works is not as bad as the teaching that a person is saved entirely by his/her own works.
—- 3. Religious legalism employs the law to do more than God wants it to.
—- 4. Legalism turns God’s loved children into God’s burdened slaves.
—- 5. Much religious moralism flows from a confusion of the mission that God has given to His Church and the mission He has given to earthly government.
—- 6. Since Christians are in the world, but not of it, they don’t have much interest in promoting moral living and improving society.
—- 7. The Social Gospel deserves a more prominent place in the ministry of Christ’s Church.
—- 8. An antinomian is one who insists that the law is not needed for a healthy spiritual life.
—- 9. While antinomianism opposes the law, it has little impact on the ministry of the gospel.
—- 10. People who diminish the role of God’s law don’t know what they are saved from or what they are living for.
Evaluate The Following Teachings 你如何评价以下教导
”All men, by the grace of God, have the power to gain eternal life. This is called salvation by grace coupled with obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. Salvation in the kingdom of God is available because of the atoning blood of Christ. But it is received only on condition of faith, repentance, baptism, and enduring to the end in keeping the commandments of God.“
”The church is here to make this world a better place in which to live. We must especially focus on meeting the needs of the poor and disadvantaged. We must remove the inequities we find in the world and build a just society. This is the “saving” work of the church.“
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