From Rev’d Mark Surburg’s blog: “What is ‘soft antinomianism’?”

“[S]oft antinomianism remains the dominant perspective in American Lutheranism today. When I write this, I am not accusing anyone. I am instead describing the situation that exists. We have all inherited a theological perspective that was shaped after World War II. Murray’s Law, Life, and the Living God is essential reading for understanding why this is so. My own recognition of soft antinomianism was prompted by my graduate study of Paul. I realized that Paul spoke about how Christians are to live (and are able to live because of the Spirit) in ways that I never would. Within the theological framework I had been taught, I had no way of understanding Pauline paraenesis except to say Paul wrote these words in order to show Christians their sin. Yet self evidently that was not Paul’s goal. Instead he wrote because he actually wanted Christians to do certain things and not do other things. Why did Scripture speak in this way, and yet I was entirely uncomfortable about doing so? Why did I find it so difficult to speak about Christians doing goods works because of fear of works righteousness?In the end further study led me to recognize that the cause was soft antinomianism— something that does not reflect the teaching of Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions, Luther or the Lutheran fathers. I learned that Lutherans from diverse and independent backgrounds were also arriving at the same conclusion.”

Source: Surburg’s blog: Mark’s thoughts: What is soft antinomianism?

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  1. God bless Pastor Surburg. It was through his blog a year or two ago that I first breathed the fresh air of theology unhindered by a paradigmatically confined understanding of Law and Gospel.

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