The Law of God is the Christian’s Rule of Life

arthur-pinkHistoric Christianity had taught that the saints persevere to the end through holiness and sanctification. But not only did Fundamentalism undermine this truth by separating justification (the Christian’s standing before God) from regeneration (his inward state as renewed by the Holy Spirit); it also rejected the law of God as a rule by which holiness is to be judged. The moral law, and Christ’s interpretation of its spiritual meaning in His Sermon on the Mount, is not, it was claimed, a rule for Christians. The moral law was thus set against the gospel as though the gospel was not intended to restore the very holiness which the law represents. Instead of the Christian being presented as one who, through grace, can now say, ‘I delight in the law of God’ (Rom. 7:22), men were being taught that the law is irrelevant for Christians. And so, given the inadequate definition of a Christian already introduced by Arminian evangelism, this further error of Antinomianism gave vast support to the toleration of unspiritual living within the church itself. In [Arthur W.] Pink’s words:

One of the most disastrous errors and follies of many preachers and ‘Bible teachers’…the terrible effects of which are now spread before those who have eyes to see, was their idea that during the Old Testament era God’s people were under the stern regime of law unrelieved by Divine grace, and that Christ came here to set aside that harsh regime and bring in a much milder dispensation….Avoid as you would a deadly snake any man who denies the law of God is the Christian’s rule of life.

– Iain H. Murray, The Life of Arthur W. Pink, pp. 179, 180