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Antinomianism (from the Greek: αντι anti, "against" + νομος nomos, "law" = "lawless") is the belief and doctrinal teaching that man can freely partake in sin because the Law of God is no longer binding.

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" Romans 8:1 KJV[1]
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" Galatians 5:1 KJV.[2]

Those who promote this "law-less" belief and teaching are said to be antinomian.[3]

The secular expression of antinomianism, civil and philosophical, is called anarchy.

See Hedonism, Nicolaitans, and Eternal security (salvation).

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  1. The second half of the Romans 8:1 is often omitted by those who teach "freedom in Christ" as being rooted in a fundamental antinomianism. The second half of the verse is a phrase that makes freedom conditional, based on morality and spirituality: "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit". Compare Galatians 5:13-25 which clarifies the meaning of "walk by the Spirit/walk in the Spirit".
  2. Paul also wrote, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" Romans 6:1-2 KJV (boldface emphasis added).
  3. 2 Peter 3:17 "You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability." RSV. See 1 Timothy 1:9.

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