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The Point: That’s Not How Forgiveness Works


John Stonestreet

I’d love to live in a world where “The Bachelorette” doesn’t exist. But it does. The current Bachelorette choosing between all kinds of guys that are vying for her affection is Hanna Brown, who has been very vocal on the show about her Christian faith and her sexual habits.

“I can do whatever,” she said in a recent exchange with a male contestant. “I sin daily and Jesus still loves me. It’s all washed,” and “God doesn’t judge me…”

Romans 3 clearly says that Christ’s blood washes away all sins. But Romans 6 just as clearly speaks to Brown’s idea that it’s okay to keep sinning, because Jesus always forgive.

“Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?” Paul asks. “By no means.” Servants of Christ must obey their master. Refusing to obey is what theologians call “antinomianism”—the belief that God’s rules don’t apply to us. According to Paul, antinomianism is a sure sign that our faith might be as fake as a reality TV drama.


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