The Reformers, retaining the fundamental view of the law as promulgated by the medieval Church, but reacting against Romish legalism, and the (largely imagined) antinomianism of the Anabaptists, produced their own threefold use of the law. In particular, Calvin’s three uses of the so-called ‘moral law’ became standard Reformed teaching. Large claims have been made for this system – ‘well-developed’, ‘well-known’, ‘a consistent doctrine’, and such like. We shall see! The big question, however, is, is it scriptural? Before I examine Calvin’s third use – which is the most significant for my book, as it was in his own writings and system – I glance at his first and second uses. First, Calvin claimed, the law prepares sinners for Christ, and leads them to him. Secondly, he said, the law restrains sin in the unregenerate. Let me briefly examine these claims.
Great Message! Preparationism. This is all about preparationism and the damage it can cause to seekers. It is about the common method of preaching law to get Gentile sinners to Christ, which thing is not found in scripture. This is eye-opening stuff, and I get the point. Some commonly accepted doctrines can be particularly damaging. It is interesting that the First London Baptist confession of 1644 dealt with this error, but subsequent Baptists seem to have forgotten that lesson. But, as always, the answer is always to be found in the Bible, which IS the word of God. Thank you brother, for sticking to the word of God. I'm now looking forward to the next in the series.