New Testament

Paul’s Letters

Was Paul promoting lawlessness?

No. The law highlighted for people their many imperfections, their inherent inability to approach God because of his holiness. Without the law, people would not realize how far removed from God they were. The law, then, pointed out the need for the saving faith found through Jesus. Living by faith meant listening to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit never encouraged people to participate in “fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these.” Paul added, “I’m warning you, as I warned you before; those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (NRSV, Galatians 5:19–21)



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