Antinomianism

Greek: anti, against; nomos, law

A heresy preached by Johannes Agricola as a deduction of Luther’s teaching on justification by faith alone. If good works, argued Agricola, do not help to salvation, so evil ones do not hinder it and therefore justified Christians are not bound to observe the law. The deduction is logical, but Luther repudiated it and preached earnestly against it. Though often acted upon by some extremists in Germany and England, it was never favored by any Protestant sect.