How to Go to Hell; Believe in the Three Uses of the Law

The doctrine of the three uses of the law comes from Augustine, the apologist for the false Sacral regime of Constantine. Christianity did not take over Rome. Rome institutionalized false Christian teaching.

The three uses of the law were the culmination of Augustine's bad theology. These were adopted by Martin Luther, father of Protestantism, who happened to be an Augustinian monk. How convenient was that!

Lets look at the three uses of the law one at a time:

1. The first purpose of the law is to be a mirror. On the one hand, the law of God reflects and mirrors the perfect righteousness of God. The law tells us much about who God is. Perhaps more important, the law illumines human sinfulness. Augustine wrote, “The law orders, that we, after attempting to do what is ordered, and so feeling our weakness under the law, may learn to implore the help of grace.”2 The law highlights our weakness so that we might seek the strength found in Christ. Here the law acts as a severe schoolmaster who drives us to Christ.

Gary here: We see that this first use of the law is an absurdity. While it is true that the law illumines human sinfulness, it does not cause saving conviction from that sinfulness. All the law does is to produce guilt and a desire to sin more! Guilt does not save anyone, people. Guilt is merely the conscience acting, and Paul says that those without the law of Moses have laws of their own and consciences that accuse or excuse them!

Since guilt comes to all people, and all people are not saved, there remains another way of salvation. Conviction of unbelief is that way. Christ sent the Holy Spirit so the He would convict of sin, because they don't believe. Therefore unbelief is the sin upon which all sins stand or fall.

Conviction of unbelief by the Spirit of Christ is the establishment of faith in the soul. Guilt over this or that sin does nothing, as the law is weak and cannot save. If the law had the power to grant saving conviction, then there would have been no need for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

2. A second purpose for the law is the restraint of evil. The law, in and of itself, cannot change human hearts. It can, however, serve to protect the righteous from the unjust. Calvin says this purpose is “by means of its fearful denunciations and the consequent dread of punishment, to curb those who, unless forced, have no regard for rectitude and justice.”3 The law allows for a limited measure of justice on this earth, until the last judgment is realized. 
Gary here: The law actually stirs up men to sin more. So this second use of the law can't be right. If you think about it, fear of punishment is what restrains people who are not restrained by the love of Christ. Law becomes a framework whereby governments initiate threats of punishment in order to make the populace obey. Guilt may give the unjust a slight pause in acting out evil, but this does not stop them in their sins at all.They do something else to pursue their self interest or ignore the guilt feelings! Fear of punishment restrains the unbeliever.

In fact, most people are restrained from more serious evil by their desires and self interests. If they can attain these desires by working, or by honest means, they are less likely to pursue illegal means for their self interest. That has nothing to do with the power of the law for good. That is pure self interest.

3. The third purpose of the law is to reveal what is pleasing to God. As born-again children of God, the law enlightens us as to what is pleasing to our Father, whom we seek to serve. The Christian delights in the law as God Himself delights in it. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). This is the highest function of the law, to serve as an instrument for the people of God to give Him honor and glory.

Gary here: The New Law of Christ reveals what is pleasing to God not the law of Moses. It is a law that can be fulfilled. Faith to the end is accomplished, not by being sinless, but by believing to the end. The law of Christ is an internal law as manifested by the Sermon on the Mount. It is a law in the heart. But it is a law of imputed righteousness by faith. The law was kept by Christ. We have imputed faith that counts His righteousness as being applied to our accounts. And this faith is imputed by each act of faith.

The just shall live by faith. The just, those justified in Christ, live by a continuing faith, a continuing justification. Abraham was justified at least three to four times as recorded in the Old Testament scripture. That does not mean he moved in and out of justification, which is a permanent legal status attained by the elect from first faith. It means that this righteousness carried on to the end of life, and the reckoning of that righteousness by faith continued to the end of life for Abraham.

So then, we see that the three uses of the law are misuses of the law. The real uses of the law are to see that it is fulfilled in the righteousness of Christ, allowing a new Law of Christ, of righteousness reckoned by faith in Christ from first faith to the end of life. Christ is the fulfillment, completion, and end of the law.

There is a sanctification, from which we can get instruction from the OT law through observing the men and women of faith during that age. The weightier matters of the law, justice, mercy and faith are seen in the Old Covenant Law of Moses but even those saints looked for a better country. (Heb ch. 11) The external law of Moses has no power. (ROM 8:3) Sanctification is not perfect, but is a process to the end of life. It is as Peter says, the adding of goodness, love, knowledge and godliness to the first faith.

That process is never perfect. Christ is the perfect righteousness. Perfect sanctification is a doctrine that is false and destroys the work of Christ.  But there is perfection in following the New Law of faith til the end of life. (Heb ch. 7)

We know that the false three uses of the law have been the foundation of Catholic and Protestant religious doctrine, and are forever discredited by the work of Christ.


  1. There is no sin in heaven. Only perfect people will enter thru the 'Pearly Gates'. What do you say to this ? Will we find any earthlings in Heaven?

    1. No sin in heaven, but righteousness is reckoned to the accounts of the elect through God given faith. Perfect people will not be saved because there are none except Christ, who was exalted to the throne of David. Christ's perfection is imputed to the accounts of the elect by faith. They will become perfect in heaven but not in this life. But they are counted as perfect because of God given faith int he Perfect One.


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