Today, I read this article about Agricola, the antinomian, trying to figure out what the exact position of the antinomian is. The antinomian is one who thinks the law has no more role to play at all in the believer's life.
This is what Agricola said:
Christians do out of love and desire, everything God demands of them.
For they are sealed with the spontaneous Spirit of Christ. Therefore no law ought to force them,
for no law is given to the righteous (1 Timothy 1:9). Moreover, as
soon as the gospel becomes a matter of compulsion and a rule, then
it is no longer the gospel.
The truth is that the law still moves to repentance and that is how it has to be, otherwise we would already be perfect, which we are and are not, being simultaneously saint and sinner. However, the primary role of the law is still this driving to Christ, not the measuring of your performance, although, I don't see though how that could be separated. If you want to be driven to Christ, you have to take the law seriously enough to check your performance and properly let that frighten you. Otherwise it is a toothless law, which is no law.
You don't want to be merciful? This is a denial of God, we are told.
Yes, it is definitely a cause for repentance. It's working for me.