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(30) Thus, Como's theorists of "imputative" antinomianism focused on Christ's redemptive blessings but kept themselves anchored to holy writ and presented themselves as the true heirs of the Protestant magisterium.
Thus an early "imputative" strain of antinomianism--wherein believers appeared "sinless" in the eyes of God--would morph into more extreme "perfectionist" positions that claimed true believers could experience the divine within.
Puritans found in the covenant of grace a means of managing the imitatio Christi--a means that came stocked with a bounty of grace and a regulatory standard, a means that offered righteousness both imputative and infused, and that distributed a confluence of causes in a scheme that left all initiative with the Deity while respecting the subordinate causality of saintly hearts, minds, and wills.