The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters by Sinclair B. Ferguson

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The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters Read Online Free - Since the days of the early church, Christians have wrestled with the relationship between the law and gospel. If, as the apostle Paul says, salvation is by grace and the law cannot save, what relevance does the law have for Christians today?

By revisiting the Marrow Controversy—a famous but largely forgotten eighteenth-century debate related to the proper relationship between God's grace and our works—Sinclair B. Ferguson sheds light on this central issue and why it still matters today. In doing so, he explains how our understanding of the relationship between law and gospel determines our approach to evangelism, our pursuit of sanctification, and even our understanding of God himself.

Ferguson shows us that the antidote to the poison of legalism on the one hand and antinomianism on the other is one and the same: the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ, in whom we are simultaneously justified by faith, freed for good works, and assured of salvation.

Title : The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters
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ISBN : 1433548003
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Douglas rated it ★★★★☆

May 17, 2017

Really informative. This month’s pick is The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson. That title is intriguing, but the subtitle—depending on who you are—is even more intriguing. It is Legalism, Antinomianism & Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters. The Marrow controversy was an u...

Ivan rated it ★★★★★

January 23, 2016

This book nourished my faith even while exposing a subtle legalistic spirit I’ve operated on as a Christian.

Calvinist rated it ★★★★☆

May 31, 2017

Took me 17 months to finish this book, but that's my fault not the book's. I'll admit, the last third of the book is not as good as the content before, but the book as a whole is the best succinct work on the gospel vs legalism & antinomianism that I know of. The book is also like a study gui...

Tom rated it ★★★★★

March 05, 2016

Excellent book. I highly recommend it. Makes me want to read The Marrow again.

Brian rated it ★★★★☆

January 21, 2016

What does a Scottish theological controversy from three hundred years ago have to teach believers today? A lot. And Sinclair Ferguson (perhaps my favorite living theologian) shows its relevance to the church today a his new book, The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, & Gospel Assurance -...

Juan R. Sanchez, Jr. rated it ★★★★★

February 10, 2016

The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson In a day when the ongoing intramural debate about the place of the law in the life of the Christian, Sinclair Ferguson takes us back to Marrow Controversy to show us that both legalism and antinomianism share the same root - a failure to believe God's goodness...

mpsiple rated it ★★★★★

March 04, 2016

Just fantastic (especially for pastors I think, but for anyone interested in the "sanctification debates"). Ferguson shows how subtle and deep-seated our misunderstandings of God can be and how knowing Christ corrects them.

Cbarrett rated it ★★★★★

December 14, 2017

Excellent book, and typical Ferguson - biblical, reformed, historical, pastoral, and experiential. Covers the history of the Marrow Controversy well and points to the theological issues raised that appear in all generations. Addresses antinomianism and legalism with biblical precision, showing bo...

Donald rated it ★★★★☆

September 21, 2017

Loved this book - I just wish that the author would have written in more accessible English so that it could have a wider audience. Every teacher of God's Word needs to read this and any believer would be blessed by working through it.

John rated it ★★★★☆

March 02, 2017

There is some great stuff here. I listened to this right after listening to "'Free grace' Theology 5 Ways it Diminishes the Gospel" which was a critique of Zane Hodges' Non-Lordship salvation position. Grudem used the self-given name by Zane Hodges for that position even though Ferguson speaks of...

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