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The Whole Christ

Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters

Author Sinclair B. Ferguson
Narrator Derek Perkins
Runtime 7.27 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date January 20, 2016
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Since the days of the early church, Christians have struggled to understand the relationship between two seemingly contradictory concepts in the Bible: law and gospel. If, as the apostle Paul says, the law cannot save, what can it do? Is it merely an ancient relic from Old Testament Israel to be discarded? Or is it still valuable for Christians today? Helping modern Christians think through this complex issue, seasoned pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson carefully leads readers to rediscover an eighteenth-century debate that sheds light on this present-day doctrinal conundrum: the Marrow Controversy. After sketching the history of the debate, Ferguson moves on to discuss the theology itself, acting as a wise guide for walking the path between legalism (overemphasis on the law) on the one side and antinomianism (wholesale rejection of the law) on the other.

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Since the days of the early church, Christians have struggled to understand the relationship between two seemingly contradictory concepts in the Bible: law and gospel. If, as the apostle Paul says, the law cannot save, what can it do? Is it merely an ancient relic from Old Testament Israel to be discarded? Or is it still valuable for Christians today? Helping modern Christians think through this complex issue, seasoned pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson carefully leads readers to rediscover an eighteenth-century debate that sheds light on this present-day doctrinal conundrum: the Marrow Controversy. After sketching the history of the debate, Ferguson moves on to discuss the theology itself, acting as a wise guide for walking the path between legalism (overemphasis on the law) on the one side and antinomianism (wholesale rejection of the law) on the other.

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Legalism isn't the only hinderance to salvation
I didn't know what antinomianism was until reading this book - I only thought of legalism as a problem. It really shows how the 2 sides of the coin can interfere with our relationship with God. Very eye opening.
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This is superb
Quite possibly the best book I’ve read in years. A must read for any Christian wrestling with the tension between Law and Gospel. Simply brilliant
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Great Gospel Center Resource
Wonderful book in opening up my eyes to how Christ needs to be the center of the Christian's life, the center of my life. I liked the bit where it talked about the gospel being the antidote to legalism and also liscencious living (antinomianism).
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