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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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Must read for every christian
Loved this book. It changed the way I see my salvation. May God richly bless the author as well as ChristianAudio for making this book available.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/3/2018)
Incredible, well-presented, and balanced
This is such a beautiful representation of the gospel as laid out in scripture! It demonstrates how the solution to either distortion of gospel (legalism or antinomianism) is not to run in the opposite direction to the other side, but rather to run to the whole Christ. Salvation is a free gift and results in a changed life that pursued holiness (imperfectly I might add for those who, like me wrestle with a condemning conscience).

I really appreciate his dealing with what gets in the way of a believer’s assurance. I’ve been on a long journey looking at these issues theologically and psychologically (because it certainly is of eternal value and is very personal), and this has felt like a very nice summary of this journey so far. I thank God for this book! Amazing!
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