Antinomianism and legalism will always be with us. They have plagued the church since the apostolic age (read Galatians and 1 Corinthians). In the seventeenth century, however, appeared a marvelous remedy for both: The Marrow of Modern Divinity. The adjective “modern” is misleading in our ears today as there’s nothing “modern” about this divinity. This is the good stuff. When Edward Fisher (see the excellent account by William VanDoodewaard in the volume) says “grace,” and “God” and “Christ” and “law” and “gospel,” nothing is watered down.
He’s not writing about mere subjective apprehensions or experiences but about objective, revealed truths and realities. This volume rocked the Scottish Presbyterian Church when it was republished in the 18th century by Thomas Boston (see Phil Ryken’s helpful introduction) because it put the gospel squarely before the church and exposed the moralism that was passing for Reformed Christianity. We need this volume more than ever today and we should all be thankful that the good folks at Christian Focus have produced an outstanding edition of The Marrow of Modern Divinity. This truly evangelical volume is remarkably well done. This would be a great gift for your pastor and, if he takes it to heart and it changes his preaching, it could be a great gift to the whole congregation! It’s in hardcover.