Heidelblog 61: Nomism And Antinomianism (4)

The first major section of the Marrow of Modern Divinity was a defense of the covenant of works. It is fascinating to see how, already in the 1640s, the covenant of works came under criticism from the nomists (legalists, moralists). Nothing really ever changes does it? The nomists complained that the term covenant does not occur in Genesis 2. It is equally fascinating to see how Fisher responded. It is also interesting to observe how casually the covenant of works is dismissed by those who would be regarded as “confessional Presbyterians.” How is it possible to reject a phrase that occurs as often as that one does in the Standards? What exactly does one have to reject to be considered sub-confessional? As far as the Marrow was concerned, as far as the Reformed orthodox in the late 16th and through the 17th centuries (and even after) knew, the covenant of works was considered a basic Reformed doctrine and it was basic to the Marrow’s defense of the gospel of grace against the nomists. It still is.

Here’s episode 61:

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4 comments

  1. In the spirit of continuity, can we expect the wisdom of Larry The Cable Guy in the next episode?

  2. Scott, good stuff. I caught this last night. I’m really glad you’re covering this important book. I wonder if, in a future episode, you could read a portion of Bob Dylan’s lyric book… No, forget that! Seriously, a portion of the book’s dialogue and flesh it out a bit. This style of conversation was used quite a bit more in previous centuries than now. To bad. It’s a valuable means of communicating truth to the doctrinal questions and confusion that people often have.
    Thanks.

  3. Nothing really ever changes does it?

    We stand firm for a generation yet unborn, as faithful men have beem doing for me, a 31 year old deacon in the OPC, raising three.

    I’m posting mainly, I guess, to say I exist and read this. But here is what my pastor gave me years ago. Go Sinclair!

    Peace.

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