This is 13th and final part of the our series, nomism, antinomianism and The Marrow of Modern Divinity. If you’re just joining us, you can start at the beginning with episode 58. Why this series? Because The Marrow was an important classic Reformed text published during the Westminster Assembly. It was well regarded by many of the divines and by the best of the 18th-century Reformed (e.g., Thomas Boston). That it generated a controversy in the first quarter of the 18th century in Scotland is illuminating for our contemporary discussions about justification and sanctification. Those who opposed republication of The Marrow and its doctrine are described by historians as “neonomians.” They were the theological heirs of Richard Baxter who worried about the free offer of the gospel of unconditional acceptance with God solely on the basis of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness received through faith alone. They worried that the gospel of grace would lead to licentiousness. The neonomians were unsatisfied with consequent conditions, they wanted to make our standing with God dependent upon our obedience. Now, as then, there are some who insinuate that The Marrow was antinomian so it’s a good acid test, a good way to see if a preacher is a gospel man or a neonomian.
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