The Free Offer, Thomas Boston, and the Marrow Controversy

The Marrow controversy in the Church of Scotland (1718-1726) was an important event in church history. In fact, its importance goes well beyond the Church of Scotland. The controversy was sparked when Edward Fisher’s 1645 work, The Marrow of Modern Divinity was republished in Scotland in 1718. The main points of contention had to do… Continue reading The Free Offer, Thomas Boston, and the Marrow Controversy

The Marrow of Modern Divinity Simplified (Wilson)

 Edward Fisher's Marrow of Modern Divinity is a classic Reformed text that explains the law, the gospel, justification, faith, and works in great detail.  It's been a blessing for me in my Christian walk and many others have said the same.  But it's not an easy text to read since it is over 300 years old.… Continue reading The Marrow of Modern Divinity Simplified (Wilson)

The Law/Gospel Distinction: A Big Help in Understanding Scripture (Boston)

Why did Thomas Boston (d. 1732) strongly endorse "The Marrow of Modern Divinity" and write study notes for it? Because he wanted Christians to understand the biblical and practical aspects of the law/gospel distinction. Here's Boston in his own words: That which I aim at, and intend therein, is to show unto myself, and others… Continue reading The Law/Gospel Distinction: A Big Help in Understanding Scripture (Boston)

The Marrow of Modern Divnity: Edited and Abridged (Wilson)

 Many of our readers are perhaps familiar with Edward Fisher's excellent 17th century publication called "The Marrow of Modern Divinity."  It is a wonderful treatment of the great Reformation themes of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, to God's glory alone.  I've mentioned it quite a few times here on the… Continue reading The Marrow of Modern Divnity: Edited and Abridged (Wilson)

The “Old Filth” of Legalism (Fisher)

 Legalism is one of those things that keeps creeping up in the Christian life and in the Christian church.  For example, some people say that there's a final justification which depends upon our works.  Others talk about justification by faith alone, but then go on to define faith as faithfulness.  Still others have rules for… Continue reading The “Old Filth” of Legalism (Fisher)