“This Is One of the Most Important and Definitive Books I Have Read in over Four Decades”


That’s a quote from Derek Thomas. Here is his full statement about Sinclair Ferguson’s new book, The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters:

It is no exaggeration to insist that the issue dealt with in this book is more important than any other that one might suggest.

For, as Ferguson makes all too clear, the issue is the very definition of the gospel itself. The errors of antinomianism and legalism lie ready to allure unwary hucksters content with mere slogans and rhetoric. I can think of no one I trust more to explore and examine this vital subject than Sinclair Ferguson.

For my part, this is one of the most important and definitive books I have read in over four decades.

Tim Keller, who wrote the foreword to the book (and was the one who suggested Sinclair write the book in the first place), writes that Sinclair

wants to help us understand the character of this perpetual problem—one that bedevils the church today. He does so in the most illuminating and compelling way I’ve seen in recent evangelical literature.

Here are some other folks talking about the importance of this book:

“This book could not come at a better time or from a better source. . .  . It is the highest-quality pastoral wisdom and doctrinal reflection on the most central issue in any age.”
Michael Horton

“This may be Sinclair’s best and most important book. Take up and read!”
Alistair Begg

“Without hesitation, this will be the first book I recommend to those who want to understand the history and theology of this most precious doctrine [sanctification].”
Burk Parsons

“It’s hard to imagine a more important book written by a more dependable guide.”
Jeff Purswell

You can read this post for a little bit a background on why Sinclair Ferguson wrote this book.

In fact, you can read Keller’s foreword, the table of contents, the introduction, and the first chapter online for free here.

WTS has the book in stock now—for 45% off the retail price of this hardcover book. If you buy it with the older Marrow book (recently retypeset with helps), you’ll automatically receive 55% off both titles at checkout.

You could also pre-order it from Amazon if you prefer.