by Anthony Burgess
Lightly Modernized, Edited & Reformatted
VINDICIAE LEGIS: A Vindication of the MORAL LAW AND THE COVENANTS, From the Errors of Papists, Arminians, Socinians, and more especially, Antinomians.
"VINDICIAE LEGIS: A Vindication of the Moral Law and the Covenants" by Anthony Burgess is a thought-provoking and comprehensive exploration of the importance and enduring significance of the Moral Law in the context of the Christian faith. In this compelling work, Burgess skillfully argues for the timeless relevance of the Moral Law, countering the misconceptions and errors propagated by various theological factions, particularly the Antinomians.
The book begins with an insightful examination of the Moral Law and its relationship with the Covenants, shedding light on how the Law operates as a guiding principle for believers. Burgess meticulously dissects various interpretations and misinterpretations of the Law prevalent in his time, particularly those propagated by Antinomian thinkers. He firmly contends that the Moral Law remains a central and unchanging aspect of the Christian faith, grounded in its perpetual nature, in contrast to the temporary Ceremonial Law.
Throughout the book, Burgess addresses key theological debates and challenges the notion that the Law is obsolete or irrelevant for believers. Drawing from scriptural references and the writings of early Church figures, he upholds the timeless value of the Moral Law in shaping and directing the lives of Christians. He also highlights the distinctions between the Moral and Ceremonial Laws, emphasizing their distinct roles in the life of believers.
Moreover, Burgess meticulously dismantles Antinomian arguments that undermine the Law's significance and, in turn, diminish the true essence of grace and Christ's work. He passionately defends the Law's rightful place in guiding believers toward righteousness and the pursuit of holiness, enhancing their understanding of God's will and plan for their lives.
Table of Contents
TO THE Truly pious and esteemed Lady, Lady Ruth Scudamore
To the Reader
LECTURE I. Knowing the Law is good, if a man use it lawfully. - 1 Timothy 1:8-9
LECTURE II. Misuses of the Law - 1 Timothy 1:8-9
LECTURE III. Justification by Grace and Not by Works - 1 Timothy 1:8-9
LECTURE IV. Upon what grounds are the people of God to be zealous for good works?
LECTURE V. The Law is Not made for a Righteous Man - 1 Timothy 1:9
LECTURE VI. The entire Theology of the Law of God - Romans 2:14-15
LECTURE VII. The Law Written Upon Men's Hearts
LECTURE VIII. The Light of Nature - Romans 2:14
LECTURE IX. The Ability and Power of Nature - Romans 2:14
LECTURE X. The Heathens Advocate for the Power of Man - Romans 2:14
LECTURE XI. The Law God Gave to Adam. - Genesis 2:17
LECTURE XII. Let us Make Man - Genesis 1:26
LECTURE XIII. A Covenant that God entered into with Adam and his descendants. GENESIS 2:17
LECTURE XIV. Questions Regarding the State of Innocence
LECTURE XV. The Law delivered by God through Moses to the people of Israel. Exodus. 20. 1
LECTURE XVI. Historical Passages Surrounding the Promulgation of the Law. Exodus. 20. 1.
An Additional Lecture. Ordained by Angels in the Hand of a Mediator - Galatians 3:19
LECTURE XVII. What is the purpose of discussing the Law as given by Moses? - Exodus 20:1
LECTURE XVIII. The Law Delivered by Moses is Belongs to Us as Christians - Matthew 5:21-22
Lecture XIX. Erroneous views of the Law held by Papists, Anabaptists, and Socinians - Matthew 5:21-22
LECTURE XX. You have heard it said by those of old. - Matthew 5:21, 22
LECTURE XXI. Objections that the Law can be utilised by God in its preaching to bring about man's conversion. Romans 3:31
LECTURE XXII. Do we then make void the Law? - Romans. 3: 31.
LECTURE XXIII. Scripture passages that may appear to suggest that the Moral Law was only in force for a specific period, similar to the ceremonial Law - Romans. 3. 31.
LECTURE XXIV. The Law as a Covenant - Deuteronomy 4. 13
LECTURE XXV. Where is boasting? - Romans 3:27
LECTURE XXVI. The True Differences Between Law and Gospel - Romans. 3: 27
LECTURE XXVII. Does the Gospel preach repentance or not? Romans. 3: 27
LECTURE XXVIII. For those Seeking to Establish their Own Righteousnes. - Romans 10:4
LECTURE XXIX. I Did Not Come to Destroy the Law - Matthew 5. 17.