He was also one of the learned English Divines called to sit at the Westminster Assembly. There, he was highly regarded as a masterful defender of Calvinism in the face of the Arminian and Antinomian errors of the time. His “Lawrence- Jury” lectures became the standard work defending the Law and the Covenants.
Yet Anthony Burgess will be best remembered as the godly Pastor of Sutton-Coldfield. There, he laboured faithfully for many years expounding the truths of the unsearchable riches of Gospel by way of warning by the Law and winning through the free offer. Matthew Henry’s biographer notes, “That he was more willing to see this place, on his way for the sake of the eminent Mr. Anthony Burgess, who laboured so much among the people there” (Spiritual Refining .v). His death date is unknown.
In our day, Burgess will be remembered no doubt for his masterful work, Spiritual Refining, The Anatomy of True and False Conversion, which will be the subject of the next few months here at Kerugma. Much like Matthew Meade’s, The almost Christian, Burgess plumbs the depths of the soul of man, even the deep regions of self deception and presumption to arouse the sleepy heart to biblical examination. This work in two volumes is based on several texts, the most notable being 2 Corinthians13:5, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”. Lord willing, Kerugma will provide a summary of each chapter on a regular or rotative basis.