The Gospel of the Bible – Dr D Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Evangelistic Preaching
September 23, 2022
Rev. Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones is a preacher who gets to the very heart of the biblical text and brings out its message with great grace and convicting power. His passion for Christ and the Gospel is unequalled. While he expounded the Scriptures, he held the attention of very large congregations as God’s Spirit gripped their minds and hearts.
The soteriology of the Rev. Dr David Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ illustrates what he believed about the Cross, God’s only way of reconciliation for the whole world. He was no hyper-Calvinist, as he so forcefully stated. In fact, he regarded hyper-Calvinism as an abomination. It strangles every church where it gets a foothold. It leaves sinners with nowhere to go when they become concerned about their spiritual state. Hyper-ism shuts the sinner out from the only Saviour from sin and death and judgement, and locks him up to hopelessness because he has first to discover whether or not he is of the elect before he can trust Christ to save him. This is an impossible task for the elect are known only to God. But the Gospel message calls on all who are ‘of the world,’ that is, all mankind, to repent of their sins and trust the only Saviour from sin, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Theologians must argue the case for a Bible-based Gospel, and not one that is distorted by the medieval Schoolmen who have wrecked such damage on the Christian Church. They and their theologically liberal fellow-travellers have destroyed congregations where their evil influences, and the negative effects of this persuasion has been felt and tolerated. They have created an elitist attitude among church members to such an extent that the church members have been deceived about their true spiritual state, therefore they have no desire to reach out to the lost with this wonderful Gospel of salvation. They might be orthodox, but they are ‘dead orthodox.’ Lacking in vision, they generally have little or no interest in world mission because they have no interest in reaching the lost who live around them.
Dr Lloyd-Jones was so different from these people. He was defined by his wife, Bethan, as first of all ‘a man of prayer, and an evangelist.’ When he preached in Westminster Chapel, London, his evening sermons were always evangelistic. And when he preached away from home, he usually always preached evangelistic sermons.
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