Review: Lloyd-Jones – Messenger of Grace
When Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones died in 1981, John Stott described him as “the most powerful and persuasive evangelical voice in Britain for some 30 years”. Few who know about his life would disagree. Therefore a new book by his biographer, Iain Murray, is a welcome event.
This book deals with three of the most significant themes of Lloyd-Jones’ life.
First, the author examines his preaching. He begins by showing the importance Lloyd-Jones placed on the anointing of the Holy Spirit and then the importance he placed on preaching evangelistic sermons from the New and Old Testament. In fact over half of his sermons were Gospel messages. Is there not an example for pastors to follow?
Second, Mr. Murray looks at his view of assurance and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He shows the contradictions in Lloyd-Jones’ position and notes that his teaching unwittingly opened the door to “the charismatic confusion” that took over Westminster Chapel after his death. Mr. Murray wisely concludes that this outcome should make us more watchful in what we say.
Third, the author looks at his controversial call in 1966 for evangelicals to give priority to unity with one another rather than with doctrinally mixed denominations. Iain Murray, in general, defends Lloyd-Jones’ stance and shows that he was simply being faithful to the Saviour who loved him.
The book also contains a fascinating chapter comparing Lloyd-Jones and Spurgeon, and a CD of an excellent Lloyd-Jones sermon on John 8: 21 to 24.
Iain Murray writes this book, I feel, with the benefit of 25 years reflection. He highlights what we should emulate but is not afraid to say what we should avoid. This is an important book on an important man.
This review was first published on GoodBookReviews.org.uk. The site has been closed as of March 2019.
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