Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
By Eryl Davies
EP Books, “Bitsize Biographies” series, 2011, 128 pages
I don’t recall exactly when I first became aware of English minister, Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981). I think it may have been about a year ago, when I read his criticism of C. S. Lewis. Since then, I’ve been able to better acquaint myself with the doctor (an actual MD) and what a blessing it’s been.
The story of post-1960 English evangelicalism mirrors similar circumstances here in the U.S. There were mounting pressures to cooperate and compromise with liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. Lloyd-Jones stood firm in fidelity to the Gospel and doctrinal clarity. He spoke out against the ecumenism of the popular C. S. Lewis. He refused to support evangelists such as the visiting Billy Graham who cooperated with liberals and the Catholic clergy. Lloyd-Jones called for all born-again believers to leave spiritually dead denominations that did not preach the Gospel of grace.
I very much enjoyed this short introduction to Lloyd-Jones. What a blessing! Like a cool drink on a blistering hot day. I don’t use the phrases, “man of God” or “woman of God,” carelessly. In fact, I just about NEVER use them. We need to put Jesus Christ on a pedestal, not men. However, after reading this book I was able to say with full confidence about Lloyd-Jones, “Yes, this was a man of God!” This was a man after God’s own heart. But where are the men and women of God today who warn against accommodation, cooperation, compromise, and the betrayal of the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone? They’re certainly not on TBN!
Just imagine D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones sitting in front of a television set and watching TBN for one solid day. What would be his assessment of contemporary mega-church Christianity? Arrrgghhh!!!!!