Lately, I’ve been commenting on how the labels “Protestant” and “evangelical” have become pretty much meaningless these days. A recent Pew Research poll (see here) showed that 52% of those who identified as “Protestant” and 33% of those who identified as “evangelical” believe salvation is attained through a mixture of “faith” and works, just as Catholicism teaches. Those are disturbing statistics but not surprising given the rampant ecumenism and minimization of doctrine in the church today.
The other night, I was scanning through the news and came across this timely article from Will Graham at Evangelical Focus that summarizes basic evangelical belief into thirteen points, based upon a 1971 address by pastor, Martyn Lloyd-Jones. There are many so-called “evangelical” pastors and para-church leaders out there today who are blurring the Gospel of grace. Let’s pray that the Lord raises up Christian leaders who will continue to defend the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone and genuine Biblical Christianity despite the compromise and betrayal of so many.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones: What is an Evangelical?
By Will Graham, Evangelical Focus
September 2, 2017
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (MLJ) is perhaps best-known as Britain’s leading biblical expositor throughout the twentieth century. Today we are going to hone in upon the second of his three addresses at the 1971 International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) Conference in which he outlined thirteen key characteristics of evangelicals.
1.- An evangelical is Bible-centered
Evangelicals are committed to the supreme authority of Scripture in all questions of doctrine and conduct. They too, like John Wesley, are men “of one book.” As MLJ put it, “He is a man of one book; he starts with it; he submits himself to it; that is his authority. He does not start from any extra-biblical authority. He confines himself and submits himself completely to the teaching of the Bible.”
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