CHARISMATIC DEBATE – Responding to Dan's Objections

Last week I began my response to Dan Phillips by focusing on the importance of authentic relational Christianity. I had hoped that cessationists would have rallied to say something like, "Adrian, you are right about this bit — keep your tongues and prophecy to yourself, but we are as much in favour of a real emotional relationship with God as you are!"Sadly, this was far from the case. Even David Wayne begged to differ. John Piper, on the other hand, even seemed to take this a step further than I … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY- A Love Letter to Bethan

This Monday I'm going to share with you an entirely different side of Lloyd-Jones. I want to give you a rare glimpse into the family life of this surprisingly private man.Paul speaks in Ephesians 5:25 of the importance of a Christian husband loving his wife. Surely one of the best ways of so doing is by telling her, by declaring his love to her in words. Here MLJ provides an admirable example in this letter written to his wife, Bethan, which I found quoted on Lig Duncan's blog."Bethan dear, you … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – What is the Gift of Tongues?

Today the Doctor brings his inimitable talent for careful analysis to the gift of tongues. Note, that he is not in this post speaking of whether or not tongues continue today; instead this is his view about the mechanics of how the gift of tongues works."I want to suggest to you now that a lot of the trouble has arisen because people have not given the full significance to the word ‘tongue’ — [in the phrases] ‘in an unknown tongue’ or ‘in a tongue’, the ‘unknown’ is generally supplied. What is th … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday – The Doctor Changes His Mind

In the Preface to Great Doctrines of the Bible, the editors note that after World War II, Lloyd-Jones held discussion meetings at Westminster Chapel in London on Friday evenings to talk about practical issues in the Christian life. Because many people began asking him questions about biblical doctrines, the Doctor began a series of lectures on those subjects, which began in 1952 and lasted into 1955. This series of lectures eventually were published as part of Great Doctrines of the Bible.In our … [Read more...]


Martyn Lloyd-Jones was unquestionably the world's greatest English-speaking Christian teacher of the last century. It is essential that we continue to learn and benefit from this gift of God to the whole church.Loved by charismatics and cessationists alike, even at the height of the tensions felt in the 1960's and 1970's, "The Doctor" as he is affectionately known to this day, requires your attention.Here on this blog we give space every Monday for "MLJ Monday". Read the following posts, which … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday – Were Tongues in Acts and 1 Corinthians BOTH Unintelligible?

In the excerpt I am quoting today, Martyn Lloyd-Jones weighs in on the current discussion regarding the gift of tongues. He attempts to answer the question, "Is there a discrepancy between the tongues described in the book of Acts and those referred to by Paul in 1 Corinthians?" Now clearly the Doctor's view contained in this post, if totally correct, seems to cause some problems for BOTH my position AND Dan's. But I will, for now, allow him to simply speak for himself without trying to fully … [Read more...]

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Monday: The Doctrine of Regeneration

"Create in me a clean heart, O God." (Psalm 51:10).Today's Lloyd-Jones quote is the December 30th entry of 365 daily selections from a devotional book featuring words from the Doctor and edited by Robert Backhouse. It was originally taken from the Lloyd-Jones' book, Out of the Depths, and can be found on pages 71-72 of that book. Once again, although written years ago, the Doctor writes as if he were speaking today. This is no less true now than when he wrote it.Nothing, it seems to me, is quite … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday – Guidelines: Blogging the Truth in Love

Today Lloyd-Jones returns with some final thoughts on “speaking the truth in love.” You can find the two previous posts on this subject here and here. Whilst Lloyd-Jones, of course, wrote this in the days before blogs, his words on speaking the truth in love can equally well be applied to our blogging!Often churchgoers today find themselves exposed to everything but ‘the truth once delivered to the saints,’ and as MLJ puts it, instead of exposition of Scripture, they hear ethical addresses, polit … [Read more...]

Links for July 11, 2006

Preach the Word!"This newly released 600-page book needs to quickly become part of the library of every preacher who wants to learn what some of the most influential preachers in the UK think of our shared art ..."(tags: book preaching reference adrianw)Nathan Interviews Liam GoligherThis is a far-reaching interview. Liam pulls no punches as he challenges the distortion of the concept of evangelical that is occuring today. He argues that without penal substitution there is no Gospel.(tags: … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday – Speaking the Truth in Love, Part 2

This post is part of an attempt to bring Doctor Martyn Lloyd-Jones along for the ride, blogging through the Together for the Gospel statement. So far I have posted from the Doctor's writings on The Introduction and Articles 1 , 2 and 3. I have also posted material from John Piper on articles 1 and 2 and have written myself on the Introduction as well as a combined post on Articles 1 and 2. If you haven't already done so, I would encourage you to read the statement in full - it is available as a … [Read more...]