The Return of The Doctor

No, I am not back from my blogging semi-retirement! This blog is still on automatic pilot and is on a STRICT rev-limiter. Until such time as the complete draft of my book is in the hands of my publisher (which should be in 1 months time), I will not be posting more than Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Please pray for me as there is still much to accomplish although I do have a complete draft and am currently honing it in my spare time. Its time to share another quote from Doctor Martyn … [Read more...]

MLJ – What is the Greatest Need of the Church?

"The most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching; and as it is the greatest and most urgent need in the Church, it is obviously the greatest need of the world also."Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers, p. 9Read more . . . … [Read more...]

MLJ On the Mind-Numbing Qualities of Television

On Friday I shared a quote about why Piper doesn't own a TV. I can't find any evidence to suggest that the Doctor also abstained from this modern form of entertainemnt. There are multiple references to the things "we watch on televion" in his sermons. However, Martyn Lloyd-Jones had serious reservations about TV, as this quote demonstrates. I wonder if the Internet is less mind-numbing? I suspect that if you read certain parts of the Net and engage with it, on the contrary, it could even be … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – The Vital Place of the New Birth

I keep coming back to the subject of regeneration. I'm convinced that there is nothing more important for us to keep considering than this—not least because it enables us to be sure that we are saved ourselves, but also because of the effects a right understanding of this will have on us. I was therefore thrilled to find the following quote from the Doctor in a similar vein. We do not talk enough about this. What, then, is the new creation? What is the new man? What is this new thing that God c … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – Laziness Not Historically a Characteristic of Christians

Perhaps we should speak more about laziness as Christians. I'm not 100 per cent sure that we can say that the following quote entirely rings true of Christians today as a group. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I'm concerned that we as the Church have begun to imbibe the inherent laziness of the world. Brothers and sisters, this ought not be the case! We do not live for the beach! "Christianity has always stood for the dignity of work, for the dignity of labour, as can be proved historically. Heathendom … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – Why The Doctor Did Not Approve Of Theological Degrees

One little known fact about Doctor Martyn Lloyd-Jones is his opposition to the concept of theological degrees for Christians. The following quote is probably the best one I have found which explains his reasoning for this position. It is also notable for the disappointment he clearly feels with those who are not interested in understanding more about God, but also his similar despair over those who stop at mere knowledge about God without pressing in to truly know him and worship him. What … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – Lloyd-Jones Summarizes the Gospel

As Christians we must constantly remind ourselves both of the complexities and the glorious depths of the mysterious gospel of Christ, and of its ability to be summarized in a gloriously simple statement. We must keep checking ourselves! Do we actually believe what the Bible says? This is, to me, a fantastic summary of the message all Christians are meant to proclaim:[Jesus] deliberately went to the cross and suffered the shame and the spitting and the indignity of it all; and this He did to … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones On Lust

Once again the Doctor diagnoses the human condition with timeless pinpoint accuracy in this quote:We are creatures of lust and desire and passion. Let me give you the best description ever given of humanity without Christ, humanity as it is by nature. In his epistle to Titus, Paul writes:Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. For we … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones on Anger and Self-Control

The Doctor was given his nickname, I believe, not so much because of his medical degree, but rather because of the way in which he used his diagnostic skill to get to the root of the human predicament. This quote is a good example of that:To fail to control ourselves means a loss of energy. These things can actually be measured. When I say ‘self-control’ I include controlling one’s temper, controlling one’s spirit. Have you ever seen a man trembling in a rage? What energy that man is wasting! He … [Read more...]

Pressing In To Know God

This quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones should challenge us in our determination to truly relate to our glorious risen Saviour. Do you know God? Do you know anything of this familiar trafficking with Him, this communion with Him, which is real? I am not talking about just getting on your knees and saying your prayers. I am speaking about a realization of the presence of God—God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We are meant to enjoy that. These are some of the exceeding great and p … [Read more...]


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