NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO – Joan Bakewell interviews Martyn Lloyd-Jones

NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO – Joan Bakewell interviews Martyn Lloyd-Jones December 9, 2013

This 20 minute interview with Martyn Lloyd-Jones is fascinating.  It took place in 1970 and he explains his view of the gospel, and the way modern society views mankind. You see a very clear disagreement between the protagonists, but there is grace, and smiles on both sides. The humanity of The Doctor comes across very clearly.  Already back then, “tolerance” was a key issue in the discussion.  I have quoted and discussed Martyn Lloyd-Jones many times before on this blog.

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  • Joel Nunley

    Thank you for sharing this… I love seeing martyn lloyd jones in video.. I have heard many hundred of sermons but this is first video. Love it.

  • Brian Wilson

    Thank you for sharing this. A master-class in witnessing – and in treating people with respect when we tell them of Jesus and His Gospel.

  • Martin Lloyd-Jones book – Preaching and Preachers (Zondervan, 1971) – is like medicine to a preacher’s soul.

    And, by the way, not all preachers have a preacher’s soul. Neither are preacher’s souls found exclusively in preachers. Blessed are those who confess Jesus Christ with love toward Him and the hearers.

  • John Haggerty

    Joan Bakewell belongs to what Stendhal called ‘the happy few’. Her television interviews created a benchmark of excellence in the field. She was one of a team on BBC 2’s Late Night Line-Up. This never-forgotten show ran every weekday night from 1965 to 1972. Joan, Michael Dean, Sheridan Morley, Tony Bilbow, Philip Jenkinson and others interviewed women and men from all fields of life. The emphasis was on the arts. Since those days the BBC has betrayed all its values of public service broadcasting. Its recent bosses looted the corporation’s funds and awarded themselves massive pay-outs. It was asset stripping on a gigantic scale. We the licence payers were robbed blind by a gang of talentless crooks.
    Standards have fallen in the dust. All the trust and affection my generation had for the BBC is gone forever. Joan Bakewell, belonging to a better generation, created a space in which the people she interviewed could feel at ease. She possessed what I can only call moral charm. She told Dr Lloyd-Jones off-camera that she had interviewed the Archbishop of Canterbury and a number of other Anglican bishops. During her discussions with the bishops she had confessed her difficulties with the Christian faith. The bishops had assured her that she had no need to worry and that she was indeed a Christian. Dr Lloyd-Jones gave her no such reassurance. ‘You are not a Christian.’ he told her bluntly. The Doctor wanted to win her for Christ, of course, and he knew that doctrine is of central importance. The devil, as the accuser of the brethren, wants us to believe that Biblical doctrines are optional, and that only sincerity and feelings matter. For a fuller treatment of this interview see the new one-volume biography of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Iain H Murray published by the Banner of Truth. The Doctor’s grandson Christopher Catherwood has also written an affectionate memoir of this great Welsh preacher. As for doctrine, Patheos readers should get a hold of the Doctor’s seminal books: ‘God the Father, God the Son’ and his published sermons on the Holy Spirit, ‘Joy Unspeakable and Prove All Things’. The best books I know (after the works of the Puritans) to challenge so-called progressive unbiblical theology.

  • John Haggerty

    In my earlier comment, I recommended Iain H Murray’s massively detailed biography of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It is published by the Banner of Truth, and is available in both a two-volume edition and as a single paperback containing new material. There is a short 128-page life of the Doctor published by EP Books in Darlington, England, under the Bitesize Biographies imprint. The author is Eryl Davies, Research Supervisor of Wales Evangelical School of Theology. The notes at the back of this first-rate book inform us that the distinguished Reformed theologian Emil Brunner (strongly linked with the name of Karl Barth) described Lloyd-Jones as ‘the greatest preacher in Christendom’. The Doctor once said he wouldn’t cross the road to hear himself preach, but Protestants and Catholics turned out to hear him in their thousands wherever he preached, throughout the English speaking world. Dr Lloyd-Jones loved to preach in his own Welsh mother tongue. His grandson Christopher Catherwood wrote a personal memoir, A Family Portrait, published by Kingsway in 1995. Mr Catherwood has a new biography of his grandfather which will appear in October 2015, ‘MLJ: His Life and Relevance for the 21st Century’. Patheos readers who wish to engage with theology will enjoy reading the diverse essays in ‘Engaging With Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Life and Legacy of the Doctor’ edited by Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones. Lloyd-Jones and a small group of like-minded Christians were responsible for reprinting the great Puritan preachers at a time when they had but all been forgotten. The Banner of Truth publishing company and monthly magazine brought countless thousands of Christians in touch with Puritan theology and spirituality. No other publisher of Christian literature would touch the Puritans during the post-war period. Today thanks to the Banner, we can read John Owen, Richard Sibbes, Richard Baxter, John Flavel, George Whitfield in both British and American imprints. On YouTube you can watch a short documentary of Dr Lloyd-Jones when he visited the great city of Gloucester, England, where George Whitfield grew up, and the church in which he was baptised.