Thursday, May 29, 2014

Anyone remember Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones?

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (20 December 1899 – 1 March 1981) was a Welsh Protestant minister, preacher and medical doctor who was influential in the Reformed wing of the British evangelical movement in the 20th century. For almost 30 years, he was the minister of Westminster Chapel in London. Lloyd-Jones was strongly opposed to Liberal Christianity, which had become a part of many Christian denominations; he regarded it as aberrant. He disagreed with the broad church approach and encouraged evangelical Christians (particularly Anglicans) to leave their existing denominations. He believed that true Christian fellowship was possible only amongst those who shared common convictions regarding the nature of the faith.

[Hat tip to G.N.]




Lloyd-Jones! Well, he was quite anti-Catholic, so I can't imagine many of your readers warming to his reputation. On the other hand, most of what he did preach was easily as Catholic as the typical addresses of recent popes, so I'd say that he qualifies as a "separated brother" even if he was quite willfully separated! When I was an evangelical his "Evangelistic Sermons at Aberavon" had a pretty epic effect on me. Here is a friendly link for Catholics who can manage to hold their noses...



Whatever his errors regarding Catholicism, I found watching the video moving in this one respect: the gentleman reminds me of a venerable, old potted plant that has seen years of tending. Given the limitations of his Protestant formation, his intellect is nevertheless well-developed. He knows his mind and is comfortable with his convictions. He expresses himself with courtesy but confidence. His formation is clearly not only theological but moral. I can't help wishing there were more Catholics like that.