After many years of leadership in the work of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones became deeply concerned with what he believed to be subtle but real shifts in commitment to the biblical gospel. His three addresses at the I.F.E.S. Conference in 1971 drew attention to this. In them he indicated the reasons for his misgivings, gave an exposition of the true nature of evangelicalism and reemphasised the foundation stones on which it was built.
These addresses lay unpublished for almost two decades. Today, forty years later, much of what Dr Lloyd-Jones emphasised then reads like a prophecy of the future direction evangelicals would take during the years that followed. His comments are as trenchantly relevant for the twenty-first century as they were for the 1970s. If anything, his message is all the more urgent.
This material is extracted from ‘Knowing the Times‘, a selection of addresses by Dr. Lloyd-Jones during the years 1942-1977, also published by the Banner of Truth Trust.
Table of Contents
|The Constant Necessity for Definition||8|
|Recent History and Changes||13|
|Re-examining Our Name||16|
|The Danger of Wrong Divisions||18|
|Succumbing to the Ecumenical Spirit||22|
|‘The Holy Spirit, Not Doctrine’||26|
|Non-Evangelical Opposition to Ecumenicism||29|
|Guiding Principles: (1) The Preservation of the Gospel||34|
|Guiding Principles: (2) Learning from History||35|
|Guiding Principles: (3) Maintaining Negatives||37|
|Guiding Principles: (4) No Subtractions or Additions||39|
|Distrust of Reason||44|
|The Place of Reason||49|
|Other Marks of an Evangelical||51|
|Foundational and Secondary Truths||64|
|Justifying a Vital Distinction||65|
|The Necessity of Opposition to Doctrinal Indifferentism||68|
|Scripture: The Only and Full Authority||69|
|Creation, Not Evolution||74|
|The Fall and Evil||79|
|One Way of Salvation||82|
|The Church: Contemporary Issues||83|
|Secondary Truths Not Essential to Unity||85|
‘Should be read by everyone who would lay claim to that name.’ –EVANGELICAL REVIEW OF THEOLOGY
I first read this when I read DMLJ’s Knowing The Times. This collection of messages started me reading much more by Lloyd-Jones over the years. I was pleased to see the release of What Is An Evangelical as a separate title, and have given copies of it to others. I believe he really captures what Evangelicalism is (or should be) about. One factor he includes, which is not always included by other writers, is that evangelicals will always take a great interest in true revival. Recommended.