Florin Ianovici – Printre lacrimi!

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Psalmii 42:3 „Cu lacrimi mă hrănesc zi şi noapte, când mi se zice fără încetare: „Unde este Dumnezeul tău?””

Unele lacrimi sunt atat de grele ca nu se preling decat inlauntru. 

Unele lacrimi sunt atat de scumpe ca nu pot fi aratate decat lui Dumnezeu.

In ultima vreme ochiul meu vede din ce in ce mai clar…!

O retina curata se pastreaza prin lacrimi fierbinti!

Zambetele ne despart dar lacrimile ne aduna la crucea din Golgota.

In vreme de seceta am inteles ca samanta credintei este udata de lacrimile credintei. Am auzit ca secerisul e in anotimpul bucuriei: Psalmii 126:5 „Cei ce seamănă cu lacrimi vor secera cu cântări de veselie.”

Lacrimile mele sunt pentru cei ce alunga fericirea in timp ce o cauta cu disperare. Cum sa cauti la oameni ceea ce poate da doar Dumnezeu? Psalmii 4:6 „Mulţi zic: „Cine ne va arăta fericirea?” Eu însă zic: „Fă să răsară peste noi lumina feţei Tale, Doamne!””

In urma pribeagului raman urmele pasilor si un burduf iar in fata il asteapta o Carte: Psalmii 56:8 „Tu numeri paşii vieţii mele de pribeag; pune-mi lacrimile în burduful Tău: nu sunt ele scrise în cartea Ta?”

Spunea pastorul Emil Bulgar: ,,nu stiu unde au inceput lacrimile mele/ pare-se ca am venit pe pamant cu ele.”

Aud un cuvant din partea Domnului: Ieremia 31:16 „Aşa vorbeşte Domnul: „Opreşte-ţi plânsul, opreşte-ţi lacrimile din ochi; căci truda îţi va fi răsplătită, zice Domnul; ei se vor întoarce iarăşi din ţara vrăjmaşului.”

Asa sa faci Doamne! Te rugam!

Ce e nou la PAGINA Florin Ianovici

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Mărturia unui tânăr din Arad

Avea 21 de ani, locuia in centrul Aradului, intr-un apartament foarte frumos. Avea 3 prietene stabile si multe alte femei pe langa, prietenii il invidiau si el era tot mai depresiv, chiar cauta sa se sinucida. Dar, Dumnezeu foloseste metode si persoane neconventionale sa-i vorbeasca.

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…intru intr-o depresie groaznica, intr-un abis.In noaptea sufletului, cum il numesc unii. Si numai ganduri de sinucidere aveam. Si in conditiile alea, au inceput sa-mi vorbeasca de Isus. A inceput, seful meu, sa-mi scrie emailuri despre Isus, din Biblie. De aia, cand m-am intors, m-am dus cu o Biblie la el, i-am dat-o si i-am zis, „Ba, tu ai citit ce mi-ai zis mie? Tu ai vazut ce scrie aicea? Cum esti homosexual si-mi zici mie de Isus? Eu cred ca tu ai citit Biblia invers.” Dupa ce m-am intors, a fost printre primii oameni pe care i-am evanghelizat. A fost printre primii oameni pe care i-am chemat la adevarata satisfactie si dragoste care se gaseste in Isus, despre care el vorbea fara sa o fi experimentat. Dar e interesant cum Dumnezeu foloseste un magar sa-i vorbeasca lui Balaam. Interesant, cum Dumnezeu, cateodata foloseste mijloace neconventionale, alege o fata imorala si un homosexual  sa-mi vorbeasca despre Isus.

La un moment dat m-am hotarat sa ma sinucid. Am vrut sa ma sinucid. Era singura alternativa. Daca universul e materialist, nu exista nimic, atunci n-are rost. Am fost la munca fix de Craciun, de ziua lui Isus, si toti crestinii buni or venit sa sarbatoreasca ziua lui Isus imbatandu-se in club, dansand  si fiind imorali. Nu? Ca aia se face de Craciun. Ne dam cadouri unii altora si nimeni nu se gandeste la Isus. Si numai eu ma gandeam la Isus. [Eram] foarte nervos, ca ce fac astia aici, se imbata si Il sarbatoresc pe Isus asa. Macar, ca eu nu cred in El. Daca as zice ca as crede, sigur n-as veni in club sa ma imbat. Si eram tot mai nesatisfacut in privire la cum am ajuns. Ma simteam un mincinos si un ipocrit, ca daca ma opresc din mintit, toata lumea ar fi dezamagita.

Pe la ora 1 (noaptea), am avut asa o viziune. M-am oprit si mi-am dat seama- toata lumea dansa, faceau cu banii spre mine sa le dau de baut. La ora 1 e fluxul cel mai mare in club si m-am oprit asa si m-am uitat si am zis, „Mai, ce caut eu aici, ma? Ce caut eu aici? Ce fac eu aici intre oamenii acestia?” Mi-a venit sa urlu din adancul sufletului, „Ipocritilor, toti sunteti la fel de mincinosi ca mine.Toti traim o mare minciuna.” Si stiam ca ei ma idolatrizau pe mine, ca eram cool. Ma urcam be bar, aruncam cu sticle, faceam fler, eram nebun. Toti ziceau, „Uau, ce nebun e barmanul ala.” Apaream in reclame, cum arunc eu sticle. Dar eu pe dinauntru eram distrus. Si oamenii, poate isi doreau sa fie ca mine si eu ma uram. In acelasi timp prezentam o figura foarte increzatoare in sine, foarte victorioasa si eu de fapt vroiam sa ma sinucid. Si am zis, pentru ca oamenii nu-L baga in seama pe Isus si pentru ca toti sunt niste ipocriti, ma duc acasa sa ma sinucid si nu mai imi pasa de nimeni.

Si cand am iesit la  5 dimineata, ma astepta prietena asta. [Ca m-ai intrebat, care-i lucru care m-a impactat cel mai mult]. Tocmai venise din Suedia si avea niste cadouri pentru mine. Aparuse un nou album de la Eminem  si m-am gandit ca mi l-a luat. Si m-am dus la ea acasa si mi-a dat ceva ca un CD si cand l-am deschis era Noul Testament. Si mi-a zis: „Da, citeste.” Aici scrie 21/12/2004. Si am zis: „No, acuma ce vrei, sa stau aici sa citesc toata cartea cu tine?” „O, nu. Ti-am scris ceva.” Eu nu stiam cum sa ma scap de ea sa ma duc acas sa ma sinucid si deschid si citesc asa: Iti ofer aceasta carte  in speranta ca te va schimba si iti va redirectiona drumul in viata. Sper sa tii de ea ca si cel mai frumos cadou  care l-ai primit vreodata si ca singura ta speranta.  Si eu am citit asta, intelegand ca ‘pe ultima ta sansa de a trai’. Daca nu faci astazi, mori. Si tu azi te-ai hotarat sa mori. A fost un cutit in inima.

M-am dus acasa. Eu colectionam reviste porno si aveam un teanc mare si langa, am pus Noul Testament, asta mic, care-i de buzunar. Si parca se uita dupa mine prin camera. Si am deschis si am inceput sa citesc din Ioan. „La inceput era Cuvantul, si Cuvantul era cu Dumnezeu, si Cuvantul era Dumnezeu, si Cuvantul s-a facut trup si ….” „Dar, ce-s astea, ma? Si eu ma autoflatam pe mine ca sunt un om inteligent. Si dadeam cu ea de pereti si ziceam, „Ba, nu inteleg. Eu nu sunt prost. Care-i faza? Care-i ideea? De ce nu inteleg?” Si tot vroiam sa sar. Am deschis geamul si mi-a venit in fata, fata fratelui meu care s-a intors la Dumnezeu si-i fericit. Cu o seara inainte, cand vroiam sa ma sinucid, am primit un mesaj de la celalalt frate al meu, care zicea simplu, atat: „Te iubim. Andrei, Dana si Vali.”

Am inceput sa strig pe geam: „Barbosule [catre Dumnezeu], raspunde-mi daca existi! Pedepseste-ma tu, ca daca nu, ma pedepsesc eu si eu ma pedepsesc nasol.” Nu raspundea. Ma framantam ca un leu in cusca. De doua luni nu dormisem noaptea, nu puteam sa dorm din cauza sevrajului. Simteam ca mi se smulge pielea de pe mine. Faceam, cateodata, si 10 dusuri pe noapte. Dormeam in Decembrie cu geamul deschis. Deci, era groaznic. Si visul meu era, pe vremuri, sa fiu cel mai mare drogat, ca Bob Marley. Sa am atata iarba, sa nu mai trebuiasca sa lucrez, ca sa imi mai cumpar alta iarba, incat sa fiu tot timpul drogat. Singurul scop pentru care lucram era sa am bani, ca dupa aia sa ma droghez cu ei. Si cand sa sar, a inceput o piesa cu Bob Marley, care zicea: „Lord, I gotta keep on moving..” [Doamne, eu trebuie sa merg ‘nainte…” Si am zis: „Fii atent, ma. Regele drogatilor vorbeste de Dumnezeu. Et tu Brutus? Pana si regele drogurilor vorbeste despre Dumnezeu.” Nu stiam ca Bob Marley, inainte sa moara, s-a intors la Dumnezeu. Nu stiam ca „Redemption Song” [Cantecul Rascumpararii] ultimul lui cantec a fost … nu mi-am explicat niciodata de ce nu a fost ingropat de rastafarieni, ci a fost ingropat de crestini, de preotii din biserica ortodoxa etiopeana. Nu stiam de ce a fost botezat ca adult inainte sa moara. Nu m-am gandit la astea, ca eram in orbire. Dar, asta a fost unul din chestiile care m-au oprit.

Si m-am dus, si stiam rugaciunea pacatosului, ca doara aveam prieteni in familie, desi familia nu prea mi-a zis asta, mai mult asa am auzit despre asta, ca daca spui: „Doamne Isuse, recunosc ca sunt un pacatos si te primesc, te accept.” L-am gasit pe Isus, n-am stiut ca e pierdut si eu imi caut Salvatorul, dar am zis: „Hai ca zic.” M-am intins pe canapea, mi-am pus mainile  frumos sub cap,  si am zis: ‘Doamne Isuse, te accept. Iti dau o sansa. Daca vrei, vino in inima mea; te las sa vii in inima mea.” Si ma asteptam sa vina cineva cu o trompeta, sa cante, sa-mi zica ca am trecut la nivelul urmator. Si in schimb, am auzit o voce, care sunt convins ca era Duhul Sfant, care mi-a zis: „Tu nu poti fi iertat.” Cu 3 secunde inainte, eu vroiam sa sar pe geam, de ce n-aveam scop in viata. Iar in secunda aia, viata mea a fost intoarsa cu susul in jos. Eram sigur ca Dumnezeu exista, ca nu-i de plus, cum credeam eu, ca nu e grizzly, ca e pe urmele mele, ca-i manios, ca L-am sfidat toata viata mea, ca are un iad pregatit pentru mine, ca o sa ma zdrobeasca. Mi-au pierit glumele cu cazane. Am inteles dintr-o data ca eu m-am pus cu suveranul universului. Eu am cunoscut oameni foarte rai. Am fost om foarte rau. Am batut oameni cu lanturi, i-am calcat pe cap cand stateau pe cioburi si am fost un om rau. A fost cineva care s-a luat de fosta prietena de care am vorbit. L-am batut doi ani la rand. L-am umilit in ultimul hal. L-am batut pe un om pana mi-am rupt mana. Atat de violent eram. Si m-am gandit, dar daca as fi atotputernic? Dar daca as avea pe cineva care nu poate sa moara? Daca as avea o vesnicie, ce as face? Acel care si-a batut joc de mine nonstop? Il injuram pe Isus si jumate de ora, fara sa ma repet. Imi bateam joc de tot ce-i sfant. Oare ce o sa-mi faca cand pune mana pe mine?

Si atunci mi-am adus aminte de ceva ce am auzit de la sora mea, cand eram mai mic. Ne-a spus o poveste cu doi frati gemeni care se rugau odata in aceeasi pozitie, aceeasi rugaciune si Dumnezeu pe unul l-a iertat si pe unul, nu. Si am intrebat: „Pai, de ce?” Si ea mi-a zis: „Pentru ca unul a fost sincer, a stiut ce cere, pe cand celalalt a repetat. Atunci, am zis, oare eu pentru prima oara, cum m-am rugat? Daca e sa rezum rugaciunea mea la intentie, la motivatie, era- Doamne, Isuse, fa-mi papucii. Adica, eu sunt seful. Slujeste-mi. Eu stau pe tron. Am incercat drogurile, nu m-au facut fericit. Am incercat femeile, nu m-au facut fericit. Acuma, iti dau si Tie o sansa. Fa-ma fericit. Si trist, ca multi crestini predica asta la necrestini: „Esi nefericit? Isus e gata sa-ti slujeasca.” Serios? Cine-i seful? Eu sau El? Isus e un accesoriu pe care eu il adaug in viata mea, sau e Stapan, in fata caruia eu cad? Isus e comoara mea cea mai mare, pentru care renunt la tot, sau Isus e prietenul meu cu care eu ma plimb pe strada? Deci, cine e Isus, pana la urma? E Stapanul sau e un prieten? Pentru ca Stapanul poate sa se poarte ca un prieten, dar asta nu inseamna ca suntem egali. Asta nu inseamna ca El imi slujeste mie. Aveam nevoie de pocainta si sa inteleg pacatul si realitatea iadului, sa inteleg mania lui Dumnezeu. Nimeni nu mi-a vorbit despre realitatea maniei lui Dumnezeu. Nimeni nu mi-a spus ca Romani incepe cu mania lui Dumnezeu, impotriva oricarei necinstiri a lui Dumnezeu si impotriva oricarei nelegiuiri a oamenilor  care inabusa adevarul in nelegiuirea lor. Nimeni nu mi-a spus ca Dumnezeu pe care mi-L imaginam ca un bunic, de fapt, este un Dumnezeu care va veni la sfarsit, va fi rau. Daca citesti Apocalipsa, e groaznic ce se intampla. Dumnezeu care a dat potopul, Dumnezeu care a distrus Sodoma si Gomora, deci avem un Dumnezeu care e foc mistuitor, care atunci cand a trimis poporul Israel sa intre in tara Canaan, a nimicit de la copil nou nascut pana la ultimul adult, 7 natiuni. Inseamna ca nu-i de plus. Mie, stiti ce mi s-a zis? Aveam chiar si o caciula cu ‘Isus te iubeste’. Stii care era raspunsul meu? „Pai, daca Isus ma iubeste, eu de ce sa ma schimb? Ca Isus ma iubeste, chiar asa cum sunt. Nu?”

L-am vrut pe Isus si m-am simtit respins- Am inteles lucrurile alea si parca s-a strans toata lumina in jurul becului. Mi-a fost o frica… mie nu mi-a fost frica in viata de multe ori. Dar in momentul acela m-am facut atata de mic si mi-am dat seama cat de mare e El. Si doar apoi am putut aprecia dragostea Lui. Cel mai interesant lucru e ca eu de doua luni nu dormeam si am adormit atunci la 1 noaptea, care pentru cineva care lucra noaptea e un lucru extraordinar. M-am trezit a doua zi cu un sentiment care nu-l experimentasem, desi vorbisem mult despre el, fericirea aia care o cautam. Stiu ca m-am ridicat in fund si ma gandeam: „Ce-i asta? Ce-i lipsa poverii, asta? Ce-i? Ce se intampla?” Nu stiu daca intelegeam ca e luata povara pacatelor. Simteam o constiinta extrem de incarcata, o disatisfactie enorma cu privire la mine, la tot ce am facut, regret, ma simteam vinovat. Nu stiu daca ziceam eu de pacat, concret. Alegeri proaste, le-as fii numit. Dar a disparut tot sentimentul ala. M-am dus la baie, aveam cercei cu marijuana, medalion cu marijuana, parul in sus si am zis: „Mai, asta nu bate cu ce s-a intamplat.” Nu mi-a zis nimeni. N-am auzit nicio predica. Le-am dat jos. M-am dus inapoi in camera. Primul gand a fost: „Eu trebuie sa repar ce am facut.” Am sunat-o pe fosta mea prietena. I-am spus ca m-am intors la Dumnezeu si imi pare rau pentru tot ceea ce i-am facut. A fost prima persoana care m-a incurajat. Restul, toti s-au luptat, destul de multi cu mine, sa ma salveze de nebunia in care am picat. E foarte interesant ca prietenii mei atei au vrut sa ma salveze.

Primul lucru- curatire. Repararea relatiilor. Al treilea impus: vestirea Evangheliei. In cealalta camera era prietenul meu care lucra la acelasi bar, care de vreo 2-3 ori incercase sa ma scape sa ma sinucid. Chiar ma ajutase, nu ca incercase. M-a oprit. M-am dus dincolo sa-i spun ce mi s-a intamplat, sa-i vorbesc de Isus. El stia ca eu sunt omul care-si bate joc cel mai mult de Isus si de oameni care cred. A inceput sa rada. Dupa jumate de ora nu mai radea ca a zis ca am innebunit. Intre noi, intre barmani fusese un fost baptist; l-a sunat pe asta: „Mai, Tica, Bill o inebunit. Vino repede, ca eu nu stiu ce sa-i zic. Are un Nou Testament, nu stiu ce a patit.” Ei, toti, isi faceau griji pentru mine ca eu tot vorbeam de sinucidere, de din astea, si au crezut ca am luat-o razna. A venit sa-mi zica ca pocaitii sunt ipocriti.” Zic, „Mai, Tica, nu stiu frate, eu n-am cunoscut. Eu stiu de Isus. Zi-mi de Isus. Tu-L stii pe Isus?” Era chestia asta: „Eu L-am intalnit aseara. Ce simt acuma, cu toate drogurile, nu se compara tot, cu o secunda la ce simt eu acuma. Tu intelegi? Deci, eu sunt fericit. Tu intelegi, eu sunt fericit.” Nu aveau ce sa-mi zica la chestia asta. ‘Ba, tu te minti singur” „Ba, tu iti dai seama ca eu, aseara, am vrut sa ma sinucid? Tie-ti pasa de mine? Si daca ma mint, lasa-ma in pace. Vrei sa ma sinucid? Nu ma convinge ca n-am dreptate. Iti place cum am fost inainte? Si daca e nebunie, binecuvantata nebunie, bine ai venit in viata mea.” N-am mai zambit de mult. Imi puscasera venele la ochi, nu dormeam, eram un om consumat. In momentul asta, nu stiu, asa un flux de viata a venit in mine. Cel mai interesant lucru- eu incercasem sa ma las de droguri si acum nu stiam de ce ma drogasem atatia ani. Acuma, n-am mai simtit nicio nevoie. Mai ciudat, o sa spun , nu mai intelegeam nimic din ce am facut inainte. A fost o intoarcere atata de dramatica.

Vasile Oprea, Isaura Dinca si Fratii de la Toflea la Oradea Martie 2014 (60 minute)

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Biserica Penticostala Efrata, Oradea 2014

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Inima Zdrobita

 

 

Psalmi 34:18
Domnul este aproape de cei cu inima înfrîntă, şi mîntuieşte pe cei cu duhul zdrobit.

Psalmul 147:3
… tămăduieşte pe cei cu inima zdrobită, şi le leagă rănile.

Psalmul 73:26
Carnea şi inima pot să mi se prăpădească: fiindcă Dumnezeu va fi pururea stînca inimii mele şi partea mea de moştenire.

Isaia 41:10
nu te teme, căci Eu sînt cu tine; nu te uita cu îngrijorare, căci Eu sînt Dumnezeul tău; Eu te întăresc, tot Eu îţi vin în ajutor. Eu te sprijinesc cu dreapta Mea biruitoare.

Matei 11:28-30
Veniţi la Mine, toţi cei trudiţi şi împovăraţi, şi Eu vă voi da odihnă. 29 Luaţi jugul Meu asupra voastră, şi învăţaţi dela Mine, căci Eu sînt blînd şi smerit cu inima; şi veţi găsi odihnă pentru sufletele voastre. 30 Căci jugul Meu este bun, şi sarcina Mea este uşoară.„

Ioan 14:27
Vă las pacea, vă dau pacea Mea. Nu v’o dau cum o dă lumea. Să nu vi se tulbure inima, nici să nu se înspăimînte.

John Newton: Punctul principal al predicilor mele este sa sfarm inimile impietrite si sa vindec inimile zdrobite. (Sursa aici)

A Film Documentary on Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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We have received this email from the Martyn Lloyd-Jones Trust, bearing some great news  and describing the new film that is in the works:

A Christian filmmaker called Matthew Robinson is making a documentary on Martyn Lloyd-Jones entitled „Logic on Fire”. The website for the film is http://www.logiconfire.org. News of the film was announced at this week’s „Together for the Gospel” gathering in Kentucky, right before a panel on the influence of Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the evangelical community.

Matt and his team have already started filming interviews with Christian leaders such as Iain Murray (who wrote the authorized two volume biography on Dr. Lloyd-Jones), and will in Britain later this month interviewing members of the Lloyd-Jones family and visiting key locations in the life of Dr. Lloyd-Jones in England and Wales. The film is due for release in 2015.

We also wanted to let you know that while we are very  excited about this project, and have greatly appreciated the care that Matt has taken to make sure that Dr. Lloyd-Jones’s descendants and the Trust are comfortable with his approach, this is an independent venture. The MLJ Trust is not funding the film and will not be receiving any proceeds from it. Our mission is to make the 1,600 audio sermons of Dr. Lloyd-Jones available for anyone who wants them at no cost, and that is where all our efforts and resources are focused. Our hope is that interest in the film will lead to interest in the Gospel message contained in all of Dr. Lloyd-Jones’s sermons.

If you feel that you might like to support our work, you can make a donation by clicking on the following link: MLJ Donate. The MLJ Trust is an all volunteer organization with no staff or office, and is a registered 501 (c) 3 charity.

Every blessing to you,

Jonathan Catherwood
MLJ Trust

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http://www.mljtrust.org/sermons

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Panel at the 2014 Together for The Gospel (Mark Dever, John MacArthur, Iain Murray and Jonathan Catherwood)

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VIDEO by MLJTrust – Mark Dever (moderator) hosts a panel that includes Iain Murray (biographer of Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Co-Founder of Banner of Truth), John MacArthur (Pastor-Teacher of Grace Community Church), and Jonathan Catherwood, President of the MLJ Trust, and one of Dr. Lloyd-Jones’s six grandchildren.

I have taken down notes from the first 25 minutes of the panel discussion. There are about another 20 minutes of great conversation on Dr. Lloyd-Jones in the video below.

John MacArthur on Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ influence:

I did not know him, but at the kind invitation of the Lloyd-Jones Trust, Grace To You partnered with you (speaking to Jonathan Catherwood, President of the MLJ Trust, and one of Dr. Lloyd-Jones’s six grandchildren) all that time, and you didn’t know it at the time, what the Doctor meant to me. There are probably two things I would say: Nr. 1 is reading the 2 volume biography and finding out what a kindred spirit he was to me. And I could break that down into categories-

1) He had the same view of preaching that I’ve had, and I needed to find a hero that I could follow. And that was that exposition had to be relentlessly doctrinal. And you (Iain Murrary- Martyn Lloyd-Jones biographer) have a statement that Lloyd-Jones, during his time as an expositor with a doctrinal emphasis was alone in the UK. Well, that would have been true here, but I was convinced that the whole point of Bible exposition was so that the doctrine would emerge. And all preaching had to be doctrinal. That was a huge influence to me

2) Unscheduled exposition  influenced me – that he didn’t know how many sermons there would be in Ephesians 1, until he finished. And then, there were 38. He didn’t know. He took it as it came. That was a model for me to  preach Sunday by Sunday, by Sunday, and see what you get when you finished. Lloyd-Jones said, „The failure of preaching is not because preachers don’t know enough about man and his problems. The failure is they don’t know enough about the Word and the Holy Spirit.

3) Consecutive exposition –

4) Content – He was focused on the sovereignty of God and the glory of God in all of his preaching.

5) Another thing his ministry did for me was to show me the path of maintaining biblical authority  in epic confrontations. And that really came at the fore, not only in the Anglican confrontation, but it was exacerbated in the Billy Graham years form 1954 to 1966. And he would not equivocate on biblical authority. He would not sit on a platform with men who denied biblical authority. He wouldn’t be a part of cooperative evangelism. In fact, you  [Iain Murrau] write about the fact that he, I think it was sometime in 1966, for that Berlin event, when the [Billy] Graham organization asked him to be the chair of that event and he said, „I’ll do it on 2 grounds: 1- you remove all people from prominent positions, who are not faithful to the authority of Scripture and 2- you take out the invitation with the decisionism.” And there was no deal.

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6) One other immense influence on me was  his book on the Sermon on the Mount.  He, rather effectively, took shots at the old traditional dispensationalism in which I was raised.  When I started into the ministry, I had been taught that the Sermon on the Mount belonged in the millennium, and had nothing to do with the church age, which I didn’t understand or believe. And systematically, page by page by page, the Lord used Lloyd-Jones to dismantle that notion. And by the time I got done preaching through chapters 5-7, people on the dispensational side thought I’d abandoned the faith. I hadn’t, but I think I had come to a correct understanding of that greatest of New Testament sermons.

When as a medical doctor he was invited to speak to the Welsh people, he went in and decried the degraded state of Welsh preachingHe told them that the decline of the country was from the decline of the church and the decline of the church was related to the decline in preaching.  Iain Murray: Yes, it was the tradition of preaching that had become traditional and professional. And it wasn’t doctrinal, and people were easily made church members. MacArthur: When he said that, at the time, he was still a layman. Iain Murray: He spoke in South Wales and the newspapers caught up on what he was saying and they thought this was very arrogant, I suppose.

Iain Murray:

on hearing Lloyd-Jones preach a couple hundred times at Westminster: With all good preaching, if it is good preaching, in the biblical sense , you very quickly forget the man who is preaching. And that’s what happened with Lloyd Jones. God was speaking to you, and I think that is the mark of real preaching. you forget about the man himself. The great deficiency that we suffer from is that way back in the 1950’s nobody thought of gatherings like this, and the result is, as far as I know, we don’t have a single recording of a full service at Westminster Chapel. And that is a real loss, because the service led to the sermon. And they were united; and he led the whole service, and you didn’t notice him doing it. I believe it was the work of the Holy Spirit, as with Spurgeon. People didn’t say, when he was preaching, „Why doesn’t he let other people do things?” When the Holy Spirit is speaking, the man himself is in the background. But, that is a real loss that we don’t have a recording of a full service.

[MacArthur asks: So, tell us what a typical Sunday would be like.] Murray: He would come quietly into the pulpit, bow his head for a moment at the desk, then, the doxology would be sung without intimation. And then he would lead in a brief prayer. And then, the first hymn, which he would announce  and it would be a hymn leading into worship, and perhaps, especially for the Lord’s Day. And then the evening service would always include one madrigal song, there would be full sermons, the long prayer, the pastoral prayer, and brief notices by the church secretary, who had been at princeton since 1906, and in the 1950’s he was still attired as if at Princeton 1906. Then a hymn before the sermon and then the sermon. But by the time the sermon came, generally, you were gripped. There’s no question of the preacher having to get the attention of the people, and tell them a little story to interest them.

John MacArthur on Lloyd-Jones, the preacher:

He’s always been so compelling to me. Just one little illustration of that is he believed in law work, evangelism. You had to preach the law, confront sin. He not only believed you needed to tell the sinner he was a sinner, but you needed to prove it to him. And so, there was all of this argument that was going on. This logical argument. He was pinning the sinner down, and that’s what you get with Lloyd-Jones when you listen to him preach. You’re swept up and you can’t see the skeleton. This thing is fleshed out.

Iain Murray: Thank you for saying that, John. That’s so important.

He meant to disturb people. People complained, „This man talks to us as if we’re sinners.” And when Lloyd-Jones heard that, he was encouraged. And sometimes, people left Westminster Chapel, vowing to never come here again, but they did. They did come again. So, he did speak very plainly to people. And again, it was the sense that it wasn’t simply Lloyd-Jones speaking to them, there was something more happening, conviction.

John MacArthur:

That’s true even with things he said to Christians, in his series on Romans 11- the Benediction. You’re so overwhelmed with the flow of thought and the grasp that he has and the intensity, the energy and the strength of his argument, his unpacking, that you really are… the Lord is speaking through this instrument.

Lloyd-Jones books recommended (during the panel discussion):

  • Sermon on the Mount
  • Knowing the Times
  • The Plight of Man and the Power of God (addresses he gave in Edinburgh in 1939-1940)
  • Authority (Authority of Scripture, authority of God)

Audio sermons recommended

  • Book of Romans – the very first sermon „A Man Called Paul”. A full throated defense of the apostle Paul, and his whole approach to king expositional series
  • Ephesians 2 – a sermon called „But God” having described the problem with man and the state of sin  and the utter hopelessness that we find ourselves in. (A very powerful sermon).

The following is a 40 minute panel discussion at last month’s Together for The Gospel conference in Kentucky on the life and ministry of Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

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The discussion might be particularly interesting to those who are relatively new to the Lloyd-Jones sermons, as it provides some context for his ministry, and a perspective on his ministry and life by those who either knew him or are church leaders today.

The panel was chaired by Mark Dever, Senior Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, and it panelists were Iain Murray, who was once an assistant to Dr. Lloyd-Jones and wrote the definitive two-volume biography on his life; John MacArthur, Pastor-Teacher at Grace Community Church in California, and yours truly, participating as one of Dr. Lloyd-Jones’s six grandchildren, and representing the MLJ Trust.

Iain Murray – Understanding Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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Iain Murray speaks about Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Master’s Seminary-

Some Martyn-Lloyd-Jones quotes from Iain Murray (his biographer):

  • „To know God is life eternal. Our work is important, our work is a privilege, but brethren, you should never make it the greatest thing. I did not live for preaching.”
  • „Preaching is theology coming through a man that is on fire.”
  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones believed that the Bible contains a message about God, and that message should be foundational to all our preaching.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, born in 1899, the end of that century. When he was 14, his father’s business got into difficulties and his father went up to London to look for work. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and his family went with him and became a school boy in London. At the age of 16, he had done so well in school that he entered into St. Bartholomew’s medical college at one of the great teaching hospitals  of the world at that date, and it still is. He graduated in medicine at 21, caught the attention of Sir Thomas Horter, who was the physician to the King. Horter asked him to become his assistant, so the next 5 years, Lloyd-Jones was mixing with the men at the very top of the medical profession. He seemed on a ladder to guaranteed success. And then, to everyone’s astonishment, in 1926, he announced that he was leaving his post and he was going to a mission hall in South Wales to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He married that same month, in January 1927, when he began his ministry in South Wales. He was there for 10 years. Then, in 1938, Campbell Morgan invited him to Westminster Chapel in the heart of London. He was there for 30 years. He ended his ministry in February 1969. God had spared him some 12 years, important years because prior to that date, Lloyd-Jones had given very little attention to books. I think he never wrote a book in his life, but thankfully, sermons have been recorded, and in those next 12 years, many books were taken down, somewhat edited and brought out to the world. There were exceptions. His sermon on the mount was published earlier, in 1959-60, and to my mind, that’s a starting point. If you haven’t read Lloyd-Jones ‘Sermon on the Mount’, make that a starting point. So, that’s the outline of his life. He died March 1st, 1981.

I want to talk about understanding Lloyd-Jones. After being a preacher for more than 50 years, he could preach no more when his health was gone, close to the end. One day, a visitor came to see him, and to encourage him. They said to him, „It must be a disappointment that you are no longer able to preach. „Not at all,” he said. „I did not live for preaching.” Now, that statement is a key to understanding Lloyd-Jones, „I did not live for preaching.” What did he live for? Well, he believed that every Christian should live for something much greater than preaching or any work. He said, „A life spent in communion with God is the only life worth living.” To reconcile to God, to live in His presence,  is a far greater privilege than any work we do for Him. And he would often quote to younger men, the words of our Lord, when the disciples came back rejoicing that, indeed, the spirits are made subject to them, and our Lord told them, „In this rejoice not, but rather that your names are written in the heaven.” „To know God is life eternal. Our work is important, our work is a privilege, but brethren, you should never make it the greatest thing. I did not live for preaching.” (MLJ)

The thing with my address, really, this morning, is that to understand Lloyd-Jones, you have to start with God. And if you start with God, you have to start with theology. Theology means talking about God. There’s a quotation of Lloyd-Jones that’s often repeated. He says, „Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire.: But, when that is expounded, that  statement, the emphasis is usually on the man and the fire. But that’s not where Lloyd-Jones had the emphasis. It’s theology, coming through a man that is on fire.

There are books about Lloyd-Jones and there’s a fair sized one published recently, called ‘Engaging with Martyn Lloyd-Jones’. And my great objection to it is that theology is almost without existence in the book. That’s an exaggeration, but, there’s no concentration on it. At one point, one of the writers gives a warning that Lloyd-Jones read history from a firm calvinistic basis. That’s meant to be  a warning. He doesn’t tell you whether he thinks calvinism is true or false. The question is: What was his theology? Why was it so important to him? And it was vital to him, because he believed as we ought to believe that the message is far more important than the messenger. Details about Lloyd-Jones’s life and how he prepared sermons is all very interesting. But, actually, what he believed and what his theology was, is far more important. It’s really the key to understanding the man.

When he was a medical student, he learned that elementary principle that when a doctor, first sighting a patient, has to look at not the particular details that the patient may mention, but look at the whole person, look at the whole picture. Start with that and the same with his life and the life of other Christians; look at the big picture. And with Lloyd-Jones, the big picture is what he believed about God.

He believed that the Bible contains a message about God, and that message should be foundational to all our preaching. And the message is that God, for His own glory, and for the salvation of sinners has purposed a salvation for a great multitude. He has planned it, He has determined it a success. It’s about the giving of eternal life. The God who cannot lie promised before the world began. That’s the starting point. Let me give you this quotation from Lloyd-Jones: „The sovereignty of God and God’s glory is where we must start and everything else issues from here. If it were not for Gods grace, there would be no hope for the world. Man is a fallen creature with his mind in a state of enmity toward God. He is totally unable to save himself and to reunite himself with God. Everyone would be lost if God had not elected some for salvation, and that unconditionally. It is only through Christ’s death that it is possible for these people to saved. And they would not see or accept that salvation, if God through His irresistible grace, the Holy Spirit had not opened their eyes and persuaded them, not force them, to accept the offer. Even after that, it is God who sustains them, and keeps them from falling. The church is a connection of God’s elect.

So, my argument is, if people bypass Lloyd-Jones’s theology and just begin to talk about his life, and this and that, they’re missing the big thing. This is the key. Now, it’s quite possible someone could object to this statement and say, „Well, I’ve read Lloyd-Jones and I don’t find him talking about calvinism; I don’t understand how you can say it’s a key to his thinking and his theology. And the mistake there is that Lloyd-Jones didn’t believe in using labels. And he wasn’t really happy with people that were always parading what their label was. It is true, he didn’t often use the word calvinistic. But, what those truths represent were at the very core of his life and his heart. Not long before his death, he said, „Finally, nothing matters, but the fact that we are in God’s hands. We and our works are nothing. It is His choosing us, before the foundation of the world that matters. And He will never leave us, nor forsake us.” This was the greatest thing for him.

How did he come to that theology? He didn’t come to it from his denomination, surprisingly perhaps, because he came from a Welsh Presbyterian Church, which is also called the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church. It was once soundly calvinistic. But, by the time of his youth, like other denominations in Britain, had drifted a long way from it. When Lloyd-Jones was 14 years old, a friend asked him to write in his autograph book, and he wrote these words, a verse: „For we are all like swimmers in the sea, poised on the top of a huge wave of fate, which hangs uncertain as to which side fall, and whether it will heave us up to land, or whether it will roll us out to sea, we know not.” That’s what he wrote. The words of the poet Browning. He was 23 before that belief was turned upside down. In the midst of his medical work, rubbing shoulders with these great and mighty men. St. Bartholomew’s hospital was a sort of center of rationalism, evolution. Science was king, almost worshipped, and this was the atmosphere in which he was living. But, by the time he became about 23, he confronted a problem that science couldn’t begin to answer. And that is the problem of „What do you do with guilt and selfishness, and greed, pride, envy, lust?” He could see these things in colleagues, and then, more and more, in himself. And, God convicted him of sin. At the age of 24 he became a real Christian. He loved medicine. But the thought that prevailed with him, finally, was: What’s the use of healing people’s bodies, if their whole eternity is going to be one of misery and wretchedness. He knew so little of Gospel preaching that was going on, and it was born in his heart that God was calling him to the Gospel ministry. It was a big struggle. He lost a lot of weight, before he made up his mind that God was calling him to preach. He then began to preach in South Wales, in  1927. (Transcript from the first 12:50 minutes, with 32 minutes remaining of the video)

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