BIBLIOPHILE BOOKNOTES: John Knox and the Reformation (Paperback) by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Iain Murray

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Publisher’s Description: “In three fascinating addresses (in John Knox and the Reformation) Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Iain Murray remind us why we ought to remember one of the most colourful figures in church history, John Knox, and his significant role in the story of the Reformation in both Scotland and England. With the 500th anniversary of his birth approaching (2014), this little book will encourage readers to not only remember Knox the man but also to consider the outcome of his life and imitate his faith (Heb. 13:7).”

144 Pages
Published April 2011

About the Author(s): “Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was born in Wales. He was a dairyman’s assistant, a political enthusiast, debater, and chief clinical assistant to Sir Thomas Harder, the King of England’s Physician. But at the age of 27 he gave up a most promising medical career to become a preacher… When a spiritual history of the 20th century comes to be written it will be bound to include mention not only the far-reaching influence of Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ ministry at Westminster Chapel in London, England from 1938-68, but of the remarkable fact that his published volumes of expository sermons have had an unprecedented circulation for such material, selling in millions of copies.”

Martyn Lloyd-Jones: On One of the Worst Forms of Worldliness: Desire for the World’s Acceptance

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)


The Christian church in her utter folly during this present century has been recognizing a new authority. And the new authority of course is the man of knowledge, the man of culture, and particularly the man of scientific knowledge. And the church has been at great pains to do everything she can to please this new authority.

This man of learning must never be offended. And in order to please him and duplicate him, the church has been ready to take things out of the Bible. She rejects and throws out the whole of the first three chapters of Genesis, much of the other history, throws out all the miracles . . . She’ll throw out anything in order to make her message pleasing and acceptable to this new authority—the man of knowledge, the man of learning, the man of science.

(This post was adapted from [Lloyd-Jones Saw It Coming] at Pyromaniacs).

The Problem of Bringing Entertainment into the Church — Martyn Lloyd-Jones


In Acts 2, what did the Christians come together for? Here were these people who had come out of the world to join the group of people called disciples, and they formed the first church, but what is the Christian church for? What does she do? What does she provide? Do Christian people come together for socials, dances, raffles, dramatic performances, lectures on politics, literature, and sociology? There was nothing like that in the early church. It is not my objective to denounce these things. But I do want to show how far removed they are from the Christian church. You can get all that in the world, and you can get it very much better there. The Christian church makes a fool of herself when she attempts these things–she does them so badly. If you want activities like that, then go and get them organized professionally. But that is not the Christian church. It is a travesty.

I do not want to defend Christendom or advocate any particular section of the church or any particular local church. I want to hold before you the pictures of the New Testament church. That is the only church I recognize. Those people did not come to the church to do things like that. And when true revival takes place, those are the first things to go; people lose interest in them. A church that can only exist by resorting to things like that is utterly different from the New Testament church. (excerpted from: Authentic Christianity, Martyn Lloyd-Jones)

“The Authority of Scripture” by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

An extract from a sermon on: ‘Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth’ Ephesians 6.14

Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

People will have authority; and they are right in so thinking. They need authority because they are bewildered; and if they do not find it in the right way they will take it in the wrong way. They can be persuaded even though they do not know the source of the authority; in their utter bewilderment they are ready to be persuaded by any authoritative statement. So that it comes to this, that we are back exactly where Christians were 400 years ago. The world talks about its advance in knowledge, its science, and so on, but actually we are going round in cycles, and we are back exactly where Christians were 400 years ago. We are having to fight once more the whole battle of the Protestant Reformation. It is either this Book, or else it is ultimately the authority of the Church of Rome and her ‘tradition’! That was the great issue at the Protestant Reformation. It was because of what they found in the Bible that those men stood up against, and queried and questioned and finally condemned the Church of Rome. It was that alone that enabled Luther to stand, just one man, defying all those twelve centuries of tradition. ‘I can do no other’ he says, because of what he had found in the Bible. He could see that Rome was wrong. It did not matter that he was alone, and that all the big battalions were against him. He had the authority of the Word of God, and he judged the Church and her tradition and all else by this external authority. 

We are back again in that exact position, and I am concerned about the matter, not only from the standpoint of the Church in general, but also from the standpoint of our own individual experiences. How can we fight the devil? How can we know how we are to live? How can we answer the things we hear, the things we read, and all the subtle suggestions of the devil? Where can I find this truth that I must gird on, as I put on all this armour of God? Where can I find it if I cannot find it in the Bible? Either my foundation is one of sand that gives way beneath my feet, and I do not know where I am, or else I stand on what W. E. Gladstone called ‘The Impregnable Rock of Holy Scripture’.

Read full extract here at Grace Online Library.

For more resources, and to learn more about Martyn Lloyd-Jones, be sure to visit The Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recordings Trust Web Site

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Charles Spurgeon: On The Full Inspiration And Inerrancy of Scripture
Expositional Studies in Scripture with John MacArthur (Audio Format)

The Christian Life: Grace From Beginning To End

Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

Martyn Lloyd-Jones,

“It is grace at the beginning, and grace at the end. So that when you and I come to lie upon our death beds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us in the beginning. Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the Grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace wondrous grace. By the grace of God I am what I am. Yet not I, but the Grace of God which was with me” (Spiritual Depression: Its Causes And Cure, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, p.132)

Rare Martyn Lloyd-Jones Interview [VIDEO]

For free audio and audio that can be ordered, see the Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recordings Trust. (HT: Justin Taylor)

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Biography [VIDEO]
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: On The Perpetual Fads of Market-Driven Churches
Practical Advice On Worry and the Christian Life — D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Spiritual Depression: Why You Need Christ…Not Resolutions — D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“You Cannot Receive Christ as Savior Only and Not as Lord” — D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“Advice On Reading Dr. Lloyd-Jones” by Iain H. Murray

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: On The Perpetual Fads of Market-Driven Churches

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the danger of seeker-sensitive church growth methods,

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

One of the advantages of being old is that you have experience, so when something new comes up, and you see people getting very excited about it, you happen to be in a position of being able to remember a similar excitement perhaps forty years ago. And so one has seen fashions and vogues and stunts coming one after another in the Church. Each one creates great excitement and enthusiasm and is loudly advertised as the thing that is going to fill the churches, the thing that is going to solve the problem. They have said that about every single one of them. But in a few years they have forgotten all about it, and another stunt comes along, or another new idea; somebody has hit upon the one thing needful or he has a psychological understanding of modern man. Here is the thing, and everybody rushes after it; but soon it wanes and disappears and something else takes its place.

This is, surely, a very sad and regrettable state for the Christian Church to be in, that like the world she should exhibit these constant changes of fashion. In that state she lacks the stability and the solidity and the continuing message that has ever been the glory of the Christian Church.¹

¹D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1972), pg. 35

Practical Advice On Worry and the Christian Life — D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” — Matthew 6:34

Martyn Lloyd-Jones offers this practical advice to Christians,

Why do you allow yourself to be worried thus about the future…Worry about the future is utterly futile and useless; it achieves nothing at all. We are very slow to see that; yet how true it is. Indeed we can go further and say that worry is never of any value at all. This is seen with particular clarity as you come to face the future. Apart from anything else, it is a pure waste of energy because however much you worry you cannot do anything about it. In any case its threatened catastrophes are imaginary; they are not certain, they may never happen at all….We must not go forward and tack tomorrow’s quota on to today’s, otherwise it may be too much for us. We have to take it day by day….If you want to go through life without crippling yourself and burdening yourself and perhaps losing your health and the control of your nerves, these are the cardinal rules. Do not carry yesterday or tomorrow with you; live for today and for the twelve hours you are in.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies In The Sermon On The Mount: One Volume Edition (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1993), 149, 150.

Spiritual Depression: Why You Need Christ…Not Resolutions — D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Would you like to be rid of this spiritual depression? The first thing you have to do is to say farewell now once and forever to your past. Realize that it has been covered and blotted out in Christ. Never look back at your sins again. Say: ‘It is finished, it is covered by the Blood of Christ’. That is your first step. Take that and finish with yourself and all this talk about goodness, and look to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is only then that true happiness and joy are possible for you. What you need is not to make resolutions to live a better life, to start fasting and sweating and praying. No! You just begin to say:

I rest my faith on Him alone
Who died for my transgressions to atone.”
(Spiritual Depression: Its Causes And Cure, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, p.35)

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Biography [VIDEO]

Dr. David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1919-1981) of Wales (U.K.) was one of the premier expositional preachers of the twentieth century. This is simply a short biographical sketch. For more info., articles, online books, and mp3 sermons visit The Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recordings Trust and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Online.

“You Cannot Receive Christ as Savior Only and Not as Lord” — D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“You cannot receive Christ as your justification only, and then, later, decide to refuse or to accept Him as your sanctification. He is one and indivisible, and if you receive Him at all, at once He is made unto you “wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” You cannot receive Him as your Saviour only, and later decide to accept or refuse Him as your Lord; for the Saviour is the Lord who by His death has [bought] us and therefore owns us. Sanctification is nowhere taught or offered in the New Testament as some additional experience possible to the believer. It is represented as something which is already within the believer, something which he must realise [sic] more and more and in which he must grow increasingly.”

Cited in John F. MacArthur, Jr., Faith Works: The Gospel According to the Apostles (Dallas: Word Publishing, 1993), 105.

“What Books Have Most Influenced John MacArthur?”

“What books have most influenced John MacArthur?”

Here are a few of the books John MacArthur says have had a great influence on his life:

•Arthur Bennett, ed., The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions (Banner of Truth, 1975)
•Stephen Charnock, The Existence and Attributes of God
•J. I. Packer, Knowing God
•D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preachers and Preaching
•D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount
•Arthur Pink, Spiritual Growth
•John R. W. Stott, The Preacher’s Portrait
•Thomas Watson, The Beatitudes
•Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity

You can order any of those books from Grace Books International .
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“Advice On Reading Dr. Lloyd-Jones” by Iain H. Murray

“Advice On Reading Dr. Lloyd-Jones”

by Iain H. Murray

Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

As there must be not less than fifty books by Dr Lloyd-Jones currently in print, there is some danger that the most vital among them may be missed. But how is any differentiation possible? Would any selection of those works thought to warrant first attention simply be the result of a subjective impression? Can any dependable guidance be given on the subject? We think it can.

First, let it be remembered that virtually all his books pre-existed in shorthand transcripts or recordings of sermons and of these there was a large store before the conclusion of his ministry at Westminster Chapel in 1968. How did Lloyd-Jones himself go about the selection in his lifetime? The answer to that question reveals what, in his own judgment, was of chief usefulness. In arriving at that judgment he was slow and deliberate.

We believe his judgment has been proved correct, and that the Lloyd-Jones titles that should be put first are those that he placed there in determining the priority for publication.

All his books published before 1990 are listed in an…… continue reading at the Banner of Truth Trust website (click here).