Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' Understanding of the Atonement, and a Personal Appreciation
This new book on arguably the greatest Christian preacher in twentieth century Britain, if not the world, will be welcomed by all those who benefitted from the ministry of Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, whether through hearing him preach live, through his numerous books, or now through digital formats such as CDs, DVDs, or the internet.
Dr J. E. Hazlett Lynch has been an admirer and student of Martyn Lloyd-Jones since soon after his conversion to Christ in 1971, and brings a wealth of experience and insight into his paper. The "beloved Doctor," as he is affectionately known, had an incalculable influence for good on Dr Lynch's ministry, and in this book, he puts on record some of the many lessons he learned as he read the Doctor's books, and listened to his sermons. He had the privilege of hearing Dr Lloyd-Jones preach while he was a student in Leeds in 1973, a memory he cherishes to this day.
This new publication records his appreciation of the man after 42 years of study and reflection on what the Doctor taught him. But it does something else - and this will be news to many of Lloyd-Jones' followers; Dr Lynch has painstakingly read through most, if not all, of Lloyd-Jones' books of evangelistic sermons, and has extracted from them, in the Doctor's own words, his beliefs about the atonement, what the Gospel is, who it is for, and what God has done in Christ for the salvation of the world.
It demonstrates that his theology is much closer to that of his great mentor, Genevan reformer, John Calvin (1509-1564) and the Puritan, Richard Baxter (1615-1691), and indeed to John and Charles Wesley, than he was to Dr John Owen (1616-1683) or to Westminster theology. Though a Presbyterian by upbringing and ordination, Dr Lloyd-Jones viewed his supreme standard in matters of faith and practice to be the Holy Scriptures, and not any man-made confessional standard, good as many of them are.
His doctrine of the atonement, then, is seen to be authentically Calvinistic, or Amyraldian; which is but another way of affirming that his soteriology was thoroughly biblical.
Read for yourself what the Doctor believed and taught, and then draw your own conclusions; but be prepared for many surprises on the way!
Half of the book is given over to extracts from Lloyd-Jones' books of evangelistic sermons, in number, some 359 of them.
- Hazlett Lynch, January 2012
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