Voices from the Past: Dr. Martyn-Lloyd Jones (1899-1981)

If you do not know of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, let me allow Piper, Packer, and MacArthur to tell you about him:

John Piper

One of the greatest preachers of the 20th century was Martyn Lloyd-Jones, pastor of Westminster Chapel, London for 29 years until his retirement in 1968. He died March 1, 1981. But his writing and preaching continue … I think preachers need to hear this kind of preaching as a partial antidote to the relentless trivializing of preaching in our day.

J.I. Packer

‘Martyn Lloyd-Jones was not the only faithful preacher of the gospel in the mid-twentieth-century Western world, but the sense of spiritual reality — of God, of sin, of grace, of Christ, of the individual in the hands of God – that he conveyed by the way he said things in his expositions was unique to himself, and very, very powerful. And much of this still comes through as we encounter his recorded and transcribed sermons.’

John MacArthur

‘Martyn Lloyd-Jones was without question the finest biblical expositor of the 20th century. In fact, when the final chapter of church history is written, I believe the Doctor will stand as one of the greatest preachers of all time. His style of biblical exposition was meticulously thorough and yet full of energy. “Logic on fire,” was his famous description of preaching, and he had an amazing gift for blending passion and precision in copious measures.’

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in a rare footage answers a few questions in this short snippet from an interview conducted by Aneirin Taflan Jones in 1970. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a prominent doctor on the verge of having a very successful practice when he surrendered his medical profession to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. This remarkable switch from prominence to humility is striking and in this short video clip, Lloyd-Jones answers a few questions that I would have loved to ask him personally. As one who has recently responded to the call to full-time ministry after being merely a couple semesters away from attending pharmacy school, I in a small fashion identify with Lloyd-Jones in his answers. Why would I make such a dramatic switch? I am compelled to preach the gospel and this desire burns in my soul like an unquenchable fire. I believe this to be true of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as well. Here he is in his own words as he answers the following questions:

Why did you leave your successful career as a doctor to surrender to the ministry?

What do you think makes a successful preacher?

Do you believe that you had these qualities?

Here is the full interview for those of you who would like to see more. It is well worth the 11:53.


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