Archive for the ‘discernment’ Category

truth invites scrutiny whereas error always demands tolerance.

August 9, 2014

You can always recognize truth: truth invites scrutiny whereas error always demands tolerance.

John Macarthur

Antichrist – Tyndale

May 28, 2009

(Tyndale) had just published the Obedience of a Christian Man, and the Parable of the Wicked Mammon, in which he represented Rome as one of the transformations of Antichrist. “Antichrist,” said he in the latter treatise, “is not a man that should suddenly appear with wonders; he is a spiritual thing, who was in the Old Testament and also in the time of Christ and the apostles, and is now and shall (I doubt not) endure till the world’s end. His nature is (when he is overcome with the Word of God) to go out of the play for a season, and to disguise himself, and then to come in again with a new name and new raiment. The Scribes and Pharisees in the gospel were very Antichrists; popes, cardinals, and bishops have gotten their new names, but the thing is all one. Even so now, when we have uttered [vanquished] him, he will change himself once more, and turn himself into an angel of light. Already the beast, seeing himself now to be sought for, roareth and seeketh new holes to hide himself in, and changeth himself into a thousand fashions with all manner of wiliness, falsehood, subtlety, and craft.”
The Reformation In England, By J. H. Merle D’Aubigné
(Originally published in 1866)
Reprint by Banner of Truth Trust
1962 (first edition). p.311

Controversy – how to engage in it

December 12, 2008

Controversy and how to engage in it

More is at stake than simply making up our minds. We ought also to struggle with the question of how best to communicate with those who disagree with us, and to sympathize with them where we genuinely can.

In a word, we will be trying to understand other people, not just make up our minds. At the same time, we can never ignore the concern for truth.

Vern Poythress On dispensationalism and Covenant theology


December 12, 2008


“A fondness (my emph.) for controversy is not the road to extensive usefulness in winning souls to Christ.”

James Upton; Letters on the Excellence and Influence of Evangelical Truth (1819), p. 40.

(But it must be reluctantly entered into when necessary!)


December 12, 2008

Lloyd-Jones never took the title fundamentalist, and it would be inaccurate to identify him with that movement. Yet such was his opposition to liberalism and his call to separation in 1966 that one of his defenders feels constrained to say, “American readers must not imagine that Lloyd-Jones was a militant fundamentalist of the sort they are familiar with.”20 Indeed, Lloyd-Jones had reservations about the pattern of North American fundamentalism. While preaching in Toronto, Canada, in 1932, Lloyd-Jones encountered T. T. Shields (1873–1955), pastor of the Jarvis Street Baptist Church in that city and probably the leading Canadian fundamentalist of that time. Shields had heard Lloyd-Jones on the radio and was eager to meet him. The account of their meeting, as recounted by Lloyd-Jones, is rather extraordinary. The Welsh pastor related to the Canadian that he was troubled by the ceaselessly controversial aspect of Shields’s ministry. Lloyd-Jones said, “You can make mincemeat of the liberals and still be in trouble in your own soul.” Shields argued, “Do you know, every time I indulge in what you call one of these ‘dog-fights’ the sales of the Gospel Witness go right up.

What about that?” Lloyd-Jones replied, “I have always observed that if there is a dog-fight a crowd gathers, I’m not surprised. People like that sort of thing.” According to Lloyd-Jones, he closed the conversation by saying, “Dr. Shields, you used to be known as the Canadian Spurgeon, and you were. You are an outstanding man, in intellect, in preaching gift, in every other respect, but…in the early twenties you suddenly changed and became negatory and denunciatory. I feel it has ruined your ministry. Why don’t you come back! Drop all this, preach the gospel to people positively and win them!” Shields did not change his approach, but he maintained a respect for the other man. He later urged Lloyd-Jones to return to Canada in 1933 and supply Shield’s pulpit in his absence. This account is related in Murray, The First Forty Years, pp. 271–73, 283. Lloyd-Jones also recounts this incident without mentioning Shields’s name in Preaching and Preachers (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1971), pp. 259–61, although he warns immediately afterward of the danger of being too irenic in preaching.
19 See Iain Murray, “The Story of the Banner of Truth Trust,” Banner of Truth,
November 1993 (special edition), pp. 15–23.
20 Raymond Lanning, “Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Doctor,” in More Than
Conquerors, ed. John Woodbridge (Chicago: Moody, 1992), p. 209.

For those who are discerners and attack the (very real) faults of the church – watch your soul! “You can make mincemeat of the liberals and still be in trouble in your own soul.”