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An Apology

It has come to my attention that there are advertisements cluttering this MLJ website. Please note that this is due to the web host (WordPress) and not me. I never see the ads because I use an ad-blocker, and so I forget about them. But my wife pointed out the ads for a toenail fungus remedy on the last post, so I thought I needed to apologize.

I am now in the process of moving the content to a web host that will not force advertising on me and the few readers of this site. The web address will remain the same – martynlloydjones.org – but it will just be hosted somewhere else.

Another possible alternative would be to pay the $4 per month (or $48 per year) to remove the ads. But, as money is tight now (even that small amount), and since I have more time than money, I’ll opt for the move.

Please accept my apologies if you have been offended by the ads!

Sean Richardson

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The primary purpose of the Church

preachingI would lay it down as a basic proposition that the primary task of the Church is not to educate man, is not to heal him physically or psychologically, it is not to make him happy. I will go further; it is not even to make him good. These are things that accompany salvation; and when the Church performs her true task she does incidentally educate men and give them knowledge and information, she does bring them happiness, she does make them good and better than they were. But my point is that those are not her primary objectives. Her primary purpose is not any of these; it is rather to put man into the right relationship with God, to reconcile man to God. This really does need to be emphasised at the present time, because this, it seems to me, is the essence of the modern fallacy. It has come into the Church and it is influencing the thinking of many in the Church—this notion that the business of the Church is to make people happy, or to integrate their lives, or to relieve their circumstances and improve their conditions.

– Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers

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A watershed issue

One of the links that I’ve had on this website for years is the link to Adrian Warnock’s articles on Dr. Lloyd-Jones. Sadly, I will no longer link to his page due his endorsement of sexual acts outside of marriage. I’m sorry that some people have a hatred for those who engage in homosexual acts, but that cannot undo God’s Word or His nature, or their need to repent of their sin.

This issue is probably going to be THE watershed issue of our day, but this has not come about overnight. This all started back in the 1800’s when churches began to permit those who questioned the inspiration of the Bible to teach in the seminaries and pastor congregations. Liberalism had enough momentum to have J. Gresham Machen kicked out of the Presbyterian Church, USA, after he had so adequately diagnosed what the real issue was.

And that issue is still today the same as it was in Machen’s day – is the Bible authoritative or not? The issue of homosexual acts is not about rights, but about the nature of sin and morality. It’s not about the redefinition of marriage, but about the redefinition of sin. And to redefine sin is to redefine (or change) the whole nature of our redemption and salvation, which therefore redefines (or changes) the One who redeems and saves.

But the Bible is plain – “I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6) and “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

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Dead links

I have been looking through the site and have noticed quite a few dead links here and there. All the articles from Banner of Truth and Evangelical Times are broken, as well as most everything in the biography section.

Hopefully this will be corrected soon.

And if anyone reading this happens to know of good material about Dr. Lloyd-Jones that I don’t have linked here, or if you happen to have the correct links, just send me an email and I’ll add or change as necessary.

Thank you for your patience.

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Update

As you might have noticed, I haven’t updated the MLJ Online site in some time. Some of this is due to work demands (I’m a high school teacher and preach every Sunday) and some of this is due to fact that I’ve been dealing with cancer for the past 2 or 3 months.

I was diagnosed with oral cancer on my tongue back in July and then had surgery at the end of August. The recovery from the surgery has gone very well, but I’m still looking at 6 weeks of radiation treatment. The good news is that I should be cancer-free and basically back to normal by the end of the year.

As I’ve gone through all this I’ve certainly pondered the issues of miraculous healing, as opposed to healing that is aided by doctors and technology. I do believe in immediate, divine, supernatural healing. But I also believe it is rare, as miracles by definition should be. Up to the morning of my surgery, I was still hoping for miraculous healing. However, God chose to use modern medicine, modern technology, and doctors and nurses to heal me. As a result of this, I was driven to look to Him in ways I never had before, trusting in Him like never before. Scripture became much more than just a text, it became a living Word to me. If I had been miraculously healed, I would have missed all the precious lessons of God’s love and patience and promises held out to us in His Word.

I also learned a lot about the fellowship of suffering. I had never before needed help. But now I felt (and still feel) the need of help from God’s people. Cards, letters, emails, phone calls, visits, and especially prayers – I had never really needed any of these things before from other people. But because I had to go through some major surgery, I know now how important it is for us as Christians to help others in need and how much those in need are helped by these things.

I believe Dr. Lloyd-Jones would concur with what I’ve written above. He spent a lot of his life dealing with these very issues because of his dual role of being a preacher and a medical doctor at the same time. But he understood the limits of medicine because he knew that just because you could heal a man physically, didn’t mean it would benefit him spiritually. So if we are to truly be of benefit to others, it is the spiritual healing that needs to come first, and only then will any physical healing be of any real value.

I am in the process of the physical healing, but there has been a tremendous spiritual healing (or quickening) because I have been forced by God into this position by the lack of miraculous healing. I am now much more fit to sympathize with and be of value to others who might also be going through similar incidents. And because of this, though I never would have chosen this in a million years, I’m glad that it’s happened this way.

– Sean Richardson

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