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What is an Evangelical? (Lloyd-Jones)

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‘Should be read by everyone who would lay claim to that name.’ –EVANGELICAL REVIEW OF THEOLOGY

After many years of leadership in the work of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones became deeply concerned with what he believed to be subtle but real shifts in commitment to the biblical gospel. His three addresses at the I.F.E.S. Conference in 1971 drew attention to this. In them he indicated the reasons for his misgivings, gave an exposition of the true nature of evangelicalism and reemphasised the foundation stones on which it was built.

These addresses lay unpublished for almost two decades. Today, forty years later, much of what Dr Lloyd-Jones emphasised then reads like a prophecy of the future direction evangelicals would take during the years that followed. His comments are as trenchantly relevant for the twenty-first century as they were for the 1970s. If anything, his message is all the more urgent.

This material is extracted from ‘Knowing the Times‘, a selection of addresses by Dr. Lloyd-Jones during the years 1942-1977, also published by the Banner of Truth Trust.

Table of Contents:

  The Constant Necessity for Definition 8
  Recent History and Changes 13
  Re-examining Our Name 16
  The Danger of Wrong Divisions 18
  Succumbing to the Ecumenical Spirit 22
  ‘The Holy Spirit, Not Doctrine’ 26
  Non-Evangelical Opposition to Ecumenicism 29
  Guiding Principles: (1) The Preservation of the Gospel 34
  Guiding Principles: (2) Learning from History 35
  Guiding Principles: (3) Maintaining Negatives 37
  Guiding Principles: (4) No Subtractions or Additions 39
  Evangelical Priorities 42
  Watchfulness 43
  Distrust of Reason 44
  The Place of Reason 49
  Other Marks of an Evangelical 51
  Uppermost Concerns 56
  Foundational and Secondary Truths 64
  Justifying a Vital Distinction 65
  The Necessity of Opposition to Doctrinal Indifferentism 68
  Scripture: The Only and Full Authority 69
  Creation, Not Evolution 74
  The Fall and Evil 79
  One Way of Salvation 82
  The Church: Contemporary Issues 83
  Secondary Truths Not Essential to Unity 85



D.M. Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.