“Do let us be honest with one another”

Posted: May 14, 2013 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, Uncategorized

“Now this is what I want to ask you.  Do let us be honest with one another and never profess to believe more than is actually true to our experience.  Let us always, with the help of the Holy Spirit, testify to our belief, in full, but never a word more. . . . Our chapels and churches are crowded with people nearly all of whom take the Lord’s Supper without a moment’s hesitation, and yet, without judging harshly or unjustly, do you imagine for a moment that all those people believe that Christ died for them?  Well then, you ask, why are they church members, why do they pretend to believe?  The answer is, that they are afraid to be honest with themselves.”

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his first sermon at his church in Wales, 6 February 1927, quoted in Iain H. Murray, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years, 1899-1939(Edinburgh, 1982), page 136.  Italics original.

 

 

from Ray Ortlund’s blog

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