Sunday, February 5, 2012

Love the Lord Your God with All Your Mind

Modern Christianity, it seems, underestimates the importance of the mind and thinking when it comes to being holy and living godly lives.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones tried to rectify this in his London ministry.  His biographer writes:

"… his call to Christians was to think aright about God.  That must come first.  Not even prayer is to be put before it …  His concern was that his hearers should not simply derive comfort from passages of Scripture but that they should think theologically."

Lloyd-Jones once preached:

“We stand fast in this faith by reminding ourselves of it constantly, by reading and thinking about it,  by meditating concerning it.  This is something for which I would plead at the present time.  We must return to a consideration of the terms of the faith….  I plead, in other words, for a revival of the study of theology …  It is not enough to cultivate the devotional life.  It is essential to ‘stand fast in the faith’ when we are assailed by doubt.  And it is essential as against feelings.” 

--Iain H. Murray, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Fight of Faith 1939-1981, 30

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