Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because you have read Iain Murray’s seminal two volume work on Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ML-J) that you do not need to read this book.
Much of the contents of this book do not appear anywhere else, and this work reveals something more about ML-J than the biography.
You sense the immense respect Murray (who was an assitant to ML-J for three or so years) has for this man, although this is not a sugar coated account of his work, Murray does not agree with ML-J on some issues.
This book tackles ML-J’s approach and views on three issues – the importance of preaching; the importance of assurance of salvation in christianity and ML-J’s view of the Holy Spirit.
The book is a mixture of analysis by Murray, especially on the controversial issues, such as his distancing himself from JI Packer, the call to evangelicals to leave their denominations and the effect it had on ML-J’s reputation (see the chapter entitled ‘The Lost leader or the Prophetic Voice’); notes taken from an address ML-J gave to pastors on preaching; quotes on various aspects of doctrine from ML-J and finally a book review written by Murray on Mark Noll’s book Is The Reformation Over. Why the book review? ML-J was strongly against Roman Catholicism and his decision to stop working with JI Packer on the Puritan Conferences was because of Packer’s commitment to an ecumenicalism which included Catholics.
This book looks at ML-J from a different angle and it is fascinating. One of the bonuses of the book is that comes with a CD of an evangelistic sermon ML-J preached in the early 60’s. It is an amazing sermon and worth the price of the book.