- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Banner of Truth; 1st Ed. edition (December 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851515568
- ISBN-13: 978-0851515564
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,451,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knowing the Times Hardcover – December 1, 1989
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This book is one of 4 compilations of various addresses given by Dr. Lloyd-Jones over the course of his ministry (most of them still available here on Amazon). The other titles are: The Puritans--Their Origins and Successors, Unity in Truth, and Healing and Medicine (this title is more obscure than the others, but I managed to find even a copy of it on Amazon recently).
Regardless what topic or subject he spoke on, Dr. Lloyd-Jones was always carefully and scrupulously Scriptural. With great conviction--on the authority of the Bible, the inerrant revelation of God to humanity--he urged Evangelicals to be faithful to the true Biblical gospel in 3 practical ways. First, we must exert due diligence to be precise about what exactly the gospel is, making sure that we have truly experienced its saving power in our own lives, and proclaiming it to all people with clarity and full assurance that it is the only "power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes." Second, we must never exclude an Evangelical brother or sister from Christian fellowship on the basis of differences over secondary issues that are not essential to the core gospel. Third (on the other extreme), we must never embrace as a genuine believer anyone who denies any doctrines which are essential to the gospel.
It must be noted that, by refusing Christian fellowship with those who deny the Christian gospel, we are not acting in an unloving manner toward them. In fact, the most loving thing you can do is to warn those who are on the "broad way that leads to destruction" that they are sailing toward disaster under the tailwind of a false sense of security. To truly love such a person is to evangelize him and call him to faith in the true gospel--but if true Christians accept what are demonstrably false professions of faith, we are endorsing a damning delusion that will result in eternal destruction in hell--all for the sake of a temporary, shallow, and fragile "ecumenical" unity amongst everyone making a claim to Christianity in this life. Such a strategy does not benefit the church, the world, or the false convert.
These convictions undergirded everything Lloyd-Jones said on a variety of contemporary issues. He confronted every issue by bringing to bear on it the authority of the Bible as the inerrant revelation of the one true and living God to mankind. It is amazing to me that the things this great man said 50 and 60 years ago are still relevant to the modern context--that's because as an Evangelical (or "Gospel-ist," if I may use the tern), Dr. Lloyd-Jones always remained scrupulously and determinedly faithful to the "everlasting gospel" which is always relevant and always of first importance, for unless a person has a correct understanding and genuine appropriation of the gospel, he or she has no hope for eternity and can aspire to nothing higher than temporary futility and vanity in this life.
I heartily recommend this and any other books you can obtain by Lloyd-Jones (there is a rich selection available here on Amazon). The example he set is worthy of observation and emulation on the part of anyone who wishes to know how to be faithful to the living and abiding Word of God, even in the midst of the challenges confronting Evangelicals in modern times.