Martyn Lloyd-Jones – By Rev George Ong (Dated 19 Sept 2022)
(This article was also sent to Rev Dr Ngoei Foong Nghian, General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) office, and for the attention of the Executive Committee Members.)
“But there is also a contrast. Like you find that the law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. That’s why Church, you are not under the law… No, we are under grace.”
In his book ‘Studies in the Sermon on the Mount’, Martyn Lloyd-Jones said:
“But let us remember also that it is equally possible so to overemphasize emphasize grace at the expense of law as, again, to have something which is not the gospel of the New Testament.”
“To say that because we are under grace we therefore have nothing at all to do with law and can forget it, is not the teaching of the Scriptures.
We certainly are no longer under the law but are under grace. Yet that does not mean that we need not keep the law.
We are not under the law in the sense that it condemns us; it no longer pronounces judgment or condemnation on us. No! but we are meant to live it (the law), and we are even meant to go beyond it (the law).
The argument of the apostle Paul is that I should live, not as a man who is under the law, but as Christ’s free man. Christ kept the law, He lived the law; as this very Sermon on the Mount emphasizes, our righteousness must exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees. Indeed, He has not come to abolish the law; every jot and tittle has to be fulfilled filled and perfected. Now that is something which we very frequently find forgotten in this attempt to put up law and grace as antitheses, and the result is men and women often completely and entirely ignore the law.”
“The Christian is a man who of necessity must be concerned about keeping God’s law. I mentioned in chapter one the fatal tendency to put up law and grace as antitheses in the wrong sense.
We are not `under the law’ but we are still meant to keep it; the `righteousness of the law’ is meant to be `fulfilled in us’, says the apostle Paul in writing to the Romans. Christ coming `in the likeness of sinful flesh,… condemned sin in the flesh’.
Well; why? `That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit’ (Rom. viii. 3, 4). So the Christian is a man who is always concerned about living and keeping the law of God.”
Regarding the biblical understanding of law and grace, who do you trust – Martyn Lloyd-Jones a giant in expository preaching or Joseph Prince, the master deceiver?
Rev George Ong
In 2 previous articles, I had shown that the big guns of Bible exposition, namely, John Stott, David Pawson and especially Martyn Lloyd-Jones have all debunked Joseph Prince’s law and grace teachings (click below to read):
I had mentioned that Prince needs to have the courage to defend his teachings against especially Martyn Lloyd-Jones, who has massively torn his law and grace teachings apart.
But in Prince’s latest Sunday sermon yesterday (18 Sep 2022), he dared not even mention a single point of Lloyd-Jones’ refutation against his law and grace doctrine.
This only goes to show that Joseph Prince is a coward who could not bring himself to face Lloyd-Jones.
As you are now aware, in the second article, I have also featured more rebuttals of Lloyd-Jones against Prince’s law and grace doctrine.
Let’s see if Joseph Prince will rise above his cowardly silence and speak in defence of his grace doctrine against that of Martyn Lloyd-Jones this coming Sunday on 25 Sep 2022.