The Old Evangelicalism
Sin, regeneration, justification by Christ's righteousness, the Cross and the love of God, assurance of salvation - these are the truths that once thrilled churches and changed nations. They are the message that 'turned the world upside down'. Yet where...
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Sin, regeneration, justification by Christ's righteousness, the Cross and the love of God, assurance of salvation - these are the truths that once thrilled churches and changed nations. They are the message that 'turned the world upside down'. Yet where evangelicalism continues to affirm these truths, without such results, it is often assumed that she must have new needs that cannot be met without something new. Hence the call for change, and such words as 'mere doctrine is not enough'.
These addresses by Iain Murray challenge that mindset. He shows that biblical truths are never 'mere'. Where they have ceased to move and astonish it is because they have ceased to be rightly believed. Doctrinal recovery is the first need. While the Bible, not history, is the textbook in these pages, Murray draws on the best authors of the old evangelicalism to confirm what a stupendous message the gospel truly is.
Here are the fundamental, life changing truths that will remain the power of God unto salvation to the end of time.
'Nothing is new that matters and nothing that matters can be modernised. The old way is the true way and there is no new way.' - A.W. Tozer.
'Clean the grand old pictures of the divine masters; hang them up in new frames; fix them on the walls of your people's memories, and their well-instructed hearts shall bless you.' - C.H. Spurgeon
'These may be old-fashioned doctrines, but they created missionary societies, hospitals, orphanages and refuges of penitence; they gave every child a new value, every father a new responsibility, every mother a new hope and constituted human society into a new conscience and a new trust. Let us be careful how we give up trees that have borne such fruit, and in whose leaves there has been such healing.' - Joseph Parker.
'The chief dangers that confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God and heaven without hell.' - William Booth.
Murray, born in Lancashire, England, was educated in the Isle of Man and at the University of Durham and entered the Christian ministry in 1955. He served as assistant to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminister Chapel (1956-59) and subsequently at Grove Chapel, London (1961-69) and St. Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney (1984-84), Although remaining a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, he is founding trustee for Banner of Truth Trust.