By D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
"Christian people," writes Lloyd-Jones, "too usually appear to be without end within the doldrums and too usually supply this visual appeal of disappointment and of loss of freedom and shortage of pleasure. there's no query in any respect yet that this can be the most it's because huge numbers of individuals have ceased to have an interest in Christianity."
Believing the Christian pleasure was once some of the most effective elements within the unfold of Christianity within the early centuries, Lloyd-Jones not just lays naked the explanations that experience robbed many Christians of non secular power but additionally issues how one can the medication that's chanced on during the brain and spirit of Christ.
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So he stands up and says: ‘Self, listen for a moment, I will speak to you’. Do you know what I mean? If you do not, you have had but little experience. The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. You must say to your soul: ‘Why art thou cast down’—what business have you to be disquieted? You must turn on yourself, upbraid your-self, condemn yourself, exhort yourself, and say to yourself: ‘Hope thou in God’—instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way.
That is why I say that this is in particular the problem of all those who have been brought up in a religious or Christian manner. Their chief trouble often is their wrong idea of sin. I remember such a person putting this very dramatically to me on one occasion. She was a woman who had been brought up in a very religious home, who had always attended a place of worship and been busily and actively engaged in the life of the Church. She was then a member in a church where a number of people had been converted suddenly from the world and from various kinds of evil living—drunkenness and such like things.
Indeed it could easily be established that the main cause of trouble in this matter is the fatal tendency to take things for granted. More and more do I find this to be the case as I talk to others about these matters. There are so many people who never seem to arrive at the true Christian position because they are not clear in their minds about certain primary matters, certain fundamental things that should be dealt with at the beginning. At the risk of being misunderstood at this point, let us put it like this: The particular trouble with which we are dealing tends, I find, to be common among those who have been brought up in a religious manner rather than in those who have not been brought up in a religious manner.