Good Doctor, Bad Medicine

In an earlier post I mentioned I was reading a book by the good doctor, Martyn Lloyd-Jones called ‘Joy Unspeakable.’ The subtitle is ‘Power & Renewal in the Holy Spirit’.

Of course, the entire book deals with seeking a ‘second blessing’ and baptism with the Spirit, so the subtitle is a little misleading if you count small words, and I do.

Anyway, I had promised to tell you what I thought of the book, but, I’m not quite finished just yet. In the meantime, I wanted to give you a few quotes from the book for you to chew on. John 1:33 is the main text from which the entire book is drawn from, which reads:

I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ (ESV)

In addition to John 1:33, the church and the activity of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts, particularly the day of Pentecost and Acts 2:33 is considered by Jones as the norm for the church as it should be today. Now, having said that, examine these few quotes and see if anything jumps out at you. What are your initial thoughts of the good doctor’s positions? And yes, I’ll give a fuller review later.


“I have tried to show that there is no experience possible to the Christian in this world higher than this experience of the baptism of the Spirit.”

What do you think about that statement?

I am suggesting that that this is something which is therefore obviously distinct from and separate from becoming a Christian, being regenerate, having the Holy Spirit dwelling within you. I am putting it like this – you can be a child of God and yet not be baptized by the Holy Spirit.

I will have fuller comment in the future, Lord willing, but these two comments by the good doctor should cause concern enough.

It’s a shame that this fine man was, at least at the time of his writing, ignorant of a proper understanding of Acts 2:33.

Very disappointing.