This blog and video was posted at The Gospel Coalition by Thabiti Anyabwile. It is an amazing interview that would definitely not even be permitted in England and probably not even in America in many places.
Thabiti Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands and a Council member with The Gospel Coalition.
Will We Ever See Another Interview Like It?
Perhaps you’ve already seen the 1970 interview of Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Dame Joan Bakewell on the nature of man. If not, you owe it to yourself to check out this 19-minute conversation recently released by the Martyn Lloyd-Jones Trust.
The interview is striking for a number of reasons.
First, it’s conducted in the U.K., where most observers would guess such a fair and engaging interview would be all but impossible today.
Second, the interviewer’s familiarity with basic doctrinal Christianity and the contentions of the broader culture set her apart from the talking heads today.
Third, it seems there may be very few evangelicals today of the stature of Lloyd-Jones who could command any interest from secular television.
Fourth, most sadly, are there any evangelical pastors who would be so thoroughly convinced and unashamed of the Bible’s teaching about man, sin and salvation in Jesus Christ alone?
So, I guess you should view the interview because we’re not likely to see its like in our lifetimes.
Very good job by MLJ. My only criticism is how he handled the “tolerance” objection. While he got the exclusive nature of Christianity correct, he failed to adequately distinguish between “person” tolerance (I think your idea is wrong, but I give you room to make your case) and “idea” tolerance (we should never claim our idea is more true than another). Add that distinction to this otherwise fine presentation, and MLJ substantially neutralizes her inquiry.
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