Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

By D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

This enduring number of twenty-one sermons through D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, every one initially brought at Westminster Chapel in London, conscientiously and compassionately analyzes an indisputable characteristic of recent society from which Christians haven't escaped -- non secular depression.

"Christian people," writes Lloyd-Jones, "too frequently appear to be endlessly within the doldrums and too usually supply this visual appeal of disappointment and of loss of freedom and shortage of pleasure. there isn't any query in any respect yet that this can be the most the reason is, huge numbers of individuals have ceased to have an interest in Christianity."

Believing the Christian pleasure was once the most effective components within the unfold of Christianity within the early centuries, Lloyd-Jones not just lays naked the explanations that experience robbed many Christians of religious power but in addition issues the right way to the therapy that's chanced on throughout the brain and spirit of Christ.

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If you have never realized your guilt or guiltiness before God you will never have joy in Christ. It is impossible. ’ There is the first thing—conviction of sin. If you have not a conviction of sin, and if you do not realize that you are unworthy before God, and that you are utterly condemned and a complete failure before God, pay attention to nothing else until you have it, until you come to this realization, because you will never find joy, you will never get rid of your depression until you are right about that.

He said He would punish it, so He must punish it, and, blessed be His Name, He has punished it. He is just, therefore, and the justifier of them that believe in Jesus. The sin has been punished, so God, Who is just and righteous, can forgive sin. How then does it work? It works like this. God accepts this righteousness of Christ, this perfect righteousness face to face with the Law which He honored in every respect. He has kept it and given obedience to it, He has borne its penalty. The Law is fully satisfied.

But while I emphasize, with all my being, the fact that temperament does not make the slightest difference in the matter of our fundamental salvation, I am equally anxious to emphasize the fact that it does make a very great difference in actual experience in the Christian life, and that when you are trying to diagnose a condition such as that of spiritual depression, it is something with which you should start, it is something to put at the very beginning. In other words, as I understand the Biblical teaching about this matter, there is nothing which is quite so important as that we should without delay, and as quickly as possible, get to know ourselves.

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