Speaking the Truth in Love
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:15
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, (ESV)
One of the most misunderstood and misapplied statements in all of Scripture, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is the command of Paul in Ephesians 4:15 to always speak the truth in love. Many use this verse to argue against criticizing the views of others on the basis that it is unloving. They say that to criticize other Christians is to disrupt the unity of the church and God’s people. But this grossly misses the point of both what it means to speak in love and what it means to live in unity with other Christians. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out, the apostles and Jesus never hesitated to criticize false teachers and refute their teachings. In fact, many of the New Testament epistles were written just for this reason, to correct false teachings that had infiltrated the Church. Not only this, but the whole history of the Church has seen many creeds and confessions drafted in order to lay out clear doctrine and by this, protecting the unity of the Church. Because God has revealed the truth about him and his Son on the Bible, the Church must proclaim the truth and refute all that contradicts God’s Word.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.