Emotion and Emotionalism
A Sermon on John 4:13-14
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (ESV)
What moves your emotions at church? What music makes you weep? Is it the emotional notes, somber tones, and soft lighting? Or is it the sad realities of sin and death expressed in the words of the sermon and the lyrics of the songs? What lifts your spirits? Is it an upbeat song with no substance, or lyrics which describe forgiveness and grace? In this sermon from John 4:13-14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones discusses emotionalism and how it excludes the will and the mind and expressly targets emotion. He elaborates that the truths of Christianity seek to affect the mind and the emotions rather than artificially affecting the emotions alone. He shows that when someone targets the emotions alone without engaging the mind, it will eventually leave the individual exhausted rather than fully engaged. Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls emotionalism an artificial stimulant: something that gives only a temporary high instead of lasting satisfaction. He argues that Christianity provides a more satisfying way because it engages the mind and the emotion rather than just the emotion. Do you find yourself trying to be satisfied with emotional music and sermons that have no substance? Listen to hear about how Christianity should always engage your heart and mind together.
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.