The Age of the Clinical
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)
In this sermon on John 4:13-14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses two common extremes that people tend to fall into; namely, pure emotionalism and pure intellectualism. He points out that the world swings, like a pendulum, between relying solely on emotions and relying solely on intellect. Both of these extremes are excluded in Christianity which embraces emotions that are grounded in truth. He shows that the world often excludes emotion to protect itself from pain. To illustrate this, he uses the philosophy of stoicism. This philosophy attempts to cut out all emotion in order to be unaffected and safe. Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out that this kind of false protection is only a partial solution to the problems that we face. It merely ignores suffering rather than providing a solution for it. He describes Christianity as a balanced view of intellect and emotion; God created us as creatures that are made to do more than understand truth; we are made to feel truth. Moreover, our Savior wept over sin and suffering. Whereas the world would rob us of either knowing truth or feeling and experiencing it, but God would have you weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who are rejoicing.
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.