Why Is Christianity Rejected?
A Sermon on John 5:40
yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. (ESV)
Why is Christianity rejected? Looking again at John 5:40, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones takes time to consider the question of why Christianity is rejected. At this point in the flow of John 5, Jesus now offers the practical application. He provides the invitation for the Jews and for all sinners to come to him. Ultimately, the invitation to come is an invitation to believe in him for salvation. Having defined what it means to truly believe in Jesus, now Dr. Lloyd-Jones considers why sinners do not come to Jesus and believe. In the context, Jesus invites the Jews to come, but they don’t. They refuse to come. Why do they refuse? Is it a matter of intellect? Many who reject argue that their intellect moves them to reject Christianity. They are educated and imply that those who accept Christianity lack a mind, intelligence and rationality. Is that really the reason? The answer is no. Intellect does not cause one to reject Christ. Looking again at the text, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that they WILL not come. The Jews, and all sinners who reject Christianity, are unable to come because of their will. The will of man and the mind of man is corrupt and in bondage to the disease of sin. What does this mean that the will is bondage and corrupt? What will the result of this bondage be? How can the will be set free? The answers to these questions unlock the key to why Christianity is rejected.
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.