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Has Christianity Failed?

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A Sermon on Luke 18:8

I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (ESV)

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Has Christianity failed? This is the question that Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones seeks to answer in this sermon on Luke 18:8. Many critics of Christianity say that after nearly two thousand years since the establishment of Christianity, the world is still full of strife and conflict. The world is still full of war, poverty, and crime. Modern history has shown that, if anything, the world is only getting worse. What does all this mean for the claims of Christianity? Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows that the troubles of the world do not constitute an argument against the claims of Christianity for the reason that Christianity never claimed to solve all the world’s problems here and now. For at the center of Christianity is Christ who died upon the cross in order to save sinners from the wrath of God and make them inheritors of eternal life in the age to come. In fact, the Bible teaches that men are fundamentally sinners who hate God and oppose His Law. It is only by the Gospel that they can ever be transformed. Christianity never claims that this world will be made perfect by the Church, but what it does teach is that Jesus Christ will return on the Last Day, and He will make all things right.


Additional Scripture Translations

Luke 18:8, New American Standard Bible

8I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

Luke 18:8, King James Version

8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?


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.