Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones (1899 - 1981) has been perhaps the single most important influence in helping me to discover the historic Christian faith.
He was a passionate Welshman, having trained originally as a medical doctor, but when he had felt the call to the pastoral ministry, he abandoned a very promising and lucrative career in London to become a pastor to a a poor community in Wales for 11 years before he became the famous preacher of Westminster Chapel in London. Apart from a God given intellect and his skills as an expositor of scripture, he used his diagnostic skills as a medical doctor in the ministry. His commentaries and books have helped countless preachers like myself.
My attention was recently drawn to this interview which he had with Dame Joan Bakewell in 1970. Since there are not many such recordings of this remarkable man available, I encourage you to watch this video clip.
Please take note of his unflinching commitment to the authority of Scripture, together with an ability to think on his feet as the Scriptures pour from his heart and mind on to his lips. He stands resolutely against the modernistic thinking of our times, arguing that man is not just a sinner because he does evil things (the facts are after all undeniable), but that he is most essentially a rebel against God! This flies in the face of modern thinking where sin is treated as 'mere sickness'. Lloyd Jones argues that none but God can fix a rebel heart, and therefore he strongly argues for the necessity of biblical preaching.