A Doctrine of the Remnant

“The trouble still in the church is a matter of foundations. There are those who would have us believe that it is a good and a right thing to form great unions, to have a great ecumenical church, and that then we shall be a great body of people confronting the world. But the question is, what is this great ecumenical church to stand for? What is she to believe? What is her foundation? We are not concerned primarily about numbers, for however great a body the ecumenical church may be, she will have no influence upon the world unless she has a truth to present, unless she has a solid and firm foundation on which to stand. Surely that is the great emphasis of the Bible. What the Bible is concerned about is truth, and in a very extraordinary manner it ridicules our pathetic faith in big battalions and in great numbers. It seems to go out of its way to teach a doctrine of the remnant and to show what one man can do when that one man is truly Christian.”

D. Martin Lloyd-Jones in Expository Sermons on 2 Peter, (Carlisle PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1983), 5.

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