S. Lewis Johnson (1915-2004)

Discussion in 'General discussions' started by bookslover, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    Anyone on the board have an opinion regarding him? I know he attended Dallas Theological Seminary and taught there, but his thinking and preaching appear to have been somewhat deeper than your standard second-generation dispensationalist.

    I have a friend who has been fairly well impressed by him over the years.

    About 1,500 of his sermons are available for listening here: www.sljinstitute.net.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2019
  2. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Sophomore

    I have benefited very much from Dr. Johnson. He was a brilliant scholar, yet a very able and understandable lecturer and preacher. He defended Calvinistic soteriology with everything he had, even to the point of going up strongly against what he called, I believe, “modified Calvinism”—i.e., Amyraldianism.

    I highly recommend him.
  3. JTB.SDG

    JTB.SDG Puritan Board Sophomore

    I discovered him while studying Romans 5:12-21 and imputation. I read several of his sermons on this subject and they were very solid and very helpful.
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    I believe there have been a number of threads on SLJ here in the past.

    He had to leave DTS around 1976 or 1977 because he had come to embrace particular redemption and wouldn't keep quiet about it. (That was when Dr. Walvoord was still in charge. I think they may have loosened up on that in recent decades.) He finished up his career at TEDS. He also eventually abandoned pretrib and (at least by his own definition) dispensationalism, although he remained an ardent premillennialist who believed that Scripture teaches that Israel is to be resorted to the promised land.

    With that background in mind, it's helpful to know when a particular series was given as some of the older material doesn't reflect his mature views on particular redemption or the rapture and maybe a few other things here and there. The website has messages from roughly the mid or late 60s to the late 90s if not later, and no date is listed online or in the transcripts. There is a document in the S Lewis Johnson Appreciation Society group on Facebook that gives dates for the major series.

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  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    If he had committed more of his material to writing, I think he might have an even wider influence. (His former student Dan Wallace has said that SLJ was a perfectionist in this regard.)

    As it is, his tapes were circulated widely back in the day and continue to influence preachers and laypeople alike.

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  6. bookslover

    bookslover Puritan Board Professor

    I just heard the first of his 51 sermons on Romans. He mentions that they were in the middle of a heat wave in Dallas, so he started that series in the summer. He also mentions the NASB, so he began that series any time after 1973. Internal evidence for the win!

    UPDATE: Turns out his Romans series was preached in 1980 and 1981. A woman on the S. Lewis Johnson Facebook group is working to figure out when his sermons were preached. Seems to me Johnson would have kept sermon lists - wherever those may be now.
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