Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Arthur Walkington Pink

Arthur Walkington Pink  
1886 - 1952
    Arthur Pink is a favorite around our house and, in our humble opinion, we think  his insight and way with words  is right up there with Spurgeon.   While this remarkable man's life and ministry was spent in obscurity,  the legacy he has left behind has come to light in recent years thanks to  Banner of Truth Publishing and  Ian Murray’s   biography "The Life of Arthur W Pink".   AW Pink's phenomenal body of work is finally beginning to get the recognition that it so well deserves to the glory of  God.       
"Don't waste your time reading Barth and Brunner. You will get nothing from them to aid you with preaching.   Read Pink." ~ D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
     “The life of Pink tells us much that is for the glory of God.   No Christian can know him without appreciation and profit. He was led by God along a difficult path, and could say, 'Much failure attached to us at every point', but we can now see how he was guided to be a God-honouring witness in a day of much superficiality. We are humbled in the presence of his love of Scripture and his single-minded devotion to Christ. While the portrait we have attempted in these pages is still incomplete we believe it will be of help to fellow pilgrims who are all called to live by faith.” ~ Ian H. Murray
     “Pink was born in Nottingham, England on April 1, 1886 and became a Christian in his early 20's. Though born to Christian parents, prior to conversion he migrated into a Theosophical society (an occult gnostic group popular in England during that time), and quickly rose in prominence within their ranks. His conversion came from his father's patient admonitions from Scripture. It was the verse, Proverbs 14:12, 'there is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death,' which particularly struck his heart and compelled him to renounce Theosophy and follow Jesus.
    Desiring to grow in knowledge of the Bible, Pink immigrated to the United States to study at Moody Bible Institute. In 1916 he married Vera E. Russell, who was from Kentucky. However, he left after just two months for Colorado, then California, then Britain. From 1925 to 1928 he served in Australia, including as pastor of two congregations from 1926 to 1928, when he returned to England, and to the United States the following year. He eventually pastored churches Colorado, California, Kentucky and South Carolina.
   In 1922 he started a monthly magazine entitled Studies in Scriptures which circulated among English-speaking Christians worldwide, though only to a relatively small circulation list of around 1,000.
    In 1934 Pink returned to England, and within a few years turned his Christian service to writing books and pamphlets. Pink died in Stornoway, Scotland on July 15, 1952. The cause of death was anemia.
  After Pink's death, his works were republished by the Banner of Truth Trust and reached a much wider audience as a result. Biographer Iain Murray observes of Pink, "the widespread circulation of his writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century." His writing sparked a revival of expository preaching and focused readers' hearts on biblical living.”  ~  Christian Ethereal Classics
by Arthur Pink
    "Take heed what you hear" and read! More than forty years ago the saintly Adolph Saphir wrote, "I think the fewer books we read—the better. It is like times of cholera, when we should only drink filtered water." What would he say if he were on earth today and glanced over the deadly poison sent forth by the heterodox, and the lifeless rubbish put out by the orthodox? Christian reader, if you value the health of your soul, cease hearing and quit reading all that is lifeless, unctionless, powerless, no matter what prominent or popular name be attached thereto. Life is too short to waste valuable time on that which does not profit. Ninety-nine out of every hundred of the religious books, booklets, and magazines now being published, are not worth the paper on which they are printed!
    To turn away from the lifeless preachers and publishers of the day—may involve a real cross. Your motives will be misconstrued, your words perverted, and your actions misinterpreted. The sharp arrows of false report will be directed against you. You will be called proud and self-righteous, because you refuse to fellowship empty professors. You will be termed censorious and bitter—if you condemn in plain speech—the subtle delusions of Satan. You will be dubbed narrow-minded and uncharitable, because you refuse to join in singing the praises of the "great" and "popular" men of the day. More and more, you will be made to painfully realize—that the path which leads unto eternal life is "narrow" and that FEW there are who find it. May the Lord be pleased to grant unto each of us—the hearing ear and obedient heart! "Take heed what you hear" and read!"  ~  Arthur Pink
Works Available Online And For Mobile Download
     Many of  Arthur Pinks works  are available online at a number of websites.  
PB MINISTRIES:  Offers some of his works which can be read online or downloaded on a mobile device  including “The Sovereignty of God”,   “The Attributes of God”,  and “The Seven Sayings of The Saviour On the Cross” :   Arthur Pink Works Archive 
CHAPEL LIBRARY:  Offers  Pink's monthly publications  “Studies In The Scriptures  from 1934 – 1953 .  They are available in PDF form at their website and this generous ministry will also mail these little booklets  to  those is the US free of charge:   Arthur Pink's Studies In The Scriptures 
GRACE GEMS also has many of his works at their website and they have produced many beautiful audio readings at  Grace Audio Treasures:   Arthur Pink Audio Gems 

 Photo: Chapel Library
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jean said...

How interesting that A. Pink died of anaemia. One can only wonder that God gave him the strength to be so very busy in preaching the word. Pink is one of our favorite authors, too.

EJN said...

Thanks for this and the links. I am very interested to read his biography, I've only read a few of his works. I wonder if he is very much amused that his writings are prolific now? I am reading "Embracing Obscurity" and it deals with the thought that many men did not know How God would use their writings and lives until after they had met Him. Do you think Joseph thought that so many children, through so many ages would tell and retell his life to their children.
Anyway, thanks Dear Sister, have a wonderful week.
Grace, Joy and Peace to you-

Diane said...

So interesting Jojo. A self fulfilled prophecy! Perhaps the Lord does this to keep the servant humble. God bless you too with a wonderful week.

Anonymous said...

Love this post, Diane. Pink is one of my favorites too. My small group is going through the book of John, so I am rereading Pink's work on the book as well. Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years. -Spurgeon.

Blessings to you and yours,
Christina Lum

Mrs.C said...

I've never heard of him. Thank you for sharing this, I love the excerpt above! Words needed for the days we live in right now.

Anonymous said...

I love his works. While I cannot agree with every single thing he wrote, he is a really really good writer and very to the point. He is also a great defender of the doctrines of grace. You can get a lot of his books for free here:


Christina said...

AW Pink's "Practical Christianity" was the first Reformed book that I ever read. I remember the chapter that I opened up to. It was called "Private Judgment". Trust me, I was never the same. He is so biblically sound and just plain old reasonable. I'm with you and the Robert -- he's right up there with Spurgeon for me!

Love you, Diane!!!

Kim Shay said...

Ah, I can see there is a lot of "Pink" in my air lately. Something tells me I may have to buy something by him soon.

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