Arthur Walkington Pink
1886 - 1952
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
“TAKE HEED TO WHAT YOU READ”
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