A. W. Pink
Arthur Walkington Pink (1886-1952) evangelist and Biblical scholar
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.
Spiritual Growthby A.W Pink
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Spiritual growth is a mystery and is more evident in some than in others. The more the Holy Spirit shines upon the mind and puts forth His lifegiving influences in the heart, so much the more sin is seen, felt and loathed as the greatest of all evils. And this is an evidence of spiritual growth, namely, to hate sin as sin and to abhor it on account of its contrariety to the nature of God
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In his book, Spiritual Growth, AW Pink begins the book by stating that Christian spiritual growth is deeply important, somewhat mysterious, and somewhat difficult in that it is complex but comprehensive. He states what he believes is the difficulty of teaching spiritual growth and gives his reasons why the subject is practical. He then discusses the fact that people must be a Christian to understand and experience this growth and how we must strive to understand spiritual growth from God’s side as well as our own side. Pink shows us what spiritual growth is and is not and explains the stages of growth from infants to youth to maturity. He reminds Christians that the Bible commands us to watch and pray, deny self, strive against sin, put on the whole armor of God, put off the old man, fight the good fight, not be conformed by the world and to be transformed by the renewing of your mind in the Word of God. Pink emphasizes that Christians are to mortify the flesh and submit to the Holy Spirit of God. It is stated that a Christian is backsliding when his/her love for Christ is waning, we lose zeal for the glory of God, we become unable to discern good and evil, not being watchful for sin, attempting to justify sin in our life and when the world is controlling us. Christians will be growing spiritually when we recon ourselves dead to sin, live devoted to God, honor the Word of God, to walk with the LORD (to live is Christ), be obedient to God and His commands, pray without ceasing and have success in Christian warfare (fight the good fight). Living in all prudence, sobriety, stability, patience, humility, forbearance, contentment and love. I chose to read this book for two reasons; first, because I read Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God” and was so blessed by his wisdom I had to read more of his writings. Second, because this book is on the “most influential book list” for John MacArthur; I knew it would be a worthy read. This book has a lot of typos and misspelled words. I don't know if there are other editions of this book, but Bottom of the Hill publishing needs to edit the book.