In 1954, speaking of spiritual depression, Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, "I have no hesitation in asserting that one of the reasons why the Christian Church counts for so little in the modern world is that so many Christians are in this condition."
It's striking to hear of how common the struggle was in his day. Depression is no stranger to the great leaders in church history (in fact, it affected quite a lot of them), but neither is depression uncommon in the church today.
So what do we, as a church, do about it? We recently asked biblical counselor Ed Welch. Here's what he said.
For more on the theme of depression see —
- Ed Welch, book, Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness
- Ed Welch, booklet, Depression: The Way Up When You Are Down
- John Piper, book, When the Darkness Will Not Lift
- John Piper, book, When I Don't Desire God, chapter 12: "When the Darkness Does Not Lift"
- John Piper, book, Future Grace, chapter 24: "Faith in Future Grace vs. Despondency"
- The Heart of Sinful Anger (David Powlison)
- Is Sanctification Complex or Simple? (David Powlison)
- How Christ Died To Sin, And Why It Matters (Richard Gaffin)
- Learning About Sanctification From Fyodor Dostoyevsky (David Powlison)
- Why Pornography Robs a Man of His Humanness (Ed Welch)
- The Blessed Struggle Against Fear and Anxiety (Ed Welch)
- God's Aim in Election, and Our Personal Holiness (Richard Gaffin)
- Fear, Anxiety, and Growing in Sanctification (Ed Welch)
- Can I Grow in Holiness Without the Local Church? (David Powlison)