Arthur Pink

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Arthur Pink

Arthur Walkington Pink (1 April 1886 – 15 July 1952) was an English Christian evangelist and biblical scholar who was known for his staunchly Calvinist and Puritan-like teachings in an era dominated by opposing theological traditions. For example, he called Dispensationalism a "modern and pernicious error".[1] Subscribers of his monthly magazine Studies in the Scriptures included Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Dr. Douglas Johnson, first general secretary of Inter-Varsity.


Arthur Walkington Pink was born in Nottingham, England on 1 April 1886 and became a Christian in 1908, at the age of 22. Though born to Christian parents, prior to conversion he migrated into a Theosophical society (the occult gnostic group which became precursor of the New Age movement, 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 seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways 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 emigrated to the United States to study at Moody Bible Institute. He left there after only two months and began his first pastorate in Silverton, Colorado. In 1916 he married Vera E. Russell (8 January 1893 – 17 July 1962), 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 in Colorado, California, Kentucky, and South Carolina.

In January 1922[2] he started a monthly magazine entitled Studies in the Scriptures. Its relatively small circulation list of around 1,000 included English-speaking Christians worldwide and became the basis of most of his published books.

In 1934 Pink returned to England, and within a few years turned his Christian service to writing books and pamphlets. Moving to the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, in 1940, Pink died of anemia in Stornoway, Scotland on 15 July 1952. He was 66. He left behind enough written material so that his wife, Vera, was able to continue to publish the magazine until its final issue in December, 1953.

After Pink's death, his works were republished by a number of publishing houses, among them, Banner of Truth Trust, Baker Book House, Christian Focus Publications, Moody Press, Truth for Today, 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.[citation needed] Pink is left out of many biographical dictionaries and overlooked in many religious histories.


  • The Antichrist
  • The Atonement
  • Attributes of God
  • The Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer
  • The Christian Sabbath
  • Christmas
  • Comfort for Christians
  • The Doctrine of Justification
  • The Decrees of God
  • The Doctrine of Reconciliation
  • The Doctrine of Salvation
  • The Doctrine of Sanctification
  • The Doctrine of Revelation
  • The Divine Covenants
  • The Divine Inspiration of the Bible
  • Eternal Security
  • Exposition of John
  • Exposition of Hebrews
  • Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Gleanings in Genesis
  • Gleanings in Exodus
  • Gleanings in Joshua
  • Gleanings from Paul (copyright 1967 by The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Ninth printing, 1970)
  • Gleanings in the Godhead
  • A Guide to Fervent Prayer
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Interpretation of the Scriptures
  • Letters of A. W. Pink
  • The Life of Elijah
  • The Life of David
  • The Patience of God
  • Practical Christianity
  • Profiting from the Word
  • The Redeemer's Return
  • The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross
  • Studies on Saving Faith (first published in Studies in the Scriptures)
  • The Satisfaction of Christ
  • The Sovereignty of God
  • Spiritual Union and Communion
  • Spiritual Growth
  • The Total Depravity of Man


  • Iain Hamish Murray; Arthur Walkington Pink (1981). Arthur W. Pink: His Life and Thought. Banner of Truth. ISBN 978-0-85151-332-4. 
  • Richard P. Belcher (1993). Arthur W. Pink - Born to Write. ISBN 978-1-883265-01-4. 


  1. ^ Arthur W. Pink. A Study of Dispensationalism. Providence Baptist Ministries. 
  2. ^ The Life Of Arthur W. Pink by Iain H. Murray. pp. 23

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