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  • Harold Camping: False Prophet?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 19, 2011 Category: Articles

    As I type we are still days away from the purported rapture of the church, as predicted by Bible teacher and radio guru Harold Camping. Though his first prediction, that Jesus would return in 1994 failed, that hasn’t kept him from predicting, nor his followers from expecting that Jesus would come for His own May 21, 2011. Which raises the question- when the sun rises again on May 22, are we warranted in concluding that Harold Camping is a false prophet? The Bible, after all, says that one way to distinguish the false from the true prophet is to see if their prophecies come true. What God speaks happens. What men predict usually does not. Keep Reading
  • How Do We Learn to Best Pick Our Battles?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 14, 2011 Category: Articles

    The devil, who is more crafty than any of the beasts of the field is well aware of the nature of our warfare. He knows that eternity is at stake, and delights first to make us forget the reality of the war. As we identify with the world we lose sight of the antithesis, and find ourselves at home in Babylon. If, however, we are rightly conscious of the battle, such doesn’t mean we are rightly focused on the issues that matter most.  If the devil can distract us, encourage us to focus our energies on peripheral issues, it’s almost as good for him as if we weren’t fighting at all. Keep Reading
  • Imputation, Infusion and Eternal Consequence: A Parable

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. May 10, 2011 Category: Articles

    It is an unfair, gross distortion to hold that Rome teaches justification by works, while we Protestants teach justification by faith.  The more accurate distinction recognizes on both sides the necessity of the work of Christ. Rome affirms that His righteousness is necessary for our salvation, that without it we are without hope. That righteousness, however, becomes ours through infusion. Protestants affirm also that His righteousness is necessary for salvation, that we have no hope without it. It, however, becomes ours through imputation. Keep Reading
  • Why was Jesus raised from the dead?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 24, 2011 Category: Articles

    It is a good thing to enter into the pathos of the disciples during those dark days between the crucifixion and the resurrection.  It is easy for us to forget that they haven’t read the rest of the story. We live on this side of the resurrection, and its explication in Scripture. We have Truth revealed. They had only anguish and uncertainty.  They had lost their Lord. Their trouble, however, was not ultimately that they missed Jesus. Their heartache was rooted in something more substantial than personal sadness. Keep Reading
  • Grace Unknown, or, It’s a Wonderful Life

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 12, 2011 Category: Articles

    My dear wife is about in the middle of her treatment for her leukemia. Step one they call inception chemo. That involves roughly a month in the hospital with intense chemo. She made it through that and was happily found to be in remission. Now she goes once a month for a week of chemo, what they call consolidation chemo. The goal here is for remission to stick. Keep Reading
  • Are There Still Prophets in Our Day?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 09, 2011 Category: Articles

    Yes, and no. Too often we in the evangelical church see the prophet as a sort of white witch, a godly soothsayer that can see into the future and tell us what is going to happen. Not only do we not have anyone filling such an office in our day, there was never anyone filling such an office.  Foretelling the future never was and never will be the calling of the prophet. The prophet, instead, is called to speak God’s Word to God’s people. Keep Reading
  • Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 03, 2011 Category: Articles

    No. The god Muslims worship is, in reality, an idol.  In terms of their own theology, however, he is a single person, transcendent. The God Christians worship, on the other hand, is the maker of heaven and earth. He is one being and transcendent, who exists in three persons, which are also immanent.  Neither the one-ness nor the three-ness of God are tangential attributes. They are instead essential attributes; they define who He is. Move away from that definition and you move away from the true and living God. Keep Reading

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