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  • Should a Christian Become Good Friends (Not Just an Acquaintance) with Pagans?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Apr 20, 2009 Category: Articles

    The Apostle Paul writes to the church at Corinth "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14). The text at least ought to raise the question in our minds. Would Paul's admonition here preclude close, personal friendships with those outside the kingdom? To answer properly we need only to answer this question- is such a friendship being bound together? Is it a partnership? Is it fellowship? Keep Reading
  • Who Says?

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Mar 27, 2009 Category: Articles

    It is a rather tedious and tiresome thing to pull the legs out from under our national confession. Our creed is not just internally inconsistent, it is not just incomprehensible, it is both these things rather quickly. That is, you do not start out with the fundamental premise, build a string of thirty or so syllogisms and come to a conclusion that contradicts the premise. You start with A, blink, and non-A is staring you right in the face. Our national creed is this- There is no such thing as true and false. The refutation is this- is it true or false that there's no such thing as true or false? It's over already. As I already noted, this devastating critique is by this point both tedious and tiresome. Potent and compelling, yes, but still boring as soggy graham crackers. Keep Reading
  • Our Propensity for Ego

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Mar 15, 2009 Category: Articles

    If we would seek to preach to the mind, we also must encourage those in our hearing to receive the Word preached with their minds. The habits of their hearts will be shaped by the habits of their minds. If, strangely, they listen only to check the preacher's level of orthodoxy, if they seek only to have their intellects tickled, if they attend to preaching only that they might show forth their own erudition, it is not their minds but their egos that are not being preached to. Just as a deep and complex sermon, rather than a simple and straightforward one, can be a sign of a preacher getting in the way, a deep and complex analysis of a sermon by the adept layman can be a sign of a congregant getting in the way. Our minds always need to be exhorted to beware our propensity for ego. Keep Reading
  • Believing God: 12 Promises Christians Struggle to Accept

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Feb 27, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    A passion to see Christians take God at His word inspired Dr. R. C. Sproul Jr. to write Believing God: Twelve Biblical Promises Christians Struggle to Accept, the latest release from Reformation Trust Publishing. Keep Reading
  • The Good News

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Feb 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    I've got great news -- I just saved a bundle on my car insurance. This pop-cultural punchline might just expose a real problem we have in our Christian sub-culture: we don't know what the good news is. The confusion, from one perspective, is understandable. God is good. God is gracious. We move from grace to grace, receiving gifts from Him all the time. God is in turn sovereign. He controls all things. When He tells us, therefore, that all things work together for good for those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28), we can learn that it's all good news. His coming, that's good news. His dying, that's good news. His ascending, that's good news. His sending the Spirit, that's good news. The Spirit applying all these things to His people, that's good news. Even the trials we go through here and now, they are good news as well. We are, after all, to count it all joy. Keep Reading
  • The Best-Laid Plans

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jan 13, 2009 Category: Articles

    To suggest that wisdom is always balanced seems to me to be a bit, well, unbalanced. Whoever first uttered the words of wisdom, "moderation in all things," should, I believe, have healed himself. All things? Isn't that a bit extreme? In like manner, wisdom is almost always balanced. We need to measure the wisdom of looking before we leap with the equally potent conviction that he who hesitates is lost. We need to remember, as we loudly affirm that we ought not answer a fool according to his folly lest we be like him, that we ought to answer a fool according to his folly lest he become wise in his own eyes (Prov. 26: 4-5). Keep Reading
  • Some Dance to Forget

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Dec 29, 2008 Category: Articles

    It is a sure sign of the fall that we so egregiously miss what we lost. Jesus calls us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness precisely because our priorities are all out of line. Even that for which we long -- to get back to the garden -- we long for in the wrong way. Eden, to be sure, was Edenic. It was a garden paradise. There were no weeds crowding their way in there. No bugs buzzed in ears, nor did they sting arms and legs. Adam and Eve had no need to fear that prowling lions would consume humble lambs or that cyclones would tear up their garden by the roots. Keep Reading
  • Conquering the World

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Nov 14, 2008 Category: Articles

    Thomas Aquinas was a great gift to the church. He stands among the greatest minds the world has ever known. This doesn't mean, of course, that he did not have his flaws, one of which goes to the heart of his intellectual labors. He saw it as his goal to synthesize the wisdom of Aristotle with the wisdom of the Bible. Now, Aristotle was no intellectual slouch either. That said, Thomas' goal ought to immediately raise flags for us. Even a dummy like me can see: why would anyone want to synthesize the Bible with anything? What does the Bible lack that Aristotle brought to the table? The Bible is sufficient to tell us that the Bible is sufficient. We don't need Aristotle -- or Aquinas -- to remind us that at the end of the day we don't need Aristotle or Aquinas. What we need is the Bible. Keep Reading

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