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  • Confronting the Darkness

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 30, 2009 Category: Articles

    Charles Colson speaks of a modern "return to the Dark Ages." When I think of the original Dark Ages, I think of a period when culture was in decline and the progress of knowledge was static. But today we read of the problem of the explosion of knowledge. Keep Reading
  • Relying on God’s Grace

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 29, 2009 Category: Articles

    The irony of the theology of meritorious suffering is that it tends to produce the very opposite effect from its original intention. What began as a call to humble willingness to suffer became an insidious tool for self-righteousness. Perhaps the most difficult task for us to perform is to rely on God's grace and God's grace alone for our salvation. Keep Reading
  • Suffering for Righteousness

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 25, 2009 Category: Articles

    Martin Luther's teaching of "justification by faith alone" was a battle cry for the sufficiency of the merit of Christ and for the graciousness of redemption. His slogan sola fide ("by faith alone") was merely an extension of Augustine's earlier credo, sola gratia ("by grace alone"). Keep Reading
  • Avoiding a False Theology of Suffering

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    Martin Luther's tenure in the monastery was a time of spiritual desperation. He was tormented by unrelieved guilt coupled with a gripping fear of the wrath of God. Why would an educated man retreat to a barren cell and abuse himself with self-inflicted physical punishment? Why would a believer go out of his way to find personal suffering? Keep Reading
  • Exercising Your Power of Choice

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 18, 2009 Category: Articles

    Does man have a free will? This question is one of the most frequently asked questions of theology. At times, it is not voiced as a question but as an objection to the whole idea of a sovereign God. Keep Reading
  • Rediscovering the Law

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    Israel's reformation came via a rediscovery of the law, which created a brief awakening to the bankruptcy of a corrupt nation. As a young man, King Josiah began the process of reformation with a spiritual purge, a cleansing of pagan elements from the religious life of the nation. Keep Reading
  • Entering into Mystical Union

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    The Christian life is lived in the context of mystical union with Christ. This union finds its initial origin in eternity. Our salvation is from the foundation of the world, resting in the grace of God's sovereign election. Paul indicates this in Ephesians 1:3-6. Keep Reading
  • Climbing out of the Mire

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 10, 2009 Category: Articles

    Our souls cannot climb out of the mire of sin because they are dead. Salvation comes not to those who cry out, "Show me the way to heaven," but to those who cry, "Take me there for I cannot." Keep Reading
  • Is the Church Full of Hypocrites?

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 08, 2009 Category: Articles

    Right Now Counts Forever
    About thirty years ago, my close friend and colleague, Archie Parrish, who at that time led the Evangelism Explosion (EE) program in Fort Lauderdale, came to me with a request. He indicated that on the thousands of evangelistic visits the EE teams made, they kept a record of responses people made to discussions of the gospel. They collated the most frequent questions and objections people raised about the Christian faith and grouped these inquiries or objections into the ten most frequently encountered. Dr. Parrish asked if I would write a book answering those objections for evangelists to use in their outreach. That effort resulted in my book Objections Answered, now called Reason to Believe. Among the top ten objections raised was the objection that the church is filled with hypocrites. At that point in time, Dr. D. James Kennedy responded to this objection by replying, "Well, there's always room for one more." He cautioned people that if they found a perfect church, they ought not to join it, since that would ruin it. Keep Reading
  • Becoming Part of the Bride

    from R.C. Sproul Oct 04, 2009 Category: Articles

    When Christ purchased His bride, He bought a bride who was "damaged merchandise." His bride was sullied by manifest impurities. She was covered by spots and marred by wrinkles. Yet what He purchased He also sanctifies:
    Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Eph. 5:25-27, NIV)
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