Message 8, Theology in Dialogue with R.C. Sproul and Derek Thomas:

On Friday, January 15, 2016, Dr. Sproul was joined by Ligonier teaching fellow Dr. Derek Thomas for a relaxed and informative evening of theology and dialogue. These notable theologians and pastors answered questions submitted through social media and from a live audience at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, FL. The topics addressed included God’s nature, Islam, finding a local church, Scripture, and more.


  1. Does God choose not to lie, or does His nature dictate that He cannot lie? (02:58)
  2. What’s the greatest challenge to biblical Christianity today? (03:19)
  3. Can Christians truly have assurance of salvation? (03:51)
  4. Were Adam and Eve saved? (04:31)
  5. Why does the church argue against head coverings using first-century culture when Paul argues from Genesis? (05:06)
  6. What is your favorite hymn and why? (07:13)
  7. How did they determine approximate dates for various books in the Bible? (08:00)
  8. Was the average Old Testament Jew able to gain a complete understanding of the Trinity? (10:35)
  9. Do you believe that we are headed to a point in which the government will require churches to perform “same-sex” marriages? (13:10)
  10. Why is wisdom personified as female? (16:10)
  11. Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? (16:50)
  12. Do you believe that Christians need to do a better job of defending their faith (especially as it relates to Islam)? (19:00)
  13. Is there any support for complementarianism in the creation account prior to the fall? (20:23)
  14. Did Jesus, during His earthly ministry, have the ability to sin? (22:40)
  15. Does Scripture provide hope for a child who turns away from Christ as a young college student? (25:24)
  16. If the reformers like Calvin and Luther didn’t state explicitly their end times views, what would be their presumed view in your eyes? (28:38)
  17. Have either of you changed your eschatological views? (31:45)
  18. If you had a moment with one of today’s prosperity preachers, what would you say? (32:40)
  19. What doctrine in the Bible do you find the most difficult to accept and why? (33:31)
  20. Are both of you hopeful for another awakening in our age? (35:36)
  21. In Acts 2:38 it says that baptism is for the forgiveness of sins. What do you believe about this and why? (37:49)
  22. What makes a church good and how do you find one? (39:36)
  23. Does the incarnation mean that God has changed in space and time from that point on? If not, why and how do we respond to the question? (43:59)
  24. Did the death of Jesus accomplish anything for the non-elect? (46:31)
  25. What would you say to a Christian who doesn’t believe in the inerrancy of Scripture? (48:14)
  26. What is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? (49:43)
  27. Can good theology and sound doctrine become an idol? (52:53)
  28. How have the truths from your series “Surprised by Suffering” been a comfort for you as you have dealt with health issues? (56:19)

Note: Answers given during Questions and Answers sessions reflect the views of the individual speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dr. R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries. Here is our Statement of Faith.