Message 14, Theology in Dialogue with R.C. Sproul and Derek Thomas (January 2016):

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 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.