71 Insightful Quotes By R. C. Sproul That Will Teach You To Remain Sanguine
Theologian, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer, University teacher
R. C. Sproul was a revered American author, ordained pastor, and theologian. He was also the chairperson and founder of ‘Ligonier Ministries.' He could be heard daily sharing his thoughts, viewpoints, opinions and experiences on the ‘Renewing Your Mind’ radio broadcast. Some of his renowned works include, ‘Not a Chance: The Myth of Chance in Modern Science and Cosmology,’ ‘The Holiness of God,’ ‘What Is Reformed Theology?’, and ‘Essential Truths of the Christian Faith’ amongst various others. We have created a corpus of motivational quotes and sayings by R. C. Sproul, which have been gathered from his radio programs, writings, thoughts, conferences, speeches, audio and video lectures, books, articles etc. Take a look at the meaningful quotes and thoughts by R. C. Sproul that are sure to enlighten you.
Nothing could be more irrational than the idea that something comes from nothing. As the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, so the denial of God is the height of foolishness. The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in. (p.35) Most Christians salute the sovereignty of God but believe in the sovereignty of man. Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority. If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled. I do not want to drive across a bridge designed by an engineer who believed the numbers in structural stress models are relative truths. To say that God's sovereignty is limited by man's freedom is to make man sovereign. When God's justice falls, we are offended because we think God owes perpetual mercy. We must not take His grace for granted. We must never lose our capacity to be amazed by grace God’s sovereign will is not at the whim and mercy of our person and individual responses to it. We take comfort, however, that mystery is not a synonym for contradiction. It has been said that nothing dispels a lie faster than the truth; nothing exposes the counterfeit faster than the genuine. Why would the disciples invent a God whose holiness was more terrifying than the forces of nature that provoked them to invent a god in the first place? The most obscene symbol in human history is the Cross; yet in its ugliness it remains the most eloquent testimony to human dignity. Our lives say much more about how we think than our books do. The theories we preach are not always the ones we actually believe. The theories we live are the ones we really believe. It's a sin to bore people. The most brazen lie of all is the lie people tell themselves: "I have nothing to worry about from the wrath of God. My God is a God of love." If that is your thought, your god is an idol. God is never pleased with ignorant worship, with worship that is not grounded in the knowledge of God. Repentance is not just a turning to something, it's a turning from something. When people ask me how old the Earth is, I tell them I don't know because I don't. It is one thing to fall victim to the flood or to fall prey to cancer; it is another thing to fall into the hands of the living God. True faith always produces real conformity to Christ. If I thought even for one moment that a single molecule were running loose in the universe outside the control and domain of almighty God, I wouldn't sleep tonight. The Word of God can be in the mind without being in the heart; but it cannot be in the heart without first being in the mind. God is both Just and the Justifier. Was Luther crazy? Perhaps. But if he was, our prayer is that God would send to this earth an epidemic of such insanity that we too may taste of the righteousness that is by faith alone. What accounts for Luther's behavior? One things is certain: Whatever defense mechanisms normal people have to mute the accusing voice of conscience, Luther was lacking. God is serious about how we worship Him, and we must be serious about it, too. Mindless Christianity is no Christianity at all. You can't love what you don't know. The failure of modern evangelicalism is the failure to understand the holiness of God. It is easy to get faith into our heads. It is hard to get faith into our bloodstream. The promise of God is not that He will never give us more weight than we want to carry. The promise of God is that He will never put more on us than we can bear. To live in coram Deo is to live in the presence of God, being ruled by His authority for the glory of His name. The closer we are to God, the more the slightest sin will cause us deep sorrow. We break our promises to one another. We break our promises to God. But God never breaks His promises to us. Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13:15). Jacob’s Ladder represents a bridge between Jacob’s secular mindset to make it in this world and the reality of Heavenly things. Kung asks the right question. The issue is not why does God punish sin but why does He permit the ongoing human rebellion? When I read the Bible, the Bible criticizes me, I don't criticize the Bible. The Spirit inspired the Word when it originally was written. Today, He uses it to illumine us, and He applies it to our souls and hearts. Because of Christ, our suffering is not useless. It is part of the total plan of God, who has chosen to redeem the world through the pathway of suffering. What better evidence could there be of a man's salvation than that he offers to others the grace he himself has received? It is precisely the presence and help of Christ in times of suffering that makes it possible for us to stand up under pressure. I cannot read God's mind, however I can read God's Word. If we are to be biblical, then, the issue is not whether we should have a doctrine of predestination or not, but what kind we should embrace. A knowledge of the invisible God is revealed to us through that which is visible. The creation itself screams out the reality of the Creator. The essence of our salvation is found in this phrase: Simul justus et pecator. No sin has ever made any person happy. Sin simply cannot bring happiness, but it can deliver pleasure, and
when we confuse pleasure with happiness, we are wide open to the seduction of the enemy. Don't ever ask God for justice-you might get it. The Christian is not a Stoic. Neither does he flee into a fantasy world that denies the reality of suffering. When the Bible speaks of hope, it is not referring to a desire for a future outcome that is uncertain, but rather a desire for a future outcome that is absolutely sure. Christ comes from the Greek word christos, which means "anointed." It corresponds to the Hebrew word translated "messiah." When Jesus is called Those who understand God's sovereignty have joy even in the midst of suffering, a joy reflected on their very faces, for they see that their suffering is not without purpose. In order to be able to count earthly sorrows and afflictions as matters of joy, we have to cultivate the ability to think in terms of the future. The Bible's truth does not depend in any way on whether or not a person believes the truth. Truth may be mysterious, indeed even paradoxical, but never, never, never contradictory. Faith is central to the motivation of the human heart to live in a way that honors God. Love God? Sometimes I hate Him." This is a strange quote to hear from the lips of a man as respected for his religious zeal as Luther. Faith is also the means by which we live in response to the commands of God. We can no more assist the Holy Spirit in the quickening of our souls to spiritual life than Lazarus could help Jesus raise him from the dead. If we are unconverted, one thing is absolutely certain: We hate God. Just laws reflect what is right. The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in.
Sin can be pleasurable, but it never brings happiness.
To reduce the demands of God’s law is to do violence to the holiness of God. To inflate one’s own self-assessment to the point of self-delusion is an extreme form of pride.
Allan Bloom, in his book The Closing oftheAmerican Mind, chronicled the epidemic rise of moral relativism that reduces ethics to personal preferences rather than to objective norms for what is right and wrong.
Sanctification is a process. It is a gradual process. Run for your life from those who promise you instant sanctification.
Justification is by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone.
Two vitally important truths about the Christian life: we are pilgrims, and we make progress. If we are going to deal with the discipline of Bible study, we must recognize at the outset that we will need the grace of God to persevere.