Bittersweet tears of mourning and gladness are staining the cheeks and eyes of many in the body of Christ, as one of our modern-day heroes of the faith has gone home to be with the Author of it. After many decades of faithful, joyful, and loyal service to our God and King, Dr. RC Sproul Sr was called home to be with the Lord on December 14, 2017 at the age of 78.
Founder and chairman of Ligonier ministries founded in 1971, and co-pastor of St. Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, FL, Dr. Sproul’s devotion to the teaching and preaching of God’s word and passion of returning the church’s gaze and focus back on biblical truth, has been one of the many flames that burns brightly in the fight to keep a light the 500-year movement of the Reformation of the Christian and the body of Christ in this modern day and age.
He is the author of over 90 books, including “the Holiness of God”, “What is Reformed Theology? Understanding the Basics”, as well as the mini-books of the crucial question series. His work and hundreds of teaching series are encompassed and grounded in the one and only greatest truth of all time–Christ and Him crucified.
We mourn that he has left us behind along with his wife of 57 years, Vesta Ann, and his family, however, we rejoice by the grace of God he has also left us with many great resources, teachings, and words of Christ-centered wisdom that will keep his legacy of bringing God glory here on earth as he is now rejoicing in the presence of the glory of God in heaven with many beloved saints who have gone before us.
These words of great wisdom and truth are found in Dr. Sproul’s faithful writings and teachings. We at Whole Magazine would like to share 20 of our favorite memorable and edifying quotes from Dr. Sproul Sr.:
1. "If you don’t delight in the fact that your Father is holy, holy, holy, then you are spiritually dead. You may be in a church. You may go to a Christian school. But if there is no delight in your soul for the holiness of God, you don’t know God. You don’t love God. You’re out of touch with God. You’re asleep to his character." — “Choosing My Religion”
2. "The most violent expression of God's wrath and justice is seen in the Cross. If ever a person had room to complain about injustice, it was Jesus. He was the only innocent man ever to be punished by God. If we stagger at the wrath of God, let us stagger at the Cross. Here is where our astonishment should be focused." — “The Holiness of God”
3. "Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority." — “The Holiness of God”
4. "Sin is a revolutionary act in which the sinner seeks to depose God from His throne. Sin is a presumption of supreme arrogance in that the creature vaunts his own wisdom above that of the Creator, challenges divine omnipotence with human impotence, and seeks to usurp the rightful authority of the cosmic Lord." — “How Should I Live In This World? (Crucial Questions, #5)”
5. "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."
— “Chosen By God: Know God's Perfect Plan for His Glory and His Children”
6. "To say that God's sovereignty is limited by man's freedom is to make man sovereign."
7. "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" — “The Holiness of God”
8. "When God issues a call to us, it is always a holy call. The vocation of dying is a sacred vocation. To understand that is one of the most important lessons a Christian can ever learn. When the summons comes, we can respond in many ways. We can become angry, bitter or terrified. But if we see it as a call from God and not a threat from Satan, we are far more prepared to cope with its difficulties." — “Surprised by Suffering”
9. "I’ve often wondered where Jesus would apply His hastily made whip if He were to visit our culture. My guess is that it would not be money-changing tables in the temple that would feel His wrath, but the display racks in Christian bookstores." — “Lifeviews: Make a Christian Impact on Culture and Society”
10. "To be conformed to Jesus, we must first begin to think as Jesus did. We need the "mind of Christ." We need to value the things He values and despise the things He despises. We need to have the same priorities He has. We need to consider weighty the things He considers weighty." — “The Holiness of God”
11. "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." — R.C. Sproul
12. "Holiness provokes hatred. The greater the holiness, the greater the human hostility toward it. It seems insane. No man was ever more loving than Jesus Christ. Yet even His love made people angry. His love was a perfect love, a transcendent and holy love, but HIs very love brought trauma to people. This kind of love is so majestic we can't stand it."
— “The Holiness of God”
13. "The worship to which we are called in our renewed state is far too important to be left to personal preferences, to whims, or to marketing strategies. It is the pleasing of God that is at the heart of worship. Therefore, our worship must be informed at every point by the Word of God as we seek God’s own instructions for worship that is pleasing to Him."
— “A Taste of Heaven: Worship in the Light of Eternity”
14. "God’s sovereign will is not at the whim and mercy of our person and individual responses to it." — “The Truth of the Cross”
15. "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 Holiness of God”
16. "Repentance is not just a turning to something, it's a turning from something."
17. "The closer we are to God, the more the slightest sin will cause us deep sorrow."
18. "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."
19. "To be a Christian is to be a theologian—a student of God and his will. The church is where believers should be nurtured in the practice of correct theology. The contemporary disdain for theological content and emphasis on self-image and emotions were not shared by the apostolic church."
20. "It’s dangerous to assume that because a person is drawn to holiness in his study that he is thereby a holy man. There is irony here. I am sure that the reason I have a deep hunger to learn of the holiness of God is precisely because I am not holy. I am a profane man—a man who spends more time out of the temple than in it. But I have had just enough of a taste of the majesty of God to want more. I know what it means to be a forgiven man and what it means to be sent on a mission. My soul cries for more. My soul needs more." — “The Holiness of God”