Rc Sproul Quotes

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If God is the Creator of the entire universe, then it must follow that He is the Lord of the whole universe. No part of the world is outside of His lordship. That means that no part of my life must be outside of His lordship.
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R.C. Sproul
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As the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, so the denial of God is the height of foolishness.
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R.C. Sproul (Essential Truths of the Christian Faith)
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The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in. (p.35)
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R.C. Sproul (Knowing Scripture)
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God’s grace is not infinite. God is infinite, and God is gracious. We experience the grace of an infinite God, but grace is not infinite. God sets limits to His patience and forbearance. He warns us over and over again that someday the ax will fall and His judgment will be poured out.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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We do not segment our lives, giving some time to God, some to our business or schooling, while keeping parts to ourselves. The idea is to live all of our lives in the presence of God, under the authority of God, and for the honor and glory of God. That is what the Christian life is all about.
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (Chosen By God: Know God's Perfect Plan for His Glory and His Children)
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I think the greatest weakness in the church today is that almost no one believes that God invests His power in the Bible. Everyone is looking for power in a program, in a methodology, in a technique, in anything and everything but that in which God has placed itβ€”His Word. He alone has the power to change lives for eternity, and that power is focused on the Scriptures.
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R.C. Sproul (The Prayer of the Lord)
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Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once, and He volunteered.
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R.C. Sproul Jr.
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Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God
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Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us. As we engage in this communion with God more deeply and come to know the One with whom we are speaking more intimately, that growing knowledge of God reveals to us all the more brilliantly who we are and our need to change in conformity to Him. Prayer changes us profoundly.
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R.C. Sproul (The Prayer of the Lord)
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It is fashionable in some academic circles to exercise scholarly criticism of the Bible. In so doing, scholars place themselves above the Bible and seek to correct it. If indeed the Bible is the Word of God, nothing could be more arrogant. It is God who corrects us; we don’t correct Him. We do not stand over God but under Him.
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R.C. Sproul (Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow)
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For a Christian to be a Christian, he must first be a sinner. Being a sinner is a prerequisite for being a church member. The Christian church is one of the few organizations in the world that requires a public acknowledgement of sin as a condition for membership.
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R.C. Sproul (Reason to Believe: A Response to Common Objections to Christianity)
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The most violent expression of God's wrath and justice is seen in the Cross. If ever a person had room to complain for 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.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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There are only two ways that God’s justice can be satisfied with respect to your sin. Either you satisfy it or Christ satisfies it. You can satisfy it by being banished from God’s presence forever. Or you can accept the satisfaction that Jesus Christ has made.
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R.C. Sproul (Choosing My Religion)
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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
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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To say that God's sovereignty is limited by man's freedom is to make man sovereign.
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Sin is cosmic treason. Sin is treason against a perfectly pure Sovereign. It is an act of supreme ingratitude toward the One to whom we owe everything, to the One who has given us life itself. Have you ever considered the deeper implications of the slightest sin, of the most minute peccadillo? What are we saying to our Creator when we disobey Him at the slightest point? We are saying no to the righteousness of God. We are saying, β€œGod, Your law is not good. My judgement is better than Yours. Your authority does not apply to me. I am above and beyond Your jurisdiction. I have the right to do what I want to do, not what You command me to do.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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In fact, the Devil is delighted when we spend our time and energy defending the Bible, as long as we do not get around to actually reading the Bible.
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R.C. Sproul Jr. (Believing God)
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I do not want to drive across a bridge designed by an engineer who believed the numbers in structural stress models are relative truths.
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R.C. Sproul (Choosing My Religion)
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It has been said that nothing dispels a lie faster than the truth; nothing exposes the counterfeit faster than the genuine.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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The more faithful preachers are to the Word of God in their preaching, the more liable they are to the charge of hypocrisy. Why? Because the more faithful people are to the Word of God the higher the message is that they will preach. The higher the message, the further they will be from obeying themselves.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (Choosing My Religion)
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The clearest sensation that a human being has when he experiences the holy is an overpowering and overwhelming sense of creatureliness. That is, when we are in the presence of God, we are humbled and become most aware of ourselves as creatures. This is the opposite of Satan's original temptation, "You shall be as gods.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (Lifeviews: Make a Christian Impact on Culture and Society)
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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.
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We want to be saved from our misery, but not from our sin. We want to sin without misery, just as the prodigal son wanted inheritance without the father. The foremost spiritual law of the physical universe is that this hope can never be realized. Sin always accompanies misery. There is no victimless crime, and all creation is subject to decay because of humanity’s rebellion from God.
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R.C. Sproul (Choosing My Religion)
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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.
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When we understand the character of God, when we grasp something of His holiness, then we begin to understand the radical character of our sin and hopelessness. Helpless sinners can survive only by grace. Our strength is futile in itself; we are spiritually impotent without the assistance of a merciful God. We may dislike giving our attention to God's wrath and justice, but until we incline ourselves to these aspects of God's nature, we will never appreciate what has been wrought for us by grace. Even Edwards's sermon on sinners in God's hands was not designed to stress the flames of hell. The resounding accent falls not on the fiery pit but on the hands of the God who holds us and rescues us from it. The hands of God are gracious hands. They alone have the power to rescue us from certain destruction.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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There are times when we suffer innocently at other people’s hands. When that occurs, we are victims of injustice. But that injustice happens on a horizontal plane. No one ever suffers injustice on the vertical plane. That is, no one ever suffers unjustly in terms of his or her relationship with God. As long as we bear the guilt of sin, we cannot protest that God is unjust in allowing us to suffer.
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R.C. Sproul (Surprised by Suffering)
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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?
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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The most obscene symbol in human history is the Cross; yet in its ugliness it remains the most eloquent testimony to human dignity.
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The closer we are to God, the more the slightest sin will cause us deep sorrow.
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God’s sovereign will is not at the whim and mercy of our person and individual responses to it.
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R.C. Sproul (The Truth of the Cross)
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It's a sin to bore people.
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (Lifeviews: Make a Christian Impact on Culture and Society)
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The cliche is that misery loves company. Another is that there is fellowship among thieves. But thieves do not seek the consoling presence of the fellowship of police officers. Sinful misery does not love the company of purity.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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What makes art Christian art? Is it simply Christian artists painting biblical subjects like Jeremiah? Or, by attaching a halo, does that suddenly make something Christian art? Must the artist’s subject be religious to be Christian? I don’t think so. There is a certain sense in which art is its own justification. If art is good art, if it is true art, if it is beautiful art, then it is bearing witness to the Author of the good, the true, and the beautiful
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R.C. Sproul (Lifeviews: Make a Christian Impact on Culture and Society)
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God is never pleased with ignorant worship, with worship that is not grounded in the knowledge of God.
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Repentance is not just a turning to something, it's a turning from something.
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True faith always produces real conformity to Christ.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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We take comfort, however, that mystery is not a synonym for contradiction.
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R.C. Sproul (The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World)
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (Surprised by Suffering)
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Romans 8:28 is one of the most comforting texts in all of Scripture. It assures the believer that all "tragedies" are ultimately blessings. It does not declare that all things that happen are good in themselves but that in all the thing that happen to us God is working in and through them for our good. This is also fimrly grounded in His eternal purpose for His people.
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R.C. Sproul (Loved by God)
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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It is one thing to believe in God; it is quite another to believe God.
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R.C. Sproul (Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life)
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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We tend to have mixed feelings about the holy. There is a sense in which we are at the same time attracted to it and repulsed by it. Something draws us toward it, while at the same time we want to run away from it. We can’t seem to decide which way we want it. Part of us yearns for the holy, while part of us despises it. We can’t live with it, and we can’t live without it.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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I am not interested in standing for what I believe in, but in standing for the truth. I and my conscience are liars. God's law is truth.
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R.C. Sproul Jr.
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When people ask me how old the Earth is, I tell them I don't know because I don't.
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life)
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There's this thing that I like to call the RC Sproul principle of hermenutics. When you're reading the bible and you come across someone doing something really stupid, don't say to yourself "I'm glad I'm not him". Ask yourself "How am I that stupid?
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R.C. Sproul Jr.
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (A Taste of Heaven: Worship in the Light of Eternity)
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The real crisis of worship today is not that the preaching is paltry or that it’s too drafty in church. It is that people have no sense of the presence of God, and if they have no sense of His presence, how can they be moved to express the deepest feelings of their souls to honor, revere, worship, and glorify God?
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R.C. Sproul (A Taste of Heaven: Worship in the Light of Eternity)
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I cannot read God's mind, however I can read God's Word.
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God is both Just and the Justifier.
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The simplistic way of not conforming is to see what is in style in our culture and then do the opposite. If short hair is in vogue, the nonconformist wears long hair. If going to the movies is popular, then Christians avoid movies as β€œworldly.” The extreme case of this may be seen in groups that refuse to wear buttons or use electricity because such things, too, are worldly. A superficial style of nonconformity is the classical pharisaical trap. The kingdom of God is not about buttons, movies, or dancing. The concern of God is not focused on what we eat or what we drink. The call of nonconformity is a call to a deeper level of righteousness, that goes beyond externals. When piety is defined exclusively in terms of externals, the whole point of the apostle’s teaching has been lost. Somehow we have failed to hear Jesus’ words that it is not what goes into a person’s mouth that deflies a person, but what comes out of that mouth. We still want to make the kingdom a matter of eating and drinking.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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The day of one's birth is a good day for the believer, but the day of death is the greatest day that a Christian can ever experience in this world because that is the day he goes home, the day he walks across the threshold, the day he enters the Father's house.
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R.C. Sproul (Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life)
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God is serious about how we worship Him, and we must be serious about it, too.
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life)
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Mindless Christianity is no Christianity at all. You can't love what you don't know.
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The failure of modern evangelicalism is the failure to understand the holiness of God.
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (The Mystery of the Holy Spirit)
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It is easy to get faith into our heads. It is hard to get faith into our bloodstream.
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It is precisely the presence and help of Christ in times of suffering that makes it possible for us to stand up under pressure.
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R.C. Sproul (Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life)
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God’s grace is resistible in the sense that we can and do resist it. It is irresistible in the sense that it achieves its purpose. It brings about God’s desired effect.
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R.C. Sproul (Chosen by God)
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Ultimately the only answer God gave to job was a revelation of Himself. It was as if God said to him, "Job, I am your answer." Job was not asked to trust a plan but a person, a personal God who is sovereign, wise, and good. It was as if God said to Job: "Learn who I am. When you know me, you know enough to handle anything.
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R.C. Sproul (Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life)
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Perhaps the most shockingly transcendent thing about the God we worship is that He is pleased to stoop down to us, to draw near, to know us, love us, walk with us, and call us all by name.
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R.C. Sproul Jr. (The Call to Wonder: Loving God like a Child)
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To be a Christian is to be a theologianβ€”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.
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You can grieve for me the week before I die, if I’m scared and hurting, but when I gasp that last fleeting breath and my immortal soul flees to heaven, I’m going to be jumping over fire hydrants down the golden streets, and my biggest concern, if I have any, will be my wife back here grieving. When I die, I will be identified with Christ’s exaltation. But right now, I’m identified with His affliction.
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R.C. Sproul (A Taste of Heaven: Worship in the Light of Eternity)
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The suffering of the Christian or anyone else in this world is never ultimately an accident. All suffering is within the pale of divine sovereignty. All suffering comes within the broader context of the sovereignty of God.
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R.C. Sproul (Reason to Believe: A Response to Common Objections to Christianity)
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The kingdom of God is not our only inheritance. In His last will and testament, Jesus left His heirs something else, something very special: β€œPeace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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Because we are more adult than actually mature, we tend to take our sins and baptize them, dressing them up as spiritual maturity.
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R.C. Sproul Jr. (The Call to Wonder: Loving God like a Child)
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life)
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Though sin often brings immediate pleasure, it gives no lasting joy. If we understand the difference, we can avoid the pitfalls that entice the believer.
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R.C. Sproul (Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow)
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If we are unconverted, one thing is absolutely certain: We hate God.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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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.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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The idea of holiness is so central to biblical teaching that it is said of God, β€œHoly is his name” (Luke 1:49). His name is holy because He is holy. He is not always treated with holy reverence. His name is tramped through the dirt of this world. It functions as a curse word, a platform for the obscene. That the world has little respect for God is vividly seen by the way the world regards His name. No honor. No reverence. No awe before Him.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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If you should ever be blessed to be far enough from the cacophony of civilization when a heavy snow falls, you can even hear the very music of the iced dew's delicate descent. It is the repainting of a landscape in a thousand hues of white. It is the dance of the wind.
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R.C. Sproul Jr. (The Call to Wonder: Loving God like a Child)
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How can we love a holy God? The simplest answer I can give to this vital question is that we can’t. Loving a holy God is beyond our moral power. The only kind of God we can love by our sinful nature is an unholy god, an idol made by our own hands. Unless we are born of the Spirit of God, unless God sheds His holy love in our hearts, unless He stoops in His grace to change our hearts, we will not love Him.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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What kind of a concept of God do we have that we would say that God is paralyzed by human choices? If His freedom is limited by our freedom, we are sovereign, not God. No, we are free, but God is even more free. This means that our freedom can never limit God’s sovereignty.
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R.C. Sproul (Does God Control Everything? (Crucial Questions, #14))
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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 manβ€”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.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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Everything we learnβ€”economics, philosophy, biology, mathematicsβ€”has to be understood in light of the overarching reality of the character of God. That is why, in the Middle Ages, theology was called β€œthe queen of the sciences” and philosophy β€œher handmaiden.” Today the queen has been deposed from her throne and, in many cases, driven into exile, and a supplanter now reigns. We have replaced theology with religion.
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R.C. Sproul (Everyone's a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology)
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Luther examined the Great Commandment, "'Live the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all yor strength and with all your mind.'; and, 'Love yor neighbor as yourself'" (Luke 10:27) Then he asked himself, What is the Great Trangression?" Some answer this question by saying that great sin is murder, adultery, blasphemy, or unbelief. Luther disagreed. He concluded that if the Great Commandment was to live Gid with all the heart, than the Great Transgression was to fail to love God with all the heart. He saw a balance between great obligations and great sins.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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All true Christian love is one and the same in its principle. It comes from the same source or fountain and is communicated to the believer by the same Holy Spirit. In this love, both God and man are loved from the same motive, namely, for holiness' sake.
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R.C. Sproul (Loved by God)
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It is a profound political reality that Christ now occupies the supreme seat of cosmic authority. The kings of this world and all secular governments may ignore this reality, but they cannot undo it. The universe is no democracy. It is a monarchy. God himself has appointed his beloved Son as the preeminent King. Jesus does not rule by referendum, but by divine right. In the future every knee will bow before him, either willingly or unwillingly. Those who refuse to do so will have their knees broken with a rod of iron.
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R.C. Sproul (What is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics)
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Everyone has the right to do his own thing. This slogan is as crass as it is silly. If it were followed by everyone resolutely, society itself would be an impossibility. No one would have any true rights protected, because it at any given moment my rights could trample your rights
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R.C. Sproul (Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue)
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Instead of seeing all of this as God's extraordinary grace, we come to expect the comfort and joys that God gives us as the baseline, the measure of what we believe to be our due. When our comfort level drops below our expectations, we are shocked and angered, and even foolishly express our outrage to God Himself.
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R.C. Sproul Jr. (The Call to Wonder: Loving God like a Child)
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When you struggle with your faith, when you face the dark night of the soul, when you are not sure of where you stand with the things of God, flee to the Scriptures. It is from those pages that God the Holy Spirit will speak to you, minister to your soul, and strengthen the faith that He gave to you in the first place.
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R.C. Sproul (What Is Faith? (Crucial Questions, #8))
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I was new Christian. My conversation had been sudden and dramatic, a replica for me of the Damascus Road. My life had been turned upside down,, and I was filled with zeal for the sweetness of Christ. I was consumed with a new passion. To study the Scripture. To learn hoe to pray. To conquer the vices that assaulted my character. To grow in grace. I wanted desperately to make my life count for Christ. My soul was singing, "Lord, I want to be a Christian.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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The concept of divine revelation was central to Augustine's epistemology, or theory of knowledge. The metaphor of light is instructive. In our present earthly state we are equipped with the faculty of sight. We have eyes, optic nerves, and so forth- all the equipment needed for sight. But a man with the keenest eyesight can see nothing if he is locked in a totally dark room. So just as an external source of light is needed for seeing, so an external revelation from God is needed for knowing. When Augustine speaks of revelation, he is not speaking of Biblical revelation alone. He is also concerned with "general" or "natural" revelation. Not only are the truths in Scripture dependent on God's revelation, but all truth, including scientific truth, is dependent on divine revelation. This is why Augustine encouraged students to learn as much as possible about as many things as possible. For him, all truth is God's truth, and when one encounters truth, one encounters the God whose truth it is.
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R.C. Sproul (The Consequences of Ideas: Understanding the Concepts that Shaped Our World)
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The tongue is a restless evil, full o deadly poison. This was the realization of Isaiah. He recognized that he was not alone in his dilemma. He understood that the whole nation was infected with dirty mouths: "I live among a people of unclean lips." in the flash of the moment Isaiah had a new radical understanding of sin. He saw that is was pervasive, in him and in everyone else.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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Together my wife and I are building the kingdom of God, exercising dominion, beating back the weeds of stinky dippers, tending the garden God has put us in. This is why my dear wife vacuums the floor, for it is part of the garden she has been called to dress and to keep. But she is doing this not as raw duty, but because she understands that she is exercising dominion over the dust, for the glory of Christ.
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R.C. Sproul Jr. (Bound for Glory: God's Promise for Your Family)
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To suffer as a Christian carries no shame. Peter concludes: "Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator" (1 Peter 4:19). Here, Peter erases all doubt about the question of whether it is ever the will of God that we should suffer. He speaks of those who suffer "according to the will of God." This text means that suffering itself is part of the sovereign will of God.
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R.C. Sproul (Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life)
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The call to delight in our heavenly Father is not one that can be rightly obeyed with bootstrap effort. One cannot grimly determine to rejoice in the grace of God. The only way to rejoice the way David did is to be overcome with emotion. David's joyous dance was true to who he was and true to how he felt about God. It was David becoming like a child, so much so that he insisted on giving in to his willingness, even his eagerness, to become undignified.
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R.C. Sproul Jr. (The Call to Wonder: Loving God like a Child)
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If there is a secret, a carefully guarded secret, to human happiness, it is that one expressed in a seventeenth-century catechism that says, β€œMan’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” The secret to happiness is found in obedience to God. How can we be happy if we are not obedient? How can we be obedient if we do not know what it is we are to obey? Thus the top and the tail of it is that happiness cannot be fully discovered as long as we remain ignorant of God’s Word.
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R.C. Sproul (Knowing Scripture)
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Death frightens us. When we see another person die, we are reminded that we are also mortal, that someday death will come to us. It is a thought we try to push from our minds. We are uncomfortable when another's death rudely intrudes into our lives and reminds us of what we will face at some unknown future date. Death reminds us that we are creatures. Yet as fearsome as death it is, it is nothing compared with meeting a holy God. When we encounter Him, the totality of our creatureliness breaks upon us and shatters the myth that we have believed about ourselves, the myth that we are demigods, junior-grade deities, who will try to live forever.
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R.C. Sproul (The Holiness of God)
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What we call β€œthe laws of nature” merely reflect the normal way in which God sustains or governs the natural world. Perhaps the most wicked concept that has captured the minds of modern people is the belief that the universe operates by chance. That is the nadir of foolishness. Elsewhere, I have written more extensively on the scientific impossibility of assigning power to chance, because chance is simply a word that describes mathematical possibilities.* Chance is not a thing. It has no power. It cannot do anything, and therefore it cannot influence anything, yet some have taken the word chance, which has no power, and diabolically used it as a replacement for the concept of God. But the truth, as the Bible makes clear, is that nothing happens by chance and that all things are under the sovereign government of God, which is exceedingly comforting to the Christian who understands it.
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R.C. Sproul (Everyone's a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology)