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Several Quotes from R.C. Sproul (d. 2017) on DEATH

The Pittsburgh native attended Westminster College for its football program—not its Presbyterian affiliation. But he ended up coming to faith early in his college career through the team’s captain. He shared his testimony with CT in 2002, saying:

[The football captain] quoted Ecclesiastes 11:3: “Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie.” I just feel certain I’m the only person in church history that was converted by that verse. God just took that verse and struck my soul with it. I saw myself as a log that was rotting in the woods. And I was going nowhere.  When I left that guy’s table I went up to my room. And into my room by myself, in the dark, and got on my knees and cried out to God to forgive me.

The author of Chosen By God, The Holiness of God, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, and many other books, Sproul wrote about passing away for Tabletalk magazine in 2011, exploring the gain for a believer to die and be with Christ.

“When we close our eyes in death, we do not cease to be alive; rather, we experience a continuation of personal consciousness. No person is more conscious, more aware, and more alert than when he passes through the veil from this world into the next,” he wrote, six years before passing away in a suburban Orlando hospital.

“Far from falling asleep, we are awakened to glory in all of its significance. For the believer, death does not have the last word. Death has surrendered to the conquering power of the One who was resurrected as the firstborn of many brethren.”

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2018 in death

 

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Back to the Basics: Theology Proper #9 God’s HOLINESS!

Universalists (those who say that all will be saved whether they believe in Jesus or not) love to emphasize God’s . . . love!  They say that His love is His defining attribute (or characteristic).  Nels F.S. Ferré said this about God’s love:   “Some have never really seen how completely contradictory are heaven and hell as eternal realities. Their eyes have never been opened to this truth. If eternal hell is real, love is eternally frustrated and heaven is a place of mourning and concern for the lost. Such joy and such grief cannot go together. There can be no psychiatric split personality for the real lovers of God and surely not for God himself. That is the reason that heaven can be heaven only when it has emptied hell, as surely as love is love and God is God. God cannot be faithless to Himself no matter how faithless we are; and His is the power, the kingdom and the glory.”

“Christ is love,” declares Ferré, “and Love never fails. To say that Love fails is to insult God.” No one shall go to a place called hell forever, declares Ferré. “The wonder of Christology is the waiting for the final victory by scorned Love and the transfigured glory of accepted Love where none shall stand outside it.” (for a complete discussion of universalism, see my book The Other Side of the Good News: Confronting Contemporary Challenges to Jesus’ Teaching on Hell).

But the only attribute of God which is repeated three times in Scripture is His . . . HOLINESS!  God is holy, allergic to sin!  The late Dr. R.C. Sproul produced a series of lectures on the Holiness of God (which may be found here).  Here’s a short video on our common view of God’s holiness by a very young R.C. Sproul:

Aren’t you grateful for the MERCY of a HOLY GOD?

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2018 in doctrine of God

 

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A CLIP FROM R.C. SPROUL’S SERIES “THE HOLINESS OF GOD”

One of my THE6341 (“Theological Methods and Issues”) students here at Columbia International University found the following link which allows everyone to watch the fantastic series by R.C. Sproul entitled “The Holiness of God”!  The link for the series is:  http://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/holiness_of_god/

Here’s one of my favorite clips from that series:

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in HOLINESS OF GOD

 

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Time for a Great Quote! (R.C. Sproul)

“I’m afraid that in the United States of America today the prevailing Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 6.19.53 AMdoctrine of justification is not justification by faith alone. It is not even justification by good works or by a combination of faith and works. The prevailing notion of justification in our culture today is justification by death. All one has to do to be received into the everlasting arms of God is to die.” (R.C. Sproul, Saved from What?)

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in salvation

 

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