Questions for R. C. Sproul
From the blog at http://fide-o.blogspot.com, Jason Robertson writes:
Today, I am attending â€œThe Cross of Christ: Redemption Accomplishedâ€ Conference in Anaheim, California with R.C. Sproul and Ligon Duncan.
Last night I got a chance to spend some time with Dr. Sproul and talk about eschatology. I mentioned to him that I felt like in his book â€œThe Last Days According to Jesusâ€ that he really didnâ€™t let his readers know which eschatological camp he was in: Premil, Postmil, or Amil. He laughed heartily and replied, â€œThatâ€™s right, because I donâ€™t actually know. I see valid points in all of them and weaknesses, too.â€
R.C. made sure that I knew that he was a partial preterist who viewed this age in a very positive way. He talked about how the church in the West is filled with apostasy and liberalism but in other parts of the world the church is doing great. When he spoke of these matters he sounded like an Amillennialist. But he said that when it came to Romans chapter 11 that he agreed with Charles Hodge and believed that there was something in the future specially for the ethnic Jews of Israel. His view of Romans 11 was similar to Historical Premil. He then apologized to me for being confused. Now that was humbling. If it were not for Dr. Sproul quite possibly I could still be an Arminian â€“ so donâ€™t apologize to me, Dr. Sproul. In fact, to confess that some theology confuses you encourages me and reminds me that we all approach the Bible from the same place â€“ a place of desperate need for Godâ€™s wisdom!
The service last night was a Q&A session with Dr. Sproul. Here are some of the answers he gave. There were more questions than what I have listed below and, of course, Dr. Sproulâ€™s answers were longer than what I have given below. But I thought you may enjoy this abridged version.
Q â€“ How do you feel about current supernatural works of the Holy Spirit?
A â€“ I feel good about the Holy Spirit miraculously doing His work of bringing men to salvationâ€¦ But concerning miracles as defined theologically I am a cessationistâ€¦. Miracles in Scripture were used by God to verify and authenticate agents of revelation and to verify the divinity of Christâ€¦ God is not doing such miracles today.
Q â€“ Are Arminians saved?
A â€“ The real question is whether they are safeâ€¦ Saved? Most are, barelyâ€¦ really the debate between Calvinists and Arminians is an intramural debate among Christians.
Q â€“ Why is tension between Reformed Christians and Conservative Evangelical over the doctrine of predestination?
A â€“ There has been tension in nearly every century for 2000 years so we shouldnâ€™t be alarmedâ€¦ The good news is Conservative Evangelicals believe that there is a biblical doctrine of predestination. The issue is what is the definitionâ€¦ Some are upset with this doctrine because it seems to cancel human free will and it seems to make God unfair and unlovingâ€¦ Arminians never get charged with their gospel making God look unrighteous. But Paul knew that his definition of predestination would bring that charge, so he anticipates the charge in Romans 9 by asking, â€œIs there injustice on Godâ€™s part? By no means!â€
Q â€“ Is Israel still an entity in Godâ€™s plan or has Israel been replaced by God?
A â€“ Yesâ€¦ but Dispensationalism is flat out wrong!
Q â€“ How do you feel about last nights game between Pittsburg and Miami?
A â€“ It reconfirmed the grace of God.
Q â€“ The church is always under attack, but what do you see as the most dangerous?
A â€“ Hostility of the secular culture and those who want to use the power of the state to mute and marginalize the churchâ€¦ the secularization of worshipâ€¦ but always the greatest enemy of the church is not from without but within, the false teachers.