Christian leaders across the nation remembered the late Dr. R.C. Sproul following the renowned theologian’s death on December 14.
The following is a selection of comments:
"This popular teacher is now with the One who loves him most, and we both rejoice for Dr. Sproul and mourn for all who will miss him.
“For more than five decades, the Lord has used Dr. Sproul to spread the life-changing truths of biblical Christianity and to expose people to the grace and the knowledge of the Lord. From the inquiring skeptic to the growing Christian, Dr. Sproul has impacted countless lives. And so, today, we give thanks to God for his life and for his ministry.”
“I am glad to add my voice on behalf of our church, on behalf of Truth for Life, to the many, many voices that have in the last little while spoken so kindly, honestly, and enthusiastically about the ministry of R.C. We commend Vesta and his family to God’s care, and we continue to thank God for the legacy that is left in Ligonier Ministry, both in proclamation and on the written page.”
“In Christendom, ‘R.C.’, as he was called, was a venerable giant, a discerning voice of wise biblical interpretation and counsel. When Dr. Sproul weighed in on the Scriptures, believers all around the world listened.
“I believe R.C.’s faith has given way to sight, for he has now met face to face his Creator and Savior. We mourn his death but thank the Lord for his life.”
“No nationally known Christian leader has been a better friend to me than R. C. Sproul. He stood by my side for decades in every major theological controversy I was engaged in. More than I could ever express, I appreciated his willingness to confront important controversies without flinching. He could of course answer the errors, unbiblical notions, and sloppy thinking of theological mischief-makers with the same crystal clarity that characterized his teaching. He had the unusual ability to dissect opposing views and cut false teaching to little shreds without malice or rancor. Indeed, he was always meticulously fair with his adversaries, but relentless in his pursuit of truth.
“I will miss my dear friend. There is no one else quite like him. We are all blessed for having known him and heard him teach. I rejoice in the knowledge that he is with the Lord whom he loved and served faithfully.”
“We mourn the great loss of theologian R.C. Sproul, and pray for his family, ministry partners and many listeners and readers who will now be left with an incredible void.
“R.C. Sproul introduced countless believers to a real and ever-present God, helped them dive deeply into His Word and stood with families. His passing saddens us here on Earth, but He is undoubtedly rejoicing with the Lord His Savior today.”
“It is with great sadness that we received the news of the passing of R.C. Sproul. He was truly a giant in the faith and an extraordinary theologian, preacher, and scholar. I learned so much from him.
“It was my privilege to spend some time with R.C. a little over a month ago, as we commemorated the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Little did I know it would also be a farewell hug.
“Scholars like R.C. are rare. Sharp in their thinking, fearless in their speaking, and ever enamored by the holiness of God. He is now in that holy presence. His works and example will live on.
A memorial service was scheduled for December 20 at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida. To watch, click here.
PHOTO ABOVE: Dr. R.C. Sproul and Dr. Jerry A. Johnson pose for a photo during Proclaim 17, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida, on March 2, 2017. Sproul was one of five speakers who addressed a "Sola" of the Protestant Reformation during Proclaim 17.
By NRB Staff
Published: December 21, 2017