Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once and He volunteered.— R. C. Sproul
The most delicious R. C. Sproul quotes that are little-known but priceless
A god who is all love, all grace, all mercy, no sovereignty, no justice, no holiness, and no wrath is an idol.
We talk about predestination because the Bible talks about predestination.
If we desire to build our theology on the Bible, we run head on into this concept. We soon discover that John Calvin did not invent it.
To know that God knows everything about me and yet loves me is indeed my ultimate consolation.
It is one thing to believe in God; it is quite another to believe God.
God is not going to negotiate His holiness... in order to accommodate us.
Sin is not simply making bad choices or mistakes.
Sin is having the desire in our hearts to do the will of the enemy of God.
We have to determine our theology from the Word of God, not from what we feel.
We are secure, not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because He holds tightly to us.
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.
We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners.
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.
When God says something, the argument is over.
God did not die. The God who took on Himself a human nature died in His humanity, but the deity did not perish on the cross.
The gospel is only good news when we understand the bad news.
Our prayers cannot force God to do anything, but He uses them as His own instruments to bring about His will.
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.
God doesn't need our consent in order to govern us; He made us.
The greatest weakness in the church today is that the servants of God keep looking over their shoulder for the approval of men.
The sin of fallen man is this: Man seeks the benefits of God while at the same time fleeing from God Himself.
Man’s will is free to follow his inclinations, but fallen man’s inclinations are always and invariably away from God.
At the moment I sin, I desire the sin more than I desire to please God.
Though sin often brings immediate pleasure, it gives no lasting joy.
Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority.
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.
He is intangible and invisible. But His work is more powerful than the most ferocious wind. The Spirit brings order out of chaos and beauty out of ugliness. He can transform a sin-blistered man into a paragon of virtue. The Spirit changes people. The Author of life is also the Transformer of life.
There is not one piece of cosmic dust that is outside the scope of God's sovereign providence.
As the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, so the denial of God is the height of foolishness.
The irony of New Testament lordship is that only in slavery to Christ can a man discover authentic freedom.
Mindless Christianity is no Christianity at all. You can't love what you don't know.
Natural man’s sin is precisely this: He wants the benefits of God without God Himself.
We need the church as urgently as a starving baby needs his mother’s milk.
To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.
In Christian marriage, love is not an option. It is a duty.
No unborn baby has ever had the right to choose or deny its own destruction.
The Advent season is that time when we seek to, in a manner of speaking, mute our memory of what has already happened, that we might brighten our joy that it happened. We leave the already of His advent to taste the bitter of the not yet. We, in short, go back, that we might look forward to His coming.
God not only initiated my salvation, He not only sowed the seed, but He made sure that that seed germinated in my heart by regenerating me by the power of the Holy Ghost.
Here then is the real problem of our negligence.
We fail in our duty to study God's Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.
If you truly have it, you never lose it; and if you lose it, you never truly had it.
God's grace is so powerful that it has the capacity to overcome our natural resistance to it.
Humanism was not invented by man, but by a snake who suggested that the quest for autonomy might be a good idea.
Repentance is something that is brought about in the human heart by the work of God the Holy Spirit.
The only works of righteousness that serve to justify a sinner are the works of Christ.
To be a Christian is to be a theologian-a student of God and his will.
The contemporary disdain for theological content and emphasis on self-image and emotions were not shared by the apostolic church.
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.
It is the Holy Spirit who inspired the Bible. It is the Holy Spirit who illumines the Bible.
The human dilemma is this: God is Holy and we are not. God is Righteous and we are not.
Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us.
Reformed theology so far transcends the mere five points of Calvinism that it is an entire worldview.
No one was ever called by God to greater suffering than God's only begotten Son.