Sproul Q and A

Right now (10:30 AM), Sproul, Sr. was asked about the election year, and whether Ligonier is talking about theological issues this year: Sproul is talking about the separation of church and state. He argues that the church does not have the power of the sword, and the government does not have the power to administer the sacraments. However, he also argues that the separation of church and state has been changed to mean a godless state. Abortion is a similar issue to slavery. He says that abortion is the greatest moral issue this country has ever faced. Slavery was rightly condemned. Therefore, abortion should be all the more so. The church has the duty to tell the state what it believes about the issue.

Next question: Is there a series on the book of Revelation? Sproul jokes that his mind has changed about 50 times on it, so his series is not generally distributed!

Next question: Does God ordain or cause sin? Sproul answers that God does ordain whatsoever comes to pass, and yet does not cause sin. God ordains evil for a good purpose (for punishing sin and for manifesting His mercy). Through concurrence, God can work through people’s sin to His own glory without being tainted by sin itself.

Next question: what is the greatest issue that the next generation will have to face? Sproul answers by starting to talk about classical education, and then says that issues about the person and work of Christ will be the biggest issues in the next generation.



  1. March 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I’m curious what Sproul Sr. said about classical education. Any details forthcoming?

  2. greenbaggins said,

    March 16, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I should have known you would want more details about that! Sproul was very complimentary about classical education. In fact, he said that some of the people he had met who were classically educated were some of the most articulate people he had ever met. He mentioned Dorothy Sayers and Douglas Wilson in this regard. I didn’t get the impression that Sproul thought this the only option for education, but it is plain that he thinks it is a very good option.

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