R. C. Sproul (1939-2017)

Dr. R.C. Sproul’s (Feb. 13, 1939-Dec. 14, 2017) passing on to glory this afternoon is his gain and our loss. The Reformed Christian world will miss this clear, biblical, bigger-than-life thinker greatly. The funeral will be on December 20, at 2:00 p.m. and will be livestreamed. You can go to rcsproul.com for further details. Meanwhile, here is the blog Ligonier has already posted.

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Called Home to the Lord

(Chris Larson, Dec. 14, 2017)

Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this afternoon around 3 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Vesta, and family in his hospital room in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He was 78. He died peacefully after being hospitalized twelve days ago due to severe respiratory difficulties exacerbated by the flu and complicated by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Known to millions of Christians as simply “R.C.,” he was used of the Lord to proclaim, teach, and defend the holiness of God in all its fullness. Through his teaching ministry, many of us learned that God is bigger than we knew, our sin is more deeply rooted than we imagined, and the grace of God in Jesus Christ is overwhelming.

God called R.C. to proclaim the gospel to as many people as possible. R.C. did this knowing the Lord did not need him. In fact, he wanted people to know the enduring, faithful witness of God’s servants throughout church history. God powerfully used R.C.’s ministry in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to awaken people around the world to the truths of classical Christianity.

It belongs to others in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead to assess the impact of R.C.’s ministry in the history of the church. In this moment, we feel loss—immense sadness and profound loss—the loss of a pastor, a teacher, a leader, a brother-in-Christ, a friend.

R.C. now sees the object of his faith, the risen Christ, high and lifted up. He now hears the seraphim’s song before the throne, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

We will be publishing details about the memorial service and providing an opportunity to leave a note of appreciation for Dr. Sproul’s ministry at RCSproul.com in the coming hours.

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  1. The words of 2 Samuel 3:38 come to mind ” Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? ” He now sees by sight He whom we now see by faith and I for one am envious! As Revelation 14:13 says “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. ” “Yes, says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”