A Tribute to R.C. Sproul: A Faithful Saint in Christ

Our family's first introduction to Dr. R.C. Sproul was in 2008 when my darling husband Jim and I were blessed to participate in a book/DVD study The Holiness of God. Our hearts were gripped by Sproul's teaching of the magnitude of God's holiness. Though we always knew that God is holy, we had, sadly, like many Christians in our time, marginalized this glorious attribute of our mighty Lord and God. Rather than see all of God's attributes (righteousness, love, grace, mercy) through the lens of His holiness, we saw His holiness as merely an addendum. But when we sat under Dr. Sproul's loving, courageous, and soundly doctrinal teaching on God's holiness, we knew we could never return to the mediocre standard of Christianity that's acceptable by many, if not most, Christians today.

After our initial introduction to R.C. Sproul's teaching through The Holiness of God, we began listening to RefNet in 2012, and have commended it to others as well as making access to it here on my blog. In 2013 we subscribed to Tabletalk Magazine, I enrolled in Ligonier Connect, and read the best book on marriage, The Intimate Marriage. In 2014 I won tickets to my very first (and hopefully not last) Ligonier Ministries conference in which our oldest son Michael was able to attend with me. There are countless other books, sermons, and resources that I could list in which God used Dr. Sproul and his ministry to help me to remember my true state without Christ (an enemy of a holy God), and my true state in Christ (beloved only because I am clothed in the righteousness of Christ). But to list them all, is to take on a nearly impossible task.

Because of the abandonment to Christ of one faith-filled man, my family continues to grow in our walk with the Lord, and have been burdened to exhort others to die to self daily, that the life of Christ may be more clearly manifested in us. God used one humble, brilliant, and ordinary man to reach, teach, and exhort millions to magnify the name of the LORD God Almighty and to worship Him in holiness and humility—just as He is due. My heart both mourns and rejoices in his Home-going. It's strange how someone I've never known personally, has impacted my life so immensely.

Dr. R.C. Sproul is the Martin Luther, Lewis Bayly, and Jonathan Edwards of our day, and the grave has no power to bury his indelible teaching. For nothing offered to Christ, no work done in His name and by the power of His Spirit, can ever be forgotten or erased.

Dr. Sproul ran a hard, diligent, and faithful race. He left this life with his "boots on". May we all strive to do the same.

Please for his family, friends, and ministry partners. I can't imagine what they are going through.

"But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." (Acts 20:24)