Late theologian leaves behind a legacy of works and teachings

Recognized as “one of the most influential popularizers of reformed theology spanning the late 20th and early 21st centuries,” Robert Charles Sproul, or R.C., as most know him, was born Feb, 13, 1939, and died Dec. 14, 2017.

Dr. R.C. Sproul worked tirelessly, teaching and explaining the truths, beauty and consistency of the Christian faith according to historic reformed and biblical thought.

His lectures, writings, conferences, radio programs and founding of Reformation Bible College and Ligonier Ministry are a witness to a hardworking man who wanted the Gospel to spread. His works have been used by many people as resources for understanding the doctrines of grace, sovereignty and holiness of God, Christian apologetics and basic foundations of biblical Christianity.

A teacher and pastor, Sproul was dedicated to the proclamation of the Word of God and was known by those who know him as a faithful Christian who used his gifts to the glory of God and the benefit of his fellow human beings.

Dr. William Godfrey wrote of Sproul, “R.C. was a servant of Christ who was given remarkable gifts that he used for God’s glory with extraordinary dedication. His many books and articles, his hymns, and his lectures and sermons displayed his profound learning, his vital faith and his marvelous ability as a communicator.”

Growing up in a Christian home, Sproul’s name was a familiar one to me and his death seemed surreal. The absence of an accustomed presence reminds one that life here is but a shadow.

Yet while his death is a loss in many ways to the Christian community, he leaves behind a legacy of teaching and instruction through his books, recorded lectures and organizations and institutions that he founded so the word of God might continue to go forth.

Soli Deo gloria.


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