“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:1-2
Today, Dr. Sproul was hospitalized due to complications from emphysema, going home to be with his Lord at the age of 78. Now, as both a Baptist and a non-Calvinist, there were numerous points of disagreement I had and still have in some of Dr. Sproul’s teachings. However, despite those disagreements, this man did a tremendous amount of work for the Kingdom of God and I have no doubt that he has received not just a few jewels in his crown.
Sproul’s commitment to the “Five Solas of the Reformation,” particularly Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) and Sola Fide (Faith Alone), led him to becoming a key figure in drafting the Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy in 1978 and taking a bold stand against Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) in 1994. He also had a very perceptive mind, seeing the dangers of the higher critical “New Perspective on Paul” and “Federal Vision” views and opposed both, defending the authority of God’s Word in a believer’s entire conversation throughout his or her life. This is to be commended, though I personally wish he had taken this authority further in respect to baptism, but hey, I’m Baptist.
R.C. Sproul will be missed by many still down here who have been impacted by his life and his ministry. He fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. Our prayers go out to his loved ones left behind: his wife of 57 years Vesta Ann (Voorhis), their son R.C., Jr., daughter Sherrie, their eleven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.