R.C. Sproul wrote this book (of only 94 pages) in 1983. My marks were in it from years ago but I didn’t recall reading it. As I read it I was satisfied again to be reading in the area of Christian ethics. Sproul dealt with ethics and morals, legalism and antinomianism. In these areas he takes the usual direction of a middle road between what he considers extremes to the right and left. His thoughts on ethical continuums is a little unique and added some different thought to the old subject. I thought his chapters on the ethics of materialism and capital punishment are very needed today especially in the light of America 2017! Here he deals with capitalism and socialism, and also with the biblical view of property rights. On capital punishment Sproul shows that government must have some power of coercion over its subjects or else it will not be able to enforce the laws of the land. But this cannot be done properly without a belief that even government stands under the coercion of God as the Supreme Law-giver. The one disappointment is the chapter on abortion. I think I can assume that Sproul did not have the advantage of seeing where abortion would go since 1983. He calls early life in the womb “potential life” and says, “No teaching in the Old Testament or New Testament explicitly condemns or condones abortion.” Again, I think Sproul has probably changed his semantics since then. He does say that abortion is wrong and that the church should speak out against it.
Walking With God in DeathNovember 1, 2018
We end our series about walking with God where it should end, considering the time of our death. I don’t know why the topic should seem morbid to us, all of us will die and the only thing that can change that is the rapture of the church at the end of the age. That […]
Walking With God in JudgmentSeptember 29, 2018
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 11:13-14). The words judge and judgment and their cognates appear […]
The Meekness of WisdomSeptember 3, 2018
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13) Who wants to violate the first characteristic of meekness and write about it? Who wants to appear to be like the one who brags about being humble? […]