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.
- God Who Is Our Master — It is overwhelming for the human mind to try to contemplate God. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counselor?” (Rom. 11:34). “Shall any teach God knowledge? Seeing he judgeth those that are high” (Job 21:22). Yet Solomon advised his son to seek the knowledge of God: My [...]
- Made Right But Broken — When we think about our walk with God, it is important to remember both our position in Christ and our relationship with Christ. Salvation makes us secure in our position: “We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10). But our walk with God is a matter of [...]
- Can We Walk With God? — One has only to read the Scripture to know that a believer should walk with God. “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory” (1 Thes. 2:12). “As ye have therefore received Jesus Christ the Lord, so walk ye in him” (Col. 2:6). “If we live in [...]
- The Real Hate Crime — Our world is full of contradictions. We all see them and do them to some degree. What was once called free love was no more than unrestrained lust. What is called pro-choice is really a horrid restriction on another person’s chance to live. What one person insists is his right to marry the same sex [...]
- The Law of Liberty — The “Law of Liberty” has always struck me as a perfect oxymoron. How can you be under the law if you are at liberty? Or how can you be at liberty if you are under the law? Isn’t this kind of like jumbo shrimp? How can you have it both ways? Yet the New Testament [...]