PORN AND LIQUOR
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1 Timothy 3:3 and Titus 1:7 lay out the requirement that an overseer must not be given to wine. The Greek word is paroinos. It is composed of a preposition, para, and a noun, oinos. Para means “by the side of” and oinos means “wine.” Literally, an overseer must not be “by the side of wine.”
The KJV translation is best, “Not given to wine.” In his lexicon, John Henry Thayer translates paroinos, “one who sits long at his wine.”
Those who know R.C. Sproul Jr. know he has a history of sitting long by his alcoholic beverages. That includes his parents, his pastors, leaders in his denomination, and leaders in Ligonier Ministries. His givenness to drink is widely known.
This was posted today by former friends in response to his arrest. I’ve provided this excerpt to help you understand the bigger picture. Please read the entire article.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 4:43PM
This is why Paul the apostle lays out another qualification for men in ministry. They must be temperate (Gr., nephalios, 1 Tim. 3:2 and Tit. 2:2). Nephalios means “sober…abstaining from wine either entirely…or at least from its immoderate use” (Thayer), “not self-indulgent,” (Getz) “well-balanced…careful” (Hendriksen).
“Such a person lives deeply. His pleasures are not primarily those of the senses, like the pleasures of a drunkard for instance, but those of the soul. He is filled with spiritual and moral earnestness. He is not given to excess (in the use of wine, etc.) but moderate, well balanced, calm, careful, steady, and sane. This pertains to his physical, moral, and mental tastes and habits.” (William Hendriksen, New Testament Commentary, Exposition of First and Second Timothy and Titus (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1968), p. 122).
The intemperate and intoxicating use of alcohol by R.C. Jr. should have been addressed by his pastors, denomination, and Ligonier Ministries as a disqualifying sin in his life. They let it pass. Now he is going off to jail unless his lawyers find a way to prevent it. There is shared responsibility for this tragedy. I also wonder who allowed him to drive drunk with his child in the car.
This lack of temperance, which is a dangerous and disqualifying sin, also resulted in R.C. Sproul’s “visit” to the Ashley Madison. Ashley Madison is a perverse website used to arrange illicit relationships for the purpose of fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and lesbianism. There he set up an account. He denies doing so but it is one of the many lies he has told about the matter. See Ligonier Ministries Lifts Suspension of R.C. Sproul Jr. for His “Visit” to Ashley Madison.
Last night, the Christian Post ran this story, R.C. Sproul Jr. Resigned From Ligonier Ministries After Felonious DUI Arrest With Minor in Vehicle. It summarized the charges this way.
Party: Robert C Sproul
Lawyer: John David Cowan
Knowing full well about his arrest, the Ligonier Board nevertheless put out this statement on Monday.
December 12, 2016
Posted by RC 2.0 @ 8:37 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
First, the statement said, the board of directors received and affirmed the resignation. Second, it said R.C. Sr. was informed by phone. Third, the resignation was later communicated in writing to the entire board.
That raised several questions for me. For example, R.C. Sproul Sr. and his wife Vesta are on the 13-person board. R.C. Sr. is the chairman. Why then did he need a phone call when he and his wife supposedly already received and affirmed the resignation of their son per the statement?
In a similar way, why was the reception and affirmation “later communicated in writing to the entire board of directors”? They already knew per the statement above. Further, it was bizarre that mom and dad learned about the resignation from the board and not their son.
And lastly, the super abbreviated, “We…give thanks for the many edifying contributions of Dr. Sproul Jr. over the years through his work at the ministry and the college.” R.C. Jr. was the cornerstone for the future of the ministry. Here’s what was said in part when he was appointed rector and chair of philosophy and theology in the bible college.
February 27, 2014
One last point, the resignation was “received and affirmed.” So how did this affirmation occur? Probably by a vote in which the majority board members prevailed and called for his resignation. If so, that’s why it was necessary to inform R.C. Sr. and the “entire” board after the fact.
Ten days transpired between the arrest and the resignation. During that time, there must have been intense discussions and negotiations on what to do and what to say. In the end, R.C. Jr. agreed to resign and they agreed to say nothing about his arrest. Oh, my Lord! Why couldn’t they just be honest! Did that ever occur to them?
R.C. Jr. should have said he was stepping down from all his positions because he was just arrested and may face jail time. Then he should have publicly asked forgiveness for his sinful example and its effects. The Ligonier Board should have said they could no longer keep R.C. Jr. in their employment given the charges and the reproach that has been brought to Christ. Instead, the truth was covered up but with consequences.
When R.C. Jr. was about to be exposed by hackers for Ashley Madison in August 2014, he put out a deceptive and deceitful “confession.” It was full of pretention and manipulation. Just as bad, Ligonier Ministries knew the statement was bogus but they promoted it as the one and only explanation for his actions. That is why I confronted Chris Larson, the President & CEO of Ligonier Ministries, after interacting with him and other over six months. The following is an excerpt.
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2016 2:36 PM
To: Chris Larson firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: An Invitation to Repent
One can profess Scripture as their normative authority but it means nothing unless they embraced Scripture as their causative authority. In other words, the Bible commands us what to believe and it commands us how to behave. The former without the latter is called hypocrisy.
Partiality and favoritism combined with nepotism are lethal. In this case, it could have gotten people killed. This is yet another blow to my confidence that Ligonier Ministries will do what is right and biblical in times of temptation. Like so many other men and ministries, they have shown a greater concern for their own reputation than the reputation of Christ. As a result, the gospel has been harmed and their credibility greatly diminished. And now one of their chosen is facing serious criminal charges. The book of Lamentations is in order.