R.C. Sproul Quote

Several recent books would have us believe that all we have to do is follow certain steps and God will give us whatever we ask. The authors say, in effect, Follow this procedure or use these specific words and know for certain that God will give in to your requests. That's not prayer; that's magic. That's not faith but superstition. These are gimmicks intended to manipulate the sovereign God.

R.C. Sproul

Several recent books would have us believe that all we have to do is follow certain steps and God will give us whatever we ask. The authors say, in effect, Follow this procedure or use these specific words and know for certain that God will give in to your requests. That's not prayer; that's magic. That's not faith but superstition. These are gimmicks intended to manipulate the sovereign God.

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About R.C. Sproul

Robert Charles Sproul ( SPROHL; February 13, 1939 – December 14, 2017) was an American Reformed theologian and ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America. He was the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries (named for the Ligonier Valley just outside Pittsburgh, where the ministry started as a study center for college and seminary students) and could be heard daily on the Renewing Your Mind radio broadcast in the United States and internationally. Under Sproul's direction, Ligonier Ministries produced the Ligonier Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which would eventually grow into the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, of which Sproul, alongside Norman Geisler, was one of the chief architects. Sproul has been described as "the greatest and most influential proponent of the recovery of Reformed theology in the last century."