Monday, August 4, 2014

20 Free ebooks from RC Sproul

A reader sent me an alert from Ligonier Ministries of RC Sproul. There are a series of ebooks that the Ministry has made free forever. In addition, the Ministry adds free ebooks constantly. Here is their blurb

To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, in May 2013 we made the ebook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series free forever. We continue to publish new ebooks in this series and this year have added Are These the Last Days?, What Is Repentance?, and What Is the Relationship between Church and State?

Here is the link.


I don't have a kindle or have set up my iTunes for eBooks, but it only took me ten minutes to find and review (through CNET and Amazon) the app "FB Reader". I downloaded FB Reader (declining all the junk and games they try to bundle in with it) and I've successfully opened the first eBook I downloaded from Ligonier:

"Are We Living In the Last Days?" (of course!). I am also interested in the ebook "What is Repentance?"

It is such a blessing that so many ministries have made their material available for free. Chris Powers' AKA ActionJones's animated videos and tracts, Grace to You sermons from John MacArthur, so much from Ligonier, and many others. In like kind, please pass along the generosity when you can, making what you have available too. And don't forget to support one of these worthy ministries, or a ministry of your choice, so that others can continue to benefit from doctrinally solid products.


10 comments:

  1. Wow thanks for letting us know and hat tip to the reader who informed you. These you listed are true brothers in the faith, sacraficially giving so the body can benefit and not making merchandise of Christ. What a blessing!
    Jennifer

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  2. Hey Elizabeth. Despite any good teaching of his, just wondering why we, being pre-trib-futurists, would want to devour Dr. Sproul's writing since he is a preterist. Where do we draw the line as far as rightly-dividing? How much more of the Bible is he wrongly-dividing? Thanks for your thoughts.

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  3. I am aware that Dr Sproul is not a pre-tribulation believer. He and John MacArthur differ on that point. Once, I heard the two men discussing it. MacArthur said he considers Sproul a friend. Sproul the same about MacArthur. They way they behaved with each other despite their difference on the 'non-essential for salvation doctrines' made an impression on me.

    Where to draw the line on whom one may want to listen to or follow depends on your own choices. I won't listen to Piper on the continuance of the gifts. I won't listen to Sproul on eschatology (and is one of the reasons I downloaded his ebook on Matthew 24, to see for myself if his stance has changed). Martin Luther, the great reformer, mounted an effort to remove Hebrews from the canon.

    No teacher is perfect. We see in a mirror dimly (1 Cor. 13:12).

    As for Sproul, I very much appreciated his 2 lectures on angels.

    It all depends on your own tolerance level. I'd take a Sproul over a Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, RIck Warren, Joel Osteen, and a plethora of others any day. I'd rather pass along solid teachers who differ on the non-essentials, than any of the many, many, many others whose stances will destroy you.

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    1. Thanks for, as usual, a measured and thoughtful response. I too would take a Sproul over a Bell, et al., but since I can also not read Sproul, I choose not to. As a less mature and less discerning believer years ago, taking theology and worldview courses in college, I listened to Dr. Sproul and often found myself confused. Now that I know his views it is easier to understand why he says the things he does, but as for me, I'll pass. It is good to read opposing views though, keeps us on our toes and keen as to why others believe what they do.

      I'll still read your blog though—you are one of my faves and I thank God for your role as a discerning part of the body.

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  4. Since you are promoting R C Sproul's books do you agree with his statement that "It seems to me that the most natural reading of Matthew 24:29-35 would be that everything Jesus said would happen has already taken place in history. He was not referring to a yet future fulfillment from our standpoint." I certainly do not agree with this, it is not biblical.

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    1. If that is something RC Sproul said, then no I don't agree. Neither do I agree with Luther that Hebrews should be ditched. Does that mean I will never read Luther's "Bondage of the Will"? No. Does it mean I'll never recommend it to another person? No.

      BTW, I agreed with Voddie Baucham's stance the other day in the clip of his longer sermon Brokenness that I 'promoted'. Baucham is an amillenialist. Does that mean I agree with everything else he says? Obviously not.

      You find me the perfect bible teacher who never said anything we disagree with and I'll read his stuff all day long. Use your discernment Yvonne, and offer some grace

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  5. After 25 years of studying God's Word, I find that one's eschatological view determines a lot about how one understands and teaches the Bible. I think that Replacement Theology is contributed to how one views the end times.
    R.C 's Chosen by God can help a lot in understanding God's sovreignty and election and predestination though.
    Pam

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    1. Thanks Pam, and I agree. Sproul's stance on predestination is good and clearly explained. But his eschatalogical views are something else. I was enjoying Voddie Baucham's sermons, until I learned his eschatalogical beliefs. I am still stunned that Baucham, 'intellectual to the intellectuals' as he is dubbed, smart as he is, flubs on last days doctrines.

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  6. Ooops, BY how one views the end times.
    Pam

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  7. Regarding Sproul and Baucham - yes both men unfortunately have an incorrect understanding of end times. In most cases, incorrect eschatology is caused by an erroneous hermeneutic lens (such as Replacement Theology, as Pam mentioned above) through which one views Scripture. Unfortunately, the erroneous hermeneutic lens can also lead - and often does lead - to misunderstandings of other doctrines. I therefore tend to steer clear of reading or listening to any materials from such teachers, even if they are genuine brothers/sisters in the Lord.

    -Carolyn

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