R C Sproul’s Calvinism is Mind-boggling

Here are two quotes from RC Sproul. These are not obscure quotes. These are oft repeated quotes from him.

If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.

This quote says that every single piece of creation is doing exactly what God tells it to do. “Sovereignty,” for Sproul, means God is in meticulous control of everything. Being in charge means dictating absolutely everything that everything does. If God is not dictating every element of creation, then God is not sovereign.

So now, the exact same man says this quote:

Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority.

Every sin is going against God’s sovereign authority. Sin is cosmic treason.

I don’t get it.

I know this is where the Calvinist chalks things up to “mystery.” But no, this isn’t a mystery, one of the two has to be false.

If every molecule is doing what God tells it to do, then how can molecules join together to commit cosmic treason?

The best solution to the contradiction is not chalking it up to mystery, and it certainly isn’t deciding that nothing is really sin, but admitting his understanding of sovereignty is wrong.

God is sovereign. Sovereign does not mean making every part of creation do what He wants it to do.

God establishes boundaries. Creation is free inside those boundaries. God is in control to restrict any violation of the boundaries. Nothing is out of His reach to intervene.

I do believe sin is cosmic treason. I’ll take that quote over his molecule quote, that one is just nuts.

Don’t get carried away in your theological ideas. Pretty soon you don’t make sense. Incoherence isn’t proof of mystery; it’s proof your theology has derailed.

2 thoughts on “R C Sproul’s Calvinism is Mind-boggling”

  1. I think the only valid “mystery” associated with Calvinist theology is the fact that people can fall for it.

    On the other hand, I’m no less mystified when I wonder how I fell for some of the theological nonsense that I have believed in the past.

    But then on reflection, the mystery of why people believe silly theology is solved when you realize it’s a result of always relying on others to explain what the bible is “really” saying instead of reading and accepting what it actually says in its intended context.

  2. Indeed.

    I also think, that for some people, the more their theology doesn’t make logical sense, the more they think they are exercising faith. So, in order to have supreme faith you have to believe completely ridiculous things. Being logical, for some, is the opposite of faith.

    Others take the illogical doctrines and pretend that it makes sense to them so that they can lord their superiority over you. “You’re too dumb to understand what we believe, but if you ask the Spirit, he will teach you,” kind of thing. It becomes a Pharisaical wisdom clique.

    Either way, people use illogical doctrine to prove their faith.

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