Skip to comments.C Sproul Hospitalized Over Breathing Difficulties; Remains 'Critically Ill,' on Ventilator
Posted on 12/13/2017 9:03:54 PM PST by ReformationFan
Noted Reformed theologian and founder of Ligonier Ministries R.C. Sproul has been hospitalized due to breathing problems and as of Tuesday remains in critical condition.
On its website, Ligonier reported Dec. 3 that Sproul had been hospitalized on Dec. 2 because of "respiratory difficulties," listing him as being "in guarded condition at the intensive care unit and receiving expert care and attention."
"The doctors believe this is not pneumonia, but an exacerbation of his emphysema due to the flu so he has been put on a ventilator to help his breathing. Thank you for praying for his recovery," noted the Ligonier blog entry.
He has remained in serious condition since then. On Dec. 8, Sproul was noted as having "less fluid on his lungs today than there was yesterday" but on Sunday, Ligonier reported that Sproul was "not improving as we had hoped."
In the latest update on Tuesday, his condition was still critical.
"There is not much change in Dr. Sproul's overall condition. He is critically ill and his breathing is being supported by the ventilator. Though there is no fever, the medical team continues to work to reduce the ventilator support in an effort to have his lungs resume their proper function," noted Ligonier.
"This is an hour-by-hour situation with many techniques being used to adjust sedation levels and improve respiratory function. We are waiting on the Lord and asking you to continue in prayer for Dr. Sproul and his family."
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1939, Robert Charles Sproul is a notable Reformed theologian who founded Ligonier Ministries and oversees a regular radio broadcast called Renewing Your Mind.
An author and pastor, Sproul was involved in the crafting of the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, a declaration of faith signed by approximately 300 evangelical scholars.
"We decided to do an international council inviting scholars from all around the world to come to Chicago for a summit meeting and to formulate a statement affirming the inerrancy of scripture, and also a series of affirmations and denials so that people would understand the doctrine of inerrancy," recalled Sproul in a 2015 interview.
"That format was to say not only what we affirm about inerrancy, but what we deny. Which is the kind of thing that is so vital for today because we live in a relativistic culture and pluralistic culture and it's okay if you want to affirm what you affirm as long as you don't deny its antithesis, you could get along with everybody. But we said no, truth is what is affirmed, it is the opposite of its antithesis."
On Wednesday morning, Sproul's latest "Renewing Your Mind" radio broadcast was posted online, its topic being titled "The Final Judgement."
Praying for C Sproul’s recovery.
Praying for his recovery.
Read many of his books- Good man- God bless him and his family-
I’ve learned a lot from his ministry - great theologian.
From Dr. Steven Lawson earlier tonight:
Please be in prayer for R. C. Sproul. Our champion of the faith, the great warrior of truth, and my mentor, is soon to be home with the Lord.
I once heard him give an unannounced sermon at a local church. He was on vacation here, and since the church used his materials for teaching he offered to preach at the Sunday evening service. Word got out by word of mouth (I saw a handwritten announcement in a Christian coffee shop) and the church was packed.
For an hour he preached extemporaneously on the Book of Romans, with no notes or outline. People I think would have been happy to sit there for another hour. Quite impressive. The funniest thing was he was sipping from a Diet Coke the whole time he was preaching, something I don’t think happens very much.
Sproul is a great great teacher of God’s Word.
[[For an hour he preached extemporaneously on the Book of Romans, with no notes or outline.]]
We had a fella teach at hte bible college i went to named Bob Dowie- Great Great man of god- and had a photographic memory (I have one too but mine’s undeveloped lol)- He knew the bible word for word- He could and did teach with no notes as well-
The best preacher at our church is also a trial attorney. His preparation for a sermon is as good if not better than preparation for a closing argument.
Not to discount extemporaneous preaching cause that can be incredible.
I remember one sermon years ago, the preacher clearly ran out of prepared material about 15 minutes early and proceeded to wing it. I was awful and as I recall, he actually managed to go late. (which in my opinion is far worse than finishing early)
I have a friend who’s a preacher. He chronically goes 15-20 minutes past. I flat out told him once that he’s showing great disrespect to the church. There are Sunday School teachers now stuck trying to fill time they didn’t plan for, women are stressing over how to be ready for Sunday dinner with family on the way, kids are getting cranky and hungry etc.
Prayers for the gentleman.
Prayers continue here.
I have been blessed by his teaching over the years.
Prayers up for him and his family.