Ligonier Ministries Scandal: R.C. Sproul Jr Resigned

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Following the Ligonier Ministries Scandal, R.C. Sproul Jr tendered his resignation.

Citing personal reasons, Ligonier Ministries announced that RC Sproul, Jr would be departing from both Reformation Bible College and Ligonier Ministries.

On 12 December 2016, they stated thatDr. R.C. Sproul Jr.’s resignation was accepted and approved by the board of directors of Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College last Friday. For personal reasons, he is resigning from his position at the college and the ministry. His father, Dr. R.C. Sproul, the founder of Ligonier Ministries and chancellor of Reformation Bible College, was informed of this over the phone, and the full board of directors of Ligonier Ministries was subsequently informed in writing.

His father, R. C. Sproul Sr., who is currently the board chair, created Ligonier.

The younger Sproul serves as rector and chair of philosophy and theology at the ministry’s Reformation Bible College and is one of the teaching fellows for the organization.

He formerly served as editor of Tabletalk, the ministry’s magazine.

Sproul Jr. claimed he visited the website “in a moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity” in a blog post this morning. Instead of gathering data for a critical analysis, I aimed to fuel my imagination.

Consequences of the resignation

After the public announcement, it was discovered that he had deleted his social media accounts.

His Facebook page was removed, privacy settings for his Twitter account were adjusted, and his blog was completely deleted.

However, when I checked this morning, his Facebook account was back online.

Important to mention, R.C. Sproul Jr. confessed to “visiting” the Ashley Madison website the year prior, only after hackers threatened to publish user names.

This confession was made on August 31, 2015.

His involvement in other scandals

A brief Google search revealed R.C. Sproul, Jr.’s extensive history of controversy. He created his church organization after being defrocked in the past for spiritual abuse.

A longtime advocate of patriarchy said, “I’ve had several instances of spiritual abuse, and in one of my most-read blog posts, I discuss wife s*anking, one of the most humiliating and degrading ways a husband can punish a wife.”

R.C. Sproul, Jr., has firmly denied allegations suggesting that he has advocated for husbands to engage in domestic violence or that he has ever resorted to physical discipline towards a wife.

The reason behind his departure from his employment remains a mystery.

Following the passing of his first wife after a prolonged illness, he recently entered into marriage again.

Apart from this, he has chosen not to divulge any additional information.

R.C. Sproul Jr. arrested for a drink-and-drive case

Just over a week before leaving Ligonier Ministries for “personal reasons,” R.C. Sproul Jr., whose father Robert Charles Sproul founded the teaching fellowship ministry, was detained in Indiana for drunk driving with a juvenile in his car.

Robert Charles Sproul founded the teaching fellowship ministry.

The Indiana court system documented charges against Sproul on November 29. Specifically, he faced four counts, including two class A misdemeanors.

The first charge related to driving while drunk and endangering a person, while the second involved operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 15 or greater.

He faced two additional felony charges for driving while intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance with a passenger under the age of 18.

Alongside, he faced another felony charge for endangering a dependant by recklessly neglecting them.

Just over a year after the board suspended him from Ligonier Ministries for his visit to the adultery website Ashley Madison in 2014, citing a “moment of weakness,” Sproul resigned and law enforcement arrested him.

With a loving family by his side, he embraces the joy of having eight children and the gift of a cherished grandchild.

He claimed that his online activities did not lead to any romantic or s*xual encounters. He also mentioned experiencing a mix of fear and shame.

Moreover, he spent enough time there to leave behind an outdated email address, but after that, he quickly left and never returned.

He made it clear that he never signed up for their service or communicated with any of their customers. Even after his wife’s passing, he remained faithful to her.

Other scandals

John MacArthur decided not to attend the upcoming Ligonier Conference.

The reason for this change is due to recent reports suggesting that MacArthur may have made derogatory remarks towards the wife of a convicted child abuser while endorsing the abuser himself.

However, another speaking engagement scheduled for March has been postponed by MacArthur, citing “family health issues.”

According to The Roys Report, which had access to exclusive video footage, MacArthur allegedly ridiculed and excommunicated the wife of child abuser David Gray after she refused to welcome him back into their home.

This exposé, released on March 8, sheds light on the situation.

Our previous publication on March 17 showcased Gray’s support and encouragement from MacArthur’s Grace Community Church (GCC), despite his convictions for child abuse and aggravated child molestation in 2005.

GCC reportedly influenced its congregation to perceive Gray as innocent while placing blame on his ex-wife for his legal troubles.

Notably, Grace Community Church even aided Gray in establishing and managing Grace Prison Fellowship, a ministry within the correctional facility.