RC Sproul Jr suspended due to AM

Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison in ‘Moment of Weakness’

R.C. Sproul Jr., son of Robert Charles Sproul, a noted Reformed theologian and founder of the international Christian organization, Ligonier Ministries, revealed Monday that he visited the controversial spouse-cheating Ashley Madison website in a “moment of weakness” last year and has been suspended by the board of Ligonier Ministries for it.

“In August 2014, in a moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity, I visited Ashley Madison. My goal was not to gather research for critical commentary, but to fan the flames of my imagination,” wrote the 50-year-old Sproul, a Calvinist Christian minister, theologian and widower in a post on his website. Sproul, whose wife died in 2011, is a father of eight and grandfather one.

While his activity on the website did not result in any physical relationships, Sproul said he “felt the grace of fear” and “the grace of shame.”

“I was there long enough to leave an old email address. And within minutes I left, never to return. I did not sign up for their service or interact with any clients. I have always remained faithful to my wife even after her passing,” he said.

“The grace of God’s judgment bore its fruit, and by His grace I repented of my sin. By His grace, I have also received His forgiveness, the outworking of His love,” he continued.

Sproul said that as evidence of his contrition he voluntarily revealed his activity on Ashley Madison to Ligonier Ministries and was suspended for a year.

“I recently informed the board of Ligonier Ministries, which has handled the matter internally, having suspended me until July 1, 2016. I also informed my presbytery which is also handling the matter internally. And now the world is informed,” he said.

“My sin, sadly, has impacted those who are innocent — my colleagues, friends, and family. I have and will continue to seek their forgiveness. I covet your prayers,” he added.

Sproul said the criminal hack of Ashley Madison’s database exposing the private information of millions of users of the website has been a blessing in disguise for some like himself.

“Many Christians have bemoaned the destruction wrought by the Ashley Madison hack. The truth of the matter is that just as Ashley Madison did not create unfaithful hearts, so this hack did not create damning exposure. Rather for some it was a means of His grace,” he said.

Despite the fallout from the hacking of Ashley Madison, the website’s parent company, Avid Life Media, revealed in a statement Monday that its membership continues to grow.

“Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing. This past week alone, hundreds of thousands of new users signed up for the Ashley Madison platform — including 87,596 women,” said the statement.

“Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform. Furthermore, in the first half of this year the ratio of male members who paid to communicate with women on our service versus the number of female members who actively used their account (female members are not required to pay to communicate with men on Ashley Madison) was 1.2 to 1,” the statement continued.

“These numbers are the main reason that Ashley Madison is the number one service for people seeking discreet relationships. We have customers in nearly every zip code in the United States, as well as users in more than 50 countries around the world,” it noted.

I’m reminded of a reason Chesterton offered for why he was a Catholic: ‘It is the only thing that really prevents a sin from being a secret’.

There have been several news stories about this throughout the week. I chose not to start a thread on it because:
A. It’s gossip.
B. Just because he’s not Catholic doesn’t make it applicable to non-Catholics. Would we print the same if it was a Catholic priest or deacon?
C. …and more importantly. This whole AM story has all the earmarks of a media generated story and publicity stunt.
Just my observation.

Plenty of Catholic priests have been and are continually mentioned here. There’s a thread on Rev. John Corapi right in this area, as well as other priests. Why should a protestant clergy man, especially one that calls Catholicism all kinds of vile names, especially in regard to celibacy, monasticism etc not be mentioned?

It is not gossip, it’s confirmed public information.

Oh, fantastic.

CAF is not in the business of bringing people down we don’t agree with. Just because he is anti-Catholic doesn’t give us the right to ‘dog pile on the rabbit’, even if his camp DOES in regard to Catholic priests. Catholics need to take a higher road.
And it IS gossip. The whole AM story reeks of a media created story.
We need to stop feeding the beast.

once again the sins of the flesh-we are all human

:thumbsup:Taking the higher road gains more respect in the end. Plus, I think the people who do listen to Sproul Jr. will have already heard about this.

But Sproul Jr. Did really say that he knows he has been forgiven by God. So it is a good thing.


I don’t know that this is bad. This minister has a good grasp on what sin is. This beats the heck out of justifying sin. He is turning a bad sin into a good example for all how to deal with such a fall. I admire the way he met this head on without excuses.

I would agree.

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