R.C. Sproul, Jr., the well-known anti-racist activist, slanderer of Kinists, promoter of the perversions of interracial marriage and transracial adoption, and all-around hater of white people, has finally been fired by his sugar daddy father, R.C. Sproul, Sr., for embarrassing him one too many times, by getting arrested for driving while extremely inebriated, with one or more of his kids in the car.
On Friday, December 12, Ligonier “Ministries” issued this cryptic statement:
Last Friday, the board of directors of Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College received and affirmed the resignation of Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. He is stepping away from his duties at the ministry and the college for personal reasons. This was communicated by phone to his father, Dr. R.C. Sproul, the founder of Ligonier Ministries and chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and it was later communicated in writing to the entire board of directors of Ligonier Ministries.
We support the Sproul family and give thanks for the many edifying contributions of Dr. Sproul Jr. over the years through his work at the ministry and the college. We believe he will be well cared for by his church during this time of transition, and we pray for him in his future endeavors.
This understandably left many people scratching their heads. At least the ones who’d heard about it; the announcement didn’t receive much attention on evangelical and Reformed blogs. The Gospel Coalition, as far as I can tell, didn’t mention it. RCjr’s close pal Doug Wilson hasn’t mentioned it. (Call me cynical, but their silence indicates to me that they knew exactly why Junior had been fired.)
His resignation was “received and affirmed”?
He resigned “by phone to his father”? He didn’t have the decency to do it in person?
And what does “We believe he will be well cared for by his church during this time of transition” mean?
Obviously, Junior had done something wrong, and his “resignation” was demanded. It was clear from the wording of the statement that he’d been fired, but no one knew why.
However, for anyone who’s been keeping up with RCjr for the last decade, it was obvious that whatever he did, it had to have been really bad. For three reasons. One, given his history, R.C. Sproul, Jr. is basically unemployable without the benefit of nepotism. Two, his father was paying him an unbelievably exorbitant salary – in 2014, Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College paid Junior a total of $280,000, according to official tax documents. Three, Junior had only a few months ago returned from a one-year suspension after it was discovered that he’d opened an account with AshleyMadison.com, the Jewish-owned site that promotes and helps arrange affairs with not just women, but married women. (Junior’s name and email address turned up in the files hacked from the AshleyMadison.com site in 2015.) And his suspension was almost certainly with pay, as it was never described as without pay, and RC, Sr. has a long history of using his “ministries” to give cushy jobs to family members. And it’s being reported that Junior’s 2015 salary was $350,000.
So if getting caught signing up at AshleyMadison.com only resulted in Junior being given a 12-month vacation, while being paid $30,000 per month, what must he have done to make Daddy finally fire him?
Well, a couple days ago, we found out. A few days after Thanksgiving, Junior had been pulled over for drunk driving in or around Fort Wayne, Indiana. His blood alcohol level was .15, which, for most people, is severely debilitating. Unless you’ve been drinking heavily for years, you’re going to have a real hard time functioning at .15. To make matters worse, Junior had one or more of his kids in the car:
Just over a week before he resigned from Ligonier Ministries for “personal reasons,” R.C. Sproul Jr., whose father Robert Charles Sproul founded the teaching fellowship ministry, was arrested in Indiana for driving under the influence with a minor in his vehicle.
A summary of the charges against Sproul provided by the Indiana court system shows that he was charged on four counts on Nov. 29.
Sproul was charged with two class A misdemeanors: operating a vehicle with alcohol concentration equivalent to .15 or more, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering a person. Under Indiana law both charges attract up to 365 days of jail time, probation for a year, and the suspension of a driver license for up to two years.
He was also charged with two felonies for operating a vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance with a passenger younger than 18, which attracts a penalty of six months to three years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines under Indiana law. In addition, he was slapped with the felony charge of neglect of a dependent in a way that the dependent was endangered.
Yeah, that’s pretty bad.
But it shouldn’t be a surprise. As I mentioned earlier, Junior has a sordid history. Other than being a pastor, it’s not clear that he’s ever received a paycheck from anywhere besides one of Daddy’s “non-profit ministries.” And when he was a pastor, he really blew it. For one thing, there have been many, many reports from former parishioners that Junior drank very heavily, and often drove a car after doing so. He regularly celebrated the consumption of booze in his writings on his website. His church regularly held “keggers.” There was even a site created over ten years ago dedicated to Junior’s booze hounding.
But that’s not the half of it. He was defrocked ten years ago. In other words, his own denomination, the RPCGA, declared him unfit for the ministry and revoked his authority to act as a minister of the gospel. There were a whole lot of charges, and quite serious ones. I believe one of them was that he was an alcoholic, but I’m not 100% sure. Another one was that his tiny denomination made it clear that member churches weren’t allowed to give communion to infants (paedocommunion), and its ministers had to agree not to do so, but Junior decided to hell with his oath and his church openly practiced paedocommunion.
He was also widely reported to be tyrannical, and this was found to be true by his denomination. Which was funny, because back then, Junior wrote regular articles and columns for his website, and had you not known who was writing them, you would have assumed the author was a woman. Junior wrote like a woman, and he wrote for women. All soft words and gentle ruminations that made the ladies swoon. They swooned so hard, in fact, that many women across the country talked their husbands into uprooting their families and moving to tiny little Mendota, Virginia, so they could sit under the anointed teachings of that wonderful man of God, R.C. Sproul, Jr. A large percentage, maybe a majority, of the families who attended St. Peter’s weren’t locals, but had moved there from somewhere else, because the wife just loved his teaching.
But in person, Junior was the exact opposite. Instead of the soft and gentle, “behold the lilies and suffer the little children” Junior who was writing all those dreamy pieces on the internet, once there, families discovered that he was an angry, my way or the highway, dictatorial tyrant (with a thing for booze). There’s a lot more to the story, too much to go into here. Suffice it to say that the RPCGA leadership defrocked Junior and the rest of the elders, and deservedly so. Junior then went crying to his pal Doug Wilson, who basically calls the shots at what is effectively his own personal denomination, the CREC. Wilson and the CREC basically gave the RPCGA the finger, and welcomed Junior and the others as ministers in good standing. After all, what are friends for? If you want, you can take a couple hours and read all the hideous details here.
Sometime later, Junior left the CREC, and decamped for another micro-denomination, evidently not very happy at being overshadowed in the CREC by Doug Wilson, and wanting to be the big Kahuna in some tiny group that wouldn’t have the temerity to challenge a celebrity preacher. But apparently word had gotten out, and Junior wasn’t able to rope in enough suckers at the new gig to keep up the lifestyle to which he’d become accustomed.
So Daddy gave him a job at his “non-profit ministry.” Scratch that – Daddy actually gave him TWO “jobs”: one at Ligonier Ministries, and the other at Reformation Bible College. By 2014, Daddy’s two “non-profit ministries” were paying his defrocked and disgraced son, who was basically unemployable anywhere else, a combined total of $280,000. One site says that it was $350,000 in 2015. That’s outrageous and sickening. Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College are supported in large part by the sacrificial giving of white Christians, many of them who don’t have much to spare, but want to support the “work of the Lord.” Most of them don’t read official tax documents from non-profit ministries, and had no idea that Daddy Sproul was paying his unemployable son $30,000 a month, and even paid him that every month for a year while he was “suspended” for signing up at a site to meet married women for sex. Obviously, R.C. Sproul, Sr., is nearly as corrupt as his namesake, and if you’re supporting any of his “ministries”, you should stop at once.
No one should be surprised at this turn of events, because R.C. Sproul, Jr., has long been an anti-racist activist, and anti-racists are fundamentally immoral, an immorality that runs deep in their soul. Anti-racists are traitors. The world and Judeochristians think of them as nice guys, but in reality, they’re scoundrels. Junior was attacking Kinists back in 2004 or so. He denounced them as haters, and wrote that if any of them were thinking of moving there to Mendota, they wouldn’t be welcome. He used to write articles where he claimed he actually called the Census department and asked them what the Census form meant by “race”, because there’s only one race, the human race. (You can see why the women loved him.) He said patriotism is evil, because our allegiance is to Christ, not a flag or country. He wrote a long piece attacking Kinism specifically, and also praising Martin Luther King and his “dream.” (I think all of these writings have been removed from the internet.) And he adopted not one, but two black kids, when his poor wife already had about six small children of her own to take care of.
RCjr’s a real sick puppy. But he’s not alone. Another person who used to attack Kinists and Kinism was Doug Phillips of Vision Forum. It was obvious to anyone with discernment that Phillips was a complete fraud, an amoral con artist. He took money from people who had very little, to finance three or four trips abroad every year, for his whole family, to make “documentaries”, wink, wink. He once wrote a blog post about the wonderful new camera he’d just bought, which sold on Amazon for five thousand dollars (after their heavy discount) paid for by the donations of patriarchal homeschoolers, families with one income, often raising six or seven kids.
He made tons of money peddling trinkets and books to the most old-fashioned wing of homeschoolers, the patriarchy crowd. Virtually all of whom were white. And he praised R.L. Dabney, a well-known race realist, and sold tens of thousands of racist books by G.A. Henty, a race realist novelist from around 1900 who wrote for teenage boys. While making money selling “racists” to an all-white audience, Phillips regularly denounced Kinism and Kinists, and even tried to get some of them fired from their jobs. Like Junior, Phillips was riding high for a long time. Until 2013, when it came to light that for the last several years he’d been having a sexual affair with his former nanny, who was half his wife’s age. Things came to a head after Phillips nearly got shot by the girl’s dad and brother as he was climbing out her window one night. Doug Phillips, another anti-racist winner!
Doug Wilson is another anti-racist, but not nearly as greedy and phony as Sproul, Jr., and Phillips. Wilson doesn’t come off as someone who’s doing it for the money (although he does employ a lot of his family members). But he too used to attack Christian race realists, calling them “Skinists”, and denouncing them in strong language. Wilson hasn’t fallen nearly as hard as the miscreants Phillips and Sproul, Jr., but he certainly isn’t respected like he used to be. In large part because of a horrible decision he made – to officiate at the wedding ceremony between two of his church members, a young Christian lady, and a young man who had molested something like a dozen infants and toddlers, Steven Sitler.
Wilson has famously written that he can’t refuse to marry a child molester to a young woman so they can produce children because there’s no verse that prohibits it! His exact words to Rod Dreher were, “Don’t I need a verse or something?” Generation 5 wrote about this incredible foolishness a year ago. He first quoted Wilson:
That said, I officiated at the wedding and was glad to do so. While we do not believe that marriage is an automatic “fix” for the temptations to molest children, we agree with Judge Stegner who approved the wedding and said that ‘an age-appropriate relationship with a member of the opposite sex from Mr. Sitler is one of the best things that can happen to him and to society” (emphasis added). Moreover, if everything is on the table, we do not believe the church has the authority to prohibit or “not allow” a lawful marriage.
Generation 5 then pointed out that Wilson is probably engaging in this blatant stupidity because if he didn’t agree to marry Sitler, he could no longer condemn those who say interracial marriage is extremely unwise and should be banned:
The last sentence is a key tell. As a Biblicist, Wilson sees no ground for a church to prohibit a “lawful” marriage. A Biblicist like Wilson is someone with an autistic sense of wisdom: if we can’t point to a verse expressly prohibiting a marriage, the church is helpless to refuse. As an Alienist, he knows that a consideration of wisdom in making marriages would quickly lead to conclusions he would not like. Even in this extreme circumstance, he is willing to sacrifice wisdom so that he can maintain a view that all marriages not directly prohibited in the New Testament are lawful.
Making this even more interesting is that Wilson was on the verge of breaking through to the big time, but this Sitler episode ruined his chances. Rod Dreher is a nationally known pundit who has written two bestselling books. Dreher’s newest book, due out next year, is about what he calls the “Benedict Option.” Dreher is horrified at the rapid cultural shifts around trannies and gay marriage (while constantly denouncing our forefathers who opposed interracial marriage as unspeakably wicked bigots), like florists and bakers being fined $100,000 for refusing to work a gay wedding. The Benedict Option is his extremely vague plan for how to somehow get around these cultural forces by forming small Christian communities.
As part of his book, he researched several communities and profiled them in his book. When the Sitler scandal hit last year, Dreher was still researching his book, and he had planned to visit Doug Wilson’s church, Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, and talk to Wilson, and possibly write about them as an example of a Benedict Option community. Dreher’s book will almost certainly sell very well, and being featured in it would’ve given Wilson a much higher level of exposure than he’s ever had before, and as a talented writer, he probably could’ve made good use of it. But it will never be, because Dreher was so shocked and disgusted that Wilson would perform the ceremony that he immediately crossed Christ Church off his list.
It’s odd how all this worked out. Ten years ago, these three guys were on top of the world in the Reformed/homeschool/patriarchy crowd, and they regularly attacked Kinists for defending our forefathers and Western Civilization, and speaking hard truths about race.
Now two of them are completely disgraced, while the third has done irreparable harm to his reputation, almost certainly out of a desire to not give us evil racists an inch.
“Be not deceived; whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”