R.C. Sproul Jr. arrested for felony DUI

“Would you please, so as not to cause me to stumble, stop suggesting that it is wrong to drink alcohol in moderation, or that drinking alcohol in moderation somehow is a failure to love my brothers?” – Dr. Robert Craig Sproul Jr., blog post, 2005.

Dr. Robert Craig Sproul Jr. aka R.C. Sproul Jr., a Calvinist Christian minister and a theologian, was arrested in Indiana recently for driving under influence (DUI) with a minor in his vehicle. During the investigation, his blood alcohol level was found to be 0.15 that is nearly twice the legal limit.

He was arrested on Nov. 29, 2016, a week before Dr. Sproul Jr. resigned from the Ligonier Ministries for “personal reasons.”

Dr. Sproul Jr. was charged with two class A misdemeanors and two felonies for operating a vehicle in an intoxicated condition with a fellow passenger younger than 18 years. As per the Indiana law, the two class A misdemeanors attract suspension of the driver license for up to two years, probation for a year, and up to 365 days of jail term. In addition, the two felonies attract a penalty of six months to three years in jail and up to $10,000 in fine. He was also charged with a felony charge of neglecting a dependent in ways endangering the life of the minor.

In a statement, the Ligonier Ministries said that Dr. Sproul Jr. had removed himself from the ministry for personal reasons but made no mention of his arrest. It stated that the board of directors of the Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College had received and confirmed the resignation of Dr. Sproul Jr. It also made clear that he was stepping away from his position due to personal reasons and that the news has been communicated to his father, the Reformed theologian and founder of Ligonier Ministries, Robert Charles Sproul.

Dr. Sproul Jr.’s beliefs on alcohol

Dr. Sproul Jr. had earlier written on a number of occasions on his beliefs pertaining to alcohol including in the foreword to the book, “Drinking with Calvin and Luther: A History of Alcohol in the Church.” In it, he wrote that it is not enough that one should drink but that one must drink well.

In a section on his Highlands Study Center site, Dr. Sproul Jr. recounted his college years and said that he learned that chugging beer was perhaps the greatest sport a jock might aspire to and that he was pretty good at it. He had also been a repeated guest on the Reformed Pubcast, a broadcast focusing on Reformed theology and beer. The Pubcast carried a live podcast at the Ligonier Ministries in February 2016.

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