Sunday, February 07, 2021

RC Sproul Jr Announces New Church Racket

RC Sproul Jr Sovereign Grace Fellowship Church Racket

Were RC Sproul Jr ever to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award it would have to be for, "Most Lifetime Scandals By A Pastor/Minister." 

In spite of his seemingly never-ending scandals RC Jr always succeeded in maintaining a steady six-figure income. Included among RC Sproul Jr's various income streams is over $1.5 million that came via Ligonier Ministries. Even with his felony DUI in 2016, RC Jr's six-figure income wasn't diminished in the least. After arranging a massive golden parachute "severance package" RC Sproul Jr resigned as Rector of Reformation Bible College. He likewise resigned as a Director from the Ligonier Ministries board of directors. Even then he wasn't escorted off the Ligonier Ministries Gravy Train. RC Jr arranged a six-figure "independent contractor" agreement. Ligonier's tax records reflect that, at least as of 2018, RC Jr was still receiving a six-figure Ligonier paycheck. According to inside sources Ligonier continued paying RC Jr in 2019.[1]

Given Ligonier Ministries' penchant for nepotism it wouldn't be out of character were they paying RC Jr to this day. However, an inside source informs us that 2019 may have been RC Jr's final year as a Ligonier independent contractor. If this is true it likely means RC Jr has burned through his cash reserves. He'd be motivated to scheme up a new income stream. However, RC Jr's work ethic (or rather total lack thereof) precludes his consideration of any honest hard-working day job. Throughout his life a religious vocation is all RC Jr has ever known. Religion has also been good to RC Jr -- an easy path to riches. Honest secular work is beneath him. Whatever vocation he pursues will be a religious one, and he will only gravitate to what pays the most money. Confirming our suspicions, RC Jr recently revealed details of his latest religious racket.

The following comment from "Ministerial Experts" seemingly represents the frustration and annoyance many have likewise expressed for RC Sproul Jr:

Ministerial Expert Rev. Pastor Dr. RC Sproul Jr, D.Min. is now available for consultations with ministers embroiled in scandals. Areas of damage control expertise include, but not limited to, DUI (booze and opioids), online adultery accounts, sexting, pedophile coverups, tax fraud, identity theft, pilfering church coffers, fundraising scams, travel expense scams, church keggers, plying minor children with booze, spiritual abuse, bullying congregants, defrockings, and so much more. Rev. Pastor Dr. Sproul Jr provides guidance in pretend-repenting as you arrange being suspended, with full pay. A year later you can return from suspension/paid-vacation as you arrange the terms of your "restoration," along with a pay raise. Should any scandal be of a criminal nature Rev. Pastor Dr. Sproul Jr will counsel you how to resign "for personal reasons" while arranging a massive severance package. Rev. Pastor Dr. Sproul Jr will further guide you how to arrange a steady six-figure paycheck as an independent contractor from the ministry you pretend "resign" from. After waiting a year or so for the dust to settle (i.e. memories of your scandals begin to fade) Rev. Pastor Dr. RC Sproul Jr can guide you how to incorporate a 501c3 "church," appoint yourself as its "Pastor," and declare yourself "restored," all because God forgives you. As the head of your very own "church" you can solicit donations to pretend-construct a church building. Not that any donations will be escrowed for construction costs though. Just use them to pay yourself a massive six-figure salary. It may not be ethical or moral, but it's all legal. Faux-repentance is your key to success. Family connections (nepotism) further enhance your odds of success. For a fee schedule contact RC Sproul Jr via his Ashley Madison account email: coramdude@gmail.com

Some might describe that comment as "satirical." Satire employs exaggeration to make a point using humor. While it may be tongue-in-cheek humor, nothing in the comment was exaggerated. It's all remarkably accurate, including "solicit donations to pretend-construct a church building."

On July 17, 2019 RC Sproul Jr incorporated DUNAMIS FELLOWSHIP INC as a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation. He dubbed it, "The Teaching Outreach Of Dr. RC Sproul Jr." and began soliciting donations. He alleged that donations were tax deductible because Dunamis Fellowship was a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt tax-deductible ministry.  Then on September 21, 2020 he began soliciting donations in the name of Dunamis Fellowship to buy a piece of land, ostensibly to build a church building, bible college, and pastor's retreat center. More recently he disclosed the land was 90 acres and the price was $1.2 million. "The great news is the owner has agreed to finance it. We just need to come up with half in cash." Then on December 9, 2020 RC Sproul Jr incorporated SOVEREIGN GRACE FELLOWSHIP INC (via a registered agent) as a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation. 

In January 2021 RC Sproul Jr announced Sovereign Grace Fellowship church services would begin in his Fort Wayne Indiana home on Sunday, February 14. Never one to pass up an opportunity to beg for money, he once again solicited donations to buy land and build a church building. "All donations are tax-deductible." However, as of this date IRS records reflect that neither Dunamis Fellowship or Soveriegn Grace Fellowship are tax-exempt or tax-deductible.[2]

Another one of our readers, "GNL," posted a comment detailing why RC Jr's land purchase and church construction scheme has the indicia of a religious scam:

$1.2 million is just for the land. This means the church construction costs would add $ millions more to the final bill. For those of us who know RC Jr's criminal history of tax fraud, identity theft, pilfering $ hundreds of thousands from the church coffers, commingling church and ministry funds, and ripping off other churches and ministries in travel expense scams, it's all too obvious his church building fundraiser is a fraud. Any donations he receives won't be safely locked away in an escrow account. Donations won't be held by a third-party trustee. He'll be in charge of the money himself, which means he'll use it to pay himself a lavish salary.

He's expecting people to pony up $600,000 as a down payment for an expensive piece of land before he even knows if anyone will be attending his home church? Nothing about this passes the smell test. What would pass the smell test is to start a church the way legitimate fiscally responsible realistically-minded pastors do it:
1. Start a home church.
2. See how attendance goes.
3. If capacity is reached rent a hotel conference room, retail space, or building and outfit it for church meetings.
4. Once capacity is reached in your rented space go to two services (many churches even go to three services).
5. If capacity is reached again consider the option of renting an additional space, hiring an additional pastor, and splitting into 2 parishes.
6. If capacity is reached again start fundraising to purchase land and build a building.

RC Sproul Jr isn't ignorant of how to legitimately start up and grow a church. As GNL goes on to explain, RC Jr planted a church in 1996, all while passing "the smell test."

Interestingly enough 1-5 is exactly how RC Jr started and operated St. Peter Presbyterian Church in Virginia. He started in his home. When he outgrew that they rented the 7th Day Adventist Church in Bristol, VA (7th Day Adventists meet on Saturdays and they were happy for the Sunday rental income). Eventually things grew to 3 parishes with 3 pastors, all of which were in rented spaces. The low overhead meant there was plenty of leftover money for RC Jr to skim from the offering plates. 

In 2006, a decade after starting St. Peter Presbyterian Church, RC Sproul Jr was defrocked from the ministry over a litany of egregious charges. RC Jr refused to step down and leave the ministry. In continuing to pastor after being defrocked he proved himself to be a renegade and autonomist. Since that time RC Sproul Jr's life has borne striking resemblance to a never-ending series of dumpster fires. 

With such a scandalous reputation it's all but certain Sovereign Grace Fellowship will never see the sort of robust attendance that would necessitate a meeting facility larger than RC Jr's home. That's not mere speculation on our part. His track record proves it. For 2 years RC Jr has promoted his Monday night bible study. Every week he announces that people are welcome to attend in his home. It's never progressed beyond an online streaming bible study because no one but his wife has ever attended in person.

RC Jr's practice of "skimming offering plates" was once a profitable racket. But that's no longer feasible, at least not in the sense of physical offering plates. A successful RC Jr religious racket now necessitate a virtual strategy. This has the added benefit of appealing to an audience much broader than just Fort Wayne, Indiana. Thus RC Jr is soliciting donations from anywhere his social media accounts can reach. RC Jr's marketing ploy boils down to, "Please contribute toward the millions of dollars I'll need to construct a church that you'll never attend." Anyone who gives him money, thinking it'll actually go toward purchasing land and constructing a church building, will only have their own gullibility to blame. It may take several years before they come to their senses, but donors will eventually realize they've been hoodwinked.

As for RC Sproul Jr starting a home-church and declaring himself its "Pastor," nothing prevents him from doing so. Nothing of any significance to him that is -- just the Word of God. According to Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7 RC Sproul Jr is disqualified and prohibited from being a pastor, elder, deacon, minister, teacher, etc. In making shipwreck of his life RC Sproul Jr has made it impossible for any denomination, or even just a local church, to restore him to ministry without destroying their own reputation in the process. So he's "restored" himself and declared himself "Pastor" and "Rev." RC Sproul Jr has declared himself fit for ministry, all because God forgave him. It wouldn't be the first time RC Jr had taken an Exacto blade to his Bible. RC Sproul Jr has many years of experience using religious sophistry to bilk gullible Christians out of their hard earned money. "It may not be ethical or moral, but it's all legal."

Even leaving aside the matter of how his scandalous life biblically disqualifies him from ministry (repentant or not, forgiven or not), RC Sproul Jr has formerly argued against men setting themselves up as pastors and establishing their own churches: 

"A church without authority is no church at all, and that self-created authority is in essence no authority at all. If person A is free to establish his own church of his own will, person B, when under this self-created authority can flee said authority simply by self-creating his own authority."

Who is Allowed (According to God’s Word) to Start a Church?

RC Sproul Jr, February 25, 2014

RC Sproul Jr demitted the last of his ordinations[3] to the Covenant Presbyterian Church on October 4, 2016. He demitted not because of his felony DUI (his drunk driving arrest didn't happen until November 29). RC Sproul Jr demitted his ordination to marry a 3-times divorced woman, a marriage his Presbytery would not and could not biblically condone.[4] Since that time RC Sproul Jr has had no ordination, license, or authority granted to him by any church or denomination to serve in ministry, let alone to start a church. Any ministerial authority he exercises is "self-created authority" and, by his own definition, is "no authority at all."




Footnotes:

1Ordinarily it would be a simple matter to either confirm or disprove this. However, Ligonier has been evasive in responding to inquiries. Furthermore, just as Ligonier was due to post their 2019 tax returns they deleted all their tax returns, leaving us unable to confirm RC Jr's 2019 Ligonier income. Needless to say, Ligonier's aversion for transparency makes it difficult if not impossible to determine if they continued paying RC Jr in 2020, and perhaps even to this day. 

2Dunamis Fellowship Inc isn't listed in IRS Publication 78. Had RC Jr applied for 501(c)(3) recognition he would have long ago either received a "501(c)(3) Recognition Letter" or a denial letter. Likewise, Sovereign Grace Fellowship isn't listed in IRS Publication 78. Any significant delay in IRS 501(c)(3) processing is often a bad sign. If indeed RC Jr did apply for 501(c)(3) recognition it's likely his application received greater scrutiny (the IRS is well aware he stole the ARP's tax ID number). If his tax-deductible status is ultimately denied, any donations will be retroactively declared non-tax-deductible. Any donations taken by donors as tax deductions will be reversed. Those donors should expect to receive an IRS assessment with interest and potential penalties.

3At various times over the years RC Sproul Jr had 4 different ordinations (ARP, RPCGA, CREC, and CPC), all of which he lost due to either defrocking or demittal. Whenever he's found himself embroiled in a scandal, and potentially facing ecclesiastical charges, he's bailed on his denominations. RC Jr changes up denominations like the typical church-hopper changes churches.

4In addition to Lisa Ringel's 3 divorces, it came to the attention of RC Jr's Presbytery that he'd been giving Lisa what amounted to marriage counseling since 2013, all without her husband's consent, participation, or knowledge. Ultimately RC Jr encouraged Lisa to divorce her third husband, David Ringel. Within days of Lisa filing for divorce RC Jr traveled to Fort Wayne to propose marriage.

Thursday, October 08, 2020

RC Sproul Jr Sexts Penis Pics To Lure New Wife

RC Sproul Jr and wife Lisa C. Sproul
RC Sproul Jr and wife Lisa C. Sproul

 

A family member reached out to us to share the tale of RC Sproul Jr and Lisa C. Sproul's lewd "courtship." The details are prurient enough that this article might be considered by some to warrant an NC-17 rating. We had misgivings about sharing this at all. Our goal is not to titillate our readers. Rather, we have an objective, and that objective will be explained at the close of this article.

Love connections like RC Sproul Jr and Lisa C. Ringel happen every day, albeit they usually occur via Ashley Madison, Tinder, etc. With the possible exception of Tullian Tchividjian, lewd hookups like RC Jr and Lisa are rare in the world of Christian pastors, rarer still for Reformed Presbyterian pastors.

RC Jr's "courtship" of Lisa was precipitated by his providing her private counseling sessions. Lisa referred to their counseling as "objective counsel":

"My relationship with RC began August of 2013. I reached out to him through the internet for objective counsel, not knowing if he even ran his own Facebook account." 

Lisa reached out to RC Jr in the midst of her third marriage coming apart. Her husband, Dr. David Ringel, alleged that Lisa suffered from a cluster of mental health problems. She turned to RC Jr, in part, for confirmation that she "wasn't nuts." Any competent, qualified and ethical counselor would have immediately brought Lisa's husband, David Ringel, into the conversation. If that proved unsuccessful the counseling should have never gone forward. But anyone who's had the terrible misfortune of receiving counsel from RC Jr knows he's anything but competent, qualified and ethical. 

RC Jr agreed to secretly counsel Lisa alone. This entirely one-sided "objective counseling" devolved into marriage counseling absent the husband of the marriage -- an extremely unethical and reckless counseling practice. Lisa was left unhindered to spin her poor me -- victim wife stories. Rather than fostering reconciliation between the Ringels, RC Jr used his position to undermine their marriage and encourage Lisa to file for divorce. Immediately upon filing divorce papers RC Jr proposed marriage, which Lisa accepted. RC Sproul Jr used the pretext of "counseling" Lisa to steal her away from her husband.

As she filed for divorce against her third husband, Lisa reported Dr. David Ringel to the feds on a bogus allegation. The feds went on a fishing expedition of Dr. Ringel and his colleagues, ultimately indicting them over what many medical professionals viewed as nit-picky frivolous charges. We must question what role RC Jr played in encouraging Lisa to rat out her husband. 

Our previous article, Has RC Sproul Jr Gone Completely Insane? prompted a family member to contact us. They gave us permission to repost a portion of their email but asked that we not divulge their name:

Lisa started reaching out to RC on facebook during her marriage to David Ringel. When Lisa and David divorced she told us that she was talking with a man whos wife passed ..is famous.. has a bunch of kids…homeschools… basically everything Lisa tried to make herself appear to be.. she has had some weird infatuation for homeschooling.. Not actually schooling..but just the appearance of it..

So anyway..RC bought her a tummy tuck..a car…. Sent nudes back and forth.. Lisa's son Jordan actually was made to take them of Lisa for RC, and Jordan has seen RCs penis pictures sent back,etc. she actually made him to shop for lingerie while they were talking,pre-marriage, to help pick out what to send him pictures of.. pretty gross..but nothing new in this family. We grew up with her constantly walking around naked,etc.

On the way to him proposing he actually hit and ran over a median bc he was drunk…. But she ignored it.. and laughed it off…

So after her tummy tuck he bought for her, my first experience with him was this.. He came up to visit maybe a week or so after her surgery.. he told her to HIDE her pain meds since she wasn’t needing to take them..”So that we wouldn’t take them!!”..implying the children were pill heads or something ?.. funny he ended up taking all of them before his OWI,combining with the alcohiol. 

She had him get rid of everything of denises possible.. she kept saying how terrible the kids treated her..how she couldn’t have sex bc pictures of denise..etc.

She made the boys share a room(they still do and they have 5 bedrooms..they were told they can no longer pee standing up..they've put cameras and alarms on on the boys door "as scare tactics" according to Jordan..They are beaten with belts over many many things..including,but not limited to sneaked choc.chips..

Lisa is a pro at making sure her husbands, as well as children, do not communicate to anyone .. usually, and especially Other family. I have had to help RCs children.. Maili specifically  the last year 1/2.. and the only way it was possible was through Vesta and Sherrie... it was a very crazy year.. with them sending her to a children’s home..

At the same time that RC Jr was sexting photos of his genitals to Lisa, and Lisa was reciprocating, she was still a legally married woman. RC Jr was also being lavishly paid a six-figure salary by Ligonier Ministries. Nothing other than nepotism can account for the morally bankrupt, biblically disqualified (Titus 1:5-9, 1 Tim. 3:1-7) RC Sproul Jr being appointed as Rector of Reformation Bible College. For over 20 years RC Jr's personal life, ministerial life, and family life have been a series of dumpster fires. Sexting penis pics to a married woman is just one of many such examples. Ligonier Ministries has played a major role in propping up and enabling RC Jr, refusing to hold him accountable for his unrelenting and grotesque scandals. Given Ligonier's track record it's likely they're financially enabling RC Jr to this very day.

Rather than disciplining RC Jr over his Ashley Madison account scandal, Ligonier suspended him in 2015 with pay. In other words they gave him a one-year paid vacation, all at the expense of Ligonier donors. 

Barely 5 months after being "restored" to Ligonier, RC Jr was arrested and convicted for felony drunk driving (with children in the car, no less). He had a blood alcohol level in excess of .175, more than twice the legal limit. What the arresting officer was unaware of is RC Sproul Jr was also stoned on opioids. Coming so close on the heels of his suspension for his Ashley Madison scandal, the DUI felony conviction left him few options. After arranging a $156,603.00 "severance package" RC Sproul Jr resigned from Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College. Ligonier covered up the reason for his resignation by announcing RC Jr resigned "for personal reasons." In handing RC Jr a golden parachute Ligonier Ministries once again rewarded RC Sproul Jr for having caused a huge scandal.

Let no one think, however, that RC Jr's departure from Ligonier means he's been kicked off the Ligonier Ministries Gravy Train. According to Ligonier's tax filings RC Jr received $106,017.00 in 2018, almost all of which was "independent contractor" payments. As of the date of this post Ligonier's 2019 tax returns aren't publicly available. Through our sources, however, we've been able to confirm that RC Jr continued being paid in 2019 as a Ligonier Ministries independent contractor. Is RC Sproul Jr still being paid as a Ligonier Ministries independent contractor in 2020? We'd rather not have to just assume. However, Ligonier has been evasive, leading us to conclude they likely are still paying him.

RC Sproul Jr has been on Ligonier's payroll since 1989. That includes not just when he resided in Florida, but throughout most of the time he pastored St. Peter Presbyterian Church in Virginia (1996-2010). So on top of his Ligonier salary RC Jr drew a $120,000/yr salary from St Peter Presbyterian Church, as well as the $ tens of thousands he annually skimmed via Highlands Ministries. Ligonier Ministries' tax returns reflect that Ligonier paid RC Jr $1,489,966.00 in salary, pension benefits, severance, and independent contractor payments. But the actual figure could be double that (tax returns are only available from 2002-2018, leaving 13 years still unaccounted for). Those moneys all came to RC Sproul Jr by way of Ligonier Ministries' unwitting donors.

Enabling parents are as commonplace as are the disastrous consequences thereof. If parents wish to enable their children, even doing so their entire lives, that's their prerogative. What isn't their prerogative is enabling their children with other people's money. Ligonier Ministries maintains its status as a tax-exempt religious organization only because it made a covenant with the Internal Revenue Service, committing to obey 501(c)(3) legal requirements, chief among them not engaging in private enurement. Ligonier's decades-long history of paying outrageous six-figure salaries to unqualified, incompetent, and morally bankrupt family members (e.g. RC Sproul Jr, Tim Dick, etc.) is in clear violation of those legal requirements.

Ligonier Ministries has consistently set the bar exceedingly low for favored family members (RC Jr's family pet name is "Precious"). Some Sproul family members have integrity and work for their Ligonier salaries. However, the track record of several other Sprouls has been dreadful. They've been permitted to commit scandal after scandal with zero accountability, all while being paid outlandish Ligonier salaries they could never hope to get anywhere else. 

If the Sproul family wishes to continue financially propping up RC Jr they should do so on their own dime. Every time the Sprouls squander Ligonier Ministries' bank account sending RC Sproul Jr another fat check they're defrauding their donors. 

What follows are the names of Ligonier Ministries' key officers and board members. Ligonier officers can be contacted via Ligonier. Ligonier board members may be contacted by writing them at the addresses provided below. Should one feel inclined they may wish to phone and/or write to voice their concerns for Ligonier Ministries' malfeasance. Anyone who has ever made a donation to Ligonier is especially entitled to fiscal accountability:  

Ligonier Ministries
1.800.435.4343
1.407.333.4244
421 Ligonier Court, Sanford, FL 32771
P.O. Box 863595, Orlando, FL 32886

Ligonier Ministries Officers:
Chris Larson, President and CEO
Sherrie Sproul Dorotiak, Development Officer (daughter of RC and Vesta Sproul)
John Cobb, VP Strategic Initiatives (husband of Kaki Cobb, the daughter of Sherrie Sproul and ex-husband and former President/CEO Tim Dick, granddaughter of RC and Vesta Sproul)
Diane Berry, Director of Finance
John Petersen, Senior Director of Ministry Advancement (fundraising)
Angie Moore, Director of Human Resources
Jim Moore, VP Operations
Stephen J. Nichols, Chief Academic Officer
Burk Parsons, Chief Publishing Officer
Dirk Naves, Chief Creative Officer
J.D. Bridges, VP Global Outreach

Ligonier Ministries Board Of Directors:
Sherrie Sproul Dorotiak (daughter of RC and Vesta Sproul)
Vesta Sproul (wife of RC Sproul)
Chris Larson (also Ligonier President and CEO)
W. Robert Godfrey, 1725 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027
James Campisi, 315 E. New England Ave #29, Winter Park, FL 32789
Pat Dizney, 1110 W. Ivanhoe Blvd #31, Orlando, FL 32804
Robert Downie, Jr, 5219 Old Stump Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Sinclair Ferguson, 21 Tommy Armour Place, Carnoustie, Angus DD7 7TQ, United Kingdom, OC
William K. Harper MD, 4135 Sandridge Drive, Jackson, MS 39211
Steven J. Lawson, 5445 Caruth Haven Lane, #2118, Dallas, TX 75225
Gregory Miseyko, 3236 N. E. 5th Ave, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
David Stoltzfus, 244 S. Pine St, Elverson, PA 19520


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Has RC Sproul Jr Gone Completely Insane?

RC Sproul Jr and Denise Sproul

In recent days RC Sproul Jr's rhetoric has become so unhinged that many are asking, "Has RC lost his mind? Has he gone completely insane? What's happened to his brain?"

Most of us who've personally known RC Jr view him as an intelligent man. He must have been born with a high enough IQ because, in spite of decades of marinating his brain in copious quantities of alcohol, interspersed with periodic binging, even with all the brain damage that surely must have come of it, he still somehow managed to be quick-witted. 

For most of his life RC Sproul Jr has been a "functional drunk." From his Ligonier Tales it's apparent that RC Jr's abuse of alcohol began in his teenage years. He quite literally wired his developing brain for booze. Sobriety was an alien concept for RC Sproul Jr. It's anyone's guess as to when exactly RC Sproul Jr became an alcoholic, but we do know he's been alcohol dependent for decades. For the most part he was able to evade the harsh personal consequences to himself that usually come of alcoholism. This isn't to say, however, that he didn't harm a great many other people by his terrible example, and by his promotion of so-called "Christian liberty" (i.e. church keggers).

RC Jr woke up to a harsh new reality the morning of November 29, 2016, wearing striped pajamas in the Fort Wayne Crossbar Hotel. RC had been drunk driving for years, but this was the first time he'd been caught. He couldn't remember a thing about the night before because he'd blacked out after consuming a greater than .175 BAC dose of booze, not to mention the opioids he'd taken from his wife. The combination could have been fatal, not only to himself, but to his two minor children who rode terrified in the back seat as he careened down the highway, blacked-out drunk and stoned out of his mind on opioids. The officer witnessed him weaving and further testified, "He was also driving at 30 mph for at least 2 miles with a flat tire on I-469" after he'd struck a curb.

RC Jr plea bargained his way out of the 7 years of prison time he was facing; but the plea deal also forever branded him a felon. RC agreed to swear off alcohol. For the safety of the public, and especially his children, we should all be grateful RC Sproul Jr has gone on record that, "Alcohol isn't for me." With the right support many alcoholics often manage to pull their lives together and live productive and emotionally healthy lives. Unfortunately there are alcoholics who don't cope so well with sobriety. They're sometimes referred to as "dry drunks." But in RC Jr's case it's even worse than that.

RC Jr has always had his issues, but bat***t crazy hasn't been one of them. Or at least that hasn't been his issue until more recently. 

RC Jr's slide into insanity appears to correlate with his having married a woman that many, including her own children, routinely refer to as "completely nuts." RC Sproul Jr married the three-times divorced Lisa Ringel in October 2016. In doing so he rebelled against the counsel of his Presbytery. They viewed such a marriage as adulterous since none of Lisa's divorces were for biblical causes. Worse than that RC Jr had been giving marriage counseling to Lisa (absent her husband's knowledge or consent). In the midst of that counseling he encouraged her to divorce her husband. The moment she filed for divorce he proposed marriage. In other words he stole Lisa away from her husband. In order to avoid ecclesiastical charges RC Jr demitted his CPC ordination. 

Since demitting his ordination he's continued masquerading as a minister, even giving himself the titles "Pastor" and "Rev." He's been begging for money, ostensibly to buy some land and build a new church. Those of us who know RC's dark history of tax fraud, identity theft, pilfering church funds, defrauding other churches with travel expense scams, commingling bank accounts, skimming offering plates, etc. can easily perceive that Dunamis Fellowship is just another 501(c)(3) religious fundraising scam to line his pockets.

By the time of his Ashley Madison adultery account scandal in 2015 many of RC Jr's closest ministry friends admonished him to stay out of ministry and pursue a secular occupation. By the time of his drunk driving debacle a year later every single one of RC Jr's ministry associates had urged him to get out of ministry and stay out forever. One person disagreed, and that person was RC Jr's new wife. Lisa married RC to elevate her own status and nothing would deter her personal ambitions. Lisa thought she had married a rising star -- the heir apparent to his father's Ligonier Ministries. But barely a month after the marriage her rising star self-destructed, plummeting to earth, crashing and burning. Lisa can't come to terms with the fact that her star will never shine again; and so she viciously assails and picks fights with any who encourage her to remove her rose colored glasses. 

Lisa Sproul's attacks included targeting RC Jr's adult children, which she commenced even prior to the wedding. Lisa's attacks are a textbook case in parental alienation (one of our previous articles prompted many comments about it). From the beginning of the marriage Lisa Sproul set about to sabotage the Sproul family, employing some of the worst forms of parental alienation imaginable. As an example, there's the marriage of Delaney Sproul to Joshua Phillips on September 29, 2017. RC Jr had accepted the couple's request to officiate the wedding. But Lisa sabotaged the Sproul family once again. At the last minute she insisted they boycott the wedding. As he'd consistently done with Lisa's prior demands, RC Jr submitted to his wife. The minor Sproul children were also prohibited from attending. RC Sproul Sr. saved the day, stepping in to officiate the wedding.

RC Jr has always claimed to love and value his children. So one would expect that RC would have stood up for and defended his own children. But he didn't. Worse yet he joined Lisa in her attacks. Contrary to the Sproul children's wishes, Lisa ensured the Sproul family squabble wouldn't be kept a private matter. RC Jr and Lisa attacked his children quite publicly on their social media accounts. Aside from using Twitter and Facebook, Lisa also created several sock puppet accounts on one or more public forums where she slandered her step-children. With each attack the Sproul children were barraged with questions and concerns from their alarmed friends. Rather than responding to RC and Lisa in kind and going public, they very prudently kept their responses in private groups. 

However, with the impending release of RC Jr's book Growing Up (With) R.C., the Sproul children faced even more questions. They responded to their friends' concerns by suggesting they not purchase the book and encourage everyone they know to not purchase it. Their concern was that RC Jr was using the book as a platform to weasel his way back into ministry, something they're strongly opposed to. Darby Sproul Stouffer posted the following on her Facebook:

 "This book is coming out in May. Please do not buy it. My father (RC Jr) is an unrepentant abusive narcissist who is estranged from everyone who used to be his friend and even all of his family outside of his wife and minor children. Just wanted to give a general heads up. Feel free to let others know as well if they mention being interested in it. There is so much more info than just what I’ve shared here, I’m just trying to be concise."

 


When Lisa's own children stepped in to ameliorate their mother's grotesque slandering Lisa then slandered them too. Bad as these attacks are nothing could have prepared us for the object of RC Jr and Lisa Sproul's latest attack -- the late Denise Sproul. Cynical as we are of RC Jr we still didn't see this one coming. We should have though. After repeatedly publicly attacking and slandering RC Jr's adult children why wouldn't RC Jr and Lisa Sproul attack RC's deceased wife too? Why didn't we see it coming? Because like everyone else we find the act of RC Jr slandering his highly-esteemed deceased wife, who died of cancer in 2011, incomprehensible. Adding to everyone's sense of bewilderment is the fact that, prior to marrying Lisa Ringel, RC Sproul Jr had never said anything critical of Denise. In fact it was RC Jr's practice to publicly praise Denise Sproul. According to her husband and children Denise Sproul was the model wife and mother. According to her friends Denise Sproul was the model friend.

What have RC Jr and Lisa Sproul accused the late Denise Sproul of? "Marital unfaithfulness." 

Those of us who knew Denise find the allegation of infidelity completely insane. We find it equally insane that RC Jr, who had formerly had nothing but praise for Denise, would wait some 9 years after Denise's passing to publicly slander her.

Upon first reading the allegation we thought it was likely rooted in projection. People who are as eager as RC Jr and Lisa to publicly trash family members usually have many skeletons tucked away in their closets. Projection is often used to deflect attention away from oneself. But when the projection is as outrageous as accusing the late Denise Sproul of adultery, all that RC Jr and Lisa Sproul have accomplished is to invite scrutiny to themselves. In all likelihood the thing they accuse the late Denise Sproul of, adultery, is the very thing they're both guilty of. 

James McDonald, a former ministry friend of RC Jr's, posted his disgust, and a great deal of others have also commented:

For some 15 years we've repeatedly warned that RC Jr is a wolf in sheep's clothing. We provided overwhelming evidence to prove it, but our warnings went unheeded by his fanboys. We were routinely condemned as being "hateful and bitter," including by pastors like James McDonald (who ordained RC Jr in his Presbyterian denomination in 2010), and even more so by his wife, Stacy McDonald. This isn't to pick on James and Stacy (though they certainly do deserve a stiff rebuke). It's to encourage each of us to take the warnings of Jesus seriously: "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." (Matt 7:15) It shouldn't have taken RC Jr slandering his late godly wife for his fans to come to terms with the fact that RC Jr has always been a wolf in sheep's clothing. 

Denise Sproul wasn't just a good and godly woman. Many of us have described Denise as "a saint." Even on a purely practical level how would it ever have been possible for Denise to cheat on RC? Denise was the busiest most productive woman many of us ever knew. What with homeschooling 8 children, meal preparations and household chores, not to mention her high visibility as a pastor's wife, and on top of that living miles from nowhere in tiny Mendota Virginia (pop. 468). Even were she morally capable of such a thing (which she wasn't) sneaking around to have an affair, on a purely practical level, could have never been an option for Denise. For RC Jr and Lisa Sproul to publicly slander Denise Sproul in this way is an act so vile and dastardly that upon hearing it we were instantly sick to our stomachs.

Lisa Sproul's hatred of Denise Sproul manifested shortly after her marriage to RC Jr. It appears to be rooted in intense jealousy, and in particular for Denise's saintly reputation -- a reputation that up until now was completely unblemished and unquestioned. Denise Sproul was loved and adored by one and all. Everyone who met her was instantly drawn to her. Denise Sproul represented everything that Lisa Ringel desired to be, but could never attain. This included the deep love and adoration the Sproul children have for their mother, a love that could never diminish simply because Denise departed this earth in 2011. Even on her death bed Denise was cheerful, gracious, and at peace with her passing. Denise was an incredible inspiration to many. 

Immediately after marrying RC Jr in 2016 Lisa promoted herself to "First Lady of the Sproul household." She gave herself the title "Queen" and even spoke of her "throne." She accused the Sproul children of "worshiping their mother" Denise and demanded they "move on" by accepting Lisa as their new mother. She demanded the subordination of every Sproul child, including the married adults who had children of their own. RC fully backed the ascent of Queen Lisa to her throne. Her power grab being rebuffed by the Sproul kids, Lisa set about erasing Denise Sproul altogether, starting with the destruction of any Sproul family photographs that included Denise in them. Again, RC obliged and the family photos were destroyed. Lisa then demanded RC have Denise's Facebook removed, which he likewise complied with. This resulted in an ugly family dispute. The Sproul children successfully petitioned Facebook to put Denise's Facebook back online, designating it as a memorial site so that no one could delete it again. Denise's Facebook remains as one of the only sources of photos the Sproul children have remaining of their late mother. 

At the time of RC and Lisa's wedding there were four minor Sproul children still living at home -- Erin Claire, Maili, Reilly, and Donovan. In retaliation for the Facebook dispute Lisa and RC took away his minor children's phones, computers and internet access. They were prohibited any form of contact with their older siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Upon turning 17 Erin Claire made her escape and went to live with an older sibling. This resulted in even harsher security measures being imposed within the Sproul Penal Facility. Maili Sproul subsequently affected her own escape from the Sproul compound and made her way to Florida to reside with her grandmother, Vesta. Reilly and Donovan remain incarcerated in the Sproul compound, cut off and prohibited any contact with other family members. Unless DCS takes the multiple child abuse reports filed against the Sprouls seriously, the two boys will remain incarcerated at least until they turn 18 unless, that is, they can effect their escape sooner.

Family alienation is not uncommon. It's happened even with some Christian families. However, what we've witnessed with the Sprouls is the worst of the worst. Lisa Sproul instigated it, sabotaging all of RC's family relations. RC Jr is entirely responsible for going along on Lisa's crazy ride. We find it remarkable that the author of The Tenets of Biblical Patriarchy (co-authored with the disgraced sex pervert Doug Phillips), would volunteer to become Lisa's lapdog. 

Has RC Sproul Jr gone completely insane? The title of this article isn't click bait, and the question isn't mere hyperbole. We believe it important to at least consider the possibility that RC Jr has lost his mind. In our view it may be the only plausible explanation for his behavior (the matter of Lisa being nuts is pretty much a settled issue). In the course of this blog's 15 year history we've warned repeatedly that RC Jr has a chronic alcohol abuse problem and has had for the majority of his life. Worse yet he's actively encouraged many of his acolytes to follow him in his debauchery (rare is the pastor who has thrown keggers and spiked the kiddie's punch bowl with Everclear, as did RC Jr for years). While RC Jr's writing and preaching was in past years a blessing to some, his personal influence by the example of his debauched life has been catastrophic. RC Jr has destroyed the very souls of a great many people, including small children.

We've previously discussed the likelihood that RC suffers from Wet Brain Syndrome. But it's also quite likely that RC Jr suffers from Alcohol Psychosis. Chronic abusers of alcohol can experience the onset of Alcohol Psychosis as they're abusing alcohol. But onset can also occur subsequent to their quitting alcohol. We believe this is likely the case for RC Jr. 

Many alcoholics do make remarkable recoveries after giving up the booze. Tragically though some actually get much worse, and this has certainly been the case for RC Jr. In spite of the brain's plasticity (its ability to repair damage in many cases), there is little hope for recovery from Wet Brain, and even less so for Alcohol Psychosis. While we should all pray for the Sproul family and their emotional and spiritual healing, we should bear in mind any such healing is unlikely to ever occur via reconciliation with RC Jr, at least so long as he remains Lisa's puppet. 

Aside from all the family discord Lisa has caused she's also effectively destroyed any prospects RC has as a ghostwriter, a business venture he's been actively promoting. A ghostwriter who boasts of having been the real author of specific literary works demonstrates they can't be trusted to keep confidences. For a professional ghostwriter to disclose to even their spouse who they have ghostwritten for is risky, as RC Sproul Jr himself discovered with Lisa.

In a recent book review that Lisa C. Sproul posted on Amazon she disclosed that RC Sproul Jr had ghostwritten Denise Elizabeth Sproul's 2009 book Tending Your Garden

Needless to say this isn't a "review" at all. It's just Lisa once again spewing her contempt for the late Denise Sproul. In it Lisa praises her husband. But on a practical level all she really accomplished with her "review" was to destroy RC's ghostwriting business.

RC Sproul Jr made one of the best decisions of his life in marrying Denise Elizabeth Sproul. He made one of the most foolish decisions of his life in marrying Lisa C. Sproul, and his entire family has suffered immense harm from that reckless and rebellious decision. 

Our prayers for healing are with the Sproul children. May God comfort them in this difficult time.