Love The Lord Your God With All Your Mind: R.C. Sproul Sermon (Transcript)

Full text of R.C. Sproul’s sermon titled “Love The Lord Your God With All Your Mind” which was delivered at the 2012 National Conference.

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R.C. Sproul – Founder of Ligonier Ministries

I remember several years ago being invited to speak at a college to the atheist club, and why they asked me I’ll never know. But in any case on that occasion, I said before I give my address here where I’m going to try to answer the intellectual questions and issues that atheism characteristically raises against theism, I want to put my cards clearly on the table so you’ll know where I’m coming from, so you’ll know I’m not trying to fool you in anyway.

But at the outset, let me say to you that though you say you do not believe in God, and you want me to give a compelling argument for His existence, I know going into this discussion that in fact, you already know that God exists and that your problem with the existence of God in the final analysis is not an intellectual problem; it’s a moral one.

Your problem is not that you don’t know that God exists. Your problem is you can’t stand the God whom you know exists.

Well, I gave that speech before I read Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. But I was telling them what the New Testament says: that because of their hostility in their corrupt condition to the things of God, that by nature we do everything we can to suppress and repress whatever revelation God gives of Himself to us. And that is not without consequences.

It says here in Romans 1:19, For what can be known about God is plain, because God has shown it to them,” so that the creature on the judgment day cannot plead that if the student didn’t learn, the teacher didn’t teach, because the teacher in this case is the perfect omniscient God. And if the student fails to get the message from this pedagogue, there is no excuse, for he says, “His invisible attributes and even His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

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Now here’s the crux of the matter.

Romans 1:21-24: “Although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. They claimed to be wise, but they became fools, so foolish as to exchange the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal men, birds, animals, creeping things. And for this reason, God gave them over to their wicked inclinations.”

And in Romans 1:28, Since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up.”

What a horrible judgment! What a terrible thing that God would give you up! And He gives us up to a reprobate mind, to a mind that now in its fallen condition doesn’t have a scintilla of desire to love God with the mind.

In other words, dear friends, in our natural fallen condition, there is nothing more repugnant to our minds than the love of God. So that when the great commandment sounds in our ears that we are to love God with all of our minds, we have such an antipathy by nature, such an allergy to such an idea that we choke at the very thought of it.

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