Affidavit Says R.C. Sproul Jr. Drove Off Road, Unable to Walk After Drunk Driving Arrest With Children

An affidavit surrounding the arrest of Reformed theologian, author, speaker and former Presbyterian elder Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. reveals that Sproul, who has repeatedly written on the subject of alcohol, was twice the legal blood alcohol limit, mumbling and unable to walk on his own when he was arrested last month after driving erratically with two of his children in the car.

The Christian Post, which obtained a copy of the affidavit, reports that at “about 8:28 p.m. on Nov. 29, Allen County Police Officer Paul Heffner observed the former minister driving left of the center line, failed to maintain his lane, drove off the roadway, struck a curb and was weaving.”

“When he was eventually stopped, the officer observed that he needed support to walk, he swayed, mumbled and had a moderate smell of alcohol on his breath. A chemical test later revealed his blood alcohol content as 0.175,” the outlet outlines.

Christian News Network confirmed this week that Sproul was then charged with four DUI accounts, including felony charges for being under the influence with a minor in the vehicle, and at twice the legal limit.

The case summary of “State of Indiana v. Robert C Sproul” in Allen Superior Court outlines that Sproul has been charged with “operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger under 18,” and placing a “dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent,” as well as “operating a vehicle while intoxicated” and “operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent to .15 or more.”

He posted $5,000 bond and is free via a “monitored conditional release.” A court hearing is scheduled for February. Sproul faces possible fines or jail time if convicted.

As previously reported, Ligonier Ministries released a public statement about Sproul’s resignation last week, but only marked the departure as being for “personal reasons.”

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“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,” it wrote. “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.”

The statement added that the ministry supports the Sproul family and is thankful for Sproul’s work at Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. He had served as the rector of theology and professor of apologetics at Reformation Bible College and also wrote on biblical topics for his father’s ministry.

“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,” Ligonier said.

He had been suspended from Ligonier Ministries last year after advising the board that he had visited the adultery site Ashley Madison during a “moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity,” but did not sign up for an account or use its services. Sproul’s wife Denise passed away in 2011 following a battle with cancer. His suspension ended this past July, and he remarried last month just days before the arrest.

Sproul had written about his beliefs regarding alcohol on a number of occasions, including in 2003, when he wrote the forward to the book “Drinking With Calvin and Luther: A History of Alcohol in the Church,” stating, “[I]t’s not enough that we should drink, but that we ought to drink well.”

In 2005, he also stated in a blog post, “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?” In a separate post, Sproul remarked, “One of my favorite intellectual debates centers around this question: Is bad beer better than no beer? A corollary is this, ‘Is free bad beer better than good beer?'”

His “Basement Tapes” collection likewise included discussions on alcohol and tobacco, and in recent times, Sproul had been a repeated guest on the Reformed Pubcast, a broadcast that focuses on Reformed theology and beer.


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  • jscotttheory

    Time to commence the public shaming.

  • Robert

    Clint Eastwood did say every body blames the lutherans…

  • Amos Moses

    Apparently his christian liberty has become a stumbling block ….. praying for his recovery, his childrens well being, his restoration to grace through repentance …… hope it is a wake up call ……

    • Robert

      Does your belief in repentance include trusting that Jesus blood and righteousness has already accomplished Gods forgivness for our sins even before we repent or ask. ?
      Also. Since we christians sin much don’t you think we should repent much. Instead of just once in a while when some one else catches us in our sin. Don’t you think that’s kinda repenting or their sake rather than our own sake?

      • Amos Moses

        it does ….. it also includes that there are many who say they are saved …. and are not and never were ……. and they are very good at ACTING as if they are ….. false teachers and wolves among the sheep ………… and i do not know for certain that mr. sproul is either of these ….. but the evidence is mounting that he is …… when he puts his childrens lives at stake for his own selfishness ….. not a good sign and it shows a lack of evidence of a repentant and saved life ……..

  • Leslie Gray

    Here we have a so called good Christian preacher promoter of marriage inequality and denier of other equal rights caught in the act of committing a serious crime, intoxicated beyond his ability to control his own body much less his actions. And, add to that the fact that while he was chemically blasted operating a motor vehicle under the influence, he had two children in that vehicle with him. What in the name of little green apples was that man doing drunk, behind the wheel of any motor vehicle while in the company of children. What was he doing with those kids? Hypocrisy, much?

    • Amos Moses

      actually he was defrocked a few years ago for the same behavior of alcohol abuse ……..

    • Mark Bailey

      I won’t take advice or opinions from someone who is or supports Sodomy and other evil lifestyles, the Bible says were to ignore and have no fellowship or communications with them for He says they are an abomination and He will deal with them in His time.This Leslie travels to every Christian site she can to insult and mock the Holy living God, such a destructive individual.

      • Leslie Gray

        I doubt that you even know the real story of Sodom. You probably think like most people do that Sodom was destroyed for homosexual acts toward the Angels sent to rescue Lot and his family. Wrong.

        I have every respect for the right of others to believe whatever they wish. I only have problem with those beliefs when they clearly run contrary to what the bible has to say on the matter. Like the way contemporary conservatives insist on abusing anyone less fortunate than they are and threatening them with the loss of aid; the poor, the sick, the disabled, widows, the homeless, immigrants or the imprisoned.

        Shall we debate?

        • Robert

          The sins of Sodom and Gomorah are all listed. Was unrepentant homosexuality among the sins that was listed .You know it was. And you also know the Corinthian passage and the unrepentant sins their that keep a person from eternal life.. repentance always includes believing Jesus had to die for those sins to be forgiven. Jesus died for the sin of homosexuality also .

          • Leslie Gray

            The article may not have been directly concerning Sodom, but the person I am in a discussion with BROUGHT IT UP. Obviously, that person lacks the intelligence to have an intellectual debate on the topic they introduced into this discussion.

            Your comment here and the one I received do not match up. Did you go back and change what you wrote because you decided that you didn’t want to get into a discussion of Sodom? Do you still want to debate the presence of the term homosexual/homosexuality in the bible?

    • Robert

      Christians poses the perfect record of Jesus his obedience to God’s laws. Our own works of righteousness will always be no better than hypocrisy or as Isaiah put it filthy rags. Those filthy rags includes your best try at being good to.

  • maam2u

    no doubt he will go into recovery, that’s what he needs. but the comment below, about him denying “marriage equality” — that’s a point in his favor. denouncing sin is a good thing to do. If he wrote about alcohol, maybe he was writing as one who fights the sin of drunkenness. And will willingly submit to therapy to defeat it in his own life. That’s NOT hypocrisy.

  • Carverelle

    Is it possible to believe anything Sproul says? For example, “…but did not sign up for an account or use its services.” The evidence is strong that that was a blatant lie. He couldn’t have “just visited” Ashley Madison but also “left an old email address” as he admitted to. He could have only done that by signing up for an account. Lying about what he was doing setting up an account on an adultery web site, but then claiming he’d “repented” for it (while continuing to lie), is at least as sinful as the original sin. Some people said it didn’t matter because he wasn’t married at the time. But he himself had months earlier condemned Ashley Madison for fostering a culture of adultery and sex affairs.

    Now it’s only too obvious his many claims of only “drinking in moderation” have been an big lie too. Should we forgive him? Of course. But that doesn’t mean he should ever be permitted to go back into ministry ever again. He is manifestly disqualified.

  • Robert

    Luther and Lutheran belief In Divine Monogism is far different from John Calvin’s belief in Monogism. This would also effect how lutherans look at Gods providence and predestination compared to how Calvin looked at these
    LUTHER let all the bible passages stand as Gods truth and even took great delight in those passages that from this side of heaven seemed very contradictory. Calvin ionthe other hand nsisted the bible should be made reasonable And would take great lengths to explain away. Any passages that appeared very contradictory to other passages.

  • Robert

    A man sins by the necessity of his nature. Total depravity

  • Robert

    We can abuse any gift God has given us alcohol included. We humans christians have gotten to be so frequent in abusing Gods good gifts we consider it our right to do so . Yet. HERE in spite of this fact we see God being merciful to this person by using his servant civil government to point out sin as utterly sinful. Just as God once used his servant Nathan to point out king David’s sins. Yes Gods servant civil government gets their purpose right once in a while.

  • Robert

    ONLY Jesus used alcohol and other good gifts of God perfectly DAY IN AND DAY OUT. What does Jesus say. Mathew 5:48 How does Jesus accomplish this for us since we can not do that or be that.
    Hebrews chapter 10,

  • Robert

    Since christian post revealed about this fellow to so many. Why wouldn’t they be in violation of proverbs 17:9. HOW does the banner christian post not become public gossip
    Could any one show me that in scripture? It just seems to me this is only the business of Mr sprouls congregation. OR AT THE very MOST Presbyterians.

  • Robert

    How does news not become gossip when it publicly announced personal sins that are only the business of that fellows christian congregation. Same goes.for the story relating to Billy grams grand son sins.

  • Pottendorf

    It is more difficult for a famous church statesman to learn from so many successes of drug, alcohol, all kinds of addicts or professors delivered from their miserable lives. But it is really just Jesus only using “Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” Find that preacher, you will be delivered (not just from alcohol, drug, smoking, all other things in your closet too).