Ignorance is Not Bliss

2012 Ligonier Conference

In this 56 minute session from the 2012 Ligonier Conference, Robert Godfrey, President and Church History Professor at Westminster Seminary California, teaches that Christians who embrace their thinking as gift from God may do wonderful things for this world. Dr. Godfrey calls atheistic philosophy to task for its atrocities and demonstrates that Christian thinking has done invaluable good for this world.

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.

Robert Godfrey listed three profound mysteries about evil in this world that rightly frustrate us in the church.

  1. Why do the wicked prosper?
  2. Why does the world seem to embrace Christ in some ages and despise him in others?
  3. Why has the cultural impact of Christianity seemed to decline?

What do you think is the answer to these questions?
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Have you ever been challenged over evil that has been done in the name of Jesus? What events or philosophy were used against you? How did you answer? How should we answer?
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The offenses of Christians in history are from misapplications of Christianity by people who did not understand or follow Jesus and his teaching.

The offenses of post-christians in history are because of right application of their thinking by people who correctly followed their ideology to its logical end.

Read Psalm 49:13–14. What are some anti-Christian philosophies in our culture today that might lead to death? How should Christians stand against these?
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How might Christians prepare themselves to follow the Shepherd of life and be wary for messages from the shepherd of death?
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What did Dr. Godfrey's biography of Abraham Kuyper's life teach you about Christian impact on one's culture?
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Specifically, how do you think God has called you to cultural impact?
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"We keep our desires under control here because this world is not our home."
Is this statement true for you? How have you experienced heavenward thinking by keeping your desires under control? What does this self control mean to you about your eternal life?
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Ignorance is not bliss. Knowing Jesus Christ is bliss. Knowing Jesus directs us for this life and assures us of eternal life because of the price paid for us by the Shepherd of life.

If you are interested in learning more about R.C. Sproul's Ligonier Ministries, visit their website at ligonier.org