What Do John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul Have in Common Beyond Theology?

On Tuesday I asked “What do John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul have in common beyond theology?”

Both were involved in very serious and potentially fatal transportation accidents in Alabama while traveling through the state.

From John MacArthur’s biography John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock:

At the end of his first year at Bob Jones, John, bound for home, shared a car with five other students as they drove through Alabama.  While proceeding at speed, the driver lost control; a door burst open as the car turned over, and John was thrown out.  He was to land in a seated position on the asphalt road and slide for over 100 yards.  Nothing was broken but third degrees friction burns took the flesh off his back, and embedded asphalt in what remained.  One hand would be scarred for life.  …

Three months of hospital and skin grafts had a huge impact on MacArthur as a college student.

R.C. Sproul was involved in a potentially fatal train accident in Alabama in 1993.  The Big Bayou Canot train wreck killed 42 people and injured hundreds.    Both R.C. Sproul and his wife were on that fatal train.  They were uninjured but often you will hear Sproul speak about that train wreck in his lectures and sermons.

From Train Wreck:

Often the language of the reporters when they comment on such accidents includes references to the “ill-fated train,” or the “ill-fated plane.” I hope this is merely a manner of speaking and that the reporters do not really believe that the destiny of human beings is in the hands of “fate.” The fates were part of the mythological system of the ancient world, and they were depicted as arbitrary, capricious, and mischievous sub-deities who wreaked havoc among people. Today fate is sometimes seen as a blind force of nature that causes horrible things or good things to happen to us.

The doctrine of the providence of God leaves no room for fate, blind or otherwise. God is not blind; neither is He capricious. For Him there are no accidents. With God there are no cases of chance events.

Now you know.


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