The Need For Apologetics Today


2 Timothy 3:16-17:All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

“Christian Apologetics” means to give a reason or a defense of the faith because it helps Christians to grow in their faith.This is something that is lacking among believers. Most don’t know much about their faith, let alone be able to describe doctrines. Apologetics also helps to prepare Christians to give answers to non believers to questions they may have.

Christians are commanded in scripture to not only know why they believe what they believe, but to defend the faith with gentleness and respect.The main verse promoting apologetics (the defense of the Christian faith) is 1 Peter 3:15, We are all commanded to be ready and equipped to proclaim the gospel and defend our faith (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Peter 3:15).

Apologetics does not however undermine the value of Faith in salvation.Many people who oppose Apologetics may say things like “the Word of God does not need to be defended!” But which of the world’s books are the word of God? As soon as someone answers that, he or she is doing apologetics.

1 Peter 3:15:But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect

As the Scripture above says,we always should be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks.
Apologetics, then, is the reasonable defense of Christianity anytime, anywhere, to anyone, using whatever material is suitable for the occasion not and is just for an elite group of scholars.

Apologetics of course cannot be free from the guidance of the Holy Spirit.But it does not have to be “Sprit vs. Logic.” Why not both? We must not forget that the Holy Spirit is required to move one into believing.The Holy Spirit can choose different ways for different persons.With some people God uses trials; in others it is an emotional experience; in others it is through reason. God can use whatever means He wants.

If there was ever a time that apologetics is needed, it is now.


10 thoughts on “The Need For Apologetics Today

  1. i agree Joe. i find it very frustrating when a Christian accepts societies way of believing over the bibles. What we have found ourselves doing now is not defending God or His word but cleaning up the mess that other so called Christians and believers who didn’t know the Word or live by it perpetrated on the world.

    • Gratefully, His grace is sufficient for the task at hand. The scriptures by the Holy Spirit through Paul declare that it was for freedoms sake that Christ has set us free. And it has been this freedom by grace and not works that has brought about the repentance (the changing of the mind) that scripture encourages of us. My desire is that ( I believe the desire of millions of others as well) this freedom in Christ be an experience that then can then make an impact. In the words of Andrew Wommack, “I’m not saying that I’ve arrived but I have left”. Thank you for your reply and hope to here from you again.

  2. I’ve by experience found that it’s much easier to discuss the faith with an unbeliever than a believer. Plus with today’s gospel message that being “the gospel of grace”, what would we have been defending. “Works”, for the most part. The finished work of Christ needs no defense,merely a witness. John was a witness to Christ, Christ was a witness to the Father, the Holy Spirit a witness to the Son and we to are to be a witness of the each of these.

    • I agree God does not need a defense.I never really said that but we do need to defend what we believe against allegations by atheists and others that the Bible has been corrupted,Christ did not exist etc.

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