Why Do Apologetics? Because God Commands Us to Do Apologetics: Titus 1:10-11
As I have mentioned previously, there are two directions for each believer’s life—two distinct areas of his life for which he is responsible. The direction toward God falls under the rubric of priesthood before God. The direction toward others covers his responsibilities as an ambassador. While many believers in the doctrinal camp have a phenomenal understanding with regard to their priesthood before God, i.e. how to recover from personal sin so as to benefit from the ministry of the Holy Spirit, how to walk by the Spirit to live the supernatural spiritual life, how to beat their osns through the reckoning of Romans 6, how to live in the grand realities of supergrace, how to handle any problem with the faith-rest techniques, how to move into OWC, how to advance through the floors of the ECS, how to pray to the Father through the Son under the power of the Holy Spirit, how to live in great appreciation of the grace blessings of God, how to have capacity for life during the good times and bad times, how to master the details or circumstances of life, how to overcome any fear of death, how to cast all cares on the Lord, how to forgive others—and self, how to benefit from horrible decisions we have made in the past, how to relate to the fact that God provided a plan for us in eternity past, how to take our weaknesses and stumbling blocks and turn them into strengths and stepping stones, how to live free of guilt and shame, how to live in God’s righteousness, how to avoid legalism and religionism, how to continue to grow in appreciation of God for all of the creature comforts of life, and thousands of other wonderful blessings as they continue to advance up the Glory Road.
Christians who have not been under doctrinal teaching have little to no understanding of these great priesthood truths and hence have no clue as to the meaning of these grace assets. They have not been taught these grand doctrines, and as a result they generally live superficial lives focused on some type of “prosperity” gospel or detail of life. Any Christian who does not grow in his priesthood will end up being frustrated because it is impossible to live the Christian way of life apart from the spiritual dynamics. When the Apostle Paul tried to live the spiritual life on his own sincerity and power, he admitted that he was utterly wretched (see Romans 7:15-8:8). I am so grateful for Robert Thieme, Dr. Glenn Carnagey, Lewis Sperry Chafer, and countless other doctrinal teachers for teaching me the spiritual life so I can truly live in the power of God by the grace of God and continue advancing in greater grace on the Glory Road. I just can’t imagine trying to live like a Christian through my own power, or how horrible my life would be apart from these doctrines. They are priceless! They have changed my life forever! The Word of God is alive and powerful (Heb. 4:12).
However, regarding doctrines dealing with our ambassadorship, there is an area that has been neglected and needs to be further developed. Now, to be sure, there were many wonderful doctrines of ambassadorship that we have been taught and blessed by, e.g. our duties in our jobs, laws of divine establishment, the importance of the military, and the importance of freedom in our country, et al. The area I am talking about is in apologetics. Lack of biblical orientation in this area has caused some painful and dishonoring maladies. One is that it has resulted in some believers becoming isolated from those around them. In this isolation the believer becomes so focused on his priesthood that he thinks that his life is only about his spiritual growth before God— to Hell with unbelievers around him. Another malady is that believers can be under Bible doctrine for thirty years or more and can rattle off technical theological concepts like spiritiual protocols, divine dynaspheres, cosmic gates, epistemological rehabilitation, and dozens of other fantastic theological concepts, yet if asked by an skeptic why they believe in God, Christ, or that the Bible is the Word of God, some would draw a blank— simply because they have not been taught. Some doctrinal believers have children who have grown up and rejected Christianity and Bible doctrine as a much of nonsense, and when the children have told this to the parents, the parents can’t even defend Christianity to their own children. This is unacceptable especially in light of what the Bible says about apologetics. The idea that all we have to do is just give unbelievers the gospel, and if they ask us why we believe we can only shrug our shoulders or say “because it makes life better” is NOT scriptural. Every believer needs to be prepared (1 Pet 3:15). The believer who is prepared in the area of apologetics can not only can feel good about fulfilling his responsibilities before God in this area, but just think of the honor he brings to Christianity when he is able to give rational reasons for Christianity before a skeptical world. Just think of how much better the believer will feel when he can marshal the philosophical, scientific, and historical evidence for Christianity and shut the mouths of unbelievers as he exposes the epistemological bankruptcy of atheism, agnosticism, and a dozen other isms (see 2 Cor. 3:5). It so much better to have the laugh be on the world instead of on us or on Christ—especially in light of the fact that the evidence for Christianity is very very strong.
For the next several years at Faith Bible Church, we will not only continue in all of those wonderful priesthood truths so necessary for spiritual dynamics and advancing the believer in supergrace on the Glory Road, we will also be developing Christian apologetics (our ambassadorship) so each believer will be able to shut the mouths of those who reject, denigrate, and mock Christianity. When the Bible commands us to shut the mouths of false teachers, it is not talking about using our fists. It is talking about using cogent rational arguments.
Titus 1:10-11 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
My hope and prayer is that you will join us not only in advancing in “taking every thought captive for Christ” (priesthood), but in the destruction of all human viewpoint “speculations” (ambassadorship) through apologetics. The Bible commands it and the world needs to see that the marvelous truths of Jesus Christ and His marvelous matchless grace are not cleverly devised tales (2 Pet 1:16) but are in fact rooted in fact.
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.