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The Unsafe Position of an Apologist Part 1


I love apologetics. Apologetics is the branch of Christian theology that deals with the defence and establishment of the Christian faith. An apologist uses logic, evidence, scripture, and wisdom when dealing with opposition, challenges and questions.

But there are serious dangers when it comes to apologetics. An apologist can come across as being arrogant, the dreaded ‘know it all’ in house groups or on the internet. And trust me! It is not hard to actually fall into that trap. After all, an apologist loves to gain knowledge in a multitude of subjects like biblical theology, logical fallacies, Scripture itself, cults, philosophy, false religions, and so on and so forth. So yes, many apologists will have to bite their tongue of when they hear strange and unbiblical ideas… But often they do not bite hard enough because they can’t resist correcting the surrounding people.

But there are more dangers lurking around the corner. I am going to do this video in two parts of each 5 dangers. This is part 1. Let’s take a look at these monsters, shall we?

#1 – Apologetics Before all

How much time do we spend just talking with the Lord? Are we reading the Bible because we want to get closer to God. Do we want to get to know Him better or are we mostly trying to gain more ammunition for our battles? In everything we do, we need to put Christ on the first place. He ought to be on our throne, not our books or our knowledge.

Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

#2 – The Enemy Attitude

Are those critics and atheists on social media your enemy? Do we need to defeat them in every debate? Oh boy! Those nasty atheists. Sure enough, they are on their way to hell.

But hold on a minute. Isn’t that just the case? Aren’t those unbelievers lost? Shouldn’t we show compassion for their lost souls? God Himself looks at these people and is

2 Peter 3:9

[…] not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Jesus walked with his disciples through a town. He stopped, looked up into a tree, and spoke to a man who had climbed it to see Jesus as he passed by. The man was a notorious sinner, he was a hated tax collector. The type of guy who in greed had betrayed his own people.

Jesus didn’t start a fiery debate. Telling the man how stupid he was. No, instead He decided to have dinner at the man’s place, He together with His 12 disciples The man also invited all his tax collector friends. Not long after, the man, who we now know as Zacchaeus, believed in Jesus and was ready to repent of his sinful deeds. He gave everybody he had cheated on back their goods and even more.

All this without a harsh and argumentative attitude. Jesus was compassionate, and so should we.

#3 – Yearning for Victory

This one ties in with the one we just discussed. Are our discussions aimed at victory rather than seeing people be saved by Christ? Not many are brave enough to just stop a discussion. We are afraid that the other party announces victory. But why do we have this desire for victory over the conversion of souls? Why do we think it is more important to come out of the debate as the number one? Sometimes it is just better to stop and pray. Tell the other that it is not very likely that you come to the same conclusions, but that you love him or her nonetheless. I know, that sounds wimpy! But who cares? It is his or her soul you want to reach, right?

Proverbs 16:21

The wise in heart shall be called prudent: And the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

James 1:19

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath

#4 – The Not So Smart Brother Syndrome

Seeing fellow Christians as opponents when they don’t agree with you over secondary issues. It is very easy to withdraw in our bunker with like-minded brothers and sisters. That other brother is just not smart enough to understand your view on the theology around certain topics.

Years ago, I regularly had contact with a brother on the other side of the planet. He, too, loved apologetics. One day we had a nice online chat about evangelism. He actually though it to be wrong that some famous Christians used a lot of money on buildings like huge replicas of the Ark of Noah. I said that they at least try something to evoke the interest of people. I mean, doing nothing is very little right?

Anyway, as the chat continued I wanted to make my point clear by another example. I told him about a brother who went to the supermarket and bought some bottles of beer. Armed with these bottles he visited the homeless in our city. He sat down and offered them a beer while he started to share the Gospel. Now, I didn’t want to say that this was such a good idea to do! All I wanted to say was that this specific brother at least tried something to reach these people. He tried something while most other Christians in our town didn’t even come close to these people.

I pity the moment I mentioned this example. My online friend was very quick in condemning the approach. Not a word of understanding, not a shred of sympathy towards my attempt to explain a totally different issue. No, the word ‘beer’ didn’t leave his mind. That was the trigger word. Whether I agreed with the approach… I said that I used the example to explain that people sometimes make weird jumps in order to do something. Well, apparently I agreed with giving alcohol to homeless people. No, I said, better not! But, dumb as I could be, I said that drinking alcohol can be accepted in one culture and not in the other. Anyway, long story short. My online friend demanded my repentance. Repent of this wicked and sinful idea!! I said that there was nothing to repent for as I never agreed with the whole alcohol giving thing in the first place. Repent! Right now!

Later, I found our little chat in an article about using alcohol. My words were used to show all the God-fearing Christians that there are people who call themselves Christian but refuse to repent from such ideas. Apparently I was the typical ‘not so smart as the other’ guy.

I know, alcohol is a hot topic among many. So is the rapture, gifts of the Holy Spirit, women in church etc. But honestly, I don’t need you to agree with me on these matters. I have great friends, brothers and sisters who wholeheartedly disagree with me on some topics! But we love each-other dearly. Why? Because we know that Christ saved us. Jesus died for us on the cross, and He rose again on the third day. He is the Saviour of the world, and He brought us together as brothers and sisters.

Psalm 133:1

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!

Our brother and sisters are not our opponents when they don’t agree with us over debatable issues!

#5 – The Elect

What do you do when the other brother doesn’t seem to be on the same page as you are. Right! You withdraw yourself from his company, and you try to find as many like-minded as possible! Then, when you found them, you can drink coffee after the service with them. You can have your own private Bible studies with them… Yes, you can even sit next to each-other every Sunday morning.

I don’t think I’ll have to explain that such isolation isn’t very smart, right? Just because we seem to know more about certain topics, doesn’t make us elite or superior to the other.

Romans 12:16

Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Outro

These are the first five dangers I came up with. I would like to name five more in part 2.

I would like to read your ideas about this topic. Let me know in the comments below. Remember! I am mostly active on my Odysee channel. You’ll find a link to that channel in the description of this video.

In the same description you’ll find ways to support me, and I’ll place a link to the transcript of this video. I always try to make the transcript available in Dutch and English.

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As always, thank you for watching,

God bless you and we see each other in the next video!

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