APOLOGETICS aymon de albatrus
Nowhere in the Bible I find that the Word of God is to be “apologized” or argued, but rather emphatically that the Christian mandate is to Preach and to Proclaim His Word clearly and with emphasis, NEVER to be debated or argued like any other topic.
Even Paul that was well acquainted with the art of debate, did not argue Christianity but proclaimed it, never giving the opportunity to prove it or disprove it, but only the choice: (take it or leave it, but cannot be modified). He did this also with the heathen such as the Greek in Athens and the Roman Felix and the various magistrates, even with Emperor Nero.
Debates, by definition, implies that the points under discussion are different but of equal value. Christianity is divine, not of this world, and cannot be compared to the things of this world and thus not equal. Nor the methods of this World can be used to proclaim the Word of God
The command given by Jesus to the believers is: “Let the dead bury their dead: but go you and preach the kingdom of God.” This means that we are not to be involved in the things the world does, but to Preach/Proclaim the Gospel of God without arguing the point but to state it, as it is, and if we are not received, then go elsewhere. “And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.” (Luk 9:5)
We are not to proclaim the Gospel more than once to the unbelievers lest we disobey God. “Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” (Mat 7:6)
And in debating the Gospel with the heathen we do just that.
This does not mean that the Gospel is not to be explained, indeed this must be done, but it is one way street, the Gospel is as it is and no changes or modifications to it is possible. “For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book:” (Rev 22:18)
This is what we are commanded to do:
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" (1Pe 3:15)
Once Spurgeon was asked: “are you not interested in defending the Bible?” to which Haddon responded: “I rather defend a lion for the Bible is well capable to defend Itself.”
Christianity is not to be defended or proved in the eyes of heathens, but to be Preached and Proclaimed with strong conviction on it veracity without any doubts or wavering allowing other possibility: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Act 4:12)
Definition of Preaching
Preaching is the proclamation of the Word of God to men by men under assignment from God. It is the ordained means for the transmission of the Word of God to a lost world; it serves also as an official means of grace for the building up and strengthening of the church of Christ.
Definition of Proclaiming
to announce or declare in an official or formal manner: to proclaim something.
Definition of Debating
To consider something, to engage in an argument by discussing opposing points, to dispute or argue about.
Definition of Apologetics
The branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines.
THIS is what the Bible teaches:
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2Ti 4:2)
“to proclaim the acceptable year of Jehovah, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;” (Isa 61:2)
“And whoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.” (Luk 9:5 )
“I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: see, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, you know.” (Psa 40:9 )
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” (Isa 61:1 )
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the preaching that I bid you.” (Jon 3:2 )
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luk 4:18-19 )
“Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go you and preach the kingdom of God.” (Luk 9:60 )
“Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:” (Col 1:28 )
“And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.” (Act 13:5 )
“Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Act 20:21 )
“Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.” (Act 28:31 )
“And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mar 16:15 )
NOWHERE in the Word of God you will find that we are to debate His Word but to PREACH, PROCLAIM and TESTIFY.
In my view the word Apologetics is an unfortunate choice for it implies that we are to apologise for believing Christianity and to do work to prove It, when it is the Spirit of God that convicts and convinces His people.