Defending the Faith

1 Peter 3:15 ESV
“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” 

We are living in times where it has become critical for every professing Christian to be able to defend his or her faith. The world is becoming more hostile to the Gospel, yet the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) still must be fulfilled.

It’s clear that secularists are bent on eliminating religion from the public square. Unfortunately for many of our churches, instead of providing our kids training in the defense of Christianity’s truth, we focus more on emotional worship experiences, passive instruction, and entertainment.

It’s no wonder kids become sitting ducks for that teacher or professor who rationally takes aim at their faith. We need to be training our kids for war. Thus, the need for apologetics is a vital component of discipleship beginning at an early age.

A Christian minister at Stanford University recently told apologist William Lane Craig that 40 percent of Christian high school students in church youth groups will quit church involvement altogether after graduation. In high school and college, students are intellectually assaulted with every manner of non-Christian philosophy conjoined with an overwhelming relativism and a belief that is in direct contradiction to God's Word--and often this comes from an instructor or administrator.

Without a firm foundation on what it means to be a follower of Christ, these individuals will falter under relentless pressure from the many other worldviews in existence today. Every other major world religion and every major cult of Christianity has a high view of Jesus yet fails to properly answer the question Jesus asked in Matthew 16:15: “Who do you say that I am?”

  • Muslims, for example, teach that Jesus was a great prophet and moral teacher, but they deny His deity and substitutionary death on the cross. 
  • Many Hindus readily accept Jesus into their pantheon of 330 million gods yet refuse to accept His uniqueness as the eternal Son of God. 
  • Mormons insist that Jesus was a created being, not co-eternal with the Father. 

If we truly believe, as Peter did, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16), we need to know what that means and why it’s true.

As the secular world openly attacks Christianity more and more, many weak in faith will depart from their belief, a warning the apostle Paul foretold (1 Timothy 4:1-4). For this reason, we must train our children and those new to the faith to think biblically and be prepared to defend the Christian worldview (Proverbs 22:6).

We cannot afford to be silent anymore.