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Where the American Church is Today


 Read the definition of Christian apologetics:

Apologetics – from the Greek “apologia,” a legal term meaning “defense” – is the branch of Christian theology concerned with the intelligent presentation and defense of the historical Christian faith.

The Bible says: But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you … – Source: 1 Peter 3:15

The word translated as ‘defense’ (some translations have ‘answer’) in that verse is the Greek apologia:

“Answer” is the Greek apologia, from which we get our word “apologetics,” meaning the careful, logical defense of the Christian faith against the attacks of its adversaries, showing its validity as the true saving gospel of God, our Creator and Savior. In effect, Peter is admonishing believers to be always prepared to give an apologetic for the faith, especially when confronted by those who deny it and would destroy it if they could. This surely means that there is an effective apologetic that can be given, and it is each Christian’s responsibility to study (2 Timothy 2:15) and be ready to give it when needed.

By studying the objections of unbelievers and preparing to reason with them, we take the high road of apologetics, the road of obedience to the direction of our Lord and Savior. His categorical claim was

“I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

The apologist responds to the objections of unbelievers in a way which sets forth the objective truth of Christianity and the exclusive character of the system. He or she offers reasons for belief, vindicating the Christian worldview over against competing systems of thought and living.

The goal of apologetics is to persuasively answer honest objections that keep people from faith in Jesus Christ.

Source, Apologetics Index

Does this definition of the term Christian Apologetics’s apply to what is to take place at King’s College? 

Politics will take center stage on the first day of one of the largest Christian apologetics conferences in the U.S. when The King’s College President Dinesh D’Souza, who co-produced “2016: Obama’s America,” will take part in a Q & A with leading apologist Alex McFarland after a showing of the movie.

The “Truth for a New Generation” two-day conference begins this Friday at First Baptist North Church in Spartanburg, S.C., and will feature some of the biggest newsmakers in publishing, documentaries and apologetics today.

D’Souza will narrate and hold a question and answer session as the movie discusses a paradigm to understand the president’s domestic, economic, and foreign policy stances and also proposes ideas of what will happen in America should President Obama be re-elected in November, organizers said. (CPost)

No it doesn’t.

Where once apologetics was about defending the faith, with the goal being to persuade others of the reality and truth found in Christ, the gospel and Christianity, now we’re told politics is to take “center stage” at “one of the largest Christian apologetics conferences in the U.S.” 

Not only is this sad, it’s further evidence of just how apostate the Church in America has become. 

3 comments on “Where the American Church is Today

  1. Good post Rick.

    “living within those pluralistic principles is the body of Christ, the invisible and true church of the Lord Jesus”

    What is visibly seen (and heard from), which calls itself Christian and “the” Church, isn’t the Church at all. While it exhibits a few of the outward trappings associated with Christianity, it’s actions and words, when held up next to the teachings of Jesus, proves it’s not the least bit Christian in character. And it does not possess, nor can it impart, life.

    But as you pointed out, (praise God!) there is an invisible and true Church. While it’s only a little flock, when compared to the apostate impostor, it possesses life.

  2. The “church” isn’t an institution. It’s one heart at a time won for Christ. Apologetics requires thought and that isn’t encouraged in the”church” today. At our former church we were told that we think too much and I’m pretty sure that’s a common theme in church leadership today.

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