2. What is the point of this web site?
I started Frontline Apologetics so you could have all of the best resources linked in one spot, and easily accessible from your Facebook or Twitter feed. I did this with the intent of helping you clearly understand your God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to help you understand what other religions believe and how to speak to those beliefs with the Gospel, and to help give you confidence to boldly speak out and proclaim the Gospel of Christ in love and reverence. In short, I do this to help us all obey God’s word and bring him the glory He rightfully deserves. I realize there will always be someone who doesn’t agree. I warmly welcome your thoughts and objections. However, let’s leave our cultural biases and inclinations to believe “what sounds right” behind and instead seek with all of our hearts to do what God has asked us to do in His word.
I pray we all, myself included, long for a passion to see God’s word rightly and boldly proclaimed in a lost and dying world. Or in the words of Jeremiah 20:9, “if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.“
3. What does apologetics mean?
Apologetics comes from the Greek word “apologia” as found in 1Peter 3:15. It means “to give a defense for”.
4. Why does God need someone to defend him?
God doesn’t need someone to defend him, but rather he calls us to defend the faith to anyone who asks us about our hope in Christ. 1Peter 3:15 says, “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”.
Part of being a witness for Christ not only involves telling others what God has done personally in your life, but also bearing witness to the truth by explaining to them what you believe and why you believe it.
5. Do you hate other religions?
Absolutely not. Some of my best friends are Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic, and so on. The goal of Frontline is to proclaim the glory of God by answering tough questions and providing information that will help others see Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the only way given to us by which we can be saved from God’s just wrath against the wrongs we have done.
6. Where can I find in the bible where apologetics is important?
2Cor. 10:5, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”
2Cor. 10:4, “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.”
1Peter 3:15, “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”.
7. Why does God need us to defend the Gospel? Doesn’t the Gospel defend itself?
It’s quite true that God doesn’t need anything from us. However God’s word is more than clear, he ASKS and COMMANDS us repeatedly to defend and contend for the Gospel. I’m not sure how anyone can read the New Testament and walk away thinking that we aren’t called to this. 1 Peter 3:15 “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” I know “God doesn’t need a defense lawyer” may sound good, but verse after verse makes it clear God is asking and inviting you to defend the Gospel. 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 says, “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” Here are some more verses to consider: Philippians 1:16, John 7:24, 1 Cor. 5:12, Ephesians 5:11, Acts 22:1
8. It’s the Holy Spirit that leads us into truth, so why be critical of others who might teach falsely or of other religions?
It is absolutely true that the Holy Spirit will lead us into truth (John 16:13) and bear witness of Christ (Romans 8:16-17). However, the primary way that God has chosen to distribute his truth throughout His church is through the body of Christ. God has entrusted us with the good news of Christ and His word and has graciously given to us preachers and teachers soundly and rightly dividing the biblical scriptures (1 Corinthians 12:28). Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom…“
9. It’s not our job to be divisive, it’s our job to be unified.
Jesus himself said the nature of the Gospel is divisive. He said you will be hated because of him (John 15:18), the Gospel divides even families (Matthew 10), and to expect persecution (Luke 21:16). Some will hear the good news of Christ and joyfully accept it, others will hear the good news of Christ and it will be foolishness to them (1 Corinthians 1:18). So if you choose to proclaim the Gospel in love and reverance, it’s STILL going to be divisive. There is no getting around that. The only way you can be truly “unified” with the world or with false teachers is if you fail to preach the Gospel and instead turn to another method that avoids it.
10. The bible says we should be united with our brothers in Christ. Pointing out false teaching brings unnecessary division in the church.
False teachers are not your “brothers in Christ”. If you believe it isn’t unifying or that it’s unloving to point out someone’s misrepresentation of the Gospel, then you have elevated man’s feelings above rightfully dividing God’s truth. Nowhere in God’s word are we called to be unified with those who teach falsely and refuse to repent, but rather we are told to avoid such people (2 John 1:10-11). And nowhere in God’s word does it say that “the greatest threat to his church is disunity”, but rather false teaching is (1 Timothy 4).
This culturally influenced line of thinking is akin to not telling your kid how to use a knife to cut their food because you don’t want to “hurt their feelings or be unloving”. They will inevitably end up cutting themselves or someone else. It’s the same with God’s word. We all know someone who has walked away from Christ or the church because God was inaccurately represented to them. They ended up rejecting a Christ that they never met!
Accurately representing God in a loving, caring way is absolutely critical, but not at the expense of the Gospel or God’s word. The New Testament repeatedly warns us that false teachers will arise up FROM AMONG US. This means that they are IN THE CHURCH. So naturally this means we are to be mindful of God’s word, handle it rightly, and lovingly correct our brothers when they misrepresent God’s word (2 Timothy 3:16). Sometimes we all misspeak, but there is a difference between mispeaking and making a lifestyle out of twisting God’s word. How can you take a stand against someone who leads others astray with false teaching if you have created a methodology that says it’s unloving to confront them? Acts 20:28-29, “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.“, Here are some scriptures to check out: Matthew 7:15, John 7:24, 1 Cor. 5:12, Ephesians 5:11, 1 Tim. 4:16, 1 Timothy 4:1-10, 2 Peter 2:1-22
11. If a Pastor has a church of thousands, that should tell you they are doing something right. Obviously their teaching can’t be that bad if everyone likes it.
We aren’t called to judge by appearances, but rather by the fruit of a ministry (Matthew 7). If a teacher is claiming to come in the name of Jesus, but clearly teaches another Gospel, then how is that good fruit? It isn’t, and Galatians 1:8 says “let him be accursed…” I know that grates up against our culture’s “smile and don’t disagree” sensibilities, but this is a serious matter to God and it should be serious to us as well. If you are passionate about seeing a lost world saved, then shouldn’t you be passionate about a teaching that leads them to spiritual death? And to argue from numbers only lends credibility to warnings in God’s word like Luke 6:26, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.” and 2 Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” Whether the church has 100 or 10,000, the standard is a genuine love for God and a fidelity to His Gospel.
12. I know this is good information, but I’m not sure what to do with it.
The reason I post the information I do, is so the believer in Christ can educate his or herself about what the bible says. The first defense of the Gospel is to KNOW the Gospel. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” You can’t “rightly handle” God’s truth if you don’t KNOW it.
Secondly, I post information so the believer can see and hear what other religions believe. Paul demonstrated an ability to understand what a culture believed and then he offered up the Gospel of Christ in contrast to those beliefs. If you have ever shared a conversation with a Muslim or an Atheist, you will quickly get cut down to the ground if you aren’t aware of what you are doing. A simple “God loves you, he wants you to reach your hopes and dreams, come visit my church” presentation of the Gospel will turn sour fast in the face of people who are educated about matters of faith. I post information so the believer can have a basic grasp of what others believe, and be ready to speak to that with the Gospel.
13. Why does it matter if we get the Gospel right as long as we are showing people love and serving them?
In today’s culture, we think it’s unloving or fear mongering to point out what another religion believes. So what we end up doing is not proclaiming the Gospel at all. We talk about what Christ can do for them, or we end up just inviting them to church, or we think that giving them a cup of water is somehow “proclaiming Christ’s Gospel” to them. These things ACCOMPANY the proclamation of the Gospel, they don’t REPLACE it. Most of the time we end up portraying a “genie Jesus” who can grant their wildest hopes and dreams, but we leave them not understanding they are alienated and hostile in mind towards God because of their evil deeds (Colossians 1:21).
Revelation 12:11 says, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” Testimony is great, serving them is great, inviting them to church is great, but may we never neglect proclaiming what “the blood of the lamb” truly means.