We Dont Need Apologetics, We Just Need to Experience Jesus

Posted: January 15, 2014 in Apologetics
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1 Peter 3:15

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, 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;

“Emergent church leader John Crowder said in this post, “I honestly believe that the age of apologetics is over, and the age of activation has come. Experience is more important than explanation.” If you read the quote in the full context, I think what you’ll find that Mr. Crowder doesn’t want to have to defend his beliefs, because outside of his personal experience, on which his abhorrent theology is based, I seriously doubt that he can—and if you, members of your congregation, or especially if your kids can’t either, then if they happen to remain in church at all, their theology might end up being as bad as Mr. Crowder’s—or worse if that’s even possible.

Apologetics has several useful and necessary applications including evangelism, defending against attacks on Christianity in the public square, discerning false doctrine, and edifying believers. Examples of each of these can be found in scripture. If we deny the need for apologetics then we are denying what scripture actually teaches and are simply inventing our own gospel—much like John Crowder’s pathetic parody of the gospel, which is becoming all too common these days–just as Paul said it would in his second letter to Timothy:

For the time will come when people 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. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4″

–Greg West, publisher of The Poached Egg Blog

via We Dont Need Apologetics, We Just Need to Experience Jesus.

 

A romanticized, sentimental view of Christianity may sound great, but we can’t love the Lord with all of our minds if we don’t understand our faith intellectually. If we don’t orient our minds with a Biblical worldview, by becoming acquainted with who He is, we are no better than the atheistic naturalist, who has no grounding for his morals. Drumming up romantic feelings for God is not the same as actually getting to know Him through His Word. Our minds are to be transformed, and renewed. That only happens when we confront our own false ideas of God, and replace them with true ideas of God. 

Having a good apologetics base can also help you through difficult life situations. My family is going through a deep shadow of death at this moment. It’s only my Christian worldview, solidly planted in Scripture, with a foundation in knowing what I believe, and why I believe it, that has allowed me to get through this with my sanity intact.

There is much false teaching and false religious beliefs all around us. We must be able to withstand this onslaught by being firmly grounded in a Christ-centered worldview.

A mystical approach to Christianity may sound attractive, but it is a fickle mistress that will leave you in despair, on a treadmill of moralism, trying to find Jesus in a deceitful heart.

We all want to experience Christ in our lives, but all experience can do is help us. It can do nothing to explain our faith to another. When all we have is experience, we fall silent, for how do you communicate an individual experience. It’s doctrinal and intellectual truth that allows us to communicate our faith with others, not experience.

 

simul iustus et peccator, 

 
Eric Adams 
Rossville, GA 
godsguy12@comcast.net 
christianreasons@gmail.com 
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Comments
  1. gsw1965 says:

    Eric,
    Thank you so much for the link and for the quote from my article. Keep up the great work, Brother!

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