Alex McFarland is a speaker, writer and advocate for Christian apologetics. He serves as director of the Center for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at North Greenville University, a leading Christian college in the United States. He has spoken in hundreds of locations throughout North America and internationally and has preached in more than 1,300 churches. Alex has been featured at some of the nation's biggest Christian events and conferences. Alex is the author of several books, including the best-selling 10 Most Common Objections to Christianity.
He is the co-host of American Family Radio talk network's show "Exploring the Word," and also co-hosts the radio and TV program "Viral Truth." McFarland is the founder of the national apologetics conference, "Truth for a New Generation."
We cannot deny there are lies permeating our culture of corruption today, but when some within the church – Christians who should know what the Bible teaches – fall for the promotion of sin and sexual confusion, we’re in big trouble.
Yes, it is a sign of the times; evidence of a lukewarm church and of evil in this world, but we are here to love others while defending the truth about the God who loves them. This second purpose is what many Christians struggle with: making Jesus Christ known. The commission is pretty difficult to obey when we do not speak to the issues bombarding society today.
Speak the truth in love, yes, but if we really believe God’s Word, it is not loving or compassionate to stay silent. In our first segment today, Dr. Alex McFarland joins us to discuss the application of truth in a post-Christian culture.
Knowing that 75% of young people raised in Christian homes are being bombarded with the promotion of sin and sexual confusion, what can be done? Too many adults let alone children cannot explain WHY they believe what they believe. We touch on this in the interview.
Beginning in 1991, McFarland pioneered apologetics conference formats designed to equip teens and adults to defend their faith. Attendees of all ages began to attend “Truth For A New Generation” events, and heard speakers such as Josh McDowell, Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, Chuck Colson, and others. (He also wrote a great book for parents: The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity & How to Answer Them Confidently.)
QUESTIONS RAISED AND ANSWERED DURING TODAY’S PROGRAM
- To Alex McFarland: It sounds like you were a step ahead of many Christians in that you realized the need to be well-grounded in the faith and being able to defend God’s Word. What led you down this path?
- Did you ever imagine – 25 years ago, we would be talking about what it means to be male and female while defending the truth of biology, science, and Scripture across cultural battle lines in America?
- We interviewed Frank Turek and Dr. Michael Brown last month and we know you are from North Carolina as well; do you have an update on the Boycott of Target corp. or support for Governor McCrory that we may not be aware of?
- According to reports, Sports Illustrated plans to feature Bruce Jenner on the cover wearing an American flag and his Olympic gold medal. You recently stated that the “blurring of gender lines is the ultimate form of moral relativism.” Would you please explain what you mean?
- One very important point you make: “It’s wrong to encourage people into a behavior, transgenderism, that causes a much higher likelihood of attempted suicide…” And yet in 2013, when the American Psychiatric Ass’n. was under pressure from homosexual activists to no longer refer to “gender identity disorder” as a mental illness, they changed the terminology to “gender dysphoria.” Didn’t they do the same thing with homosexuality back in 1973?
- In an article from this week, you said: “America is in an odd position when the federal government encourages people to do things that are unconstitutional,” “It’s a subtle form of treason and a gradual national suicide, because without objective morality, the Constitution cannot legitimately be defended.
“We are in the process of throwing away 6,000 years of human history, moral boundaries, and the basis for Western civilization because for 40 years, coalitions of activists have been dictating how things should be…”
“The fight against gender is a fight against natural law, and a fight against natural law is a fight against God,”
“What could be more rebellious than to speak against God by declaring to Him, ‘You have no say over my gender! The Creator doesn’t decide my identity, I do!’ We are designed by God, and part of that design is, inherently, our gender. It’s one thing to disobey God in our behavior, but to deny God in how He created us is another thing altogether.” Alex McFarland
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 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; 16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 1 Peter 3:14-16