Contending for the faith is hard work, but it is an active work many Christians have not completely grasped. Had we been more vocal rather than silent in the past regarding sin, repentance, culture, and politics; perhaps we wouldn’t feel like we’re backed into the corner in discussions on the issues of the day.
Enter a football analogy. In the public square and even in some churches today, it seems we are most often trying to keep the other team from taking ground, piling up yardage, and scoring touchdowns. We rarely execute our game plan for the offense.
Being stuck on defense, we end up resorting to quick replies in the heat of the moment rather than using reason, logic, and asking questions to get the other person to defend their position. Apologetics is a key part in the playbook for the offense.
Proactive truth proclaimers must “demolish every argument and pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) People such as Dr. Frank Turek is president of CrossExamined.org, also a TV and radio host and author of several books including the best-seller, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist.
His latest book is called, Stealing From God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case. Turek states:
“Good has to exist for you to know what evil is…If there’s one thing really morally wrong out there, like it’s wrong to torture babies for fun, or it’s wrong to murder six million people in a holocaust, then there has to be a God. Why? Because something can’t be really wrong unless there’s something really right, and something can’t be really right unless there’s a standard of really right, and that’s just not Richard Dawkins’ opinion or Mother Theresa’s opinion. There’s an opinion behind or there’s a standard beyond all of those people. And that standard is God’s nature.”
Frank uses the acronym, C.R.I.M.E.S., to present his inspection of atheism. Here’s the breakdown of the acronym below along with his description for each letter:
C – Causality – “To doubt the law of causality is to doubt virtually everything we know about reality, including our ability to reason and do science. All arguments, all thinking, all science, and all aspects of life depend on the law of causality”
R – Reason – “The main point of this chapter is to not show that all arguments for atheism fail. The main point of this chapter is to show that all arguments for anything fail if atheism is true”
I – Information & Intentionality – “God’s signature is not just in the cell, it’s in all of creation. God is as necessary to the universe as a band is to music. Once the band stops playing, the music is over”
M – Morality – “You can know what a book says while denying there’s an author. But there would be no book to know unless there was an author. Likewise, atheists can know objective morality while denying God exists, but there would be no objective morality unless God exists”
E – Evil – “Good reason provides all the information we need to see that the very existence of evil is a contradiction for atheism. If evil is real, then atheism is false”
S – Science – “To say that a scientist can disprove the existence of God is like saying a mechanic can disprove the existence of Henry Ford. While there is certainly evidence from science to support theism, the most important point for this chapter is not that science supports theism but that theism supports science. In other words, theism makes doing science possible. We wouldn’t be able to do science reliably if atheism were true”
We also discuss Frank’s article on LGBTQ Contradictions.
Truth is not the principle that the LGBTQ movement and their allies stand on. Truth is what corresponds to reality, and if anything obviously corresponds to reality it is that men and women are different. Humanity would not exist without those differences. They are not mere preferences; they are built into the very biological nature of the sexes.
Suppressed truth has terrifying implications because power rather than reason is the currency of influence for those unwilling to follow the truth. If you don’t think so, just begin to articulate a rational case against LGBTQ political goals. You won’t get any rationality back, just hysterical cries that you must be forcibly shut up because you are the next Hitler! That’s what we see out of many in the LGBTQ movement — from the bullying by the misnamed Human Rights Campaign on corporate and sports America all the way to the Supreme Court, which has ignored its oath to uphold the true meaning of Constitution.
Regardless of your political party, it’s time to stand up to the bullies, with truth. If you don’t, those with increasing power will use it someday to shut you up on something you care about. Then the ultimate contradiction will be complete — your right to free speech, religion and association guaranteed by our Constitution will not be guaranteed for you anymore either.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:10-12).
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. Matthew 16:15-18
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war… From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:11, 15-16).
I agree with Charles Spurgeon and others who believe we are foolish to expect to serve God without opposition. In fact, Spurgeon stated, “the more zealous we are, the more sure are we to be assailed …” But he always kept the victory in sight:
Glory be to God, we know the end of the war. The great dragon shall be cast out and forever destroyed, while Jesus and they who are with him shall receive the crown. Let us sharpen our swords tonight, and pray the Holy Spirit to nerve our arms for the conflict. Never battle so important, never crown so glorious. Every man to his post, ye warriors of the cross, and may the Lord tread Satan under your feet shortly!
The Bible teaches that though we live in this world, the weapons of our warfare are not of this world but are spiritual, and we have the ability to not just survive but to crush the enemy. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church that we do not wage war according to human standards because our spiritual weapons have divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).
Jesus used Scripture to refute the enemy – and He is the Word, so we would be wise to know the Bible and follow His lead.
One of the keys to our success in spiritual warfare is this pearl of truth: Gates are defensive!
All hell should be on guard, and a strong, armor-wearing, battle-tested church should be on offense, attacking the enemy with God’s Word. Preaching the gospel is one way to stay on offense and help rescue people from the camp of the enemy.