Christians who hope to make an impact on the culture they now live in, need to understand that contending for the faith is a given; we are identified as “soldiers” for a reason. Learning how to provide reasonable answers for reasonable questions, conjectures and objections raised against Christians, Christianity, the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, and the formation and inspiration of Bible, is more than a biblical suggestion, it is a command that needs to be obeyed.
How is it possible that so many professing Christians walk away from the faith they claim to believe between their sophomore year of high school and senior year of college? In both the public school system and throughout the major media industries of North America, Evangelical Christianity and conservative political or religious perspectives are viewed as hurtful rather than helpful to culture.
Secular humanism now is the predominant worldview and represents the status quo in the public square. The TCT Apologetics book is designed to train Christians how to respond to common questions raised by people opposing or critically challenging religion in general or Christianity specifically.
Jude 3 commands Christians to contend for the faith, delivered once for all to the saints. Titus 1:9 indicates that we are supposed to both teach sound doctrine and refute those who contradict it. However we live in a culture that assumes and promotes the view that all truth statements, opinions and beliefs are to be treated as equally valuable. To one truth is absolute, to the other, the truth is that there are no universal or absolute truths. Conflict is unavoidable for Christians who are more concerned about being obedient to Christ than the people He created.
Jesus identified His true disciples as salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). Paul refers to Christians on several occasions as soldiers and ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 2:25; and 2 Timothy 2:2-4). It is clear that neither Jesus nor Paul considered Christianity as a spectator sport.
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;
--1 Peter 3:15
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