Scriptural Support for Apologetics…
- We are commanded to defend the Christian faith.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
- We are commanded to refute false ideas about God.
2 Cor 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
- We are commanded to discern true from false prophets.
1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
- Jesus corrected error.
Matt 22:29 Jesus Replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”
- Jesus refuted false teachings.
Matt 15:6-9 Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’
- Paul reasoned with people.
Acts 17:16-17 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.
- Paul refuted those who opposed the truth.
Titus 1:9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
- Paul commanded that false teachers be rebuked.
Titus 1: 13 This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith…
- Paul defended the gospel.
Phil 1:7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
- Jude urged that we contend for the faith.
Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.
— Norman Geisler, from Twelve Points that Show Christianity is True, p. 2