The proper role of apologetics is not…

The proper role of apologetics is not to push people down the road to the cross but to fill in potholes and remove barriers along it. Only the Spirit of God can draw people to Christ, and their coming requires His supernatural, miraculous work in their hearts, making blind eyes see and deaf ears hear and dark minds bright and cold hearts warm.

Calvin Beisner, from Answers for Atheists, p. xvi

Tolerance isn’t a matter of what’s true…

Tolerance isn’t a matter of what’s true, but of what’s permitted. Christians permit people to believe as they wish; they just say that some beliefs are false and others are true, and that the false beliefs will lead to a disastrous end.

Calvin Beisner, from Answers for Atheists, p. 95

The redeemed have a higher authority…

The inherent independence of orthodoxy from the state is implied in its doctrines of God and redemption: Because redemption is the work whereby God himself atones for man’s sins, frees him from bondage to sin, and unites him with God, the redeemed Church and the redeemed individual have finally a higher authority than the state. While the Christian is to submit himself to the state (Romans 13), he and the Church must together repeat, at every attempt of the state to encroach on the rights of the Church, “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29).

Calvin Beisner, from God in Three Persons, p. 141

The Trinity makes sense of…

It seems that in reality the doctrine of the Trinity is that which is necessary to make sense of the New Testament statements regarding God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and their relations to each other and to men, rather than that which is openly taught and advocated by the New Testament. Continue reading

The Christian faith is reasonable…

The Christian faith is reasonable. It is no irrational, it is not blind, and it is not mere emotion. It is the faith brought about by the Word—living and written.

Calvin Beisner, from Answers for Atheists at 2:24

The spiritually mature are those who…

The Epistle to the Hebrews describes the spiritually mature as those “who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14 NASB).

Calvin Beisner, from Answers for Atheists, p. 161