A Biblical Response to “Should We Be So Opinionated?”

While attempting to answer the difficult question, “Should We Be So Opinionated?“, the author asserted that Christians aren’t asked to defend the faith. Here’s the quote:

…making disciples isn’t about defending our faith (something were never asked to do)…

Scriptures most definitely affirm the Christian’s responsibility to defend our faith. Consider these passages:

…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you… [1 Pet. 3:15]

I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. [Jude 3]

But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ. [Acts 9:22]

That’s not to say we are to engage in every petty squabble (in which the author correctly points out) or that making a disciple is necessarily the same thing as defending the faith. But the Bible clearly teaches Christians to contend for the faith among an unbelieving, God-rejecting society. But to always do so in a way that honors Christ.

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