Originally posted by epiphinehas
"....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 Pet. 3:15, NASB).
I'd draw your attention to these words in particular: "make a defense to everyone who [b]asks you to give an account for the [b about it, then why does there continue to be Christian apologetics online at all?[/b]
We have talked about this and I think that there are many valuable things which I and other brothers in Christ could learn from your fellowship.
I don't know if I am an online apologist or not. I am a Christian concerned with the Great Commission.
I only consider that you would not assume a few things:
1.) I would not assume that we are all hunting for "persecutions".
2.) I would not assume that we consider all rebukes as "persecutions". Clearly as James taught we teachers all make mistakes. Rebukes for mistakes I do not consider as persecutions.
3.) I would not assume that we are interested in talking endlessly to the same people who have clearly rejected our word.
There is no law making them stop asking more and more questions. At best we can ignore them and talk to those new ones who arrive . How do we know that they are not true seekers?
4.) I would not assume that typing things on the Internet is the ONLY Christian life and testimony that we have.
5.) The medium is there and certainly used by the Devil. Why should it not be used to share the Gospel also.
The Plymouth Brethren are often very pure in motive and in their desire to sanctify Christ. When taper recorders came out they thought not to use this modern invention because of thier concern for the sanctity of Christ.
Nevertheless, tape recorders, I think, have also been valuable in the teaching and preaching of the Gospel.
In the same way, some Christian may shy away from the Internet Discussion as too modern of a device to be used by the Holy Spirit. They have that freedom of conscience to feel that way. But others, through prayer and dependency on the Spirit may feel that Internet Discussion could also, like the tape recorder, be an invention useful to the Lord of the Harvest.
The book of Acts
ends with Paul in his rented house daily teaching
and preaching the word of God. In some ways it doesn't even look as if his daily labors were that successful. However, that's how he spent his time. And he will answer not to me but to Christ for his labors - no man hindering him.
Career skeptics, mockers, goofers, blasphemers it is hard to avoid. We can ignore them. And I don't believe that absolutely no one who attends these discussions might not as a result open up a Bible and do some reading for themselves.
For me, if I cause someone to decide that maybe they should dust off theit Bible and read for themselves what is there, that is a profitable thing.
One last point dear brother. It was a major turning point in my life when I went down into a Christian Coffee House and observed some defense and confirmation of the Gospel, I asked questions too. I did not come to fight but to actually find out what they thought. Seeing a young man take the time to give me a good answer impressed me. And from that point I decided that the Bible must be worthwhile to study.
This occured to me around 1970 at the Hidden Manna Coffee House in Philadelphia PA. And I never forgot it.
That little Coffee House was the 1970 version of the Spirituality Forum. Though I will grant you that there was the benefit of face to face contact and a little more control, but sometimes not much more.
New people come on. Some of them deserve a benefit of a doubt IMO.
One other thing - as far as "Holier Than Thou". Sometimes we are holier because of the Holy One Who has sanctified us unto Himself. It is not any holiness of our own doing.
We have to believe that "saints" (all Christians believers) are at least positionally holier than those who have not yet been called out and sanctified unto Christ.