Posted in Apologetics on July 6, 2012
“Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ” (1 Peter 3:15-16)
Few Christians would dispute that Christianity is under attack from increasingly militant opponents, both religious and anti-religious. Despite this adversity – or, more likely, as a result of it – there is also a growing interest in defending the faith. In fact, Lee Strobel even says, “We’re on the cusp of a golden age of apologetics.” He adds,
We’re seeing such scholars as William Lane Craig, J. P. Moreland, William Dembski, Stephen Meyer, and others making fresh, cutting-edge arguments for Christianity. Academia is taking notice. Terrific websites, like apologetics315.com, are making apologetic material more widely available. Younger leaders like Sean McDowell are taking apologetics to a new generation.
Strobel is talking about general Christian apologetics (rather than Watchman Fellowship’s focus on cults and alternative religions), but there is also a growing interest in academic institutions offering studies in cults and alternative religions (see, for example, Southern Evangelical Seminary’s Truth, Evangelism and Apologetics Mission).
There is a serious need for Christians to engage in apologetics and evangelism to cults and new religions. These groups are growing, and the groups present serious dangers – both spiritual and psychological – to their members. Furthermore, the problem of spiritual abuse [https://www.watchman.org/articles/cults-alternative-religions/elements-of-spiritual-abuse/] can be found even in mainstream churches. It is essential that Christians be equipped to reach out to others, to defend what they believe, and to confront problems that can occur in their own churches.
This is why Watchman Fellowship has three primary goals: to educate the community, to equip the church, and to evangelize the cults. Education is particularly important – we work both to provide information about cults and alternative religions through the mass media and other venues, and we give educational presentations on a wide variety of topics in churches.
If you are a pastor, feel free to contact us if you are interested in having Watchman Fellowship give a presentation or seminar in your church.
In addition to these presentations, we also offer free resources to anyone who asks. You can order a free subscription the Watchman Fellowship Profile, a four-page overview of the history, beliefs and practices of a group or religious figure; you can also order a free subscription to our newsletter, where you can learn the latest news about educational opportunities and resources.
Defending the faith is important – Watchman Fellowship will help you “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).