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What Does it Mean to be an Apologist?

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May 23, 2022 5:30 am

What Does it Mean to be an Apologist?

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May 23, 2022 5:30 am

Chris Hughes talks about knowing what you believe and why you believe it as a Christian.

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Dr. Chris Hughes. Do you know how to defend your faith? Well, that's what we're going to talk about today. Apologetic. What does it mean to be an apologist?

Should a Christian be an apologist? Well, you want to stick around because we've got a great show today. We dig into God's Word and understanding what God has called us to do. I'm Chris Hughes and welcome to The Christian Perspective. Thank you so much to Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary for being the host of The Christian Perspective studios. If you're looking for a college to attend, I want to tell you, you could not go wrong and you could not do much better than to attend the College of Mid-America.

A lot of students are graduating about this time right now trying to decide what they're going to do next year, where they're going to go to school. And if you haven't picked a college yet, I want to tell you that in Memphis, Tennessee, there's a great option and it's called the College of Mid-America. One of the things I love about it is Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and the College of Mid-America offer great educational and academic programs. But they do in a manner that honors God's Word. They help their students develop a biblical worldview so they can go out and tell others about Jesus and have a great education at the same time.

Maybe you've already got a four-year bachelor's degree and you want to get a master's or doctorate program, visit mabts.edu. That's mabts.edu and learn more today. I also want to thank our prime sponsors, the Citizens for America Foundation. At Citizens for America, we work to educate and train Christians to develop a biblical worldview. What is a worldview?

A worldview is simply the lens through which we see the world. And we want you to be able to see the world through the lens of the Bible. So we want you to understand what the Bible says on key issues that are in the culture today and then take that education that we provide to you and then go out and apply it in your daily lives. And particularly in this election year, we want you to apply it to the arena of public policy and politics. I want to encourage you to elect godly men and women to public office who will rule and lead with a biblical worldview to take a stand on God's word and to pass legislation, laws, and regulations that will honor God and all that they think, say, and do.

So check out citizensforamericafoundation.com. We've got a lot of great events coming up. We just finished up the Culture Engagement Summit. Hope you were with us in Memphis, Tennessee.

We're going to have that. You can go to our Facebook page and see it on Facebook Live, but we're going to have videos available soon on YouTube where you can see all the individual speakers by topic. So if you don't watch the whole thing, you can watch the speakers who spoke on topics that interested you. Nearly 40 speakers spoke at the Culture Engagement Summit that we held on April 30th in Memphis, Tennessee. And then this summer, we've got a couple of tours coming up in June and again in September, tours to Washington, D.C. If you've never been to Washington, D.C., or even if you have, I encourage you to visit citizensforamericafoundation.com.

Visit our website and come with me. I'll be taking you to places all over Washington, D.C. You might have been to Washington before, but never been there with this perspective, the Christian perspective. We'll see where God's word is all over Washington, D.C.

Learn how the founding fathers planned our nation and they really did it from a Christian perspective. I know that's not why they tell you in history books today, but you're going to see it. Goodness, how can you deny it when there are Bible verses engraved in buildings and all over the place, all over Washington? And we're going to show you just a fraction of those.

I mean, there are hundreds of them, maybe even a thousand or more. We're going to show you where a lot of the prominent ones are so you can see that our nation really was founded as a Christian nation. And then another great event coming up on December 26. If you've never been to Israel, I want to encourage you to join me in Israel on December 26 for a nine day tour. So you get to spend Christmas with your family and then the next day hop on a plane, go to Israel and you get to walk in the steps where Jesus walked all over the Holy Land.

I want to tell you what, it will change your life. And I hope that you will join me as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Israel this December. Well, today I want to talk to you about something called apologetics. Maybe you don't know what apologetics is. And we're going to give you a lot of different definitions today, but really apologetics is the ability to defend your Christian faith. And I want to tell you that's so important today because we really live in what some believe is a post-Christian world.

What do you think about that? Do you think we live in a post-Christian world? I know certainly the number of people that believe in Jesus percentage wise are decreasing, particularly in the United States of America today. Many of our laws and regulations do not reflect the honoring of God's word. And there's no better time than today for us to tell other people about Jesus. If you've listened to this show, any at all, you know that I believe that one of the primary responsibilities of every Christian is to tell other people about Jesus.

Why is that? Well, one, if we believe that the Bible is true, and hopefully if you're a Christian you believe the Bible is true, if you believe the Bible is true, you believe that Jesus is going to return one day. And we need to live our lives as if His return was imminent. If you read throughout the Bible, there's all kinds of Bible prophecies that talk about Jesus coming again. And everything that the Bible's ever predicted has come true. There are a few things that still need to happen, but throughout history things were projected and prophesied. A prophesied just means predicted it's going to come in the future. And everything that the Bible says needs to happen prior to the rapture has happened.

So we're just waiting for Jesus to return. It could be tomorrow, it could be a thousand years from now, nobody knows the day or hour. The Bible tells us Jesus Himself said that if anybody tells you the day or hour that they're lying and don't listen to them.

So I don't know when it's going to happen, but I believe that it could happen at any time. I know that what the Bible tells us will happen preceding Jesus' return for the rapture of the church, that all those things have happened. And then there are different people that believe different things. Some people don't believe that the rapture happens before a seven-year period of time called the tribulation. Some believe that it happens during the middle of the tribulation. And some believe that it happens at the end of the tribulation. But the important thing is that you need to believe that Jesus is coming again because the Bible tells us that He's coming again. And you need to live your life without an urgency that Jesus is coming. So when I say we have a primary responsibility to tell other people about Jesus, if you believe that Jesus is coming again, those people around you, your loved ones, your family, your friends, your colleagues, your co-workers, you don't want to leave them behind.

No. You want them to know about Jesus so when Jesus comes to rapture the church, and when I say church I don't mean the first Baptist church or the first Episcopalian church or anything like that, I mean followers of Jesus Christ, the body of believers who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, which is not specific to a denomination, but people who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ have asked Him to forgive them of their sins and promise to serve Him the rest of their lives and to make Him the Lord of their lives. Those are the people that are going to be carried away one day. The Bible tells us that the bodies that we live in are really temporary bodies. If you live to be 70 or 80 years old, you're blessed.

Some people live a little bit longer, some live shorter. But inside these bodies that have a finite time that they're going to dwell upon this earth is a soul or a spirit. And God tells us that that soul is going to live for all of eternity in one of two places. So when you die or when Jesus comes again, you've got a soul and that soul is going to go one of two places.

It will either go to a place called heaven, which is in the presence of God Almighty and a place of great joy and happiness for all of eternity, where there will be no more sin and no more sorrow and no more pain and no more suffering, or your soul will spend an eternity in a place called hell. And I want to tell you that hell is real. Very few preachers preach on hell anymore. Very few people talk about hell because they don't want to offend somebody or make them feel uncomfortable.

I want to tell you, I would much rather offend them now than them be burning in hell one day and wonder why nobody told them about it. You need to tell your friends about hell. And listen, even your worst enemy that you may thank you hate, you don't want them to spend an eternity in hell. And for no other reason, hell is a terrible place because you'll be away from the presence of God. But the Bible tells us it's also a place where there'll be wailing and gnashing of teeth and terrible fire and pain. And you'll beg to die and you will not be able to die, you will spend an eternity in eternal pain, anguish, and suffering.

And because of that, you don't want to go there. And we need to tell everybody we know that there is a way to get out of that. And the only way to avoid that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes unto the Father but by me.

Meaning the only way to spend an eternity in heaven with God the Father is by putting our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. But we live, as I said a while ago, in what many are calling a post-Christian era here in the 21st century. Fewer Christians are defending their faith because fewer Christians have an understanding of God's word.

You might say, Chris, what are you saying? I don't know what the Bible says. Well, I'm telling you that the fact is that most Christians never read their Bible every day. In fact, few hardly ever read it and some never ever read it. A recent study by a man named George Barna who is a Christian pollster found that less than 10% of pastors who claim to be evangelical pastors, not all the others out there who don't even claim to be evangelical, but less than 10% of those who claim to be evangelical pastors ever address issues like heaven and hell and the issues in the culture today. So if you never read your Bible and your pastor doesn't preach or even if you go to one of those 10% where they do preach, Barna also found that people that consider themselves to be faithful churchgoers may only go one in every three Sundays. So if you only go once a month basically or one in every three Sundays and you have a pastor who never addresses the issue, you don't read your Bible, then you are one of those people that we're talking about. You're someone who doesn't defend their faith because you don't understand God's word enough to be able to defend your faith. It's amazing to me as I travel around the country and I meet with Christians and particularly youth and young people and college students, they don't know what the Bible says, they're not comfortable defending their faith, they get uncomfortable when discussions of religion come up and of God's word because they don't understand it enough when they claim to be a Christian and don't know what it says. Look, if you're a follower of Jesus Christ, you need to get in God's word and understand it. If you want to be a nurse, you go to nursing school to study how to be a nurse.

If you want to be a lawyer, you go to law school and you study law. If you want to be a follower of Jesus Christ, if you profess to be a follower of Jesus Christ, then you need to immerse yourself in God's word. You need to understand what the Bible says, you need to understand what it means and why it says what it says. A study by a Barna research group, remember that was George Barna, the guy I mentioned just a minute ago, for the Lutheran Hour Ministries revealed that a growing number of Christians don't see sharing the good news as a personal responsibility. And remember what I'm telling you, and if you listen to the show I tell you just about every day, that one of the primary responsibilities of every Christian is to tell other people about Jesus. It is your responsibility. It's not the responsibility of your pastor or your Sunday school teacher or Chris Hughes or somebody else.

It is all of our responsibility. It is your responsibility to tell other people about Jesus. So what is apologetic? Apologetics, and this is just one of another of many definitions I'm going to give you today, apologetics is the art and science of sharing and defending the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let me say that again. Apologetics is the art and science of defending the gospel of Jesus Christ. So why is apologetics important? Well, as the world becomes more hostile to those who share their faith, pastors need to begin teaching and preaching the whole word of God and inspiring their members to defend the Christian faith in a post-Christian world.

We're going to take a quick break. We're going to come back, we're going to talk more about apologetics. And is the gospel still relevant in America today?

Have you thought about that? Is the gospel still relevant? We're going to talk about whether or not it is.

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For a free transcript, call American Minute at 1-888-USA-WITH. ["The Christian Perspective"] Welcome back to The Christian Perspective. I'm Chris Hughes. Today we're talking about a subject you might have heard about, apologetics. That might be a fancy church word you've heard but you don't know what it means. Well, apologetics means it basically is the defense of your faith.

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And contact them and let them know that Chris Hughes sent you there again. They're not advertisers with me. They're just a great company that I love and they're a company that teaches and preaches apologetics what we're doing today. They believe, as I do, that every Christian has a primary responsibility to tell other people about Jesus. We're talking about apologetics day. And if you missed it, what is apologetics?

Well, I'm gonna give you several definitions, but one is apologetics is the art and science of sharing and defending the gospel of Jesus Christ. In other words, you need to understand as a Christian what you believe and why you believe it and be able to back it up in the Bible and God's word. But some people think God's word is not relevant in America today. And I wanna tell you that God's word is always relevant. When I say God's word, maybe if you're not a Christian, you don't understand what I'm referring to, the Bible. Now, the Bible is the book that we use as followers of Jesus Christ as Christians. And the Bible is divided into two sections.

One is called the Old Testament, which is a period of time in history before Jesus Christ was born, died on the cross and rose again from the grave. And the New Testament is a story of Jesus' life and the gospels and then of his followers in the New Testament. So the Bible is what we call the word of God. We believe it is the inspired word of God.

What do we mean by that? When we say that it's inspired, we believe that even though the Bible was written by many different men, that the Holy Spirit, meaning a form of God, there are three forms of God, we call that the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit inspired those men and told them what to write.

So it might be written by a different human individual and that human individual might have a different way of talking or speaking than the other person, but the concepts and the words written, we believe were inspired by the Holy Spirit. And because of that, we believe that the Bible is true. We believe that the Bible is inerrant, meaning everything in there is true.

And that's not what our society is today. I heard a pastor yesterday said in a church that there's a new version, I haven't verified this yet, of the NIV, which is a version of Bible, that's taking out all references to homosexuality being a sin. Look, you can't pick and choose what's in the Bible. It's either all true or none of it's true. And we live in a world today where many are believing that the Bible may not be relevant in America.

What do you think? Is it relevant? Well, I believe it is. In a modern-day world of constant changing and ever-developing new technologies, many wonder if the gospel's still relevant in the 21st century.

And I'm telling you, it is. In a society where there's no clear definition of right and wrong, I wanna tell you, that's a real problem today. Kids are being taught that everything is relevant and what you believe is okay and what I believe is okay, that there's no truth anymore. You just need to find your truth.

And that's not gonna work. I mean, the truth is, if you step in front of a moving train, you're gonna get run over and splattered all over the place. There are laws of gravity.

If you jump off a building, it doesn't matter if you think gravity doesn't exist, it does exist, or you're gonna go splat when you hit the ground. In a society where there's no clear definition of right and wrong, is a book that's over 2,000 years old still relevant and applicable to today's society? And that's the question that you need to ask yourself as a Christian is do you believe in the word of God and if so, do you believe that it's still relevant in our world today?

Many argue today that the Bible's outdated and its teachings don't apply to a society where everyone defines their own truth. And I'm telling you, we cannot define our own truth. We have to find the source of the truth. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes unto the Father but by me. So if you wanna know the truth, you gotta know Jesus and how do you know Jesus and what he taught? There's only one way and that's by reading and studying God's word which is the Bible. The 21st century has seen a rise of relativism, the belief that there's no absolute truth, that truth is always relative to some particular frame or reference such as language or culture.

And that's just simply not correct. One way in which the Bible remains relevant is through the important life lessons found in stories in the lives of many important people in biblical history. That's one of the things I love about the Bible is it gives you stories of, and when I say stories, they are true stories, they're historically factual, they are accurate and they've been proven true throughout time is that it gives us examples of people in our lives that we can look back on and they went through many of the same situations that we're going through today. I was recently in Washington, D.C. and I went to the Museum of the Bible. I wanna tell you, if you've never been to the Museum of the Bible, you need to go. It is a huge building and they told us when we checked in that it would take somebody, if you went to every single exhibit and studied every single exhibit, it would take you nine days if you spent eight hours a day, all day every day for nine days to see all the exhibits.

It is an incredible, incredible museum. But one of the things they had there is they had scrolls that we call today the Dead Sea Scrolls. So if you've heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and about 70 years ago, there was a young boy who was a sheep herder who was tending a flock in this area not far away from the Dead Sea, which is a very salty body of water.

And the boy was, he was guarding his sheep and herding his flock and he was throwing some rocks and rock fell through a hole and he heard this sound like if he dropped a bowl in your kitchen or dropped a piece of pottery. And he climbed down in the hole and there were all these big pots down in that hole and inside those pots were scripts, were manuscripts of the book of Isaiah. Now what's significant about this is they were about 1,000 years older than anything that we had at this time and it proved that the documents that we have today, that the basically parts of the Old Testament that we have today were 100% accurate as they were written nearly 1,000 years earlier before anything that we had. They are a significant find and a lot of those are in Israel today but you can go to the Museum of Bible, of the Bible and see examples of the pots that that young boy found and of the scrolls that were rolled up and now they roll them up and you can look at them and study them and see what they look like. It's incredible because that just goes to prove that the Bible historically is accurate.

And history is full of examples of people that keep making the same mistakes because they failed to learn from the lessons that life is teaching them and they failed to learn from what the Bible tells them. The Bible is also shown to be relevant through its historical accounts of actual events and accurate historical records and again, everything in the Bible has been proven to be true. Archeologists have studied for years and they found the things and the cities and references to the people that are mentioned in the Bible.

The Bible's a historic and architectural treasure in which many of its facts have been confirmed by extra biblical resources, meaning people that may not even be Christians but are just archeologists or others have found that many of the things in the Bible are true. Archeologists and biblical historians have proven the accuracy of many of the biblical accounts through extra biblical records of the same events. You know, just like I was recently studying the life of Jesus and some of the things that he did and even though it was back at Easter time when I was thinking about the resurrection, so I was doing some research and reading about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and there were historians that were not followers of Jesus Christ that make mention of the tomb of Jesus and to make mention that the body of Jesus was missing. You know, Easter is the most important holiday in the Christian faith and some people want to say, well, there's no proof that Jesus rose again from the grave. Well, there's undisputable proof that Jesus died on the cross. There's undisputable proof that his body went missing from the tomb and historians that are not followers of Jesus and are not Christians even from that time period make note of the fact that there was a man of Jesus of the Nazareth who was hung on the cross who claimed to be God and whose body was missing from the tomb. So many things like this in the Bible can be proven to be true but we don't know if we don't study God's word and study other documents to understand what the Bible says. Scoffers have pushed aside as human archeology has proven the existence of the Hittites which are mentioned in the Old Testament, the Jewish captivity in Babylon and the Polish shalom where I've been myself and so much more. Modern archeology has challenged the world of education to admit that the Bible's factual. Archeology has confirmed without question the historical accuracy of the Bible. Is it still relevant?

I believe it is. We're gonna talk more about the relevancy of the Bible and what it means to be an apologist when we come back. Stick around, we got more coming. The United States of America has a strong Christian heritage but most Americans don't know the truly important role that God in the Bible played in the founding of this great nation. This Jew joined nationally syndicated radio host and founder of the Citizens for America Foundation, Dr. Chris Hughes, for four amazing days in our nation's capital. With Chris, you'll embark on a journey of discovering the hidden secrets of Washington DC and rediscover much of America's forgotten Christian heritage. Your tour will include an up-close and personal look at the nation's establishment and how it's evolved over the centuries. Learn about the government and the men who helped forge this new kind of republic, one that acknowledged the creator from its very inception.

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I'm Chris Hughes. We're talking today about a term called apologetics and you might not know what apologetics is but it's basically, you know, if you know something you should know why you believe it and what you believe about it. As Christians, we should understand what we believe about the Bible. Is it true? We say it's true. How do we know it's true? How can we defend our faith to other people if they ask us questions?

And I'm not even talking about an argumentative context. As your children, as you tell them about Jesus or people you come in contact with might have questions. Well, mommy, how do you know that there really was an arc with Noah? How do you know that the earth is only a little over 6,000 years old? How do you know we weren't created in some big bang explosion?

How do you know that we didn't evolve from monkeys? How do you know that there really was a man named Jesus? How do you know that he died?

How do you know that he rose again from the grave? Well, if you get in God's word and understand it and learn it, you'll learn those things and then you'll be able to explain them and then you will be what we call an apologist today. But a lot of that revolves around whether or not the Bible is relevant in this post-Christian era. Again, a lot of scholars think that we live in a post-Christian America, not really just an America, but a post-Christian world.

Meaning that people don't really believe the Bible is true anymore, that a majority of the people in the United States of America are not Christians anymore. And so is the Bible even relevant because so many people, even so many so-called pastors and Sunday school teachers and deacons and leaders around the world, around the country claim that the Bible is not 100% true or 100% accurate. And I wanna tell you, if you go down that path, if you start telling people that this part wasn't true, this part didn't really happen, there wasn't really a flood.

The Bible is wrong that God didn't create the world and have a seven days of creation and rest. None of those things really happened. Well, if you don't believe they happened, then how can you tell somebody that other parts of are true? If that's not true, then how can somebody believe that the stories about Jesus are true?

It's either all true or none of it's true. And one of the primary responsibilities of every Christian is to tell other people about Jesus. So what makes the Bible relevant?

Well, the most important factor in determining the relevance of the gospel today is the fact that the Bible provides the information needed for you to be able to obtain a personal connection with God. What am I saying? I'm saying that we need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Christianity is not, you know, people talk about, well, what's your religion? Well, Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is a faith in Jesus Christ that develops a personal relationship. It's not about having a religion. It is about having a relationship with Jesus.

That's what Christians are. We're followers of Jesus Christ, and we have a relationship with our Lord and Savior, who is Jesus Christ. And the Bible tells us exactly and directly and clearly how we can develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. There's a verse in the New Testament, which the Bible is divided into two sections, the Old Testament, which is prior to Jesus' birth, and the New Testament, excuse me, which it covers from Jesus forward. In one of the books in the New Testament, 1 Corinthians, in 1 Corinthians chapter 15, verse 3, the Bible says, "'For I delivered unto you first of all that which I received, how that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures.'" He's saying that the Bible is important because it tells us how Jesus died for our sins. The Bible tells us in Romans 3.23, that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 6.23 tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. So what are those verses saying?

They're saying that we all have sinned, and sin separates us from God. And because we've sinned, we deserve to die and spend an eternity in hell. But the good news is, John 3.16 says, "'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.'" How can we have that everlasting life?

Only through the free gift of eternal salvation that comes through Jesus Christ. That alone is why the Bible is relevant. It tells us how to accept the free gift of salvation for Jesus Christ, to accept His substitutionary death for us on the cross.

What do I mean? Well, remember I just read to you Romans 6.23, because we sin, we deserve to die and spend an eternity in hell. But the Bible tells us that Jesus died for us in what we call a substitutionary death.

He was substituted for us by God because a penalty had to be paid for our sin. So what is the gospel? The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. The gospel is also what we refer to as the first four books in the New Testament. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are referred to as the gospels in the Bible. And they are also referred to as the good news of Jesus Christ, because those four books tell the story of Jesus life, His birth, His life, His death, and His resurrection. It's the message that God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for all mankind and that Jesus defeated death through His resurrection.

That's why Easter is so important. It's not just that He died on the cross, but three days later, He rose again from the grave defeating death, hell, and the grave, and gave victory over sin and over Satan forever and ever. So why is that message so important? Well, through acceptance of the message, God offers eternal life to all who believe in Jesus Christ. As I shared just a minute ago, John 3.16 says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Everlasting life, remember I shared with you earlier in an earlier segment that we have in our bodies.

Our bodies might die at 70 or 80 years old or some other timeframe. These bodies are gonna die, rot, and decay, but we have a soul in us that will live forever in one of two places, either in heaven and in the presence of God Almighty or in a place called hell of eternal torture, pain, and damnation forever. In order for the church to redeem culture or win souls, we as believers need to live for the good of our own towns and cities, not just for our internal church. Jeremiah 29.7, Jeremiah 29.7 says, And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives and pray unto it for the Lord. What am I saying here? What's the Bible saying? What I'm telling you is that we need to be involved in our community. That's why we do what we do at Citizens for America.

At citizensforamericafoundation.com, you can learn what we're doing to try to impact the culture for Jesus. We want Christians to understand what does the Bible say about homosexuality? Are you born homosexual, or do you choose to be one? What does the Bible say about divorce? Should we ever divorce our spouse, or is marriage meant to be a union between one man and one woman for our entire lives?

That's what God said. Marriage is not some institution of the state. Marriage was an institution created by God, and he defines what marriage is, and he said that marriage is a union between one man and one woman for life. It's not between two men, it's not between two women, it's not between a person and an animal, it's between one man and one woman, and that is what the Bible teaches. What does the Bible teach about abortion?

God tells us in his word that we are created at conception, and that we have a unique and special soul, and science backs that up, that those babies are alive human beings. So you can learn about what the Bible says about the issue of abortion, about homosexuality, about transgenderism, about marriage and divorce, and drinking, and drugs, and so many other things that are covered in the Bible, but if you don't get in God's word, you don't know what the Bible says, and God also encourages us as Christians to be engaged in every arena of life, and you might say, well, Chris, I don't wanna be involved in politics because I believe in separation of church and state from the Constitution. Well, if you believe that, you are wrong, and you've never read the Constitution.

Read it today, it'll take you less than 30 minutes. There's nothing in the Constitution that says there's anything like a separation of church and state. Now, you can read other documents where it's true that the founding fathers wanted the church to be free from torture and oppression by the government, but never the other way around. God created all of society.

The Bible tells us in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and as you continue to read, you see that God created everything around us, including a form of government that is in our cities and our states and nation and world today, and he never ever told the church to abdicate the rulership of that. We need to be involved. We need to be engaged in our community. Do you know? I wonder how many of you could name even two members of your school board or two members of your county commission or two members of your city council. Do you know the name of your mayor? Are you praying for them?

More importantly, how many of them can name you and how many of them know you? That's what the verse in Jeremiah 29, verse seven tells us is that we need to be engaged in our communities. We need to be involved in our communities. As a dear friend of mine, Pastor Jack Turner, who is a great pastor and evangelist used to say, we need to build a friendship bridge. We need to be involved in our community so we can earn the right to share Jesus with those who live in our community.

Why is the message important? Well, the Bible challenges the church to use its influence and its energy to benefit the community. God calls Christians as followers of Jesus Christ to engage the culture and to live their lives with truth and compassion. It's been said that an apologist is to preach the gospel at all times and use words if necessary.

And what does that mean? It means, so one, I hope you've gotten the clue here that we are all supposed to be an apologist. We're all supposed to be people who are able to defend our faith to understand what we believe and why we believe it. But what that quote is telling us that we need to be living like we are followers of Jesus Christ. Don't go to church on Sunday and act like you love God and then live like the devil the rest of the week. We need to live our lives in a way that are a witness for Jesus Christ.

But I also want to tell you to not use that as an excuse. I know some person very close to me one time told me that she didn't have to tell other people about Jesus because they could see how she lives her lives and want to get saved. And I want to tell you that's hogwash. She can't name one person that ever came to Jesus by just watching how she lived her life. People have to be told about Jesus. They have to understand the gospel of Jesus.

They need to understand who He is and what He was and why He did what He did. And they're not gonna do that from just watching you live. Yes, you need to live a godly life. You need to live like Jesus could return at any time. But you need to be telling everybody that you know and you need to intentionally tell them of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

The quote charges a modern day apologist to live a life that will attract others who want to hear about Jesus. We need to live our lives in a way that others are gonna want to be like us. Why are you different? They need to know that you're different. That's why I can't stand about the hogwash where people are saying, well, you just need to go hang out in bars and all that.

No, you don't. Live your life differently. Let people see that you're different, that you have the courage to be different in this modern and sinful society and take a stand on the word of God. Christians are to communicate their faith, but not only in words, but through good deeds and acts of Christ-like compassion. But there is no substitute for telling other people about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. So where should we take that message? When we come back from the commercial break, we're gonna talk about where should we take that message and what it means to be an apologist because we're all charged to be an apologist and tell other people about Jesus.

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Welcome back to Christian Perspective. If you're listening today, you've heard a commercial about a tour I'm doing in Washington, D.C. in June. I'd love to have you join me. You can learn more at citizensforamericafoundation.com. That's citizensforamericafoundation.com.

Click on the events button. You'll see about tours to Washington in June and September, a tour to Washington, D.C. and then in December, a tour to Israel that we're doing with the Conservative Baptist Network. I hope you'll join us. We're gonna go see some great things, both in our country and around the world as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus. So where should we take our message about Jesus? The Bible has a lot to say about all the issues that shape the post-Christian culture in America today. There's a very famous man in the Christian world named Abraham Kuyper and Abraham Kuyper was a former prime minister of the Netherlands. So here's an example of a Christian man who was involved in politics and ruled his nation. Abraham Kuyper said that there's not one square inch in the domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign of all, does not cry mine.

What does that mean? Well, it means when you say I shouldn't be involved in government, I shouldn't be involved in politics, I shouldn't do this at school, Abraham Kuyper is saying that God created every square inch of this world. A good friend of mine, Dr. Glenn Sunshine, has a ministry called Every Square Inch Ministries because he's teaching in his ministry that Jesus created, God created, the Holy Spirit created, the Trinity of God created every square inch of this world and there's not one square inch where God does not cry this is mine and that we as followers of Jesus Christ do not need to be involved. The gospel's always gonna be relevant because it addresses the universal needs of all people. All mankind has a need to know God, a need to experience his forgiveness and we have a need to read his word, the Bible, in order to know how God will provide for his people and how we as his followers should live. The gospel is relevant because it offers principles that change lives and the greatest change is when you come to experience the saving grace of Jesus Christ. The gospel is relevant because times and technology be changed but God's word does not change, you hear me? So when you buy one of these watered down virgins that changes what the word of God says, you should be ashamed of yourself, that's not the word of God.

God does not change, he is an unchanging God. So what are the tasks? If we're all called to be an apologist, if we're all called to tell other people about Jesus Christ, we're all called to understand what we believe and why we believe it and we're called to be able to defend our faith, what are the tasks of a modern day apologist? Well, the tasks of a modern day apologist are many and they're varied. First, the modern day apologist needs to show the world that the Bible has a lot to say about everything. The Bible talks about economics, did you know that?

Get in there and read it. The Bible talks about healthcare. The Bible talks about hunger, it talks about energy, it talks about homelessness, it talks about immigrants and borders, yep, there's even walls in the Bible and when you say that Christians would never have walls, that's just simply not true. God had walls built around his cities and around his nations and there's a wall around Israel. I mean, heaven one day and the only people getting in, there's not gonna be crossing the border or swimming through a river.

There's only one way into that place in the place we call heaven and that's through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Issues that affect everyday people are issues that many do not think are being addressed by the church and they certainly do not wanna listen to the God who has no concern for the issues that concern them but the good news is we do serve a God who is concerned about every issue in our lives and his word, the Bible, covers every issue in the world today. Second, the modern day apologist must show the world that he is concerned about his fellow man.

We gotta let people know that we care about him and we love him. There's a preacher in the United States today who's written a great book and it's called Urban Christianity. His name's Christopher Brooks. Christopher Brooks is an African American preacher and he says our mission is to present a Christianity that is as concerned with human flourishing as it is with doctoral Orthodox.

What's he saying? He's saying we need to be involved in our communities, the people in our community need to know that we love them and more importantly, that Jesus loves them. Third, the apologist must show the world that there is a need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

This is the most important thing we need to do. We need to help people understand that all of us need to have a relationship with Jesus. The 21st century church lives in a world of cellular phones and Instagram and Facebook and TikTok. It's a society that lacks many true personal relationships.

You know, it amazes me what young people today, they'd be sitting across the table with each other, literally, I've seen it, where they're texting each other or Snapchatting each other instead of talking. We live in a society where they don't have personal relationships but I wanna tell you that we all need a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The challenge for the church is to find a way to teach the concept of having a personal relationship with Jesus to people who have little or no concept of what it means to have a personal relationship with anyone. So what about in a post-Christian era? Well, Christians have much to say about sin and eternity but to be a true apologist in a post-Christian era, the church is gonna have to learn what the Bible says about issues that concern most non-Christians. There are a lot of those issues in our world today, issues like immigration reform, issues like homelessness, issues about poverty and yes, issues about human sexuality and I wanna tell you that most churches today never ever address those issues. Pastors don't talk about them, they don't talk about what's on the news or what's going on around the world today and their people don't know what the Bible says on these issues and pastors, you should be ashamed of yourself. You need to get educated on these issues and talk about them in the church. In order to be true apologist in a post-Christian era, the church has to begin to think more about what truly matters to those whom the church shares Jesus.

We've gotta be able to do it and the best way for the church to recapture our cultural relevance is to begin to talk about the issues of the heart that matter most in the world today and those are just some of the issues. In 1 Peter 3 verse 15, the Bible charges all Christians to be ready to give a defense of their faith if anyone asks. Well that right there is a biblical charge to be an apologist because remember I told you an apologist is someone who has the ability to defend our faith. In 1 Peter 3, 15, write it down, 1 Peter 3, 15 is where the Bible tells us that as Christians we need to be able to give it a defense of our faith at any time if anyone asks. Therefore Christians have a biblical mandate to engage apologetics. In fact, the very charge to make a defense comes from the root word apologia in the Greek. Were there any apologists in the Bible? You might say, well why are you telling me to be an apologist today, Christian? Chris, if there's not a reference in the Bible. Well, one of the greatest apologists who ever lived was a man named Apostle Paul. The Apostle Paul wrote more books of the Bible than anybody else. The Bible states that Paul was what the word as they used to describe him was reasoned. He reasoned with unbelievers to explain the truths of Christianity in them. That's what we need to do as apologists. We need to tell everyone we know about Jesus and we need to be able to reason with them.

I don't mean argue, scream, yell, and tell them if you don't turn you're gonna burn. We need to be able to explain what we believe and why we believe it. Acts 17, 17 tells us that Paul used terms and arguments to provide reasoned responses to the objections of other people. Time and time again, if you study in the Bible, particularly the Apostle Paul, he was going places where other people had not been to teach people about the saving grace of Jesus Christ and he had to be able to explain himself and explain why he believed what he believed and how they could come to know Jesus. In Acts 17, 17, the Bible says, therefore disputed he, it's talking about Paul, in the synagogue with the Jews and with the devout persons and in the market daily with them that met with him. Paul told everyone he knew about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. He was one of the greatest apologists that ever lived. Not only did Paul serve as an apologist, but he charged other Christians to serve as apologists.

So in Acts 17, 17, we see where he did it and then in, excuse me, 2 Corinthians 10, verse five, in 2 Corinthians 10, verse five, the Bible says, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. So why is apologetics important for all the Christians? Well, the church must never forget that apologetics are important because the Bible's important. The Bible's important.

Why is it important? The Bible's important because the Bible is the word of God. It is the inspired, infallible, inerrant word of God and it is sufficient for everything in your life. Too many churches today speak in only religious issues. Listen, a true apologist needs to understand that God's word is relevant to every issue in a post-Christian era, everything. As I said, homosexuality, abortion, transgenderism, divorce, homelessness, immigration, every issue is relevant to God's word and we gotta be able to understand it in relation to God's word. God's word is just as relevant today as it was when it was written. So if we understand this, what is the job of an apologist? Are you listening? The task of an apologist is to make sure everyone understands the relevance of God's word in today's society by being able to give reasoned responses to others' objections to the word of God. Let me tell you that again in case you wanna write it down.

Grab a pen real quick. The task of the apologist is to make sure everyone understands the relevance of God's word in today's society by being able to give reasoned responses to other people's objections to the word of God. In other words, what it's saying is we need to be able to tell people that God's word is relevant and explain why it's relevant and then when people have objections or ask questions in a nice and reasonable manner, we need to be able to respond. So how can we reestablish a biblical worldview?

Well, Chuck Colson is somebody that I studied a lot and is a great hero of mine in the faith. He said apologetics begins with developing a biblical worldview on all life. That's what this radio show is about, the Christian perspective. We're trying to help you to develop a biblical worldview in everything that you do in life. So what does it mean to have a biblical worldview and what are apologetics? A worldview is a particular philosophy of life or conception of the world. According to the American Scientific Affiliation, a worldview is a view of the world, used for living in the world. So a worldview is a mental model of reality, a comprehensive framework of ideas and attitudes in the world, of ourselves, our life.

It's a system of beliefs, a system of personally customized theories about the world that you have and all of us have and how it works and answered within a wide range of questions. James Anderson says that a worldview is an overall view of the world. It's not a physical view of the world, it's a philosophical view. All of us have one, they're all encompassing perspective that we have on everything that exists and everything that matters to us. And that's why our view needs to be a Christian perspective, a biblical perspective from our worldview. A person's worldview represents his most fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the universe inhabits. Worldview shapes and informs our experiences of the world around us. Apologetics are important because it helps us define what we believe and why we believe. It helps us to understand the truth and the truth is that there's only one way to heaven and that's through Jesus Christ.

So what you need to do today is ask us, what is your worldview? Do we still need to repent? Yes, man fell, sin entered the world. All men have sinned and there's a penalty for our sin. And the only avenue to salvation is through the repentance of the sin and a faith and trust in the life, death, burial, resurrection of Jesus Christ and a promise to serve him for all of eternity. I wanna challenge you today to understand that you were called to be an apologist. Learn what you believe and why you believe it and by doing that, we can go impact the culture for Jesus. Thank you for listening. The Christian Perspective with Chris Hughes. Learn more about impacting the culture for Jesus. Visit citizensforamericafoundation.com. This is the Truth Network.
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