A Return to Counter-cult Apologetics – Logical Truth Ministries

This post by Logical Truth Ministries goes back to 2021 but it warrants serious consideration. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Since the time of the late Dr. Walter Martin ( father of Counter-Cult apologetics), the ministry of Apologetics, particularly Christian Apologetics, had grown rapidly in leaps and bounds, but exploded after the death of Dr. Walter Martin in 1989. Apologetics found a home in various areas of studies ranging from theology to philosophy through which numerous apologists from numerous specialties and expertise ascended onto the scene. Renowned apologists such as William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Ron Rhodes, Norman Geisler, and many others have made a major impact on the study and ministry of Christian apologetics like no other time in the history of the Christian Church. 

To read the rest of this excellent post, please click on the direct link below:
logical-truth-ministries.com/2021/08/13/a-return-to-counter-cult-apologetics/

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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  1. Thanks for the good article, Bruce! I certainly agree that Christian apologetics has come a long way since the days of Walter Martin. However, it’s very regrettable from my perspective as an ex-Catholic saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, that all of the apologists you cited, except for Ron Rhodes, took/take a very accommodating approach to the Roman Catholic church with its false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. While these men disagree with various aspects of Catholic theology, they grant that the RCC is a Christian entity that, despite the heterodoxies, preaches the genuine Gospel. I once listened to a video of William Lane Craig telling a Catholic bishop at an ecumenical seminar that he could never convert to Catholicism because the RCC is wrong about the doctrine of justification, yet he still embraced the RCC as Christian and the bishop as his brother in Christ. Well, if a denomination is wrong about justification, as the RCC clearly is, it is not Christian. If an individual is wrong about justification, and Catholics unabashedly defend justification by sacramental grace and merit as they are taught, they are not saved.

    So one of the distinguishing characteristics of the majority of today’s evangelical apologists, including Craig, Strobel, Turek, and McDowell, is their incongruent, accommodating approach to Rome. All four men (and Ravi Zacharias) were disciples of Norman Geisler, who was a pioneering advocate of ecumenism with Rome.

    Yup, popular Christian apologetics has come a long way in some aspects, but with regards to RC-ism, it has largely taken the path of accommodation, compromise, and betrayal of the Gospel.

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      • Thanks, Bruce. This clearly incongruent approach to RC-ism by Craig and the others is incomprehensible, but not surprising given the “big picture” of a one world church (or at least some degree of unity of all of the world’s religions).

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  2. Well, this post is right on time! I have been struggling with whether or not to speak up against the Word of Faith’s influence in the Church. I have written a post entitled “Is False Teaching Influencing the Church Today?” The problem is, I don’t want to offend certain people who I’m pretty sure will be offended. I haven’t decided if I should publish it or not. (I think I know how Johah felt.) I feel strongly about what I have written, but I don’t want to publish it. The post doesn’t name any teacher specifically and doesn’t even use the term “Word of Faith”, but you can read between the lines. I’ve been thinking, I wish I could talk to Bruce about this. Then, you publish this very pertinent post! As one who was part of Word of Faith for 15 years, I can spot it a mile away. And I know firsthand the damage it can do. Thank you for your wonderful blog. Blessings, Bruce!

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    • Well there ya go, and I didn’t even know about it! There are two dangers. Being overly critical and not being critical at all. The truth of the matter is that most people who are not critical at all, assume that is the way to go and when prodded to be critical, take offence, because it challenges their thinking. And when challenged, they will almost automatically assume that the person challenging them, is being overly critical. Being critical and being overly critical are not one and the same thing. They are different. One we are told to do, the other we are told not to do. Jesus was critical, Paul was too and all of the Apostles, likewise. A false prophet is a false prophet, another gospel is another gospel and a deceiving spirit is a deceiving spirit. The New Testament warns about all three of these falsehoods and we as Christians, do have a responsibility to speak the truth, in love. It comes with a cost and always, we do have to be mindful of not being overly critical. All of this is covered in the New Testament and there is a learning curve, and you will make mistakes. But, mistakes can be corrected while we are still here, but they cannot be corrected once we leave this world. That not only applies to us, but also to those to whom we sense a responsibility for. God does correct us and so do fellow Christians who value us, because God cares and the person who corrects us cares. Some will heed the correction, some won’t. Some might even part ways. That is the cost, but true friends, people who do really care for you, will see it for what it is, real concern, and respond accordingly, even sometimes, if they disagree. Being faithful means caring enough to warn, if real danger is present and not being seen for what it is by others. The Word of Faith mentality is a real and present danger. All you can do is warn, if led to do so. Ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you, He will. Blessings Cindy!

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      • Thank you, Bruce, for your thoughtful response. It is reassuring to have Christian friends who understand. As you might have guessed, my dilemma is more complicated than it appears. Hypothetically speaking, if you are concerned about teaching in your local church, when do you say something and when do you stay silent? I will take your advice and ask God’s Holy Spirit to help me. Blessings, Brother!

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  3. When my two older children were in Christian school they learned the Bible only, but when I was on the board I urged the school to introduce them to the doctrines of the cults, so they would know what they would be up against and be prepared to defend the truth before leaving home. When our third child, who was considerably younger, took Bible class, she came home with a chart showing what each cult believed about origins, the Trinity, sin, heaven, the devil, etc. I was so impressed that she could tell me the differences between such world views as post modernism and secular humanism and explain why such views were not biblical.

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    • With good reason on being impressed Annie, few and far between can do that today. Mormon beliefs and The Chosen’s Dallas Jenkins seeing Jesus as being the same, being a case in point. Hard to fathom. Blessings!

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