Top Ten Ways Not To Defend the Faith

WHI Radio Broadcast
Thursday, May 3rd 2007
Mar/Apr 2005

Originally broadcast on the White Horse Inn's series, "Apologetics 101."

10. Tell people the story of the "vanishing hitchhiker."

9. Wear a T-shirt or use a bumper sticker with a catchy anti-intellectual slogan on it, such as "God said it; I believe it; that settles it."

8. Present evidence for "Joshua's 'Long Day,'" the classic urban legend being circulated by e-mail that asserts that NASA has stumbled across some computer-generated evidence that a day is missing from the calculation of previous history and has traced it back to the story of the sun standing still in Joshua 10:13.

7. Use weapons of mass destruction: jihads, crusades, conversions at the point of swords, and confusing kingdoms.

6. Explain to people that your favorite celebrity or politician is a Christian so Christianity must be true.

5. Present this as recent evidence for the discovery of hell: Russian scientists were conducting deep drilling experiments in Siberia and broke through the earth's crust at more than fourteen kilometers. They found it unusually hot at that depth. As part of their effort to listen to the movements in the earth's crust they dropped a microphone down in the drilled hole and were horrified to hear the voices of millions of people crying out in torment. Terrified, they give up the project but not before a scary batlike apparition emerged from the hole.

4. Show how many Bible prophecies came true with the founding of Israel.

3. Give the pragmatic defense: Statistics show that Christians are happier, healthier, and more successful than other people.

2. Preach the gospel at the expense of defending the faith.

1. Say you know it's true because he lives within your heart!

Thursday, May 3rd 2007

“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

J. Ligon Duncan, IIISenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church