An Advent Apologetic is one that is not quarrelsome but kind, able to teach, and patiently endures evil. (2 Timothy 2:24) It has nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; or purposefully creating environments for contention. (2 Timothy 2:23) It’s one that does not lean towards grumbling or disruption. (Philippians 2:14) It’s soft in response and does not feed anger. (Proverbs 15:1) It is not vengeful. (Romans 12:19) It submits to those in authority, is obedient, disposed to do good, speaks evil of no one, maintains gentleness, and practices common courtesies. (Titus 3:1-2) It pursues peace and the building up of others. (Romans 14:19) It is patient and kind, does not envy or boast, is not arrogant or rude, doesn’t insist on its own way, and is not irritable or resentful. (1 Corinthians 1:1-3) It doesn’t contend without fruitful purpose. (Proverbs 3:30) It lives, breathes, and moves according to its calling. (1 Peter 2:21) It is pure, peaceable, open to reason, full of mercy, and impartial and sincere. (James 3:17) It acts according to its nature. (James 3:9-12) It’s timely. (Proverbs 23:9) It is enfleshed in continued faithfulness.
I know the above paragraph is filled with subjective terms. If you’ve ever said to someone; “you’re being arrogant, unkind, discourteous, argumentative,unimaginative, or even ‘not speaking the truth in love,’ then you should be prepared to answer how they are being any of those things and where the sinful action is in it. If you’re not prepared to answer those sorts of questions, then it is likely it is you who are being all of those things. The exact opposite of an attitude of an Advent Apologetic.
“It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:16,16)
Many, including myself have justified argumentation as noble when it is used to “defend the faith,” or even “defend God” A few questions:
Are there any texts in scripture which justify being argumentative?
Is there any call in scripture or any biblical warrant to “defend God?
What does it mean that Paul was appointed for the defense of the gospel? Are we as well?
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