Advent Apologetics Day #13 – Noble Argumentation?

goddnAn 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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0 thoughts on “Advent Apologetics Day #13 – Noble Argumentation?

  1. Marshall says:

    yes, as you write, “subjective” (especially in English).
    whenever “argue” is suggested from the New Testament writings, it is the content of the arguments which first come to examination. Merely taking something to be argued [i.e., διελεγετο] doesn’t honestly get a negative review. However, as we know, to be a “blower” [πληκτηω] or “blowing off” (roughly translated: quarrelsome] does pull a negative from I Timothy 3:3 & Titus 1:7. Also, to be fond of conquering/winning [φιλονεικος] (roughly translated: rivalrous/contentious) an argument also takes a loss from I Corinthians 11:16. Determined to argue as the basis for a fight-match [μαχεσθαι] (roughly translated: quarrelsome/contentions), as you cite form II Timothy 2:23-24, also receives a contrary.
    Argumentative without being fond to win the argument, or of being heard. hmmm… sounds as if somehow un-American to be argumentative less all the negative backdrop.(?)

  2. Kirk Stephens says:

    As ministering angels one to another, these apply 1Tim. 5:1-2, 2 Tim. 4:2, Titus 1:13 and 2:15, Rev. 3:19, Plus Jesus told Peter to get behind thee satan. Still, tact and diplomacy are good approaches in apologetics. If you really want them to hear, use prayer. Everybody listens then, with an intermediary, in the middle. Good post, good question. Myself included many have taken their positions too far? Only Christ is right. Be Spirit led, for He lights our paths, and guides our footsteps.

  3. C2 (Claudia also) says:

    Acts 17:16-33 Paul argued using an idea that was familiar (unknown god) to teach the truth of Jesus. He did so with respect and love. And some accepted and some rejected God’s truth.

    Thank you for sharing. I especially love the way you presented the message today.

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