The Need for a New Breed of Young Christian Defenders
By Lillian Kwon
While experiential Christianity is a valuable form of testimony, the experience is largely personal and unique, he said, and does little when trying to give a defense of the faith.
D’Souza was invited to address thousands at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., to share the “what” of evangelism. Lead Pastor Greg Laurie is leading the mega church in a series of messages on sharing one’s faith in preparation for the annual Harvest Crusade in Southern California in August.
Just a week before D’Souza’s appearance, Laurie stressed to his congregation that God can use everyone to preach the Gospel. God even used “a knucklehead like me,” he said, as he recalled his teen years when he had become a new believer and was still able to bring a middle-aged woman to faith in Jesus Christ.
While being a scholar isn’t a prerequisite to sharing one’s faith, Harvest congregants were introduced to apologetics over the weekend to address some of the difficult questions Christians come across when evangelizing.
Apologetics, D’Souza explained, refers to using reason to give a defense of the faith. “Using reason means not using revelation, not using an appeal to the Bible and in some ways … not just appealing to your own experience.”
Apologetics is different in every generation, he noted. While apologists such as C.S. Lewis had to deal with questions raised in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust, the world today is very different, as are the questions…
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|Recommended Resource: Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking About God|