Should Every Pastor Be an Apologist? Yes and No.
by Clay Jones
In my recent blog, An Apologist in Every Church, I wrote that pastors are often too busy to keep up with things like The Da Vinci Code or The Lost Tomb of Jesus or the Gospel of Judas and that these issues trouble many congregants and so build a wedge between them and complete confidence in Jesus. Thus, I wrote that we need an apologist in every church to help the congregation with these issues.
In a comment to that blog, Shawn asked, “While I agree that pastors are severely overworked/booked with their schedules…. isn’t this part of the requirements and role of the elders? Shouldn’t they be able to handle these types of issues and protect the congregation from error? Isn’t that what Paul charged Timothy and Titus with when selecting leadership?”
The answer is yes and no.
It is true that one of the requirements of the pastor/elder is that they should be able to defend sound doctrine. Thus Paul wrote in Titus 1:9 that the elder “must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” So pastors and elders must know what is, and isn’t, sound doctrine and be able to correct those who misuse it. That is the kind of apologist that every pastor must be.
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