Spiritual Warfare: What You Didn’t Hear at Bible Study

What’s apologetics got to do with sharing your faith? by Mikel Del Rosario

A lot. As a former missionary, I’ve seen the role apologetics plays on the mission field first-hand. But even if you’ve never been overseas, you’ve probably seen it while talking to your skeptical friends right here at home. Nowadays, most Christians feel like if they get an immediate response while sharing their faith, it’s often full of challenges and tough questions.

This semester, I’m teaching a class on practicing apologetics and evangelism at Western Seminary. And I’m taking a cue from the Apostle Paul by setting the task of proclaiming and defending the faith within the context of spiritual warfare.

In this post, you’ll see how apologetics isn’t just stuffy academics. It’s a very spiritual thing that’s part of our strategic offensive as Christians in a spiritual battle. Take a look at Paul’s words:

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

What You Didn’t Hear at Bible Study

Maybe you’ve talked about this one during a Bible study on spiritual warfare. After all, it’s a really famous passage.  But many people tend to miss something here. I’ll admit that the first time I ever read this, I thought, “Weapons? Oh, yeah. That’s prayer.” Of course, prayer is a very important part of spiritual warfare. No doubt about it.

But even though Paul was into immersing everything in prayer, he’s not directly talking about prayer in this passage. He’s saying that we don’t fight spiritual battles with swords or machine guns or nuclear bombs.

The original Greek goes like this: “We have weaponry that has power through God for the destruction of fortresses.” Wow! Sounds like some powerful stuff. What’s this really all about?

Know Your Weapon

During my graduate studies in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, Dr. Craig Hazen explained that:

The interpretation of this passages really has to do with the fortresses that are being destroyed. Because it’s from that that we learn what the weaponry is.

So what are these weapons? We can find out by asking what these metaphorical fortresses are…

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