The Bible Commands Us More Than Once to Defend Our Faith

by Lenny Esposito

There are many passages in the Bible that command us to go out there and stand up for the faith. The most often quoted is 1 Peter 3:15 which reads, “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”The Greek word for  “defense” is apologia, which is where we come up with the name for Christian apologetics. The word doesn’t mean just any defense, though. It means to make a reasoned defense like a debater would make to win the debate or a trial lawyer would make to prove his client’s innocence. As Christians, we are to prepare ourselves with a thoughtful response to those who ask about our beliefs.

There are many other passages in scripture that also encourage us to be ready to defend our faith. Here are just a few:

Scriptures Encouraging Us to Defend Our Faith

Proverbs 25:11
“Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.”

Proverbs 26:5
“Answer a fool as his folly deserves, that he not be wise in his own eyes.”

Acts 17:16-17
“Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles.”

Acts 22:1
“Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you.”

2 Corinthians 4, 6,7
“…commending ourselves as servants of God … in knowledge… in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness.”

2 Corinthians 5:11a
“Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men…”


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