Five Bad Reasons Not To Study Apologetics

by Shaun Wilson

There are several reasons that Christians give for why they do not want to study apologetics. Of course, I believe that every Christian should study apologetics. But let’s examine some of the most common reasons why Christians are reluctant to study apologetics and see if any of them hold water.

1. Nobody ever comes to faith through apologetics.

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44) Many quote this verse to show that apologetics is useless in evangelism. Of course, nothing will work if the Holy Spirit isn’t involved. Not apologetics, not sharing the gospel, not preaching, nothing.

But if the Holy Spirit is involved, then he is pleased to use all sorts of things to draw people to the Father. And it is just not true that he has never used apologetics as part of the drawing process. Notable Christians like Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, and even C. S. Lewis all came to Christ through the use of apologetics.

2. It’s more about the heart than about the head.

“It’s possible to miss heaven by 13 inches. The distance between the heart and the head.” I have heard this pastorism too many times to count. So, is it possible to miss heaven just by being overly concerned with apologetics? Not really. This saying creates a false dichotomy. Being concerned with apologetics does not necessitate that someone is not equally concerned with matters of the heart.

The Bible commands us to love the Lord our God with our heart and mind (Matt 22:37). Neglecting either one is disobedience…

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