mid-week apologetics booster (8-25-2022)

Good morning friends,

Here is a random quote (of over 2300) from Nuggets:

I believe that a man of God—under trial and difficulty and affliction, bearing up, and patiently submitting with holy acquiescence and still rejoicing in God—is a real preacher of the Gospel, preaching with an eloquence which is mightier than words can ever be, and which will find its secret and silent way into the hearts of those who might have resisted other arguments! – Charles Spurgeon  


To view more of these quotes, visit:

http://www.ps11911.com/bible-app/browseQuotes

Now, here are your weekly links:

  1. Knight and Rose Show Episode 19: The Historical Reliability of the Gospels | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/08/20/knight-and-rose-show-episode-19-the-historical-reliability-of-the-gospels/
  2. Book Review: 40 Questions About Heaven and Hell (40 Questions Series) by Alan Gomes THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM: https://chab123.wordpress.com/2022/08/20/40-questions-about-heaven-and-hell-40-questions-series-by-alan-gomes/
  3. The seven fatal flaws of moral relativism | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2022/08/22/the-seven-fatal-flaws-of-moral-relativism-8/
  4. Texas Fire Dept. Chaplain Axed for Biblical View of Gender: https://washingtonstand.com/news/texas-fire-chaplain-axed-for-biblical-view-of-gender
  5. First life arrival – creation.com – In this BBC-Discovery TV program Sir David Attenborough tells us his purpose is to look at the origin of life and for the very first living creature that appeared on Earth. As he presents the evolutionist worldview, we shall examine what he says and compare it with the biblical worldview.: https://creation.com/first-life-arrival
  6. The Reliability of the Bible: 4 Quick Thoughts | ReasonableTheology.org: https://reasonabletheology.org/reliability-bible-4-quick-thoughts/
  7. Designed by the Watchmaker – creation.com – William Paley (17431805) was an English archdeacon and theologian known mainly for a book he wrote. The book is Natural Theology: or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity Collected from the Appearance of Nature (he is less well known for his fervent opposition to slave trade and denunciation of slavery in an earlier book). It was very influential in the first half of the nineteenth century. In this book, Paley draws proof for the existence of a Creator from the design apparent in natural phenomena, and particularly in the human body.: https://creation.com/designed-by-the-watchmaker
  8. Should Christians Use Evidence and Logic to Proclaim the Gospel?: http://askingthegodquestions.blogspot.com/2013/08/should-christians-use-evidence-and.html
  9. The Perilous Pitfalls Facing Tent-Making Christian Case Makers | Cold Case Christianity: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/the-perilous-pitfalls-facing-tent-making-christian-case-makers/
  10. Should We Go to Our Gay Neighbors’ Wedding?: https://probe.org/should-we-go-to-our-gay-neighbors-wedding/
  11. How the presence and quality of fathers affects belief in God | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2015/10/04/how-the-presence-and-quality-of-fathers-affects-belief-in-god-3/
  12. How Do You Best Handle Challenges to Your Faith? | Sean McDowell: https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/how-do-you-best-handle-challenges-to-your-faith
  13. 5 Reasons Why the Church Should Care About Apologetics – Christian Week: https://www.christianweek.org/5-reasons-church-care-apologetics/
  14. Tactics: the worst mistake a Christian can make when doing apologetics | WINTERY KNIGHT: https://winteryknight.com/2016/01/29/tactics-the-worst-mistake-a-christian-can-make-when-doing-apologetics-2/
  15. How Is Apologetics Bringing Christians Together? | Tough Questions Answered: https://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2014/02/10/how-is-apologetics-bringing-christians-together/
  16. 4 Key Points Christian Kids Need to Understand About Evolution: https://crossexamined.org/4-key-points-christian-kids-need-to-understand-about-evolution/
  17. How other religions began vs. how Christianity began (1 minute video) – There is a huge difference between Christianity and other religions. Watch the video to find out how.: https://www.facebook.com/27769441696/videos/10153373385331697/
  18. Answering the Skeptic: Is the Bible a Myth? – Come Reason Ministries: http://www.comereason.org/skeptic-bible.asp
  19. Skateboarding and Darwinism | The Institute for Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/article/9292
  20. 4 Pieces of Wisdom from a Street Level Apologist: https://crossexamined.org/4-pieces-of-wisdom-from-a-street-level-apologist/
  21. So, You Just Became a Christian? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/idDoRftSuRU
  22. What Made Paul Washer’s “Shocking Message” So Very Shocking? – YouTube: https://youtu.be/PH0mnIO9K7I
  23. Are You Really A Christian? | Paul Washer – YouTube: https://youtu.be/6N7f8hvUMxg
  24. The J.C. Ryle Archive – Since J.C. Ryle died in 1900, his writing are public domain and not copyrighted. So, you are able to use any of the materials on this site with no expressed permission. May the writings of J.C. Ryle help you become a more committed follower of Jesus Christ and compel you to good works. : https://www.jcryle.info/

since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20

Blessings to you all

Defense of Paul Washer and other preachers from an Apologist point of view

I have a friend with whom I discuss Apologetics as well as many other general Christian topics.  We were talking about Paul Washer during one of our discussions and afterward, he went on YouTube looking for a random Paul Washer video and watched it.  He sent me an email with his critique – here are some excerpts and quotes:

“it seemed like a lot of logical fallacies or preacher tactics.”

accusation:  do you know the attributes of God?    Are you learning the important things?
straw man:  we see the church as Six Flags over Jesus
Bifurcation:  Revival or Judgement
scare tactic:  I have great fear for you.
Generalization:  based not on scripture but on culture
irrelevant thesis: most of what I will say is scandalous
straw man:   God – you will not be able to avoid Him – no matter how hard you try
straw man:  God looks like Santa Claus today
” :  we so little knowledge of Scripture
Bifurcation:   God he is everything or He is nothing

Here was my response:

Regarding Paul Washer – he is definitely not an apologist, he’s a preacher.  Paul Washer’s main goal seems to be to get individuals to consider whether they are really saved, based on the way they’re living.

He uses hyperbole for sure (e.g. the “Six Flags over Jesus” comment), but Jesus did as well – I’m not sure we can label that as a straw man.  In fact Jesus used many of those tactics, for example:

  1. Hyperbole (straw man) – I don’t think Jesus really meant that we were to cut off our hands/feet or gouge out our eyes: Matt. 18:8-9 If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.  And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
  2. Scare Tactics – Jesus used scare tactics many times.  Like when talking to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:33 – You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Or Luke 12:5 – But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.
  3. Bifurcation – I don’t think we could accuse Jesus of bifurcation in Matt. 12:30 – He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters or His brother – James 4:4 – You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
  4. Accusation – I don’t think we can accuse Jesus of illegitimate accusation during His conversation with Nicodemus: John 3:10-12 – “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?  I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?“.

I could go on…  But I give these responses to show that Paul Washer is using tactics that, on their face, may seem like fallacies or preacher tactics, but we can find many preachers, prophets, apostles and Jesus Himself in the Bible using these same “tactics”.

If we’re honest, I’m sure most preachers commit logical fallacies.  We could probably find logic errors in many of our favorite preachers (unfortunately) – even R.C. Sproul or John MacArthur.  However, I tolerate it because that’s not what I listen to them for.  I listen to them for better understanding/insights about the biblical text and for exhortation and bringing conviction of my heart (which Paul Washer, Steven J. Lawson and others do very well).  But they give good analogies and good stories that get right to the main point and make it clear.  Here is one of my favorite Paul Washer sermons, at the very end (59:26) he gives a pretty good analogy: