Apologize for what you believe

Some people get offended when Christians tell them what the Bible says about something and they sometimes they demand that we apologize.  When someone responds in this way we should apologize.

Before you get mad at me and accuse me of selling out to the opposition I think you should look at what the word “apology” means.  Here are two definitions from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

  1. an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret a public apology 

  2.  something that is said or written to defend something that other people criticize :The book is an apology for capitalism.

When people demand that Christians apologize they generally have the first definition in mind.  We should never apologize for the truth in this way.  If we do this we are denying Jesus.

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32,33)

When we are teaching the truth about the Bible it is possible that we might say something that is untrue or offensive about another individual.  We should apologize for statements like that.  Paul apologized when he was on trial.

And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.”

And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?”

Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God’s high priest?”

And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’” (Acts 23:1-5)

In his zeal to defend himself Paul inadvertently insulted the high priest and he apologized.  He did not apologize for preaching the truth God had revealed to him.

Most people are unaware of the second meaning of “apology”, the defense of what we believe.  That is the original meaning  of the word and it is closely related to the word “apologetics”, the defense of the faith.  We are commanded to apologize in this way.

In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. (1 Peter 3:15,16)

When someone demands that you apologize for upholding the truth of the Bible he is really asking you to explain the reasons for what you believe and you should give him the apology he asks for.

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Posted on May 29, 2017, in evangelism, Miscellaneous and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Excellent Clyde, MOST excellent!

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  2. A good point, Clyde. (A computer issue is preventing me from registering a “like”. Sorry.)

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  3. Good short post. This post took me back to the age of 16 when I first discovered apologetics and I was confused why was it called that.

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