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Contra Mundum for the Cause of Christ

Contra Mundum for the Cause of Christ

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A man with God is always in the majority.
John Bradshaw

In John 16:33, Jesus said to his disciples, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” What was true two thousand years ago is still true in the twenty-first century. For two millennia Christians have been demeaned, ridiculed, legally harassed, put in prison, tortured, and put to death (see Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Joe Morecraft’s excellent sermon An Historical Sketch of the Persecution of Christians, and Voice of the Martyrs). Despite it all, those whom Christ has redeemed, have remained faithful and true, a testament to the glory and grace of the One who laid down His life and bore our sins on the cross, rising again on the third day. Christ has risen triumphantly. He has overcome the world.

The world is in opposition to the truth, for truth illuminates the darkness. Through vain philosophy and deceit, ridicule and scorn, force and violence, the darkness seeks to extinguish the Light. But it cannot. The Light will only burn brighter, permeating the darkest corridors until at last Truth consumes the entire world. Tertullian observed that the “blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” What was meant for evil our Sovereign God will use to His glory, adding to and purifying His bride.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

1 Peter 4:12-14

Standing against the world, for the Christian, is not to stand alone or unequipped in dealing with the onslaught. In His mercy and grace, our Sovereign God has made provisions, availing to us every armor and weapon needed to wage this spiritual war. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” With this in mind, we must remain sober, immersed in prayer, and prepared to proclaim and defend the truth in all circumstances whether in an online conversation or as we go about our daily lives. Now is not the time to shirk in timidness or stand on the sidelines. The gospel is the power of God to salvation!

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

As the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all knowledge and in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, we can be confident in proclaiming and defending the truth and rationality of a biblical worldview in opposition to all others. The biblical worldview alone possesses the preconditions for intelligibility, able to account for truth, morality, the laws of logic, the uniformity of nature, information, and the personal among other things. It is the only view that comports with reality and is logically consistent. Do not be swayed by detractors who shoot the fiery darts of doubt. Those darts are mere smoke and mirrors. The unbeliever must assume the biblical worldview in order to argue against it.

In examining any argument and pretension against the faith, ask yourself these questions:

Is he being arbitrary? If it’s only opinion, it’s academically worthless. Is it ignorant conjecture? What is the foundation for making claims? What concrete evidence does he have? Does he expect me to be refuted by a possibility?

Is he being inconsistent? Are his assertions in conflict with his professed worldview? Love and empathy have no place in an atheistic materialistic worldview. In moral relativism if everyone is right then nobody can be wrong. This applies to all moral judgments the unbeliever lobs against you (hate, bigot, extremist). If there is no absolute standard, these terms are meaningless. After all, we’re just impersonal machines, right? Just dancing to our DNA.

What are the consequences of the argument? You will know them by their fruits!

What are the preconditions of the argument? Is there an unargued bias? What does he take for granted and assume without justification?

For a greater understanding on defending your faith from a presuppositional apologetic view, see this list of articles written by Greg Bahnsen in addition to these resources:

Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith

Presuppositional Apologetics Stated and Defended

Defending the Christian Worldview Against All Opposition

Basic Training Series: Defending the Faith

YouTube Videos

Greg Bahnsen vs. Gordon Stein: The Great Debate
Issue of Worldviews
Does Morality Depend on God?

Keep in mind that the unbeliever’s objection to the Christian faith is not intellectual, it’s a heart issue. Romans 1 tells us all suppress the truth in unrighteousness. All views of “evidence” will be evaluated in terms of one’s presuppositions and biases. Those committed to naturalistic materialism will have no tolerance for the biblical worldview. Your responsibility in apologetics as a Christian is two-fold. To reduce their worldview to absurdity and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Only Christianity will provide the preconditions of intelligibility.

Keep fighting the good fight of the faith. Be equipped and knowledgable. Know what you believe and why. Immerse yourselves in Scripture and in prayer. Acquaint yourself with church history and the confessions of faith (e.g. Westminster Confession of Faith and Belgic Confession of Faith). Read up on the early church fathers, the Reformers, and the Puritans. Do not content yourself with the empty doctrine of popular “Christian teachers.” Rather, let the rich writings of Christendom permeate your mind.

Armed with the treasures of the Christian faith, let your arrows fly and engage the culture. There are many opportunities to avow yourselves to a hurting world. Be present, be intentional, bearing the fruit of the spirit. May God be glorified in word and deed. Let your good works bring praise to Him. Live your lives in accordance to God’s law-word, bringing no reproach on His bride.

Stand against the world, as the City on the Hill, as salt and light. Seek your worth in Christ alone. The darkness seeks to consume and destroy. But take heart, He has overcome the world.

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Cheryl L. Stansberry
Cheryl L. Stansberry is a Reformed Christian (OPC) writer with a desire to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and make Him beautiful and glorious in the eyes of the people.


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