ARE CHRISTIAN APOLOGISTS UNLOVING?

 

Christian Apologists have been called unloving by intolerant cult members and marginal Christians.

 

Biblical example #1: Peter confronted people at Pentecost with Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."

 

Biblical example #2: Paul confronted Alexander for his blasphemy.

2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works.

 

Biblical example #3: Paul confronted Peter for his being partial.

Galatians 2:11-12 Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.

 

Biblical example #4: John confronted Diotrephes for his jealousy.

3 John 1:9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us.

 

Biblical example #5: Our Lord Jesus Christ confronted religious hypocrisy.

Matthew 23:13-15 "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves."

 

Biblical reason #1: Paul wanted to guard Christians against false teachers.

Acts 20:28-30 "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves."

 

Biblical reason #2: Paul wanted to guard Christians against practicing sinners.

1 Timothy 5:20-21 Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear. I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality.

 

Purpose: Christian leaders are to keep Christians in Christ and away from false teachings.

Jude 1:22-23 And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

 

Conclusion: Are Christian Apologists unloving for warning people about eternal fire?

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