Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Why Apologetics Matters ...
The recent confirmation of the Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson as a bishop in the Episcopal Church of the United States of America raised many eyebrows -- and many questions. One wing of that church views moral law, apparently, as fungible: strictures on certain behaviors are no longer valid, despite affirmation in both the Old and New Testaments. Another segment of Episcopalians view the Robinson vote as a rebellion against the tenets of Biblical Christianity.
This is but one example of where apologetics -- defending the faith -- is important. Those questioning the moves within the Episcopal Church need clear guidance on what the Bible defines as acceptable conduct for a minister in a church, or for a lay member as well. By pointing to the Bible standard, versus the flexible doctrines of the moment, apologists can perform a valuable service.