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    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 ESV)

    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 ESV)

    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 ESV)

    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.
    Clyde Herrin's Blog

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    The fact of the matter is that when somebody asks us what we believe and why we believe it, God is offering us an opportunity to do our part in fulfilling the Great Commission. Witnessing to our faith should be an absolute pleasure and of course we should be ready to answer and counter any objections that our friends or family may bring up.
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      #3
      Totally agree :)
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        #4
        Originally posted by ConfessionalLutheran View Post
        The fact of the matter is that when somebody asks us what we believe and why we believe it, God is offering us an opportunity to do our part in fulfilling the Great Commission. Witnessing to our faith should be an absolute pleasure and of course we should be ready to answer and counter any objections that our friends or family may bring up.
        Sorry I popped. Which is the truth you are upholding?
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          #5
          Originally posted by mitchel View Post

          Sorry I popped. Which is the truth you are upholding?
          The truth that we are saved by God's grace alone through faith alone.
          The truth that God wants all sinners to be saved, yet some walk away from Him.
          Those who are saved were predestined to salvation, but the damned are damned by their own fault.
          The truth that regenerating grace is indeed given in Baptism and it is right that infants be baptized.
          The truth that we grow in faith through the proper preaching of the Word and the correct administration of the sacraments of Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
          The truth contained in the Three Ecumenical Creeds ( the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed), I will uphold.
          The truth that the True Church of the Redeemed encompasses all who are saved by God's grace, regardless of nationality, sex, race, or denominational affiliation.
          The truth that we are all saints and sinners simultaneously.
          The truth that Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith.
          The truth that the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is really and truly present in Sacramental Union with the Bread and Wine of the Lord's Supper.
          The truth that Jesus Christ will come again in bodily form to raise the dead, defeat Satan and Hell, to judge the world, separate the sheep and the goats and to cast the wicked into eternal fire and to lead His sheep to life everlasting with Him.
          The truth that we are to preach Law as well as Gospel to the nations. The truth that all things which require repentance and shows how far we fall short of God's grace through our own efforts are connected to the Law and the truth that raises us up from the dust and shows our salvation through Jesus Christ is of the Gospel.
          The truth that Jesus Christ is Lord.
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            #6
            The only part that I'd say it not in Scripture is that regarding infant baptism. Baptism is presented as being by immersion for those who are old enough to understand right from wrong and can accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. An infant is not capable of that kind of understanding. I've raised 4 kids. Baptism by immersion is to show the decision that has already been made by the person in their heart.
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              #7
              Originally posted by Sue D. View Post
              The only part that I'd say it not in Scripture is that regarding infant baptism. Baptism is presented as being by immersion for those who are old enough to understand right from wrong and can accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. An infant is not capable of that kind of understanding. I've raised 4 kids. Baptism by immersion is to show the decision that has already been made by the person in their heart.
              I have one daughter who was christened in the Lutheran Church when she was a few days old. I understand that " no one is righteous, no not one," and " I have been a sinner from my mother's womb." When St. Paul baptized households ( in which there were surely infants), he certainly didn't withhold baptism from them. People are not capable, outside of the grace of God, to do any work ( including " choosing to be baptized") that would contribute to their own salvation. In the old days, after the countries in Europe had been converted to the Christian faith, baptizing infants became the norm and remained that way until the rise of the Anabaptists in 1525. Christians until that time ( unless they were born as pagans or Jews) were all baptized as infants, including Conrad Grebel and George Blaurock ( the two who originally set off the Radical Reformation). Infant baptism does have a Biblical base, if not directly stated.
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