Below, dear ones, is the guest post I had the honor of writing for my friend and brother-in-Christ, Pastor Jim. The original link is here. Please continue in prayer for Jim as he is overseas hard at work for the glory of God.
Hello, dear ones, my name is Lauren Hereford and I write the Tulips & Honey Hub blog. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to write this guest post for my dear friend, and brother in Christ, Jim. I’m joining with you all in praying for him, to see much fruit, and to return home safely. What a blessing it is, though many of us cannot go, we can pray for those that God has sent. Thank you, Jim, for giving me the honor of writing in your place while you diligently serve the Lord.
I want to talk, briefly, today about the role of apologetics, and particularly presuppositional apologetics, in reaching those caught up in the heretical teachings of the Word of Faith movement. For over a decade I was immersed in the unbiblical teachings of TBN prosperity gospel peddlers. Unfortunately, for as bad as that is, what happens in the small local churches far exceeds what we see on the glossy screens of these well-produced shows. What you don’t see on the TV is the multitudes of image bearers being taken advantage of, abused, or even rejected as unrepentant and faithless goats. How do you rise to heights of prestige in these circles? Well, clearly only those who are healthy and wealthy are favored of God. Obviously, they are the ones with the most faith, with the greatest measure of repentance.
But what does this have to do with apologetics? It was an insistence of Scriptures authority which destroyed the false doctrines I had so tenaciously held to. Once God graciously saved me in July of 2015, it was the overarching question of standards that led me. By what standard? Who says you must be healthy at all times? Who says God wants you rich? If God was the highest authority, and His Word was sufficient, it was far easier to refute the same falsehoods which had so thoroughly doped me before. Why? Because, prior to salvation, my authority rested in two places. The first was my own opinion, my “instinct” about what I was being told. The second was in the prophetic word of those deemed spiritually gifted, or anointed. It was in that fashion that I had come to believe a number of unbiblical teachings.
While I did not know at the time that I was being taught presuppositional apologetics, I was greatly blessed by those who used it to share the Gospel, and to refute the false claims of atheists, agnostics, and cults. It helped me to get grounded in the Word of God as my final authority. Now, whether I’m talking to a Mormon or an atheist, I have Gods Word, not mine or some other sinful man, to argue from. I can share with the cults my past, how deceived I was, while consistently bringing them back to the Bible. It is Scripture alone that teaches truth, and Scripture alone which must be our standard. Many blessings, beloved brethren, please be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!