INSKIP BAPTIST CHURCH:
A View From My Study.(10) Pastor David Earnshaw
Just a couple of weeks ago the Christian world was informed of the death of Ravi Zacharias at the age of 74. For years he was known as a ‘Christian Apologist.’ In the days of the Early Church many lies and rumours were spread regarding the church and the essence of Christianity. A group of men arose from within her ranks who were given the name ‘Apologists’ and it was their task to write to those in power and to the educated masses to try and set forth the true nature of Christianity and the irrationality of persecuting believers. You cannot grow the truth in a soil infest by a weed called ‘nonsense.’ This is why Luke wrote his gospel, just read his introduction (1v1-4). He wrote to set the record straight regarding the Lord Jesus Christ. Luke knew that if people got a wrong understanding of Him they would never be saved.
If truth were known, we should all be apologists in that we can give a reason for the hope that is within us; this is what we are encouraged to do in 1 Peter 3v15. The word ‘woolly’ is one word that should not be part of our spiritual vocabulary.
Robert Ingersoll was a well-known 19th century evangelist who used to tour the world lecturing against Christianity and the Bible. He drew crowds by the thousands. He was known as ‘The Great Agnostic’ and revelled in the title. What is amazing is that there is a statue in honour of him in Illinois. One thing that we can say about him is that he understood Christianity, he knew what he was rejecting. He once wrote “Christianity cannot live in peace with any other form of peace. If that religion be true, there is but one Saviour, one inspired book and but one little narrow path that leads to heaven. Such a religion is necessarily uncompromising.’ I never thought I would end-up saying ‘Amen’ to an agnostic.
The apostle Paul didn’t come out of Judaism to run around Europe offering an insipid smorgasbord of religious opinions, he went round Europe offering men and women the gospel of God’s Son. I don’t know if you like the Peanuts cartoons, but in one Linus had just thrown a stick for Snoopy to retrieve. His first instinct was to chase the stick. However, he paused for a few moments and decided to the contrary “I want people to have more to say about me after I’ve gone than “He was a nice guy..he chased sticks.” ” Stick-chasers are everywhere, and spiritual stick-chasers seem to be the order of the day. How do we become an ‘Apologetic Church’ ? By being clear about the gospel in our own lives and also in the church’s life.
I did the unthinkable the other day, I watched a full episode of Songs of Praise (Lord have mercy) and not once was the Lord Jesus mentioned. Can you imagine that ? And the presenter then concluded by saying that we look to tomorrow for our hope. Can you imagine Paul going to Corinth, Ephesus or Rome to utter such drivel and nonsense ? This man lost his life for the gospel. The only way for Inskip Baptist Church not to finish-up another stick-chasing church is to become transformed and shaped by the gospel of the Lord Jesus. Proclaiming this message will put us out of kilter with society and with the bulk of the church, but we shouldn’t be surprised, it was men with degrees in theology who requested the death of our Saviour. Why should we expect anything less ?
Still no news regarding our being able to meet as a Fellowship, but as soon as we are given clear guidelines we will let you know.
This Sunday AM we will look at 2. Mordecai and the Ring of Authority. In the PM we will look at 5. In Christ – Ephesians 1v8-14. I trust you are all keeping safe and well and focused.
Warm Regards in our Saviour,
All Meeting cancelled until further notice due to Coronavirus Pandemic
ADVANCE NOTICES: Our forthcoming Bible teaching event on 30th and 31st May 2020, has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.