"...but try the spirits whether they are of God..." (1 Jno. 4:1)
|Volume One, Number Two||Spring 1991|
Faith comes by hearing but what is it? The scholar Kenneavy reminds us the Greek word pistis meant "persuasion" from about the sixth century B.C. until beyond the first century A.D. The lexicon of Liddell and Scott also concurs with this finding The apostle Paul said "...we persuade men... (2 Corinthians 5:11). Literally, we convince men by true argument" (cf. Acts 9:22)
An amazing number of brethren no longer follow the apostolic example of rhetorical religious speech, i.e. the public profession of sound arguments in the behalf of true propositions. The modern member, in fact, often displays harsh hostility toward any public, vocal defender of the truth who may rise to oppose the popular propagation of error in matters of revealed truth. These are the no-debate brethren. Such lax thinking actually attacks the men who rightfully withstand the wrong.
Atheists and humanists alike, charge Christians with possession of a faith they cannot prove or sustain by reason. Brethren ignorant (unknowing) of the most elementary laws of logic permit the flimsy statements of humanism to silence the truths of revelation.
The man who says, "I believe the Earth is flat" has a blind faith. The Christian who says, "I believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ," in contrast has a faith that can be proven. I defy any atheist, agnostic, Buddhist, Moslem, or any other to prove the above proposition false, while I will (as should any preacher of the gospel) prove the proposition to be truth. Let us have faith in the truth and the will to defend it. (Philippians 1:17).
CHALLENGE is published quarterly by Challenge Publications.
Jerry D. McDonald, Editor; Michael P. Hughes, Associate Editor.