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Offense or defense? Both.

Many evangelistic endeavors seek to bring people out of false religions and cults.  Those are very important and have accomplished great things. 

But their value isn’t just in getting people out of bad things, it is in keeping people from entering them to begin with.

You may be able to count how many people  a group converted from Mormonism, for example, and it may seem like a small number.  But keep in mind that good teaching may have prevented many more people from entering Mormonism to begin with.  It is just that the defensive numbers don’t lend themselves to tracking as well as the offensive ones do.  But both are important.

In the same way, apologetics may seem focused on getting people out of cults and other religions and converting them from atheism.  But it can help keep people from leaving the church (many of whom are unsaved).  I’m not disputing the “once saved, always saved” teaching that I hold to.  I’m just saying that you can’t just assume people are saved because they show up at church wearing nice clothes (I know that of which I speak, as I used to be one of those nicely dressed pagans sitting in the pew). 

So my strategy is to spread sound teachings far and wide and play both offense and defense.

Weekly roundup

money.jpgGovernment run lotteries are an awful joke.  Instead of sending a message that success is possible with hard work and thrift, our leaders tell the poor that the way out is to spend what little you have on a gambling program with the biggest sucker odds of all.

A household with income under $13,000 spends, on average, $645 a year on lottery tickets, about 9 percent of all income.  David Brooks

Concise, thorough and clear summary of the false teachings and false Bible translations of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Hat tip: Ms. Green

When Gay Rights and Religious Liberties Clash – even NPR can see the impacts.  It ain’t pretty.  Hat tip: Gay Christian Movement Watch

Armed with those legal protections, same-sex couples are beginning to challenge policies of religious organizations that exclude them, claiming that a religious group’s view that homosexual marriage is a sin cannot be used to violate their right to equal treatment. Now parochial schools, “parachurch” organizations such as Catholic Charities and businesses that refuse to serve gay couples are being sued — and so far, the religious groups are losing.

I know the pro-GLBTX groups will cheer, but I hope the wimpy middle-ground Christians wake up before their religious liberties are gone. 

Contrary to what all the DaVinci Code School of Theology graduates believe, The Canon was not decided at Nicea

It goes without saying that [Bart] Ehrman is not in the pocket of orthodox Christianity. His non-acceptance of these fables of Nicaean construction of the canon of Scripture are based on the fact that there is no valid historical reason to accept these ideas.

More nukes! – good public policy and a great strategy against Obama.

Ann Coulter made some good points about the Democrats’ non-policy on energy.  They have done nothing and plan to do nothing.  They are getting just what they wanted: Higher gas prices.

Liberals complain that — as B. Hussein Obama put it — there’s “no way that allowing offshore drilling would lower gas prices right now. At best you are looking at five years or more down the road.”

This is as opposed to airplanes that run on woodchips, which should be up and running any moment now.

Moreover, what was going on five years ago? Why didn’t anyone propose drilling back then?

Say, you know what we need? We need a class of people paid to anticipate national crises and plan solutions in advance. It would be such an important job, the taxpayers would pay them salaries so they wouldn’t have to worry about making a living and could just sit around anticipating crises.

If only we had had such a group — let’s call them “elected representatives” — they could have proposed drilling five years ago!

A great choice for McCain to make for VP

Help!  Help!  I’m being repressed!  One of the best scenes from a movie full of classic moments.  You could use this to teach history or political science.  It has subtitles, which help a lot.  Hat tip: Pastor Timothy