PODCAST: On Apologetics and Cults (The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions #10 with Daniel Whyte)

Welcome to The Evidence for the Truth of Christianity in Light of World Religions podcast. This is episode #10

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Today’s passage of Scripture is Revelation 4:11 which reads: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Today’s quote is from Wernher von Braun. He said: “My experiences with science led me to God. They challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?”

Our topic for today is titled “On Apologetics and Cults” from “The Encyclopedia of Apologetics”

7. Always define your terms. Cult members typically use Christian words—such as God, Jesus, Christ, atonement, and salvation—but they pour their own cultic meanings into those words. Cultic redefinitions should not surprise us, for Scripture itself cautions us in this regard. Second Corinthians 11:4 warns of a different Jesus, a different spirit, and a different gospel. In view of this, Christians must be careful to define their terms when dialoguing with cultists.

8. Always look up Bible verses cultists cite. Whenever a cultist to whom you are speaking cites a Bible verse in support of a cultic doctrine (often from memory), there is a good chance the cultist has either misquoted the verse or is taking it out of context. To avoid being duped, always have a Bible handy so you can check things out for yourself.

9. Focus the discussion on important matters. Do not waste your time debating such nonessential issues as whether Christmas should be celebrated or whether the flag should be saluted. Sometimes Jehovah’s Witnesses and other cultists ring your doorbell and focus the discussion on such issues. If they do this, move the focus of attention to more important matters, such as the true identity of Jesus (as God), what Christ accomplished at the cross, and the true Gospel that saves. The reason for this is that you do not know if you will ever see these particular cultists again. Hence, it is important to spend the short time you have together focusing on biblical matters that could lead to those cultists’ salvation.

10. Emphasize the good news of the grace of God. Because cults are so works-oriented in their view of salvation, spend a lot of time on the biblical teaching that salvation is based not on works but on the grace of God. As Ephesians 2:8-9 puts it, “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast”. This free gift of salvation is received by faith alone, with no works in sight. Cultists desperately need to hear this good news.

In our next podcast we will continue looking at the topic “On Apologetics and Cults”

Today, dear friend, we will continue reading the Preface of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis:

A gentleman, once it has been spiritualised and refined out of its old coarse, objective sense, means hardly more than a man whom the speaker likes. As a result, gentleman is now a useless word. We had lots of terms of approval already, so it was not needed for that use; on the other hand if anyone (say, in a historical work) wants to use it in its old sense, he cannot do so without explanations. It has been spoiled for that purpose.

Now if once we allow people to start spiritualising and refining, or as they might say “deepening,” the sense of the word Christian, it too will speedily become a useless word. In the first place, Christians themselves will never be able to apply it to anyone. It is not for us to say who, in the deepest sense, is or is not close to the spirit of Christ. We do not see into men’s hearts. We cannot judge, and are indeed forbidden to judge.

It would be wicked arrogance for us to say that any man is, or is not, a Christian in this refined sense. And obviously a word which we can never apply is not going to be a very useful word. As for the unbelievers, they will no doubt cheerfully use the word in the refined sense. It will become in their mouths simply a term of praise. In calling anyone a Christian they will mean that they think him a good man. But that way of using the word will be no enrichment of the language, for we already have the word good. Meanwhile, the word Christian will have been spoiled for any really useful purpose it might have served.

We must therefore stick to the original, obvious meaning. The name Christians was first given at Antioch (Acts xi. 26) to “the disciples,” to those who accepted the teaching of the apostles. There is no question of its being restricted to those who profited by that teaching as much as they should have. There is no question of its being extended to those who in some refined, spiritual, inward fashion were “far closer to the spirit of Christ” than the less satisfactory of the disciples. The point is not a theological, or moral one. It is only a question of using words so that we can all understand what is being said. When a man who accepts the Christian doctrine lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say he is a bad Christian than to say he is not a Christian.

Dear friend, we will continue reading the “Preface” of “Mere Christianity” in our next podcast.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.