A recent Christian Post article expresses the need for vigilance against “militant atheism.”
2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2Ti 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
We need to vigilant to those that would come against the Message of the Gospel, and confidently preach the Word of God to all that we meet!
“As more atheist-centered books and movies make their way to mainstream culture, two best-selling Christian apologists are encouraging churches to better equip their congregation to respond to what they call a more outspoken and ‘confident’ atheism. “The arguments are not really new but the ferociousness” with which atheists are lobbing their attacks ‘are coming much stronger,’ Mark Mittelberg, primary author of Becoming a Contagious Christian, said in a teleconference on Tuesday. The teleconference, hosted by Outreach Training, was for pastors who were interested in updating their churches’ apologetics approaches amid an onslaught of pro-atheist books and movies in recent years. Books like Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens’ God is Not Great have made best-selling lists. Meanwhile, movies like The Da Vinci Code, The Jesus Family Tomb and The Golden Compass have claimed widespread media attention. These books and movies are not just posing challenges to the basic tenets of the Christian faith, according to Mittelberg, but they are also empowering attacks against Christianity. Lee Strobel, author of the best-selling The Case for Christ, agreed with Mittelberg that many Christians are raised to believe in doctrine but are not adequately taught on why their faith is true or how to support their faith with evidence. ‘Churches need to help them reach out to their friends, colleagues and family members with the good news of Christ’ using data that supports the good news as true, said Strobel, a former atheist. The two apologists recommended that pastors become familiar with both books by atheist authors and those by Christian apologists.”