Apologetics is probably the most misunderstood area of ministry in the Church today. What is meant to be a preservative is often blamed as being divisive.
The apologetic wing of the Church can be looked upon as a mechanic who listens to the sound of a car, looks into the engine and then diagnoses the problem. If we went to a car mechanic who was able to accurately diagnose what is wrong, or could go wrong in the future, we would all be appreciative. But regarding apologists, most do not want to hear what is said because it might move them out of their comfort zone, or it’s simply what they don’t want to hear -- that someone's favorite teacher could be wrong and misleading them.
... There are hundreds of apologetic counter cult ministries throughout the US and more are needed because of the increase in cults and false teaching. ...
There are hundreds of apologetic counter cult ministries throughout the US and more are needed because of the increase in cults and false teaching.
The Church has moved into areas that are challenging her from without as well as from within. Anything that can be shaken is. Every doctrine the Church practice is being challenged by those who say they want us to be in the truth. What has become the center of concern is within the Church itself. So many have turned inward to polemics for the Church's protection. It is evident when we find false teaching outside the Church such as Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons, everyone can agree there is a problem. But when false teaching is found inside the Church it becomes a delicate issue and if addressed and exposed it is considered fault finding.
It says in Eccl.1:9 "There is no new thing under the sun." What once had been thought of in private is now being proclaimed openly. We are at a time when we need to know what we believe or we will succumb to the many voices whispering (or shouting) in the wind. Today, instead of aberrant doctrine being called heresy, the ones that expose the teachers of these aberrant doctrines are labeled as "heresy hunters."