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3. The Major Objectives of Presuppositonal Apologetics.
Following John Frame’s teaching on what constitutes an ideal argument, I will talk about what I consider to be the four major objectives in this method. 1) We should argue transcendentally. 2) Our arguments should be simple. 3) They should be gospel focused. 4) They should be contextualized to the people we are engaging.

Arguing Transcendentally. The God we are setting forth is the source of all meaning, reality, knowledge and fact. These, in truth, presuppose God. Not one of these things could exist, apart from God. The God of the Bible is the only way we can consistently account for the unity there is in the world, the order we see in it, and the moral values that people have. With this, then, we are to help unbelievers see that their worldview is not possible, there is no way that they can account for the views they hold. We are to expose their false beliefs and “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor 10:5).

Arguing Simply. Our presentation of biblical truth should be done in a straight forward and simple manner. We do not want to convey that only highly educated people can rightly believe in God. The gospel message, in fact, can be grasped by very young children, so we want to present it as such.

I believe the main point of contact with sinners is a pretty simple thing to grasp as well. Our point of contact is that God has clearly revealed Himself to all people and they, as sinners, are suppressing this knowledge (Rom 1:19-21). This is something that every sinner retains at some level in their being and this is the point we want to go after. This is the ally we have within the sinner that we need to access. “The point of contact for the gospel, then, must be sought within the natural man. Deep down in his mind every man knows that he is the creature of God and responsible to God” (Cornelius Van Til).

Gospel Focused. Since the gospel is the power of God for salvation (Rom 1:16), this must be our focus in our apologetic encounters. The most loving thing we can do for the sinner is show him his rebellion and his clear need for the Savior. This is what Paul did in Acts 17:29-31.

I believe that there is a place for presenting evidences before the people we are encountering, but we need to understand the role of evidence. Presenting evidences is a great way to broaden the circle, they can be used to destroy false beliefs and create a desire for the sinner to know more. They can keep the conversation going.

Contextualizing to the People. I believe we live in an age where many are over contextualizing their ministries. But, we all must do contextualization. We must speak the language of our audience if we are to be understood. We must be sensitive to where they are at in life and to the questions they have. We must try and present the truth of God winsomely.

After Peter exhorts us to do apologetics in 1 Peter 3:15, he tells us to “do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience.” Our presentation not only needs to be done with gracious communication; our lives must be characterized by consistent obedience. Defending the faith will be very difficult, if our lives contradict what we say we believe.

Conclusion: Presuppose the Truth with Certainty.
I believe we should have great confidence in the truth of Christianity. I do not believe we should present it as the best of many options, or worse, probably true. Our awesome God has clearly revealed Himself to everyone and won our hearts in an irresistible way. There is a sense where everyone already knows God. We can and should be certain about these things. Our duty is to help them see that they are in rebellion to Him, and present the good news of the gospel.

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One Response to “Presuppositional Apologetics – Part 3”

  1. Brett says:

    Excellent series. This should serve as a good resource. Thanks.