What isChristian Debater(tm)
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Since Christians should love others, and Paul said God's servants must not quarrel (2 Tim 2:24; 1 Tim 3:3; 6:4; Tt 3:9), should Christians ever debate? Let's see what two debaters, named Paul and Jesus did. Our ministry aims to be obedient to 1 Peter 3:15, which states, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (NIV). This is the goal of CHRISTIAN DEBATER in an increasingly anti-Christian society here in America and throughout the world.
The Biblical commands to "fight the good fight of faith" (1 Tim 6:12) , to be "set for the defense of the gospel" (Phil 1:17), to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3), "to be able to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict" (Titus 1:9), to "put to the test those who call themselves apostles but are not" (Rev. 2:2), to "beware of the false prophets, who came to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves" (Matt 7:15), to "examine everything. carefully, hold fast to that which is good" (1 Thess. 21), "with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Tim 2:24), to follow the example of Paul and Apollos who "rigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ" (Acts 18:28). There are but a few of the marching orders for the call to ministry.
The inerrant Word of God (2 Tim 3:i6-17) whereby the gospel is preached which is "the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth" (Rom 1:16) is the weapon of our evangelism. As Hebrews 4:12 states, "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." This is the evangelical missionary methodology of Christian Debater — to bring the Biblical perspective to a culture that is almost completely ignorant of it. to bring Christian truth, Christian answers to those who, as the Prophet Isaiah said, have made "lies...and falsehoods" their refuge (Isa 28:15); to smash lies and falsehoods with the "hammer" of God's Word (Jer 23:29).
We are not afraid to stand up for Jesus Christ in public forums or wherever the Lord leads. Of course this type of ministry is not for the faint of heart and very often leads to the same type of suffering and persecution that we find in the book of Acts. But as the old saying goes, "one life will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last," and as Paul said, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:14). Amen!
Christian Debater(tm) Statement of Faith
We believe in one God who is eternally existent in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and that He created everything ex nihilo (out of nothing) for His own pleasure and purpose.
We believe that the 66 books that comprise the Bible are the plenary, verbal inspired Word of God, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts, and the guide and final authority in matters of faith and day to day life, interpreted by the Holy Spirit to each individual believer.
We believe in the existence and personality of Satan, his complete opposition to God and his power over the unregenerate.
We believe that man was created perfectly in the image of God, and when he sinned, mankind incurred both physical and spiritual death; thus man became eternally separated from God and is incapable of providing redemption for himself.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father through the Holy Spirit, and was born of the Virgin Mary, and is true man without ceasing to be God. Thus He is the God-man.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ lived a perfect and sinless life that fully pleased His Father; that He gave Himself of His own free will to be the sacrifice for the redemption of man and that He bore the judgment demanded by God's holy justice against sin, thus making it possible for God to remain just and yet at the same time to justify those who believe in His Son Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ rose in a glorified but human body from the dead, never to die again, and ascended to the right hand of the Father where, as high priest of His church, He mediates between God and man for those who are repentant believers.
We believe that those who by faith alone and through no merit of their own receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are miraculously born again of the Holy Spirit and become children of God and are partakers of eternal life.
We believe that the Holy Spirit baptizes all true believers into the one true Church, his Body; that He indwells them eternally, bestows spiritual gifts upon them, and empowers them for service and holy living.
We believe that the Scriptures have given us everything pertaining to life and godliness, including not only salvation from the penalty of sin but instruction in righteousness for present sanctification and victorious living to the glory of God.
We believe that two ordinances, neither of which is essential to salvation, are to be observed by all believers in obedience to our Lord until His return: baptism and the Lord's Supper.
We believe that at death the souls of the redeemed pass immediately into Christ's presence, to remain there until the resurrection of the body at Christ's return for His bride. We also believe that at death the souls of the lost go to Hell, where they will remain until they are brought before Christ at the Great White Throne final judgment to be judged according to their works and cast into the Lake of Fire, there to remain eternally.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ will one day return for His Church to gather them as He promised.
The Christian Debater Staff
Christian Debater(tm) P.O. Box 144441 Austin, TX 78714