The SPOTSYLVANIA Statement on Christian Apologetics and the Church

(adopted from the Bangor Statement on Christian Apologetics and the Church)

RECOGNIZING that many Americans today either disparage religious belief altogether or are confused about what to believe and are therefore indifferent to religion, and

RECOGNIZING that evangelical Christians and the biblical worldview are more and more under siege in America’s increasingly secular culture, and

RECOGNIZING that in many cases those who profess Christian belief, young and old, are not always well-prepared or confident about articulating a rational basis for their faith, and

RECOGNIZING that as a result of all this there is a growing void and lack of basis for meaning and hope and morality in our nation, and many who are spiritually lost,

RECOGNIZING that there is much evidence that God has historically used apologetics as a key means of effectively addressing the concerns expressed above, 

RECOGNIZING that the discipline of apologetics is not a call to be on “God’s debate team,” but it is to be a discipline that recognizes that our skeptical culture is laced with false ideologies, some of which have crept into the church, and

RECOGNIZING the aforementioned, apologetics is to be used for validating Christian faith and belief, refuting the error that is infiltrating the church, strengthening the church, and reaching the lost with the gospel,

WE THEREFORE CALL ON,  pastors, church leaders, campus ministry leaders, para-local- church organizations, Christian schools, colleges, and Christian believers everywhere, to be creative and resolved in placing a fresh emphasis and priority on equipping believers to practice and promote loving Christian Apologetics in our time, beginning here in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and to do it all in a spirit of hopefulness and with dependence on the Word of God.