Combating Unbelief exists to encourage and equip the saints to proclaim the truth with clarity and conviction.
Our conviction comes from the urgency our mission demands. If Hell exists, and if the gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16), then complacency and indifference aren’t luxuries the Christian can afford. We believe in emphasizing the reality of Hell and God’s judgment to sinners for three reasons:
1) To make the good news of the gospel clear – it is all of grace. We have found that most people in our culture do not believe that they deserve God’s judgement, and therefore have no understanding of their need for a savior or grace. We believe that a sinner must first realize their hopeless and bleak standing before a holy God before they can realize the mercy and grace of a loving God.
2) To urge Christians to get on mission. We have found that many in the churches of our culture do not live with a reality of Hell in the forefront of their minds. We proclaim the reality of Hell to Christians in hopes to urge them to be active in their attempt to rescue non-believers with the gospel message.
3) To drive Christians to their knees in heartfelt prayer for non-believers. We desire that every Christian would be active in sharing the gospel, but we also believe that every Christian should feel the weight of eternity before talking about it. It is important to agonize about the reality of Hell before going out and talking about the reality of Hell so as to avoid presenting the gospel with a lack of seriousness and urgency.
Having conviction isn’t enough. You could have the best intentions with false information and cause more harm to the mission than good. We believe that every believer should have a firm theological foundation of the gospel and its associated doctrines. Therefore we provide articles, resources and training on various doctrinal issues pertaining to the gospel.
Presenting with Clarity:
Once you have a firm understanding of the truth of the gospel, it’s important to be able to present the truth in words and ways our culture can understand or relate to. Our goal is to offer training and resources to help Christians contextualize the gospel without compromising the message, as well as equip Christians with reasonable answers to the questions people are actually asking.
We Encourage By:
- Teaching in churches and groups and providing resource that show what the bible says about the fate of the lost, and the reward of the believer for rescuing them
- Witnessing to unbelievers in one-on-one conversations and open air preaching
We Equip By:
- Contending for and teaching the true gospel
- Teaching in churches and groups about the gospel, worldviews, practical evangelism and apologetics
- Answering frequently asked questions about apologetics, doctrine and evangelism
- Providing free resources and teachings online
- Providing free gospel tracts for download
We are not a local church, nor are we affiliated with one specific denomination. Rather, we represent the universal body of Christ consisting of several denominations that hold to the essential tenants of the Christian faith. Our ministry focus is on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, any topics that are considered as controversial, in-house discussions (such as Calvinistic predestination or speaking in tongues) are avoided. This is in an effort to avoid disunity in the church so that we can be more effective in our efforts of winning the lost. We welcome all Christians who can agree to our statement of unity.
Why call it “Combating Unbelief”?
The reason this site is called “Combating Unbelief” is because I want to express two main elements:
The First Element is War:
We as Christians are not called to a life of peace in this world, but to a life of war. The bible is full of wartime language used to describe the life of a believer, and our mission demands wartime urgency.
Psalm 18:34 “He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze”
2 Corinthians 10:4 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds”
Ephesians 6:10-12 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
1 Timothy 1:18 “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well”
1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
2 Timothy 2 “join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”
Christianity isn’t a passive country club religion for the weak. When you become a Christian you escape captivity and become a warrior. We must first wage war against the sin in our own lives, and then take the battle outside by combating unbelief in the world.
The Second Element is Unbelief:
I believe that the primary source of all sin and disobedience towards God is unbelief. By unbelief I mean wavering in commitment towards accepting what God has revealed as truth. It’s seeing or hearing what God says is true and not accepting it as truth intellectually and/or practically. This book is designed to expose unbelief in 3 areas, and teach how to war against unbelief so that we can be effective for Christ in those three areas.
First, Combating Unbelief in Ourselves
I spent 22 years of my life thinking that I did believe the gospel, when in reality I didn’t. I said that I believed in God, but I lived like an atheist – as if God didn’t exist. It’s one thing to flippantly say “I believe the bible” or “I believe that Jesus is Lord”; it’s another thing to actually live that way. If what you say you believe doesn’t affect what you do, then you don’t believe what you think you do.
As humans, we have the remarkable ability to convince ourselves of things that we intrinsically know are not true, and actually believe the lie. Romans 1:18 says that we suppress the truth in our wickedness. We can convince ourselves that we believe something, when in all actuality we really don’t. So the first phase of warring against unbelief is exposing it in ourselves.
Second, Combating Unbelief in Our Churches
I believe that most Christians (though we affirm the reality of hell verbally and intellectually) deny the reality of hell practically. If we really believed the implications of the gospel and the reality of hell, American Christianity would look a whole lot different; from our outreaches to our retreats; our programs to our sermons; our prayer meetings to our gospel invitations. The reality that hell exists and that most people go there seems to be avoided, or swept under the rug. We need to ask the question: do I really believe that people are going to hell? If the answer is “yes”, then what are the practical implications for us as the body of Christ?
Lastly, Combating Unbelief in Our Culture
In the Western world, we live in a predominantly secular society. Though many will profess belief in God or “a higher power”, hardly any live that way. God has called the church to be salt and light in order to change the culture we live in. My fear is that many in the church have let their light become darkness and lost their saltiness. Therefore rather than the church impacting the culture, our culture has impacted the church. One of the goals of this site is to expose the fallacies that our culture holds to, some of which the church has adopted. I also hope to equip you with the weapons of truth that are needed to actively fight on the offense against the unbelief in our culture.
So in conclusion, the goal of Combating Unbelief is to expose the source of unbelief in three main areas: in ourselves, in the church, and in our culture; and replace it with the truth of who God is and what we are to do in response to Him. We must ask the question: do we really believe what we think we do? My hope is that through these resources, you would come face to face with that question, take it to God, and wrestle with it until you can confidently answer with a resounding “YES”!
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. As soldiers for God’s kingdom, it is our job to know the word, live the word, and spread the word as fast and as far reaching as possible.