It is easy to call oneself an apologist. It is a different thing to be a good and effective apologist. There are plenty of bad examples of apologetics for us to learn from. Obviously, I won’t name names. But I will give examples of the apologist that you shouldn’t be.
Don’t be that apologist who is…
- More interested in attacking other orthodox Christians than defending the faith against skeptics.
- Known more for their angry outbursts than for the reasoning of their arguments.
- Not so concerned with accuracy as long as what they presents supports their views.
- Focused more on the winning of the argument than helping the individual.
- Losing their own spiritual life as they read the Bible for only apologetics fodder.
- Always learning but never putting into practice what they learn.
- Making a bad name for apologetics.
- No fun to be around.
Whatever you do, don’t be that apologist.