Should Christians Argue?

Written on October 15, 2007

Personally, I really don't enjoy arguing, and there have even been times when I have literally gotten sick to my stomach while getting into arguments on message boards, due to my neurological makeup. But Jude 1:3 exhorts believers to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints". In The Merriam Webster Dictionary, two of the definitions for contend are "to strive in debate" and "argue".

In the next verse, Jude also explained why this must be: "For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago where marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:4).

Acts 17:16-17 says "Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him".

Obviously, Paul was not disputing in order to defend his pride, as many of the post-modern thinkers in our day would probably insist if Paul were on the earth today. But he knew that the eternal salvation of his hearers depended on whether or not they believed the gospel, and that is the real issue which is rarely faced honestly today.

One could say that many of those who teach that we shouldn't argue are also arguing. They are making an argument that we should not argue, and that seems a bit hypocritical to me.

While I do not enjoy arguing, there are just certain situations were it is necessary, not to prove that we are better than anyone else, but to bring more clarity to a subject for the benefit of others.

For more info, here are some related links:

Philosophy vs. Christ (This is one of my articles)

Avoiding Correction? (This is one of my articles)

"Judge Not Lest You Be Judged" (This one is by me, a friend of mine, and one of her friends)

Should Christians Expose Error? By H. A. Ironside

Earnestly Contend, by Dave Hunt

"Paul Disputed..." Acts 17:17, etc. By Dave Hunt

Should Christians Dispute? By Dave Hunt And T. A. McMahon (Radio show)
You can click here to hear this show on You Tube, but only the above link will play the entire show.

Q & A, from The Berean Call

Playing the Pharisee Card