A Question I Was Asked:

Why Not Just Worship Your God Any Way You Want To?

The Question:

Ok I admit you seem to have knowledge but knowledge isn't everything. Why not just let people worship their God any way they want? Criticism is easy.

UK Apologetics Reply:

I have no doubt that many thousands will indeed, to use your terminology, "worship their God any way they want," my only interest in this matter is Holy Scripture and where that is abused or twisted. If people do not use Scripture for justification for their beliefs and life-style I generally leave them alone; if they do use Scripture (and I feel that they are abusing its essential message) then, yes, I do feel that I have a right to make a few comments upon that as a Christian Apologetics writer. However, UK Apologetics is not an exhaustive listing of any and every biblically-deviant group out there. That is beyond what I am able to accomplish. Mostly I just tackle groups which are brought to my attention.

The fact that I primarily defend Holy Scripture means that I mostly leave the other major religions alone; other Apologetics sites often tackle them but I do not. In fact, from the very start of this internet ministry I have been largely guided by a few words from Jude:

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God's holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. (Jude 3-4).

People started to pervert the messsage of the Christian Gospel even right back in the first century and they have not given up on that. Jude was especially concerned about those who abused the teaching of grace, turning it into a license for immorality, but there are other groups too who craftily subvert the true doctrines. One of the major ones today is those who turn the Gospel message into a message about health, prosperity and business success in this present life. For them, evangelism is money-oriented and money-generating. They see 'success' as a numbers game rather than to help and assist those whom God is presently calling into His church out of this corrupt society. They make merchandise out of the Gospel. It is a sad, sad business indeed.

I want to encourage us all to 'strive for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.' That's where I stand. Could I occasionally be wrong? Most certainly I could, since I am not infallible but, in my defence, I must say that I have read the Bible through cover-to-cover several times, studied the major doctrines of Christianity and studied the two major Bible languages of Hebrew and Greek at university level. More importantly than those things, I hope and believe that our God guides me with His Holy Spirit. Yet even then, I have probably slipped up somewhere or other in certain things I have written for none of us are perfect.

Robin A. Brace. June 17th, 2013.