A Question I Was Asked:

Would It Be Acceptable to Deny the Lord if our Lives Were Endangered?

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Would it still be wrong to deny your faith in Jesus if it was to save your life, e.g. in a situation where religious fanatics are killing Christians?
I know Matt 10:32-33 says "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven." (NKJV).
But could it be argued that the above scripture applies to situations where Christians deny God to try and "fit in" with society, but not necessarily in a life or death situation?
What does a Christian dying have to do with spreading the gospel, rather isn't it better to keep living in order to spread the gospel?
What do you think?

UK Apologetics Reply:

I cannot give a nice, clean answer, or a 'pleasant' answer here; one would need to pray for guidance in any such situation but, perhaps regretfully, I am not entirely swayed by your argument. Also, a Christian life is about more than simply to keep living in order to keep spreading the Gospel, it is also about honesty before God, faithfulness and to always rely on God even in the most seemingly hopeless situations. God is our rescuer and deliverer - yes, even in situations where we must die a physical death.

4. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. (Luke 12:4-5).

14. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. (Psalm 116:14-15).

So it is the Lord Who is our deliverer - not our cunning choice of words in a situation in which our lives could be in danger. One needs to be guided by the words of our Lord in the Bible and by our consciences.

Robin A. Brace. December 9th, 2019.