But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Bellator Christi - Apologetic Report

By: Brian Chilton | February 23, 2017

Today after finishing my message for Sunday, I was perusing the halls of social media when an article caught my attention. I noticed that Rob Bell is at it again. Bell is no stranger to controversy. Bell recently denied the existence of hell in his infamous book...

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One of the more difficult aspects of Christianity to understand is the Triune nature of God. One God exists in three persons, or essences: God the Father (Yahweh), God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. But does the Bible teach the doctrine or is it a late invention of the church? Some...

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By: Brian Chilton | February 21, 2017

Biblical interpretation is not always easy. Unfortunately, many of the attacks against Christianity come from improper interpretation by both antagonists of the faith and proponents of the faith. Sadly, many Christian teachers and preachers have been guilty of...

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God changes lives. Through Christ, God reaches individuals and changes their lives for the better. God can take a person in the deepest depths of darkness and bring them into the light of his glory. While every testimony is a story of great redemption, some stories leave us amazed at the power of...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:41

How to ERASE Logical Fallacies - Bellator Christi

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By: Kenneth Samples | February 16, 2017

From: “reflectionsbyken.wordpress.com”

An essential skill to develop—particularly if you intend to discuss the truth of your faith with others—is how to understand, evaluate, and present a logical argument. Though it might seem complex...

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We have been going through a series discussing the fundamentals of the Christian faith. The series has adopted the name from C. S. Lewis’ classic work, Mere Christianity. Thus far, we have noted the following crucial doctrines:

1) God is exclusive, eternal, transcendent (beyond...

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By: Brian Chilton | February 14, 2017

Not much is known about the mysterious saint known as Saint Valentine of Rome. According to the best sources available, Valentine proclaimed his Christian faith to those in and around Rome. The governor placed Valentine on trial. Valentine pleaded the case for...

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In modern evangelicalism, the term “biblical inerrancy” has become a hot-bed of controversy. Biblical inerrancy simply means that the Bible is without errors. A battle is brewing within Christian evangelicalism over biblical inerrancy. More radical opponents to the doctrine have...

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By: Brian Chilton | February 9th, 2017

I remember the wonderful opportunity I had with my wife a few years ago. The Dead Sea Scrolls were displayed at an exhibit at the Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina. My wife and I had the opportunity to see many of the marvelous scrolls found in...

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Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing the fundamentals of Christianity in the series named after C. S. Lewis’ great book Mere Christianity. Thus far, we have confirmed the following fundamentals:

1) God is exclusive, eternal, transcendent (beyond creation), and personal...

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By: Brian Chilton | February 7, 2017

On this website, I have posted many articles on the Christian’s need to engage in apologetics. Apologetics being the defense of the Christian faith. I have noted with great frequency the intellectual need to know what one believes and why one believes it....

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Among the more controversial issues in society is the issue of abortion. However, Christianity has stressed the importance of life throughout its history spanning two millennia. Ancient Greeks and Romans had abortions and also killed their unwanted children by a process called...

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By: Kenneth Samples | February 3, 2017

As the nonscientist on RTB’s five-person staff scholar team, I sometimes feel like the odd man out. Because I’m a philosopher, I often look at things and think about things very differently than my science colleagues. The questions that I tend to...

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Last week, we began a new series named after C. S. Lewis’ classic book Mere Christianity. This series examines the core fundamental beliefs of the Christian religion. Last week, Pastor Brian discussed the core essentials of God’s being. This week, Pastor Brian discusses the...

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Brian Chilton | January 31, 2017

Recently, I posted an article discussing the exclusivity of Christ. Among the difficult doctrines of the faith, the exclusivity of Christ is perhaps the most inconvenient due to its implications. In popular society, it is not polite to say that only one view is...

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As time progresses, it seems that the Christian church faces more and more obstacles in an increasingly secularized culture. How are the pastor and laity to respond to such challenges? On today’s edition of The Bellator Christi Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Mike Spaulding. Mike received his...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 06:16

Faith Without Reason is Dead - Bellator Christi

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By: Jason Kline | January 25th, 2017

A major crisis in the Church is how many believers lack a depth of understanding about the Christian faith.  What this means is that a good many of us cannot explain what we believe to another person let alone explain why we believe it. As a result it shows...

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By: Brian Chilton | January 23, 2017

A good friend of mine recently discussed a problem that he had. According to my friend, a certain Christian group had used intimidation tactics on his daughter in an attempt to bring her to salvation. Let me preface this discussion by saying that intimidation...

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Apologetics is the enterprise of defending a set of beliefs or a worldview. Anyone who defends a particular belief is called an apologist. Atheists themselves have apologists. Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, and Sam Harris are among the more notable atheist apologists of our time. Christianity...

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Brian Chilton | January 22, 2017.

The great C. S. Lewis wrote, what many consider to be his magnum opus, Mere Christianity. “Mere Christianity” refers to the fundamental elements of the Christian faith. It is those things which are absolutely necessary to make Christianity what...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:47

Is it Wrong to Question God? - Bellator Christi

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By: Jason Kline | January 19, 2017

I am often counseled that we should never, under any circumstance, question God. To an extent I agree. To a greater extent, I disagree. To the extent I agree, only if questioning God means a deliberate rebellion against the counsel and will of God. To the greater...

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In our last article, we presented the first four of the eight major worldviews. As we noted, this is a revision to a previous article that only listed six. The first article in this series presented the worldviews known as atheism/naturalism, agnosticism, pantheism, and panentheism. This article...

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By: Brian Chilton | January 17, 2017

Before the website transferred from pastorbrianchilton.wordpress.com to bellatorchristi.com, I had written an article on the major worldviews across the globe. I presented six major worldviews at the time. While I still think the previous article treated the most...

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Monday, 16 January 2017 09:12

BCP: 8 Major Worldviews - Bellator Christi

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A worldview is the generalized set of beliefs that construct how one views the world, humanity, God, and their environment. In order to know how to approach a person with a Christian apologetic, it is imperative that the apologist knows what the person’s starting point is. The starting point...

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