Deconstructing is a growing topic in Christian circles. It’s where people turn their back on their faith after questioning it. Unfortunately, the Christian celebrities who do it tend to preach their deconstruction.
Skillet frontman John Cooper has always taken issue with it, recently in an Instagram story post. His wife shared it to her feed at https://www.instagram.com/p/CaAXaDQrrWT/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link.
To quote Frank Turek of Cross Examined, “People are talked out of Christianity because they’ve never been talked into it.”
This is a spiritual battle.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8-9
The goal of the enemy is to keep people from God. When a prominent Christian falls, they were taken out. If someone deconstructs, that’s another tally mark added to Satan’s body count.
Jesus told his disciples if it was possible, even the very elect (born-again believers) would be deceived (Matthew 24:24).
“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”1 John 2:18-23
This is where apologetics, also known as Christian Case-making, comes in. I wrote two posts investigating Christianity:
They’re based on a book by a detective named J. Warner Wallace that’s titled Cold-Case Christianity. I did a review on it here.
He was an atheist who simultaneously investigated Mormonism and Christianity. His niche is evidential apologetics, my preferred area as well.
He wrote three other books: God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe, Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith, and his latest Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World that Rejects the Bible.
His website is coldcasechristianity.com.
Bulletproof your faith. Rest assured, the questions you ask have been asked before.
“Now faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding onto things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change whatever view your reason takes.
I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods and which Christianity looked terribly probable.”
“This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why faith is such a necessary virtue: Unless you tell your moods where to get off, you can Never be either a sound Christian or a sound atheist. Just a creature dithering to and fro.”
“Consequently one must train the habit of faith. The first step is to recognize the fact that your mood change. The next is to make sure that, if you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately Held before your mind for some time every day. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed.”
C.S Lewis in Mere Christianity
Hank Hanegraaff, The Bible Answer Man, said, “Instead of being crushed by a gigantic snowball of questions, let your questions increase your awe for God. If we could figure God out, He’d be a pretty small God.”
I’ve written a lot on this over the years. However, for the sake of brevity, I’ll link the posts here:
If you’re a believer, I ask you this: can your faith stand up to questioning?
If you’re not a believer, we need to see if it’s a head or a heart issue. So this is how we’ll gauge it.
If Christianity was true, would you follow Jesus?
Reflect on these questions.