Today I was kicked out of a Christian apologetics group on Facebook…for doing apologetics.
The reason: I posted an article arguing that praying to saints turns Christianity into pagan polytheism—and when this was deleted I wanted to discuss why.
The admin told me the group was not “focusing on denominational apologetics”.
This puzzled me, since Roman Catholicism is not a denomination of Christianity any more than Mormonism or the Jehovah’s Witnesses. To be a Christian denomination you must at least preach the gospel, if nothing else—but Catholicism does not. I wouldn’t have thought there was any need to argue this case to other evangelicals—even those who haven’t studied church history would know what the Reformation was basically about. It wasn’t like the Reformers were just in the mood for a break from indulgences and working off their salvation on the sacramental treadmill.
Unfortunately I was given no reasons for why members of the group were not allowed to share ways to interact with Catholic claims and refute them. Rather, I was told that if I disagreed, I could leave (with a heart emoticon, because you know how sarcastic nods to love totally make harboring a false gospel okay?)
As someone who had endorsed the group at its inception, and contributed to it many times, I didn’t want to leave; I wanted to resolve the obviously broken policy, or at least discover the reason behind it.
However, further efforts to engage the admin were utterly fruitless. When I asked if my conclusion that Catholicism is a form of polytheism was false—and if not, why she was defending it—I received only the statement that if I continued to discuss it I would be removed from the group.
Well, I explained to her how disrespectful and offensive her attitude was, and got removed as promised.
Now, what do you call a Christian apologetics group that evicts someone for employing apologetics against a false religion?
From what I’ve personally seen, these oxymorons are not uncommon. If you’ve heard of the Christian Apologetics Alliance, which is almost certainly the biggest group on Facebook, you have heard of an oxymoron. (This was not the group I was evicted from today, but I have had the same reaction from the CAA.)
How much trust can we put in Christian apologists who can’t spot false gospels, but shun those who refute them?
Why are the shepherds kicking the sheep out of the pen for pointing out the wolves?