Offensive Offense

Here is a football question for all of you armchair quarterbacks/coaches/whatever.

What would be your chances if you were coaching a team if you played the whole game with your offensive team? The other team is still employing offense, defense, and special teams, but your team just used your offensive squad trained in offense for the entire game? Whad’ya think–hmmm?

This is pretty much what the Church has done. It trains its people and focuses all of its stratagems and tactics on offense alone. That is to say making converts and it is not working. Perhaps you disagree, and of course that is your right, but the empirical data would not support your position.

In my new release, Before the Final Trump, I chronicle some of the numbers presented by the Barna Group and they are pretty scary. Exemplar is 91% of professing born-again believers do not have a biblical worldview and 47% think Jesus is not the only way to heaven. Then Barna looked at the Church’s leadership and discovered 51% of Protestant pastors don’t have a biblical worldview either!

This is the resultant of decades of building an “offensive squad” with no thought for what The Coach’s plan laid out in the Bible really says. Two parts of His strategy that are either misunderstood or ignored or both. They are to make disciples[1] and to contend for[2] and defend[3] the faith.

These are all in the imperative in the Greek—they are commands, not suggestions. Why do we take them as such? This is why the Christian Church is getting killed on the field.

What do you say to someone who says the Bible is myths and fables? Do you quote them a Bible verse? That won’t work!

Or what if they hit you with “if there is a God, why is there evil and suffering in the world? What do you say–do you have answers? Or is Allah the same as the God of the Bible?

I think The Coach is telling us we need to be making disciples. We need to be learning and teaching apologetics and what used to be called “comparative religion.”

What do you think?

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God . . . yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. Hebrews 6:1, 9.


[1] Matthew 28: 19-. . . make disciples of all nations . . . .

[2] Jude 1:3– I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

[3] 1 Peter 3: 15-. . . honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you . . . .

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