More than ever we need a solid apologetic for the faith. We need a clear strategy for evangelism and apologetics. We are surrounded by, both inside the Church and outside, a culture that has abandoned Christianity.
Even many who profess Christ and the basic doctrines of the faith, those ‘agnostics with collars,’ exist within the church and sometimes control entire denominations. In some cases, there are bishops with full episcopal juristiction who do not believe in the same ‘Christ’ as faithful believers have for 2000 years.
What, then, do the faithful do? What then do orthodox laity and clergy do? There is the obvious answer. Leave. Form a new ‘province’ or ‘communion’ or ‘house church’ or ‘denomination,’ or whatever you want to call it. Is there another strategy?
What would Christ do in the face of apostasy? I’m not sure. We only have one example of Jesus facing obvious apostasy. This was when Judas turned him in for 30 pieces of silver. What did Jesus do with Judas? The same thing he did with Peter the denier and all the disciples who abandoned him. He washed their feet. He was Judas’ servant as much as he was the ‘beloved disciple’s.’ Can we do no less? But what might this look like?