King Ahaz of Judah learned the hard way that a refusal to stand and confess the truths revealed by the Lord leads only to disaster. Today, many professing evangelicals are repeating Ahaz’s error, diminishing the importance of difficult but crucial doctrines. But if the church is going to crash the gates of hell, she must reaffirm and recommit herself to the essential truths of the Christian faith, as Alistair Begg, James Boice, Sinclair Ferguson, John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, R.C. Sproul Jr., and others remind us in Ligonier Ministries’ 1997 National Conference, “Essential Truths of the Christian Faith.”
The apostle Peter lived in a faithless world. Most people didn’t know the Gospel. Many viciously attacked it. In this context Peter wrote, “Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (I Peter 3:15). Our world is like Peter’s. Knowledge of Christian truth fades; hostility toward the faith flourishes. And we, fearing ridicule and exclusion, too often remain silent about the hope within us. No longer. Ligonier Ministries’ 1995 National Conference, “Defending the Faith in a Faithless World,” prepares you to answer those who challenge God’s glorious …
James Montgomery Boice was a Reformed theologian, Bible teacher, and pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia from 1968 until his death in 2000. He is heard on The Bible Study Hour radio broadcast and served as Chairman of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy for over ten years. He was also a founding member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.