III. Apologetics is needed because Christians are to faithfully pass on the Good News they received from Christ.
From the very beginning, Christians have always given much attention to the faithful passing on of the Gospel to the next generation, and they warned against those who innovated and distorted the message. For example, when Judaizers in Galatia were distorting the Gospel, incorporating legalistic prescriptions into the message, and members of the church in Galatia were quick to embrace the doctrinal perversion. This prompted a sharp rebuke from Paul:
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel…
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