This is what Peter was referring to in I Peter 3:15, when he exhorted his readers to always be ready to give a “defense” to anyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in you. The word “defense” in this passage is translated from the Greek word apologian and refers to a “well-reasoned reply” or a “thought-out response” to a question or challenge.
Only by owning a coherent, Biblical worldview can we fulfill this admonition: And only by articulating and propagating such a worldview will we see transformation on a local and national scale. Great music and feel-good sermons will not suffice; there must be a change of thinking with a completely new, mental template that is Biblical and Christian.
Interestingly, Luke makes no mention of Paul utilizing any of the modern, popular methods of spiritual warfare. There is no allusion to any demonic principalities over the city, or of Paul dealing with a Diana spirit. There is no mention of warfare intercession or of warring angels. Although these things may have occurred, Luke’s account reveals that Paul focused his time and energy on imparting a new belief system.
Yes, it is time for the church in America to awaken and realize that our ultimate purpose is not to be accepted and liked by modern American culture. Our job is to dismantle the false belief systems of modern culture by preaching, singing and testifying to Biblical truth. We must use every means at our disposal.