Polemics is defined as "an aggressive attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another, as in denouncing heresy." This is in related to apologetics, which is defined as "...that branch of Christian theology which seeks to provide a rational justification for the truth claims of the Christian faith." Polemics is in fact, defensive apologetics.
The Bible clearly commands us to practice both of these disciplines, but it must be in love. For example, in reference to polemics, Paul said to the Corinthians, "For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough (2 Corinthians 11:1-4)." This statement implies that the Corinthians were putting up with false teaching too much.
The Bible is clear on the essential doctrines and the fact that there are many false doctrines, heresies and cults does not mean that the truth of the Bible is not clear. It simply means that people are not naturally inclined to accept the truth and will twist it however they can. However, Orthodox Christianity has always agreed on the essential doctrines.FOOTNOTES:
1. Ron Carson & Ed Decker. Fast Facts on False Teachings, pg 7.
2. Craig, William Lane. Reasonable Faith (3rd Edition), pg 15.
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