Three Effective Christian Comebacks. 
February 28, 2019
Toby Grater

Getting an advantage in a disagreement even though you don’t win the argument.

Someone, somewhere, at work, lunch or family get together makes an offensive remark, something designed to malign, misrepresent, demean, or outright attack your Christian faith. You know you should say something, but you don't know what to say.

You can learn how to respond effectively and survive such an encounter by being prepared with three effective Christian comebacks.

Be prepared. You must be ready. "Always be ready to give an answer (Peter 3:15)," stresses the importance of being prepared. When that disparaging remark is made at the coffee klatch, it's too late to be guessing what you are going to say.

Ask a question. A question will give you an advantage in three ways:

1) It will put you in control of the encounter.

2) It will gain you time to gather your thoughts.

3) It will put your challenger on the defensive.

These comebacks are designed to help you be prepared with what to say even if you don't know in what way or setting a challenge will come. They are not designed to win the argument for you. Sometimes they may simply force a challenger to retreat. If you encounter someone who is truly seeking the truth, this approach will open doors of future opportunity for you to explain the truth of the issue. On the other hand, you may be facing an experienced, knowledgeable, and aggressive challenger. You may feel like you lost ground, but you are to be commended for standing up and not conceding the field without a challenge.

Comeback question #1

What exactly do you mean by that?  

Keep your tone even and interested.


Comeback question #2

Why do you believe that?  

Again, keep your tone even and listen intently to his response, because you really do want to know the answer to this question. It will give you more insight and discernment as to where his heart and mind is.


Comeback question #3

How do you know that?

This is the most directly challenging question and usually is reserved for someone making an untruthful claim about Christ, His Word, or His people. Put this question out there only once and wait and listen through his answer. You may not need to say anymore. Allow him to listen to himself as he tries to defend his position. The purpose is not to start or maintain an argument. You simply challenged his challenge which may  prevent him from making further bold statements in your presence.  Good job. You have stood for the truth just by challenging the untruth.


Warrior of Christ, God does not expect you to win every argument. However, He does want you to stand for Him. You are to be commended that you stood and defended your faith and the truth of God'’s Word.

~ Joel Saint

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