Yesterday, we talked about how Fundamentalism is misrepresented by Theological Modernists and Liberals. For easy identification, they’ve begun to use the title of “theological progressive” lately.
Today, let’s look at some ways Fundamentalism is misrepresented!
Yes, we can be. But you know what? The Bible tells us to. I knew a Charismatic growing up who was just very serious about one thing. He would tell me that if I didn’t get born again, I’d burn in Hell forever. He didn’t apologize about it. He just was very serious. And we could go on after that talking about war movies and John Wayne and related stuff after that, but he was serious about it. And he was an Evangelical, not a Fundamentalist! The truth is, the Bible commands us over and over again to identify those who have wrong beliefs, are false teachers, teach things that aren’t biblical, live in open rebellion to God, etc. The Bible COMMANDS us to to do it!
- Psalm 1:1–2 1 Blessed is the man That walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor standeth in the way of sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; And in his law doth he meditate day and night.
- Proverbs 14:15 The simple believeth every word: But the prudent man looketh well to his going.
- Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
- 2 Corinthians 6:14–18 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
- 2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
- 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
- 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
- 1 Timothy 6:3–5 3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
- 1 Timothy 6:20–21 20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
- 2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
- 2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
- Titus 3:9–11 9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
- Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
- James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
- 2 John 7–11 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
The implication about being a Fundamentalist is that you’re “Close-minded”. What does that mean? Since “Open Minded” is a synonym for “Atheist”, then “Close minded” means that you believe in God. I’ll wear that proudly! Open minded can also mean your brains fell out, and close minded means you still have them! 😉
Tune in tomorrow for more!