Critical Thinking

Will The Real Fundamentalists Please Stand Up?


“because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I will spit you out of my mouth” (Rev 3:16).

I remember when fundamental meant a good thing! It meant that something was of paramount importance and that the person who held views of paramount importance did not easily sway to opposing values.

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Eph 4:14).

The word is now one to be avoided, because if you’re a fundamental in this progressive society, you’re as relevant as a cassette player in a digital age! Rather than be fundamental, we should be ‘open-minded’, always asking questions and never coming to the knowledge of the Truth or believing anything as definite. I’m sorry, but I don’t buy that!

“…they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven” (Mark 4:12)!

I follow a Fundamentalist. He is the Real Fundamentalist. He went so far as to say that our eyes, ears and hands are disposable, should they hinder us from abiding by the will of God. Your redefinition of truth doesn’t change the fact that He is the Truth! Your progressive understanding of love doesn’t change the fact that He is Love.

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” (I Cor 3:19).

He said if they persecuted Him, they will surely persecute me too. If they call Him wicked, I can expect no higher honour. So here I stand – a fundamentalist living in ‘progressive’ world. When He returns, I will still be fundamentally about my Father’s business.

“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith” (Phil 3:8-9).

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  1. The Pharisees were also fundamentalists. They took Scripture literally when it spoke about Elijah returning in Malachi 4:5 and therefore rejected the spiritual explanation (Luke 1:17) that made John the Baptist (Matthew 11:10-14) a fulfilment of the prophecy. They rejected Jesus because they were real fundamental. They studied Scripture diligently and yet never saw God, heard God or had God’s word in them.

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    • I understand them. My understanding in built on the Wisdom of Christ. Like Paul, I do understand that the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. God stands for something and I must stand for something. You may question everything, that’s your prerogative.

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      • I think we actually have a similar understanding. You are not a *Biblical* fundamentalist, you believe in the Spirit that gives life and that is what I was wanting to clarify…

        I believe there is a vast difference between a “Biblical Fundamentalist” and person who believes that obedience to the Spirit is fundamental to faith. One is a religious person and the other is a spiritually alive person.

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  2. The Pharisee thing is thrown about quite often when someone holds a more conservative view than someone else. A true, Christ-like fundamentalist knows that 1) they have to stand firm for the truth, 2) they must demand biblical authority, 3) both 1 and 2 must be exercised in a spirit of love and humility. (The humility being that you recognize God and not yourself as an authority and that you are no greater than anyone else). Remember that, as much as Jesus chided the Pharisees about their hypocrisy and letter-of-the-law attitude, he also admired their zeal for perfection.

    If one is a fundamentalist with no humility and only care about how right they are and how wrong everyone else is, then I would agree, that person is pharisaical. But simply being conservative in one’s approach to the bible does not equal phariseeism.

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  3. Anyone ever hearing of propaganda and manipulation? Or how about the dialectic for divide and conquer? Could it be the Fundamentalist term for the terrorists was intended to cause a backlash against anyone who used the term for the more conservative believers in the West? Our intellectual superficiality in the West has become our undoing, I fear. We have good reason to take a more careful look at the Bible as to its intellectual depths, subtleties, dazzling uses of all fields of knowledge to display the wisdom of God, fields that we might not even know exist today. And what a shame, when we have been going to the stars for 30-40 years, if not more (even as far back as the 40s as some suggest).

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