a day when historic Biblical Fundamentalists are being derided for antiquated
views, it is refreshing to pause and remember that Fundamentalism is RIGHT
because it is Scripturally correct.
Fundamentalism is right in its affirmation of a magnified Scripture:
Fundamentalists believe in the Biblical doctrine of verbal plenary inspiration
(II Tim. 3:16-17). Despite subtle attempts to downgrade the Scripture,
Fundamentalists know that God has magnified His Word above all His name
(Ps. 138:2). Genuine Fundamentalists also adhere to the doctrine of verbal
preservation (Ps. 12:6-7), believing that God has supernaturally preserved
His Word via the Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Received Texts. By faith they
also accept the fact the KJV is the preserved Word of God in English;
a reliable translation that can be trusted with full confidence.
Fundamentalism is right in its adoration of a magnificent Savior:
To Biblical Fundamentalists, Christ is the pre-eminent one (Col. 1:18)
and the believer's "all and in all" (Col. 3:16). Christ is the
Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, the Rose of Sharon, the
Altogether Lovely One and the Fairest of Ten Thousand to the soul. To
Fundamentalists, "He must increase, but I must decrease" (John
3:30), is not a meaningless pledge, it is a major practice.
Fundamentalism is right in its assessment of a modern Society:
Fundamentalists know that moral, spiritual and social conditions will
continue their degraded downhill slide (II Tim. 3:1-8) as "evil men
and seducers wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived" (II
Tim. 3:14). They also know that Christ is "not of the world"
(John 17:14), and that He died to "deliver" them "from
this present evil world" system (Gal. 1:4).
Fundamentalism is right in its activity in a missionary Strategy:For
Fundamentalists, the Great Commission mandate constitutes "the marching
orders of the church" (Mark 16;15). The fulfillment of the Great
Commission's three injunctions to evangelize, baptize and catechize [instruct/teach]
occupy the first, foremost and primary place in all local church planning
endeavors (Matt. 28:18-20). Soul-winning evangelism, both home and abroad
(Acts 1:8) takes precedence over all other legitimate Christian activities.
Fundamentalism is right in its adherence to a mandated Separation:
True Fundamentalists embrace personal (Eph. 5: 7 & 11) and ecclesiastical
separation (II Cor. 6:14-18), obeying the scriptural truths that command
withdrawal from both apostates (II John 7-11) and compromising believers
(II Thess. 3:6). For Fundamentalists, these admonitions are not optional
but obligatory (I Tim. 6:3-11). For obedient Fundamentalists, separation
from disobedient saints (II Thess. 3:14) is as binding as separation from
deceptive seducers (Rev. 18:4).
Fundamentalism is right in its appeal to a majestic Spirit: Fundamentalists
know that a militant stance (II Tim. 2:2) and a majestic spirit (Eph.
4:2-3) are not contradictory but complementary. They believe that conviction
and compassion are twin virtues that must be operative in saintly soldiers
at the same time (Acts 20: 27-31). Fundamentalists endeavor to combine
the twin virtues of truth and love in the same Biblical package (Eph.
Fundamentalism is right in its advocacy of a "Maranatha" Shout:
Fundamentalists correctly assert that the next predicted event on God's
prophetic calendar is the imminent any moment rapture of the saints in
the air (I Thess. 4:13-18). Anticipating the "Maranatha" shout
(I Cor. 16:24), Fundamentalists are seeking to fill the rapture "bus"
before our Savior's advent in the skies.
Historic Biblical Fundamentalism is Biblically correct. Fundamentalists
have the right declaration (Scripture), the right deliverer (Savior) and
the right defense (separation). Genuine Fundamentalism is composed of
obedient believers who exalt Christ (I Cor. 2:2), faithfully proclaim
the truths of God's Word (Acts 8:4) and who fervently defend the faith
(Jude 3). D.J.