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WHAT'S RIGHT ABOUT FUNDAMENTALISM

          In 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.
          1. 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.
          2. 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.
          3. 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).
          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.
          5. 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).
          6. 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. 4:15).
          7. 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.


Editorial – August-September 2004 The Fundamentalist Digest; Permission granted for reprint, so long as proper credit is given.
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