“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful to me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
In a day of raging compromise and deluging apostasy, there is a faithful band of uncompromising believers who take literally the exhortation of Jude to contend for the faith. Though unrecognized by the unbelieving world, this unnumbered multitude can be found in every one of the 50 American states and on every continent of the world. The heroic constituents who compose their ranks are called “Biblicist Fundamentalists.”
This is the religious movement with which the F. D. editor unhesitatingly takes his stand and with whom he unreservedly aligns himself. This valiant band possesses the following three unmistakable traits.
THE FAITH OF THE BIBLICIST FUNDAMENTALISTS
Biblicist Fundamentalists believe in and adhere exclusively to the “faith once delivered unto the saints” as Jude described in his epistle, verse three. For Biblicist Fundamentalists, the “faith” is really “the faith!”
They firmly believe that (1) this faith has been delivered: “the faith once delivered unto the saints—Jude 3”; that (2) this faith is being denied: “Now the spirit speaketh expresseth that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils—I Tim. 4:1” and that this (3) this faith must be defended: “But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel—Phil. 1:17.”
The Biblicist Fundamentalists do not limit “the faith” to simply five so-called “Fundamentals,” but include the entire Scriptural record within their scope of essentials to which they ardently adhere and cling. They believe in the centrality of the local N.T. church as God’s divinely ordained organism for both the defense and dissemination of the faith once delivered unto the saints—Matt. 16:18, Acts 2:41-42. These Biblicist Fundamentalists also stand for the distinctive Scriptural truths that constitute genuine N. T. assemblies, such as local church autonomy—Acts 6:5, 13:1-3
Biblicist Fundamentalists also strongly believe in the Great Commission Mandate given by Christ in Matt. 28:18-20 and in its fervent implementation as also delineated in Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:47, John 20:21 and Acts 1:8. They believe that this commission which was reiterated by Christ in all the four Gospels and emphatically repeated in the book of Acts is a mandatory obligation which is their responsibility to fulfill.
Biblicist Fundamentalists believe that God’s Word is (a) perfect—Ps. 19;7, (b) preserved—Ps. 12:6-7, (c) powerful—Heb. 4:12, (d) profitable—II Tim. 3:16-17, (e) pleasurable—Ps. 1:2, (f) prophetical—II Pet. 1:19 and (g) precious—I Sam. 3:1. They also (a) peruse the Word—II Tim. 1:15, they (b) preach the Word—II Tim. 4:2 and they (c) promulgate the Word—Acts 8:4-5.
THE FIGHT OF THE BIBLICIST FUNDAMENTALISTS
Biblicist Fundamentalists are staunch fighters on behalf of this once-delivered faith. They are willing to zealously defend this Scriptural faith against both its (b) traitorous friends from within and its treacherous foes from without—Acts 20:28-31.
While Biblicist Fundamentalists recognize that they live in a world society that is opposed to their activity and presence—John 17:15, they are really “not” part of this world’s ungodly system—John 17:14, 16. Their lives are “not conformed” to “this world”—Rom. 12:1-2, but counter wise they are “conformed” or transformed by the image of Christ—Rom. 8:29 by the Spirit of God who fills their lives with his power—Eph. 5:18.
it comes to their own brethren in Christ, Biblicist Fundamentalists
(a) graciously woo their brethren—
Biblical militancy consumes their un-quenching spirits. As militant defenders of the faith, Biblicist Fundamentalists don’t run and hide when important battles must be fought, but they fight in both the forefront of the battle like Uzziah in II Samuel 11:15, and everywhere their Biblically defensive presence is needed—II Sam. 10:17-18. When the spiritual battle gets heavy and hot, you can always count on them
Similar to the Apostle Paul, their militancy is manifest in (a) their militant labors—Acts 20:20-:21-24, 31, (b) their militant language—I Tim. 1:18, 6:12, II Tim. 2:3-4, and (c) their militant last will and testament before they depart to glory—II Tim. 4;6-8.
Biblicist Fundamentalists combine the needed twin traits of Scriptural militancy—Phil. 1:7 and spiritual majesty—Phil. 1:20, as they effectively wield both sides of the Scriptural sword—Heb. 4:12. For Biblicist Fundamentalists, a strong sword and a sweet sound are not contradictory, they are complementary—Ps. 149:6: “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand.” Like Nehemiah’s wall builders in Neh. 4:16-21, they build while they battle. They hold the sword in one hand and the trowel in the other hand.
Biblicist Fundamentalists know that they desperately need the entire Scripture armour described in Eph. 6:11-18 in order to successfully combat their insidious foes, so they obediently put on all the necessary protective armour delineated in those verses.
THE FUTURE OF BIBLICIST FUNDAMENTALISTS
Biblicist Fundamentalists know that as the Rapture nears, they will face an increased apostate presence in the world where they witness for Christ by their godly lives and verbal testimonies—I Tim. 4:1-2, II Tim. 3:1-6, II Tim. 4:3-4.
While they continue their passionate pursuit of the Great Commission Mandate, they know that their numbers will probably numerically decrease as they watch the approaching terminus of this age —II Tim. 1:8. Such probable decreases, however, do not dampen their spirits, as they enthusiastically seek to glean the harvest about which Christ spoke in John 4:35.
Biblicist Fundamentalists enthusiastically embrace Christ’s Biblical prediction in Matt. 16:18 that “I will build my church.” They believe this promise includes the present age in which they are now living, and in the midst of great opposition and much persecution, Christ’s promise can be literally claimed that “the gates of hell will not prevail” against that which HE is building.
For Biblicist Fundamentalists, the “future is as bright as the promises of God.” The promise of Christ’s imminent any moment return as delineated in John 14:1-6 is a great encouragement to their hearts. Paul’s instruction about the Rapture in I Cor. 15:51-58 and I Thess. 4:13-18 also provide vast consolation and hope. Titus reminds Biblicist Fundamentalists that they should be earnestly “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ—Titus 2:13.”
In a world which is filled with “no hope” and saturated with “false hope,” Biblicist Fundamentalists, with eager anticipation are eagerly waiting for that “blessed hope” in the skies and listening for the sound of that Rapture trumpet!
The F. D. editor is an unashamed unapologetic Biblicist Fundamentalist in both attitude and affirmation. He happily takes his unwavering stand with this crowd that is traveling the road of full adherence to and unquestioning obedience to the inerrant Scriptures—the Biblicists only rule of faith and practice—II Tim. 3:16-17. DJ
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