Although the word fundamentalist is often used in contempt towards Bible believing Christians, fundamentalism can be a good thing or a bad thing. A fundamentalist is just simply someone who goes by the fundamentals of their belief system. Someone is not a Christian at all if they don't go by the fundamentals of Christianity - and if they are not going by the fundamentals of Christianity, then they are simply going by the fundamentals of some other belief system. Even if someone is an atheist, they still have beliefs, and they go by the fundamentals of their belief system. So whether or not someone is a fundamentalist is clearly not the issue. The real issue is what fundamentals they go by. Yet the word "fundamentalist" has now become a word that many will throw around in order to marginalize anyone who disagrees with them, just like the glorious name "Christian" was first given to followers of Christ by their critics (See Acts 11:26). History repeats itself as Christ's true followers are continually marginalized and persecuted by those who are "of the world" (John 15:19). The word fundamentalist is commonly used to scorn biblical Christians more than anyone else, and this often appears to be an attempt to obscure the real issues.
I have addressed these issues in more detail in my two articles titled Avoiding Correction? and Unwittingly Proving The Bible to be True, but I have decided to post this article to further clarify these issues, and also so I and others will have a more brief response on this site to share with post-modernists.
While the term "religious fundamentalism" is often used to describe something that someone views as a threat (including biblical Christianity), Christianity is in fact not about being religious, but it is simply a relationship with God - Something that every man made religion in this world lacks. Religion is something that man has come up with, but God did not come out of the minds of man - He created us! So I think he deserves some respect for that. It is God who has the final say - not me or anyone else (See my article titled God's Word is The Final Word). So I think we ought to find out what He has to say rather than just merely following man's ideas and speculations, and that is all I am asking here. I am not trying to push anything on anyone, but I am just simply asking people to follow God alone.
Christian fundamentalists are also regarded as people who take the Bible literally. As one who goes by the fundamentals of Christianity, I take the Bible literally when it is meant to be taken literally, but that does not mean that I take everything in the Bible literally. Anyone who knows the Bible should know that there are clearly some places in the Bible where it is meant to be taken literal, and there are other places where it uses figures of speech to help us better understand profound spiritual truths. But I have continually found that those who do not know the Bible are only people who do not seem to grasp this. They may have read a few verses here and there, but it is always obvious to me, through their own words, that they have never really studied the Bible with an open heart and mind. The fact that many people accuse Bible believing Christians of taking everything in the Bible literal only reveals their ignorance of what we believe in the first place, as well as their ignorance of the Bible. Many of them are simply not thinking for themselves, but they are going by what they have heard man say about those "narrow minded fundamentalists" (Check out what Jesus Himself said about the "narrow way" in Matthew 7:13-14 and Luke 13:23-24.)
Biblical Christians are often thought of as people who should be more open minded. However, while many people are so proud of being more "open minded" than those who disagree with them (sometimes without even knowing what the person who disagrees with them believes in the first place - is that really open minded??), it is plain to see that their minds have been so open to everything that they have really been CLOSED to the idea that something might be right and something else wrong. A non-Christian Chicago philosophy professor named Allan Bloom has even wrote a book on that subject titled "The Closing of the American Mind". It is about the closing of the American mind through openness to everything!
I am not going to tell anyone to follow a philosophy professor - I only hope that people will follow God alone rather than merely following the teachings of any mere man or women - but I am just making the point that the contradictory post-modern mindset in America is so obviously irrational that anyone can see that, including those who are not Christians.
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"Are We Fundamentalists?", by Peter Masters
TBC Notes: Back to the Fundamentals
The Importance of Fundamentalism - Part one, by T.A. McMahon
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Playing the Pharisee Card
The Intolerance of Tolerance, by Don Carson (You Tube Video)
Biblical versus Postmodern Thinking
The Users Guide To Postmodern Christianity
"Christianity" And Satanism: Which Is More Deceptive?
Persecution, by Warren Smith (You Tube Video)
Seduction: A Primer for Persecution? By T.A. McMahon
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Are You Spiritual But Not Religious? (This is one of my articles)
Personal Being or Silly Putty God? (This is one of my articles)
What About God's Truth? (This is one of my articles)
The Persecutors And The Persecuted (This is one of my articles)
An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith, by Dave Hunt (Radio Series)
Seeking And Finding God, by Dave Hunt (Radio Series)
When is The Bible Literal, And When is it Not? By Dave Hunt And T. A. McMahon (Radio Show)
Is the Bible Mostly Allegory? By Dave Hunt And T. A. McMahon (Radio Show)
Will American Christians Ever Be Persecuted? By Dave Hunt And T.A. McMahon (Radio Show)
Should Christians be More Open Minded? By Dave Hunt And T. A. McMahon (Radio Show)
Christianity...From Classical to Post-Modern, by Dave Hunt and T. A. McMahon (Radio Show)
What is Post-Modernism? By Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon (Radio Show)
WIDE IS THE GATE - The Emerging New Christianity, Volume 1 (DVD)
WIDE IS THE GATE: The Emerging New Christianity, Volume 2 (DVD)
WIDE IS THE GATE: The Emerging New Christianity, Volume 3 (DVD)
2013 Wide Is The Gate Conference (MP3's)
In Defense of The Faith, by Dave Hunt (Radio Series)
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