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The Doctrines of Fundamentalism: So What?

November 1, 2010

The last few articles have served to enunciate the major fields of battle on which the fundamentalists engaged the modernists during the first half of the last century.  Those articles do nothing more than introduce the issues.  The purpose of this series is not to defend those great truths, though they must still be vigorously defended.  The purpose of this series to consider fundamentalism as a movement, beginning with its historical context, so we may better understand fundamentalism today.  As was said in a previous article, I am a fundamentalist.  I am not willing to reject or modify that term, for I believe it still accurately reflects the reality of where I stand within the larger body of professing Christianity.

If my purpose is not to defend the doctrines of Christology, Bibliology, and the attendant issues, what is the point of introducing them into this series?  That’s a very good question, which I am glad you asked.  The point is, the issues for which early fundamentalists fought are still the issues for which modern fundamentalists must be fighting.  Though the shape and weapons of the battle have changed some over the years, the issues have not.  The issues of the battle determine the relationships of the combatants.  Those who deny these core doctrines are in clear opposition to those who hold unapologetically to them.  The early fundamentalists realized there could be no fellowship in the conventions between these two opposing groups.  These doctrines became dividing lines which severed relationships, split conventions and divided churches.  Though there were issues that sprang up and furthered divisions, the main dividing line was what one did with these doctrines.

If we are going to follow the pattern set by the early fundamentalists, who were following the Bible’s teaching regarding fellowship with apostasy, then we must set these fundamental doctrines as the dividing lines for our fellowship.  Those who deny the Deity, perfection, resurrection or substitutionary atonement of Christ, specifically deny the gospel message.  The gospel they preach is a false gospel.  The only response available to true believers is a clear separation from those who pervert the gospel message.  John says this very plainly in 2 John 1:10-11, “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partakers of his evil deeds.”  Those who deny the inspiration of the Word, clearly deny the plain statements of the Bible regarding itself.  They are deniers of the Word of God, and as such we commanded to have nothing to do with them.  In 2 Corinthians 6 Paul asks the pointed question, “What part hath he that believeth with an (unbeliever)?”  He then commands “Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord.”  We have no choice but to separate ourselves from those who deny these crucial doctrines of the Bible.

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