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January 18, 2010

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NASB)

 By Victoria Day

A word that’s gotten a lot of heat in the past decade even by evangelical Christians is fundamentalist.  This word conjures up images of book burning, King James Only, imprecatory prayer rantings, hateful homosexual activism[1], the politics of the “religious right” and everything else under the sun that denotes extremism.  The media has promoted the idea and the general public has bought it without question.  Many have never even attended service in an uncompromising church and therefore simply accept the propaganda.  I can attest to the fact that there are some of the godliest people I’ve ever met in these churches and those who exude love toward one another and those outside the church.  These are the people who run food banks, extend a loving hand to all who need it as is in their power to do so.  But they are also the ones who don’t hesitate to share the words that can save souls – the gospel.  Fundamentalists believe the Word of God.

Just for clarification, the word “fundamental” simply means that – those who stand firmly rooted in the fundamentals of God’s Word in spite of the pressure of the outside world.  God’s Word is unchangeable and our anchor is sure.

 “Fundamentalist Christianity, also known as Christian fundamentalism or fundamentalist evangelicalism, is a movement that arose mainly within British and American Protestantism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among conservative evangelical Christians, who, in a reaction to liberal theology, actively asserted that the following ideas were fundamental to the Christian faith: the inerrancy of the Bible, Sola Scriptura, the virgin birth of Christ, the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, the bodily resurrection of Jesus, and the imminent personal return of Jesus Christ.”

So, if being a fundamentalist means standing firmly on the truth of God’s Word without adding or subtracting to the gospel message?  COUNT ME IN.  In our compromising religious syncretism of today it is becoming more difficult for true believers to guard what has been entrusted to them without being labeled divisive, legalistic or even hateful.  While tolerance is the buzz word of today’s world, there is a tsunami of intolerance aimed at fundamentalist Christians and the Christian church today.

I recently found my own introductory statement copied on to a web site whose name I wouldn’t even be able to print for its profanity, cursing me out and calling Christianity hypocritical, all the while promoting a Gnostic book from the Hammurabi texts, the Gospel of Thomas – a very good example of a demonic doctrine. Satan has been very active through his minions of late. Our spiritual battle is ongoing and intensifying and eventually, true Christians (those unbending fundamentalists!) will be hated by all simply because we claim His name:

 “You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” (Mark 13:13 NASB)

True believers are confronted every day with the pressure to accept other’s views even if they attack the very heart of the gospel.  We are encouraged to accept the unacceptable in the name of unity although there is no spiritual unity without Christ.  As the New World Order begins to reap what it has sown through its decades long propaganda campaign, may Christians continue to stand firm in God’s truth.

 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NASB)

So Christian fundamentalists, take comfort – Satan is working overtime to pull us onto the broad path of destruction, but ours is very narrow.  It is God we strive to please.

 “In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” (Psalms 56:4 NASB)


[1] Although the Bible clearly states that homosexuality is a sin, it is not a good witness for Christ to bring it to the streets with slurs and hateful and sinful profanity as one so-called “Christian church” has done. 


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