Best of the Web: Helpful Articles for the Christian Fundamentalist
What is a fundamentalist? One meaning the dictionary gives is “one who is immovable in their beliefs.” To be a fundamentalist means you are committed to the fundamental doctrines of your belief system. Today, for many reasons the term “Christian fundamentalist” has fallen out of favor. One reason is that it is frequently and carelessly used as a term of derision by both unbelievers, and even by some Christians against Christians who believe in the concept of absolute truth. Today there is a growing hostility for anyone who express literal belief in the teachings of the Bible. The western media so resents the authority of the Bible that there has been a long term effort in all forms of media to associate “Christian fundamentalists” with a very negative stereotypical image. This is typically that we are unloving, intolerant, extreme, and unkind to others. Despite this, we would like to suggest that there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a fundamentalist view towards a belief system when that system is grounded on existential truth. What is at issue with any belief system is what is believed. When Christians believe in the fundamental doctrines of scripture such as God’s love for sinners, his redemptive offer in the Gospel, and His call to love all men in accordance with the golden rule, there is no doubt that the result is blessing for all that are touched by the faithful (fundamentalist) Christian. This type of fundamental belief should not be compared on the same level as terrorist belief systems that promote terror and violence against innocents in the name of Jihad. The difference is in the nature of what is believed.
What do Christian’s believe? Here, to encourage you in the practice of your faith, we have gathered some of the best articles on parenting, marriage, and spiritual life that we have found on the World Wide Web. Where possible, we include the complete article, information on the author, and a link to the web site where you can find the original article. We’ve chosen articles that are written by authors who clearly respect and honor the Word of God and show insight and understanding. If you like these articles, we encourage you to visit the author’s web site and browse more of their content. We implicitly approve and recommend them as reflecting the sound teaching that the Apostle Paul wrote of in 2nd Timothy 1:13, “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus,” and again in Titus 2:1 “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.”
The reality of Christian fundamentalism is that it is a lifestyle that reflects the truth expressed in Romans 3:4 “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written,…“
What does that mean? We believe that when the newspapers finish with their headlines and the “learned” men from the great institutions have spoken their last words, that God’s words as revealed in the Bible will be just as true as when they were first spoken by chosen men of God under divine inspiration. Yet man will be guilty to the very end of twisting and distorting God’s truths to serve his own evil desires.
The Word of God is firm and immovable. Over the last 25 years I’ve carefully watched as the media headlines trumpeted a series of “experts” from a number of different fields announcing discoveries that ostensibly conflicted with Bible truth and questioned the authenticity of some aspect of the Bible. Bible believing parents need not fear man’s “discoveries” in the physical or social sciences will undermine the truth God has revealed to us in his word. No matter what the current “experts” say about raising children, God’s Word still provides clear guidance to parents on how to correct and discipline their children. The last 25 years of scientific proclamations in a wide range of scientific, social, and historical settings have seen many quiet corrections and retractions across a wide range of topics which were loudly and publically trumpeted as disproving the Bible and the Biblical historical record. Biblical truth is still true, and Biblical living still provides happy and working families. Bible teachings properly applied to parenting, produce healthy and well adjusted children. A fundamentalist is one who believes without apology that the solutions God provides in his Word are suitable for the problems we face, even today.
In sharp contrast, the wisdom of this world has no anchor, no basis in reality. How should we respond to moral relativism? No matter how many times or how loudly social scientists proclaim that extra-marital or perverted sex is normal, the fundamental truths remain because God’s moral laws haven’t changed. God’s design is for men and women to share their sexual relationship in the security and sanctity of marriage. There is a very simple test we can apply to the new teachings which have supplanted Biblical truth in modern society. What is their fruit? A quick look at a newspaper will quickly prove that in our western societies, the fruit of man’s recent departure from scriptural truth as a moral anchor is leaving a bitter taste, with the promise of worse things to come when the lies and distortions now being sown to the next generation grow to a full harvest.
We will not be ashamed to be counted among those who believe in the inerrant reliability of God’s Word and neither should you. Hence, it is not a bad thing to be a fundamentalist, if your perspective includes unchanging beliefs in eternal values. Count on us to remain fundamentalists until His return!