When it comes to defending the orthodox faith of Christianity, the rise of fundamentalism really is the rise of Scriptural truth. Students of Christian history cannot help but admire those who defended and continue to defend the orthodox doctrines of Christianity. Fundamentalists have been tagged with a bad label, much to the credit of their militant mannerism in the defense of what they hold to be the truths given to them by God Himself through His Word.
Fundamentalism has become a dirty word in Christian circles, much like the word “evangelism.” Many mainstream Christian pastors mock and poke fun at fundamentalists, not only from their pulpits, but also in the social media sphere like Twitter and Facebook. A well known pastor in mainstream Christianity finds it amusing to tweet about “the cold hearts” of fundamentalists.
It is time to once again bring to mainstream Christianity the conviction of the truths held in the pages of God’s Word, and join the ranks of men like D.L. Moody and R.A. Torrey in defending the Word.
Mainstream Christianity is increasingly more tolerant of sin and they spend an incredible amount of time and energy “making” Scripture say what they want in order to make it fit their own lifestyles and desires.
The church has been weakened by liberalism from the start of the twentieth century—it has even infiltrated conservative churches, as well—and it is time to take a stand for the truth by once again shining a light on fundamentalism and its conviction to defend the truth.
As Christians who read and follow what the Word of God says, we have no choice but to agree with fundamentalism. The Bible explicitly says that Jesus was born of a virgin, He performed many miracles, He was persecuted and crucified, died and was buried, and, with hands raised up high in victory, the Christian reads in the Bible that Jesus was raised after three days in a tomb and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.
To the fundamentalist, Jesus died for the fundamentalist’s sins, and for any Christian it is the same. The substitutionary atonement of Christ is a settled fact in the pages of the New Testament, and should not be up for discussion as to whether or not it is true. The inerrancy of the Bible is where these truths hinge. For the fundamentalist, the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and we cannot help but notice that truth. When the Scriptures are investigated and read, there are the fundamental truths of Christianity staring right back at us out of its pages. We can learn a lot from our fundamentalist brethren.