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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

FUNDAMENTALLY HIS


Lately we hear the word ' fundamentalist' being spoken of in a negative light. These days, a fundamentalist Christian is spoken of in almost the same light as a fundamentalist Muslim. In both cases, the adjective is steeped in negativity, suspicion and hatred. We Christians are lumped beside fundamentalists such as the Taliban and nothing could be further from the truth in what we so passionately believe and stand for! So what is a fundamentalist Christian?

To my mind, a fundamentalist Christian is one who believes in the fundamental premise of Christianity: that the Word of God is THE WORD OF GOD. He or she bases all relevant experiences and lifes' walk based on the fundamental belief that if God said it, then that is how it is... or how it came to pass.

I believe in creationism, the seven day creation of the world, the Flood, the virgin birth, the deity and sinlessness of Christ, His atoning and sacrificial death, His resurrection, the supernatural life in the Spirit, and the need for regeneration of our sinful life through repentance and Gods' grace and the Blood of Christ. Fundamentally there is no other way to be saved except through Christ.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

I believe that God has given us His Word to show us how to live righteously and well in this present day and that He Who began a good work in us will complete it in the day of Christ Jesus. I believe it is fundamentally essential to being a Christian. My whole life is based on fundamental ideas which are far removed from the fundamentalism spoken of with fear and hatred.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6

The fundamentals of Christian fundamentalism are based on the fruits of the Spirit against which there is no Law. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Because God said that He is Love and the Life and the Truth and the Way, and because I believe that with all my heart, mind and soul, I am proud to be a fundamentalist Christian!

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Christians are a peculiar people because we are set apart from the world, and we will evoke a certain amount of fear and suspicion in some of the unsaved. This is because they don't understand the fundamentals of our faith. If they did, they could only hasten to become our brethren in Christ and pray that there were more fundamental believers...

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:14

But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9

In this current time of fear of where mankind is heading and world events, I find that my fundamental beliefs shield me.  God says we are not to fear, that He has us in His Hand.  That is good enough for me. I just don't pick and choose scriptures, but I believe them all....

Study the Word, believe God and know the reason for the hope that is within you. In times like these with false prophesies about the world ending soon and all other manner of fear mongering, I am glad that I am fundamentally His...

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1 Peter 3:15

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

7 comments:

  1. So thankful to have a solid, fundamental foundation in Him! Thanks for this reminder - that we are peculiar and that's ok.

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  2. So true, Glenys. I've heard people say fundamentalist Christians are as dangerous as fundamentalist Islamists. They probably actually believe it. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Bible does say that in this world we will suffer persecution, and compared to what others have gone through name calling is nothing. It is terribly aggravating though. Thank you for sharing these truths. I'm proud to be a fundamentalist.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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    1. Charlotte, I think people do actually believe that we are as dangerous as Islamists. Generally, people are very ignorant of anything to do with the Christian faith- and ignorance can often lead to violence. Nevertheless, as you rightly say, name calling is nothing other than aggravating. I am convinced that we fundamentalists are blessed because we have a faith that is built on the Rock. Rock solid! Blessings!

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  3. The fundamental of my beliefs come from the Bible. I write a blog encouraging people to read and study the Bible. In it God promises us He is available to those who seek Him. The danger to people is that they will come to understand how different their lives are from God's plan. It is a life-changing prospect to believe God is real and interested in our lives. Hank you for sharing this.

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    1. If any belief doesn't come from the Bible, it is a false teaching... Thanks for commenting Phyllis.

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