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Why Did Evangelicals Break Away From Fundamentalism?

Don Boys, Ph.D. has written a very perceptive article. The more one insists on a  literal meaning to the Word of God, and living a consecrated, devoted, separated life; the more they are attacked by religionist that look so much like the world their lives belie their words.

Don Boys, Ph.D.



Non-Catholic churches in America and Canada can be divided loosely into Modernists (who don’t believe the Bible is the Word of God); Evangelicals (who claim to believe in the veracity of the Word but won’t fight or even fuss about it); and Fundamentalists (who believe in the fundamentals of the Word of God and are accused of being mad at everyone else).


The title “fundamentalist” is taken from a series of 12 books published in 1910-1915 written by 65 leading Christian scholars; however, I believe that such Christians go back to the beginning of Christianity! All believers in the early churches were Fundamentalists until the Gnostics arrived! The early Christians simply believed in “the fundamentals,” not only what is essential but what is important.


I gladly wear the badge of “Fundamentalist” because I have discovered in my life that these people are the finest, godliest, kindest, theologically sound, and most sincere people alive. Yes, we have had and will have a few scoundrels who have embarrassed Christianity but then that was true  for Paul and the Corinthian church. The Bible commands us how to deal with public sinners; however, even many Fundamentalist churches usually refuse to follow that command. I’m still thrilled to be a Fundamentalist.


The Modernist-Fundamentalist battle raged back in the 40s and 50s when many mainline churches and seminaries, led by unbelieving pastors and professors, lost hundreds of churches to the Fundamentalist camp. Many of those Modernists confessed to be true Christians at their ordination and at the signing of doctrinal positions but were dishonest, only pretending to be Bible Christians. Some were so radical they climbed into bed with Communists!


The fat hit the fire  in the late 40s when many dissatisfied Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, and a few others exposed the rabid unbelief and Communist influence in the churches, colleges, periodicals, seminaries, and mission boards. Error cannot survive with truth just as darkness cannot coexist with light.  Over serveral years, courageous fundamentalist pastors left their church buildings, denominations, friends, pulpits, income, and retirement plans to begin anew in a hired hall or storefront church. It was a singular time in religious history to be compared, with a little hyperbole, to the Egyptian Exodus and the Protestant Reformation.


After the division, the issue was clear: we had unbelieving Modernists on one side and believing Fundamentalists on the other side. Then, in the late 40s and early 50s a formal schism happened when more liberal pastors pulled away from fundamentalism and became “New Evangelicals.” The Fundamentalists preached strict adherence to Bible teaching that included a “coming out” principle. They taught that believers should “come out” from unbelieving organizations as many of them had done. Fundamentalists also taught that they must contend for the faith and exhort people to do the right thing at all times. They also preached what their critics thought was a little too much about Judgment and Hell to come.


Sometimes while preaching, Fundamentalists even took off their suit coat and rolled up their sleeves! Some even sweated profusely to the disgust of the sophisticated in their audience. It seems few want to be associated with the memory of an uncouth John the Baptist; after all, he lost his head. Most New Evangelicals don’t have to worry about that. They do lose their senses, if not their composure, when they try to explain why they left their Fundamentalist roots.


Moreover, Fundamentalists preached that people who had been Born Again should live as if they had a new life. Christians were expected to tell the truth, be faithful to a spouse, obey the laws, pay their bills, live godly lives, and train their children to do the same. Some leaders went to extremes and made lists for members to follow. And yes, some things on the lists were silly with no scriptural support. Of course, that was exactly what the Jewish leaders did in Christ’s day.


There was concern on the part of Evangelicals that Fundamentalists were not cognizant, concerned, or committed to social problems; however, Fundamentalists believed that their main message was Christ and His death and resurrection. They remembered the debacle in the 1920s when the social gospel was preached and Fundamentalistswanted to steer away from that deadly error.


A snooty Evangelical falsely charged that a Fundamentalist who “was prepared to even speak to a Roman Catholic was often considered liberal and fatally compromised.” Intellectually speaking, that is poppycock and a generous portion of hogwash. In more than fifty years in Fundamentalist churches I have never been aware of that–nothing close to that. That’s dishonesty.

Evangelicals were always embarrassed about Fundamentalists’ “responsible militancy.” Evangelicals only get militant opposing Fundamentalists! I have noticed that the leading Evangelicals are far more patient and kind to unbelievers than to Fundamentalists. Very strange, especially when Evangelicals speak and write so much about love and tolerance. But the love and tolerance do not go to Fundamentalists.


It’s a fact: if a Christian is not militant, he is not a Bible-practicing person! Not mad, or malicious, or mean, but militant.

The accusation is made that Fundamentalists always insist on a literal interpretation of scripture–even the metaphors and allegories. Nonsense, all Fundamentalists (even the dumbest among us) are aware that trees don’t have hands to clap; however, we do believe that God is trying to tell us something with every Bible passage. Even non-seminarians know that the Bible contains poetry, parables, proverbs, and prophecies as well as history.


A true scholar asks, “What does God want me know about that passage? Evangelicals may ask the same question, but after finding the truth of the scripture, they refuse to obey it. With them, “love” is far more important than truth; however, truth without love is coldness and love without truth is corruption.


The fact is, we are to be Christians who love people, principle, and precepts.


(Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives, author of 14 books, frequent guest on television and radio talk shows, and wrote columns for USA Today for 8 years. Three years ago, the second edition of ISLAM: America’s Trojan Horse! was published, and his new eBook, The God Haters is available for $9.99 from www.thegodhaters.com. These columns go to newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations. His other web sites are www.cstnews.com and www.Muslimfact.com. Contact Don for an interview or talk show.)


Copyright 2013, Don Boys, Ph.D.



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The Permanence Of The Spiritual Gifts


At the center of the “Charismatic debate” stands the question of whether all of the spiritual gifts found in the New Testament are available for today.

The Bible clearly teaches that at least some spiritual gifts were temporary. I Corinthians 13:8-10.

Spiritual gifts may be grouped into 2 categories:

Sign Gifts” – Passing And Passe.

The Purpose Of Sign Gifts.

This question is hardly ever asked in regard to many of the things that are picked up as doctrine by many sects and denominations. I prefer to ask the purpose of things because I believe that God and His Son, Jesus Christ do things with a purpose in mind. I guess one could say that God and His Son are not purposeless.

We can peruse Mark 16:20 “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

We can see a reason for the signs. May I remind you that the written word was not available at this time. For this reason, confirmation is needed.

Take a look at – Heb 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

These two verses reveal that “signs” were given for the purpose of accreditation.

A school goes through a process of accreditation which then testifies that they are a school that is qualified to teach and instruct others. Notice how these “sign” gifts work in – Joh 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

Joh 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Now we are starting to see how this works. People doubt and Jesus or the apostles perform a miracle and the people are convinced. They had no writings to convince them that they were from God or that they were giving the word of God, but not was not unprepared to confirm them as representing Him by “signs.”

They accredited God’s manExodus 4:1-9; John 20:30,31; Acts 2:22; II Corinthians 12:11,12.

They accredited God’s messageMark 16:20; Acts 4:29,30.

The Provision Of Sign Gifts.

One of the characteristics of the Jewish heart is the need for a sign. I Corinthians 1:22

Take a look at – Exodus 4:30,31; 31:13; Numbers 14:11; Judges 6:17; I Samuel 10:7-9; Isaiah 7:11,14; Ezekiel 4:3; Matthew 38,39; 24:3,30; Mark 8:11,12; Luke 2:12,34; I Corinthians 14:22

There are two things we find in these passages: 1. Jews were always present. 2. An Apostle Was Always Present.

The Profile Of Sign Gifts.

We have 4 gifts that are listed in Mark 16:17,18. They are: casting out devils, speaking in tongues, taking up deadly serpents (Miracles,) and healing.

We see the fulfillment of this prophecy of the Lord.

Each of the signs mentioned here have been fulfilled in the Book of Acts. – Acts 16:18; 2:4; 28:3-6; 3:6-8.

There is no warrant for seeking any further fulfillment of this passage.

We May Eliminate These Gifts From The Portfolio.

The gifts of healing, miracles, tongues (and interpretations,) may be omitted from the listing above on the basis that sign gifts were temporary.

The Passing Of Sign Gifts.

According to I Corinthians 13:8, “tongues shall cease.”

The gift of tongues is one of the sign gifts – thus we see that sign gifts were temporary.

Signs were specifically for the nation of Israel.

According to Micah 7:15, signs would be seen only when Israel was in its land.

The sign of “tongues” was a specific warning of imminent judgment upon Israel – Deuteronomy 28:49,64; Isaiah 28:11; 33:19; Jeremiah 5:15; I Corinthians 14:21,22.

In 70 A.D. This judgment came. Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans and the nation dispersed, no longer in the land. There is no Biblical record of any sign after this date.

When the sign was fulfilled, the sign ceased.

The Peril With Sign Gifts.

There is an extreme danger in seeking after the sign gifts today. This is because Satan is also able to produce “signs and wonders”Exodus 7:to-12,22; 8:7,18; Mark 13:21-23; II Corinthians 11:13-15; II Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:13,14.

Satan is well able to provide what is sought. This is what many are seeking today, signs and wonders that justify fleshly desires that cause people to feel that they are more spiritual than others. Study the scripture and judge what you experience by the word.

So many feel something today and try to judge the scriptures by their experience. The problem is the ability to discern between the flesh and the spirit. There are those that feel fleshly desire is spiritual impulse. The Word tells us which is which.

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