What I Mean When I Say I’m A Fundamentalist

randomlychad  —  September 6, 2013 — 6 Comments

I need to get something off of my chest. I need to confess:

I’m a Fundamentalist.

Now that might mean something different to you, but what I mean when I say I’m a Fundamentalist is this:

I wholeheartedly believe in the historical, orthodox tenets of Christianity; namely, that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived without sin, died as God’s perfect sacrifice for sin, and rose again.

That’s what I mean when I say I’m a Fundamentalist.

What I don’t mean are all the other things that have come to be associated with fundamentalism. All the rules, the cruft, the stuff that often comes between people and Jesus.

Because I want to be known more for Who I’m for, rather than what I’m against.

This doesn’t mean I’m soft on sin, but rather my response is that of Jesus: “Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more.”

I want to be known for the quality of my love more than anything else. If that means being misunderstood–as Jesus was–so be it. He was called a “glutton, wine-bibber, friend of sinners.”

Horrible, right? To be known as a friend of sinners? When was the last time that accusation was hurled at you (or me)?

That said, I’m also a contradiction: I’m too conservative for the liberal, progressive set (I steadfastly refuse to stop believing in a historical Adam and Eve), and I’m too liberal for the conservative crowd (I tend towards the Gap Theory and/or Day-Age creationism).

The point being that I don’t fit the mold of the traditional Fundamentalist, but I believe in the fundamentals.

How about you?

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  • Yep. One here too. I can’t say I care for what has happened to the definition any more than I can say that I care for the corruption of words like conservative (or liberal, for that matter). Spin doctors and propagandists aside, Christ is who I want to be known as a follower of,and not because I’m blowing a trumpet, but because I’m doing my level best to follow *and be seen to be doing so*. No advertising. No glitz. No melodrama.

  • When I introduce myself as a Baptist pastor, I often add “but not that kind of Baptist pastor.”

  • I’m no “-ist.” I am whom God says I am. No more, no less, no matter what I or anyone else thinks.

    Often I’ll agree with an “-ism” or two on some things, but I refuse to be tied down to it. I reserve the right to disagree with some “-ist” points.

    There’s gotta be a better way to say that. 🙂