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Why I am a Fundamentalist

Historic Fundamentalism

Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3).

The term “fundamentalism” was coined by Baptist editor Curtis Lee Laws in 1920 to designate Christians who were ready “to do battle royal for the Fundamentals”; the term quickly was adopted by all sides.

Fundamentalism had multiple roots in British and American theology of the 19th century. One root was Dispensationalism, a rediscovery of early Christian Premillennialism in the 1830s in England as an outgrowth of applying the historical-grammatical method of hermeneutics to all of the Bible. It was a millenarian theory that divided all of time into different stages, called “dispensations,” which were seen as stages of God’s revelation. In this theory, the world is on the verge of the last stage in which Christ would return. An important sign is the rebirth of Israel, support for which is the centerpiece of Fundamentalist foreign policy.

A second stream came from Princeton Theology in the mid-19th century, which developed the doctrine of inerrancy in response to higher criticism of the Bible.

A third strand—and the name itself—came from a 12-volume study The Fundamentals, published 1910-1915. Sponsors subsidize the free distribution of over three million individual volumes to clergy, laymen and libraries. This version.[12] stressed several core beliefs, including:

•              The inerrancy of the Bible

•              The literal nature of the Biblical accounts, especially regarding Christ’s miracles, and the Creation account in Genesis.

•              The Virgin Birth of Christ

•              The bodily resurrection of Christ

•              The substitutionary atonement of Christ on the cross

By the late 1920s the first two points had become central to Fundamentalism.

A fourth strand was the growing concern among many evangelical Christians with the fruits of modernism and the higher criticism of the Bible. This strand concentrated on opposition to Darwinism.

A fifth strand was the strong sense of the need for public revivals, a common theme among many Evangelicals who did not become Fundamentalists.

Numerous efforts to form coordinating bodies failed, and the most influential treatise came much later, in Systematic Theology (1947) by Lewis S. Chafer, who founded the Dallas Theological Seminary in 1924.

Much of the enthusiasm for mobilizing Fundamentalism came from “Bible Colleges”, especially those modeled after the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. The Bible colleges prepared ministers who lacked college or seminary experience with intense study of the Bible, often using the Old Scofield Reference Bible, [1]which was the King James version with detailed notes explaining how to interpret Dispensationalist passages. [2]

The foul winds of apostasy are blowing through the church like a barnyard bouquet which reminds me of an immutable truth I learned years ago: He that stands for nothing falls for everything!

Why I am a Fundamentalist

The foul winds of apostasy are blowing through the church like a barnyard bouquet which reminds me of an immutable truth I learned years ago:

He that stands for nothing falls for everything! That’s why I have taken my stand for Fundamentalism. Why I am a Fundamentalist – Dr. Mike Johnston

Lift up a standard for the people (Isaiah 62:10). I am an unapologetic Fundamentalist for several reasons. I was introduced to it in the early 1980’s while completing my Bible college and seminary training. During that time, I subscribed to and devoured both the Sword of the Lord and Fundamentalist Journal. The decade of the 80s was a time of unprecedented growth in political and religious conservatism which ultimately led to the election of Ronald Reagan as President. Soon after his inauguration the Christian school movement surfaced to siphon off several hundred thousand children and tens of millions of educational dollars used for purposes of humanistic social engineering. As you might expect, this conservative sleeping giant threatened the previously uncontested liberal power base and thus became the object of their incessant attacks using lies cleverly linking fundamentalists to terrorists that blow up buildings, shoot abortionists, and hijack airplanes- a tactic they shamelessly still employ today.

I am a Fundamentalist because Fundamentalism is an enemy of Laodicean liberology aka liberalism. As it was from the beginning, it is still a Biblically conservative repudiation of the social and religious modernism pervading the world and the church in these last days. While liberals would like us to believe America is a secular humanist experiment, the truth of history reveals America began as a Christian nation. In fact, the first colonial grant was given to Sir Walter Raleigh, authorizing him to establish government and statutes for the proposed colony in America with the following stipulation. It read: “…they be not against the true Christian faith…” Does that sound secular to you? Every colony required membership in a Christian church as a prerequisite for holding public office.

It was faith and commitment to the Lord Jesus that first motivated colonists to open schools to teach their children how to read the Bible. Shortly after they founded colleges to train pastors and missionaries to evangelize the Atlantic Seaboard. The first was Harvard which was established through a congressional act in 1638, followed by Yale (1701), Princeton (1746), Dartmouth (1754), and many others. Harvard’s 1646 “Rules and Precepts” enrollment requirement gives us a picture of the spiritual climate at that time: “Every one shall consider the main end of his life and studies to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life.”So what happened to this bastion of Spirit sensitive institutions? Little by little they fell prey to the cancer of compromise and allowed liberals to attend, teach, and rule over them. And how have Christians responded to this ungodly movement? They pay the tuitions, attend the schools, drink the kool aid, and graduate with degrees equipping them to devote their lives to attacking the Christian values their alma maters were all founded upon. Be it the Constitution of the United States or the inerrant Word of the Living God, liberals are opposed to immutable truth just as Satan was in the Garden when he questioned Eve’s knowledge of God’s Word while impugning God’s authority by asking: “Yea, hath God said?” (Gen. 3:1).

I am a Fundamentalist because Fundamentalism is an enemy of the apostasy being popularized by Laodicean leaders. Satan lusts to be God and his plan is being optimized through a mass departure from truth. Jesus warned of a coming deception by deceivers (Matt. 24). So did Peter (2 Pet. 2:1-3), as did Jude (Jude’s Book). Paul labeled it a great falling away (2 Thess. 2:3) and linked it to the mystery of iniquity and a coming spiritual delusion designed to entrap phony believers: Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). I won’t cover all this ground again since much of it has been dealt with in my books Last Days False Prophets and The Latter Rain Manifest Sons of God Heresy. (you may request copies FREE)

I am a Fundamentalist because Fundamentalism is an enemy of corrupt manuscripts used to translate corrupt Bibles. Since faith cometh by hearing . . . the Word (Rom. 10:17), Satan’s strategy has been to remove the Word. This was partially accomplished in the decade of the 60s when prayer and Bible reading were deemed “unconstitutional” and removed from public school. However, there were still millions clinging to doctrinal truths the devil couldn’t combat. Inundating the church with conflicting and often contradictory Bible translations developed from Romanist manuscripts missing hundreds of verses has been ingenious. New Christians are generally given these modern translations under the guise that the King James Bible is archaic and too difficult to understand. Since new Christians have never been taught the doctrinal distinctives found in the past 400 years of using the Authorized King James Bible, they are willing operatives in the Laodicean attack against King James Fundamentalists and the doctrines we stand for.

In closing, let me remind you that from the beginning it’s been Satan’s liberals that have pushed “new, better, modern” translations. The Laodicean Church features every modern version of the Bible on the market and Laodicean pastors use any number of them in their pulpits. These translations are contemptible and contradictory regarding the five fundamentals. This confusion has led many into spiritual rebellion from which they will never escape. Sadly, one day Scripture tells us these apostates will all line up in a concerted worship of their blasphemous leaders, Satan’s Antichrist and his false prophet (2 Thess. 2; Rev. 13-18)! My friend, we must never lose sight of the fact that Satan’s greatest ploy is to make God’s truth appear unpopular. If you doubt what I just said, begin telling others you are a King James Bible believing Fundamentalist and wait for the epithets.

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  2. September 24, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Reblogged this on Latter Times News and commented:

    STALWART FUNDAMENTALISTS STANDING STRONG AGAINST THE ISMS OF THE AGES! In these deceitful and detestable times atheism, communism ecumenism, evolutionism, feminism, globalism, hedonism, IslamoFascism with its Trojan horse multicultural pluralism, Laodiceanism, liberalism, modernism, mysticism, new ageism, satanism, socialism, , and of course sodomy-ism, are all being applauded, accepted, and advanced by the anti-Christ msm and their growing number of duped and diabolical devotees. Today I am pausing to thank God that there remains a vocal group of unwavering Bible defending Fundamentalists who oppose all Bible denying miscreants “who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom. 1:18) while criticizing and condemning those of us committed to exposing and excoriating their wickedness as commanded in the unchanging King James Bible!! “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3). I am proud to be counted a member of this stalwart group of faithful fundamentalists- how about you!!!

  3. September 24, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I’m with you! Amen. Although my only challenge is dispensationalism. I have found, over and over again, that somehow, many who adhere to these dispensations (Clarence Larkind) also believe there is more than one Gospel. Baptist pastors who believe that David, Daniel, et al, went to heaven before Christ’s first coming.

    I’ve had to leave three Baptist churches over this heresy. Therefore, I do not believe that a study of these “dispensations” is necessary to a good understanding of God’s complete revelation to mankind.

    • September 28, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks good brother. I appreciate your good work and you weighing in on this article. Here’s a more full explanation of what dispensationalists I “run” with believe; hope it’s helpful and not viewed as combative:

      How Were the OT Saints Saved?
      A Dispensational Discussion
      Dr. Mike Johnston

      Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). The phrase “rightly dividing” – translated from a once used Greek word (or-thot-om-eh’-o) meaning “a straight cut” – assumes the Scriptures can only be understood as a whole as they are viewed and studied in parts. Bible scholars call these divided parts dispensations and those employing this Bible study method dispensationalists.

      The Old Scofield Study Bible defines dispensation as “a period of time during which man is tested in respect of obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God.” The seven dispensations widely recognized by Scofield and many others are: Innocence, (Gen_1:28). Conscience, (Gen_3:23). Human Government, (Gen_8:21). Promise, (Gen_12:1). Law, (Exo_19:8). Grace (Joh_1:17). Kingdom, (Eph_1:10).

      What dispensationalism teaches
      Dispensationalism is predicated upon the distinctiveness of people throughout history and God’s purpose of glorifying Himself before the world (Ex. 29:46; Isa. 45:6; Rev. 4:11). Dispensationalism provides a consistent methodology that allows the student to interpret the Bible through the lens of a proper division from Genesis to Revelation. The dispensational student understands that while all of Scripture is profitable, all Scripture is not personal. For that reason, dispensationalism is often attacked by critics, who really don’t understand that their antagonism signifies ignorance of one overarching fact: unless they took a lamb to church this past Sunday, they too are at some level a dispensationalist. Much to our adversaries chagrin, dispensationalism remains the majority system used by Bible scholars and students around the world for many reasons: (1) Dispensationalism emphasizes a literal interpretation of the Bible and Bible prophecy whenever possible; (2) it interprets the Bible through a series of epochs in which God dispenses to man a unique set of circumstances for a particular time and for which he is ultimately accountable, ultimately fails, and is ultimately rescued by God’s grace; (3) it distinguishes between God’s dealing with 3 separate entities- Jews, Gentiles, and the Church- which are not only distinct, but are treated differently throughout the 7 dispensations.

      In short, God deals with men of different ages separately. Those who fail to acknowledge and adhere to His dispensing distinctions tend to skew His purposes often resulting in egregious heresies such as are espoused by Seventh Day Advents, Charismatics, and other cults.

      The means of salvation
      If we are honest with Scripture we’ll be forced to admit that while God’s mode of salvation throughout history has always been by grace thru faith (Gen. 6:8; 15:6; 19:19; Ex. 33:12; Eph. 2:8-9), His method of dealing with men certainly has changed. For instance, He dealt with Adam differently than he did Abraham; differently than He did Moses; and differently than He did Paul. And while the prophesied sacrificial Lamb has always been our eternal promise (Rev. 13:8) God began His progressive revelation of “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) in the Garden of Eden with coats of skins for Adam who couldn’t have fully understood how God was progressively revealing His Lamb Jesus through the institution of blood sacrifices that began with a much needed forgiveness and covering for his own sin.

      Still that hasn’t stopped the onslaught of a few bristled brethren who have pounded the pulpits of America with claims that dispensationalists are teaching heresy. Ironically, their arguments fail to admit that God did indeed dispense salvation differently in the Old Testament [ie, to Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, etc] than He does in the New [ie, Paul, Barnabas, the Philippian jailer, you and me]. If you doubt that may I challenge you to name one OT saint who called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for his salvation; there aren’t any and yet His holy and precious Name is a most important requirement in this “dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph. 3:2): “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). “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).

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