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Fundamentalism – Origin and Overview

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)

Liberals in the msm and around the world want you to believe scurrilous scoundrels like David Koresh, and Jim Jones along with throat-slitting savage mooslims represent Fundamentalists. In doing so they prove what they’re really up to by ignoring the facts of history.

Fundamentalism – as an organized movement – arose in the United States as a concerted effort to fight attacks against the Bible by reaffirming 5 key theological tenets that were being advanced by liberalism and higher criticism. The campaign originally included Presbyterians, Baptists, and a handful of other Biblically based conservatives groups standing together in the reaffirmation of five important fundamentals of the faith:

  1. The inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture
  2. The deity of Jesus Christ
  3. The virgin birth of Christ
  4. The substitutionary, atoning work of Christ on the cross
  5. The physical resurrection and the personal bodily return of Christ to the earth.

Fundamentalism was officially launched 1909 after two successful California businessmen – Lyman Stewart and his brother Milton provided funds for assembling 90 essays written by 64 authors into a 12 volume set edited by A. C. Dixon and later by Reuben Archer Torrey and published in 1910 by Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA) under the name “The Fundamentals: A Testimony To The Truth”.

Over 250,000 sets were sent free to Protestant religious workers in every English-speaking country in the world. As a whole, these books defended orthodox Protestant beliefs and attacked higher criticism, liberal theology, Catholicism (also called Romanism by them), socialism, Modernism, atheism, Christian Science, Mormonism, Millennial Dawn, Spiritualism, and evolutionism. Essay topics and authors included “The Virgin Birth of Christ” by James Orr; “The Deity of Christ” by Benjamin B. Warfield; “Is Romanism Christianity?” by T. W. Medhurst; “Rome, The Antagonist of the Nation” by J. M. Foster; “The Purposes of the Incarnation” by G. Campbell Morgan; “The Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit” by R. A. Torrey; “The Church and Socialism” by Charles R. Erdman; “The Proof of the Living God” by Arthur T. Pierson; and “History of the Higher Criticism” by Dyson Hague to name a few. Not surprisingly, theological conservatives who stood on the sound principles espoused in the “The Fundamentals” subsequently became known as “Fundamentalists”.

POST NOTE: While the 5 Fundamentals served as an adequate apologetic against heresy in the early 20th century, I believe if they were written today they would need to include the heresies of the Charismatic/Latter Rain Movement; the egregious silent support of abortion and sodomy (in the church); and the need for separation from those espousing these godless doctrines.

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  1. June 12, 2015 at 10:18 am

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