The 5 Fundamentals of 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)
Every generation of Bible believers faces its own barrage if heretics and heresies. Acts 15 describes an early church counsel established for the purpose of considering the notion that Christians had to become obedient to the Jewish Law which they soundly refuted.
Creeping liberalism that virtually destroyed faith in Europe was another problem that needed to be confronted by Bible believing pastors and teachers in America. In his landmark book “Heart Disease in Christ’s Body” Dr. Jack Van Impe defined the 5 tenets of Fundamentalism that men of God formulated as a standard statement of the faithful:
“The twentieth century began with a tumultuous conservative uproar over the infiltration of numerous denominations by liberalism. The severity of the situation demanded immediate action. Heretical teachings were captivating and corrupting entire churches, schools and related organizations within multiplied denominations. Therefore, a coalition of interdenominational brethren, following a number of conferences, united around the five ‘fundamentals’ of the faith. They were:
- The inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture
- The deity of Jesus Christ
- The virgin birth of Christ
- The substitutionary, atoning work of Christ on the cross
- The physical resurrection and the personal bodily return of Christ to the earth.
“The adherents to these five ‘fundamental’ truths were naturally labeled ‘fundamentalists.’ Those opposing them were called ‘liberals.’
“The men joining together around these five points (commonly called ‘the doctrine of Christ’) were from varied and diversified religious backgrounds. Thus, this amalgamation of ‘first generation fundamentalists’ included Presbyterians, Baptists, Reformers, Reformed Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, Anglicans, Congregationalists, and Wesleyan Holiness brothers. The astounding thing about the members of this interdenominational movement was their love for one another.” (pp. 127-128).
Fundamentalists today should add the following to the list of doctrines we need to contend for:
The preservation of God’s Word in the King James Bible
Israel and the church are completely separate entities
The evils of the Pope and Romanism
The dangers of the Charismatic/Latter Rain movements