weighing in on Fundamentalism.............
Joe Kennedy wrote at a good article on Fundamentalism and Emerging churches. I grew up in a time where I thought Fundamentalism was a good word. When I was thinking about going to college the SBC contoversy was at it's height! My church had a cow when I decided to go to Samford University because they thought it was "liberal." That was ironic considering I lived in Tuscaloosa, AL where an adult magazine said they couldn't rank The University of Alabama in their annual Top 10 Party schools because Alabama was considered professional partiers. I like the fact that Fundamentalism is suppose to major on the fundamentals of the faith. There is no doubt that the SBC and other denominations were headed down a "liberal" path. At Samford I had a OT professor who was definately way left of my theology. I'm grateful for the Charles Stanley's, Adrian Rogers and others who made sure the SBC was headed back to the Bible. But I wonder if we have gone too far. Now, this whole mess has become personal. Ministers calling each other nasty names. Instead of praying for one another, we slander them. I have seen both of my Seminary Presidents fired @ Southwestern. I believe the next controversy is going to be about Calvanism. I have seen evil in my own church. We started an "emerging" service here in Mobile 2 years ago. I almost got run out of town eventhough I had the full support of the Senior Pastor. (he resigned the week before we started it though). One man literally stepped on my foot and questioned my faith and my Baptist heritage. He said that Baptists could trace themselves back to John the Baptist! I am not kidding! I just wish we could display the love of Christ to everyone. Especially in the church. The people who have hurt me and my family more than anyone are church members and usually leaders in the church. One of my seminary professors said this about Fundamentalism:
Fundamentalists are Evangelicals who are angry!I believe that is true. I don't know how to label me. I'm just a follower of Jesus Christ. Someone asked me recently was I pre-trib or post-trib. Was I Calvanistic or Arminian? You know what I am:
I am Pan_______________ !I'm Pan-trib, Pan-calvanist because it is all going to pan out in the end!
posted by Kevin Bussey at 12/13/2005 07:17:00 PM