Blogdom of Fundamentalism Explodes

by Rick Pidcock

Edit: The content of this article has been deleted.  For a detailed explanation, please view my article, “Living Worship On My Blog.”

Since the responses to this article were made by some of the  bloggers that I quoted in the article, and since I think they are especially helpful, I have decided to allow their comments to remain.

5 thoughts on “Blogdom of Fundamentalism Explodes

  1. Let me clarify what I am trying to say concerning the different blogs cited in this article. There is much within a number of the blogs that I agree with.

    Specifically, I appreciate the concerns of Tom Pryde, Bill Bixby, Chris Anderson, and The World From Our Window.

    However, the overwhelming tone of anger and name calling that has permeated this discussion, not necessarily each of those men, is further evidence that basing your ministry, life, and blog around issues, as opposed to the theology and living out of the gospel, will lead only to prideful futility where everybody ends up angry, and nobody is edified.

  2. Hmmm…Good summary of the back and forth. Although, I wouldn’t want what I wrote to be thought of as an attack, I suppose I can see how it might be seen in that way. My biggest concern has been exactly what you have identified here. Both sides of the debate have degenerated into a reactive mess, which is the exact opposite of what we are trying to promote (proactive fundamentalism).

    It is interesting that this whole debate, and the reasoning around it, has parraleled a series that I have been doing on “fences” (particularly as dealing with a Scriptural view of rules). It points me back to Paul’s exhortation to the Colossians. There he describes a hyper-spirituality that extends well beyond what may be known and takes upon itself the trappings of humility (even though it is not) and forces upon others the trappings of spirituality (that isn’t at all spiritual). The way we recognize such things is to observe only that which is “according to Christ.”

    Unless I have misunderstood, I think that is the point of your post here.

  3. Rick,

    I sympathize with your feelings of frustration.

    My post — the “dung” post — was my response to the entire fiasco. It was not directly aimed at Scott, but at all those (especially at SI) who love and laud their independence as independent baptists, and then moan when other churches or ministries do something with which they disagree.

    Thanks for the links … I hope these discussions will provide something eternally profitable.

  4. Tom and Ken,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You’ve brought up a few things that I have been mulling over lately as well. For one thing, this idea that holiness is found through an adherance extra-biblical rules is exactly what the Apostle Paul and Ken called it, dung. In fact, Paul even called relying on biblical rules for holiness dung. As Tom has pointed out, this view of sanctification and holiness is very dangerous, not just for a movement, but for our own spiritual lives.

    Such a philosophy needs to be confronted, attacked, dismantled, or whatever other verb we can come up with. So I do not fault the two of you for your responses. I would echo all of your concerns.

    One thing that people bring up quite often in discussions like this is the need for speaking the truth in love. And while I agree with that concern, I also believe that denying the sufficiency of Scripture demands a strong rebuke, not merely a weak questioning in the name of humility.

    It is also important for us who rebuke them to rebuke out of a love for Christ, not out of anger because somebody has attacked our music tastes. I think both of you based your arguments on defending God rather than yourselves. So for that, I was encouraged as well.

    This is why I would agree with Tom about proactive fundamentalism. If fundamentalism is defined by different degrees of separation, then it will continue to be separated and split apart. Rather, it must be defined by magnifying the supremacy of God and the transforming power of the gospel.

    Most of the ridiculousness has been done in the SharperIron postings. Even today there are about another half dozen new threads about it. But the fact that we are all having to deal with this shows that fundamentalism is splitting apart.  And what more could we expect from people who are defined by separation, rather than the centrality of God and the gospel?

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