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So what does the Bible say about fundamentalism and fundamentalists alike?
Firstly, we have to understand our Theology. God is perfect. We’re not.
We’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. We’re by nature children of wrath (Eph 2:3) So really, we don’t deserve anything good. We deserve justice for our sins just as a good judge punishes criminals for there acts justly. That justice is hell, the wrath of God being poured out on those who haven’t repented and trusted in Christ.
If we can’t escape our sins, then someone else will have to pay for them in our place. God sends Jesus Christ to live the perfect life we can’t live, and to die the death we deserve to die. God poured out the wrath that should’ve been on me, onto Christ. Thus cancelling the eternal debt I owed for my sins.
Praise the Lord for such a great savior!
So now that we have the gospel straight, we can move forward.
In response to the idea that we’re called to “condemn” people, I think we need to look at what Christ did, He didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save it (John 3:17). This doesn’t mean we don’t call all people to repentance and faith (Luke 13:5). We just do it in a way that’s loving, truthful, and seasoned with salt (1 Cor 16:14, Eph 4:15, Col 4:6).
I guess a practical way of breaking it down would be simply, does your gospel presentation contain the truth? And does it contain love?
Because if you neglect the truth, you do the world a disfavor in not calling them to repentance. Without it you will miss the core of the gospel, leaving the world with nothing tangible to believe. Good intentions get nowhere without good content.
Without love, your words become meaningless. You may say some truthful things, but if you come across as careless not many will want to listen.
Obviously this isn’t an exhaustive response to this issue, I’m simply trying to provide a short response. I and I’m sure many others have failed in these areas, and we always have room to grow!
Thanks for reading!