GARBC Resolution on Fundamentalism

This was refreshing to see.

The messengers of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, meeting together in regular conference June 21–25, 2010, in Schaumburg, Illinois,

Believing that unity in the family of God is important to Jesus Christ, Who prayed to the Father that those whom God had already given Him and those who would come to believe on Him through their word would be one (John 17:21),

Seeing the growing connections with a budding movement of independent Baptists and recognizing that we have much in common in our understanding of the faith, and in our separatist heritage,

Knowing that the Bible expressly prohibits believers from fellowshipping with those who are described as divisive (Titus 3:10), with “those who cause division and offenses contrary to the doctrine” (Romans 16:17-18), and with those who “overthrow the faith of some”  (2 Tim. 2:16-21),

Affirming that fundamentalists believe the important doctrines of Christianity: (1) the full inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible; (2) the Virgin Birth, Deity, sinlessness, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, and literal return of Christ; and (3) salvation based upon personal faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross,

Affirming that fundamentalists are also committed to defending these great doctrines, are committed to the purity of the church necessitating separation, and see in these doctrines an irreducible criterion for Christian fellowship,

Acknowledging that the name “fundamentalists” was introduced by Curtis Lee Laws, who said, “We suggest that those who still cling to the great fundamentals and who mean to do battle royal for the fundamentals shall be called ‘Fundamentalists.’” While we recognize that the term has suffered at the hands of our critics and society at large, we can think of no other term that adequately reflects the heritage and the position of those who have historically stood for the truth of God’s Word and who have been willing to defend those truths when they are under attack,

Recognizing that during the latter half of the twentieth century, institutional fundamentalism began to develop fissures and today lacks cohesion and commonality,

Believing that fundamentalists who desire such a renewal must strive to achieve cohesion and commonality, we

Purpose to advance and defend those doctrines at all costs, and to discover ways to work together to accomplish these ends, especially in cooperation with other independent Baptists;

Recognize that while there are differences and distinctives that keep groups of separatist believers from full organizational fusion, these differences must not hinder us from working together wherever possible for the common cause of advancing and defending Biblical truth;

Seek to initiate relationships among fundamentalists where barriers have existed due to misunderstanding or  political expedience, in a spirit of  kind affection and brotherly love, in honor preferring one another; and

Establish networks of labor and ministry to meet the challenges of the future, equipping older organizations for the present task where possible, or establishing new ministries  where restoration of the old is either impossible or inadvisable.

4 comments for “GARBC Resolution on Fundamentalism

  1. July 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

    agreed

  2. Mike Shanlian
    July 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Did I die and go to Heaven???????????

  3. Allen
    July 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    It looks like the GARBC wants to take a fair and reasonable stand. However, as good as that sounds I think EJ Carnel has an accurate description of todays fundantalist. Fundamentalism = “orthodoxy gone cultic” That is unfortunately true and maybe it can be changed over time, I'm not optimistic. Many fundamentalist will take the same defensive position as a Mormon or Jehovah's Wittness. They/we were trained to be aware of non-fundamentalist methods and what to be aware of. What this does is very effectively stop any real communication. They are mostly listening just to not be rude so they can get a turn to convince you of the “real” truth. A spirit of cooperation reveals weakness and compromise in their eyes. The Holy Spirit is able to break through. I am evidence of that.
    God Help us.

  4. Allen
    July 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    It looks like the GARBC wants to take a fair and reasonable stand. However, as good as that sounds I think EJ Carnel has an accurate description of todays fundantalist. Fundamentalism = “orthodoxy gone cultic” That is unfortunately true and maybe it can be changed over time, I’m not optimistic. Many fundamentalist will take the same defensive position as a Mormon or Jehovah’s Wittness. They/we were trained to be aware of non-fundamentalist methods and what to be aware of. What this does is very effectively stop any real communication. They are mostly listening just to not be rude so they can get a turn to convince you of the “real” truth. A spirit of cooperation reveals weakness and compromise in their eyes. The Holy Spirit is able to break through. I am evidence of that. rnGod Help us.

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