Over the years of searching the internet for information on various biblical topics or on certain men of God, dead or alive, I’ve occasionally come across self-proclaimed ‘fundamentalist’ websites that perplex me. They perplexed me back in my Charismatic/Arminian days and they still perplex me as a Reformed believer. These sites appear solid at first peek. They often contain tons of articles on biblical subjects that go in-depth. But once I begin reading the material the red flags of discernment pop up. Has this ever happened to you?
Now, when I speak of fundamentalism I’m speaking of a specific niche in the Christian world. It isn’t just someone who adheres to the ‘fundamentals’ of the faith as the term meant when it first entered the American lexicon a century ago. No, it has devolved into a term describing a group of people who mercilessly denounce every doctrine that is even at slight variance from their own well-groomed, polished theological system. They can be legalistic, cruel, judgmental and condemning. Digesting this grace-deficient rot can make you gravely ill, like the time I ate that pizza pocket with black olives. And like that pizza pocket you will do well to never consume such garbage again. From my experience, here are a few tell-tale signs that you’ve stumbled onto a fanatical fundamentalist site: (more…)