When I first started blogging a few years ago, I was introduced to this word: fundie.
Even though the term carries a negative and derogatory tone to those who use it, it has been my experience that a “fundie” believes what the Bible actually says. How can I make such a claim? Because I have been called one many times.
Therefore, a fundie is someone who holds to the fundamentals of the Christian faith.
The definition of fundamental is serving as, or being an essential part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlying. Notice the words foundation and basis, especially. Therefore, concerning Christianity, anything other than fundamental is a straying away from the core truth of God’s Word.
The opposite of a fundie might be called a liberal.
Why the word was invented. It should be noted that the only reason some of us have been called fundies is because a drifting away from core truths of God’s Word has taken place among professing Christians, or else… we would all be fundies. There would be no need for the word to have ever been created.
So, my questions are:
Is there a point at which one can “liberate” themselves from the salvation they so desperately need?
I’m not talking about losing one’s salvation. Christ makes it quite clear in many places we can’t lose our salvation [John 6:37-40]. I’m talking about never arriving at that salvation because the fundamentals of the Christian faith have been abandoned from the beginning, like, for example, the existence of Hell or that Christ is the only way to God.
What more is there for Christians to liberate themselves from when Christ has already liberated us from the bondage of sin and death?
[John 8:31-32; Romans 8:2; Galatians 5:1]
One of my online Christian friends recently remarked on one his facebook comments “…back when I used to be a fundie…” during a conversation. What he is really saying, whether he realizes it or not, is “…back when I used to believe the fundamentals of the Christian faith… “. What exactly he means by this, I do not know. I just find it very sad.
Well, here’s an excellent article by Randy Alcorn on the subject. It’s the catalyst for this commentary.
In it, he asks this question:
While it is healthy that there is a big tent of Bible-believing evangelicals who disagree in a variety of interpretations and practices, and while anyone is certainly free to depart from and deny an evangelical faith, is it reasonable to suggest that there is a point where if you no longer believe that the whole Bible is true, and you deny core truths evangelical Christians historically believed, it is misleading and even nonsensical to continue to call yourself an “evangelical Christian”? Or an “evangelical” pastor, university, ministry or publisher?
What are your thoughts?