The Fundamentals of Christianity

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Will we as Christians stand firm for the Word of God in the midst of increasing persecution, or will we seek popularity and acceptance by crawling in bed with society and endorsing its sins? Every professing Christian is going to be faced with this dilemma in one way or another. We need to decide now whether we are going to stand for the Lord or surrender to the god of this world. “Because of our persistent rebellion and our refusal to repent, God has delivered us over to a depraved mind” Romans 1:28. This is the world today, a depraved mind. As Christians, we need to be pulling ourselves out of the world as thoroughly as we possibly can, so we do not end up sliding into bed with its depravity—we must become fundamentalists. If we find that we are not experiencing any persecution because of our faith, that is a good litmus test to show us (and God) that we are not following Christ–we are in the world.

The term “Fundamentalist Christian” is bandied about these days as a slur, which of course to the depraved mind it is. Those who do not know God (remember the wide road Jesus talks of that many will follow–their number is large), cannot comprehend the fundamentals of Christian faith, because they are based in Spirit, Truth and Faith, so total nonsense to anyone who doesn’t know God.

“Fundamental” means:

1. forming a necessary base or core; of central importance; affecting or relating to the essential nature of something or the crucial point about an issue. “fundamental human rights” (synonyms: basic, underlying, core, foundational, rudimentary, elemental, elementary, basal, root, primary, prime, cardinal, chief, key, central, vital, essential, indispensable, necessary, crucial, pivotal, critical, structural, inherent, intrinsic)

2. a central or primary rule or principle on which something is based. (Synonyms: basics, essentials, rudiments, foundations, basic principles, first principles, preliminaries.

If we identify ourselves as Christians, we lie if we do not adhere to the fundamentals of Christian faith, such as our belief in the Bible as the inspired Word of God; our belief in God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit; our belief and acceptance in faith of the gift of salvation and redemption given us by grace through the death and resurrection of Jesus on the cross; our sanctification through the working of the Holy Spirit in us; our resurrection, glorification and life everlasting in the presence of our Father and Lord. If we don’t believe the fundamentals of Christianity, we are not Christians. If we do, we are fundamentalists, because they are the fundamentals (the foundation, intrinsic, essential, basic principles) of Christianity. If someone asks you if you are a fundamentalist, stand up proudly and proclaim: “Praise the Lord, I most certainly am!” Never forget what Jesus told us in Mark 8:38 “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

For those looking for assistance in discussions with those who say they do not believe the Bible is the Word of God, following is a great article:

“First, I believe the Bible is the Word of God because of its scientific accuracy. The Truth of the Word of God tells us that God “hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). How did Job know that the earth hung in space before the age of modern astronomy and space travel? The Holy Spirit told him. The scientists of Isaiah’s day didn’t know the topography of the earth, but Isaiah said, “It is [God] that sitteth upon the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22). The word for “circle” here means a globe or sphere. How did Isaiah know that God sat upon the circle of the earth? By divine inspiration.

Secondly, the Bible is affirmed through historical accuracy. Do you remember the story about the handwriting on the wall that is found in the fifth chapter of Daniel? Belshazzar hosted a feast with a thousand of his lords and ladies. Suddenly, a gruesome hand appeared out of nowhere and began to write on a wall. The king was disturbed and asked for someone to interpret the writing. Daniel was found and gave the interpretation. After the interpretation, “Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.” (Daniel 5:29). Basing their opinion on Babylonian records, the historians claim this never happened. According to the records, the last king of Babylon was not Belshazzar, but a man named Nabonidas. And so, they said, the Bible is in error. There wasn’t a record of a king named Belshazzar. Well, the spades of archeologists continued to do their work. In 1853, an inscription was found on a cornerstone of a temple built by Nabonidas, to the god Ur, which read: “May I, Nabonidas, king of Babylon, not sin against thee. And may reverence for thee dwell in the heart of Belshazzar, my first-born favorite son.” From other inscriptions, it was learned that Belshazzar and Nabonidas were co-regents. Nabonidas traveledwhile Belshazzar stayed home to run the kingdom. Now that we know that Belshazzar and Nabonidas were co-regents, it makes sense that Belshazzar would say that Daniel would be the third ruler. What a marvelous nugget of truth tucked away in the Word of God!

Third, from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible reads as one book. And there is incredible unity to the Bible. The Bible is one book, and yet it is made up of 66 books, was written by at least 40 different authors over a period of about 1600 years, in 13 different countries and on three different continents. It was written in at least three different languages by people in all professions. The Bible forms one beautiful temple of truth that does not contradict itself theologically, morally, ethically, doctrinally, scientifically, historically, or in any other way.

Fourth, did you know the Bible is the only book in the world that has accurate prophecy? When you read the prophecies of the Bible, you simply have to stand back in awe. There are over 300 precise prophecies that deal with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Old Testament that are fulfilled in the New Testament. To say that these are fulfilled by chance is an astronomical impossibility.

Finally, the Bible is not a book of the month, but the Book of the ages. First Peter 1:25 says: “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the Word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” No book has ever had as much opposition as the Bible. Men have laughed at it, scorned it, burned it, ridiculed it, and made laws against it. But the Word of God has survived. And it is applicable today as much as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow.

It’s so majestically deep that scholars could swim and never touch the bottom. Yet so wonderfully shallow that a little child could come and get a drink of water without fear of drowning. That is God’s precious, holy Word. The Word of God. Know it. Believe it. It is True.”

http://www.christianity.com/bible/authorship-and-inspiration/what-evidence-is-there-that-the-bible-is-in-fact-gods-word-11542346.html

About E.J.

My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour. I am a Christian artist and writer living in Gloucester, MA, where I have been living since God led me here in September of 2010. I am a painter, photographer and writer who, by the grace of God, has lived and worked as an artist for over 25 years, allowing me to separate myself from the World and walk in faith, to a large degree. I pray you are blessed, built up in your faith and Christian walk, and become an interactive participant in God's Morning. We're here as Christ's body, supporting and building each other up in all righteousness, in His name.
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