In the eighth installment of Dr. Bauder’s on-going “Differences” series there is one very telling statement. He closes his article with this,
“In both groups [Fundamentalism and Conservative Evangelicals], however, a small but increasing number is beginning to exempt itself from the pursuit of popular culture and relocate itself within the worship and ministry of ‘historic Christianity.’”I believe Dr. Bauder has started to make his case for a blending together of Fundamentalists and Evangelicals. In this effort he has sought pre-emptively to try to stake the high ground for this blended group by claiming that they are the ones who are seeking the “historic Christianity” position.
As if Dr. Bauder understands that this blending will cause a stir amongst Fundamentalists, he seems to have gone back in time eighty-eight years ago and taken a play from the liberals’ playbook. In the early twenties the Fundamentalist/Modernist-Liberalism battle was raging in the Northern Baptist Convention. The Fundamentalists sought to rid the convention of the modernists by seeking to adopt the New Hampshire Confession of Faith (1833) at their 1922 Convention in Indianapolis. The liberals used parliamentary procedures and introduced a substitute resolution, “that the New Testament is the all-sufficient ground of our faith and practice, and we need no other statement.” With a swift stroke the liberals had made it appear that a vote for the Confession was a vote against the New Testament. The liberals resolution won resoundingly keeping their unbelief firmly entrenched in the Convention (Dr. David Beale, In Pursuit of Purity, p. 206). Dr. Bauder has followed that same tactic by using the phrase, “historic Christianity” as if to imply that any that do not follow into this proposed blending is somehow not part of “historic Christianity.”
This coming together is nothing more than the compromising/undermining of the doctrine of separation. To this point in his series Kevin Bauder has not once spoken of the glaring doctrinal differences of the Conservative Evangelical crowd. Evangelicalism (conservative or otherwise) has consistently caricatured the Fundamentalist’s militant separatism (Dr. David Doran, Frontline, In Defense of Militancy, vol. 5, num. 5, p. 25).
Romans 16:17 and 2 Thessalonians 3:6 are still in the Bible. We are still commanded to avoid those who “cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned” and to “withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.” We must be ready and willing to do “battle royal” in our day as our Fundamentalist forefathers did in their day.
Pastor Brian Ernsberger, Lincoln Park Baptist Church in Wenatchee, WA.
For Related Reading:
There is a Difference and It’s a Name Changer!
Let’s Get “CRYSTAL” Clear on This: A Response to Kevin Bauder’s “Cannonball” Cogitations