any happy fundamentalists left?

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  1. nodak

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    This is a serious question. Are there any happy fundamentalists left? My background was mostly in SBC churches that were definitely fundamentalist and landmark. Transfers meant IFB organization churches, or just independent fundamentalist churches.

    The times were not exactly always good for the cause of Christ, but His people were the happiest ones around. Some pretty pointed points were made without being offensive. (The points might offend, but not the messenger.)

    In my town today's crop of fundamentalists seem to be of the fightin' angry breed. Turns people flat off BEFORE they hear the message. Fight over stuff totally unrelated to the Bible, to anything remotely about Jesus, just ready to fight over how a waitress serves them or how tall the grass is or stuff like that.

    So I gotta ask: whatever happened to knowing you were on your way to heaven making you one happy camper?
     
  2. Squire Robertsson

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    Me and mine are happy. But, my background is different than yours. I trace my lineage back to the Northern Baptist Churches, then the Naorthern Baptist Convention, the Conservative Baptist Association, to today's Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International.
     
  3. TCassidy

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    I am a fundamental Southern Baptist. And I am very happy. Happy with my church. Happy with my pastor. Happy with my family. Happy with my life. And happy with my eternal future.

    Why would believing the fundamentals of the faith make a Christian unhappy?
     
  4. just-want-peace

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    I am basically an optimistic person, but not too sure as to the HAPPY label. I find it hard to see this country being decimated by the liberals (all parties), and be HAPPY in spite of it.
    HOWEVER, I can say that I'm at peace in spite of the circumstances simply because I know Who is in complete control!
     
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    Oh, I was under the impression you were a Particular Baptist!
     
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    I consider myself a fundamentalist and I am pretty happy about it :)
     
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    Well, maybe a Peculiar Baptist?

    I started out as an Independent Baptist of the CBA/GARBC variety. I was educated in an Independent Baptist Seminary loosely affiliated with the GARBC. I served for 40 years in Independent Baptist churches of various camps. I pastored an unaffiliated Independent Baptist Church for just under 27 years.

    When I retired and moved to the far, far south of Texas I checked out the churches in town and found the Southern Baptist Church to be most like my faith and practice. So we joined and are very happy. Of course, SBC churches in the far south of Texas tend to be much more conservative than even IFB churches in the north. :)

    Soteriologically I am a Particular Baptist, believing in Particular Redemption as opposed to General Atonement. :)
     
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  9. BrandonA

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    Then they're not fundamentalist.

    Fundamentalist just means that you believe the Bible in its entirety and superiority to all other truths. That includes truths like being joyful, loving one another, and avoiding turning "flesh and blood" into the enemy.

    Fundamentalist Christianity includes a very specific emotional and relational mindset as well as the heavier theological beliefs. There's absolutely no reason on earth for believers to be tetchy or spoiling for a fight.
     
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    Actually, no. Christian Fundamentalism is a belief in:

    1. The Deity of Christ.
    2. The Virgin Birth.
    3. The Blood Atonement.
    4. The Bodily Resurrection.
    5. The inerrancy of the scriptures.
     
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    Hi all, I am new here!

    I'm from Christchurch, New Zealand. I also post in another IFB website. I go to Christchurch Family Baptist, which is very much like an independent missionary landmark baptist churches.

    Just wanted to say that it is really hard for me sometimes being in a church like this because it is such a narrow path considering what the majority are doing. Even with what other so called churches are doing.

    There is joy though in the fellowship with my church family and comfort of the scriptures.

    Guess I am happy when with church members, but then with secular work and then other things like secular clubs and societies, then with most churches in my city being from the reformed traditions (Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran) and also Catholic tradition.. it gets hard to stay focused on the right path.

    So maybe happy.. but that isn't an always.
     
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    If you believe in the inerrancy of the Scriptures, does that not also mean, by extension, that we should love one another (John 13:34-35), be gracious and wise towards everyone (Col. 4:5-6), and always rejoicing (1 Thess. 5:16)? I mean, if you believe Scriptures are God's indilutable word to man, then does not fundamentalism include everything in it?
     
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    You are confusing a Statement of Faith with practical Christian living. :)
     
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    Happy is based upon what happens to a person.

    Joy is from the Lord.

    In my old age, I have had to learn to be content.
     
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  15. nodak

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    Thanks all! Good to hear the good reports. Helping with sick kin so cannot be online much right now.

    I believe part of what God used to lead me to faith was the way fundamentalist Baptists I knew led such kind, loving, happy, sane lives. I wanted that. They were not wishy washy at all as to teaching the truth, but their lives were so good in spite of whatever was going on that I wanted that.

    Sure wouldn't want to see that witness lost!
     
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    I respectfully question whether there's any relevant difference. Scripture tells us that we're to have a powerful witness before the world, and right now, we don't. Not that the world has an excuse before God in the end, but sometimes they have a legitimate point. Our attitude in our faith is every bit fundamental, in my view.
     
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    Speak for yourself.
     
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    I get the peculiar part.;)
     
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    What????

    You mean that one can be "right with God" and:
    • mix bathe
    • have long hair (on guys) and short hair (on women)
    • the women wear pants - even to and in church
    • not go soul winning every Saturday for a bus route
    • not shout "amen" at the preacher
    • attend public school
    • have other than a KJB

    Aren't these all found in Scriptures as a violation of God's standard?

    Doesn't the Bible say, that the preacher is the single authority in which everyone must consult before making any decisions (buying a house, car, moving from the area)? (this was actually preached at LDBC, Garland, TX and FBC, Hammond, Ind)

    :)

    Enjoy the weather in S. Texas this winter. My wife was originally from Harlingen.
     
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    Yes, to your first question and no to your second and third.
     

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