THE FUNDAMENTALIST IS A TOTALLY NEGATIVE PERSON

Updated April 19, 2006 (first published September 21, 1997) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org) -

The following letter is so typical of those I receive almost on a daily basis that I want to share it and my reply with our readers. It never ceases to amaze me that those who charge us with judgmentalism and pride are so CONSISTENTLY HAUGHTY AND JUDGMENTAL TOWARD US! (By the way, I am more than a fundamentalist. As a historical movement fundamentalism was a non-denominational Protestant endeavor that failed to exhibit zeal for the WHOLE counsel of God. I am a fundamentalist in the sense of being militant for the truth and separatistic toward error.)

LETTER FROM A READER

"You seem to evidence the kind of prejudice and such that seem to prevail among fundamentalists. Listen, David, you're not the only hippie to get saved -- praise God! I was a rock and roller dope dealer who was busted and saved back in 1972. I went though the same fundamentalist mindset you have. Most of what you have to say is negative. Do you stand FOR anything? Most of your posts have to do with what you stand against, and some of it is purely anachronistic -- you're preaching to the choir. You and I have a lot in common, but you can't be a healthy Christian and feed on such negativity all the time. At least, I wasn't when I thought like you. I hope you grow out of your "black and white" mindset. God bless your soul, my friend."

REPLY FROM BROTHER CLOUD

Hello, former fundamentalist. Sorry to hear about your backsliding. As for my black and white mindset, I praise the Lord for it. I am in good company. Every man of God through the centuries has had just such a mindset. Consider David: “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way” (Psa. 119:128). David was a very black and white sort of guy. Consider old Isaiah. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isa. 8:20). Isaiah was another black and white sort of guy. The Lord Jesus Christ definitely saw things in black and white, right and wrong. So did the bold apostles. Consider old Peter, James, and Jude. They were black and white guys for sure.

As for me being prejudiced, you are absolutely right. I am totally prejudiced for truth and against error.

As for me standing FOR anything, I stand for everything that I believe is right and true and holy and pure. My standard for discerning what falls into that category is the perfect and infallible Holy Scriptures. I stand for the Lord Jesus Christ and His lovely gospel of eternal salvation. I stand for the Bible, God's Holy Word, believing every word was breathed out by the Spirit of God. In English, I stand without hesitation for the old Authorized Version. I stand for every sound doctrine that is taught in God's Holy Word. I stand for the New Testament church that was founded by Christ and established by the Apostles. I stand for the preaching of the gospel to the ends of the earth, the baptism and discipleship of the saved, and the establishment of sound churches, and I have given 30 years of my life for it. I stand for men of God throughout the world who love God's Word and who are standing in its defense in these evil times. Hundreds of them on four continents are my personal friends. I stand for gentle Christian homes and sweet godly wives and caring, providing husbands. I stand for a thousand other things which are right and true and holy and pure. Have you never read the Way of Life Encyclopedia of the Bible & Christianity? It contains 500 pages of what I stand FOR.

As for me being a healthy Christian and feeding solely on negativity, you must be right, of course. I don't do anything at all other than sit around thinking and writing negativism 24 hours a day. I never talk and laugh with my sweet Christian wife. I never take her out on dates. When my boys were teenagers, I didn’t take them to baseball and basketball games or shooting guns or salmon fishing or snow boarding and skiing or playing Rook or anything at all. I don’t play with my granddaughter. I don’t enjoy going to the assembly to sing praises to God and hear the Word of God preached and to fellowship with the saints. I don’t have friends all over the world that I enjoy spending time with. I don’t have sweet times of prayer every day with the Lord. I don’t spend at a couple of hours every day answering e-mails from people who seek my help. I didn’t write a Bible Encyclopedia to bless and edify God’s people. I didn’t write a large book explaining difficult things in the Bible. I didn’t write a joke book to make the hearts of God’s people merry. I didn’t write a 15-volume Bible school course to help God’s people become better grounded in the Word of God. I didn’t start a Bible translation project which resulted in the creation of a sound New Testament in one of the Asian languages. I haven’t spent fourteen years in South Asia seeing souls won to Christ and starting sound New Testament churches.

All of these things must be the figment of my imagination, because I am a fundamentalist and everyone knows that fundamentalists are totally unhealthy, negative people.