INTERESTING QUOTE ON FUNDAMENTALISM
“By evangelical, I do not mean fundamentalist. An evangelical is one who has a major commitment to the Bible and to people coming to Christ. It’s not pietist… Mainstream evangelicalism is more intelligent about the Bible than fundamentalism.
“Fundamentalism is a reaction against the modern world rather than a commitment to the Bible. It is a kind of retrenchment, going back into a shell, talking only to people like themselves, naming the enemy. What happens with fundamentalism is an almost total rejection of the present culture — the creation of a counterculture, really, which tries to pretend it’s pure from Scripture, but doesn’t read Scripture intelligently. Fundamentalism is basically anti-intellectual because it reacts against. As a result, the Bible becomes a magic book of proof-texts, read irrespective of its historical context.
“Mainstream evangelicalism, on the other hand, has always given final authority to the Scriptures, and engages with the ethos of the culture so it can speak meaningfully into the culture’s language, into its worldview, and into its needs.” Graham Cray, interview, reprinted by permission The Door, May/June, 1994.
ANOTHER INTERESTING QUOTE
Recently a guest columnist wrote the following in a West Texas newspaper. He was defending the current direction of the SBC.
“Finally, a word to my Southern Baptist friends. Before you let anyone encourage you to lose confidence in our Cooperative Program or in any of our agencies or institutions or in our properly elected leadership, let me share with you a word of warning that came from the lips of one of our great leaders of yesteryear, Dr. B.H. Carroll. In addressing a Baptist assembly, he said, “There is no one more dangerous to us than those who feel called to ‘Save Us.’”
B.H. Carroll was certainly right! We could have avoided all this mess if a bunch of folks had not decided in 1979 to “save us” from the bogeyman of liberalism, that did not exist. And now the trustees at Southwestern have “saved” that institution by firing Dr. Dilday. The TBC message is “the BGCT does not need this kind of saving, thank you.” Just leave us in Texas alone.