Monday, November 01, 2004

The Revised Fundamentalist Version 

John 17

20 "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be scattered, Father, each to his own church. May they also be divided doctrinally so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the Bible that you gave me, that they may interpret it for themselves and separate one from another. 23 May their denominations be as numerous as the sand on the seashore to let the world know that the Bible is clear and easily understood.” (RFV).

Acts 8

27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Stay away from that chariot, for I will lead that man into all truth myself.” 30 But Philip ran up beside the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31 “Of course,” he said, “the Holy Spirit explains it to me.” So he told Philip to go away. (RFV).

Romans 11

20 They were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith alone. Do not be arrogant, but do not be afraid, either. 21 For although God did not spare the natural branches, he will spare you, for your salvation is assured. 22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you. And whether you continue in his kindness or not, you will never be cut off, for your salvation is assured. (RFV).

1 Corinthians 1

10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you decide for yourselves what the truth is, even if that leads to thousands of divisions among you, and that each denomination may be more or less united in mind and thought. Otherwise, let it divide yet further until it is more or less united in mind and thought. (RFV).

1 Corinthians 10

16 Is the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? Of course not, it’s just wine. And is the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Of course not, it’s just bread. 17 Although there is one loaf, we, who are many, form thousands of denominations, for we cannot agree on what the loaf represents. (RFV).

1 Peter 3

20 who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. 21 But unlike that, baptism does nothing, except remove dirt from the flesh. It is merely a visible reminder of the salvation you received by faith alone, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ...

If you want to see what Fundamentalism looks like through the jaundiced eyes of some Roman Catholics, do read this. Unfortunately, there is more than a degree of truth to some of the charges that Roman Catholics level against fundamentalists in many of these areas. Thanks to Andrew for the link.

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