This piece reads like a review of 20th-century church history by Rolland McCune (book) or David Beale (book). The kicker is, it’s by R. C. Sproul Jr. Either the Ligonier blog has been hacked or debacles like The Elephant Room are having the unplanned effect of bringing some clarity to the true state of modern evangelicalism. (Edit: The article was originally published in 2006, so read my allusion to recent events as “debacles like ER” not “debacles like ER.”) It’s not a long piece, so read it for yourself. Here are some choice cuts:
“What is it that distinguishes evangelicals and fundamentalists? Suddenly our problem becomes clear. An evangelical is a fundamentalist that wants the respect of modernists, and sells his soul to get it.”
“What separates evangelicals from fundamentalists is that we evangelicals don’t breathe fire, and we have fancy degrees hanging in our studies, instead of pictures of Billy Sunday. We evangelicals are they who cut this deal with the modernists, ‘We will call you brother, if you will call us scholar.'”
“Please don’t misunderstand. The point isn’t that the right way to believe in the fundamentals is to be stupid. Instead, the point is that the right way to believe in the fundamentals is with a holy indifference to what others think about us.”
“In our pride we have embraced a humility that won’t stand for anything.”
“The fundamentalists of the last century were laughed at and scorned. And for that they earned the praise of Jesus. May we find the courage not only to affirm the fundamentals, but may we be given a double portion of the spirit of the fundamentalists. They fought the good fight, while we collaborated. They kept the faith, while we merely kept our positions in our communities. May we learn to fear no man, and to fear God. For such is the beginning of wisdom.”
Fascinating…as will be the response of fundamentalists.