fundamentalism: liberty vs. abstinence

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In the last session, Ptr. Noel Espinosa showed how fundamentalism forced serious Christian people into a practice of abstinence. How abstinence robs a Christian of his enjoyment of his freedom/liberty in Christ


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2. Click icon to add pictureRudolf BultmannKarl Barth 3. The Fundamentals 4. Click icon to add picturReuben A. TorreyBenjamin B. WarfieldArminian; DispensationalistDoctrines of Grace; Reformed 5. Errors Unchallenge dTruths DefendedEvangelical Fundamentalis mEvangelism becomes Decisionism Spirituality becomes Conservatism Liberty becomes Abstinence 6. (1) For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (13) For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but Galatians 5:1,13 through love serve one another. 7. To be pious in the worldPietismSeparation from the World The World is contaminatingContemplatio n of Spiritual Things The spiritual has nothing of the worldly 8. Click icon to add pictureDispensational Eschatology Return of Christ is very near = world to be destroyed 9. Trichotomous View: Three PartsConstitutio n of ManBody = Physical EarthSoul = Internal SelfSpirit = Spiritual GodTo be spiritual takes the form of physical self-denial, and separation from earthly things 10. King James Version Original 1611 cover 11. World Believers Under ChristUnbeliever s Not under ChristThings of the World: Work Money Entertainment Religion 12. (13) "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste,World its saltiness be how shall restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under Unbeliever Believers people's feet. sUnder (14) "You are the light of the world. A city Not under Christ set on a hill cannot be hidden. Christ(15) Nor do people light a lamp and put it Things on a World: under a basket, but of thestand, and it gives light to Work all in the house. Money (16) In the same way, let your light shine Entertainment before others, so that they may see your good Religion works and give glory to your Father who is in Matthew 5:13-16 heaven. 13. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and 1 Peter 4:3-4 they malign you; 14. I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people-not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would 1 Corinthians 5:9-10 need to go out of the world. 15. Fundamentalist SeparatismBeliever Unbeliev s ers Withdrawal from the World and the things of the World Separation so as not to be contaminated, rather than engagement to influence Abstain from all appearance of evil 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (KJV) 16. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world. And 2:15-17 1Johnthe world is passing away 17. Biblical Moderation Things of the WorldModeration and RestraintVictory over IndulgenceUse of mind in self-knowledge, while appreciating Gods giftsFundamentalist Prohibition Things of the WorldAbstinenceImposition of man-made rules, breeding legalist spiritLegalistic Rules 18. Biblical Moderation Things of the WorldModeration and RestraintVictory over IndulgenceUse of mind in self-knowledge, while appreciating Gods giftsNow the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and 1 Timothy 4:1-4 nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 19. Fundamentalist Prohibition Things of the WorldAbstinenceLegalistic RulesImposition of man-made rules, breeding legalist spiritIf with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations-- "Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch" (referring to things that all perish as they are used)--according to human precepts and Colossians 2:20-22 teachings? 20. Drunkenne ss Should there be prohibition of wine to prevent drunkenness?Gluttony Should we then forbid food to prevent gluttony? 21. US constitution: Amendment XVIII After one (1919) year from theratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all the territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for 22. Click icon to add pictureAl Capone (1899-1947) The face of gangsterism in the period of Prohibition 23. US constitution: Amendment XXI (1933)The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed. 24. Christian Liberty Deliverance from condemnation of Law Free from guilt Free to obey God alone is Lord of the conscience No man-made rules on the conscienceFree to Restrain for Higher ReasonsReligious Ethical ContextPersonal Spiritual ConstraintNo participation in evilNo exposure to temptationWeaker BrotherNo stumbling-blo ck to conscienceChristian TestimonyNo hindrance to evangelism 25. Click icon to add pictureFundamentalist Holier-than-thou attitude vs Humility of Christian Liberty 26. In the wake of 9/11 27. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4: 4


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