Why The Term "Christian Fundamentalism"
Causes So Much Confusion

Rock of Offence Special Commentary

One of our ministry goals is to draw attention to an aberrant brand of theology, which has existed since the first century - and now travels under countless different names and labels. It is often referred to by its generic name of "Christian or Bible fundamentalism". However, there are various preachers, churches and ministries, who also refer to themselves as "fundamentalist" ... yet actively work to expose this other distorted brand of "fundamentalism" because of its ability to lead believers astray in their faith. The following commentary will hopefully clear up some of this confusion.

Many denominations and churches that oppose the Apostle Paul's command to "rightly (or correctly) divide God's Word" (2 Timothy 2:15) - are attempting to advance a dangerous, yet widely accepted “anti-grace” brand of theology. Unfortunately, the term "Christian fundamentalism" (or simply the word "fundamentalist") is used to describe a majority, who support this erroneous way of interpreting the Bible.

However, as we previously
stated, there are also
those who call themselves
"fundamentalists" who reject
this majority view because
it leads Christians astray
in their faith.

The Rock of Offence ministry
is in this latter group.

A Christian "fundamentalist" is simply an individual, church or denomination that believes and practices the basic truths and tenants of the Christian faith. However, like so many things in the world of religion, there is both a right and a wrong way of defining these fundamentals.

Many in the world-wide institutional church, including those on both the Protestant and Catholic sides of the isle, refuse to "rightly (or correctly) divide" the Scriptures into its two vastly different covenant programs ... often referred to as Old Testament Israel and the New Testament Church (See Galatians 4:21-31, Hebrews 8:6-13). This failure results in mixing these covenant programs together, which produces a dangerously distorted view of the Bible ... and teaches the fundamentals of the Christian faith in a way that God never intended. Even worse, this large and diverse group of so-called Christian fundamentalists insist that their doctrine is the only one that truly represents God's Word.

Massive confusion occurs when two or more different brands of theology (and their many devoted followers) all operate under the same name. We see it in churches that claim to preach "the Gospel of Jesus Christ". But, the apostle Paul warned that there is both an authentic Gospel of Jesus Christ and a "different" (or counterfeit) gospel of Jesus Christ taught in the church. When two or more different doctrines or groups share the same name, it becomes difficult to discern the authentic from the counterfeit - unless you closely examine how they teach and believe the Bible. The failure to perform this examination ... which involves judging whether the doctrine in question produces "saving faith" - obviously carries unthinkable eternal consequences.


Contrary to popular beliefs, God does not honor spiritual counterfeits - regardless of how "Biblical" they appear to be--or the good intentions of its followers. Some of the worst heresies found within Christendom are specifically designed to look 'close to the truth'. Any well-made counterfeit is nearly indistinguishable from the original it seeks to replace. Otherwise, they wouldn't fool anyone. Because of this spiritually lethal situation, Paul gave the following warning to the Church ;

"Examine yourselves as to whether
you are in the faith. Test
yourselves. Do you not know
yourselves, that Jesus Christ is
in you? - unless indeed you are
are disqualified."
(2 Corinthians 13:5)

In his "Epistles to the Church", Paul teaches about the importance of "rightly (or correctly) dividing God's Word" (2 Timothy 2:15). Paul warned that this practice is what qualifies a minister or workman as being "approved by God". Therefore, it is important to consider what it means when church leaders and their followers fail to "rightly divide the Word" ... and insist on teaching it "undivided" - as much of the Christian Church does today.

Interpreting and teaching the Bible "undivided" is what created the heresy Paul constantly worked to expose in the various churches under his care. This error nearly destroyed the Galatian Church and motivated Paul to write his, "Epistle to the Galatians".

Failing to "rightly divide"
God's Word, is a refusal to
respect the Bible’s context.
This causes us to mix
Scriptures and programs
together that God
specifically said...should
never be mixed.

Concerning this popular practice - Old Testament Law and its works (also known as Judaism) is illegally mixed with the New Testament Grace of Jesus Christ. This creates a dangerous teaching that unknowingly cancels Grace and redefines the tenants of Christian salvation into something God never intended (See Romans 11:6). Unfortunately, this way of interpreting the Bible is found among a majority of Bible-believing Christians and those who call themselves "fundamentalists".

Throughout our studies and commentaries, we use various names and labels to describe those who oppose Paul's instruction and teach this misleading theology. Their followers are often told that the message is "God's original theology of the Bible". The following is a list of some of these names and labels ;

  • Treadmill religion
  • Pharisaical religion and theology
  • Christian Legalism
  • The Galatian Error
  • Galatianism
  • Galatian Religion
  • Lordship salvation and theology
  • The Jesus plus works gospel
  • Judeo-Christianity
  • Discipleship and Shepherding theology
  • Various types of Messianic Judaism
  • Jewish Roots Movement theology
  • Another Jesus
  • A Different Gospel
  • Meritorious salvation
  • The Judaized gospel
  • Dominion theology
  • Biblical theology
  • Biblical Christianity
  • Covenant theology
  • Reformed theology
  • Calvinsim - and "New Calvinism"
  • Liberal theology
  • Countless brands of Christian fundamentalism

A shocking number of Protestant churches and denominations (but, thankfully not all) use this forbidden method of handling the Scriptures. However, it is also practiced by the Roman Catholic Church, under different names and labels.

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