Tom’s idea of having different ministers from the various churches share their beliefs was enlightening to all the young people in the afterschool Bible study. They found out that all the churches do not recognize dispensations in the Bible. Susan tried to get a girl from her class to attend but she replied, “I am not allowed to attend Bible studies with other churches.” Susan was shocked to learn that her friend’s group did not believe that Jesus Christ is God, nor did they believe in Hell for the lost people. These people were called Jehovah’s Witnesses. They called themselves Christians, but were they?
Fundamentalists, Evangelicals, and New Evangelicals
In our last lesson, we learned of the religious movement called “modernism.” It has its roots in human reason and denies the divine inspiration and truth of Scripture, especially the miracles. With the popularity of modernism and the compromising of the Christian message, Bible believing Christians started a powerful movement called “fundamentalism.” It was simply Christian leaders and their churches who wanted to take a stand against modernism and for the Bible as the inspired Word of God. They were called “fundamentalists” because they stood for the fundamentals of the Christian faith. There were originally five of these: 1) the inspiration of the Bible, 2) the depravity of man, 3) redemption through Christ’s blood, 4) the true Church made up of all believers, 5) the coming of the Lord to set up His reign on earth.
This article was published by the Berean Bible Society in the free monthly Bible study magazine,The Berean Searchlight. The article is excerpted from the Growing Up In Grace Sunday School curriculum. We have included a few paragraphs of the article here, but you can read the entire article using the link above.