Two Kinds of Evangelicals

There is one kind of Evangelical that we might call “traditional.” These would be like those who distanced themselves from “modernists” or “liberals.” They hold to the fundamentals of the faith. Those early Evangelicals were characterized by separation from worldly things, a burden for the lost, clean living, missions, a love of the Scriptures, etc. More than a few of those who still hold to these basics do not realize how much Evangelicalism has changed from those early beginnings. There is another kind (with some sub-divisions) that still retain the label “Evangelical” but have drained it of much of its content. They have embraced some forms of worldly living, weakened on things like the total inspiration of the Bible, have introduced practices into churches that would have been refused a few years back, etc. In actuality, they have watered down “the basics,” in various degrees, so that any resemblance to the original is hard to find. I’m reminded of that timely warning found in II Corinthians 6:14-17, “….what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God;……wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,….” George H. Carr, in his hymn, “The Old Book and the Old Faith” underscores how important it is to be faithful to Scripture. “‘Mid the storms of doubt and unbelief we fear, stands a Book eternal that the saints hold dear; thru the restless ages it remains the same-’tis the Book of God, and the Bible is its name.” Selah!  Most programs, carnal methods, entertainment, fleshly music, many social and political activities, shallow preaching must give way to Spirit filled, Bible grounded Church life, if we have any hope of a true revival.   Ron

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