For a New new Independent Fundamental Baptist Church

  1. 2 Corinthians 6:14 King James Version (KJV)
  2. 14 “ Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? “
  3. So many people have forgotten the true meaning of this verse.
  4. Sadly, we do have the experiences of American churches to blame. It is certainly nothing strange — as experiences always shape the culture of the nation somehow — yet seeing the level of misapplication of this doctrine today, I have to say it’s saddening.
  5. In mid-XIX century, the American church faced a crisis, finding itself from attack by two major foes. First one was called “evolution” and rose up to discredit the Biblical account of Genesis. The second one was known as “biblical criticism” and sought to destroy the idea of scripture’s ierrancy. Even today we see the wicked fruit of those two. However, the sad thing was that despite resistance from multiple brave Christians, American church slowly started giving ground. Theological liberalism, which was already a strong current in XVIII century America, became the norm.
  6. The issue divided the church. The ones who still believed in the “fundamentals” founded the “fundamentalist” movement. Their intentions were, very often, noble and I cant condemn their deeds. They sought to “separate” from denominations that no longer adhered to Biblical truth — and rightfully did so. The problem, however, was that very soon the idea of “separation” started to become a goal in itself.
  7. Recently, an IFB church had written an entire paper about a “third degree separation” that apparently meant the idea to separate from denominations that refused to openly break every tie with those the person disagreed with. Soon, the idea of “separation” had spread on other areas as well. Some IFB churches taught that we are forbidden to have anything to do with unbelievers unless it’s soulwinning (usually organized in shallow, street preaching way).
  8. Was that what Jesus did, when we found him eating with worst kind of sinners and offenders? After all, the “clergy” of his day frequently attacked him for that.
  9. A thinking reader obviously understand the problem. The problem, at this point, is a Christian form of escapism. Various forms of fundamentalist Christianity choose, seeing ever spreading darkness around them — to put their head into the sand and flee into the safety of the church’s walls. Which soon after prove to be far less ideal than imagined, because the same human vices that rage into presidents and kings rage in pastors and elders, who are as fragile when it comes to sinning as the rest of the people.
  10. What is the true context of the verse above, and how the Christian should apply his position to the world then? The key word here is “unequally”. An unequal yoke is the kind of yoke that requires you to sacrifice Christ in process of keeping it. Thus, while Jesus frequently ate with the worst kind of sinners, he never let them attract himself into the sin. I know this process may be extremely hard, as temptations always exist — but it does not mean they are not worth enduring. Yes, when the people around you, believing or not, ask you to do something contrary to scripture — you always ought to refuse. But as long as the relationship does not force you to do so, you should use it to forward the kingdom.
  11. Daniel and his friends were key people in Babylon — but they were not OF Babylon. They operated and interacted with it, showing it the way while never embracing the ways of the famed ancient Empire that went contrary to God’s commands. We should take a look at them and istead of fleeing, use them as our model. As the darkness falls around us, unsaved world needs our light more than ever — a light that can not be obscured by Church’s walls.