“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Rev. 13:16-17
During the 20th century, the “bogeyman” of Communism had appeared. Following the Second World War, the Cold War had the world, particularly those of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (U.S.S.R.) and America, on the edge of their seats wondering who was going to press the button first. This act would have released their Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles to rain down on each other and cause certain and instantaneous death to many millions on every side. Then, almost suddenly, in 1989 the Berlin Wall came down from between East and West Germany and in 1991, when the U.S.S.R. was dissolved, the world breathed a collective sigh of relief thinking that the necessary deterrence of Mutually Assured Destruction had finally come to an end.
Then came the 21st century when the globalists needed a new bogeyman. Thus, the world adopted a new fear described as, “extremism”, otherwise known as, “fundamentalism”. This fear tactic, purposely employed by the powers that be was very effectively displayed on the world stage by the iconic demolition of the World Trade Towers on September 11th, 2001. Of course, the media laid the blame squarely at the feet of extremist and fundamentalist Muslims and reported that this was only a small group of madmen that perpetrated such an act of destruction in the name of Allah. The American government’s reaction to this chaos was swift and sure: exploit this opportunity and tighten the grip on its citizens’ rights, physically, spiritually and mentally. They immediately suspended constitutional rights and rewrote legislation to further empower the government over its people through unprecedented enforcement laws such as The Patriot Act, among dozens of others. So, chaos is caused. It is created, well designed, and will be employed to control citizens of the world now and in the future. Cause and effect? Note the word, “causeth” using God’s words in our above referenced Bible text speaking of the Antichrist in this clear prophecy. Each of these ‘bogeymen’ are purposely caused by the few global elite to further our end-time, one-world government as spoken of in the Book of Revelation found in God’s Word.
Lately, many of the countries in the world are beginning to point out their own “bogeyman” of fundamentalism. The interesting thing is that each of these countries agree that their bogeyman is not the root of the problem. They all seem to say that religion is the cause of all the problems that face them and their citizens. Do not believe it! This belief is a New Age lie of age old proportions forced upon on the world today, a lie that is both anti-Christ and occult to the core. Even while out at street-preaching in my local area or speaking to an unsaved person elsewhere, the main qualm I hear out there is that religion is the crux of the world’s problems. I hear people say that every war, every skirmish, all the schisms, arguments, differences and disagreements between any country are all ultimately caused by the difference in religious beliefs. However, whenever I ask any of those people, “which religion is to blame?”, they all seem to be very quick to say that it is not any particular religion, but that it is always that small group of extremists that are to blame. Any extremists, whether they are Muslim extremists, Christian extremists, or even Sikh extremists seem to have become the modern day bogeyman. For instance, as I read in a headline from the Canadian Press, “Indian minister expresses concern to PM about Sikh extremists in Canada” illustrates the target the media is pointing our attention to.
What does “fundamental” even mean? The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines it as:
FUNDAMENTAL, a. Pertaining to the foundation or basis; serving for the foundation. Hence, essential; important; as a fundamental truth or principle; a fundamental law; a fundamental sound or chord in music.
FUNDAMENTAL, n. A leading or primary principle, rule, law or article, which serves as the ground work of a system; essential part; as the fundamentals of the Christian faith.
Using some examples from the world, we find for instance: fundamentals at school, or basics such as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Arithmetic could be the most intolerant thing in the world, because from time immemorial to time in eternity, 1 + 1 will always equal 2. There are also fundamentals in sports such as skating in hockey, fundamentals in music such as common time signatures or basic keys, fundamental scientific laws such as, gravity, thermodynamics, or conservation, (although our evolutionist friends must break these laws to support their religion!) These examples are all foundational, basic, or fundamental, if you will. Similarly, fundamental Bible believers are simply people who believe that there is one Bible written by one perfect God who is perfect in every way and that everything He says, we need to do in obedience. These are basic fundamentals of the faith, just like 1 + 1 =2! However, this is not a blind faith, but a faith that is practiced and based on empirical evidence like signposts on life’s path that we look back on and use to bolster our next act of faith that God will bring us to. These are fundamentals of the faith. The fundamental truth is that Jesus died for everyone who has ever lived on this earth and that, as part of the Godhead, He wants you to accept what He did on the cross at Calvary – by faith. I was not there. You were not there. But, we have God’s Word and many recorded witnesses who were there and know that historical moment to be fact. We must all believe in the grace of Jesus through a fundamental faith in this faithless world. To do so, we must set ourselves aside: all our pride, our self-reliance, our self-assurance and trust in the one who has proven Himself by His creation all around us. So, we find, fundamentalism in of itself is obviously not the real problem.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb. 11:6
Since these terms such as, “fundamentalists” and “extremists” often have many evil characters with a history of wicked acts attached to them and since Christians are often labeled as, “fundamentalists”, we often find the Christians lumped in with these evil ones. It is implied that we as fundamentalist or basic Bible believers must also be inherently evil. I think you would agree that if I wanted you to believe the following statement you would think me to be ridiculous: “all lawyers wear ties. I wear a tie, therefore I am a lawyer.” As ridiculous as that may be, in these last days, the liberal media portrays the Bible believers as intolerant and inflexible to be absolutely dangerous and hateful all because we have a fundamental belief in God and His Word. It would be ridiculous to say that someone that believes in the basic teachings of the Bible is inherently dangerous except that there was some other force at work. Any Christian that is living right with the Lord according to His Word would not set out to hurt anyone purposefully in any way. Truly, our only real weapon is the Word of God, which is the Sword of the Spirit. The worst you will get from us is a tract of paper with some cartoons, including what I believe to be a plan for every person’s salvation. Hate literature? No. Love literature! Why would I set myself up, knowing I would be hated by society, only to save someone from certain death unless I truly loved those dear lost ones and moreover that the Jesus who saved me loves the lost! Logically, one would think I should abandon them and say, “forget about you – you have made your choice!” Instead, we are accused of hating people by not giving up on them. That does not even make sense! Prov.18:24 says, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” We would never want even to see a stranger be hurt, particularly for all eternity. This becomes a matter of obedience to the Spirit of God. The fundamental truth of God’s Word is this:
“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Gal. 5:17-23
I will say we are guilty of seeing people as spiritual beings. We are guilty of seeing people as souls that are going to Hell and we who possess the answer to save them from that abysmal eternity are trying to tell them what we, and the many millions like us, believe by faith: Jesus loves you and died for you to save you from that eternal damnation. If that is the worst you will get from a fundamental Christian, then how could they be dangerous? The separation between the evil terrorist and the true Bible believer becomes so vast so to become diametrically opposed one to another. Now, we are getting to the truth of the matter: there is no way someone can be guilty of being evil by merely being a fundamental Bible believer.
So, summing it up, it seems that, “extremism” or, “fundamentalism” has been caused by a small group of elitists to be the global New Age “bogeyman” to receive the blame of everything that is wrong with the world today. We should not be surprised by this. Since the master of this world will want the true Bible believers to be destroyed or sifted as wheat, as in Peter’s case, he will want society to think that Bible believing Christians are an extreme threat, even worthy of severe punishment for their beliefs. If society has ever heard reports of a steady stream of acts of hatred by an individual or group, whether they call themselves Christian or not, chances are great that they are not fundamental Christians who were saved from their sin. But, we as saved people are lumped in with the haters and the dangerous so the unsaved will be discouraged from hearing the good news of the gospel that we have to share. Remember, dear friends: this is a spiritual battle. The Bible teaches, if we are to be hated to the degree that the Bible says we must be, it inevitably must come to this. It is our privilege to know, the Bible says the servant is not greater than his master. Persecution is guaranteed to come!
“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
Remi Fernhout ©2012