Trying to Defend Christianity by Betraying It

Tim Gombis has shared some powerful thoughts about fundamentalism. Here is a sample:

The fundamentalist error is the assumption that when I perceive some fundamental of the Christian faith to be threatened, I have the prerogative to be violent.

The implicit logic at work here is that at critical moments the best way to defend the Christian faith is to betray it.  The most effective way to advance the cause of Christ is to disobey his commands.

It is the conviction that James is wrong when he says that “the anger of man does not bring about the righteousness of God” (James 1:20).

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  • Nick Matzke

    Violent? I’m no fan of fundamentalism but it would be hard to argue that American Christian fundamentalism as a significant tradition of violence. In recent decades the term has come to be applied anachronistically e.g. to Muslim extremists but that’s basically a slur on the original American “fundamental Christians”.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I would have worded it differently myself, but I assumed that Tim envisaged violence being something that can take a variety of forms, including verbal, and not merely the act of hitting another person.

    • Susan Burns

      The tortured and murdered women of Salem might have a different view.

  • Susan Burns

    A Lutheran pastor apologized after being reprimanded for participating in an inter-faith vigil for the victims of Sandy Hook massacre. Apparently, dogmatic legalisms are more important to Lutherans than comforting broken families.

    • Susan Burns

      By elevating the legalisms of their sect above the spirit of Christ’s teaching, Lutherans can now be considered a cult.

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com/ Paul T. McCain

    Our church body believes it gives a public false witness when and if a
    representative of the Christian faith shares the platform and stage
    where representatives of other religions are given “equal time” and in
    which all religions are treated as equally valid expressions of truth.
    This has been the historic understanding and practice of the Christian
    religion for millennia and it would only come as a “shock” to a person
    who has become tolerant of the view that “every path leads to heaven.”

    I applaud our Synod’s president, Rev. Matthew Harrison, for discharging
    faithfully the duties of his office and working in a very pastoral
    manner with Pastor Morris. I also thank Pr. Morris for his keen
    sensitivity to the offense that his actions causes within our church
    body.

    If people are interested in reading the actual letter Pastors Harrison
    and Morris wrote they can follow this link:

    http://wmltblog.org/2013/02/letter-from-president-harrison-on-newt
    own-ct/

    • Susan Burns

      Paul, you obviously missed the point of the interfaith vigil. It was not supposed to be an opportunity to gain converts to the Lutheran “path to heaven”. It was to show support to the families of the victims. People that were there have expressed how healing the service was and how much love seemed to fill the venue. Other Christian sects did not reprimand their representatives and for you to imply that the Lutheran legalisms are universal to all Christians is misleading. Even the Muslim cleric was not reprimanded!; The Lutherans have discounted the healing that took place at that vigil which is the essence of the message of Jesus. You may applaud this action but I give them a loud boo hiss.


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