The emergence of Biblical Fundamentalism late in the 19th century was not the creation of something new in Christendom. It was the call to return to the Apostolic roots of Christianity and to resist the efforts of modern liberalism to redefine the message of the Bible. The Bible conferences that took place at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada, beginning in 1876, recognized the theological drift that afflicted churches across the United States and Canada. Long before the appearance of the New Evangelicalism with its cultivation of dialogue with enemies of the faith and compromise of the faith’s core principles, the early Fundamentalists confronted the emissaries of German rationalism and their campaign against the cardinal doctrines of Christianity. They faced those enemies of the truth with resolve and summoned believers in Christ to take their stand for the separated witness of the Gospel.
Nearing the end of the second decade of the 21st century, Biblical Fundamentalism tends to be an expression of scorn and contempt among so-called conservative evangelicals who appear to desire the revival of the New Evangelicalism. The American Council of Christian Churches declines all association with such a desire. It takes its stand without apology for the faith once delivered to the saints. It bears the historic name of Biblical Fundamentalism as a badge of honor and an assertion that it will stand with Christ outside the camp of worldliness and compromise. For its 78th annual convention, to take place October 22-24 at Faith Chapel, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the American Council of Christian Churches calls the people of God to a revival of their old resolve to stand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. The history of Biblical Fundamentalism is replete with courageous contenders for the truth whose example 21st century believers do well to emulate. The answers to the challenge of this time lie in the Holy Scriptures and in their revelation of the glory of Jesus Christ. To both the written and Incarnate Word, the faithful people of God owe all their allegiance and the devotion of their lives.
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