Danbury Baptist Press

 

Why Cumbereth It The Ground?

by Pastor Kenneth T. Brooks

Why Cumbreth it the Ground? An examination of the origins and impact of American Christian Fundamentalism

 

Extract
This book is not an attack by enemies. It is a critique by friends.

It is not a plea for compromise. It is a call to liberty and strength.

To those within it, Fundamentalism is synonymous with obedience to God. The Fundamentalist tends to see everything outside the movement as error and abandonment of the movement as a betrayal of the Lord. For those who see Fundamentalism as the true expression of Biblical Christianity, the only alternatives seem to be either compromise or continued allegiance to Fundamentalist cause.

But the Bible believer does not have to choose between Fundamentalism and compromise. There is a third option, which it is the business of this book to present.
This book criticizes Fundamentalism. It does so not to advocate compromise but rather to call for strength and obedience. The authors’ concerns predate the infamy of the word fundamentalistthat has come with of the rise of militant Moslem Fundamentalism. Our concerns are not so shallow. Nor do we ask men to abandon Fundamentalism because the name carries unsavory connotations for “the unchurched.” Ours is not the criticism of pragmatism but of principle.

It is the Fundamentalist who has abandoned principle for pragmatism. The Fundamentalist movement arose out of expediency. It was built on less than full obedience to the Bible. Its origins are human and its achievements abysmal. As the characters in the children’s tale, it is time to admit that the emperor has no clothes. It is time for Bible-believers to admit that Fundamentalism has not worked and to abandon it.

This book is printed in the hope that it will cause good men everywhere to re-examine an association with Fundamentalism that they may never have questioned. They may never have considered that there is something other than Fundamentalism for the man who would obey God.

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