Modern-day Sadducees and Pharisees
Excellent post over on SBC Outpost: "Liberalism's first cousin."
Liberals expunge scripture in favor of cultural whims: women today should be pastors because Paul was a male chauvinist whose writings are woefully behind the times, homosexuality is acceptable if the partners are truly in love and committed to a monogamous relationship, etc. Fundamentalists decried this abuse of scripture (and rightly so) yet in practice they also deny the sufficiency of scripture for daily living, favoring often to appeal to heritage or accumulated practices rather than a dependence on scriptural authority.
Thus we are taught that we shouldn’t attend movies because of Hollywood wickedness, that we shouldn’t play cards because the Joker card represented Jesus, that we shouldn’t listen to secular music because Jimmy Buffet might smoke dope, that being "not of the world" means to withdraw from culture, on and on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
Now, while it is obvious to some that these positions are biblical, it is just as obvious to others that there are equally valid biblical reasons to hold opposing positions. Legalism is not an individual having a conviction to abstain from alcohol or not attend R-rated movies or having his hair cut above his ears. Legalism (and thus Fundamentalism) is the projection of that individual’s conviction onto another person who is not in violation of scripture.
Read it all.
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