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Abstinence
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Rudolf Bultmann

Karl Barth
The Fundamentals
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Reuben A. Torrey

Benjamin B.
Warfield

Arminian; Dispensationalist

Doctrines of Grace; Reforme...
Errors
Unchallenge
d

Truths
Defended

Evangelical
Fundamentalis
m

Evangelism becomes Decisionism
Spirituality becomes Co...
(1) For freedom Christ has set
us free; stand firm therefore,
and do not submit again to a
yoke of slavery.
(13) For you w...
To be pious in the world

Pietism

Separation
from the
World
The “World” is contaminating

Contemplatio
n of Spiritual
Thi...
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Dispensational Eschatology
Return of Christ is “very near” = world to be destroyed
Trichotomous View: Three Parts

Constitutio
n of Man

Body = Physical
Earth

Soul = Internal Self

Spirit = Spiritual
God
...
King James Version
Original 1611 cover
World
Believers
Under
Christ

Unbeliever
s
Not under
Christ

Things of the World:
• Work
• Money
• Entertainment
• Religio...
(13) "You are the salt of the earth, but if
salt has lost its taste,World its saltiness be
how shall
restored? It is no lo...
For the time that is past suffices
for doing what the Gentiles
want to do, living in sensuality,
passions, drunkenness, or...
I wrote to you in my letter not
to associate with sexually
immoral people-not at all meaning the sexually
immoral of this ...
Fundamentalist Separatism

Believer
Unbeliev
s
ers
Withdrawal from the World and the
things of the World
– Separation so a...
Do not love the world or the
things in the world. If anyone
loves the world, the love of the
Father is not in him.
For all...
Biblical Moderation
Things of the
World

Moderation
and Restraint

Victory over
Indulgence

Use of mind in self-knowledge,...
Biblical Moderation
Things of the
World

Moderation
and Restraint

Victory over
Indulgence

Use of mind in self-knowledge,...
Fundamentalist Prohibition
Things of the
World

Abstinence

Legalistic
Rules

Imposition of man-made rules, breeding legal...
Drunkenne
ss
Should there be
prohibition of
wine to prevent
drunkenness?

Gluttony
Should we then
forbid food to
prevent
g...
US constitution:
Amendment XVIII
After one
(1919) year from the

ratification of this article the
manufacture, sale, or
tr...
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Al Capone
(1899-1947) The face of gangsterism in the period of Prohibition
US constitution:
Amendment XXI (1933)

The eighteenth article of
amendment to the Constitution
of the United States is her...
Christian Liberty
•
•
•
•

Deliverance from condemnation of Law
Free from guilt
Free to obey
God alone is Lord of the cons...
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Fundamentalist “Holier-than-thou”
attitude
vs Humility of Christian Liberty
In the wake of 9/11
Rejoice in the Lord
always; again I will say,
Rejoice.
Philippians 4: 4
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Fundamentalism: Liberty vs. Abstinence

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In the last session, Ptr. Noel Espinosa showed how fundamentalism forced serious Christian people into a practice of abstinence. How abstinence robs a Christian of his enjoyment of his freedom/liberty in Christ

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Fundamentalism: Liberty vs. Abstinence

  1. 1. Abstinence
  2. 2. Click icon to add picture Rudolf Bultmann Karl Barth
  3. 3. The Fundamentals
  4. 4. Click icon to add pictur Reuben A. Torrey Benjamin B. Warfield Arminian; Dispensationalist Doctrines of Grace; Reformed
  5. 5. Errors Unchallenge d Truths Defended Evangelical Fundamentalis m Evangelism becomes Decisionism Spirituality becomes Conservatism Liberty becomes Abstinence
  6. 6. (1) For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (13) For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but Galatians 5:1,13 through love serve one another.
  7. 7. To be pious in the world Pietism Separation from the World The “World” is contaminating Contemplatio n of Spiritual Things The spiritual has nothing of the worldly
  8. 8. Click icon to add picture Dispensational Eschatology Return of Christ is “very near” = world to be destroyed
  9. 9. Trichotomous View: Three Parts Constitutio n of Man Body = Physical Earth Soul = Internal Self Spirit = Spiritual God To be spiritual takes the form of physical self-denial, and separation from earthly things
  10. 10. King James Version Original 1611 cover
  11. 11. World Believers Under Christ Unbeliever s Not under Christ Things of the World: • Work • Money • Entertainment • Religion
  12. 12. (13) "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste,World its saltiness be how shall restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under Unbeliever Believers people's feet. s Under (14) "You are the light of the world. A city Not under Christ set on a hill cannot be hidden. Christ (15) Nor do people light a lamp and put it Things on a World: under a basket, but of thestand, and it gives light to • Work all in the house. • Money (16) In the same way, let your light shine • Entertainment before others, so that they may see your good Religion works and give •glory to your Father who is in Matthew 5:13-16 heaven.
  13. 13. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and 1 Peter 4:3-4 they malign you;
  14. 14. I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people-not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would 1 Corinthians 5:9-10 need to go out of the world.
  15. 15. Fundamentalist Separatism Believer Unbeliev s ers Withdrawal from the World and the things of the World – Separation so as not to be contaminated, rather than engagement to influence Abstain from all appearance of evil – 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (KJV)
  16. 16. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world. And 2:15-17 1Johnthe world is passing away
  17. 17. Biblical Moderation Things of the World Moderation and Restraint Victory over Indulgence Use of mind in self-knowledge, while appreciating God’s gifts Fundamentalist Prohibition Things of the World Abstinence Imposition of man-made rules, breeding legalist spirit Legalistic Rules
  18. 18. Biblical Moderation Things of the World Moderation and Restraint Victory over Indulgence Use of mind in self-knowledge, while appreciating God’s gifts Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and 1 Timothy 4:1-4 nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
  19. 19. Fundamentalist Prohibition Things of the World Abstinence Legalistic Rules Imposition of man-made rules, breeding legalist spirit If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations-- "Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch" (referring to things that all perish as they are used)--according to human precepts and Colossians 2:20-22 teachings?
  20. 20. Drunkenne ss Should there be prohibition of wine to prevent drunkenness? Gluttony Should we then forbid food to prevent gluttony?
  21. 21. US constitution: Amendment XVIII After one (1919) year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all the territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for
  22. 22. Click icon to add picture Al Capone (1899-1947) The face of gangsterism in the period of Prohibition
  23. 23. US constitution: Amendment XXI (1933) The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
  24. 24. Christian Liberty • • • • Deliverance from condemnation of Law Free from guilt Free to obey God alone is Lord of the conscience No man-made rules on the conscience Free to Restrain for Higher Reasons Religious Ethical Context Personal Spiritual Constraint No participation in evil No exposure to temptation Weaker Brother No stumbling-blo ck to conscience Christian Testimony No hindrance to evangelism
  25. 25. Click icon to add picture Fundamentalist “Holier-than-thou” attitude vs Humility of Christian Liberty
  26. 26. In the wake of 9/11
  27. 27. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4: 4

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