It’s Super Tuesday!
And it is time for a rousing Mormon-Evangelical debate.
Tonight, with all the American politics raging among us, I just opened up a mail order on a new book, Claiming Christ(Brazos Press, 2007) by Robert L. Millet and Gerald R. McDermott.
After reading the introduction, I pause to quote McDermott:
Fundamentalists tend to read the Bible more literally, while evangelicals tend to look more carefully at genre and literary and historic context. Fundamentalists question the value of human culture that is not created by Christians or related to the Bible, whereas evangelicals see God’s “common grace” working in and through all human culture. Fundamentalists tend to restrict their social witness to protests against homosexual practice and abortion, but evangelicals also want to fight racism, sexism, and poverty. Fundamentalists often want to separate themselves from liberal Christians (which sometimes means evangelicals), while evangelicals are more willing to work with other Christians toward common religious and social goals. While both groups preach salvation by grace, fundamentalists tend to focus so much on rules and restrictions (do’s and don’ts) that their hearers can get the impression that Christianity means following behavioral rules. Evangelicals, on the other hand, focus more on the person and work of Christ, and personal relationship with him, as the heart of Christian faith (10, emphasis mine).
As a fundamentalist, I put in bold italics the sentence that is the huge heart issue for me. If someone does not confess Jesus is Lord and embrace the heart of the gospel, I do not consider this person a Christian. I separate myself from Marcus Borg and his “liberal Christianity.” The person and work of Jesus Christ, fully man and fully God, is everything to me. And yes I will separate from other “evangelicals” on this issue.
Thinking of heart issues . . .