Pietists, Pharisees, And Fundamentalists -- By: Richard V. Clearwaters

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 04:4 (Winter 1961)
Article: Pietists, Pharisees, And Fundamentalists
Author: Richard V. Clearwaters

Pietists, Pharisees, And Fundamentalists

Richard V. Clearwaters

President Central Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary

We propose to use for this message two texts: Isaiah 59:19, “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him,” and Romans 12:21, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

These two texts give the Bible believing Christians of our generation the only Bible standard and the only Bible strategy

with which to preserve and preach the faith once for all delivered to the saints.


The prophecy of II Timothy three seems to be upon us: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of, those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

There is a popular cult of New Evangelicalism, called by “William E. Ashbrook, “The New Neutralism” and analyzed by the same author as being the exact opposite in its standard and strategy as outlined by the two texts above. His analysis makes this popular cult of current Christianity to be (1) A movement born in the spirit of compromise, (2) A movement nurtured on the pride of intellect, (3) A movement growing on the appeasement of evil, (4) And finally, a movement doomed by the judgment of God’s Holy Word. Christian Life magazine published a composite authorship article on the New Evangelical theology in the spring of 1956 under the title “Is Evangelical Theology Changing?” Some of the authors of this article whose names, pictures, and quotations appeared were Carl Henry, Vernon Grounds, Edward Carnell, Stanley Horton, Lloyd Kalland, Bernard Ramm, Warren Young, Terrelle Crum, and Kenneth Kantzer.

The ten headings of this article indicate the ten-fold standard that New Evangelicals are raising up against the- enemy coming in like a flood: 1. “A friendly attitude towards science,” 2. “A willingness to re-examine beliefs concerning the work of the Holy Spirit,” 3. “A more tolerant attitude toward varying views of eschatology,” 4. “A shift away from so-called extreme dispensatio...

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