Sunday, September 28, 2014

Two Minutes With The Bible ~ Banners To Display

Banners To Display 

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

If there is one thing that God would have His people do amid the rising apostasy of our day it is to show their colors. As the enemy comes in like a flood, even Bible-believing Christians are apt to hide a banner which they should unfurl and boldly display. That banner is Christ. How many believers fear to speak up for Him because His name is increasingly despised!
But, as in any war of any size, many and varied flags are carried into battle, this is so in the Christian conflict too, for the Bible, godly living, faithful comrades, etc., are all banners by which we should take our stand, flags we should display.

One such banner is fundamentalism, a slogan, a battle cry, which many believers are putting aside and hiding away just when they should display and wave it boldly. Some, recognizing the spiritual decline among fundamentalists, prefer to be called simply believers or Christians. We can appreciate this point of view but do not feel it is valid in this time of spiritual crisis.

At a time when the fundamentals of the Christian faith are being threatened as never before, we can do much to show that we stand for these basic doctrines, identifying ourselves openly with them by calling ourselves fundamentalists. The rapid pace at which the apostasy is rising about us makes it the more urgent that we display this banner. We believe that there is strong Scriptural support for this view, e.g., in Acts 23:6, where we read that Paul called himself a Pharisee to show that he stood for basic Bible doctrine and against those who denied it.

Bible-believing Christian: show your colors!

To the Reader:
Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:
"It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles."
To this we would add that the same is true for the articles written by others that we continue to add, on a regular basis, to the Two Minutes library. We hope that you'll agree that while some of the references in these articles are dated, the spiritual truths taught therein are timeless.


Linda E said...

I am a Fundamentalist and stand by it. God's Word is not to be hidden, but declared. His Word is not to be shortened or twisted to suit our ease. It is sound doctrine. We need to 'show our colors' as much as possible.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sparky, Stopping by to wish you two a blessed Sunday.

Cloudy in north GA today.

Thanks for sharing this message. Hope the week ahead is full of many blessings!

Simply Linda said...

Totally agree with Linda E. Great post. Blessings

Patsy said...

Our Bible teacher wrote a book call "Follow The Colors" by R.B. Thieme Jr.
I like Heb. 10:38 (As retreating from combat)
Now the just shall live by faith:
but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Z said...

A far leftwinger Catholic who used to have accessibility to my blog (before I switched to WordPress and banned him he was there for years) used to call me FUNDAMENTALIST and I'd get defensive....a few months before I made the switch to WP, I realized I should NOT be defensive, that I absolutely stood BY the FUNDAMENTALS OF MY FAITH and let him know it...told him 'thanks for the compliment; I should be such a good believer'.

I only mention he's Catholic because he should know better. Leftwing thinking perverts everything, apparently? (Smile...couldn't resist getting that jab in!)