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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fundamentalism and Freedom

...the freedom promised by fundamentalists often leads to frustration and confusion.  After one converts to fundamentalism, spiritual growth is gauged on how separate he or she is from the popular culture.  Every failure in their goal to remain separate reminds them that they are losing the battle against the world... The shame and guilt experienced because of these failures to remain truly separate can lead to bitterness and self-deprecation... there is another option for fundamentalists who feel they have failed to live up to their holy calling.  Rather than sinking into depression or rededicating their lives at the altar, they might find encouragement in their realization that the Apostle Paul’s instruction was that Christians are to reject any human invention of spirituality and be conformed – not to a subculture – but to the image of Christ.

Shelton L. WoodsA Broken Mirror: Protestant Fundamentalism in the Philippines (Quezon City: New Day Publishers, 2002), 197.


george dunn said...

I spent years in fundamentalism from which I acquired an enduring sense of unworthiness, guilt and shame. for years I was snared in the performance trap..trying to live up to my calling. It left me bloody and raw and far outside of the grace of God. Rediscovering a loving Father has been a long and diffficult journey. I have not yet fully arrived but many of the shackles that bound me have been broken by the love of god.

Sometimes it is desperately lonely (in a human sense) here outside of the box but it is blessed.

scott saboy said...

sure is, brother. strange that i found true faith outside the institutional church. had i remained in the dungeon of fundamentalism/sectarianism, i'd have lost my faith in God. thanks for dropping by and letting me know of another fellow struggler in the faith outside the box...