You can’t hang with fundamentalists and not hear about separation. And if you were a convert to a fundamentalist sect, there’s a good likelihood you heard about separation before you heard about Jesus.
With 2Co 6:4-18, 7:1 as his text, Pastor Lee Stauff of Grace Bible Church in Orwigsburg, PA preached ‘Biblical Separation Defended‘ this April past. Stauff’s stuff was as typical as his selected text.
— Don’t be yoked with unbelievers (14)
— Come out and be separate (17)
— Don’t touch (17)
This was followed with yesterday’s message, ‘Distinguishing Right from Wrong.’ Presumably, this is something Independent Fundamentalist Baptists alone are able to do. Against this theory are the multitudinous splits and factions which arise among Fundamentalist, Baptistic sects. But in any case, all IFBs insist on separating from worldly believers. In that, Pastor Stauff is clear — don’t be yoked, be separate, don’t touch.
Except when you must join it.
Joining the World
When he isn’t on the campaign trail, Pastor Brad Cranston serves or perhaps is served by the Heritage Baptist ‘Church’ of Burlington IA. Pastor Brad Cranston appears to be no stranger to political endorsements. Five years ago, he stood behind other candidates.
Lest the word, ‘endorsement’ seem to overstate the case, consider Mr. Cranston’s words from a more recent post on his twitter account:
Trump endorses men using girls bathrooms. Cruz responds with the truth. Wake up Christians! Vote Cruz!
And this week past, Lee Cranston gave us this:
It begs to be asked why people like Brad Cranston belong in ministry at all. If their political convictions are so critical to them, they might resign their position and run for office.
Also pertinent — if Mr. Cranston continually attaches his name to political endorsements in venues which also publish his ministerial credentials, why should his church be granted tax exemption?
Again, why does Mr. Cranston mar the witness of his congregation and endanger its financial stability by openly breaking our laws?
Lastly, if Biblical separation matters enough to Christian Fundamentalism that they must separate from Christians that are worldly, WHY do they associate God’s direct action with secular political campaigns?
Leaving the World…of Fundamentalism
This isn’t separation at all. This is the epitome of worldliness. And it stands unchallenged in the Independent, Fundamental Baptist movement.
If fundamentalism doesn’t believe ‘don’t be yoked, be separate, don’t touch,’ it seems odd that the rest of us are held to that standard. It seems that separation would require us to leave fundamentalism.