Why Fundamental?


“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised:) –Hebrews 10:23

Legacy Baptist Church is a fundamental church. The term is often misunderstood and misapplied, but the basic concept is one from which we do not shy. We believe the Scriptures teach that the New Testament local church is to defend the Christian faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3) in light of an ever-increasing religious apostasy and degenerating society (2 Tim. 3:1-14).

Why do we call ourselves ‘fundamentalists’, and what do we mean by the term? Consider the following definition given by the World Congress of Fundamentalists in 1976:

“A Fundamentalist is a born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ who–

Maintains an immovable allegiance to the inerrant, infallible, and verbally inspired Bible.

Believes that whatever the Bible says is so.

Judges all things by the Bible, and is judged only by the Bible.

Affirms the foundational truths of the historic Christian Faith: The doctrine of the Trinity; the incarnation; virgin birth; substitutionary atonement; bodily resurrection and glorious ascension; and Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ; the new birth through regeneration by the Holy Spirit; the resurrection of the saints to eternal life; the resurrection of the ungodly to final judgment and eternal death; the fellowship of the saints, who are the body of Christ.

Practices fidelity to that Faith and endeavors to preach it to every creature.

Exposes and separates from all ecclesiastical denial of that Faith, compromise with error, and apostasy from the Truth.

Earnestly contends for the Faith once delivered.”

When properly defined, all Bible-believers should be glad to wear and bear the fundamentalist label. In the strict sense as provided above, Legacy Baptist Church is indeed identified as such.

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” — Colossians 2:6-7