Saturday, February 19, 2011
The Way It Was - 1920
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This photo is a symbol of the early days of Fundamental Baptist beginnings. It is emblematic of a movement which began in earnest in the 1920's.
As noted in the picture, you will see the names J. Frank Norris and John R. Rice as the featured speakers. Fundamentalism is best described as a break from the staid ecclesiasticism long established as the norm.
One failing of ecclesiasticism lies in it's inability to give equal importance to the role of individual divine right and privilege. The message of Norris and Rice emphasized the scriptural doctrine of the priesthood of the believer. These back to the basics messages appealed to a whole host of common people, who were not too proud to consider these wooden tabernacles as holy ground.
These wooden tabernacles have now given way to modern cathedrals. Be that as it may, Fundamental Baptists should stand tall and be proud of their humble beginnings.