3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.
Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
1 Cor. 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.
Eph. 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Col. 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.
Col. 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
1 Tim. 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sover, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves, for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
I could list hundreds of even more verses, but this list should be a good start to convict the heart of many a modern "Fighting Fundamentalist" who has strayed from the Pauline Epistles and the true Christian doctrine of "speaking the truth in love," and "exhorting" others, rather than "extorting" them, and ridiculing them only to make themselves feel good.
Where's the love? Where's the charity?" Where's the kindness in modern Christian circles? Sadly, it's often not there.
What the world needs are more TRUE CHRISTIANS, who will stand for the truth, and earnestly "contend" for the faith, but will do so with the right attitude and the right heart, not attacking in the flesh, but contending in the spirit.
I mention all this, as I recently tried to get on a "Fundamentalist" Forum internet board. As I read through some of the discussions, I quickly found they turned into heated debates. I finally had to get out of that site completely, as those who claimed to be Christians were attacking each other so vehemently, that they were not only name-calling, but even cussing one another out. Where is this in the Bible? It's not there. These so-called brethern (God knoweth if they are saved or not, as they are showing forth a carnal nature rather than a spiritual one) were not dealing with each other they way that the Bible instructs us to. They were only interested in their own opinions, and they were willing to fight tooth and nail to make themselves look right. In short, they were Funny-mental-ists!
What's needed today are more TRUE CHRISTIANS, who practice discernment but also are able to deal with others in a cool, considerate, and compassionate fashion. If a man is a heretic or believes wrong, it's not my job to "Slam him" and "shut him up." I'm only supposed to give him the truth and show him he's wrong. If he doesn't want to hear it, it's not my place to call him names, scream at him, cuss him out, or put him down. I am only responsible to God for whether I told him the truth or not, and I should make sure to open the scriptures and show him the verses. If he rejects it, I reject him. But I don't go into attack mode and allow my flesh to take over, for this is exactly what the Devil wants. It makes me out to be the bad guy, and my testimony is shot. If only modern Fundamentalists would think about this and react in the same way.
Sadly, it appears they will not. They are just like those that Paul mentions, who are following a MAN or a MOVEMENT, and they are more interested in defending themselves and their own viewpoints rather than the Bible's. They believe they are right because they have the "majority" behind them, and they will never allow themselves to entertain the thought that it's possible that the majority might be wrong. Because they have numbers, they feel they can attack and then hide behind their cohorts. But they never seem to realize that this exactly what the Apostle Paul was against. He wanted unity in the body of Christ. And the only way to acheive it was to stop the man worship and stop the carnal practice of dividing the flock of God. In order to have unity in the body of Christ, we must sit down around the word of God and go verse by verse and we must believe what we read. We cannot take verses out of context, or twist them for our own fleshy reasons or monetary gain. We must accept what they say and follow THEM rather than follow MAN.
In dealing with other Christians, let us always remember that being in the flesh will always lead to CARNAL attacks. Rather we should deal with other Christians as spiritually as possible. We should practice the fruits of the spirit, and with meekness and longsuffering encourage and exhort one another. And if we so do, then we can join hands and be about the Lord's business together, rather than apart.