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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at jason@teaminfocus.com.au.

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    Apo

    Hey man, I saw the title and said to myself, “this looks familiar!”

    Praise God for this article. It really helped in my thinking in regards to being a fundamentalist!

    Like I use to say in college, “I’m a Christian first (Fundamentalist) and a Baptist second!

    Thanks Bro

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    Robert Apps

    thanks Jason, I really appreciated that insightful analysis.

    I came to the conclusion that fundamental doctrine must only include truth on which our faith rests. I guess what we hold to otherwise will most likely deterimine the depth of our fellowhship with other.

    Like you, I want to encourage those who are taking a stand for the truth and to give room and grace to differ on some of the ‘consuming issues’ of the day.

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    Mel

    Fundamentalist is often just a word people use without a proper understanding of it’s meaning. Thanks for this article, it certainly helps to explain it.

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  4. avatar

    Farid Wardan

    Great to see this entry up again, thank you Jason.

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    Kez

    Well…there you go, Jason…

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    Jolita

    I don’t think things like ‘mode of baptism’ are something ‘good men can disagree on’. It’s not a ‘might be right, but can’t be dogmatic’ issue! No offence to anyone… Just an opinion! :S

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    Jason Harris

    Jolita,

    Thanks for your comment. Just to clarify, by “mode of baptism,” I do not mean that infant baptism for salvation or baptismal regeneration in any other form are non-fundamental issues. I’m referring merely to mode of baptism. Some completely immerse. Some immerse three times. The earliest Anabaptists sprinkled.

    My personal conviction is that baptism in Scripture refers to immersion; however, I understand that Scripture is ambiguous enough on the point to leave room for other possible interpretations.

    To all the rest,

    Thanks for your comments.

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  8. avatar

    Jolita

    And church government? :P

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    Jason Harris

    Jolita,

    As far as “church government,” some hold to a plurality of elders. Others believe there is one ruling elder and any other elders (eg. assistant pastors) function directly under him. And there are all kinds of nuances surrounding this. For instance, Baptist churches typically hold to congregational church government, but functionally, this is applied to differing degrees.

    I noticed your church over at GMT. Is that VFBT (Wendal)?

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    Robert Apps

    It is interesting about the baptism, church government topics often resurface when discussing these issues.

    What is essential is that every believer is baptised into Christ at the time of salvation, and thus united to Christ and part of his body, the church, and that Christ is the head of the church.

    I think there are good solid Bible reasons for baptism by immersion and for plurality of leadership (and within that framework, a ‘senior’ or ‘executive’ pastor who carries out defined functions, but otherwise leads in council with the other elders/pastors in terms of the overall direction of the church.

    The interesting thing is that other people will proffer Bible reasons for other positions on these issues.

    Those differences will often limit the extent of fellowship (unfortunately) but let’s not say that those other people are not otherwise fundamental in doctrine.

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    Jolita

    @ Jason: Sorry for not getting back to this. Yeah, Valley Forge Baptist Temple under Ps. Scott Wendal! =D

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