Words have meanings, definitions, and when those definitions are valid, there is no reason to abandon them, just because they are tainted by the world.
The term Fundamentalist refers to someone who holds to the fundamentals, or the basics, the foundations, of their beliefs, (in a religious sense). Thus, a fundamentalist Muslim would, indeed, be someone who believes in killing those who won't convert, because that is an Islamic fundamental. Their 'prophet,' so-called, practiced it.
An Fundamentalist Mormon is someone who would hold to the polygamy of their founder, Joseph Smith, who declared it to be an everlasting covenant between themselves and their god. It would be proper.
Westboro is NOT a fundamentalist group, and their preaching and activities declare such. Timothy McVeigh wasn't a fundamentalist, nor was David Koresh, or Jim Jones, despite what the media says.
Neither I, nor my faith, will be decided by what the media says. Seriously, the term 'Christian" has a negative connotation to it for many-shall we cease using that term? Being a 'separatist' is negatively viewed by many, but I will still stand and declare myself such.
I am an Independent Fundamental Baptist Christian, because I believe those terms describe my faith and my stand. And I must admit, it makes me wonder why some say they're IFB, if they have repudiated the "F".
As far as the Pope's climate, its no different than the 'climate' they have been seeking to make since the Vatican II in the 1960's, and became ecumenical. The problem is, they aren't giving the gospel to anyone, and they still clearly maintain that there is no salvation outside of the Roman Catholic church. So, it hasn't changed at all-they will make small concessions to get others to step under their umbrella, as they have done for 2,000 years, but ultimately, those will have to join the RCC, not the other way around. It is a false peace, a false reaching out, being performed by a Jesuit, THE Jesuit. And a Jesuit always has the mother church as their sole thought behind everything they do. DON'T doubt me on this.
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