LIGHTHOUSE DAILY DEVOTION
(Sent daily except Sunday)
May 27, 2023
ARE WE FUNDAMENTALIST?
Matthew 4:4 - "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
The word fundamentalist is used in a variety of ways today. A modern dictionary defines fundamentalism as "emphasizing the literally interpreted Bible as fundamental to Christian life and teaching," or "a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles." Generally speaking, a fundamentalist Christian seeks to live by the precepts and principles of the Word of God. In this Scripture, Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy 8:3 saying, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
We are to live by the Bible. We are to make decisions based on the teachings of the Lord our God. We are to guide our homes according to the Word of God. We are to govern our finances according to the teachings of the Bible. We are to maintain priorities that reflect the wisdom found in the Scriptures. Our relationships, hobbies, and values should be influenced by the words of Scripture. A fundamentalist Christian is a Bible Christian.
In our text, Jesus was being tempted of the devil to turn rocks into bread. Satan will always be tempting us to act in ways that are contrary to the Word of God. False and compromising religions have been deceived in this temptation. When doctrines and traditions are held that are not in agreement with the Word of God, this is not pleasing to the Lord. We often hear of churches redesigning their ministries to be more acceptable in our culture, when in fact, some of the changes are clearly forbidden in the Bible. Being innovative and progressive may not necessarily be wrong, as long as these changes do not violate the plan that God has given us in His Word.
In our text, Jesus told the devil that God distinctly intended for us to be governed by "every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." We need to read and study the Bible, and be willing to accept the truth of Scripture as the final authority for our lives.
This will be my last Daily Devotion. I pray that you have enjoyed the Devotions as much as I have enjoyed putting them together. But now I am in my 80’s and my mind is slipping, so it is time to retire from the Daily Devotions. I will miss putting them together. Thank you for the kind emails and comments you have sent to me over these many years. God bless you.