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I recently listened to Pastor Mark Minnick, who pastors the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Greenville, S.C., address the FBFI (mp3). He gave what I took to be good advice to young men (specifically bloggers):
To me it is an irony that some of our young fundamentalists, who express such disdain for the older generation who had their magazines and what they call their “gossip papers,” are repeating the exact same mistake on their blog sites. They’re doing the very thing that they demonize the older generation for having done. And actually it’s much more inflammatory. You read some of those blog sites and the disrespectful tone that very quickly creeps in, and the disdainful attitude, and the cocky spirit—this is not true of all of them, but some of them—honestly, I am embarrassed for them. I would hope they would never speak face to face with an older man like that. But they’ll put it out there for the whole world to read, talking like an older man like that. That is not “wisdom from above.” That is not an evidence of a Spirit-filled individual.
Minnick continues, after an explanation of the “wisdom from above” in James 3, with further sound words for fundamentalists more broadly:
If someone says, ‘Well, that’s what fundamentalists have done toward evangelicals,” in some cases you may be right. And that’s got to be corrected. And I think there are many good men who want that to be corrected. And let’s be certain we do that to all the household of faith, that we correct our course, if need be, toward evangelical brethren that we have a really serious Scriptural difference with, but that we also correct our course toward fundamentalist brethren that we have a tendency to be very critical of, dismissive of. Show the wisdom that is truly from God.
Then I read the following in Jonathan Edwards’s Some Thoughts Concerning the Revival, which resonates very much with Minnick’s admonition:
If young ministers had great humility without a mixture, it would dispose ’em especially to treat aged ministers with respect and reverence, as their fathers, notwithstanding that a sovereign God may have given them greater assistance and success than they have had. 1 Peter 5:5, “Likewise ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder; yea, all of you, be subject one to another; and be clothed with humility; for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” Leviticus 19:32, “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God; I am the Lord.” (Yale-Works 4:431)