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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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In simple terms, evangelicals worship God with emotion (or spirit-filled) with holy dance (some extent), speaking in tongues to a lesser extent and believe in Biblical inerrancy whereas Christian fundamentalists would believe in Biblical inerrancy. For example, Pentecostals are evangelicals and Catholics tend to be fundamentalists (although there are evangelical Catholics). The media tends to use the terms interchangeably. Goodstein’s analysis of the two groups is weak.

Bob Jones U. and Wheaton College are an example of the differences between evangelicalism and fundamentalism (although Bob Jones U. is such a bad example of a religious institution because of its overt racism). Liberty University (Jerry Falwell’s school) is more mainstream evangelical. Here are a few of its ‘distinctives’, from their website:

- "Behavioral standards which include the prohibition of drug, alcohol and tobacco use, coed dorms, and sexual promiscuity.

- "A modest dress code, reasonable curfews and respect for authority.

- "Required attendance at convocations and chapels three times weekly. Our student body also attends church services weekly, although church attendance is voluntary. A perpetual spirit of revival pervades the campus." (it’s unclear to me why the difference between chapel and church attendance)

Goodstein’s separatist enclaves were not clearly defined. A physical separatist group would be the Quakers or Amish who shun (shunned, in the case of Quakers) technology. Christianity proclaims the gospel and actively recruits converts, which Goodstein acknowledged in her article.

Both fundamentalists and evangelicals embrace technology as a means to proclaim the gospel as indicated by the number of Christian radio and TV stations in the U.S. and abroad. But both groups would abstain from commercial TV and radio programs that glorify physical (i.e., sexual) desires. Thus the whole issue in the NYT about ‘Desperate Housewives’ ratings in red states.

You are correct that there is a blur between the groups and practicing fundamentalists who state they are evangelicals and vice versa. You said your friend was both a Pentecostal and wishes to become an Assemblies of God minister. Those are two distinct denominations (although Assemblies of God is a branch of the Pentecostal denomination). Thus the blur.


As someone who grew up in the Pat Roberstonland of Tidewater Virginia I can attest to the fact that there are maybe subtle differences in evangelical and fundamentalist in their basic philosophies and theologies, but the politics are similar. Southern Baptist churches, for instance, are an area where they blur. Southern Baptists, and I mean the rank and file here, typically have very fundamentalist views in regard to the abolition of barriers between church and state, the elimination of evolution from teaching in public schools, and firmly in opposition not just to gay marriage but homosexuality in general (becoming straight through prayer). Generally speaking these people are usually considered evangelicals, because of their heavy beliefs in spirituality, but their agendas socially are very fundamentalist.


Another way to view evangelicals/fundamentalists from others is to compare, say, the Southern Baptists with the Quakers. Totally different forms of worship, church organization and world view. The Baptists would typically be in favor of the Iraq war and Quakers are against all forms of war.

Zman Biur

"It's not that simple"

Indeed. And your citations from my original post are somewhat selective. For a more complete picture, please read the followup post as well.

My final post on the topic addresses some of your reactions, I hope.

Allan Svensson

Restoration of the Body of Christ

I found your Website by Google, and I wish you God's peace and
blessing through Jesus Christ. Welcome to visit my Site.

The most important prayer request for all Christians must now
be the restoration of God's temple, the Body of Christ. Nothing on the earth is more important than that the Assembly of God becomes built up according to the pattern of God's word, so that we all are ready when Jesus comes.

When God was so strictly with that the tabernacle (Exodus 25:9) and the temple of the old covenant became built according to the
pattern, so that the workers must get special education through
God's Spirit (Exodus 35:30-35, 36:1-2), then he must be still more strictly with the real temple, the Assembly of God. All that the Bible teaches about Assembly of God constitutes the pattern for the Assembly of God.

Revival is a hackneyed word. Many have used this word to gather people around themselves, instead of around Jesus. And people think any revival is not coming. They refer to 2 Thess. 2:3 and tell about the great Apostasy. But this Apostasy has taken place a very long time ago. The entire
Christendom was lead astray by false shepherds and preachers, which preached false doctrines. Since then, God's people have been slaves under many denominations and churches. And the great Apostasy is still today continuing. The great Apostasy is NOW!

Rev. 18:4-5 is an extremely powerful revival message from the Lord. He commands his people to leave the great Babylon. This must take place before Jesus comes. After Jesus has come, then God's people are home at the Lord, and there is no Babylon. In the churches they never have preached the truth of the Assembly of God (the pattern). God's people must be released from all denominations and churches, the great Babylon.

As in the days of Lot, it is now. Lot was not interested to leave Sodom. God sent two angels to rescue him, and they must persuade him to leave Sodom. When he yet lingered, they took him at his hand and led him out of the city. One of the angels said to him: "Flee for your life sake and do not see you backwards..." Genesis 19:15-17.

Just like as Lot, God's people today is not interested to leave the great Babylon. They are spiritual to sleep and do not want to be disturbed. They do not know that their churches and denominations are founded on
false doctrines, and are false copies of the Assembly of God. They do not know in what they are members.

"If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7. But most of those who profess them are Christians do not walk in the light. They are walking in the spiritual darkness of the church, and are averse to light. They have a sort love and fellowship that does not endure the light.

Have you really struggled in prayer before the Lord to find the truth about the assembly, the Body of Christ? This has been my continuing prayer request during
more than 40 years. What I have written about churches and denominations and about the Assembly of God, it is a study of the Bible and answers to prayers,
and not criticism. No honest one can take offence at this, or become wounded of this.

Very few Christians have obeyed this revival message of the Lord, and left the great Babylon. Before Jesus comes all Christians must obey this command of the Lord. Otherwise God will judge them as partakers in the sins of the great harlot, and they must share her plagues.

Welcome to visit my Site.

What is Living Faith?
None be saved by law-deeds, Gal. 2:16,
and none be saved without faith-deeds. Matt. 7:21-23.

God is the Love
But God's love does not hinder us to study God's word

What shall happen before Jesus comes?

What is a revival? How does a revival rise?

The Body of Christ, the most valuable that exists on the earth,
but the people lack knowledge

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ
Allan Svensson, Sweden

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