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Fanatic Publishing … a strange name for a Christian publishing ministry some would say.

Many people these days associate the word fanatic with Islam or perhaps a snake handling cult in the Ozarks. We live in a world where absolute dedication to one’s beliefs has become a fault, and a world where absolute truth is considered a myth. We live in a world without absolutes, a world that is dangerously heading down the path of spiritual anarchy that leads to each individual being a god unto themselves and deciding for themselves what is right and what is wrong.

In short, we live in a world that calls evil good and good evil, or as God Himself said through the prophet Isaiah:

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Isaiah 5: 20-21

However, let us look at what the word fanatic really means:

fa•nat•ic
[fuh-nat-ik]

Google dictionary definition: A person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal

It’s no great mystery that the above definition would fit the likes of Jesus Christ Himself perfectly. In fact, all of the Old Testament prophets, New Testament apostles and even modern day Christians should strive to be as much a fanatic as Jesus Christ was.

In Matthew 6:22, Christ Himself said, The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. A fanatic is one filled with single-minded zeal and Jesus Christ taught that His followers must have single eyes if they were to be full of light, meaning that they needed to be single-mindedly or solely dedicated to God, fulfilling His will and walking in His ways.

English-test.net definition: enthusiast; extremist; zealot

Another word for fanatic is zealot. With this in mind, consider the following Scripture verses:

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. Titus 2: 11-15

The Greek word used for zealous in the above verse is zelotes, pronounced dzay-lo-tace’. The Strong’s Concordance defines zelotes as, one who is eagerly devoted to a person or a thing, a zealot.

The truth is that a fanatic is simply a zealot and a zealot is simply an individual that is eagerly devoted to a person or thing. This said, a Christian fanatic would be an individual who is eagerly devoted to Jesus Christ or God Himself and the word, work and will of God.

Winston Churchill famously said, a fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

While I would say the word can’t, should be replaced with the word won’t, the sentiment is basically the same. True biblical Christians, fanatics if you will, know that they not only understand the truth but that they serve the way, the truth and the life and therefore won’t change their mind or beliefs, nor do they desire to change the subject of their life’s message from one of divine truth and obedience to their Creator to one focused on mundane topics of no eternal consequence.

Finally, let us examine the Scriptural consequences of both having and losing one’s zeal (or zealousness or fanaticism).

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelation 3: 15-19

In the above five powerful verses of Scripture, the Lord makes it clear that not only does He desire His people to be zealous therefore and repent but that the consequence if they do not regain their zeal and continue to stay lukewarm or apathetic (tolerant of ungodliness) is that such individuals will be spewed or vomited out of the mouth of God.

The truth is that God desires His people to be fanatics, individuals filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, and despises the lukewarm, or those that merely pay Him lip service while living in a Christ-dishonouring way.

One of the most satanic piece of counsel many Christians will ever hear, and one which many pastors, teachers and professing Christian leaders are guilty of stating, is, Knowledge is superior to zeal.

The Lord desires His people become more like children, not more like theologians. Just as all children have more zeal than knowledge, so too should Christians while always seeking to increase in knowledge and wisdom, have more zeal than knowledge. Why? Simply because once a person’s knowledge has surpassed his or her zeal, that person has instantly become lukewarm and can no longer truly be called zealous.

May all those who are truly zealous for the Lord continue to be fanatics and may their zeal never be quenched or surpassed by their knowledge. May all those who are lacking zeal come to the Savior, the One who was more zealous, more of a fanatic than anyone who has ever lived.

 

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