of the ICCC
by Dr Carl McIntire
As the 20th Century closes, one looks back over these
years and realised what has been called the Modernist/Fundamentalist
Movement has literally occupied the 20th Century. The
ecumenicals as they call themselves announced that they would meet
in the Netherlands in Amsterdam in 1948 and form a World Council
of Churches representing the ecumenical movement. Ecumenical was
the word, and the emphasis was to project a world church.
These ecumenical leaders led primarily by the liberals in the United
States were more or less in charge. At a meeting in Scotland, which
they arranged, they projected their plan for the ultimate development
of a world Council of Churches.
It was here that the American leaders of the American Council of
Christian Churches meeting in Detroit called for a parallel meeting
to the ecumenicals to be held just ahead in Amsterdam in the Netherlands
The first inkling of the International Council of Christian Churches
then unfolded with its own momentum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr McIntire was speaking in the Bible Presbyterian Church of Charlotte.
The local paper carried an announcement of McIntire's address on
the ecumenical movement.
Up in the mountains, Mr Arie Kok, who had been a prisoner, in China
and had been released and sent for a rest, saw the account of story
and came to that meeting where he introduced himself and said he
would join the group, as McIntire outlined the steps that were being
taken to form a Fundamentalist International Council to offset the
World Council. Aire kok later became the General Secretary of the
ICCC. The Fundamentalist International Council would meet just ahead
of the World Council meeting in Amsterdam.
The strategy of always having two councils was that the fundamentalist
council would always meet around the World Council's plan. Having
two councils being formed and meeting in close proximity was an
effective strategy from the beginning. It was always two councils
and then what were the issues between them. So wherever the WCC
went, the ICCC went and this strategy was very effective for they
could not talk about their World Council without being confronted
with the ICCC.
The ultimate goal of the WCC was a world church, and with the ICCC,
the claim of all would be a personal, visible return of Jesus Christ.
The liberals had their plans. The ICCC came long exposing the great
apostasy and the liberal's proposal for a one-world religion. These
two different positions paralleled one another.
The ICCC organised in carious sections of the world and set up
Councils of Christian Churches, but in all their meetings the issues
were modernism, unbelief, ecumenism, veers the in-errancy and full
truthfulness of the Bible. This strategy brought the issues everywhere.
They could not talk about their ecumenical movement without facing
the 20th century Reformation Movement, (the ICCC). Their
opposition centred in their attacks against Dr McIntire.
From the beginning, the ecumenical movement and the reformation
movement started out together. The ICCC meeting before the WCC produced
a statement concerning the two. When Dr McIntire went to their meeting
and tried to deliver the statement for their information, they refused
to accept it. Visser't Hooft was the General Secretary of the World
Council of Churches.
The years have now passed. The WCC has made little or no progress
except their liberals with their plans and proposals for the future.
Every section of the world is now divided up with the two different
movements. The ICCC brethren and churches are emphasising the personal
return of Christ. It is their joy, their gospel. The ICCC rejects
the proposed super world church that now is heard everywhere. The
Fundamentalists are keeping the issues clear.
Never did the Bible mean so much in these dark hours of modernism,
liberalism and ecumenism. They are all exposed by the Bible. Christ
is coming. The signs of the times point to the rapture, when He
personally returns, putting His feet down on the Mount of Olives.
It is all in the Bible, and those of us who believe it have faith
and wait for the sound of the trumpet of the resurrection. Christians,
you believe the Bible, understand these times. The dead in Christ
shall rise first and we who are alive and remain will be caught
up to meet the Lord in the air and so shall it ever be, as the Bible
says it will be.