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History 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 in 1948.

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.

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