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affiliated" body.^^ Article IV of the ICCC's constitution on "Associated
Bodies" states: "Organized bodies of churches or individuals not quali-
fying for membership may, if in accord with the Preamble and Doctri-
nal Statement of this Council, upon application and acceptance by the
Council have the privileges of representation and discussion in the
Plenary Congress but shall be without vote. This includes such bodies
as national and local Councils of Churches, Mission Boards, Bible
Leagues and Unions, etc."

It is the WCC's affection for Rome and its union with the Greek
Catholics that turned him and his group so strongly against the
WCC. He edits a paper, The Protestant. He called to my attention an
article in The Rock, "Protestant" paper in Australia, attacking the
ICCC. I had seen it but had not had time to reply. He said he was
going to publish an answer. My, God is raising up men in every land
to join in the fray! It is thrilling to see this spirit. It is leaders we

Readers of the Beacon will recall the story (April 12, 1951) of the
elders who were forming'a Free Presbyterian Church.. I met the Rev.
Ian R. K. Paisley, the evangelist who precipitated all the trouble. He
and the clerks or secretaries of his two churches. George K, Gibson
of Crossgar and R. Cleland of Ravenhill, together with the Rev. George
E. Stears, pastor of the Crossgar Church, were among those in Mr.
Porter's office. In Crossgar, 70 families left the old Lissara Kirk.

Paisley is young, full of zeal and faith. He hits hard the old
Presbyterian Church and is stirring the elders. The elders who wanted
him to preach were suspended. These men are young and are stirred
to do battle. Stears has been for 22 years in Brazil and was in later
years associated with the work of the Southern Presbyterian Church.
He knew Veiera and Gueiros and Lyra (ICCC leaders in Brazil).

Elders are coming to Paislev for meetings. June 3 he goes to Port-
glenomde lor a campaign in the Town Hall. The preachers of the'
Presbyterian Church are all against him. The laymen are backing him.
He surely has the fire and the emphasis of a Finney. He said he is
through "building up the modernistic churches with evangelism. Pres-
byterian churches must be split from top to bottom. I would split a
Presbyterian Church tomorrow and wait for my reward in Heaven."
He gave me permission to quote him. The elder told me of other elders
who were getting ready to form Free Presbyterian churches, and there
is a movement on.

Since Paisley is leading his "revival" — he has started a paper, The
Revivalist, now in its third edition — out of the Presbyterian Church,
I asked why he and his group did not join with the Irish Evangelicals.
It is not my task as president of the ICCC, however, to put pressure on
men in these matters, but I am sure many are wondering. Paisley de-
clared that his movement takes a broader view on baptism than the' old
line Presbyterians, that their views on eschatology are different, and
their emphasis on evangelism somewhat freer. There is however,
most cordial relations and friendly spirit among all the brethren.
Paisley expressed strong approval of the ICCC and he was at the meet-

ing last night. There is no doubt but that what has happened under hib
aggressive assaults has stirred many people. He is fighting with the
"jawbone of an ass," and the Philistines are suffering. ' The Presbytery
has posted solemn warnings against Paisley and forbidden tKeir church-
es to receive or hear him. But he preaches salvation by faith.

L^st night we had our public meeting in Mr. Grier's church, a large
rust brick building with the traditional pulpit high in the center. It is
the Botanic Avenue Church. Over 250 were present and they came
from many places — all church groups in the city had some present —
Brethren, Baptists, Methodists, Reformed Presbyterians, Irish^^ Evan-
gelicals, Church of Ireland, etc. The interest in these issues is very
great indeed. I found many people who take Dr. T. T. Shields' paper.
The Gospel Witness, and who have been following the ICCC for months.
Shields is certainly known and beloved here. Some wanted to know
when he could come again.

I met several relatives of friends in the U.S.A., one related to Mrs.
S. P. Finlay, the wife of an elder in the Collingswood Church. Word
of our coming had been sent ahead. The Rev. William Dodds, former
clerk of the Reformed Presbyterian Synod, came 30 miles. He was
in the U.S.A. last fall and spoke in Collingswood and at Faith Semin-
ary. The Rev. Nevin Lyons of Grosvenor Road Reformed Presbyterian
Church, Belfast, offered prayer in the service. In this church they sit
to pray and stand to sing. In Scotland they stand to pray and sit to
sing. Only Psalms were used in the service, Psalms 119 and 96, 124,
second version. The Reformed Presbyterian Church meets in June and
will consider affiliation with the ICCC.

After the service tea was served for the pastors and their wives, and
we had a time of further questioning. There is keen interest. It is
information they want for the people ! They also asked about some
meetings in Ireland for the ICCC. They want the issues to be presented
throughout the country. Plans were also discussed for a local commit-
tee or council. The brethren strongly favored an ICCC conference in
1952 for the British Isles. They thought many of their leaders could
go to Edinburgh, if the way opened there. But they want "teams" to
visit Ireland at the same time or shortly before and after, if possible.
The door is wide open. The National Association of Evangelicals, I
may add, has no support here at all, nor .could I learn of any in Scot-
land that favored its position of compromise.

I must take leave. My plane leaves soon for Glasgow, and tonight I
fly the North 'Atlantic. God has been faithful and His righteousness is

In Christ,

Carl McIntire

LETTER NO. 9 p,,,.,.,i, Seotland

May 26. 1951
beloved in the Lord:

I want to write one final word. I'll start it here and finish it as we
^o over the Atlantic tonight. We are due in New York at 8.05 a.m.,
tnd word from Collingswood is that Mrs. McIntire will meet me, and


we'll drive down the 100 miles to the church and I'll preach, if the
plane is on time. It is all in our wonderful God's hands. What a glorious
message we have to preach!

News from Edinburgh is that the Free Church General Assembly
acted on the letter from the International Council of Christian Churches
by referring it to a special committee, composed of a representative of
eaqh presbytery, for report at the next meeting. I think this is very
good, and it means that the whole ICCC question will be discussed down
through the church, and that, when the Free Church comes with the
ICCC — if it does, and I believe it will — the whole church will fully
understand the issue and the cause. It needs this.

A Free Church pastor said to me, just before I left Edinburgh for
Belfast, that the difference between the Reformation in Scotland and in
ilngland was that in Scotland the Reformation came from the people
up and in England it came from the Crown down. There is a real ele-
ment of actual history there. John Knox gave the truth and the issues
to the people, and the Reformation was thoroughgoing. The Twentieth
Century Reformation movement in Scotland must be of the people, too.
I believe that it will be and that God has some real leaders there who
are ready to sacrifice for His truth.

In view of all the facts, I am thankful for the decision of the Free
Church Assembly. It represents a true advance.

Wherever I have gone on this flying journey I have been most gra-
ciously and sympathetically received. It seems incredible that so much
ground could be covered and so many contacts made in such a short time
— Glasgow, Stornoway, Tain, Glasgow, London, Amsterdam, Utrecht,
Geneva, Paris, Edinburgh, and Belfast, with meetings and conferences
in each city — all from May 9 to May 26. I have seen the saints of the
Lord, and the fellowship and blessing are among the treasures of the
"heavenlies" in Christ. The ICCC has been commended by God to His
people because of its loyalty to His holy Word.

I want to speak, in summary, of the over-ail problems we face. The
diflBculty arises out of (1) inertia, (2) prejudice, (3) ignorance, (4)

1. Inertia, I think, is the general effect of the apostasy upon God's
people. Also, people are so frequently restricted in their view and vi-
sion by national boundaries and pressing' ^"/wediate burdens. When-
ever I ride in a smoke-filled train car, my Clothes absorb the smoke, even
though I never smoke. I carry that odor with me for some time after-
wards. The modernist propaganda and atmosphere unconsciously af-
fects God's people — and they should be alerted to this. "Because iniq-
uity shall abound the love of many shall wax cold." The emphasis of
"unity," "brotherhood of man," "peace," etc., of the modernist is a prop-
aganda device to disarm opposition to these heresies. When one gets
into this atmosphere it is difficult to realize that the anesthetic is taking
hold. The remedy, I believe, is a closer walk wih the Word of God ana
bolder preaching by true twentieth century prophets.

2. Prejudice is the direct result of the enemy's propaganda against
the ICCC and its leaders. The men of the World Council of Churches
are legion and are spreading their tales everywhere. But this backfires
in a disastrous manner for them, for their tales are made of whole cloth.


The greatest damage here, especially m France, has been by the men
of the National Association of Evangelicals and those who desire to
evade or compromise the issues of the hour. Prejudice can be over-
come first by the truth and also by personal contacts.

3. Ignorance is, of course, the most prevalent enemy. The Lord's
own simply do not know what is taking place. Very few have ever heard
of the WCC and do not know that they are in such a system; their
church officers have committed them to it. The remedy here is a world-
wide campaign of information and facts. The giant of the WCC has
feet of clay.

4 Compromise is the most tragic of all — men who are informed
and_ar<» alcrJ ligive deliberately decided to turn away from the com-
mands ot Christ. Ihere are many and various considerations which in-
duce men to the expedient course rather than to that of implicit obed-
ience to the great Head of the church. Solomon said, "Let us hear the
conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his command-
ments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every
work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or
whether it be evil" (Eccles. 12:13, 14).

The men who are set on compromise actwally turn and fight those
whose conduct and position expose to the gaze of men their own course
of expedience. Men who compromise rarely boast of the fact where
questions of God's Word are involved. In fact, the compromisers are
often the loudest in their verbal affirmation of orthodoxy. The remedy
here is prayer, exhortation, love!

These four factors are all invtilved in the world-wide struggle to
preserve the faith once delivered.

(3) Criticisms of the ICCC can all be met fully, frankly, and fact-
ually. This must always be done to inspire understanding and confi-

The case for the ICCC is simple.

(1) The apostasy is deep and great. "Whole denominations," the
ICCC constitution stresses, "in their official capacity, as well as indi-
vidual Churches, have been swept into a paganizing stream of modern-
ism." The WCC, with 180 denominations and 150,000,000 members,
is a threat to the whole world. Shall God's people remain dumb, while
thousands are damned in believing a false Christianity? Do not the
Scriptures demand a militant witness, world-wide, against this Baby-
lon the great? ,The glory of God and eternity are the issues!

(2) The ICCC must be considered on the basis of its constitution
and the ScripturaV witness and functions stated there. Its doctrinal pre-
amble lists 10 points, including the Apostles' Creed. The first one
reads, "Among other equally Biblical truths, we believe and maintain
the following: a. The plenary Divine inspiration of the Scriptiues in
the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and,
as the Word of God, the supreme and final authority in faith and life."

Thus neo-orthodoxy, or Barthianisni, or nc -Calvinism — the new
modernism — is effectively barred from ICCC cirric-s. This latest heresy
cannot accept the inerrancy of the Scriptures.

The authority of the Council is defined and limited. "The Inter-
national Council of Christian Churches shall have no authority to act


for any member m any matter that has not been delegated to the Coun-
cil by that body. It may, however, offer counsel and advice to members
and suggest opportunities for united action in matters of common in-
terest. The Council does not seek organic union of its member bodies,
nor will it trespass in any way upon their autonomy."

There are those who say it is an "American" organization. No; it
is true that the ICCC was first initiated by the American Council of
Christian Churches in the U.S.A., But the Bible with its demands is
not an American book. The apostasy, world-wide, is not an American
apostasy. All of God's people have a responsibility in the crisis, whether
they are English, American, Dutch, Scotch, Brazilian, or Filipino. The
fact that God's Spirit raised up the initiative in the North American
continent should be, as it has been, a cause of thanksgiving to God.

The old argument that the ICCC's "method" is unwise abounds. Of
course, the ICCC is made up of frail men, and it has erred at times, but
its militant activity, its plan of attack on the apostasy, and its past
activity in carrying the conflict to the enemy's camp — when his camp
was set on encompassing a whole continent, or the Far East — is in
true Biblical fashion. Amos went up to Bethel to Amaziah's strong-
hold — and Amaziah used every device to get him to leave, or to be
removed. But God honored and delivered Ainos! And so He is doing
today for the ICCC.

It should be said plainly, at this point, that, unless churches are
ready to take an active part in contending earnestly for the faith, they
should not come with the ICCC. Such influence in the ICCC would
weaken its vigor and zeal. It is one thing not to go into the WCC; it
is another thing to join in a struggle with it for ihe deliverance of souls.

One of the functions of the ICCC is stated, "To seek to awaken
Christians everywhere to the insidious dangers of modernism and call
them to unity of mind and effort against all unbelief and compromise
with modernism of every kind, and against Roman Catholicism, in the
hope that with the blessing of God this effort may result in a genuine
Twentieth Century Reformation." There can never be a Reformation
unless there is a call for God's people to forsake the evil of the apostasy !

Another function of the ICCC is listed, "To encourage all member
bodies to foster a loyal and aggressive revival of Bible Christianity all
over the world." There can never be an aggressive revival of Bible
Christianity unless churches are ready to press for the same against
the apostasy !

Other objections can be answered by anyone with the facts in
hand. The ICCC has nothing to hide or to fear. It wants all the facts.

(4) The ICCC's world-wide fellowship and program inspires ac-
tion and affection among the people of God. Last night in Belfast it
was glorious indeed to know that our separatist churches in the U.S.A.
were a help and encouragement to the Irish Evangelical Church and the
company that gathered for the meeting. The churches in South Ameri-
ca last night had an influence for Christ in Ireland that they would never
have had, were it not for their fellowship in the ICCC. This aid across
barriers of sea and nations is a constant contribution to the cause of
Christ. The conference planned for South America, July 16 to 24, and
in Manila, November 25 to December 2, the projected one in the- Near


East (Syria) in 1952, and the Third Plenary Congress in the U.S. A, in
1953, all contribute to the vision and strength of the churches. Yet,
churches should not join the ICCC on the basis of "what can ^e get out
of this?" but on the basis of "what cam we contribute to the Twentieth
,Century Reformation movement?"

The ICCC has a vigorous, constructive, and far-reaching program.
. Its Commission on Missions, now with 31 boards, has won a signal vic-
tory for freedom and the Gospel in opening the closed door of Tan-
ganyika Territory for the Livingstone Memorial Mission. So it goes !

Benjamin B. Warfield delivered three addresses in commemoration
of the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, July
10, 1509.

These, addresses were published in 1909 by the Hope Trust, Edin-
burgh, under the title, "Calvin As a Theologian and Calvinism Today."
Mr. Collins in Edinburgh gave me one of these. It is §o clear and con-
vincing. We shall publish it in full in serial form in the Christian Bea-
con. There is a paragraph in the message, "The Theology of Calvin,"
emphasizing the supernaturalism of Calvinism. Dr. Warfield writes,
"The strength and purity of its [Calvinism] apprehension of the super-
natural Fact (which is God) removes all embarrassment from it in the
presence of the supernatural act (which is miracle). In everything
which enters into the process of the recovery of sinful man to good and
to God, it is impelled, by the force of its first principle, to assign the
initiative to God. A supernatural revelation in which God makes known
to man His will and His purposes of grace; a supernatural record of
the revelation in a supernaturally given Book, in which God gives His
revelation permanence and extension, — such things are to the Calvinist
matters of course. And above all things, he can but insist with the
utmost strenuousness on the immediate supernaturalness of the actual
work of redemption. This, of course, in its impetration. It is no strain
to his faith to believe in a supernatural Redeemer, breaking His way to
earth through a Virgin's womb, bursting the bonds of death and re-
turning to His Father's side to sjiare the glory which He had with the
Father before the world was. Nor can he doubt that this supernatural-
ly purchased redemption is applied' to the soul in an equally supernat-
ural work of the Holy Spirit."

We are now far out over the North Atlantic. It is 11.15 p.m., Prest-
wick time, but it is light enough outside to take a picture. As far as one
can see there are small, light, curly clouds like the wool on a sheep's

I thank God for this trip. Only eternity will reveal what it has
meant for the glory of our Saviour. The ICCC is being used, and in
every center we visited we have found men who love the cause, because
they" believe it is for the honor of the Lord Jesus Christ. "W^hen the
enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a
standard against him" (Isa. 59:19).

in Christ,

Carl McIntire



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April 25, 1951
Member Churches of the Body of Christ:

Greetings to you from the Conference of Christian Churches in Asia.

This letter is sent to inform you how wonderfully the Lord raised up
the Conference of Christian Churches in Asia, and to invite a delegate
or delegates from your church to attend the regional conference of the
International Council of Christian Churches to be held in Manila, the
Philippines, on November 25 to December 2, 1951, the Lord willing.

With no intention whatever, the CCCA came into being at Bangkok,
Siam, on December 5, 1949. Sixteen of us from different portions of
the globe went to Bangkok to seek admission as observers and consult-
ants at the "Eastern Asia Christian Conference" which was jointly
sponsored by, the leaders of the World Council of Churches and the In-
ternational Missionary Council.

The purpose of the World Council and the International Missionary
Council leaders in calling such a conference at Bangkok was revealed
by a statement issued by the general secretary of the World Council,
Dr. Visser 't Hooft, in his discussion of the "Younger Churches," a part
of his report to the Central Committee of the WCC which appeared in
the Ecumenical Review, Autumn, 1949:

"The Bangkok Conference to be held in December under the com-
mon auspices of the IMC [International Missionary Council] and the
WCC [World Council of Churches] may well become the most impor-
tant ecumenical meeting since Amsterdam."

"The question of the place of the Younger Churches in the ecumeni-
cal movement is crucial for the future of the World Council. For only
if we succeed in giving these churches the full opportunity to give their
individual and combined contribution to our common thought and ac-
tion will we be an ecumenical rather than a Western body."

The foregoing statements are revealing. At Bangkok, the Eastern
Asia Conference was designed to engulf all Protestant churches on this
part of the globe into the apostate ecumenical movement, including
those that were established by fundamental missionaries, and are stand-
ing on the historic Christian faith. Therefore, our presence in Bang-
kok was very timely, and I believe God-inspired. Only eternity will
fully reveal what the Lord accomplished there throufih the Conference
of Christian Churches in Asia.


Our coveted desire to attend some of the sessions was denied by the
Steering Committee of the Eastej-n Asia Christian Conference in spite of
the fact that rhost of their meetings were previously announced in var-
ious Bangkok periodicals as open to public. After we were roped-out
and after our application for admission cards was denied, the hand of
our Almighty God was verv evident in leading us to organize ourselves
into a conference —hence the Conference of Christian Churclies in Asia
was gloriously born!

The following officers were elected by the CCCA:

President — Dr. Santiago G. Cruspero, Manila. Philippines
Secretary-Treasurer — Rev. Melquiades Galila, Iloilo City,

Vice-president — Rev. Ernesto S. Singson. Vigan, Ilocos Sur,
Rev. Boon Mark Gittisarn, Bangkok
Rev. Hong Chum Kim, Chunju, Korea

It is expected that other vice-presidents will be chosen from other

sections in Asia.

'Among other vital items, the following resolutions and letters were

adopted at the Bangkok conference:
"Statement of Purpose."
"Letter to the Younger Churches in Asia."

"An Appeal to The United Nations."
"Christian School in Communist China."
"The Church's Relation to Pagan Culture Practices." -
"Accommodation or Steadfastness Before Persecution."
"The Call for the Conference of Christian Churches in Asia."

A copy of such call is herewith attached for your information.

Other literature concerning the conference will be sent to you later.

The need for a united, militant, and uncompromising testimony is
vitally imperative these days of apostasy, in the defense of the Gospel.
Modernism has assailed at all points the authenticity of the funda-
mentals of the historic Christian faith. Many leaders of the World Coun-
cil of Churches have devised a "craft" which in reality is a "trap"
which may deceive millions of precious souls to perdition unless the
Lord's people will unite their shoulders, melt their hearts, and mix their
tears together in their efforts to throw the Life Line. In the words of
Dr. Visser 't Hooft, general secretary of the World Council of Church-
es, who in his effort to describe this "craft," said:

"It is a new type of craft, on its maiden voyage, heading for an
unknown destination, with an inexperienced crew speaking dif-
ferent languages — and we embark in the midst of one of the
worst storms in history."

The regional conference of the ICCC in Manila is designed to throw
light on vital issues confronting the visible Church of Christ, to en-
courage missionary endeavor on this part of the world, to keep mis-
sion doors open to fundamental and uncompromising Gospel witness,


and to promote the Twentieth Century Reformation.

Therefore, the undersigned, president of the Conference of Chris-
tian Churches in Asia, cordially invites a delegate or delegates from
your church to attend the conference to be held on the above stated
date and place. The hour is late, the call is urgent, the task is solemn,

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