by Carl McIntire
In testimony to the Lamb, at the Twenty-fifth
Anniversary of the International Council of Christian
Churches, the pictures and testimonies of men whom
God raised up and used in the establishment of this
Council throughout the world and whom He has
called into His presence, continue to speak to us
below. They have joined the cloud of witnesses which
surround us. These men all fought a good fight,
finished their course, and await with us the coming of
by Dr. Robert McCaul
at the funeral of Dr. T. T. Shields
Sleep on, beloved brother, take thy rest,
Lay down thy head upon the Saviour's breast.
We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best.
Calm is thy slumber as an infant's sleep,
But thou shalt wake no more to toil and weep.
Thine is a perfect rest, secure and deep.
Until the shadows from this earth are cast,
Until He gathers in His sheaves at last,
Until this twilight gloom is over passed.
Until the Easter glory lights the skies,
Until the dead in Jesus shall arise,
Until He comes, but not in lowly guise,
Good night, good night.
Until made beautiful by Love Divine
Thou in the likeness of thy Lord shall shine.
And He shall bring that golden crown of thine,
Only "good night" beloved, not farewell,
A little while, and all His saints shall dwell
In hallowed union indivisible,
Until we meet again before the Throne,
Clothed in those spotless robes He gives His own,
Until we know even as we are known,
Good night, good night, good night.
In Thankful Remembrance
by Prof. J.J. van der Schuit
On Monday, January 8, 1951, I and many who love and are allowed to serve the cause of Christ here on earth received a stirring communication. It was the news that my unforgettable friend and brother in Christ, Arie Kok, had passed away.
As a full-length portrait I ever have his image before me; he was short in stature, but how great was his spirit, how profound his soul, how rich his energy!
He was a Dutchman by birth, but he was at home among all peoples, for he loved all peoples for Christ's sake, and he was the personification of the ecumenical greatness of which the Holy Scriptures testify, namely, that the Spirit of God formed the church out of every tongue and people and nation.
The Gospel of Christ, the blood of the Lamb, was for him the universal message for all peoples and all ages. Therefore, Arie Kok was a Christian who was anointed by Christ.
That was his honor, his finest order of knighthood, his highest position.
Indeed, he wore the medal of a knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau. He was first chancellor of the Netherlands legation in Peking. He received medals for his services from the Chinese, Hungarian, and Austrian governments.
But all these things were for Arie Kok overshadowed by his joy, the joy of a child, that he was a Christian.
He loved 'Christ and therefore he loved the Word of Christ, and so could be and had to be in holy wrath against all those who dared to renounce the Christ of the Scriptures.
Armed with the Sword of the Spirit, he was ever a formidable fighter against cunning modernism and against all currents which had adopted a half-hearted attitude when the infallible Word of God asked for the first and foremost place as the only rule of faith and life.
Whoever came into contact with Arie Kok felt immediately that this man, this fighter, was not prompted by personal malice but solely by the love of Christ. For Christ's sake he fought against all vagueness of the neo-modernism all its emptiness, all that which dishonors God in it. For Christ's sake he toiled with his whole heart and mind to lay the foundation for our International Council of Christian Churches. What this Council is today, or will become in the future, we owe, next to God, to a great extent, to this untiring fighter.
Now he has entered into the full, true Una Sancta. His passing away meant receiving his heritage, for which his soul thirsted in order to find the real, eternal, blessed ecumenicity.
Below it is getting more and more dark and empty. Above it is getting fuller and fuller and more and more glorious. Below is the workshop. Above is the mansion, the house of the Father.
Arie Kok has passed away!
God takes His workers away, but He goes on with His work.
Well, then, work as long as it is daytime in the shining trail of Arie Kok.
And when I once again think of my departed friend and I see him before me, unexpectedly sunk down at his desk, his head bowed in death, then I say: "Blessed is that servant whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing."
Chancellor Arie Kok, general secretary of the International Council of Christian Churches and Christian statesman, was called Home to be with his Lord at 10:30 a.m. on January 8, 1951 while seated at his desk in Collingswood, N.J., dictating a letter in behalf of the ICCC.
Mr. Kok, who led in the preparation for the First Plenary Congress of the Council in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1948, and became the first general secretary of the Council, returned to the United States on December 2, 1950, following a series of successful conferences in Scotland. He planned to return to the Amsterdam headquarters of the ICCC in March. Without any warning he was stricken with a heart attack and passed immediately into the presence of His Redeemer.
Born in Coes, Zeeland, Holland, in 1883, Mr. Kok was educated in Amsterdam and became active in Christian service. There he met Mrs. Kok. He joined the diplomatic services of the Dutch Government and later, in 1910, was sent to China where he was connected with the Dutch legation in Peking for 33 years. The Kok home in Peking was a rendevous for missionaries of many agencies and nationalities. Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan Goforth were frequent visitors.
When the struggle over modernism on the mission field came to a head in the United States under the leadership of the late Dr. J. Gresham Machen, Chancellor Kok furnished Dr. Machen an abundance of documentation concerning the modernism and pro-communism current in mission circles in Peking, Nanking, Shanghai, and other places in China. He gave the first evidence on T. C. Chao, a World Council president. During World War 11 he was held by the Japanese, and though interned, through a secret short-wave radio which he had smuggled, he kept in constant communication with the outside world and with the underground, his life being in constant jeopardy. He received for this service to his country the highest honor conferred by the Queen Wilhelmina, Knight of the Order of William and Nassau.
Liberated by the Allied victory, he was sent by his Government to the United States to rest. Here he picked up the account of the rise of the American Council of Christian Churches since 1941 and learned of the development of the separatist movement in the States. He immediately began to work in behalf of the cause, and became chairman of the Department on Foreign Relations of the American Council of Christian Churches at its Detroit convention in 1946. He became the editor of Getrouw, a Dutch publication of the American Council's Foreign Relations Department. He went to Amsterdam to lay the groundwork for the First Plenary Congress of the ICCC and was responsible for the organization of the Congress which was held in the English Reformed Church in Amsterdam, the church of the Pilgrim Fathers, in August, 1948.
Upon retirement from the Dutch diplomatic service at 65 he became the full-time secretary for the International Council. In 1949 and 1950 he toured the Scandinavian countries in behalf of the Council and joined the party that went to Bangkok where his years of diplomatic service and his first-hand contacts with the radical church leaders in China was of inestimable value in Bangkok, Singapore, Indonesia, India, and other southeast Asian lands.
At the Second Plenary Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, 1950, Mr. Kok's leadership, his Christian statesmanship, his clear thinking, his sound judgment, his fear of compromise, and above all his unshakeable allegiance to the historic Christian faith were a source of inspiration to the Lord's people from all sections of the world. He is now with Christ which is far better.
Dr. Santiago Cruspero, pastor of the Fellowship Center Baptist Church of Manila, The Philippines, was called Home to be with the Lord January 1, 1952, after a lingering illness and an operation for brain tumor. Dr. Cruspero was the president of the Bangkok Conference of the International Council of Christian Churches in 1949 and a prominent leader in the whole evangelical cause throughout the Far East. Standing for the separatist movement, he led the Baptist churches of the Philippine Islands in taking their stand out from - under the American Baptist Convention's direction. He also made the preliminary plans for the Manila Conference of the ICCC in 1951, but was unable to attend because of illness.
All who ever met Dr. Cruspero and saw the radiance of his face and the graciousness of his manner knew that he belonged to Christ. He had been redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb. He was determined that modernism should not destroy the churches in that part of the land as it had in other parts of the world.
Dr. Cruspero attended the Second Plenary Congress of the ICCC in Geneva, Switzerland, 1950, and delivered a major evening message August 20 on separation and the purity of the church.
At the Bangkok conference he led the march of the ICCC delegation to the Watonoi Academy where the World Council of Churches was in session only to be repulsed at the gate. Ropes had been placed around the entire assembly to forbid admission. The spirit, with Dr. John A. Mackay the leading WCC spokesman, was the same that prevailed at Buenos Aires in July of that year, with Dr. Mackay again the chief spokesman.
Dr. Cruspero was a prolific writer for the cause. In a letter May 24, 195 1, to a brother in Leyte, he wrote: "In God's own good time and way, the International Council of Christian Churches came to being to point Christians everywhere to the Bible. The Lord raised up men and women who believe in the final authority of the Holy Scriptures in matters of faith and practice. I have known the leaders of the International Council of Christian Churches for almost two years and I know them as real men of God who are endeavoring to inform Christians everywhere that many leaders of the World Council of Churches have departed from the Holy Bible. The following are quotations from some of the World Council leaders: "God for us cannot be . . . an. . . avenging Being who because of Adam's sin must have his Shylockian pound of flesh. No wonder the honest boy in justifiable repugnance could say, 'dirty bully' " (Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam, Preaching in a Revolutionary Age, page 79).
"Dr. T. C. Chao is one of the six presidents of the World Council of Churches. He is the Dean of the School of Theology in Yenching University which published a paper called The Truth Weekly. The following quotations will bear out the religious conviction of Dr. T. C. Chao- "The words contained in the Bible can be put in the same level with the words of foreign and Chinese philosophers of ancient and modem times, as Fosdick, Hu Shih, and others. Those in the Christian church who believe in Jesus' supernatural conception by the Holy Spirit are mistaken.... Jesus is a great revolutionist, and therefore one who follows Jesus must promote revolution. The idea of the Kingdom of Heaven as preached by Jesus is nothing but world revolution. It contains the idea of opposition toward imperialism and capitalism. It suggests freedom for the oppressed nations and practically introduces the idea of communism."
M. C. Galila
Rev. Melquiades C. Galila, Baptist leader in The Philippines, was, with Dr. Santiago Cruspero, like David and Jonathan. Both were present at the historic NCC Bangkok Conference in December, 1949, also in Geneva, Switzerland, 1950, for the Second Plenary Congress of the ICCC. In Manila, 1951 when Dr. Cruspero became ill, Mr. Galila finalized the arrangements and led the ICCC Conference of Christian Churches in Asia, out of which came the Far Eastern Council of Christian Churches.
It was the ICCC presence in Bangkok which turned at that time the whole tide of the Christian movement in the Far East away from the ecumenical movement. The opposition of these leaders to the development of the World Council of Churches in the Far East, represented in the WCC's Bangkok Conference, disrupted the attempts to develop any Far Eastern council for the WCC until years later.
The Philippines, because of the leadership of these brethren, Dr. Cruspero and the Rev. Galila, demonstrated the success of the indigenous Baptist missions. All this was under the leadership of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism whose president was Dr. Harold T. Commons. Dr. Commons was one of the leaders of The Associated Missions of the International Council of Christian Churches.
What is known as the Battle of Bangkok, December 3-11, 1951, saw the representatives of the ICCC presenting the facts that frustrated the ecumenicals. Dr. John A. Mackay, the present of the International Missionary Council, who was also present in Buenos Aires earlier the same year and confronted by ICCC leaders there, was literally beside himself because of this opposition.
The issue of communism was paramount since Mao Tse Tung had just taken over Mainland China. Dr. T. C. Chao, the WCC president, had welcomed Mao and his forces as liberators and said a Christian could be a communist in China. The leaders of the Bangkok conference could not deny that T. C. Chao was a WCC president. They were embarrassed when a message came from a Red Chinese delegation (whose visas to attend were cancelled by the government of Thailand) asking for a new attitude toward a new democratic China.
The sin of the ecumenical movement, inclusivism, Galila emphasized, had caught up with them. Included in the conference were the modernists, the communists, the pro-communists, the compromising fundamentalists.
Following the conference, Dr. T. T. Shields, Dr. W. 0. H. Garman, and Dr. and Mrs. Carl McIntire were the guests of Dr. Cruspero, Mr. Galila and others in The Philippines. Dr. Garman as the president of the American Council of Christian Churches, was received by the president of The Philippines.
It was in 1929 that the Rev. R. C. Thomas, a fundamental Baptist missionary, broke from the Northern Baptist Convention over modernism, and founded the Doane Evangelistic Institution. ABWE affiliated Baptist churches united with the ICCC and remain so today.
The Philippines has been a real battle ground and the work of Galila determined the pattern which has been followed. The text is the familiar one: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
Thomas A. Lambie
Dr. Thomas A. Lambie, one of the best known missionaries of the Twentieth Century, was the first president of the ICCC regional Middle East Bible Council, organized in 1952, and he served as a member of the executive committee of the ICCC until his death on April 14, 1954. His obedience to Christ led him to identify with the separatist movement in the United States. He served under the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions in the Holy Land from 1945.
His death occurred at Ain Arrub, Jordan, where the Berachah Tuberculosis Sanatorium, built under his direction, is located. The Sanatorium is a I 00-bed hospital which at the time of his death would be valued in United States currency at three quarters of a million dollars.
In his youth, just before finishing medical school, Dr. Lambie was born again and immediately determined to witness for Christ on the mission field. He served one term in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan at Khartoum, then went to a jungle station, and then to Abyssinia, where he spent 20 years. These years were under the United Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions.
He then transferred to the Sudan Interior Mission under which he worked from 1926 to 1942.
In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he built a hospital at the suggestion and with the help of Emperor Haile Selassie, and until the Italian occupation of Ethiopia he served as personal physician to the Emperor and as superintendent of the hospital. He also established 12 mission stations during this period.
During the Italian-Ethiopian war he set up the Ethiopian Red Cross. Following the war he had to return to America where he spent three years because of the condition of his health, and in 1945 went out to the new field of the Holy Land for the Independent Board.
Dr. Lambie is the author of a number of books, among them being: A Doctor Carries On, Boot and Saddle in Africa, A Doctor Without a Country, A Bruised Reed, and The Church, the Body of Christ.
Dr. T.T. Shields
Dr. T. T. Shields, Toronto, Canada, pastor of the Jarvis Street Baptist Church and editor of The Gospel Witness and Protestant Advocate went to be with the Lord on Monday afternoon, April 4, 1955.
All the accumulated influence and testimony of the ministry of Dr. Shields through the years was used of God to strengthen and help establish the International Council of Christian Churches. He travelled extensively in behalf of the ICCC to Amsterdam in 1948 for the formation of the Council, around the world in 1949 and down into Australia and New Zealand, through South America in 195 1, and to Europe in 1952.
Dr. Shields was chairman of the committee in 1948 that drafted the historic confession of faith which is the common denominator of the International Council of Christian Churches. Under his guiding hand the clear sharp lines of these carefully defined statements were put down. It has since been adopted by councils, regional councils, national councils, and groups throughout the world. For many new bodies established, this doctrinal statement is taken as a common basis of evangelical co-operation and united testimony. Dr. Shields became the first president of the Canadian Council of Evangelical Protestant Churches.
In the International Council Dr. Shields saw the fruition and fulfillment of many dreams-a rising world fellowship, solid, secure, bringing together the remnants and the suffering servants from all sections of the world.
In Canada, Dr. Shields did more than any other one preacher to command his nation. Prime ministers criticized him in the House of Parliament as he denounced them for their policies favorable to Rome. In his matchless preaching he shook the Commonwealth. He was a Bible preacher and expositor in the spirit and power of a Spurgeon.
He was hated as no other one preacher in Canada by the world, the Roman Catholics, and the modernists; and he was loved in the same degree by the Bible believers. He is the father of the separatist movement, the Twentieth Century Reformation movement in Canada, and he was the last of a company of Baptist stalwarts-Massey, Riley, Van Osdel, Norris, and others. He was a friend of Machen on the Presbyterian side. God called a Baptist of the old school, strict and militant, to challenge the modernism in Toronto's McMaster University and to lead the Bible-believing Baptists out of the Convention. He loved and obeyed his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! The supreme theme of Shields' preaching was Jesus Christ and his grace.
An editorial in The Christian Beacon entitled, "Dr. T. T. Shields' Coronation Service" includes this tribute: "Dr. T. T. Shields feared no one! He feared God so much! When others feared the lions and turned back, he stalked the beasts, knowing in faith that they were chained. His denunciations and exposures of unbelief and attacks upon the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ were simply devastating. As a champion in debate, he was unequalled, as a master of assemblies he was superb. His heart was as tender and responsive as a little child's, yet his will could be as resolute as hardened steel."
In the great funeral service, the congregation seemed to be as one as Pastor H. C. Slade led them in singing, "The Lord Is My Shepherd." His companion in battle, Dr. Carl McIntire, delivered the sermon on the text, Revelation 5:9, "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, arid hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation." The congregation also sang the hymn, "There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood: "
Roy Talmage Brumbaugh
Dr. Roy Talmage Brumbaugh, pastor of the First Bible Presbyterian Church of Tacoma, Washington, Unaffiliated, on Thursday, January 3, 1957 went into the presence of his Lord. A strong and powerful preacher of the Gospel, Dr. Brumbaugh pastored a number of great churches in the United States. He went to the First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma, Washington in 1930, from the Bethany Temple Presbyterian Church (John Wanamaker's church) in Philadelphia. Previous to that he was for seven years in the pulpit of the First Presbyterian Church of Coatesville, Pa. In 1937 he led a large company of people out of the First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma, to form the new church in obedience to the Word of God for the purity of the church.
Dr. Brumbaugh was one of the charter members of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions and also a founder of Faith Theological Seminary in the 1930s. In 1950 he made a trip around the world, speaking in Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, India, promoting the interests of the International Council of Christian Churches. He included in this tour attendance at the ICCC's Second Plenary Congress in Geneva, Switzerland- He and his congregation were among the first to affiliate with the American Council of Christian Churches in the United States in 1941 and they maintained membership in the International Council of Christian Churches.
One of the outstanding ministries of DrBrumbaugh and his congregation was giving the Gospel to thousands of American service men stationed in the military establishments close to Tacoma. Hundreds were saved and baptized through this missionary effort.
A militant, uncompromising opponent of the apostasy and a vigorous champion of consistent separation, Dr. Brumbaugh was hated, fought, and attacked, and was a constant target of the Devil. His reward is great at the hands of our blessed Lord. The whole separatist movement has felt the impact of his faithful work.
Roman K. Mazierski
Roman K. Mazierski, leader of the Polish Reformed Church in Exile, was called Home by God on August 16, 1959 after a brief illness in London, England. This servant was deeply beloved by the leaders of the International Council of Christian Churches. He served on the Council's executive committee. His church was the first refugee church to unite in fellowship with the ICCC. He was one of the founders and leaders of the English Consultative Committee of the ICCC. He attended the various congresses and regional meetings of the Council and was a true champion of the faith once delivered unto the saints.
A former Roman Catholic priest, he was won to Christ and knew that salvation is only by grace was the chief of Protestant chaplains of the Polish army. He was taken captive by the Germans and suffered in their concentration camp. At the close of the war he was led to rally Protestant groups from Poland into refugee churches, and he set up headquarters in London. He called his church a war orphan and declared, "All its members lost their homes and all their possessions. Some of them lost even their closest relatives during the war. The majority of them are ex-soldiers; some are refugees who escaped from Siberia or other parts of Soviet Russia where they had been kept imprisoned; others came from Nazi Prisoner of War or Concentration Camps."
In 1959 Mr. Mazierski was a member of the eight-man team of the ICCC which toured Australia exposing the Communist, Hosef L. Hromadka, "the No. I Protestant Defender of Communism," who sat on the executive committee of the World Council of Churches. Everywhere he went he contacted his own people and encouraged them. He was a true supporter of genuine Christian co-operation, true ecumenism.
In 1954 he visited the United States on a mission with the ICCC and attended the Third Plenary Congress in Philadelphia. He was one of the featured speakers of the Fourth Plenary Congress in South America at Quitandinha in August, 1958.
Highly respected, a gentleman, a scholar, a consecrated man of God, Mr. Mazierski gave great strength to the Twentieth Century Reformation testimony.
He is survived by his wife, Stanislawa.
Mr. Mazierski also served the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions. He worked night and day, in season and out of season, in presenting the Gospel, defending the faith, and strengthening his own people. He often talked about the time when Poland would be liberated and he would be able to return with his people to carry on the work of the Lord in his native land. God has called him to his eternal abode. His loss to the International Council of Christian Churches was indeed very great. All who knew him will remember his clear insight, his uncompromising stand, and his delight in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mr. Mazierski's wife, Stanislawa Grimm Mazierski, is carrying on the testimony of her husband's service and continues as missionary in London under the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, visiting the sick and needy, writing, and keeping together the exiled church.
James E. Bennet
When the Lord Jesus Christ ascended up on high He gave gifts unto His Church. One of the choice gifts to the people of God in these latter days was James E. Bennet. On Monday evening, January 11, 1960, God called and Dr. Bennet was received into Glory.
Born April 28, 1875, in Port Jervis, N.Y., he learned of Christ at his mother's knee. He memorized the Shorter Catechism.
He was admitted to the Bar in the State of New York on December 11, 1908, following the receiving of the LL.B. degree from law school, and he practiced in New York for 52 years. His office in New York became a center for Christian activities, and he incorporated scores of mission organizations and benevolent institutions, churches, and colleges. He wrote scores of tracts for His name-articles, pamphlets, books. Through the years, since 1940, he wrote each week an exposition of the Evangelical International Sunday school lesson for the Christian Beacon.
At the time of his death he was president of the New York Metropolitan Council of Christian Churches, affiliated with the American and International Councils of Christian Churches. He was a member of the executive committee of the ICCC and attended the Second Plenary Congress in Geneva in 1950. He made a trip around the world officially representing the International Council of Christian Churches. He was present at the formation of the Latin American Alliance of Christian Churches in Sao Paulo, Brazil in July, 195 1. He participated in the formation of the Far Eastern Council of Christian Churches in Manila, The Philippines, in December, 1951, and was made the honorary president.
Dr. Bennet was one of the charter members and served as vice-president of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, founded by the late Dr. J. Gresham Machen. This was the board that was attacked by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in 1934. He was one of the counselors in the ecclesiastical case in 1934-36. He was one of the founders of Faith Theological Seminary and had served as its vice-president since its beginning. He was vicepresident of Shelton College.
During his latter years he became one of the great apologists for the separatist movement. When the Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusade opened in New York City under the sponsorship of the Protestant Council of New York, Dr. Bennet gathered the factual material to show Christian people that Billy Graham was disobeying the commands of God in uniting with modernists and unbelievers to do the work of the Lord.
He was a great personal soul winner, speaking in The Bowery of New York. He was in constant demand as a speaker. Toward the end of his life he gave himself almost fully to evangelistic work. He counselled Dr. Carl McIntire in the publication of the Christian Beacon and was chief counsel in the ecclesiastical trials involving Dr. McIntire of the Collingswood Church and took the case to the General Assembly where the Presbyterians ordered Dr. McIntire expelled from the preaching of the Gospel.
As a layman and an elder, he was highly esteemed throughout the entire Christian world. He went to Manila in 1951 and participated in the formation of the Far Eastern Council of Christian Churches. He was the author of numerous books and Gospel tracts, several million of which have been circulated in the Free World. His office in downtown New York next to Wall Street was a center of activity as Christians everywhere looked to him for legal counsel.
L. B . Miller
Lay leadership in New Zealand, mainly among the Brethren, responded to the clear testimony of the International Council to the Word of God. In Christchurch, on South Island, headquarters of the National Council of Churches in New Zealand, Mr. L. B. Miller, of Miller's Ltd., became a strong supporter of the ICCC with financial assistance offered through his London connection, and with his personal leadership in his own country and at ICCC congresses.
Mr. Miller earlier welcomed the leaders of the World Council of Churches. Martin Niemoeller, a WCC spokesman, was received in his home where later, as the picture unfolded, he received Dr. and Mrs. McIntire. He and his wife supported every good evangelistic effort and dropped all their interests in the WCC. He was responsible for circulating literature and books relative to the Twentieth Century Reformation throughout the entire country.
Mr. Miller worked closely with Mr. R. A. Laidlaw, Mr. Hugh Saunderson, Dr. Pettit, and Mr. Victor Mackay who had been head of the YMCA in Auckland. Another of their associates was Mr. W. Patterson of Dunedin. Mr. Miller was unable to find a clergyman in Christchurch who would share a meeting for the ICCC held in the Lyceum Hall where more than 600 attended. He also worked closely in London with Dr. Kenneth de Courcey of the Intelligence Digest and he was in constant correspondence with Dr. McIntire. He wanted young preachers to arise in his country who would be faithful to the Word of God.
In 1953 he wrote Dr. McIntire: "I was pleased to hear of your success in flying, by means of balloons, portions of the Bible from Germany into Russia and Czechoslovakia. It must have been very gratifying to you and all concerned to see the United States press and Television giving such publicity to this unique effort of getting the Word of God into these countries. I wonder what people thought as they read such reports, especially when church dignitaries are constantly telling us that there is freedom to worship in Communist countries."
Again, he wrote: "I am indebted to you for sending me 'Apostles of Discord' written by Ralph Lord Roy, also other literature on American affairs for which I am deeply appreciative. 'Apostles of Discord' is a remarkable book and after reading this, one can well understand the formidable task confronting the Security Council of the United States. I can also understand and appreciate more fully your concern for the spread of Communism in the churches. Many have heard you speak of this menace, but few have realized how many clergy are working for Soviet Russia and Communist China in the churches of America and other countries."
New Zealand was flooed by literature from the WCC attacking Dr. McIntire as deposed, unfrocked. With Mr. Miller and those associated with him, they got the true story to the Biblebelieving faithful of the country.
He was stricken with several heart attacks and prayer support came from all over the world. Mrs. Miller has continued his interest and since the first contact in 1960, has seen that every year one of the distinctive New Zealand calendars has been provided for the McIntire home.
Only Heaven knows the impact of his life for the Gospel, the souls that he personally won to Christ, and the countless number of Gospel tracts which he distributed, and the assistance he gave to the cause of missions as well as the support of individual missionaries, one of which was Herbert Mondy in Peru.
The Gospel is being heard in New Zealand today because of a Christian layman who indeed sought first the Kingdom of God.
G. Charles Aalders
Dr. G. Charles Aalders went to be with the Lord on January 30, 1961. He belonged to a group of professors of the Reformed faith who participated in the founding of the International Council of Christian Churches in Amsterdam, 1948.
Among these men were Dr. K. Kyk, of the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Churches at Kampen, Prof. Dr. J. Severijn of Utrecht University, and Professors van der Schuit and Wisse, of the Christian Reformed Seminary at Apeldoorn. These men did not hesitate to take sides with the International Council, and assisted in drafting its Doctrinal Statement. Until the end of their lives they maintained friendly relations with the ICCC Amsterdam Headquarters and in their own field warned against the false ecumenicity of the World Council of Churches.
When others were still hesitant, Dr. Aalders had made up his mind in regard to the ecumenical issue. In a report which he wrote for the Reformed Ecumenical Synod of 1953, he resolutely rejected the World Council of Churches, stressing a point which is often overlooked, he said:
"Indeed, instead of entering into any form of union with such disloyal churches, the Reformed Churches who are willing to remain loyal to their creed can only profess publicly that they must reject the disloyalty which appears in so many churches. This is a point of major interest, which does not generally receive the attention it deserves."
Dr. Aalders, being more conversant with the English language as he was the son of a British mother, enjoyed the fellowship of believers in international meetings. Both doctrinally and spiritually he felt at home in the ICCC. He delivered major addresses at the Congress in Geneva, 1950, and at the Scandinavian Conference of Jonkoping, 1555. The ICCC quarterly, The Reformation Review, carried some of his scholarly, Bible-centered articles.
For many years Dr. Aalders had been a professor of Old Testament at the Free University of Amsterdam, and published several carefully written commentaries as well as other theological studies.
Being of an amiable and irenic nature, Dr. Aalders nonetheless had the courage of his strong convictions, though he became more and more lonely as his churches became more and more disposed towards joining the Word Council of Churches. He dared to stand alone, he dared to be a Daniel, "because he believed in his God" (Daniel 6:25).
When Dr. Aalders celebrated the occasion of his 80th birthday, Dr. Carl McIntire sent him a letter of congratulation. Dr. Aalders responded: "I hope and pray that the Almighty God may strengthen me for yet some years to come to co-operate with you and all the Bible-believing brethren around the world."
Clyde J. Kennedy
Clyde Johnstone Kennedy, 1907-1962, preacher of the Gospel, builder of churches, defender of the faith, champion of freedom, a leader in the Twentieth Century Reformation Movement, was called Home to be with Christ, his Commander-in-chief, on Saturday afternoon September 22, 1962. He entered into Glory as "Valiant-for-Truth," all the trumpets sounding and welcoming him into the presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 2, 1907, he obtained his college degree from the University of California at Los Angeles; and upon graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary he was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, California in 1936. Because of modernism, inclusivism, and apostasy, he left that denomination and organized the Calvary Bible Presbyterian Church in Glendale, California, where he served as pastor until 1957. He was called to the pastorate of the Tacoma Bible Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, Washington and in 1957, he was elected moderator of the Twentyfirst General Synod of the Bible Presbyterian Church.
Earlier he helped in the founding of Highland College, a Bible Presbyterian four-year liberal arts Christian college located in Pasadena, California, and he served as the president of the Board of Trustees of Highland from 1951 until 1957.
He was a member of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions and served on its executive committee, and while on the Pacific Coast lie was Western representative for the Independent Board for Presbyterian Home Missions.
He participated in many activities of the American Council of Christian Churches, which he served as president from 195 8 to 196 1. He was in journeyings often in behalf of the International Council of Christian Churches, where he served as a member of the Commission on International Relations. When the International Council of Christian Churches dispatched a team to Australia in 1956 to expose the presence of Communist Hromadka on the executive committee of the World Council of Churches, scheduled to meet in Australia, Dr. Kennedy was the advance man for the team and was used of God to help alert Australia.
At the time of the withdrawal of the Presbyterian Church in Korea from the World Council of Churches in 1959, Dr. Kennedy joined the ICCCs team and took part in the campaign which extended throughout South Korea. He was on the ICCC's team that visited Formosa in April of 1961 on an extended tour of the island, with a visit to Quemoy and Matsu. He was with the ICCC's delegation that went to New Delhi, November-December, 1961, to attend the Third Assembly of the World Council of Churches.
The Lord took from the Twentieth Century Reformation movement one of its ablest leaders. He left his impact on many lives. He was used to turn many to righteousness. As Romans 8:28 applies and we look to see how God overrules and the good which will be brought from Dr. Kennedy's early Home-going, it is our earnest petition that God will raise up the young leaders that we must have, not only to take the place of Dr. Kennedy, but to expand and extend this glorious testimony "For the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ."
The British Consultative Committee of the ICCC has suffered an irreparable loss in the home call of its most senior member, the Rev. E. J. Poole-Connor, on 20th January of this year. Although he had attained the great age of 89 years, he was in most active ministry to within two months of his death, and his mental faculties were clear and powerful to the end.
Edward Joshua Poole-Connor was born of godly parents and early brought to know the Lord. Attending a faithful and helpful ministry he grew in grace and heard the call of the Lord to whole-time Christian service. He studied at University College, London, and was ordained in the Baptist ministry. In 1910, troubled by the increasing liberalism of the Baptist Union and having become convinced that in view of it, the right course to pursue was that taken by C. H. Spurgeon about 23 years earlier, Mr. Poole-Connor resigned from that association and determined from then on to follow an independent line. He felt sure that the judgment of that "Prince of Preachers" was correct.
This was to the effect that when conservative evangelicals find themselves in a hopeless minority, unable to arrest the progress of error, and to lead the body to which they belong back to first and pure doctrinal standards and discipline, the scriptural injunction in such circumstances is to "come out and be separate" (2 Cor. 6:17). From this principle this man of God never wavered. Later, impelled by that same great leader's ideals he worked for the formation and development of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. Following this he exercised fruitful ministries at Talbot Tabernacle, Bayswater, London; as secretary of the North Africa Mission, and then as Principal of the All Nations Bible College.
The "Great-heart and Valiant-for-the-Truth" in one maintained that service for the Lord was sadly deficient if it were confined to preaching positive truth. It should include exposing and opposing error, after the example of the apostles and as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. Hence he took his stand without any reservation with the Lord's Day Observance Society. For many years he was its chairman and guided it in its efforts to defend the Christian Sabbath against the powers set on secularizing and commercializing the sacred day. Likewise by voice and by pen he warned Evangelicals of the apostate character of the ecumenical movement and of the World Council of Churches. He was a foundation member of the ICCC and of its British arm.
For the last seven years he was the Editor of the Bible League Quarterly. He seemed to be the last outstanding connecting link between the faithful of these degenerate days and the stalwarts directly moulded by the influences of the 1859 Revival. He brought to this task all the rich spiritual experiences stretching back to those better days, and to its pages his scholarship, his clear presentation of facts and his high standard of English. As such he was also a most able help to the Editors of The Reformation Review, the official organ of the ICCC.
In that most difficult field -controversy -he was irreproachable, never lacking either in courage or in courtesy.
"The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21).
D. B. Force Carlisle
As early as 1946 before any move was made by the American Brethren to launch the ICCC, Mr. Forde Carlisle of New Zealand was in contact with Dr. McIntire, urging action to offset the ecumenicals. On the formation of the Auckland Consultative Committee of the International Council of Christian Churches at the time of the Shields-McIntire visit in January, 1959, he was the secretary. A strong committee led by brethren welcomed the ICCC teams to New Zealand. He was secretary of the New Zealand Evangelization Society.
On my own initiative I engaged, at my own expense, the Concert Chamber of the Town Hall and publicly exposed the World Council of Churches, and it could be said that with one exception (Mr. R. A. Laidlaw took the Chair) no man stood by me.
The address given was afterwards published in booklet form and many thousands distributed in New Zealand and Australia.
We still receive demands for this publication, but unfortunately funds do not permit further printing.
It was my personal honour to move in the Baptist Assembly a motion to withdraw from the WCC and afterwards to appear before a Fact Finding Committee set up by the Assembly to investigate WCC affairs.
The evidence I placed before the Committee occupied four and a half hours.
The Baptist Union decided to remain in the WCC and this made it impossible for me to remain in the Union.
The persecution has been somewhat severe, stinging letters and closed pulpits, etc., but what are these compared with the joy of a witness, however feeble, to the 20th Century reformation and for the Lord.
An article by him, "The Ecumenical Movement in New Zealand," appeared in the Reformation Review in 1954 in which he exposed Alan Brash, the secretary of the National Council of Churches of Now Zealand and a chief spokesman for Geneva. The ecumenicals were in full control. He wrote:
It can, alas, be truthfully said that the larger denominations in New Zealand are no longer Evangelical. The great surrender is an accomplished fact. Courageous separation and Biblical contention for the Faith is the clarion call of the hour. The friends of the International Council of Christian Churches in New Zealand extend their hands across the sea to all those of "like precious faith," who witness against the apostasy and who contend earnestly for the furtherance of the 20th Century Reformation.
An evangelist, a prophetic expositor, and a loyal Baptist, he used the 17th and 18th chapters of Revelation: "Babylon the great, drunk with the blood of the saints and the martyrs." He said:
In that scripture you see universal blood guiltiness. In it you see all the scandal and the shame of the great religious and political confederacy of today in the W.C.C. Here the doctrines of the faith have been thrown to the winds, jetisoned Here we see in formation a creed of co-existence where fundamental doctrine is conspicuous by its absence, and where the true Christian is completely denied, and as one of the W.C.C. leaders has recently said, "If the evangelical of the day gets in the way, we will have to crus them." Here is a movement with the infiltration of Communism adjusted to the circumstances.
Arthur G. Slaght
The Rev. Arthur G. Slaght, D.D., was called Home to be with the Lord in New York City on Saturday, August 3 1, 1903. Dr. Slaght gave many years of energetic and self-sacrificing devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. As businessman, mission worker, pastor, evangelist, musician, Bible Class leader, religious radio program director, and executive officer, Dr. Slaght worked faithfully to advance the Twentieth Century Reformation Movement.
Because apostasy and pro-socialism were becoming more and more evident in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., in the 1940's Dr. Slaght felt he Could no longer retain membership in that denomination and so withdrew from the Baltimore Presbytery.
In 1942, a group of churches in Baltimore invited Dr. Slaght to teach personal work and to be the soloist and song leader in a city-wide campaign. This resulted in the formation of a Bible Study Class which one year later became tile nucleus of the South Baltimore Bible Presbyterian Church of which lie was pastor for twenty years and of which at his death lie was Pastor Emeritus.
During this pastorate God gave Dr. Slaght vision and desire to produce his own religious radio programs for local and network public service broadcasts. He was soon named chairman of the Radio and Audio-Film Commissions of both the American and International Councils of Christian Churches.
In 1959, lie was a member of the team. including Dr, Clyde J. Kennedy, Dr. J. Gordon Holdcroft, and Dr. Carl McIntire, which visited Korea after the 500,000 member Korean Presbyterian Church withdrew from the World Council of Churches.
Dr. Slaght traveled widely in the interest of the International Council of Christian Churches, speaking and setting Lip radio and TV coverage for the congresses in Brazil and Switzerland, and also making recordings of the missions of ICCC teams in Korea, Japan, England, France, Holland, and Sweden.
He held membership in a number of Christian boards and agencies, including Bob Jones University, Faith Theological Seminary, and the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions.
In 1959, lie was unanimously elected moderator of the Bible Presbyterian Synod.
The Bible Presbyterian Church and the International Council of Christian Churches lost an able and great leader, but are stronger and have a more widespread and effective ministry because of his consecrated talents and faith.
Chia Yu Ming
Dr. Chia Yu Ming, moderator of tile Presbyterian Church of China and China's most leading theologian, died Linder Mao Tse Tung's persecution His numerous books have been translated and greatly used throughout the Chinese speaking world.
Dr. Cilia was in Amsterdam in 1948 and was one Of tile founders of tile International Council of Christian Churches. The picture of tile First Congress taken in front of tile English Reformed Church shows him sitting alongside Dr. Carl McIntire.
In China Dr. Chia was president of tile League of Christian Churches in China, one of the first groups to join the ICCC. He was closely associated through the years with Dr. A. B. Dodd of the faculty of the North China Theological Seminary.
Dr. Cilia returned from Amsterdam in 1948 where lie had been unanimously elected a vicepresident of the ICCC' for China. He became the target of tile modernist church leaders who supported Mao Tse-tung.
Oil the other hand, the World Council of Churches at Amsterdam elected Dr. T. C. Chao. dean of the School of Religion at Yenching University, one of its six presidents. Following his election, Dr. Chao went out and welcomed the Communist armies as liberators and announced, as reported in the Christian Century that "a Christian can be a Communist in China."
Dr. Chia Yu Ming's Christian witness led first to his imprisonment and then to his death. His seminary was taken over by tile Communists and all his churches were closed. Just the mention of' tile name, Cilia Yu Ming, to the Christians in Hong Kong or Singapore brings the most solemn words of respect.
Associated with Dr. Chia Yu Ming in the International Council in China was Rev. Wang Ming Tao, pastor of the Independent Church in Peking. His picture is not available, but he was one of the great heroes and martyrs of the ICCC. Dr. Chia carried back to him the reports from Amsterdam which lie declared to the people throughout China. He too was killed by the Communists.
These two men are Christian martyrs.
H. J. O'Dell
The Rev. Dr. Harland J. O'Dell, pastor of the Canton Gospel Center of Canton, Ohio, leader of the Independent Churches Affiliated with the International Council of Christian Churches and the American Council of Christian Churches, -.i,:e-president of the ICCC, and a leading contender throughout his lifetime in the world-wide struggle of the Churches against apostasy and unbelief went Home to be with the Lord oil Friday afternoon, July 3, 1964.
Dr. O'Dell was the pastor of one of the great independent fundamental churches in Ohio for some twenty-five years.
He had the unique blessing of knowing for several years in advance that lie was dying, and this enabled Dr. O'Dell to make an outstanding testimony to the loved ones left behind in his family his church, and the Twentieth Century Reformation Movement. Dr. O'Dell prepared a farewell message to his congregation, "Preparation for Dying." It includes the burden on his heart for his congregation, his family, and friends, but it gives the wonderful testimony of one who has fought the good fight and is ready to meet his Lord.
Dr. O'Dell had a strong burden for the cause of' foreign missions which was reflected in his sermons throughout his ministry. He was president of the Independent Faith Mission Board.
In 1948 lie was one of the American representatives to the international meetings in Allisterdarn, Tile Netherlands, that resulted in the formation of the International Council, and in 1950 lie attended the Second Plenary Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, as a delegate for the Independent Fundamental Churches of America. He was a voting delegate at the ICCC plenaries in Philadelphia, Rio-Petropolis, and Amsterdam.
In 1951 lie attended the Pan-American Evangelical Conference in Sao Paulo and had a part in organizing the Latin American Alliance of Christian Churches.
In 1955 lie was the guide for the ICCC Holy Land Tour in connection with the Scandinavian Evangelical Conference in Jonkoping, Sweden, and the Middle East Bible Council meeting in Bethlehem, Jordan. He served as tour conductor of four ICCC-sponsored tours to the Holy Land.
At the Fourteenth Annual Convention of the American Council of Christian Churches in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1955, Dr. O'Dell was elected president and was re-elected twice to this position.
In 1956, 1957, 1959, and 1961, Dr. O'Dell organized and conducted speaking tours for European and Far Eastern refugees from Communist oppression. These brave Christians, who had experienced first-hand the horrors of Communism, were in this way able to carry their message of warning to their brothers in America.
In 1960 Dr. O'Dell traveled around the world to speak at the Far Eastern Conference in Seoul, Korea, and the Middle East Bible Conference in Beirut, Lebanon, and also to make arrangements for the 1962 Plenary Congress. This was his second such trip for the ICCC. He maintained an active ministry in radio, evangelism, and Bible Conferences. His ministry was singularly blessed of God.
Dr. O'Dell's wife, Irene, has been working on the staff of the ICCC headquarters in Collingswood, N.J. and has had a great deal to do in the arrangements in Cape May for the facilities and comfort of all the delegates.
A suite of rooms prepared by Mrs. O'Dell and dedicated to Harland's memory in the Christian Admiral, Cape May, contains his pictures and letters of his participation in the ICCC meetings around the world.
When the history of the struggle to preserve Christian faith in the United States and throughout the world is written, the name of Dr. Franklin L. Sharp ( 1888-1954), Methodist Protestant leader of Mississippi, will be reported among those who counted all things loss and in the midst of great tribulation preserved the Church faithful 10 the Lord Jesus Christ.
Franklin L. Sharp, preacher of tile Gospel, evangelist editor, teacher, and contender for the faith, entered into Glory August 1 1, 1964. He was General Superintendent of tile Methodist Protestant Church from 1939 to 1960. From 1960 until the time of his departure he was Superintendent Emeritus. Tile last five years of his life lie suffered with cancer.
The turning point in his ministry came in 1939 when lie attended tile Uniting conference of the Methodist churches held in Kansas City. There the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Southern Methodist Church, and the Methodist Protestant Church united to form what today is called The Methodist Church with its ten million members, a church which indeed has gone deep into the apostasy and is providing leadership for the ecumenical movement and the development of the one-world church.
Dr. Sharp saw this in 1939. At that time he announced to the leaders in Kansas City that lie could not be a part of this church so filled with modernism and so determined to build a twentieth century Babylon.
Brother Sharp, as he was called, was strong. He used Biblical terminology to describe the union of tile churches. He went back to Mississippi to lead the fight to keep tile Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church free. He won. He was elected General Superintendent. Some of tile pastors of that Conference went into tile union, and out of the broken remains of the Conference lie proceeded to build. He established churches. He carried oil evangelistic campaigns. The movement spread to Alabama, and the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church was established. The movement spread to Missouri and tile Missouri Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church was established.
He was indeed a theological seminary himself and young pastors lived with him, traveled with him. Today the Conference operates its own college, Whitworth College. He was affectionately called "Papa Sharp."
When tile American Council of Christian Churches was started in 1941 Dr- Sharp recognized that this was the place of Christian fellowship and co-operation where Bible-believing churches could come in their testimony. and lie led the Methodist Protestant Church into tile ACCC.
When the International Council of Christian Churches was called and formed in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1948, lie was there helping to shape tile constitution and draft the now historic doctrinal statement. From that day until the time of his death he was an active member of the executive committee of the International Council of Christian Churches. He knew the spirit and the power of the new reformation.
When ACCC leaders visited him during his final illness, lie gave a glorious testimony to his faith in the Lord and his delight in the development of tile separatist movement. He had kept fully abreast of all the activities and rejoiced, too, that every day he was able to listen to the Twentieth Century Reformation Hour.
Tile funeral service in Meridian was most beautiful. People came from everywhere. Deep affection was expressed for his loyalty to Christ and the work that lie had accomplished in Mississippi, after preaching the Gospel fifty-three years.
Vartan Atchinak, Beirut, Lebanon, made his way to Geneva, Switzerland, August 16-23, 1950 and appeared before the Second Plenary Congress there and invited the Council to open up a Middle East regional council.
An Armenian, he had come out of great trouble and suffering with his people and he was determined to preserve the faith in the Middle East. He welcomed Dr. Carl McIntire and ICCC party to Lebanon for the first time and alerted the Christians of the entire area. The World Council of Churches was deeply entrenched in the American University and also the Near East Bible Council. whose headquarters were there. He operates Bible Lands Gospel Mission and maintained a beautiful site overlooking the mountains of Lebanon with a Christian school and chapel surrounded by grapes, figs, and oranges.
Mr. Atchinak died on August 5, 1964 at the age of 81, with the prayer that the ICCC could be to preserve the faith throughout the Middle East.
The Middle East Bible Council is today headed by the Rev. E. C. Eicher, who maintains the Naba Es Safa Bible Conference grounds up in the mountains of Lebanon near where the cutting by Solomon of the Cedars of Lebanon can still be seen just below the timberline.
Mr. Atchinak made many trips to the United States where he had substantial support from God's people. He was fully aware of what the apostasy accomplished in the United States and had followed the early conflicts under the leadership of Dr. J. Gresham Machen. He rejoiced in the members of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions who stood trial for their faith and suffered ecumenical abuse.
Many will remember Mr. Atchinak's dramatic entry into the International Council in Geneva in 1950 and his impassioned appeal that the Council press its cause throughout the world.
The founding assembly of the Middle East Bible Council was in Beirut in 1952 and met in the chapel of the American University, originally an institution founded and financed by the United Presbyterians from the USA.
In advertising the first visit of Dr. McIntire to the Middle East, Mr. Atchinak printed a card with a picture of Dr. and Mrs. Atchinak and their staff welcoming Dr. Carl McIntire to their institution. On the card he contrasted the ICCC with the World Council of Churches (Goliath), the modernists with the prophets of Baal, and the compromising evangelicals with what he called corruption. With this he used the text: "For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again" (11 Cor. 5:13-15).
From that time on his mission became a crossroads for all who went back and forth from east to west until 1964 when he died. Mr. Atchinak represented the hopes of the faithful Christians of the Armenian race who were massacred by the Turks for, their faith.
Bishop P. John Verghese
Bishop P. John Verghese entered into the Presence of the Lord he loved and served on July 10, 1965. He was born April 19, 1902, the youngest son of Mr. K. M. John of the Kottooreth family, an ancient, influential, evangelical Christian family of Central Travancore, South India.
After graduation from college and seminary, he engaged successfully in missionary endeavor under the Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association. There existed an anti-evangelical group in the Mar Thoma Church which silently and slowly took over the leadership of the church. The evangelicals awakened and organized an opposition group of which Mr. Verghese became president. The liberal group sought to kill the movement and did secure the excommunication of Mr. Verghese and others.
The evangelicals organized the St. Thomas Evangelical Church of India in 1961, and the Rev. P. John Verghese with Rev. K. Ninan Oommen were consecrated as the first bishops. The new church applied for membership in the ICCC to have "a greater fellowship of likeminded churches who are evangelical in their outlook and who take the Bible as their basis for faith and life." Bishop Verghese first met Dr. Carl McIntire in December, 1961, when he and a delegation from the church traveled from Cochin to New Delhi to witness to World Council delegates why they left the WCC.
In 1962 John Verghese was one of the St. Thomas group who toured the United States visiting ICCC churches.
His Homegoing was a great loss to his church and to the ICCC.
"That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life" (Titus 3:7).
The St. Thomas Evangelical Church lost all its properties, schools, and cemeteries and the Tiruvalla church was built with contributions from ICCC friends over the world. The stand of Bishop Verghese in the true succession of St. Thomas, the Apostle, who brought the Gospel to India, opened the way for the other breaks that later came in the Church of South India and which are represented today among the 22 denominations that comprise the Council of Christian Churches in India.
His memory is cherished as a pioneer of the Reformation in India. He is buried in the courtyard of the church in Tiruvalla.
Harvey H. Springer
The Rev. Harvey H. Springer, D.D., the "cowboy evangelist" died July 8, 1966 at the age of 59. While pastoring the First Baptist Church of Englewood, Colorado since 1935, he engaged in many outside activities which made him known throughout the world. In addition to his extensive evangelistic work, he edited the "Western Voice," founded and directed the Silver State Youth Camp and the Silver State Home (for the elderly).
Dr. Springer entered wholeheartedly into the activities of the nation-wide evangelical testimony of the American Council of Christian Churches and the world-wide influential fundamental program of the International Council of Christian Churches. Dr. and Mrs. Springer were present at the organizational meeting of the ICCC in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1948, and attended most of its world congresses. Dr. Springer served on the ICCC executive committee since 1948, and was chairman of its Commission on Evangelism. Whatever Harvey Springer put in his hand to do he did with enthusiasm and energy.
Dr. Springer was 6'7" tall and a commanding personality wherever he moved. Following the First Assembly in Amsterdam, 1948, Dr. and Mrs. Springer, with Dr. and Mrs. Carl McIntire and Dr. T. T. Shields visited Scandinavia, going up to Oslo. From there they went to Nimes, France for a Bible conference and the three of them went to the Vatican for the first time. Their presence became a news story. They went together to Athens.
Dr. Springer's evangelistic ministry attracted thousands and he had immense tent campaigns throughout the south and west. He conducted campaigns in Collingswood and Toronto. He insisted that those who were brought to Christ go into churches that had no connection with the National Council of Churches. He stood against all forms of compromise with evil. His sermons were distributed by the thousands. He conducted a coast to coast radio ministry and was a founder of the Independent Baptist Bible Mission, a constituent body of the ICCC. Among his famous sermons were "Jonah and the Whale," "Dead Hogs and Hot Water," "Short Beds, Narrow Beds, and Short Sheets!" (Isa. 28:20).
He would climax his evangelistic meetings by the story of his life, how he had been saved out of sin. His campaigns dried up towns and closed saloons. He was shot at, arrested, and all manner of attacks were made upon him. He became the target of the Anti-Defamation League. When Metropolitan Nikodim was brought to the United States from Russia by Dr. Eugene Carson Blake and their major meeting was in Denver, Dr. Springer organized a march and protest mass meeting, attended by 5,000. He exposed the Revised Standard Version of the Bible and packed out high school auditoriums as he opposed the National Council's ecumenical Bible.
He toured Brazil for the ICCC and thousands turned out to hear him. He preached in the streets and market places. His converts could not be numbered. He was loyal and lovable, he was kind and had a tender heart. His illustrations and stories brought tears and laughter. Standing by his side in every engagement was his wife, Evalina. She is attending the Eighth World Congress where she will preside at times at the piano which she always played in the great Springer campaigns. His church in Denver memorialized a suite of rooms in his memory in Cape May where hangs today his well-known cowboy hat, over his boots. He tooled leather and his last project was the Lord's Supper on a full size cow's hide. Though the Supper is impressed in full relief, a little over half was finished. It speaks to all who enter this memorial tribute.
Carlton F. Matthews
The Rev. Carlton F. Matthews, veteran missionary under the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, entered into the presence of the Lord May 12 1966 after a long and eventful period of faithful missionary service in the land of Brazil. Although enduring many attacks by Roman Catholics for his Gospel preaching, even being jailed, he nevertheless won a place in the hearts of the Brazilian people for his efforts in their behalf. As a monument to his untiring efforts there remains today in the land he served at least five organized churches, eleven organizations and dozens of preaching points plus the Berean Baptist Seminary and institute at Natal.
During World War 11 he assisted in the construction of the airfield at Paranamarin near Natal and served as the unofficial chaplain for the U.S. Air Force at that base. In September, 1957 his service to the Brazilian nation was recognized in a public ceremony when he was made honorary citizen of Natal.
In 1949 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was one of the ICCC group which exposed the World Council of Churches' efforts to organize the Protestant churches of Latin America. He joined in issuing the Call for the first ICCC conference in Sao Paulo, 1951, and was present there when the Latin American Alliance of Christian Churches was formed. He participated in all of its activities. Carlton Matthews was one of the truly great missionaries of the Twentieth Century, a leader of the Twentieth Century Reformation.
John J. Sidey
The Rev. John J. Sidey, D.D., founder and president of the Kingston, Nova Scotia, Bible College, went Home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 22, 1966. Dr. Sidey helped found the Kingston Bible College and Academy in 1929. With the late Rev. John B. Daggart of New Brunswick, he also founded in 1935, International Christian Missions, Inc., an associate member of the International Council of Christian Churches and a member of its mission agency, The Associated Missions.
International Christian Mission is a fundamental faith mission actively opposed to modernism and secularism. About 55 missionaries are maintained through free-will offerings. The Mission also engages in summer camps, children's work, homes for orphans and for children from broken homes, and Christian literature.
For many years Dr. Sidey was co-editor of the "Bible Expositor," the official organ of the International Christian Mission.
The Mission was represented at the ICCC plenary congresses in Amsterdam in 1962 and in Geneva in 1965.
Dr. Carl McIntire and Dr. H. C. Slade visited Dr. Sidey and the Kingston Bible College during their tour of the Maritime Provinces in the interests of the ICCC in 1960.
"In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death" (Proverbs 12:28).
J. Pearson Harrison
The Rev. J. Pearson Harrison, Victoria, Australia, was promoted to Glory January 25, 1966, at the age of seventy-seven. The son of a Baptist pastor, he received the Lord at an early age. His keen sense of appreciation for the Word of God was sharpened by his studies in Spurgeon's College in London. During his early ministry he served pastorates in England and Ireland before returning to Australia. After pastoring churches in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, he became secretary for the Regions Beyond Mission, a post he held for ten years. He actively opposed the enemies of truth within the various denominations, and became identified with the Bible Union of Australia where he served as chairman of the executive committee for several years and as president for two.
His pen was also used of the Lord in defense of the faith through the many articles he wrote through the years for Christian publications. He instituted the monthly President's Message for the Bible Union's Evangelical Action.
Mr. Pearson gave enthusiastic support to the testimony of the International Council of Christian Churches and represented the Australian Consultative Committee of the ICCC at the Fourth Plenary Congress in Rio-Petropolis, Brazil, where he delivered one of the principal addresses. His uncompromising stand for the truth, his faithful exposure of error and his clear expositions of the Word of God are greatly missed.
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? " (John 11: 25-26).
Robert D. Ingle
The Rev. Robert D. Ingle, D.D., born July 12, 1904 in Asheville, North Carolina, pastored the Berean Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida for thirty-eight years beginning June 10, 1929 and continued until his departure for Glory February 3, 1967. The Lord prospered the work under his leadership and it grew from sixty-five to approximately 2,300 members, from a small building to one of the finest church properties in Jacksonville valued at about one million dollars.
From its beginning "Bob" Ingle was active in the work of the World Baptist Fellowship and served as missions director from 1952-1958. In addition to his own Baptist interest he actively participated in the world battle against the apostasy through his support of the American and International Council of Christian Churches, on whose executive boards he served.
He represented the World Baptist Fellowship at many ICCC world congresses where his missionary experience and vision were a valued contribution.
"For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's" (Romans 14:8).
Robert J. Ryerse
The Rev. Robert L. Ryerse, Cleveland, Ohio, a faithful servant of the Lord, passed into His Presence Sunday, June 30, 1968, at the age of 63. He was preparing to deliver a message that Sunday morning on the theme of missions when he heard the call to higher service.
Mr. Ryerse was one of the early leaders of the International Council of Christian Churches and from 1952 to 1959 he served the Council through its missionary arm, The Associated Missions, which now consists of thirty-five separated missionary agencies. In his office of first administrative secretary, he laid the foundation for the future development of the organization.
As a minister of the Gospel, Mr. Ryerse pastored five churches, four of which were identified with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, before assuming his responsibilities with TAM.
It was a logical step for him to continue in the field of missions so dear to his heart, when he moved from TAM and became Vice-President of Baptist MidMissions in charge of deputation in Northern USA for the missionaries. His messages on missions and their relation to the present ecumenical apostasy were clear and forceful.
During his pastorates, Mr. Ryerse sat on the Council of Fourteen of the G.A.R.B.C. for four years. He traveled widely in his missionary interests and attended several ICCC regional and world council meetings.
"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8).
W. H. Guiton
Pastor W. H. Guiton, beloved and honored in all ICCC circles and among those who stood for the Protestant heritage throughout the world, has entered into the presence of Jesus Christ. His funeral services were held November 18, 1968; he was 89.
Pastor Guiton was editor of Cry of Alarm (Cri d'Alarme), a publication which was read in France, Switzerland, and throughout all Europe. He stood on all seven platforms of the International Council of Christian Churches and attended every plenary congress from the first. He participated in the adopting of the constitution, was named a vice-president of the ICCC, and has continued such until the Lord opened Heaven for his entrance.
He was indeed "Mr. Protestant." An outstanding Protestant voice in all France, his main detractor was Marc Boegner, named one of the first presidents of the World Council of Churches. It was Pastor Guiton who provided all the documentation out of France concerning Boegner which was used in the first journey to Latin America in 1949. He provided the story in which Boegner said that the ecumenical movement was going to bring together all the forces in the one great world church. Boegner had said that Peter represented Rome, John represented the Greek Orthodox, and Paul represented the Protestants, and that the ecumenical movement would bring Peter and Paul and John together again. This story stirred Latin America and did as much as any other one thing to turn the fundamentalists throughout all of Latin America away from the World Council of Churches. They had no desire to join under the leadership of a pope any movement that would be called ecumenical or anything else.
When it came to documentation, Pastor Guiton was prolific; he was a scholar. He had one of the finest libraries which any clergyman ever amassed-mostly, of course, in French.
The children loved him. The young people liked to sit about him as he sat at the piano and played; he was a composer.
Through the twenty years of the ICCC's ministry, he was constantly alert, always helpful, regularly in touch with the president, and he participated in regional conferences that were established. To this man, Jesus Christ was his life; and to this man, the ICCC was the cause of Christ in our day. In France he stood almost alone. He was a Methodist. He knew all of the story and the history and the background of the Wesleys. His voice heard on the executive committee of the ICCC did so much to encourage the brethren.
Pastor Guiton died in his sleep, but one of his last communications to Dr. Carl McIntire appealed to him to be steadfast and in no way to weaken, but to stand and let God deliver. One of the chief warriors, a companion in tribulation, a soldier of the Cross, has laid his armor down and has been called into the presence of the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the One who indeed said of His Church that it should be "fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners."
Guiton now awaits with us all the gathering of the ICCC about the Throne of Glory, where the trophies and the tributes will be laid at the feet of Jesus Christ, whom he so faithfully served. He was truly one of the great Protestants of the twentieth century.
Mr. Guiton was one of the first to detect the efforts of Dr. Francis Schaeffer of Switzerland to subvert the Council and soften its stand so that it would be more acceptable in winning the neoevangelicals. It was through his exposure and strong position that led to the removal of Mr. Schaeffer from the ICCC executive committee.
Pastor Guiton was determined that the ICCC would never compromise with the Roman Catholic Church or the World Council of Churches. The influence of his leadership in ail council services was nothing but a benediction. No compromise, no surrender, no other gospel.
E. K. Divakar
Mr. E. K. Divakar, although born in a Hindu family in Bellary District of South India, came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. From his earliest days as a Christian he took an active role in witnessing and serving his Lord even while engaged as a police inspector for over thirty-two years. All his children have come to know the Lord and are actively serving Him.
Separating from the Church of South India because of its growing apostasy, he helped to found a number of independent churches. It was while protesting the World Council of Churches in New Delhi, India, December, 1961 that he met Dr. Carl McIntire and the ICCC team. From then on he became devoted to the ICCC cause and helped greatly in furthering this testimony throughout India.
In 1968 Mr. Divakar bore the major responsibility for the arrangements of the Sixth World Assembly of the Far Eastern Council of Christian Churches in Hubli, India, just before his Homegoing January 30.
Mr. Divakar left a noble witness for his Lord.
J. J. van der Schuit
Professor Jacob van der Schuit passed to be with the Lord on Monday, June 10, 1968. From the very beginning in 1948 until the end of his life he was a staunch supporter of the International Council of Christian Churches which he served as vice president. His strong leadership in the ICCC was a major pillar and he was a constant comfort to all of the brethren.
As an unsaved boy, Dr. van der Schuit was set to be a merchant as was his father. However, his comrades worshipped with their parents in the Christian Reformed Church, and they took him with them. God used the preaching to open the young boy's heart, and while growing in grace he was seized by an irresistible desire to become a preacher of the Gospel. After preparing, van der Schuit became a pastor at Kampen. His second church was in Amsterdam where he labored until 22, when the Synod of his church appointed him professor of Systematic Theology at their seminary at Apeldoorn. He retired in 1953 at the age of 7 1. He was instrumental in educating more than one hundred ministers.
Prof. van der Schuit was greatly beloved by the churches which he served more than 60 years. Not only the old, but also the young people liked to hear him preach. His was a place of great authority in Christian Reformed Churches.
Standing in the great Dutch tradition of strict adherence to the infallibility of Holy Scripture, lie defended this doctrine masterfully, and his messages will abide for the blessing of the ICCC until the return of Jesus Christ. Dr. van der Schuit had a major hand in the drafting of the Constitution of the ICCC. During his illness he continued to show the greatest interest in the cause of the ICCC, and lie felt warmly attached to its leaders.
In one of his articles he said: "How will it ever be possible for churches to appear without fear before Christ's judgment seat, when they have only carried the truth of God as a flag, but never used it as a sword? When entering upon the activities of our Congress, we will keep in mind that one day our Lord will say: 'Give an account of thy stewardship.'
"We will fight for the faith which has led the Reformers and which has been entrusted to us as a heritage, and we will remember with gladness the Apostle's word: 'Who is he that overcometh the world, he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?' "
On Friday, June 14, his body was laid to rest in the village of Bilthoven, near Utrecht, where in 1965, at the time of the ICCC Congress in Geneva, Mrs. van der Schuit was buried.
Professor van der Schuit was to have delivered the keynote address to the Seventh World Congress in Cape May on the subject, "Thy Word is Truth." His message to the congress was given from his bed of illness to Dr. J. C. Maris when he visited the professor a few weeks before his death. He spoke: "When you go to the Congress, tell them to carry on. We have been right when in 1948 we founded the ICCC. Tell them to carry on in the same path. It is becoming more and more clear that it is the Word of God which is at stake." He concluded, "I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness" Psalm 17:15. Indeed it can be said that one of the great and choice Christian souls of our century for twenty years held high the banner which God has given to the ICCC.
"As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness" Psalm 17.- 15.
B. D. Boone
Byron D. Boone, the pioneer of the International Council at the crossroads of the Pacific, in 1949 arranged for the reception of Dr. T. T. Shields and Dr. and Mrs. Carl McIntire as they arrived in Honolulu from New Zealand, completing their three-months' tour, the first one around the world for the ICCC. Mr. Boone was the founder and leader of the Kaimuki Community Church in a suburb of Honolulu.
Mr. Boone was identified with all the interests on the island that stood against subversion. Hawaii had obtained wide notoreity because of communists in the labor unions. His church was the rallying point of the various ICCC teams and individuals that came back and forth year after year. Everybody knew him and loved him. When the first appeal went out to aid the ICCC movement in South America, Mr. Boones' church helped support the secretary of the Latin American Alliance of Christian Churches, Rev. Baudilio Saavedra, which they have continued to do all these years. It was here that Helen Johnson, the soloist at the ICCC congresses, sang each Lord's day for the glory of God.
In 1953, Mr. Boone wrote Dr. McIntire: "The plan of the World Council of Churches to bring their men from behind the Iron Curtain to cover the USA with their lies and false teachings was outlined to influential committees that I cannot name in this letter. I am making more contacts, and have a speaking engagement coming up before Post No. I of The American Legion where the entire conspiracy will be outlined, and these men will be alerted to the danger of the WCC and the NCC. I also explained to one editor that that was the conspiracy you referred to while in Honolulu and the idea was ridiculed at that time. The light is beginning to dawn. One editor told me, something must be done, and that gang must be kept out of this country. He also requested more material on those men such as Hromadka and others, which I will gladly furnish. But we will keep at it as long as I am able. I have a picture of Dr. Ironside and it runs next week as agreeing with our stand. It was taken from the Biblical Witness of India."
Mr. Boone was stricken with a stroke from which he partially recovered for a time. He went Home to be with his Lord in 1968. He was instrumental in forming the Hawaii Council of the ICCC along with Dr. R. W. Hambrook and the Rev. Claude Curtis, who have remained faithful to the cause through the years. "Aloha"
This ministry continues under the leadership of Rev. Joseph Downs, a graduate of Faith Theological Seminary. Mr. Boone was instrumental in getting the 20th Century Reformation Hour on two Hawaiian stations, a ministry carried on by Mr. Downs. Under the leadership of Mr. Downs, this church sponsored the Free Chinese ping pong players in 1972 who received a hearty and royal welcome on the island, as well as entertaining the Free China Children's Choir in 1972.
It was the church Mr. Boone founded which produced Miss Adaline Char, a missionary in the Malaysia- Singapore area whose place in the Gospel is known among the Chinese everywhere.
Mr. Boone's labor of love has produced the fruit which abides and his ICCC testimony speaks today.
Rev. Raphael Camacho, Amparo, Brazil, one of the founders of the Latin American Alliance of Christian Churches, went Home to be with the Lord on January 31, 1969. He was also a founder of the Conservation Presbyterian Church of Brazil.
Born of Spanish parents, Mr. Camacho was a member of the Roman Catholic Church until the time of his conversion at the age of 20. He found the Lord by reading a Spanish Bible. Later other members of his family were also converted.
After his graduation from the Evangelical Faculty of Theology in Rio de Janeiro, he entered the ministry of the Independent Presbyterian Church. In 1940 he left this denomination because of modernism and helped to found the Conservative Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Camacho was a scholar and an able composer of hymns. He was an instructor of Spanish in an official college at Amparo. Ever alert to the dangers of modernism, and in faithfulness to His Lord and the Word of God, his translations of articles from the Portuguese into English were of invaluable assistance in keeping all of Latin America from going into the fold of the World Council of Churches.
Mr. Camacho attended the historic first conference in Buenos Aires in July of 1949. This was the group which issued the Call for the 1951 assembly in Sao Paulo, the Pan American Evangelical Conference, out of which the Latin American Alliance of Christian Churches was formally constituted.
The conference in Buenos Aires was all arranged by the providences of God. The Minister of Religion in the Peron cabinet gave a permit to the International Council of Christian Churches for a separate rally. Both the leaders and the delegates of the World Council of Churches could not stay away. This meeting explained the issues, the communism, the appeal to the Roman Catholic church and as a result, the World Council was never able to organize a continentwide body in South America.
Mr. Camacho participated in every meeting in Latin America until his death. He understood the efforts that were made to subvert the movement in the United States. He wrote Dr. McIntire on January 23, 1969: "1 felt deeply what you are suffering from those whom you considered your best friends. I was praying for you, but now I am praying more and more. You have my sympathy in this time of struggle you are experiencing. I can perceive that because I have been experiencing the same for years. I am deeply shocked and surprised with them. I know you had many enemies outside of the fundamental movement, but I never thought that those men you considered your friends were undermining your work and doing that behind the scenes. Satan is working in all sections of the world. Here in Brazil my church is in a serious crisis too. I am very glad that I am going to meet you here next February."
Paul R. Jackson
Dr. Paul R. Jackson, Chicago Illinois, was called Home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 15, 1969. He was the National Representative for the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, having succeeded Dr. Robert T. Ketcham in that position.
Dr. Jackson participated in the formation of the International Council of Christian Churches in Amsterdam in August, 1948, and at the Seventh World Congress in Cape May in 1968 he was chairman of the Nominations Committee and brought the Sunday morning message, August 25. He was a member of the ICCC Credentials Committee and its Executive Committee and was the Second Vice-President of the Council.
A pastor for sixteen years in California, Dr. Jackson went to the Wealthy Street Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he served as President of the Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary. He then went to the Baptist Bible Seminary in New York as its president. In his activities with the International Council, he also was chairman of its Commission on Education.
Dr. Jackson was an outstanding leader in the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches and was a member of its executive committee, the Council of Fourteen. His dedication to and influence in the cause of Christ on the mission field was reflected in his service on the executive Committee of the mission agency, the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism.
Dr. Jackson's spirit and manner were gracious and kind. He was firm, uncompromising and rejoiced in the struggle in the Baptist world which brought churches of the General Association of Regular Baptists in the beginning out of the then Northern Baptist Convention.
He was beloved by all who were associated with him and worked with him.
Charles Dana Chrisman
One of the founders of the Bible Presbyterian Church, Charles Dana Chrisman of Brea, California, was called Home to be with Christ on Wednesday, January 14. Moderator of the 30th General Synod of the Bible Presbyterian Church, he was beloved by his brethren. He served the whole cause of the International Council of Christian Churches. He died of a heart attack and was buried from the Faith Bible Presbyterian Church in Brea which he founded and built.
Mr. Chrisman entered the Navy as a chaplain and was in the Reserves. Earlier he was pastor of the Bible Presbyterian Church of Nanuet, N.Y. and a member of the faculty of Shelton College.
Mr. Chrisman and his wife Dorothy accompanied Dr. and Mrs. Carl McIntire and John Stormer on the 1966 annual Christmas visit to the orphans in Korea. They went again with the McIntires in 1968 to further the ICCC ministry.
Dana Chrisman was a companion in battle, faithful to his calling, obedient to the ministry, patient in tribulation, and always awaiting the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The ICCC was especially dear to his heart. Dr. McIntire first met him as a student at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1928. He too rejoiced in the stand and leadership of Dr. James Gresham Machen, the Christian scholar who wrote the books, Christianity and Liberalism, and What Is Faith?
Mr. Chrisman was a gracious, kind, considerate, faithful friend and through the years as the Bible Presbyterian Church and American Council of Christian Churches developed, he helped maintain the witness and stood against the forces that sought to change and subvert these testimonies. God used him to turn many to righteousness and he had the joy of seeing all the members of his family, their wives and children, serving the same Christ, believing in the same cause of the Reformation.
His namesake, Charles Dana Chrisman, a young lad, plans to train for the ministry and expressed his desire to attend Shelton College and Faith Theological Seminary. Just before the casket of Mr. Chrisman was closed, the boy said to Dr. McIntire, "I want to be a preacher like him." To leave such a legacy behind and to have stood for the doctrines of the Reformed faith and the militant and consistent separation, insured indeed for him a rich and abundant entrance into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the Church.
At the request of Mrs. Chrisman, Dr. McIntire flew to California Saturday, January 17, to conduct the funeral service which was held at 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon because of plane schedules. That morning in Collingswood, the Clerk of the Session of the Collingswood Bible Presbyterian Church who had served for 25 years, also had his body laid to rest in the full assurance of hope. That evening, across the continent, Dana Chrisman's body too occupied the place that David described when he said, "My flesh shall rest in hope." And for the souls of the just made perfect, David said, "In thy presence is fullness of joy."
Dominie L. Floor of Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands, editor of Getrouw, official organ of the International Council of Christian Churches, was called Home suddenly following a family reunion on December 4. Ds. Floor was one of the founders of the ICCC and served on the Amsterdam staff from the beginning. A member of the ICCC executive, he attended every ICCC Congress.
Ds. Floor was a close associate of Sir Arie Kok, first general secretary of the ICCC, and worked with Burgomaster A. Warnaar, associate general secretary, until the latter's retirement. Ds. J. C. Maris, ICCC general secretary, was in charge of the funeral service in Vennep, Wednesday, December 8.
Ds. Floor helped organize the European Council of Christian Churches and was active in the functions of the ICCC in The Netherlands. The regional conferences in Scandinavia found him present. He had the confidence and love of the entire council though he served it quietly and faithfully. He lived to see his son and son-in-law become leading theologians and taking places of leadership in The Netherlands and South Africa. His son-in-law, Drs. J. P. Versteeg, brought one of the messages at the Seventh World Congress, Cape May, 1968.
He was deeply concerned about the situation developing in his own country, especially the loss of the Free University of Amsterdam. He would have delighted to see the 7,000 gathered in Utrecht in November, 1972, the first major gathering of the Dutch people in support of the ICCC witness. He longed to see the ICCC have its own headquarters, to be named after Arie Kok. This was realized in the purchase of the property located at Frederiksplein 24, Amsterdam, where the entire structure is given over to the ICCC, including its reception library.
Dr. David Hedegard, Uppsala, Sweden, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, October 3, 1971.
Scandinavia's outstanding Bible-believing scholar and defender of the faith, he was active to the very end in confronting the opponents of Christianity. Author of numerous books including The Bible Dictionary, and one of the founders of the International Council of Christian Churches in 1948, Dr. Hedegard led the conservative forces of the Scandinavian countries as president of the Scandinavian Evangelical Council, formed in 1955.
The funeral service was held Saturday, October 9, in Uppsala with a simple tribute to his faith which had delivered from sin. The text chosen for the Bible message was I Timothy 1: 15: "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." Dr. Carl McIntire, president of the International Council of Christian Churches, flew from the United States to Uppsala for the funeral.
Dr. Hedegard attended all seven of the plenary congresses of the ICCC and served on committees which produced the resolutions on the World Council of Churches and the Word of God. He was 80 years of age and saw rising about him a company of young scholars determined to perpetuate his work of defending the Word of God. Many testimonies were given to Dr. Hedegard's faithful witness through the years. He was the focal point of the attack of all the liberals.
His first book dealing with the WCC and the ICCC was entitled, The Pope, Soderblom, and the Ecumenical Movement. The book was later translated into English and into various other languages and titled Ecumenism and the Bible. He ended his book by outlining the whole work of the ICCC, and he concluded:
"Every Bible-believer who studies the present religious world situation must inevitably remember some New Testament sayings about age. 'When the Son of man cometh, shall lie faith on the earth?' (Luke 18:9). 'Except flier,_ come a falling away first' (2 Thess. 2:3). Surely we are living in the age of the 'the great apostasy.'
"There has never been an age in which it was more imperative to bear in mind the Biblical exhortation to fight the good fight,' to 'defend the Gospel,' to 'contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.' "
The General Secretary of the ICCC, Dr. J. C. Maris, made the following statement concerning Dr. Hedegard:
"When meeting some of his countrymen, I asked them whether they knew Dr. Hedegard. The answer was in the affirmative, and they added, 'He is the most godly man of all Sweden.' Yet this was not contrary to the statement when the dying saint said that his only hope was in the Redeemer's blood!
"Such unison of contrasts is characteristic of the true Christian's life, and it was very conspicuous in David Hedegard. He was a man, and yet a child. He was a fearless warrior, and yet a man of peace. He was a brilliant scholar, and yet among the 'poor in spirit.' He was a restless worker, and yet of pleasant serenity.
"We of the ICCC thank God for the gift of David Hedegard of Sweden."
He lead the Scandinavian Council from its founding in Jonkoping in 1955 to conferences in Hillard, Denmark, Oslo, Norway, Skelleftea, Sweden, Helsinki, Finland, and Umea, Sweden.
In the ICCC every conference of which lie attended he was highly respected, revered, and beloved. He translated the New Testament and wrote the Bible studies which were used in the schools of Sweden until they were banned. His shadow remains over the peninsula of Scandinavia.
Charles E. Richter
Dr. Charles E. Richter, 76, twenty years the assistant pastor of the Bible Presbyterian Church of Collingswood, N.J., went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 19, 1972 in Gainesville, Texas, where he was born. Dr. Richter was known as "Amen Charlie" throughout the world as he sat with Dr. McIntire on the 20th Century Reformation Hour broadcast each day and added his "Amen." He joined with Dr. McIntire on many a broadcast, saying "Freedom is everybody's business; your business, my business, the churches' business, and the man who will not use his freedom to defend his freedom does not deserve his freedom."
Dr. Richter began his ministry at the St. Joseph Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph, Texas, and he held pastorates in Dallas, Texas and Sacramento, California.
He left the United Presbyterian Church because of the apostasy and became a minister in the Bible Presbyterian Synod. He was moderator of the General Synod and received the honorary doctorate degree from Faith Theological Seminary.
Dr. and Mrs. Carl McIntire flew to Gainesville for the funeral service which was held in the First Baptist Church.
The prayer room in the Christian Admiral where also the executive committee of the International Council meets, now has been named "The Charles E. Richter Hall" and in it is the portrait of him which may be seen in hundreds of homes across the United States.
Dr. Richter participated in the International Council of Christian Churches as the fulfillment of his own ministry. He was a pastor but everywhere he went he rejoiced in all the people who were in the ICCC and he wanted all to recognize the significance of their membership in a worldwide testimony to the infallible Word of God.
His sermons also were in demand. His tract, "God's Sure Foundation," was distributed by the thousands and his sermon, "The Security of the Believer," ("He is faithful that promised" --Hebrews 10:23) was reproduced a number of times. He concluded that sermon by quoting Romans 8:38, 39: " 'For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.' Paul was of a great persuasion. He believed in the everabiding security of all in Christ Jesus. He was persuaded that nothing in creation could snatch him from the grasp of the eternal love of Christ, nor out of the hand of a compassionate Father. Do you and I really belong to Paul's persuasion, and can we say, 'I am persuaded that none of these things shall separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord'?"
In this conclusion of the sermon, he appealed: "Notice, dear friends-the nature of God certifies it; the authority of God warrants it; the justice of God demands it; the sovereignty of God ordains it; and the love of God seals it forever. Child of God, your eternal life is a present possession; and already, amid the toil, the sorrow, and the heartache so common to mankind, we begin to experience the thrill and the throb of a life which shall never end. God is its source; Christ is its channel; the Holy Spirit is its power; Heaven is its sphere; and eternity is its duration. May the God of all grace bless this message to your trusting heart."
Dr. J. Gordon Holdcroft, missionary statesman and leader in the new Reformation, was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 30, 1972. He would have been 94 on August 31.
Dr. Holdcroft served as General Secretary of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions from 1940 to 1950 and as its president since 1950. He was an executive committee member of the ICCC, and founder and chairman of its missionary arm, The Associated Missions (TAM) from 1948 to 1964.
Converted in his own home in 1890 after a quiet afternoon with his Bible, Dr. Holdcroft gave himself diligently to a life of service, gaining his education at Park College, Parkville, Mo. and Princeton Theological Seminary, N.J. An independent missionary to Korea 1903-1905, he later was ordained a minister of the Presbyterian Church, USA, in 1908.
Dr. Holdcroft spent some of his best years as a missionary to Korea under the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church, 1909-1940 and held some of the most important positions in the Mission during those years including chairmanship of the Executive Committee of 'the Presbyterian Mission board. When this board ruled that "every missionary must work within the thought pattern" of any country to which he might go, Dr. Holdcroft found it necessary to resign. He joined the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions.
While in Korea, Dr. Holdcroft gave considerable time to Sunday School work and introduced Dr. A. L. Latham's Summer Bible School material a five-week, thorough, comprehensive, doctrinal course of Bible memory, factual study, Bible history and geography. He left no stone unturned in establishing ways to reach the great multitude of lost souls for Christ.
Gordon Holdcroft became a missionary statesman of our day. During the Shinto shrine controversy lie led the battle against those missionary forces who would have Korean Christians bow at the shrines in disobedience to the clear commandments of the Word of God concerning idolatry. He drew the line of separation from unbelief and compromise.
He was acquainted with President Syngman Rhee. He traveled through many countries of the Far East, on behalf of the Saviour Whom lie loved. His investigations into the early beginnings of Christianity were remarkable for what was revealed, especially concerning the study of those who heard Peter's sermon at Pentecost.
Dr. Holdcroft was editor of Biblical Missions from 1940 to 1965 and before his death, he completed a book of valuable historical missionary material, "Into All the World." He also served as a stalwart warrior of the Twentieth Century Reformation Movement, he also served on the boards of Faith Theological Seminary, Shelton College and the Independent Board for Presbyterian Home Missions. He is buried in Harleigh Cemetery, Camden, N.J. near the graves of Sir Arie Kok, the first General Secretary of the ICCC and Dr. Clyde J. Kennedy, a president of Shelton College and a president of the American Council of Christian Churches.
Albert B. Dodd
Dr. Albert B. Dodd, missionary to China, went Home to be with the Lord from Taipei, Formosa, July 3 1. He was 95, having been born in Jacksonville, Ill., February 5, 1877. A missionary under the United Presbyterian Church, he was one of the first to come with the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions in 1933. He was a professor in the North China Theological Seminary and was the outstanding missionary opponent of modernists and liberals as they came from the United States into the seminaries and universities of China.
He furnished documentation which was used by Dr. J. Gresham Machen in exposing the modernism and Communism supported by the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church. The division in Dr. Machen's famous brief, "Modernism and the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A." entitled "Modernism in China" has as its first section a lengthy series with documentations prepared by Dr. Dodd.
Dr. Dodd helped organize the first council of churches ever organized anywhere, known as the League of Christian Churches in China. He was present at the formation in Manila in 195 1 of the Far Eastern Council of Christian Churches. He was an implacable foe of Communism in all that it had done to destroy the churches. In recent years, lie did everything he could to alert the Christians on Taiwan to the apostasy of the World Council of Churches. He had been elected repeatedly by the International Council of Christian Churches on the recommendation of the Chinese to be the Vice-President of the Council for China.
He wanted to die and to be buried in China.
The year that The Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions members were ordered by the General Assembly suspended, Dr. Dodd delivered the famous message at the commencement exercises in June at Westminster Seminary. He was an evangelist, a teacher, an apologist, a scholar, and a missionary par excellence. He knew all the mission leaders of the Presbyterian Church through the years; he challenged Pearl Buck and all that she did to destroy Christian missions on the Mainland. The Christians of China everywhere honored him and loved him. The cause of freedom, the cause of the Gospel, the cause of righteousness, the cause of missions, has lost one of its ablest and most courageous leaders in the Twentieth Century, Dr. A. B. Dodd.
Dr. Dodd was a close friend of Dr. Carl McIntire's father and mother. They were scheduled to serve as missionaries with Dr. Dodd in China and lie was a special blessing to the ICCC president through the years. Dr. McIntire flew to Formosa to deliver the funeral message of Dr. Dodd to his innumerable friends who came from all areas of Chinese life.
The Dodd family have dedicated two memorial rooms to him in the Christian Admiral, Cape May. The furnishings in them were made in Formosa and shipped to the United States. They are fully Chinese and represent his complete identification with the Christians of the Free Chinese, their hopes and their determination to return to the Mainland so that the Gospel may be preached again to their people, now slaves under Mao Tse Tung.
Clayton A. Bancroft
Clayton A. Bancroft was the treasurer of International Christian Relief and was chairman of arrangements in Cape May for the Seventh World Congress in 1968. A Presbyterian elder, he sat on the session of the Collingswood Bible Presbyterian Church and was chairman of the financial committee which constructed the Collingswood sanctuary. A leading Christian layman, he gave up a job of leadership in the Atlantic and Pacific Food Company to take over the superintendency of the Christian Admiral complex in 1962. When the doors opened in Florida for the establishing of the Freedom Center and Bible Conference in Cape Canaveral, "The Gateway to the Stars," he moved to Florida and took charge of this parallel ministry to Cape May.
Mr. Bancroft found the Lord under the ministry of Dr. Carl McIntire and devoted his talents to the building of the Bible Presbyterian Church. He attended the general synods as a delegate and had a great deal to do with saving the church in 1955 when he discovered a "behind the scenes" conspiracy to change the church and its leadership.
He was stricken with a heart attack early on the morning of July 10, 1972 in Cape Canaveral and his body was brought to the Collingswood church for a glorious funeral service. Elders of the church were the pall bearers and Dr. McIntire preached on the text, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matt. 6:33). This verse has been the theme text of the Collingswood church through the years.
Mr. Bancroft was one of the outstanding Jaymen who helped build the International Council. He recognized the position of leadership of the pastor of the church and was responsible in no small way for the congregation being ready to share their pastor through the years in the ICCC responsibilities. There was nothing that Mr. Bancroft would not do to help the cause. He loved the movement.
He was a good disciplinarian, a firm task master. He saw work accomplished and it was under his direction that the success of the Cape May undertaking was possible.
He loved to hear the Gospel preached. He was 61 years of age. One of the halls in the Christian Admiral has been named "The Clayton A. Bancroft Hall," taking its place with the Gardner Memorial Auditorium and the Reformation Hall.
Mr. Bancroft believed that the total purpose of the Cape May and Cape Canaveral projects was to bring many to Christ and to help build the separation movement in the United States and the reformation testimony throughout the world.
G. S. Fredericks
Mr. G. S. Fredericks, President of the Indian Association (ICCC), Madras, India, was called Home to be with the Lord on January 2, 1973. Leaving a high position in the Church of South India (CSI) as personal secretary to four bishops including Bishop Lesslie Newbigin of Madras, he sounded the alarm and launched a crusade for "Back to the Bible Christianity." With Madras, a capital for the CSI, the "crown jewel" of the ecumenical movement, Mr. Fredericks singlehandedly challenged the apostasy. He became aware of the inclusivism and the denials of the Christian religion in high places, and he took his stand, sacrificing everything he had. Mr. Fredericks knew all of the church leaders and had high political contacts.
In 1968 Mr. Fredericks led a Madras delegation to the ICCC Congress in Cape May, N.J., and in January, 1969, over 3,000 persons, mostly of the CSI, heard Dr. Timothy Tow, president of the Far Eastern Council of Christian Churches, and Dr. Carl McIntire speak on "Christianity in the World Today." In April, 1970, three officers of the Indian Association attended the Far Eastern Council of Christian Churches Assembly in Singapore. There, Mr. Fredericks spoke "Against the Powers of Darkness Highly Concentrated and Concealed Within the Framework of the World Council of Churches."
Mr. Fredericks was a prolific writer. He published tracts that were widely circulated, edited the Indian Christian Pilot, a Christian newspaper. He gave himself fully to the Reformation cause. He received Dr. and Mrs. Israel Gueiros of Brazil in 1972, and was the director in charge of constructing wells for India, a project of International Christian Relief. He was planning to be at Cape May this year for the Eighth World Congress of the ICCC.
Mr. Fredericks lived in meager circumstances and was a champion for the poor of his people. He is survived by his wife who is an invalid and confined to her bed with no means of support.
Mr. Fredericks represents the heroic spirit of the indigenous lay church leaders who, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, refuse to make common cause with those who depart from the faith. His top level and major break with the CSI will mark him in the history of India as one of the heroes of the faith-abused, attacked, but strong, uncompromising, and clear for the cause of the true Gospel.