What is the Difference Between the American Council of Christian Churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.?
THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AND THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN THE U.S.A.?
In 1908 there was organized the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America. This, in 1950, became the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., with the addition of some eight other interdenominational cooperative agencies. The American Council of Christian Churches was organized in 1941. The purpose, activities, position, organization and membership of the two councils are entirely different. They are not going in the same directions.
The National Council of Churches is inclusivist modernist, and champions the social gospel. The American Council of Christian Churches is separatist, fundamentalist, and challenges the National -Council's claim to be "the voice of Protestantism" and to. speak for the Christians of America. The doctrinal difference between the two may be seen in that the National Council has only a brief statement and. leaves the churches free to interpret it and co-operate as they wish. There is no unity of belief. The American Council of Christian Churches has summarized the great evangelical doctrines and insists that only churches which are loyal to these doctrines may unite in fellowship.
The creedal statement is as follows:
"Among other equally Biblical truths, we believe and maintain the following:
"a. The plenary divine inspiration of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and, as the Word of God, the supreme -and final authority in faith and life;
"b. The Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
"c. The essential, absolute, eternal deity and the real and proper, but sinless, humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ;
"d. His birth of the Virgin Mary;
"e. His substitutionary, expiatory death, in that He gave His life 'a ransom for many';
"f. His resurrection from among the dead in the same body in which He was crucified, and the second coming of this same Jesus in power and great glory;
"g. The total depravity of man through the fall;
"h. Salvation, the effect of regeneration by the Spirit and the Word, not by works but by grace through faith;
"i. -The everlasting bliss of the saved, and the everlasting suffering of the lost;
"j. The real spiritual unity in Christ of all redeemed by His precious blood;
"k. The necessity of maintaining, according to the Word of God, the purity of the Church in doctrine and life."
Every Christian believer and every Christian church should be able to subscribe to this glorious summary of the common evangelical doctrines. The National Council of Churches, however, cannot do so and will not do so.
The end and purpose of the National Council is to promote the ecumenical movement and to build the one-world church. This, it is claimed, will be the fulfillment of the prayer of Jesus in John 17. The American Council of Christian Churches, on the other hand, believes that unity among God's people- is only spiritual and that conscientious differences in the understanding of' the Bible, linguistic, cultural, national, and other factors, in God's providence, clearly indicate and make it impossible for all the churches to be in one super organization or denomination. The American Council considers such a dream to be the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Book of Revelation that there will be a bride of the Antichrist and an harlot church in the end time.
The National Council of Churches promotes' the social gospel. The kingdom of God which our Saviour preached is converted into a social system built upon Marxian principles and the church's drive to establish what is called "a responsible society" which turns Gut to be thoroughly socialistic and totalitarian.
The National Council is helping to build the one-world government.
On the other hand, the American Council of Christian Churches is encouraging all of its church bodies to be loyal to the Scriptures, to be warmly evangelical and evangelistic.
The National Council's leadership has called for the recognition of Red China, peaceful coexistence with Communism, and the National Council has officially brought to the United States church leaders from behind the Iron Curtain, some of whom have been identified as agents of the Soviet secret police, including the most illustrious Metropolitan Nicolai.
The American Council of Christian Churches is militantly anti-Communist and is exposing the activities of the National Council in this field to bring about what they say will be a "reconciliation between the East and the West." The American Council insists that there can be no reconciliation between godless Communism and Christianity, between atheistic Marxism and a society in which God is the Author of liberty.
The National Council of Churches has been infiltrated by Communists and it has promoted, in many respects, activities which have been helpful to the Communist cause. The American Council of Christian Churches has done nothing, directly or indirectly, to give comfort or aid to the Communist world.
The National Council of Churches has engaged in political activity and has sent representatives to the political conventions of 1960, the Democratic and the Republican, to recommend platforms for the conventions. The particular points in the platforms recommended are on the extreme left. The American Council of Christian Churches has sought to. resist and to expose the activity of the National Council in the political world. It believes that the churches should not take direct political action in endorsing candidates for parties but that it has a responsibility to encourage its own churches to develop within their members Christians who have a personal sense of responsibility and obligation to all the affairs of the nation and to the social welfare of the country.
The National Council of Churches is affiliated with and a representative of the World Council of Churches in the United States. The American Council is affiliated with and promotes the interest of the International Council of Christian Churches in the United States.
The National Council meets in its general assembly once every three years and has a powerful general board of 90 members, which directs its policies.
The American Council of Christian Churches meets as a council twice a year, in spring and fall conventions', and has an executive committee which carries out the actions of the conventions.
The American Council of Christian Churches has the enthusiastic support of groups in the country which have separated from the apostasy at great cost. It has the vigorous opposition of all those who are seeking to be cordial to the National Council of Churches. The NCC has developed a powerful bureaucracy with many Committees, sub-committees, divisions, and departments. So complicated is its labyrinth of organization that very few understand or know all that is involved. The American Council of Christian Churches maintains no such bureaucracy, but it is simply an agent of the churches, an arm of action, and confines itself only to fields where the churches h ave requested action be taken. This includes such- fields as the chaplaincy, radio and relief.
Church, World Service is the relief agency of the National Council and more than one-fourth of all of its relief assistance during the years 1957-59 went to Communist Yugoslavia. International Christian Relief is the relief agency of the American Council of Christian Churches and it has sent goods and relief to earthquake victims in Chile, to flood victims in the Netherlands, to others in Brazil, Jordan, India, and Korea. The American Council is seeking to alert the American public to the peril represented in the apostasy that has laid hold upon Christendom and it is seeking to call the churches back to the Word of God, to separation from unbelief, and to pure and steadfast witness to the glorious and everlasting Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The headquarters of the National Council of Churches is 475 Riverside Drive, New York 27, N. Y. The headquarters of the American Council of Christian Churches is 15 Park Row, New York 38, N. Y.
20TH CENTURY REFORMATION HOUR
Rev. Carl McIntire, D.D., Director
COLLINGSWOOD, NEW JERSEY