In sharp contrast to the attitude of many Protestant inter-church organizations in America, the National Association of Evangelicals took an unequivocal and aggressive anti-Communist position in its 18th annual convention in Chicago, April 26–29.

On the eve of the summit conference of the Western powers, NAE heard its president, Dr. Herbert S. Mekeel, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Schenectady, New York, declare that atheistic communism is the gravest danger to the Christian church. Dr. Mekeel said Marxian ideology is based upon a concept of man which makes any kind of terror, hate or unscrupulous methods permissible to gain its ends. To trust the emissary of such a system is to court disaster. The Rev. Arthur Glasser of the China Inland Mission, whose immense Gospel program in mainland China was wrecked by communism, gave a realistic picture of the world conflict. John Noble, author of I Found God in Soviet Russia, and Dr. Fred Schwarz, Australian physician, stirred large audiences as they defined and described the Red menace.

Inspired by the “Emergency Christian Mobilization” program of its northwest regional organization, the NAE will make communism a nation-wide issue in the churches during the coming year. The program involves development of revived militant churches by prayer, Bible study and evangelism; classes and lectures educating the community in Christianity’s answer to the Communist threat; and an aggressive anti-communist crusade on local and national fronts.

A ringing resolution adopted by the convention said, “There is no such thing as compromise with communism.”

The NAE is best known in the United States as the conservative Protestant alternative to the National Council of Churches. The evangelical body ...

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