For its first twenty-six years, the American Council of Christian Churches regularly did the will of its founder, Carl McIntire. Speakers, resolutions, procedures, and policies of which he disapproved were not accepted by the ACCC.
But the twenty-eighth annual convention, held October 29–31 in Columbus, Ohio, confirmed decisions made the previous year in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania: The ACCC is now functioning truly as an association of fifteen denominations rather than as one of many branches of the ministry of a remarkable and controversial individual.
During the past year the council moved its headquarters from New York City to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, despite McIntire’s opposition. At this year’s convention, men spoke who had formerly been associated with McIntire but had broken with him over such matters as his administration of Shelton College.
Despite McIntire’s accusations, there was little evidence that the ACCC has changed its traditional beliefs and practices. One unanimously passed resolution stoutly reaffirmed “opposition to the position of the neo-evangelicals who advocate remaining in apostate churches.…” Throughout the convention, the audience of one hundred or so persons regularly expressed its disapproval not only of the activities of the ecumenical movement but also of the evangelicals involved in such activities as the recent U. S. Congress on Evangelism.
A resolution on the Viet Nam moratorium movement urged “liberty loving Americans to join in opposition to the pacifist-Communist coalition which inspires the treasonably led demonstrations.”
The ACCC operates on a small annual budget (under $100,000). Some of its approximately 3,000 congregations spend ...1
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