Ten years ago, Ian Henderson launched a savage attack on the World Council of Churches in his Power Without Glory: A Study in Ecumenical Politics. Professor of systematic theology at Glasgow University who acknowledged a great debt to Bultmann, Henderson wrote with wicked wit as he set out to expose the tricks of the conciliar trade. His thesis: a cosmic swindle is being practiced; ecumenical discussions are never quite what they seem; the double-think and the doubletongue are inevitable; language is used to conceal rather than reveal motives; ecclesiastical takeover bids have increased, are increasing, and ought to be diminished; failure to recognize institutional churches as power structures is leading to mass delusion; and God does not will unity just because the 1927 Lausanne Declaration says he does.
Just published from a very different source is The Fraudulent Gospel: Politics and the World Council of Churches (The Foreign Affairs Publishing Company, Essex, England). The author is Bernard Smith, an Anglican layman, founder of the Christian Affirmation Campaign. The CAC, briefly, upholds the authority of Scripture and creedal Christianity, traditional moral values, and personal freedom and responsibility. It opposes modernist theology, the idea that the kingdom of God is no more than human brotherhood, and the attempt to interpret the Gospel as revolutionary politics.
Smith’s ninety-nine-page paperback documents the WCC’s dealings with or attitudes toward such subjects as African terrorists, Black Power in Britain, the Soviet Union and human rights, Georgi Vins, Jews in the USSR, North American Indians, the Viet Nam war, South Korea, missions and Marxism, and the theology of anti-Christ. The front cover has ...1
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