Somehow, it seems, controversial minister Carl McIntire, 73, of Collingswood, New Jersey, always manages to stay one step ahead of creditors, and tax collectors.
The founder of the Bible Presbyterian Church and assorted other separatist organizations survived a near-fatal illness last fall that left him weakened for months but no less determined to carry on his fight against Communism, ecumenism, and what he feels is wishy-washy evangelicalism. From his hospital bed in Philadelphia, he directed important planning for this summer’s tenth congress of the International Council of Christian Churches (ICCC), which he and other separatist churchmen organized in Amsterdam in 1948 in opposition to the World Council of Churches. His wife Fairy and aides meanwhile scurried frantically to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay back taxes and thereby forestall takeover of McIntire’s beachfront conference complex in Cape May, New Jersey, where the ICCC was scheduled to meet in late June.
In all, an estimated 4,000 delegates and visitors from several dozen countries attended at least part of the ten-day ICCC congress, which was held at the Christian Admiral, McIntire’s flagship hotel and auditorium in Cape May. Many delegates from Third World countries relied entirely on McIntire for their expenses, placing further financial pressure on him. (Many Asian participants, however, paid their own way.) Wan, his cheeks sunken, the still-recuperating separatist leader led many of the sessions himself, and he reportedly had a major role in drafting most of the congress’s statements and resolutions.
As expected, McIntire was reelected to the ICCC presidency, and J. C. Maris of the Netherlands was reelected general secretary. (Maris’s denomination, ...1
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